Morning Devotions

[4/24, 5:09 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: Today’s SOD – 2020-04-24
TOPIC: THE RUIN OF PRIDE

SCRIPTURE: How art thou fallen from heaven,”O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God”: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation,”in the sides of the north”: Isaiah 14:12-13.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Pride can bring down a person from a high position. Arrogance can crash people from their destiny.

Previously,”we saw that pride is a limitation to destiny.  We saw that the attitude of arrogance forbids the altitude of eminence. Whenever a man is too big for people, he is weighed down, and his weight would make it too difficult for him to climb to the top.  

Today, I will like you to take note of two characters in scripture whose destinies were ruined by pride”:

1. satan the devil.

satan was the archangel; the Cherub that covered the throne. Ezekiel 28:13-15 reveals that music equipment was wired into his system. If he flapped his wings,”it was music. Every time there was heavy worship, it was Lucifer in charge. Then he became too big for his position and asked, “Why am I not admitted into the counsel of the Godhead? I think I can be bigger than this.” Then he rebelled against God and was cast down. As he displayed pride, God seemed to look at Angel Michael and told him, “Michael! What are you waiting for?” Then by one kick from Angel Michael and his company, Lucifer was cast down from heaven into hell and he became an ugly demon because of pride. 

2. Queen Vashti

Queen Vashti was another person whose life was ruined by pride. Her husband organized a feast and demanded her to come out for the people to see her but she refused to honour the king’s request. The king became angry and that was how she lost her position as the queen. She was shut out of the kingdom and another queen, Esther, took her place. 

Beloved, pride ruins lives and destinies. Pride can bring down a person from a high position. Arrogance can crash people from their destiny.

Therefore, I counsel you to resist the life of pride by all means.

Remember this”: Pride can bring down a person from a high position. Arrogance can crash people from their destiny.

ASSIGNMENTS: 

1. Resist pride by all means.

2. Ask God to clothe you with the garment of humility.

PRAYER: Lord,”I receive the grace to resist pride by all means. Clothe me Lord, with the garment of humility in Jesus’ Name.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE”: ENEMIES OF DISTINCTION (PART 5).

QUOTE: God assists everyone but He resists the proud. He assists everyone but He opposes the proud. Culled from “WHO ARE YOU?” by Dr Paul Enenche.

AMAZING FACT: An eagle’s brilliant sight is in part,”due to its sizeable eyes, which can take up around 50% of its head.

DAILY READING”: Esther 8-10

PROPHETIC WORD: You shall not end like Vashti in Jesus Name.

 

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[4/24, 5:38 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL

DATE: FRIDAY 24TH APRIL 2020.

THEME: TRIUMPHANT PRAISE.

MEMORISE:

Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? Exodus 15:11

READ: 2 Samuel 22

And David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul:
2 And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;
3 The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.
4 I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
5 When the waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly men made me afraid;
6 The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me;
7 In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears.
8 Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven moved and shook, because he was wroth.
9 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.
10 He bowed the heavens also, and came down; and darkness was under his feet.
11 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: and he was seen upon the wings of the wind.
12 And he made darkness pavilions round about him, dark waters, and thick clouds of the skies.
13 Through the brightness before him were coals of fire kindled.
14 The LORD thundered from heaven, and the most High uttered his voice.
15 And he sent out arrows, and scattered them; lightning, and discomfited them.
16 And the channels of the sea appeared, the foundations of the world were discovered, at the rebuking of the LORD, at the blast of the breath of his nostrils.
17 He sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many waters;
18 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me.
19 They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.
20 He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me.
21 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.
22 For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.
23 For all his judgments were before me: and as for his statutes, I did not depart from them.
24 I was also upright before him, and have kept myself from mine iniquity.
25 Therefore the LORD hath recompensed me according to my righteousness; according to my cleanness in his eye sight.
26 With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful, and with the upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright.
27 With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself unsavoury.
28 And the afflicted people thou wilt save: but thine eyes are upon the haughty, that thou mayest bring them down.
29 For thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness.
30 For by thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I leaped over a wall.
31 As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.
32 For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God?
33 God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.
34 He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet: and setteth me upon my high places.
35 He teacheth my hands to war; so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.
36 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy gentleness hath made me great.
37 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me; so that my feet did not slip.
38 I have pursued mine enemies, and destroyed them; and turned not again until I had consumed them.
39 And I have consumed them, and wounded them, that they could not arise: yea, they are fallen under my feet.
40 For thou hast girded me with strength to battle: them that rose up against me hast thou subdued under me.
41 Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies, that I might destroy them that hate me.
42 They looked, but there was none to save; even unto the LORD, but he answered them not.
43 Then did I beat them as small as the dust of the earth, I did stamp them as the mire of the street, and did spread them abroad.
44 Thou also hast delivered me from the strivings of my people, thou hast kept me to be head of the heathen: a people which I knew not shall serve me.
45 Strangers shall submit themselves unto me: as soon as they hear, they shall be obedient unto me.
46 Strangers shall fade away, and they shall be afraid out of their close places.
47 The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.
48 It is God that avengeth me, and that bringeth down the people under me.
49 And that bringeth me forth from mine enemies: thou also hast lifted me up on high above them that rose up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man.
50 Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name.
51 He is the tower of salvation for his king: and sheweth mercy to his anointed, unto David, and to his seed for evermore.

