Morning Devotions

There are times when God seems inaccessible. When you pray, you feel abandoned in your present circumstances. And not just abandoned, but terrified and even hopeless. Paul understood that feeling. He had longed for an opportunity to preach in Rome, and was on his way there when a hurricane destroyed his ship. Paul not only foresaw the loss of the ship, its crew and cargo, ‘…but also of [their] lives…’ (Acts 27:10). He tried to warn the crew of the impending tragedy, but his words were disregarded by those in charge. In short, Paul and 276 others were placed in a life-threatening position by the wilful disregard of others, and there was nothing he could do about it. Feeling a sense of despair, he and his believing companions declared, ‘…all hope that we should be saved was then taken away’ (Acts 27:20). Then after fourteen days lost at sea – when the hurricane was fiercest – God sent an angel, ‘Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee’ (Acts 27:24). When it looked like Paul’s consuming desire to preach in Rome would be thwarted, God faithfully piloted them through the storm to the exact destination He had planned for them. Paul would go to Rome and declare God’s Word before Caesar! Are you caught in a storm? Whatever trial you are facing today, know this one thing: you can trust God to carry you through it. He determines ‘…the end from the beginning…’ (Isaiah 46:10), so you will come out of this stronger and wiser.

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[8/4, 3:12 AM] 919063: 🌲🌷 *OPEN HEAVENS* 🌷🌲
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_DATE: SUNDAY 4TH AUGUST 2019_

*THEME: WORD OF LIFE*

*MEMORISE:*
It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the word that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life.
–  (John 6:63).

*Bible Reading: JOHN 6:66-69*
66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?

68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.

69 And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.

*MESSAGE*
“For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life himself;”  – John 5:26

Life is an essential gift that God gives to every living entity in His creation. God is the Source and the Author of life.

This means that life cannot be acquired or possessed independently by any creature in the universe. Don’t be deceived; life is not an incidental product of nature, neither can nature take care of itself without God.

Nature cannot produce life on its own because it is God’s special gift, produced and ordered by God Himself.

Our Lord Jesus Christ was begotten of the Father and not created, and being one with the Father, He has the same life-giving power that the Father possesses; so that just as the Father give life as a gift of creation, Jesus is also able to give life freely to all those who come to Him through redemption.

“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostril the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” –  Genesis 2:7

This scripture describes how the first Adam received life. The breath of God transmitted life into man’s inanimate body and he became a living soul.

The process closing mirrors what the second Adam (Jesus Christ) is saying in today’s memory verse. He is revealing to us that just as the Father gave life through His breath in the beginning, He also gives life through His words today.

Therefore, the words of Jesus Christ are literally the “Word of life” not only in His own mouth but also in the mouth of those He has committed it to. No wonder John wrote in (1 John 1:1,3):

“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life… that which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.”

The word of the life carries the creative power God that is able to bring life to any dead situation.

This is the same power that is framed the universe! If you catch this revelation, you will realise the magnitude of the power at your disposal. You can speak the word of life to any situation in which death reigns and the life of God will come into it.

The same word of life that the early disciples used in turning the world “ upside down” is what God has committed to your mouth (Acts 5:20, Acts 17:6, Philippians 2:15-16).

I therefore decree that beginning from today, the word of God will become like fire in your mouth that will turn the world upside down for Christ in Jesus’ Name.

*PRAYER POINT:*
Father, please let the word of life become effective in my mouth in Jesus’ Name.

*BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:*
JUDGES 20-21, EZEKIEL 28:11-24

*AUTHOR:*
PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

* HYMN 11 – WHEN THE POWER OF GOD*
1. When the power of God descended
On the day of Pentecost
All the days of waiting ended
They received the Holy Ghost

CHORUS:
O Lord send Thy pow’r just now
O Lord send Thy pow’r just now
O Lord send Thy pow’r just now
And baptize every one

2. Tongues of flame came down upon them
And they preach’d the word in pow’r
Listening multitudes awakened
Turn’d to God that very hour

CHORUS:
O Lord send Thy pow’r just now
O Lord send Thy pow’r just now
O Lord send Thy pow’r just now
And baptize every one

3. We are waiting Holy Spirit
We are all of one accord
Lord fulfil just now the promise
That is given in Thy word

CHORUS:
O Lord send Thy pow’r just now
O Lord send Thy pow’r just now
O Lord send Thy pow’r just now
And baptize every one

4. Fill and thrill us with Thy presence
Grant the blessing that we need
Flood our souls with wondrous glory
While the pray’r of faith we plead.

CHORUS:
O Lord send Thy pow’r just now
O Lord send Thy pow’r just now
O Lord send Thy pow’r just now
And baptize every one

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[8/4, 3:15 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-08-04
TOPIC: THE PROFIT OF OFFERING ASSISTANCE

SCRIPTURE: As we have therefore opportunity,”let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6″:10

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: When you are full of yourself,”you miss opportunities in life.

