Morning Devotions

[5/3, 12:36 PM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: Today’s SOD – 2020-05-03
TOPIC: THE IMPLICATIONS OF DEDICATION TO GOD

SCRIPTURE: For to me to live is Christ,”and to die is gain. Philippians 1″:21

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: To be dedicated to God is to make Him the reason for your existence.

Previously,”we saw that dedication to God is a non-negotiable duty of man. We saw reasons why we must be dedicated to God. We noted that the best of man comes out in the Presence of God.

And of course beloved, you don’t know the potential you carry until you hang around God. For example, in my life, I have seen multiplicity of graces by hanging and remaining with God. So, man’s greatest potential comes out of his unity with and commitment to God. This is a major reason we must be dedicated to God.

Now, having looked at the reasons for dedication, the question is, what does dedication imply? 

I will give you three implications of dedication”:

1. Dedication implies going all the way with God. 

In Genesis 12:1,”God told Abraham to come out of his father’s house and go to a land he would show him. Abraham departed as the Lord commanded him (Gen. 12″:5). He went all the way with God. Before this time,”in Genesis 11″:26-32,”Terah, Abraham’s father, started the journey to Canaan, but he could not go all the way with God. He stopped in the land of Haran and died there. But Abraham took the journey forward and went all the way with God to the land of Canaan. 

Beloved, determine to go all the way with God in your journey with Him. 

 

2. Dedication to God implies making God the Centre of one’s life.

To be dedicated to God is to make Him the reason for your existence. Being dedicated to God is coming to a point where you have decided that your life is absolutely meaningless without God. That is what Apostle Paul means in Philippians 1″:21 when he says: “For to me to live is Christ,”and to die is gain.” When a person is dedicated to God, if it is not Christ, life has no meaning. Other people may have other reasons to live but a dedicated person lives only for Christ.

 

3. Dedication to God implies the absolute ownership of one’s life by God

In Genesis 14″:19,”Melchizedek addressed Abraham as “Abraham of the Most High God.” Dedication is coming to a point where you have given God the license to own your life and all that make up your life. You allow God to own your life, your time, your resources, your talents and all. 

 

Beloved, always remember that you have only one life to live. Make up your mind to live that one life only in the way that will glorify God.

Remember this”: To be dedicated to God is to make him the reason for your existence.

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. Make up your mind to go all the way with God.

2. Allow God to take the centre stage of your life.

3. Allow God to own you completely and all that you have.

PRAYER: Lord,”I thank You for Your insightful Word to me today. I ask for the grace to go all the way with You. Take the centre stage of my life and own me completely, Lord, in Jesus Name.

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

QUOTE: It is when you give your best that you live at your best. Culled from REASON FOR LIVING by Dr Paul Enenche.

DAILY BIBLE READING: Job 25-27

AMAZING FACT: Laughing is good for the heart and can increase blood flow by 20 percent.

PROPHETIC WORD/DECLARATION: The grace to go all the way with God is released on your life today in Jesus Name.

 

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[5/3, 12:36 PM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL

DATE: SUNDAY 3RD MAY 2020.

THEME: A TIME TO FIGHT!

MEMORISE:

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7

READ: 1 Timothy 6:11-21

11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;

14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.

17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;

18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;

19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:

21 Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.

MESSAGE

Fighting involves violent struggles against a real or perceived enemy, either offensively or defensively. Most people have one things or the other that they would fight for. It could be their fundamental human rights, source of livelihood, prestige, possession etc. However, the question is: Should a true Christian have any justifiable reason to fight? The answer is YES! Ecclesiastes 3:8 says there is:
“A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.”

Indeed, Christians are not called to take up arms and launch offensive attacks on their neighbors, but we have a right to self-defense. The kingdom of God is now under immense attack; His creative order, commandments and principles are being maliciously attacked by heretics. Surprisingly, some of these enemies of the gospel have managed to rise to positions of authority both in the Church and the society at large. Their celebrity status in the world today has aided their evil attacks on the Christians faith. Do we stand aloof or fight whenever these attacks occur around us? 1 Timothy 6:12 says “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.”

Christians are called to fight. Everyone is fully aware of the ongoing conflicts around us: physically, mentally, and spiritually. We are daily confronted with contrary doctrines and diverse kinds of temptation.

The survival of a child of God therefore depends on his or her preparedness for battle and the ability to fight. Your weapons of warfare are however not carnal. Study Ephesians 6 and evaluate the completeness and readiness of your weaponry. It is time to fight against ungodliness. We must fight for holiness, peace and love. We are soldiers and must always be alert in the spirit at all times. The devil will not succeed over you and your loved ones in the Mighty Name of Jesus.

Raise the banner of JESUS!

PRAYER POINT:

Father, please help me to be victorious in the battle of life, in the Mighty Name of Jesus.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 2 Samuel 5:11-6:23
1 Chronicles13-16

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

HYMN 23: ONWARD, CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS.

1. Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus going on before.
Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe;
Forward into battle see His banners go!
o Refrain:
Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus going on before.

2. At the sign of triumph Satan’s host doth flee;
On then, Christian soldiers, on to victory!
Hell’s foundations quiver at the shout of praise;
Brothers, lift your voices, loud your anthems raise.

3. Like a mighty army moves the church of God;
Brothers, we are treading where the saints have trod.
We are not divided, all one body we,
One in hope and doctrine, one in charity.

4. Crowns and thrones may perish, kingdoms rise and wane,
But the church of Jesus constant will remain.
Gates of hell can never ’gainst that church prevail;
We have Christ’s own promise, and that cannot fail.

5. Onward then, ye people, join our happy throng,
Blend with ours your voices in the triumph song.
Glory, laud, and honor unto Christ the King,
This through countless ages men and angels sing.

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[5/3, 12:36 PM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: *Rhapsody of Realities Daily Devotional​​*

_​​Pastor Chris Oyakhilome PhD_

_Sunday, 3rd May 2020._

*LIFE IS A RACE.*

_Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain_ *(1 Corinthians 9:24).*

The Amplified Classic Version of the scripture above says, *“Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but [only] one receives the prize? So run [your race] that you may lay hold [of the prize] and make it yours.”* Life is a race, a competition. Thus, in the race of life, you’re to run in such a way as to win the prize. Don’t *“run”* (live) like it doesn’t matter.

In the 25th verse of 1 Corinthians 9, Paul said, *“And every man that striveth for the mastery is TEMPERATE IN ALL THINGS. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.”* To be temperate in all things means to exercise self-control; to play by the rules. In the race of life, you must be careful what you do and how you live, because you’re in the race to win.

If those who compete in Athletics for *“a corruptible crown”* buffet themselves and run with purpose and definitiveness, how about us whose race is spiritual, and our crown, incorruptible? Always live with the consciousness to obtain the prize from Jesus Christ.

Our walk of faith and in the faith isn’t for nothing. There’s a prize to be won, but there’s a discipline to go through, if you must win. To have a great life, there’s a discipline required; the discipline to do the Word and be yielded to the leading of the Spirit. That’s what guarantees your victory.

*CONFESSION*

_I count not myself to have apprehended; but this is the one thing that I do: I forget those things which are behind, and reach forth to those things which are before. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. I’m a spiritual sportsman, equipped for the life of victory with the Word. Praise God!_

*FURTHER STUDY:*

*Hebrews 12:1 NIV* Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,

*1 Corinthians 9:25-27* And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they [do it] to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. *26* I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: *27* But I keep under my body, and bring [it] into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

*1 Year Bible Reading Plan :* John 1:1-18 & 2 Samuel 15-17

*2 Year Bible Reading Plan :* 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 & Psalm 147-148

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