Morning Devotions

[5/2, 5:27 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: Today’s SOD – 2020-05-02
TOPIC: THE PURPOSE OF DEDICATION TO GOD

SCRIPTURE: And Jesus answered him,”The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord”: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,”and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength”: this is the first commandment. Mark 12:29-30

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The best of man comes out in the Presence of God.

It has been confirmed that dedication to God is a non-negotiable duty of the child of God. Dedication to God is a non-transferrable obligation,”a non-delegable obligation of man to God. As children of God, we are duty-bound to be dedicated to God. 

Now, what is the purpose of dedication? 

I will give you three”:

 

1. Man was created by God and for God.

Revelation 4:11 says,”“Thou art worthy o Lord to receive glory and honour and power”: for thou has created all things,”and for thy pleasure they are and were created”. Man was created by God and for His (God’s) pleasure. So, dedication is a non-negotiable duty of man. 

 

2. Man’s creation was not man’s design; so, man’s existence must not follow man’s design.

Isaiah 43″:21 says,”“This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.” This means, we did not decide to be born, so we can’t decide how to live. You did not decide to be created, so you can’t decide how to function. The God who created us has already decided for us how to live. We were not created to live for ourselves; we were created to live for God. This is why we must be dedicated to God. 

 

3. Man’s greatest potential comes out of his unity with and commitment to God. 

Acts 4″:13 says,”“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.”

The best of man comes out in the Presence of God. The best of man comes out of his unity and commitment to God.  This is why we are duty-bound to be dedicated to God. Just as fishes cannot function without water; birds cannot do well without the sky; and plants cannot do well without the earth; man cannot do well without God.

Beloved, my counsel is, make up your mind never to exist without God.

Remember this”: The best of man comes out in the Presence of God.

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. Go through today’s message again.

2. Understand the reasons why you must be dedicated to God. 

3. Make up your mind to live a life of brutal dedication to God. 

PRAYER: O Lord,”thank You for Your Word to me today. I ask for the grace to be brutally dedicated to You, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE”: DEDICATION TO GOD (PART 1).

QUOTE: If you carry the Holy Ghost atmosphere,”people are compelled to look at you with dignity and respect. Culled from THE ESSENCE OF CHRISTIANITY by Dr Paul Enenche

DAILY BIBLE READING”: Job 22-24

AMAZING FACT: Horses use facial expressions to communicate with each other.

PROPHETIC WORD/DECLARATION: Fresh passion for God is released upon you in this season in Jesus’ Name. 

 

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[5/2, 5:28 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL

DATE: SATURDAY 2ND MAY 2020.

THEME: LOVE THE MOST ESSENTIAL GIFT OF THE SPIRIT.

MEMORISE:

We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. 1 John 3:14

READ: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

1Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

MESSAGE:

The Bible describes love as the sum of all the commandments of God.

1 Corinthians 13:1-2 says:
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels….. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity (love), I am nothing.”

The Bible clearly presents the importance of love and how children of God should rate it as a virtue. God compared some rare spiritual gifts to love and made it obvious that without it (love), the other gifts are inconsequential. This simply means that love is the golden scale by which whatever gifts we exhibit and whatever services we offer to God are weighed. The big question is: in what sense does love fulfil the totality of the law? The answer is embedded in Romans 13:10 which says: “Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”

Therefore, if the love of God is in your heart, you will fulfil the law without grumbling but rather with joy. That is why Paul reduced the commandments to only one. “Love is the fulfilling of the law.” As I have often counselled my children, love can insulate you against pains, discouragement, and difficulties associated with any given task. Jacob served a total of fourteen years for Rachel and they seemed unto him but a few days, because of the love he had for her (Genesis 29:20). Furthermore, obedience is a natural fruit of love.

You will never want to disobey or rebel against the authority of someone you truly love. Love makes obedience to God very easy.

PRAYER POINT:

Father, help me to love You with all my heart, soul and spirit, in the Mighty Name of Jesus.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalm 106-107

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

HYMN 11: I AM SO GLAD THAT OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN.

1. I am so glad that our Father in Heav’n
Tells of His love in the Book He has giv’n;
Wonderful things in the Bible I see,
This is the dearest, that Jesus loves me.
o Refrain:
I am so glad that Jesus loves me,
Jesus loves me, Jesus loves me;
I am so glad that Jesus loves me,
Jesus loves even me.

2. If I forget Him and wander away,
Still He doth love me wherever I stray;
Back to His dear loving arms would I flee,
When I remember that Jesus loves me.

3. Oh, if there’s only one song I can sing,
When in His beauty I see the great King,
This shall my song through eternity be,
“Oh, what a wonder that Jesus loves me!”

4. Jesus loves me, and I know I love Him;
Love brought Him down my poor soul to redeem;
Yes, it was love made Him die on the tree;
Oh, I am certain that Jesus loves me!

5. If one should ask of me, how can I tell?
Glory to Jesus, I know very well!
God’s Holy Spirit with mine doth agree,
Constantly witnessing Jesus loves me.

6. In this assurance I find sweetest rest,
Trusting in Jesus, I know I am blest;
Satan, dismayed, from my soul now doth flee,
When I just tell him that Jesus loves me.

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[5/2, 5:28 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: Learn to think strategically (1)

Saturday 2nd May 2020

‘So be careful how you live.’ Ephesians 5:15 NLT

Strategic thinking helps you to plan, become more efficient, maximise your strengths and find the most direct path towards achieving your God-given assignment in life.

The benefits of strategic thinking are numerous. Here are a few of them: (1) Strategic thinking simplifies the difficult. It takes complex issues and long-term objectives that can be very difficult to address, and breaks them down into manageable sizes. Anything becomes simpler when you have a plan! The Bible says, ‘The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty’ (Proverbs 21:5 NIV).(2) Strategic thinking helps you to ask the right questions. Take a look at the following questions developed by Bobb Biehl, author ofMasterplanning. ‘Direction: What should we do next? Why? Organisation: Who is responsible for what? Who is responsible for whom? Do we have the right people in the right places? Cash: What is our projected income, expense, net? Can we afford it? How can we afford it? Tracking: Are we on target? Overall evaluation: Are we achieving the quality we expect and demand of ourselves? Refinement: How can we be more effective and more efficient?’

These may not be the only questions you need to ask in order to begin formulating a strategic plan, but they are a good first step. Until you take the first step, you’ll remain stuck. Until you get over your need to do it perfectly, you won’t do it at all. You ask, ‘When should I start?’ Today!

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