MESSAGE

To triumph is to be victorious in battle against a formidable enemy in a way that calls for jubilation. To triumph is to overcome difficult circumstances of life that seem impossible to surmount, in grand style. Every great victory in battle and triumphant success over the enemy in difficult situations requires the intervention of the Almighty God. This reality makes it mandatory for Christians to worship and sing praises to God wherever we experience triumphant victory. This was the case in Exodus 15:11, after God supernaturally delivers the Israelites from the evil grasp of Pharaoh by opening up the Red Sea for them to pass through on dry land, while the wall of water closed in on their enemies and drowned them all.

The Bible tells us that songs of triumph could even be rendered in anticipation of victory.

Whenever God wants to do something really supernatural, He is fond of call for musical warriors who are specially prepared to bombard the stronghold of the enemy. Such was the case in the time of King Jehoshaphat, who deployed an army of worshippers matching into battle with musical instruments in their ands and songs of praise in their mouths. As they praised and worshipped God, He rose on their behalf and completely destroyed all their enemies.

And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten. 2 Chronicles 20:22

Godly music is a spiritual language that can reach beyond the intellect to touch the heart of God. I decree: The Lord will put a song of triumph in your mouth today in the mighty name of Jesus. No matter what you are passing through, no matter how hopeless your situation seems, irrespective of your weakness and limitations, you will overcome and sing songs of triumph in the Mighty Name of Jesus.

PRAYER POINT:

Father, please deliver me from all evil and put songs of triumph in my mouth, in the Mighty Name of Jesus.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 1 Chronicles 3-5.

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

HYMN 10: I AM A VICTOR.

1. Yes, I know i am a victor
For the Bible tells me so
God made me more than a conqueror
Much stronger than all my foes.

Chorus:

_Jesus loves me and i love him
Together we rule the world
Christ with me I will overcome
By his blood, his Name, his word_

2. Yes, I know i am a victor
Stronger than sickness, disease
By his stripes I am superior
Far above infirmities

3. Yes, I know i am a victor
Stronger than demons i am
To satan i am a terror
I am free, o yes, i am

4. Yes, I know i am a victor
Stronger than lack, poverty
All my needs Jesus provides for
I have life abundantly

5. Yes, I know i am a victor
Barrenness no more indeed
Fruitful is the God i live for
All my dreams shall be fulfilled

6. Yes, I know i am a victor
By his strength i shall succeed
No more loss and no more failure
Glory to glory proceed

7. Yes, I know i am a victor
No more sorrow, no despair
Jesus Christ is my own succour
Tomorrow is joy and cheer

8. Yes, I know i am a victor
very soon I’ll reign with him
His promise is my sure anchor
He’s coming to take me home

9. Jesus loves me and i love him
We rule this world together
as He is so right now I am
Hear me shout Halleluyah

10. Jesus loves me Halleluyah
Hear me shout Halleluyah
Halleluyah, Halleluyah
Glory be to God on high.

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[4/24, 8:10 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: Listen, consider and yield

Friday 24th April 2020

‘Be kindly affectionate… giving preference to one another.’ Romans 12:10 NKJV

In the summer of 1986, two ships collided in the Black Sea off the coast of Russia. Hundreds of passengers died after being hurled into the icy water below. News of the disaster got worse when an investigation revealed the cause of the accident. It wasn’t a technical problem like radar malfunction, or even thick fog. The cause was human stubbornness. Each captain was aware of the other ship’s presence and both could have steered clear. But according to news reports, neither captain wanted to give way to the other, because each was too proud to yield. By the time they came to their senses, it was too late.

If you’re a tough-minded, strong-willed, make-it-happen kind of person, think about what you’ve just read. If by winning the argument you hurt or lose the relationship, what have you gained? If you save face but lose the relationship, you end up in the loss column.

Here is the word for you today: ‘Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honour giving preference to one another…Be of the same mind towards one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men….Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay,” says the Lord….Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good’ (Romans 12:10, 16-19, 21 NKJV).

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