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[8/16, 11:25 PM] Onothoja 2: 🌲🌷 *OPEN HEAVENS* 🌷🌲
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_DATE: SATURDAY 17TH AUGUST, 2019._

*THEME: COUNTING THE COST.*

*MEMORISE:*
For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
Luke 14:28

*Bible Reading: Hebrews 11:8-16*
8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:

10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.

12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.

13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.

16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

*MESSAGE:*
Our Lord Jesus Christ did not impulsively come to the earth to die for our sins, He carefully considered all it would cost Him to accomplish this difficult task (Hebrews 10:5-70). He considered the cost of leaving His throne in heaven, with an innumerable company of angels at his beck and call, to live on earth as one having nowhere to lay His head (Luke 9:58). He considered the agony of rejection He would go through at the hands of those He came to save. He considered the sorrow of having those He healed, cleansed and raised back to life crying “Crucify Him!” Above all, he considered the pain of becoming sin, hanging on a cross and being separated from His Father. Shedding more light on this, the Holy Spirit says in Philippians 2:5-8:

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”

Having considered the cost of all this and much more, Jesus still chose to go through it all because of the joy of our salvation that was set before Him (Hebrews 12:3). What a wonderful Savior we have! The Holy Spirit is admonishing us to have the same mind, which counts the cost of a task before undertaking it.

The lives of many Bible characters also reflects the principle of counting the cost. Abraham is one example; he never once thought of going back to his native country after leaving it. He properly understood God’s instructions and followed through without looking back. Also, the four Hebrews boys were well aware of what was at stake the moment they got of Babylon. They quickly counted the cost, and in Daniel 1:8, we are told that Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego made a commitment to God that cost them the right to the king’s delicacies. Because they had counted the cost and made a firm commitment to follow through, they dared the fiery furnace and the lion’s den. The good news is that when we made up our minds with a strong commitment to serve the Lord at all cost, it attracts great rewards from heaven. Count the cost of going all the way with Jesus, surrendering all to Him and living holy, and then make a firm commitment to serve God’ no matter what it takes.

*ACTION POINT:*
Restate your firm commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ and to the cause of His Kingdom.

*BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:*
1 Samuel 20-21
Ezekiel 34:25-35:15

*AUTHOR:*
PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

*HYMN 9: IN CHRIST ALONE*
In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone, who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
‘Til on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ

No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.

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[8/17, 2:49 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-08-17
TOPIC: SURRENDERING OF STRENGTH AND THE FULFILMENT OF DESTINY

SCRIPTURE: And he said unto me,”My grace is sufficient for thee”: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: If you want to prevail with God,”you must surrender your strength.

Genesis 32″:24-28 gives us the account of Jacob’s experience at the verge of receiving a breakthrough unto destiny fulfilment. That was the point where he finally rode on the wings of the blessing and overcame the power of perpetual struggle that characterised his life and destiny. When the angel wrestled with Jacob and could not prevail,”the Bible says that he touched the hollow of Jacob’s thigh and it went out of place (Genesis 32″:25). Now,”the thigh bone or the femur is by most measure, the strongest bone in the body. It makes us to stand erect and walk. That was where God had to weaken in order to prevail with Jacob, and when Jacob surrendered his strength, the blessing (power) for destiny fulfilment came on him.

So, beloved, if you want to prevail with God and fulfil destiny, you must surrender your strength; you must surrender whatever can make you boast, whatever is the secret of your pride – it maybe your skills, wisdom, beauty, achievements, etc. Surrender anything you are counting on in order to see the one that God can give you. The reason why most people do not see what God has for them is because they are too possessed with what they think they have; they are too impressed with themselves as well as their skills, wisdom.

Please note the following”:

a. Surrender is key to destiny. 

b. Surrender is key to success in life.

c. Surrender is key to survival. It is not possible to do well in life until there is surrender to God. 

Remember this: If you want to prevail with God,”you must surrender your strength.

ASSIGNMENT(S)”:

1. Surrender your life and all you think you have completely to God.

2. Make demands on the grace to lay everything down on the altar of God at the place of prayer.

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

PRAYER: Lord,”I surrender all to You. Draw me close to You and let me be completely lost in You so I can fulfil my destiny on earth, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.

DAILY BIBLE READING”: Nehemiah 12: 27 to 13:31,”1 Corinthians 11″:1 to 16,”Psalm 35″:1 to 16,”Proverbs 21″:17 to 28

QUOTE: Deficiency and shortage in life is a product of existing independent of God. Culled from 21 FOOLISH THINGS PEOPLE DO by Dr Paul Enenche. 

