Morning Devotions

[5/6, 5:06 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: Today’s SOD – 2020-05-06
TOPIC: WORD INTEGRITY – A PILLAR OF CHARACTER

SCRIPTURE: Follow peace with all men,”and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord”: Hebrews 12:14

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Your faith can give you victory on earth but it is your character that gives you entrance into eternity.

Character is one of the most important virtues in life as demonstrated in scriptures. Our anchor Scripture tells us that without holiness (Godly character),”no man can see the Lord. Your faith can give you victory on earth but it is your character that gives you entrance into eternity. Your eternity is at the mercy of your character. Your destiny is also at the mercy of your character because doors can open and close on the basis of character. 

Now, a major pillar of character is word integrity (1 Timothy 4″:12). People of character are:

a. People who mean what they say and say what they mean.

b. People who are not given to too much talk. They are people of few words and massive actions (Prov. 17:27-28).

c. People who are not given to lies and falsehood (Psalm 101:7). 

d. People who are not given to slander or character assassination. 

e. People who are not given to filthy or careless communication.

The worth of a man is equal to the worth of his words. So,”people who have character speak worthy words. 

Beloved, your words matter to God as much as your life (Eph. 4″:29). Speak life-giving words,”words that minister grace to the hearer. Let people long for communication with you. Let people look forward to what you have to say. 

REMEMBER THIS”: Your faith can give you victory on earth but it is your character that gives you entrance into eternity.

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. Always be careful of what you say because words do not die once spoken.

2. Endeavour to speak positive words of life to yourself and to others.

PRAYER: Lord,”I ask that You transform my life completely. Let the words that come out of my mouth be edifying to both myself and others, Lord in Jesus’ Name. 

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE”: PILLARS OF CHARACTER

QUOTE: No man ever lives to reach his destiny if his focus is on how to outdo or undo another person. Culled from 21 FOOLISH THINGS PEOPLE DO by Dr Paul Enenche

DAILY BIBLE READING: Job 34-36

AMAZING FACT: An adult is made up of 7,”000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (7 octillion) atoms.

PROPHETIC WORD/DECLARATION”: The grace for quality utterance is released on you in this season in Jesus’ Name. 

 

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[5/6, 5:45 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL

DATE: WEDNESDAY 6TH MAY 2020.

THEME: TEST & TEMPTATIONS OF LIFE.

MEMORISE:

And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Ruth 1:16

READ: Ruth 1:18-16

8 And Naomi said unto her two daughters in law, Go, return each to her mother’s house: the LORD deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me.

9 The LORD grant you that ye may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband. Then she kissed them; and they lifted up their voice, and wept.

10 And they said unto her, Surely we will return with thee unto thy people.

11 And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters: why will ye go with me? are there yet any more sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?

12 Turn again, my daughters, go your way; for I am too old to have an husband. If I should say, I have hope, if I should have an husband also to night, and should also bear sons;

13 Would ye tarry for them till they were grown? would ye stay for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for it grieveth me much for your sakes that the hand of the LORD is gone out against me.

14 And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her.

15 And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law.

16 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:

MESSAGE:

Test from God are designed to prove our faith in Him (Genesis 22:1-18) while temptations come from the devil and our flesh to draw us into sin (Matthew 4:1, James 1:13). Our response to test and temptations will determine what will become of us and our generation. Adam and Eve succumbed to the enemy’s temptation (Genesis 3:1-13) and almost ruined the original purpose of God for mankind. However, Jesus’ victory during His series of temptation in Luke 4:1-13 marked the beginning of redemption for the human race. In today’s Bible reading, Ruth excelled in her test; this earned her a position in the family line of Jesus Christ (Luke 3:32). Test are not punishments but stepping stones to promotion. They prove our faith and show our true character.

The following are often tested in life:
• Commitment: One’s faithfulness to God could be questioned (Daniel 6).

• Foundation: Our strength could also be tested once in a while. (Proverb 24:10).

• Appetite: your longing for food, opposite sex and material possession could also be examined (Genesis 25:29-34; Philippians 3:18-19).

God will however, not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can surmount and He will provide an escape route for you.

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

Jesus overcame all the temptations by the word of God. God is calling us today to do the same and we shall have good success (Joshua 1:8) in the mighty name of Jesus.

PRAYER POINT:

Father, please give me the spiritual capacity and moral longsuffering needed to pass the tests and temptations of life.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 2 Samuel 7
1 Chronicles 17.

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

HYMN 30: WHEN WE WALK WITH THE LORD.

1. When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.

o Refrain:
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

2. Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.

3. Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.

4. But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.

5. Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey.

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[5/6, 7:46 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: Do what pleases God

Wednesday 6th May 2020

‘Do what is right.’ Psalm 4:5 NCV

Day after day Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce Joseph, but he said no. He gave her no time, no attention, no chitchat and no reason for hope. ‘He did not heed her, to lie with her or to be with her’ (Genesis 39:10 NKJV). When she called, he didn’t answer the phone. When she texted, he didn’t text back. When she showed up, he ‘fled and ran outside’ (Genesis 39:12 NKJV).

In a culture that uses phrases like ‘consenting adults’ and ‘sexual rights’, we forget how immorality destroys the lives of people who aren’t in the bedroom. Max Lucado writes: ‘Years ago a friend gave me this counsel: “Make a list of all the lives you would affect by your sexual immorality.” I did. Every so often I reread it. “My wife Denalyn. My three daughters. My son-in-law. My yet-to-be-born granddaughter. Every person who has ever read one of my books or heard one of my sermons. My publishing team. Our church staff.” The list reminds me: one act of carnality is a poor exchange for a lifetime of lost legacy.’

Joseph’s primary reason for saying no to Potiphar’s wife was – God. ‘How…can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God’ (Genesis 39:9 NKJV)? The lesson we learn from Joseph is surprisingly simple: do what pleases God. When a friend offers you a joint of marijuana: do what pleases God. When your classmates show you a way to cheat: do what pleases God. When the temptation to watch pornography is great: do what pleases God.’How can I please God?’ you ask. ‘Do what is right as a sacrifice to the Lord and trust the Lord’ (Psalm 4:5 NCV).

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