Sometime ago, I heard a story of a young man who saw an old man trying to climb the air-stair of a plane with his luggage as they were boarding the plane. Immediately he sighted the old man with his luggage, he said, ‘Can I help you sir?’ The old man delightfully accepted and was excited. The young man carried his luggage and helped him into the plane. The old man asked, ‘Are there still such young men that can care for elderly people in this country? What do you do for a living?’ The young man said that he is a contractor. The old man again asked, ‘With which company?’ He mentioned some companies in Lagos and coincidentally, the Managing Director of one of the companies happened to be the old man’s son. Then the old man gave him his call card and told him to give it to the Managing Director of the company. The man took the card to the Managing Director of the company, and with an expression of surprise, the Managing Director asked him, ‘Where did you meet my father?’ And the man narrated the story. Now, the company was indebted to the young man to the tune of over a Hundred Million Naira. And by that connection, the money was paid on the spot and their business relationship was consolidated.

Beloved, when you are full of yourself, you miss opportunities in life. Assisting others reach where they are going connects you with divine assistance for your destiny journey.

Remember this”: When you are full of yourself,”you miss opportunities in life.

ASSIGNMENT(S)”:

1. Assist someone who is struggling to reach where he/she is going in life.

2. Look up to God for reward whenever you assist people; do not expect your reward from them.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING,”GET THIS MESSAGE”: UNDERSTANDING DESTINY

PRAYER: Lord,”I receive the grace to be a channel of blessing to people. Overwhelm me with Your blessing, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.

DAILY BIBLE READING”: 2 Chronicles 35:1 to 36:23,”1 Corinthians 1″:1 to 17,”Psalm 27″:1 to 6,”Proverbs 20″:20 to 21

QUOTE: The degree to which you train people is the degree to which you will reign in life. Culled from 30 SECRET TO THE TOP by Dr Paul Enenche.

AMAZING FACT: Sea otters hold hands when they sleep so they don’t drift away from each other.

PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD: The wisdom to live beyond yourself is released upon you in this season in Jesus*************************************************************************

SEEDS OF DESTINY IN FRENCH:

SEMENCE DE DESTINEE

DIMANCHE,”LE 4 AOÛT 2019 

THEME”: LE BENEFICE DE L’ASSISTANCE 

LES SAINTES ECRITURES: Ainsi donc,”pendant que nous en avons l’occasion, pratiquons le bien envers tous, et surtout envers les frères en la foi.  Galates 6″:10 

PENSEE DU JOUR: Lorsque vous êtes rempli de vous-même,”vous ratez des opportunités dans la vie. 

Il y a quelque temps, j’ai entendu raconter l’histoire d’un jeune homme qui avait vu un vieil homme essayer de monter les escaliers d’un avion avec ses bagages. Alors qu’il montait dans l’avion, il aperçut immédiatement le vieil homme avec ses bagages et lui demanda”: «Monsieur,”puis-je vous aider?» Le vieil homme accepta avec plaisir et était enthousiaste à cette idée. Le jeune homme porta ses bagages et l’aida à monter dans l’avion. Le vieil homme demanda”: «Y a-t-il encore de tels jeunes hommes qui peuvent prendre soin de personnes âgées dans ce pays? Que faites-vous dans la vie? » Le jeune homme lui dit qu’il faisait dans les marchés publics. Le vieil homme demanda de nouveau: « Avec quelle entreprise? » Il mentionna certaines entreprises à Lagos et,”comme par hasard, le Directeur Général de l’une de ces entreprises se

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[8/4, 7:05 AM] 919063: Take the lid off your thinking

Sunday 4th August 2019

‘For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.’ Proverbs 23:7 NKJV

Until Roger Bannister came on the scene in 1954, some experts said it was physically impossible to break the four-minute mile record. The thinking was, if it hasn’t been done, it’s because it can’t be done. But Bannister not only did it, he started a new trend. History continues to prove that records are made to be broken. And with God on your side, your chances for success go through the roof! Paul said, ‘I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ’ (Philippians 4:13 TLB).

Have you ever seen trained fleas in a jar? You don’t need a lid to keep them in. That’s because when the trainer first places them in the jar, he puts the lid on it, and the fleas jump up and down frantically hitting their heads against it. Finally, after a lot of headaches, they stop jumping and settle in to enjoy their newfound comfort. Now when the lid is removed the fleas are held captive by a mindset that says, ‘So high and no higher.’ What a picture!

Jesus said he came to ‘set free those who are oppressed […bruised…]’ (Luke 4:18 AMP). Bruised by what? By past mistakes, by harsh criticism, by crippling fears, by wrong teaching, by physical, emotional, mental and spiritual handicaps. In other words, Jesus came to help you take the lid off your thinking! No matter how bad your past is, the future he has in mind is better – and it is worth pursuing and fighting for.

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