[8/11, 6:33 PM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: A young labourer came to a restaurant one evening to have a meal. The owner engaged him in a conversation and found out that he was saving to bring his family to the city so they could get a chance at a better life. He had an aged mother, a wife and two young sons who he hoped to give a good education so they could have a more decent life. He had just arrived the city and found some menial work at a scrap metal site down the road. It was going to be his only meal of the day and he could only spend a few cents.
The owner was impressed with his hardwork and diligence, and his family values. He encouraged the labourer and wrapped his meal for him. He took his order personally and told him that it would cost him 50 cents.
Several years went by and the labourer stopped at the restaurant every evening to get his one meal of the day and chat with the restaurant owner who always encouraged him and asked about his aged mother, his wife and young sons, and how his plans were going.
Finally, the labourer came by one evening with a happy smile on his face. He had bought a modest house in a good neighborhood with a good school for his boys and he had just sent for his family to join him. The restaurant owner was very happy for him and congratulated him. The labourer then told him that he was in a mood to celebrate and he would be spending an entire 5 dollars on his meal that evening. The restaurant owner told him it was well-deserved, wrapped up his meal and he went on his way home.
When the labourer got home and opened up his meal pack, he was shocked to see that it was the same type of food he had been having every day for the last 6 years. He was very disappointed because he had been looking forward to a feast to celebrate his big achievement. He certainly deserved something better after scrimping on his meals all those years. He was mad at the restaurant owner and felt robbed of his money and his celebration. He felt he had been cheated by his very good friend.
He immediately went back to the restaurant to make his complaint. The restaurant owner had already left and he met one of the staff with whom he was quite familiar.
“Say, John, I think you guys gave me the wrong meal pack today. You see, I got this same type of meal every day for 5 cents but today I am celebrating and decided to spend 5 whole dollars at your restaurant. But I was cheated and got just the same meal as every other day!”
“Well, sir, this is our most expensive meal and it costs 5 dollars!”
It suddenly dawned on the labourer that he had not been cheated at all by his friend. In fact, the restaurant owner had been giving him their best meal which cost 5 dollar for 50 cents for 6 years! He felt very ashamed of himself for thinking that his good friend had cheated him.
“It’s all a misunderstanding then,” he said and turned to leave quickly to hide the tears in his eyes.
“One minute, sir,” said the staff. “My boss said you were going to come back and that I was to give you this bag.”
When the labourer opened the bag, he found all the 50 cents he had ever spent at this restaurant. Unable to hold back the tear now, he sat down on a bench and wept quite unashamedly.
√ He had judged too quickly
√ He’d felt entitled and a little prideful because of his sense of arrival
√ He had repaid kindness with suspicion and anger
√ He had failed to give proper thanks where it was due…
*Because he had been unable to see or recognise the hand that was behind the scene helping him all this time!*
Friends, sometimes because we don’t yet have the car and the house and the fine things, we fail to recognise the simple things that God gives us daily. And so we are ungrateful and unappreciative and even a little entitled when we go to Him to complain about the things we don’t have. We are prideful of our little achievements when we have a few fine things or feel like we have arrived.
But does God condemn us? Is He mad at us? Does He take back everything because of our foolishness?
Like the restaurant owner, even though He gives us of His best and always looks out for us to encourage us, He is there to pick us up when we stumble or fall. Even when we don’t see or appreciate His goodness and kindness to us, He never stops being gracious and kind to us or tires of hearing our complaining and griping. In fact, He opens His storehouse and gives us even more than we deserve when we are at our lowest. The Bible says that while we were still sinners God gave us Jesus Christ who came and died for us [Romans 5:8].
Today, this very moment, stop and consider God’s goodness and then you might want to say a prayer like this:
*”LORD, I DON’T SEE YOUR HAND BEHIND THE SCENES BUT SINCE I’M STILL ALIVE I KNOW YOU ARE THERE HOLDING ME UP AND HELPING ME. AND I JUST WANT TO TELL YOU THANK YOU!”*
And if you are yet to receive God’s best gift, His own Son, Jesus Christ, please take a few moments and pray something like this prayer:
*”DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER, THANK YOU FOR LOVING ME AND SENDING YOUR SON TO DIE IN MY PLACE. I ACCEPT YOUR GIFT OF LOVE. FROM THIS DAY, I CONFESS THAT JESUS CHRIST IS MY LORD AND SAVIOUR. AMEN”*
Do have a good day. *Shalom! Shalom!!*
[8/13, 6:59 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL BY PASTOR E.A. ADEBOYE
DATE: THURSDAY 13 AUGUST 2020
THEME: HOLINESS MADE SIMPLE
And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. Luke 9:23.
READ: Luke 9:23-26 (KJV).
23. And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
24. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.
25. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?
