Morning Devotions

[5/10, 3:26 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: Today’s SOD – 2020-05-10
TOPIC: ENHANCING EXCELLENCE BY SHARPENING MENTALITY

SCRIPTURE: If the iron be blunt,”and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength”: but wisdom is profitable to direct. Ecclesiastes 10:10

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The degree of mentality you involve in your activity determines the level of quality you produce. 

Excellence is the quality or state of being outstanding and superior in performance and outcome. It is the state of optimal existence and performance. It is living far above average existence. It is living life at its best,”a life of quality, distinction and merit. 

Now, one way to enhance excellence in life is by sharpening one’s mentality. The degree of mentality you involve in your activity determines the level of quality you produce. 

Let me give you an illustration”: Two men were given a blunt axe each and a deadline of two days to fell twenty trees each. One of the men felt that the deadline was too short and went on straight to start cutting the trees with his blunt axe. The other man took time to sharpen his axe before engaging it in cutting the trees. In a short time,”he fell about ten trees while the man with the blunt axe was still on the first tree. Eventually, the man with the blunt axe suffered much and achieved little, while the man who sharpened his axe achieved so much in a short time because he decided to sharpen the cutting edge of his tool. 

Beloved, sharpen your mentality; update and upgrade yourself. Ensure that you are not outdated. The degree of your brain you engage determines the level of your excellence on earth. If you don’t update yourself, you will become out-dated in life. If you want to go up in life, you must be an avid reader. Ensure that you are gaining knowledge from books, CDs, etc. on a consistent basis. If you need to take another degree, a course or training, do it. But by all means, never be stagnant in life.

God bless you.

REMEMBER THIS”: The degree of mentality you involve in your activity determines the level of quality you produce. 

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. Search for ways to improve yourself,”be it in your career, job or any assignment of your life. 

2. Strive for excellence; refuse a mediocre existence at all cost.

3. Sharpen your mentality consistently with scriptures – Romans 12″:1-2. 

PRAYER: Lord,”I ask for an excellent spirit. Grant me the grace to sharpen my mentality in order to shine on this earth, Lord in Jesus’ Name.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE”: EXCELLENCE FOR THE TOP

QUOTE: It is input that determines outcome. How you work today determines whether you will be qualified for the next level. Culled from CAREER AND WORKPLACE WISDOM by Dr Paul Enenche.

DAILY BIBLE READING: Psalm 4-6

AMAZING FACT: A cow gives nearly 200,”000 glasses of milk in a lifetime.

PROPHETIC WORD/DECLARATION”: Receive grace and discipline for study in order to sharpen your mentality in Jesus’ Name. 

 

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[5/10, 8:05 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: MESSAGE FROM:

*Rev. Anthony Akinmoyo,*
Lifeway Christian Centre,
Lagos.

FOCUS: *Power Over the Fear of Failure*

Joshua 1:3 (KJV)
*Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses*

Isaiah 61:9 (KJV)
*And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the Lord hath blessed.*

There are many believers who have glorious visions, beautiful dreams and ideas of their God-given future but are unable to actualize them because of fear of failure. The fear of failure makes people not to take progressive steps or stop their great journey half way.

Matthew 25:25 (KJV)
*And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.*

This servant could not do anything with his God-given talent because of fear of failure. Many people are so conscious of failure that they cannot take a single step towards the fulfilment of their destinies. If you do not resist fear, it will cage your destiny. Resist fear as you would resist the devil because he is the one behind it.

Beloved, always spend quality time with the word of God in order to build up your inner man (heart) because, your real size in the battle of life is not your age, social status etc but your heart. That is what determines success or failure and not the gravity of your problems. The moment you allow fear of failure to enter into you, then you have lost the battle of life. All weapons (physical strategies and spiritual weapons) are all useless in the hand of a fearful person.

Psalm 78:9 (KJV)
*The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle.*

No weapon works in the hand of a fearful person. Even God cannot work with a fearful person. When Gideon was to lead the Israelites against the Midianites, despite all the assurances of victory, God said if there are fearful people in their midst, the mission can be aborted.

Judges 7:3 (KJV)
*Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand.*

The above scripture pointed out something spectacular to us. 70% drop from the race of life because of fear of failure and defeat. Courage is your vehicle to your promised land and destiny fulfilment. Take some time to study the life of Joshua and Caleb who conquered fear and entered the promised land.
Numbers 13:27-31 (KJV)
Numbers 14:8-9

Fear goes backward while courage goes forward. It does not matter the platform given to a fearful person, he cannot make remarkable exploits in life. It is time to put your idea into action and to convert your imagination into reality. Today is the best day of your life so go ahead and take action. You have spent enough time to plan, it is time to carry out all your plans. Do not be afraid of failure anymore because in the economy of God, there is room and way out of every failure and set back.

Proverbs 24:16 (KJV)
*For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.*

You are not a failure until you refuse to step out of your set-back.

*Overcoming Strategies*

1. *Look Ahead*

Do not dwell in your past mistakes and failure, every one that is doing well today had such experience in the past. God is set to do a new thing in your life if you can co-operate with Him by taking steps of faith.

Isaiah 43:18-19 (NLT) *”But forget all thatit is nothing compared to what I am going to do.
For I am about to do a brand-new thing. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness for my people to come home. I will create rivers for them in the desert!*

2. *Focus on Your Potential*

To every one God gave one talent or the other. Therefore, focus on your potential and not your disadvantages and unpleasant situation. Have the “I can do all things” mentality.

