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[8/26, 11:58 PM] 919063: 🌲🌷 *OPEN HEAVENS* 🌷🌲
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_DATE: TUESDAY 27TH AUGUST 2019_

*THEME: HAVE FAITH IN GOD.*

*MEMORISE:*
They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth forever.
Psalm 125:1

*Bible Reading: Mark 11:12-14*
12 And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry:

13 And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.

14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.

*Mark 11:20-24*
20 And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.

21 And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away.

22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.

23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

*MESSAGE*
Today’s Bible reading narrates a story that demonstrates faith in action and teaches what faith can do for those who live by it. Having declared to us in Habakkuk 2:4 that “The just shall live by his faith,” our Lord’s primary purpose in cursing the fig tree was to show us what living by faith really looks like. That was why the first statement Jesus made after Peter drew His attention to the withered fig tree was “Have faith in God” (Mark 11:22). Jesus further went on to say in Mark 11:23:

“ For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.”

Living by faith simply means to have faith in God’s power and in His faithfulness to perform whatever He has promised. If we have faith in God, we should have the confidence to ask Him whatever we desire in the place of prayer. The Lord has told us that this is the pathway to receive our heart’s desires (Mark 11:24). If we have faith in God, should also be confident to make declarations based on his word. We demonstrate our faith by the confessions of our mouths. Psalm 116:10a says:

“I believed, therefore have I spoken”

Our Lord expects us to declare what we believe to the mountains that challenge the integrity of His word in our lives, instead of crying to him about them. That is what living by faith is all about. A lot of us do not want to develop in our walk with God; we just want to remain at the level of babes, who expect everything to be done for them instead of taking who expect everything to be done for them instead of taking charge. No wonder the Lord asked this question in Luke 18:8, saying:

“Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”

It is one thing to pray and another thing to believe in practical terms that God will do what you are asking for. The story was told of a priest who called for a prayer meeting one Sunday afternoon concerning the challenge of drought in a particular town. After the congregation had gathered for the meeting, the priest looked around and said, “Brethren, you are not ready to pray.” The parishioners wondered, “What do you mean? That is what we have come to do.” He then asked them, “What have you come to do?” they chorused, “To pray for rain to fall!” he then asked them, “Where are your umbrella and raincoats? If you believe that God will answer the prayer you have come to say, you should have brought your umbrella and raincoats!” They went back home and brought their umbrellas and raincoats, and God honored their faith. What a lesson of faith! Beloved, have faith in God.

*ACTION POINT:*
Take practical steps to demonstrate that you believe your prayers to God are being answered.

*BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:*
2 Samuel 12-13
Ezekiel 40:24-43

*AUTHOR:*
PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

*MY FAITH LOOKS UP TO THEE*
1. My faith looks up to Thee,
Thou Lamb of Calvary,
Savior divine!
Now hear me while I pray,
Take all my guilt away,
Oh, let me from this day
Be wholly Thine!

2. May Thy rich grace impart
Strength to my fainting heart,
My zeal inspire!
As Thou hast died for me,
Oh, may my love to Thee
Pure, warm, and changeless be,
A living fire!

3. While life’s dark maze I tread,
And griefs around me spread,
Be Thou my guide;
Bid darkness turn to day,
Wipe sorrow’s tears away,
Nor let me ever stray
From Thee aside.

4. When ends life’s transient dream,
When death’s cold, sullen stream
Shall o’er me roll;
Blest Savior, then in love,
Fear and distrust remove;
Oh, bear me safe above,
A ransomed soul!

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[8/27, 6:31 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-08-27
TOPIC: TENDER-HEARTEDNESS – A PROOF OF GODLY MATURITY

SCRIPTURE: And said,”Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18″:1

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The real sign of maturity and responsibility is the capacity to apologize without feeling inferior.

Tender-heartedness is one of the distinctive features of children. The heart of a child is always soft and tender. Children are quick to say sorry; even before you scream at them when they err,”they would apologize. That was why Jesus said, except you be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18″:1).

But for most adults,”the reverse is the case. It does not matter the message you preach to them, it is like rain falling on metal; it would not penetrate. They believe that it is not time for them to change. There are couples who cannot apologize to each other. The woman feels she is not the only one to apologize always and the man feels he cannot apologize as a ‘man’ – that, according to them is not masculinity; it is timidity. But the real sign of maturity and responsibility is the capacity to apologize without feeling inferior.

There are people who have never shed tears before God either in repentance, worship, personal consecration, or weeping for the souls of the lost; nothing moves them. 

David did several things that were not godly but his heart was too soft to deny that he committed sin (Psalm 51″:1-7).

Beloved,”if you do what is wrong, instantly admit that you are wrong and go before God asking for mercy. It is a proof that your conscience is alive. Tender-heartedness is a proof of godliness and maturity. 

Remember this”: The real sign of maturity and responsibility is the capacity to apologize without feeling inferior.

ASSIGNMENT(S):

1. If there is guilt in your heart,”go before God and confess your sins.

2. Refuse to harden your heart; always be open before God.

3. Ask God for the grace to always uphold a godly character.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE”: BE CONVERTED AS A CHILD

PRAYER: Lord,”have mercy on me. Cleanse me of every form of unrighteousness. Please, give me the heart of a child so that Heaven can be my home at the end of my journey on earth, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.

DAILY BIBLE READING”: Job 23:1 to 27:23,”2 Corinthians 1″:12 to 2:11,”Psalm 41″:1 to 13,”Proverbs 22″:5 to 6

QUOTE: Once a person sins,”his defences are broken. Then satan can attack such a person’s life easily. Culled from 15 KINGDOM STRATEGIES FOR SURVIVAL by Dr Paul Enenche.

AMAZING FACT”: Butterflies taste with their feet

PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD: Grace to function with the tenderness of a child be released upon you now in Jesus             **************************************************************************

SEEDS OF DESTINY IN FRENCH:

SEMENCE DE DESTINEE

MARDI,”LE 27 AOÛT 2019

THEME”: LA TENDRESSE DU COEUR – UNE PREUVE DE LA MATURITE EN DIEU 

LES SAINTES ECRITURES: Jésus,”ayant appelé un petit enfant, le plaça au milieu d’eux, et dit”: Je vous le dis en vérité,”si vous ne vous convertissez et si vous ne devenez comme les petits enfants, vous n’entrerez pas dans le royaume des cieux. Matthieu 18″: 1-3.

PENSEE DU JOUR: Le vrai signe de maturité et de responsabilité est la capacité à s’excuser sans se sentir inférieur. 

La tendresse est l’une des caractéristiques distinctives des enfants. Le cœur d’un enfant est toujours doux et tendre. Les enfants sont prompts à dire désolé; avant même que vous ne leur criiez dessus. Quand ils se trompent,”ils s’excusent. C’est pourquoi Jésus a dit qu’à moins que vous ne soyez convertis et que vous ne deveniez comme de petits enfants, vous n’entrerez pas dans le royaume des cieux. (Matthieu 18″: 1). 

Pour la plupart des adultes,”c’est l’inverse. Peu importe le message que vous leur prêchez, c’est

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