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[8/5, 7:20 AM] 919063: 🌲🌷 *OPEN HEAVENS* 🌷🌲
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_DATE: MONDAY 5TH AUGUST 2019_

*THEME: UNDERSTANDING TIMES & SEASONS.*

*MEMORISE:*
While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
Genesis 8:22

*Bible Reading: 1 Chronicles 12:32-33*
32 And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.

33 Of Zebulun, such as went forth to battle, expert in war, with all instruments of war, fifty thousand, which could keep rank: they were not of double heart.

*MESSAGE*
As children of the Most High, we need a good understanding of the times and seasons we live in as an important part of enjoying our relationship with God, and to make us successful in our endeavors in this world. We must not ignore the Holy Spirit’s teaching in Ecclesiastes 3:1 which says:

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the
heaven:”

It is clear from the verse that our God is a God of plan and purpose who in His infinite wisdom has predetermined the times and season to activate His plan and fulfil His purpose. Today’s memory verse is very insightful in this regard. It is amazing that the words God spoke to Noah so many years ago are still relevant to us in this generation. We understand from the verse that even though we should be heaven-minded, as this word is not our home, we must also be active and productive as long as we remain in this world. As profitable stewards of the resources of God’s kingdom, we must prepare for every season and put in our very best to make the most of every opportunity God gives to us. We must not occupy the back seat in the affairs of this world or accept servitude and poverty as our lot. We must refuse unfavorable circumstances and reject mediocrity disguised as spirituality. I pray that the Almighty God will give you perfect understanding of the times and seasons He makes available to you in Jesus’ Name.

Children of God need to know that the same God who commanded us to be sober, vigilant and to watch carefully for the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ also instructed us to occupy till He returns (Luke 19:13). Therefore, as we continue to say “Come, Lord Jesus” and intensify our efforts to take His gospel to every corner of the earth, we must also continue to prosper and multiply in all aspects of life. We must also continue to prosper and multiply in all aspects of life. We must continue in our efforts to dominate our world and subdue it for the Almighty God. Isaiah 49:8 says:

“Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;”

I pray that your understanding will become open to realize that this is the acceptable time and season that our God in His wisdom has set to favor His children. Therefore, to as many as are determined to do exploits for God, I say the Lord will preserve you, and all your efforts to win souls for Christ will be richly rewarded. God will empower you to be established and cause you to inherit the desolate heritages of the earth, in the Name of Jesus.

*PRAYER POINT:*
Father, please awaken me to the opportunities You have set before me in this generation in Jesus name.

*BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:*
Ruth 1-2
Ezekiel 28:25-29:9

*AUTHOR:*
PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

*HYMN 1: THERE SHALL BE SHOWERS OF BLESSINGS*
• There shall be showers of blessing:
This is the promise of love;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
Sent from the Savior above.

*Refrain:*
Showers of blessing,
Showers of blessing we need:
Mercy-drops round us are falling,
But for the showers we plead.

• There shall be showers of blessing,
Precious reviving again;
Over the hills and the valleys,
Sound of abundance of rain.

• There shall be showers of blessing;
Send them upon us, O Lord;
Grant to us now a refreshing,
Come, and now honor Thy Word.

• There shall be showers of blessing:
Oh, that today they might fall,
Now as to God we’re confessing,
Now as on Jesus we call!

• There shall be showers of blessing,
If we but trust and obey;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
If we let God have His way.

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[8/5, 7:22 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-08-05
TOPIC: THE IMPORTANCE OF CONVERTING OPPORTUNITY TO POSSIBILITY

SCRIPTURE: He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich. Proverbs 10:4

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Endeavour to turn every opportunity to possibility with the mind-set of making impact,”not income.

Many years ago, a young man who was a mechanic based in Onitsha decided to travel to the Northern part of Nigeria at the end of the civil war in the early 70s, but when he reached Otukpo in Benue state, he decided to settle there because he found an opportunity. At that time, Otukpo as a town had many transporters who had Lorries and buses for their transportation business. In those days, when a vehicle’s engine knocked, the owner would go ahead and buy a brand new engine; they did not know that vehicle engines once knocked could be repaired until the man from the East came into the city. He made it known to the people that vehicle engines are repairable. He picked the first engine, repaired it, and when they asked him the cost of repair, he said, ‘This is not for money, use the engine first.’ When they fixed the engine on the vehicle, it was working perfectly. Immediately, the people realised that they had been wasting their money on new engines and decided to take their knocked and abandoned engines to the man for repair. The man became established in that land as a master mechanic. Not too long after, he opened a spare parts store. The last time I heard about him, he was already a millionaire, an importer of tractors from Europe. He was financially settled because he located an opportunity, turned the opportunity to possibility and from possibility to destiny.

Beloved, my counsel is, endeavour to turn every opportunity to possibility with the mind-set of making impact, not income, and income will automatically locate you.

Remember this”: Endeavour to turn every opportunity to possibility with the mind-set of making impact,”not income.

ASSIGNMENT(S)”:

1. Place impact ahead of income in everything you do.

2. Be diligent in whatsoever you do.

3. Look out for opportunities to change lives for God. 

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

PRAYER: Lord,”I receive the grace to be diligent in my work. Let impact be my focus in life, Lord in Jesus’ Name.

