Morning Devotions

[4/30, 5:12 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: Today’s SOD – 2020-04-30
TOPIC: THE DANGER OF CONFORMITY TO SOCIETAL INFLUENCE

SCRIPTURE: And with Absalom went two hundred men out of Jerusalem,”that were called; and they went in their simplicity, and they knew not anything. 2 Samuel 15″:11.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: To follow the people of the world is to die with them.

We live in a generation where people,”especially the youths, are under pressure to socialize or fraternize with many people. And in the course of such socializations or fraternizations, many destinies are lost. Negative societal influence is disastrous to destiny. There are many people who are regretting their current status in life as a result of yielding their lives to the influence of the society. They followed the negative influence of society and were told how to do many things and they agreed; the society told them how to dress, how to look and behave, and they agreed to the detriment of their destinies. When we follow negative societal influence, we jeopardise our destinies. But that will never be your portion, in Jesus’ Name.

Our anchor Scripture makes it clear that two hundred men of Israel followed Absalom, the son of King David in his rebellion and they all perished. Absalom was fighting his father; he wanted to push his father from the throne and take over as king while his father was still alive. So, he mobilized two hundred men of Jerusalem who did not know what was in his mind, and they joined him in his rebellion. They were influenced by Absalom and they perished by that wrong influence. The lesson here is”: to follow the people of the world is to die with them. But I decree that you shall not follow the people of the world and perish like them in Jesus’ Name. 

Some time ago,”a man told me that people do not like him. And I told him that even though people don’t like him, I like him. This is because he did not offend me. Even though some people are angry with him, I refused to be influenced by those who are not happy with him. I couldn’t also begin to get angry with him because some people were angry with him. He has not offended me, and no need to be angry with him. I wouldn’t be influenced by people to do what is not correct. 

Beloved, do not let anyone recruit you into bitterness. If someone is angry with a person and you don’t know why he is angry with the person, do not allow him to initiate you into his anger. 

Remember this”: To follow the people of the world is to die with them.

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. Let the principles of the Word of God be your guiding principles in life and destiny.

2. Refuse to follow the people of the world in doing what they do.

PRAYER: Lord,”I receive the grace to make Your Word the guiding principle of my life. Help me not to be deceived by the world, Lord in Jesus’ Name.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE”: ENEMIES OF DISTINCTION (PART 6).

QUOTE: You do not belong to the spectator stand of life. You are not destined to be a casual observer. Culled from “BE WISE AND RISE” by Dr Paul Enenche.

AMAZING FACT: Dogs’ sense of smell is about 100,”000 times stronger than humans’, but they have just one-sixth our number of taste buds.

DAILY READING”: Job 16-18.

PROPHETIC WORD: You shall not end like the people of the world in Jesus Name.

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[4/30, 5:41 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: *Morning Showers** 🌦*
With Kingsley and Kemi Tobi
*Thursday 30/04/2020*

*They that know their God*

*Text:* Daniel 11:32
” _And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.”_

There are usually two kinds of people in life. There are two types of experiences in this world. It is either you are doing exploits or you are being exploited. It is either you are making impacts in life and you are being impacted by situations of life. Two people may face the same circumstances and come out differently. It all depends on the God that you know.

*# The people that know their God shall be strong #*

Adversity comes to test the depth of your relationship with your God. For it is written, “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.”(Prov 24:10). In order words, your knowledge of God is your strength to withstand difficult times. Whether you will become better or bitter by the experiences of life depends on how deep or shallow your walk with God is. When push comes to shove, it will be everyone to his God. Remember Jonah! Jonah 1:6 says, “The captain went to him and said, “How can you sleep? Get up and call on your god! Maybe he will take notice of us so that we will not perish.” Note that you can only call on the God you know when crisis comes.

When Apostle Paul was faced with a storm alongside other passengers, he stood strong because he knew the God he served. He said to others, “For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.”(Acts 27:23-24). When everyone else was scared for their lives, Paul was strong in his conviction because he knew the God he served. Beloved, it is not time to play religion and be men pleasers. It is time to get to know God for yourself. This too shall pass!

*Shalom* !
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*Every successful person has a painful story, so never give up. A school bell that sounds as a disturbance at 8:am also sounds interesting at 2:pm… is just a matter of time…so remain undaunted. Not everyone walking fast has an appointment*.
*Some have running stomach!.*
*If a rose smells better than tomatoes, It doesn’t mean the rose can make a better stew. Don’t try to compare yourself to others. You also have your own strength, look for it and build on it. All animals that exist, were in Noah’s ark. A snail is one of those animals. If God could wait long enough for snails to enter Noah’s ark; His door of grace won’t close till you reach your expected position in life. Never look down on yourself, keep looking up. Remember that Broken crayons still color. Keep on pushing, you never can tell how close you are to your goal.*

*Be Positive Minded*✔

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[4/30, 6:33 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: Where is God when it hurts?

Thursday 30th April 2020

‘Shall we indeed accept good from God, and…not…adversity?’ Job 2:10 NKJV

If you could ask God one question and be guaranteed an answer, what would you ask? When pollster George Barna asked this question in a national survey in the USA, the primary response was: ‘Why is there pain and suffering in the world?’ The short answer is: Christ’s first coming was to save us from the penalty of our sin; his second coming is to save us from the presence of sin and restore Paradise lost. But at some point in your life you will face pain and suffering. Job was a good and godly man, yet all ten of his children died tragically in a single day. ‘Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!” But he said to her…”Shall we indeed accept good from God, and…not…adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips’ (Job 2:9-10 NKJV).

Observe two things about adversity. First, the opposite of integrity [wholeness] is fragmentation; we either fall apart or draw closer to God. Second, what we say is crucial: ‘In all this Job did not sin with his lips’ (Job 2:10 NKJV). Yes, he grieved deeply. And he had lots of questions for God, including unanswered ones. Yet when he spoke, here’s what he said: ‘He knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I shall come forth as gold. My foot has held fast to his steps; I have kept his way and not turned aside. I have not departed from the commandment of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my necessary food’ (Job 23:10-12 NKJV).

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