26. For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.
Many times, people say it is impossible to live holy. That is not true. Jesus lived on earth for thirty-three years without committing even a single sin. If Jesus could do it, you can do it too because His grace is sufficient for you (2 Corinthians 12:9). The problem is that we look at the concept of holiness with so much fear and just conclude that it is not possible. Holiness is simply obedience.
“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” James 4:17.
Once you know the right thing to do, do it. Simple. You have read in your Bible not to steal; don’t steal. You have read that it is wrong to lie; don’t lie. Just obey. That’s all.
Now, you may say “Obedience to every single instruction from God is not easy,” but if you take it one at a time, then you would see the possibility.
“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” Luke 9:23
Jesus said you should take up your cross daily. If you think about keeping your body and teeth clean for the rest of your life, it will look like a lot of work. But when you just ensure that you keep them clean daily, then you will achieve the goal for the rest of your life. You brush your teeth every morning, you take your bath every morning, so also should you decide to live holy every morning. When you wake up in the morning, renew your commitment to live holy just for that day. Tell yourself “Adeboye, throughout today, you will not commit any sin; you will live holy for the next twenty-four hours.” With just twenty-four hours as the goal, it is easier to achieve holiness. By the time you add thirty sets of twenty-four hours together, you would have been holy for one month and then one year and so on. Just take up your cross daily.
Holiness is possible. Just make it a daily goal.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
HYMN 12: I AM THINE O LORD
1. I am Thine O Lord
I have heard Thy voice
And it told Thy love to me
But I long to rise in the arms of faith
And be closer drawn to Thee.
Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,
To the cross where Thou hast died;
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer, blessed Lord
To Thy precious, bleeding side.
2. Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord
By the pow’r of grace divine
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope
And my will be lost in Thine.
3. Oh, the pure delight of a single hour
That before Thy throne I spend
When I kneel in prayer, and with Thee, my God
I commune as friend with friend.
4. There are depths of love that I cannot know
Till I cross the narrow sea
There are heights of joy that I may not reach
Till I rest in peace with Thee.
[8/13, 6:59 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: SEEDS OF DESTINY DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
DATE: THURSDAY 13TH AUGUST, 2020
TOPIC: THE SCOURGE OF BROKEN PROMISES
Looking up to a man’s promise can cause frustration! To look up to man is to sign for heartbreak. This is because man can change, man can fail, and man can die. But there is a God who cannot fail, change or die! He is the Lord that changeth not.
SCRIPTURE: This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers…2 Timothy 3:1-3.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: When you encounter a lot of people who promise to do something for you and they change their mind, don’t be surprised. That is truce-breaking, and it is a sign of the end time.
Our anchor Scripture makes it clear that in the last days, there shall be the multiplication of trucebreakers. The end time is characterized by the abundance of broken promises. Truce-breaking is the order of the day in the end time. The word “truce” implies covenant or agreement. Therefore, trucebreakers means agreement breakers, covenant breakers or promise breakers.
Agreement breaking is more commonly pronounced in the political world. When people are coming out to contest for elective political offices, they make unrealistic promises they know they cannot fulfil to the people. Yet, they make those promises just to get into power by all means. They are truce breakers! They are covenant breakers!
When it involves money, agreement between two people is always a challenge. In the end time, broken promises shall abound. When you encounter a lot of people who promise to do something for you and they change their mind, don’t be surprised. That is truce-breaking, and it is a sign of the end time.
Some people make promises, and when you approach them to fulfil their promises, they begin to wonder when they made such promises. That is truce-breaking. It is a sign and symptom of the last days.
The truth is, looking up to a man’s promise can cause frustration! To look up to man is to sign for heartbreak. This is because man can change, man can fail, and man can die. But there is a God who cannot fail, change or die! He is the Lord that changeth not (Mal. 3:6).
My counsel to you is, don’t be a promise breaker. Don’t say things you know you will not do. Don’t tell lies; be truthful always.
Remember this: When you encounter a lot of people who promise to do something for you and they change their mind, don’t be surprised. That is truce-breaking, and it is a sign of the end time.
1. Don’t be disappointed if someone makes a promise to you and fails to fulfil it.
2. Make up your mind not to be a promise breaker.
3. Do not depend on the promises of man. Look up to God.
PRAYER: O Lord, I receive the grace not to be a covenant or promise breaker. Help me to hold on to Your promises alone and not the promises of men, Lord in Jesus’ Name.
FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: CAUTION FOR THE LAST DAYS.
QUOTE: Offering inspiration to a sinner produces inspired lawbreakers–people breaking the law with inspiration. Culled from “MAKING FULL PROOF OF MINISTRY” by Dr Paul Enenche.
DAILY READING: Jeremiah 22-24
AMAZING FACT: A single human brain generates more electrical impulses in a day than all the telephones of the world combined.
PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD: Receive the grace to be a covenant keeper and to look up only to God in all things in Jesus’ Name.
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