AMAZING FACT: Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand. 

PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD: As you surrender your strength unto God in this season,”fresh dimension of Blessing and power is released on you in Jesus’ Name.

DON’T FORGET TO ATTEND”: The Sunday Service by 9:00am tomorrow. Endeavour to come to Church with your friends and loved ones. God bless you.

 

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SEEDS OF DESTINY IN FRENCH:

SEMENCE DE DESTINEE

SAMEDI,”LE 17 AOÛT 2019

THEME”: RENONCER A SA FORCE ET ACCOMPLIR SON DESTIN

LES SAINTES ECRITURES: Et il m’a dit: Ma grâce te suffit,”car ma puissance s’accomplit dans la faiblesse. Je me glorifierai donc bien plus volontiers de mes faiblesses, afin que la puissance de Christ repose sur moi. 2 Corinthiens 12″: 9

PENSEE DU JOUR: Si vous voulez l’emporter sur Dieu,”vous devez renoncer à votre force.

Genèse 32″: 24-28 nous donne le récit de l’expérience de Jacob sur le point de recevoir une percée décisive dans l’accomplissement de son destin. C’est à ce moment-là qu’il avait finalement pu prendre son envol sur les ailes de la bénédiction et qu’il avait vaincu le pouvoir de la lutte perpétuelle qui caractérisait sa vie et son destin. Lorsque l’ange lutta avec Jacob et ne put le vaincre,”la Bible dit qu’il toucha le creux de la hanche de Jacob et que celui-ci se déboîta (Genèse 32″:25). Or,

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[8/17, 6:58 AM] 919063: How to solve problems (2)

Friday 16th August 2019

‘The Lord is my strength and my shield.’ Psalm 28:7 NKJV

Second, you must identify the real problem. Sometimes a doctor can cure you, other times he or she prescribes medication that enables you to live more comfortably with your problem. But first they have to diagnose it.

Philosopher Abraham Kaplan makes this distinction between problems and predicaments: ‘A problem is something you can do something about. If you can’t do something about it, then it’s not a problem, it’s a predicament. That means it’s something that must be coped with; something that must be endured. When you treat a predicament as a problem you can become frustrated, angry and depressed. You waste energy and make bad decisions. Then when all your attempts fail, you give up and see yourself as a victim.’ Here’s an example: if you’re married, perhaps you are a ‘morning person’ and your spouse is a ‘night person’, or vice versa. That’s a predicament. You can’t change it. You can’t change the way people are wired internally. And if you try, you and your spouse will experience lots of conflict and there’ll be no resolution. However, your difficulty in finding ways to spend time together because of your different bents is a problem, and that can be solved.

And here’s another thought: sometimes God will deliver you from a bad situation and other times he will use it to develop your character and make you more like Christ. Yes, he can turn your sigh into a song! David said, ‘The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise him’ (Psalm 28:7 NKJV).

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[8/17, 6:58 AM] 919063: How to solve problems (3)

Saturday 17th August 2019

‘But I said, “Should a man like me run away?…I will not go!”‘ Nehemiah 6:11 NIV

Third, you must face the problem. When Nehemiah was threatened by his enemies, some of his friends told him to hide in the temple. But he replied, ‘Should a man like me run away? Or should someone like me go into the temple to save his life? I will not go’ (Nehemiah 6:11 NIV)! As a result Nehemiah rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem in two months – an amazing feat.

Years ago a popular American television commercial about addiction and abuse showed a typical family at home. The children were playing, the mother was vacuuming and the father was reading the newspaper. They could have been a conventional family anywhere, except for one problem: there was a huge elephant in the room with them. Even though they could see it was making life difficult and they had to work around it, they seemed to be ignoring it and pretending it didn’t exist. That ad gave rise to the slogan: ‘The elephant in the room.’ It applies to problems we don’t want to address, so we pretend that everything is fine.

We typically react to a problem in four ways: (1)Flee it: we try to escape, but the problem always follows us. (2) Forget it: we hope it will go away if we don’t think about it. But left alone, problems tend to get worse. (3) Fight it: what we resist persists. And problems are no exception. (4) Face it: we look at the issue realistically and deal with it. If we’re wise we reach for God’s assistance and ‘boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear”‘ (Hebrews 13:6 NKJV).

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