Morning Devotions

[7/4, 5:48 AM] 919063: Living for others’

Thursday 4th July 2019

‘Honour one another above yourselves.’ Romans 12:10 NIV

As you approach the latter years of your life, you realise that it’s not just what you do that matters, but what you do for others. The most miserable people on earth are those who hate, hinder and hurt others, while the happiest are those who spend their lives helping others.

The degree to which you’re helpful is the degree to which you’re happy – it’s that simple. Poet John Albert Holmes said, ‘It’s well to remember that the entire population of the universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others.’

So, what are you doing for others? How good are you at letting someone else take credit for what gets accomplished? Paul writes, ‘Honour one another above yourselves’ (Romans 12:10 NIV). Next time somebody shares their accomplishments, pay attention to your need to jump in and tell them something as good or better about yourself. When you do that, you minimise their joy, create distance between you, and everybody loses. Instead, bite your tongue, look at them and say, ‘That’s wonderful; tell me more.’ And mean it! When you treat people this way two things happen: (1) The other person enjoys your company because they sense you’re really ‘there’ for them, instead of sitting on the edge of your seat waiting your turn to speak. (2) They feel that instead of competing with them, you care about their success. Consequently, your relationships grow stronger because you no longer need to grab all the attention and glory. It’s called ‘living for others’
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[7/4, 6:13 AM] 919063: 🌲🌷 *OPEN HEAVENS* 🌷🌲
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_DATE: THURSDAY 4TH JULY, 2019._

*THEME: IT DOESN’T MATTER.*

*MEMORISE:*
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
-Romans 13:1

*Bible Reading: Genesis 41:38-44*
38 And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?

39 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art:

40 Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou.

41 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.

42 And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph’s hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck;

43 And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt.

44 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and without thee shall no man lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.

*MESSAGE:*
The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up. He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD’s, and he hath set the world upon them.

1 Samuel 2:7-8

From this scripture, we see that no one attains the position of leadership without God having a hand in it. It then follows that irrespective of your background, when God decides to promote or enthrone you, nothing can stop your divine elevation. in this regard, Esther’s case readily comes to mind. A slave girl like her could only become a first lady through divine elevation. We also see this demonstrated in Joseph’s life: an imprisoned slave boy rose to become the second in command to a world emperor. To appreciate what God did in Joseph’s life, we must consider the factors that stood against him. Not only was he a foreigner, he was a slave and a prisoner who had a case of attempted rape hanging round his neck. Only God could have brought about the fulfilment of his long-time dreams in a strange land. I prophesy to you today: regardless of your family, educational or socio-economic background, you will reach your goal in Jesus’ Name.

We can learn some lessons from the story of Joseph’s elevation. First, the Lord caused Pharaoh to recognize the gift of the Holy Spirit in Joseph. Considering the fact that Egypt was a headquarters of astrologers and magicians, Pharaoh could have doubted the accuracy or authenticity of the interpretation and counsel that Joseph gave, if not for God’s hand. Secondly, if age was a factor, Joseph would not have been entrusted with such great responsibilities. In fact, for Pharaoh to have handed over his people and entire realm to a total stranger, it means Joseph found uncommon love and favor in his sight. On that remarkable day, he woke up as a slave boy and went to bed as the prime minister of Egypt. All this was made possible because of the God-factor. Beloved, the Lord is telling you to stop considering your background as a hindrance to your forward and upward movement in life. He will grant you a pleasant surprise this season, and those looking down on you will begin to look up to you, as it happened for Joseph in Jesus’ Name.

*PRAY POINT:*
Father, I believe Your word today; I declare that my background will not work against my greatness in life in Jesus’ Name.

*BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:*
Deuteronomy 13-15
Ezekiel 10:20-11:13

*AUTHOR:*
PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

*HYMN 7: MY HOPE IS BUILT ON NOTHING LESS*
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

*Refrain:*
On Christ the solid rock I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.
On Christ the solid rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness seems to veil His face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil.

His oath His covenant and blood
Support me in the ‘whelming flood:
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.

When the last trumpet’s voice shall sound,
O may I then in him be found.
Clothed in his righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before his throne
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[7/4, 6:15 AM] 919063: Daily Bible Inspirations
Some One Hears
by Margaret Michel

Out of my distress, I called on the LORD. The LORD answered me with freedom.

Psalm 118:5
As I look back, I realize that the naiveté of my childhood was peppered with distress calls.

The calls were not my own; they came from the adults in my life. Their concerns weren’t shared with us children, but we knew that as the atmosphere became more dense with concern, we would soon be gathered together for prayer, followed by a noticeable drop in the emotional pressure around us.

The gatherings were predictably coupled, for without fail we would again be herded together for a second meeting: this time for thanksgiving and praise. Levity and freedom replaced the earlier oppressive bounds. Once sullen faces now radiated with relief and joy.

My young mind absorbed the contrasting scenes. I had no clue what the causes of the adults’ distresses were, but the repeated pairings cemented in my mind that the One they called upon in the grip of their anguish both heard and answered their prayers.

That is how I began a trust journey that has continued into adulthood. Cycles of distress, call for help, and praiseworthy freedom developed the realization that my “go-to” God had impeccable “how-to” in hearing and freeing me from problems of any kind.

You, too, can enjoy freedom in God!

Pray

God,
Grant me freedom.
Grant assurance that when I call, You both hear and answer.
Help me recognize and give thanks for Your answer.
In Christ’s name I pray, Amen.

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[7/4, 6:33 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-07-04
TOPIC: THE BLESSING – A PRODUCT OF FAITH

SCRIPTURE: So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. Galatians 3:9

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The Word of God will fuel your faith and your faith will fuel your blessing. 

The Word of God has been established to be the custodian of God’s Blessing. And the Blessing of God is a major determinant of change of level in the life of man. Therefore,”to be in possession of the Word of God is to be in possession of the Blessing. 

The question is, how does the Word of God bless a person?

The Word of God Imparts Faith and Faith Attracts the Blessing.

Romans 10″:17 says,”So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

So, the Word of God communicates faith; it transmits faith. When a person is in touch with the Word of God, he is also in touch with faith. It is not possible to be low in faith if you are high in the Word, and faith attracts the blessing. Galatians 3″:9 says,”So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

So the Word of God imparts faith and faith attracts the Blessing of God.

Abraham was the father of faith and he was also the father of the blessing; he was blessing personified.

Beloved, the Word of God will fuel your faith and your faith will fuel your blessing. So, do not delegate your personal study of the Bible to anyone.

Remember this”: the Word of God will fuel your faith and your faith will fuel your blessing.

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. Grow your faith by feeding your spirit with the Word of God daily.

2. Guide your faith by refusing to bow for the confrontations of life.

3. Locate God’s promises from Scripture and make demands on God for the fulfilment of those promises.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING,”GET THIS MESSAGE”: BLESSED BY THE WORD

PRAYER: Lord,”I receive the impartation of faith that comes through Your Word. I receive my change of level, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.

DAILY BIBLE READING”: 2 Kings 23:31 to 25:30,”Acts 22″:17 to 23:10,”Psalm 2″:1 to12,”Proverbs 18″:13

QUOTE: Your faith in God produces unbelievable results. Culled 15 KINGDOM STRATEGIES FOR SURVIVAL by Dr Paul Enenche.

AMAZING FACT:  A mole can dig a tunnel that is 300 feet long in only one night.

TODAY IN HISTORY: 04/07/1827 – Slavery is abolished in the State of New York.

PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD: The Blessing of the word is your portion in this season in Jesus Name.

 

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