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[8/2, 3:16 AM] 919063: 🌲🌷 *OPEN HEAVENS* 🌷🌲
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_DATE: FRIDAY 2ND AUGUST 2019_

*THEME: GOD OR HUMAN PLEASERS?*

*MEMORISE:*
But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.
1 Thessalonians 2:4

*Bible Reading: Acts 4:15-20*
15 But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves,

16 Saying, What shall we do to these men? for that indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them is manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it.

17 But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name.

18 And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.

19 But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.

20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

*MESSAGE*
One of the most important responsibilities of leaders is to make the people they lead happy by providing an enabling environment for peace and prosperity. A leader who listens to the yearnings and aspirations of his people and tries to provide solutions to their problems is usually loved, while any leader who fails to satisfy the common interest of the people, even for the best reasons, is generally condemned. Therefore, leaders at every level of human endeavor have perfected the art of pleasing the people they lead in order to continually earn their approval and to keep enjoying the power, wealth and influence made available by their office. However, the Bible admonishes Christians in general and those in position of authority in particular to reject the temptation of becoming pleasers of men. 1 Thessalonian 2:4 says:

“But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.”

We see from this scripture that God expects all Christians to view every opportunity to influence others as a divine responsibility that has a divine purpose. Therefore, we are to do all thing to the glory of God with the consciousness that we owe our allegiance to Him and not to any human being. For this reason, the Holy Spirit says in Psalm 75:6-7:

“For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.”

Pleasing people involves making every effort to do whatever they want in order to win their approval, even when such actions are contrary to God’s commandments. Pleasing people requires eye service, insecurity, self-centeredness and godliness. Men pleasers have an insatiable appetite for money and power, and they can mortgage the future of the people they lead to achieve their selfish ambitions. Anyone who is obsessed with pleasing people will unconsciously begin to work against god’s purpose until he or she becomes an enemy of God. Paul came to this conclusion in Galatians 1:10, saying:

“For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.”

Arron, King Saul and Herod are examples of leaders who were committed to pleasing people in order to win their approval, without much consideration for the will and commandments of God (Exodus 32, 1 Samuel 15, Acts 12:20-22). Unfortunately, they all got punished for their evil actions. I pray that every tendency to be a people-pleasers will be completely removed from your life today in Jesus’ Name.

*PRAYER POINT:*
Father, please let my focus be centered to pleasing You in all things in Jesus’ Name.

*BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:*
Judges 17-18
Ezekiel 27:1-25

*AUTHOR:*
PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

*HYMN 10: I HAVE DECIDED TO FOLLOW JESUS*
• I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
No turning back, no turning back.

• The world behind me, the cross before me;
The world behind me, the cross before me;
The world behind me, the cross before me;
No turning back, no turning back.

• Though none go with me, still I will follow;
Though- none go with me, still I will follow;
Though none go with me, still I will follow;
No turning back, no turning back.

• My cross I’ll carry, till I see Jesus;
My cross I’ll carry, till I see Jesus;
My cross I’ll carry, till I see Jesus;
No turning back, no turning back.

• Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
No turning back, no turning back.

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[8/2, 3:17 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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[8/2, 7:27 AM] 919063: The importance of good communication

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Friday 2nd August 2019

‘Teach these truths to other trustworthy people…’ 2 Timothy 2:2 NLT

Here’s a bit of time-tested wisdom that will help get you the results you want in life: become a good communicator. Whether you lead in the church, the workplace or the home, you must take the time to communicate clearly with people in order to succeed.

One of the things virtually every employee wishes he or she had with superiors is better communication. Unfortunately, when those employees become managers, they forget to communicate with those they manage. This isn’t the case of Sally Frame Kasaks, who became CEO of the Ann Taylor clothing store franchise. She placed a new emphasis on quality products and on ‘more and better communication with employees at all levels’. Within a year, sales rose over 30 per cent. Paul Kahn had a similar agenda when he became chairman and CEO of Safeguard Services. He had his head of operations, Richard Interdonato, change the internal company strategy to emphasise three things: (1) Open doors.Leadership became more accessible to employees. (2) Visibility. Interdonato spent about 40 per cent of his time ‘just talking with people’. (3) Sharing information through a daily newsletter and frequent open forums with employees. It worked. Within a year, earnings increased by 13.1 per cent.

When you’re on top, always remember the issues that are important to those below you. Why? Because no matter how great your vision may be, without the cooperation and commitment of those below you, your vision will never be fulfilled. Paul, who was a great communicator, wrote, ‘Teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others’ (2 Timothy 2:2 NLT).

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[8/2, 7:27 AM] 919063: *Above Only Devotional*

Friday, August 2

*Grace to Fully Utilize God’s Ability in You 2*

_Colossians 1:9-10 (AMP)_
_…that you may be filled with the full… knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdow [in insight into the ways and purposes of God] and in understanding and discernment of spiritual things – That you may walk… in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him and desire to please Him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing and increasing in and by the knowledge of God…_

It is very possible for you to fully utilize the abilities that God has given you. In order to do this, you need to be aware of the abilities God has given you, you need to be aware of His mighty power at work in you and you also need God’s wisdom and the right attitude. You have the fruit of the Spirit (Gal.5:22-23), you have various gifts and abilities (1 Cor.12:7-11, Rom. 12:5-8, James 1:17), you have all that pertains to life and godliness (2 Pet. 1:3), you are blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Eph. 1:3), God’s glorious riches and power are at work in you (Eph. 1:18-20, Eph. 3:20).

The right attitude to have is to remain focused and give yourself to training, 1 Cor. 9:25-27. You must be ready to redeem the time, (Psa. 90:12, Eph. 5:16). You must be ready to diligently put the grace of God to work, 1 Cor. 15:10. You must be ready to live a pure and holy life, 2 Tim. 2:20-21. You must desire to grow and make progress by practicing what you are learning, James 1:22-25, Heb. 5:13-14. You must be willing to fully utilize all the abilities God has given you.

Desire to manifest the glory of Christ. Desire to conform to the image of Christ (Rom. 8:29) and to be like Christ in all things, Eph. 4:1 5. Never settle for less or think that you have arrived. Keep desiring to lay hold of that purpose for which God laid hold of you. You must be willing to forget what is behind you and to keep pressing towards the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, Phil. 3:12-14.

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, open my eyes to the abilities you have given me and help me to have the right attitude to fully utilize them.

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