DAILY BIBLE READING”: Ezra 1:1 to 2:70,”1 Corinthians 1″:18 to 2:5,”Psalm 27″:7 to 14,”Proverbs 20″:22 to 23

QUOTE: when opportunity meets lack of preparation,”the outcome is frustration. Culled from CAREER AND WORKPLACE WISDOM by Dr Paul Enenche.

PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD”: Grace to turn opportunity to possibility is released upon you in this season in Jesus’ Name. 

DON’T FORGET TO ATTEND: The Healing and Deliverance Service by 9:00 am tomorrow. Invite someone. God bless you as you do so.

 

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SEEDS OF DESTINY IN FRENCH:

SEMENCE DE DESTINEE

LUNDI,”LE 5 AOÛT 2019 

THEME”: CE QUI EST IMPORTANT : CONVERTIR L’OPPORTUNITE EN POSSIBILITE 

LES SAINTES ECRITURES: Celui qui agit d’une main lâche s’appauvrit,”Mais la main des diligents enrichit.  Proverbes 10″: 4 

PENSEE DU JOUR: Efforcez-vous de transformer chaque opportunité en possibilité,”en ayant pour objectif de créer un impact et non un revenu. 

Il y a de nombreuses années, un jeune mécanicien basé à Onitsha décida de se rendre dans le nord du Nigéria à la fin de la guerre civile au début des années 70, mais lorsqu’il arriva à Otukpo, dans l’État de Benue, il décida de s’y installer ; car il y avait trouvé une opportunité. 

À l’époque, Otukpo comptait de nombreux chauffeurs qui conduisaient des camions et des semi-remorques. À cette époque, lorsque le moteur d’un véhicule coulait, le propriétaire décidait d’acheter un moteur tout neuf; ils ne savaient pas que les moteurs des véhicules une fois coulés, pourraient être

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[8/5, 7:22 AM] 919063: Congratulations on your new location!’

Monday 5th August 2019

‘I go to prepare a place for you.’ John 14:2 NKJV

A lady ordered two bouquets of flowers, one for a friend who was relocating his business and the other for the funeral of a friend who had just died. Unfortunately, the florist mixed up the orders. As a result, the friend relocating his business received flowers with a note saying, ‘In deepest sympathy’, while the deceased’s flowers came with a card saying, ‘Congratulations on your new location!’

Redeemed child of God, one day you’ll hear the words, ‘Congratulations on your new location.’ Heaven isn’t ‘a state of mind’ or celestial cyberspace. It’s a prepared place for a prepared people. The Bible talks of ‘the whole family in Heaven and earth’ (Ephesians 3:15 NKJV). Perhaps someone you’ve loved and lost is waiting for you there and you’re looking forward to seeing them again. Perhaps you’re wondering if we’ll know each other. Yes! Would we know less in Heaven than we knew on earth? No. Paul says, ‘Then shall I know them just as I also am known’ (1 Corinthians 13:12 NKJV). Not only will we know each other, but we’ll eat together and enjoy one another for all eternity. Imagine fabulous food with no cholesterol! No disease. And best of all, no heartache, for God himself will ‘wipe away all tears…and there shall be no more death…sorrow…crying, nor pain. All of that…gone forever’ (Revelation 21:4 TLB).

Have you come to the place in life where you know for sure that if you died today you’d go to Heaven? You can have that assurance by placing your trust in the One who paid for all your sins – and offers you the gift of eternal life.

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[8/5, 7:22 AM] 919063: WISDOM FOR THE DAY
Monday, 5th March, 2019

YOU NEED TO MATURE

“Now I say, that the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;”
Galatians 4:1 KJV
 
We need to have knowledge. Knowledge is power. The Bible says “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6) Ephesians 4:13 teaches us that the purpose of the five-fold ministry is to equip you to have knowledge of the Son of God unto the measure of the status of the fullness of Christ. So that you, henceforth, will be no more children.
 
Galatians 4:1 tells us that the heir as long as he is a child is not different from a servant though he be lord of all. As long as you make up your mind not to mature you could be 20 years in Christ and yet remain a baby. When you should grow into the deeper things of God, you are looking for somebody to begin to teach you again about salvation. No wonder Paul says we should not be talking about fornication in the Church. It should not be named, because it doesn’t belong there.
 
If you are maturing, there are things that don’t belong to that company of believers. He said, “let it not be once named among them”. Rather than growing, every day, we are telling you to live for Christ. We are telling you how to get to church on time and about paying your tithe. We are still teaching you about giving and about visiting one another, when you should be maturing into the voice of God on planet earth.
 
Maturity is the main purpose of the Church. Maturity does not depend on your age. I have seen young people who became Christians and, in a year, they have ‘devoured’ the bible.  They entered into it and ate it all. When you listen to them, they talk as spiritual giants. And there are people who have been 20 years in Christianity and are completely devoid of knowledge. 
 
Beloved, I challenge you today to make a quality decision to grow up in Christ.
 
Further reading: Hebrews 5:12-14, 1 Peter 2:1-2.
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Psalms 68-69; Evening- Romans 8:1-21
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