Morning Devotions

[8/1, 12:13 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-08-01
TOPIC: MAKE SENSE ON TIME

SCRIPTURE: To everything there is a season,”and a time to every purpose under the heaven”: Ecclesiastes 3:1

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Every time you have the stage,”make sense on time because the stage is not yours forever.

Opportunity, according to Oxford Dictionary is a time or a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something. Effective management of opportunities is very critical to success in life and destiny. How people end up in life is determined by how they manage the opportunities of their lives.

When I was in the Medical School, I was made the president of the Christian Medical Students Fellowship of my university. There was a time we went for the Christian Medical Students National Conference at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital. People from different universities across the country gathered and some persons were appointed to anchor different items on the program schedule, and by privilege, I was appointed to lead a five-minute segment of prayer. And within those five minutes, there was an eruption. The impact was both tangible and undeniable. 

So when it was time to elect the national president, they almost unanimously pointed to the direction of the man who brought fire in five minutes; they made me the national president of the fellowship. Thus I became national president, travelled across the country, preaching to medical students, and that experience was very foundational for my life and ministry.

Beloved, opportunity is universal, but success is not universal. So, every time you have the stage, make sense on time because the stage is not yours forever; there are others queuing up to make sense. To be an opportunity waster is to be a destiny waster.

Remember this”: Every time you have the stage,”make sense on time because the stage is not yours forever.

ASSIGNMENT(S)”:

1. Have a mentality of making impact anywhere you go; refuse to be insignificant.

2. Seize the moment; utilize every opportunity you have,”and if you feel there is no opportunity, create one.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE”: UNDERSTANDING DESTINY

PRAYER: Lord,”I receive the grace to maximize every opportunity I have in life. Help me never to be an opportunity waster, Lord in Jesus’ Name. 

DAILY BIBLE READING”: 2 Chronicles 30:1 to 31:21,”Romans 15″:1 to 22,”Psalm 25″:1 to 15,”Proverbs 20″:13 to 15

QUOTE: If you understand the times,”you will end up as a commander in your generation. 30 SECRETS TO THE TOP by Dr Paul Enenche.

AMAZING FACT”: An eagle can kill a young deer and fly away with it.

PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD: Receive the grace to make sense on time in Jesus’ Name. 

 

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[8/1, 12:14 AM] 919063: 🌲🌷 *OPEN HEAVENS* 🌷🌲
          *DAILY DEVOTIONAL*
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_DATE: THURSDAY 1ST AUGUST 2019_

*THEME: FAITH: ANTIDOTE FOR FEAR.*

*MEMORISE:*
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Hebrews 11:6

*Bible Reading: James 1:5-8*
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

*MESSAGE*
Fear is an unpleasant emotion that is usually triggered by a perceived or real threat of danger, pain or harm. It manifests as a general feeling of anxiety over the likelihood of a negative occurrence that may never become reality. It is indeed a paralyzing force that often leads to self-doubt, timidity and lack of confidence, and if allowed to fester, it usually deals irreparable blows on the victim over time. Speaking on the debilitating effects of fear, Proverbs 22:13 says:

“The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.”

Fear prevents its victims from investing quality time, effort and money into profitable ventures, rendering them powerless and denying them bountiful harvests. Have you been held captive by fear? Many the Lord deliver you from the spirit of fear and its paralyzing effects today in Jesus’ Name. to liberate His people from the bondage of fear, God repeatedly encouraged them to “fear not” several times in the Bible. What He said to them, He also says to you now: “Fear not”. Be strengthened by His assuring words in Isaiah 41:10, saying:

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

In light of God’s promise in Isaiah 41:10-13, it is clear that He expects us to allow our faith in Him shape the realities of our lives rather than let fear dominate us. God is disappointed whenever we exercise fear instead of faith. When the disciples of Jesus were confronted by a raging storm which frightened them, Jesus asked them in Mark 4:40b:

“Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?”

This shows that God sees people who exhibit fear as having little or no faith at all. Faith is the antidote to fear as having little or no faith at all. Faith is the antidote to fear, and anyone who will overcome fear must develop strong faith in God. Complete trust and faith in god is a central pillar of our life as Christians. This Holy Spirit assures us that whoever believes in Christ will not be disappointed or confounded (1 Peter 2:6). Whenever frightening events happen around us or we are overwhelmed by difficult circumstance of life, when danger lurks and failure or death stares us in the face, God expects us to safely trust in His love and ability to see us through such difficult times. May the anchor of your faith continually hold on to God forever in Jesus’ Name.

*PRAYER POINT:*
Father, please destroy the power of fear over my life and family today, in Jesus’ Name.

*BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:*
Judges 15-16
Ezekiel 26:7-21

*AUTHOR:*
PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

*HYMN 8: MY FAITH LOOKS UP TO THEE*
My faith looks up to Thee,
Thou Lamb of Calvary,
Savior divine!
Now hear me while I pray,
Take all my guilt away,
Oh, let me from this day
Be wholly Thine!

May Thy rich grace impart
Strength to my fainting heart,
My zeal inspire!
As Thou hast died for me,
Oh, may my love to Thee
Pure, warm, and changeless be,
A living fire!

While life’s dark maze I tread,
And griefs around me spread,
Be Thou my guide;
Bid darkness turn to day,
Wipe sorrow’s tears away,
Nor let me ever stray
From Thee aside.

When ends life’s transient dream,
When death’s cold, sullen stream
Shall o’er me roll;
Blest Savior, then in love,
Fear and distrust remove;
Oh, bear me safe above,
A ransomed soul!

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[8/1, 4:47 AM] 919063: God’s remedy for depression

Thursday 1st August 2019

‘Why, my soul, are you downcast?’ Psalm 43:5 NIV

According to the New Zealand Health Survey 2016/2017, one in six New Zealand adults has been diagnosed with a common mental disorder at some time in their lives. This includes depression and bipolar and anxiety disorders. Many will not reach for assistance because they believe mental health is a personal weakness.

Now, let’s make an important distinction here. If you’re clinically depressed it could be due to a chemical imbalance in your body, and a doctor can help you. But the Bible can help. If you’re feeling sad or hopeless, it provides wisdom on how to recover. Your situation won’t be solved with a few clichés or a good pick-me-up lecture from a friend. What you need is ‘the wisdom that is from above’ (James 3:17 NKJV). After calling down fire from Heaven, Elijah ‘sat down…and prayed that he might die’ (1 Kings 19:4 NKJV). Fortunately, he turned to the right source. ‘All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up”‘ (1 Kings 19:5 NIV). Now, God may not send you an angel, but he will answer you, lift and restore you.

The psalmist said: ‘Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Saviour and my God.’ Who is David talking to? Himself! First, he talked to God about his problem; that’s what you do in prayer. Next, he listened to God about his problem; that’s what you do when you read the Scriptures and speak them over your life. That strategy works. It worked for David – and it will work for you too.

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