Philippians 4:13 (KJV)
*I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.*

3. *Disregard the Opposition*

Jeremiah 46:17 (KJV)
*They did cry there, Pharaoh king of Egypt is but a noise; he hath passed the time appointed.*

The problem you are seeing ahead is just a mirage. As you take steps towards it, you will discover it is not real.

4. *Walk in the Covenant of Trust.*

Psalm 125:1-2 (KJV)
[1] *They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever*. [2] *As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.*

God can be trusted for He is reliable and dependable and even in the midst of storm, He will bear you in His hand. Anytime fear comes knocking, shift to trust.

Psalm 56:3-4 (KJV)
[3] *What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.* [4] *In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.*

As I said earlier, fear comes to everyone but it is your disposition towards it that matters.

Psalm 112:7-8 (KJV)
[7] *He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.* [8] *His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies.*

Jeremiah 17:7-8 (KJV)
[7] *Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord , and whose hope the Lord is.* [8] *For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.*

*PRAYERS*

1. Thank you my Father for the gift of life and new mercies this morning.

2. Thank you Father for the word of grace from your throne this morning.

3. 2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)
*For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.*

Thank you my Father for not giving me the spirit of fear but power and of sound mind.

4. Isaiah 14:3 (KJV)
*And it shall come to pass in the day that the Lord shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve,

Thank you Father for the grace to leave all my unpleasant past behind me.

5. Thank you Lord for healing my heart of all past failures in Jesus mighty name!

6. Thank you my Father for delivering me from the bondage of fear of failure in the mighty name of Jesus!

7. Acts 26:22 (KJV)
*”Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day…”*

O Lord my Father, release upon me grace to continue no matter the gravity of the opposition in Jesus mighty name!

8. O Lord, help my inner man not to faint in the race of destiny fulfilment in Jesus mighty name!

9. Isaiah 54:3-4 (KJV)
[3] *For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.* [4] *Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.*

I declare my business, career, ministry shall break forth in Jesus mighty name!

10. I decree and declare I shall not be small in life in Jesus mighty name!

11. Micah 3:8 (KJV)
*But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the Lord , and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin.*

O Lord my Father, endue me with power to conquer every opposition on my pathway to destiny fulfilment in Jesus mighty name!

12. O Lord my God, endue me with power to do exploits in life in Jesus mighty name!

13. Psalm 112:4 (KJV)
*Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.*

O Lord my Father, light up every darkness in my life in the mighty name of Jesus!

14. Nahum 2:1 (KJV)
*He that dasheth in pieces is come up before thy face: keep the munition, watch the way, make thy loins strong, fortify thy power mightily.*

O Lord my Father, fortify me against all satanic assaults in the mighty name of Jesus!

15. O Lord my Father, fortify my children, marriage, ministry, health and career against he that dasheth in pieces in Jesus mighty name!

Thank you Father for the grace to pray and answers to all my prayers.

Receive my thanks and praise in the mighty name of Jesus!

See you tomorrow,
Stay strong,
Stay safe.

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[5/10, 10:20 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL

DATE: SUNDAY 10TH MAY 2020.

THEME: HONOR YOUR MOTHER.

MEMORISE:

A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother. Proverb 15:20

READ: Proverb 1:8-9

8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

9 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.

MESSAGE

It is quite sad that many people honor their fathers but have little or no respect for their mothers. People tend to disrespect their mothers because they are soft and readily accessible, whereas the fathers are tough and usually unavailable. It is however foolish not to honor your mother. Ephesians 6:2 does not only say you should honor your father so you can live long, it asks you to honor your mother too. If you only honour your *father^ and not your mother, then you are toying with untimely death. Mothers labor greatly over their children, so you can imagine how they feel when you esteem them lightly.

According to our memory verse for today, the Bible puts the man who says that there is no God in the *same* category as the man who despises his mother they are both fools. This is how grievous it is to despise your mother. If your mother is happy with you, you are already in for a great life. Moses’ mother arranged for him to be raised in the palace and it was there that he got on the path of greatness. Many people have missed their greatness because they despised their mother and her advice.

My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Proverbs 6:20

Your mother has a very important role to play in your journey to greatness; you must never despise her! I am where I am today because of the prayers of my mother. Whenever I did something to please her, I recall she would say whenever I call one, many would respond to me. Those prayers have manifested in my life today.

As powerful as Jesus was, He never despised His mother. He performed a miracle at His mother’s request, even though His time of manifestation was not yet fully come (John 2:3-12), simply because He could not disobey her. Can your mother say the same about you?

ACTION POINT:

If you have been despising your mother, change your attitude to her henceforth. Today, do something to show her that you love and honor her.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 2 Samuel 10
1 Chronicles 19
Psalm 20.

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

HYMN 6: GOD GIVE US CHRISTIAN HOMES.

1. God give us Christian homes!
Homes where the Bible is loved and taught,
Homes where the Master’s will is sought,
Homes crowned with beauty Your love has wrought;
God give us Christian homes;
God give us Christian homes!

2. God give us Christian homes!
Homes where the father is true and strong,
Homes that are free from the blight of wrong,
Homes that are joyous with love and song;
God give us Christian homes;
God give us Christian homes!

3. God give us Christian homes!
Homes where the mother, in caring quest,
Strives to show others Your way is best,
Homes where the Lord is an honored guest;
God give us Christian homes;
God give us Christian homes!

4. God give us Christian homes!
Homes where the children are led to know
Christ in His beauty who loves them so,
Homes where the altar fires burn and glow;
God give us Christian homes;
God give us Christian homes!

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