Morning Devotions

[9/1, 6:10 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-09-01
TOPIC: THE POWER OF DIVINE ENCOUNTER

SCRIPTURE: And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked,”and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. Exodus 3″:2

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: It takes an encounter to count in life.

Divine encounter is the meeting of humanity with Divinity. It is man’s meeting with and experience of his Maker. It is the meeting of the terrestrial with the celestial. 

It is important to note that one Divine encounter can settle a person’s life forever; one encounter of Divinity on humanity can settle a life forever.

For example,”Abraham was a generational failure that became a generational success at the instance of a Divine encounter. He was a nonentity that became a celebrity by just one encounter (Genesis 12″:1-5). At the age of 75,”Abraham was still in his father’s house, and he was also childless with no result, but he got one encounter with God that turned everything around. 

Beloved, please note the following”:

1. It takes an encounter to account for your life on earth. It takes an encounter to account for your existence,”to confirm that you are not a waste or that God did not waste His time creating you.

2. It takes an encounter to count in life. There are people who are alive but cannot be counted. There are people whose contributions are not regarded, but people who have Divine encounter cannot be disregarded.

3. It takes an encounter to counter the agenda of the enemy. It takes an encounter with God to put the devil where he belongs. Moses was on the run when he was declared wanted by Pharaoh but after the burning bush encounter, he went and confronted Pharaoh and Pharaoh could not hurt him.

Beloved, it does not matter what is against you, when you encounter God, the agenda of your enemies shall be countered. So, desire an encounter with God.

Remember this”: It takes an encounter to count in life. 

ASSIGNMENT (S):

1. Make demands on Divine encounter at the place of prayer with desperation.

2. Live a life of worship and sacrifice to God.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING,”GET THIS MESSAGE”: THE POWER OF DIVINE ENCOUNTER

PRAYER: O Lord,”I need an encounter with You. Overwhelm me with Your Presence, counter the agenda of hell around my life and transform me completely, Lord in Jesus’ Name.

DAILY BIBLE READING”: Job 40:1 to 42:17,”2 Corinthians 5″:11 to 21,”Psalm 45″:1 to 17,”Proverbs 22″:14.

QUOTE: Don’t struggle for popularity; remain in His presence and remain in the process. Culled from GO IN THIS THY MIGHT! by Dr Paul Enenche. 

AMAZING FACT: The heart of a shrimp is located in its head.

TODAY IN HISTORY: 01/09/1267 Rabbi Moses Ben Nachman establishes a Jewish community in Jerusalem. 

 

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[9/1, 6:10 AM] 919063: 🌲🌷 *OPEN HEAVENS* 🌷🌲
*DAILY DEVOTIONAL*
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_DATE: SUNDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER 2019_

*THEME: STAND OUT AGAINST EVIL*

*MEMORISE:*
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
–1 Corinthians 13:6

*Bible Reading: PROVERBS 17:13-15 & REVELATION 2:18- 29*

_PROVERBS 17:13-15_
13. Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.

14. The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water; therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.

15. He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.

_REVELATION 2:18-29_
18. And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;

19. I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.

20. Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

21. And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

22. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.

23. And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts; and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

24. But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.

25. But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.

26. And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations;

27. And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers; even as I received of my Father.

28. And I will give him the morning star.

29. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

*MESSAGE*
One doctrine of the world that is gradually creeping into the Body of Christ is that which says “if you cannot beat them, join them.”

This doctrine is inconsistent with the values of the kingdom we belong to on multiple fronts.

Our lifestyle is characterised by love – God’s kind of love – as our memory verse states, this kind of love does not rejoice in iniquity.

Because the world is full of iniquity and scoffs at righteous living, we cannot walk in God’s love when we raise our hands in surrender to join the world in their way of life.

Not rejoicing in iniquity simply means standing against evil – as defined by the standard of God’s word. This is one of the problems facing the Church today.

Those who refuse to condemn evil and wicked acts are indirectly rejecting and standing against those who are just.One cannot sit on the fence on issues; we either speak out against evil and uphold righteousness or justify evil in our silence.

As seen in today’s Bible reading, justifying the wicked is an abomination before the Lord.In His letter to the Church at Thyatira in Revelation 2:18-29, our Lord Jesus Christ commended their charitable service, faith and patience, and then warned them against tolerating sexual immorality typified by a certain Jezebel, who called herself a prophetess.She was seducing innocent souls in the Church into sexual immorality and taught a doctrine that encourage the lifestyle.There are such false prophets and prophetesses in the church today, teaching doctrines that encourage immoral dressings, promiscuity, abortion, masturbation and sexually perversion in the Body of Christ.

When you go to such places and see the way their followers are dressed, you will instantly know that the doctrine of Jezebel is being taught there.Thank God our Lord already spoke to us in Mathew 7:20, saying:“Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them”.

God is calling us to stand against evil today. However, we must first reject evil within the Church before taking the battle to the gates of hell out there.As Christians, it must not be mentioned amongst us that we rejoice in iniquity (1 Corinthians 13:6), by applauding instead of condemning acts that are against God’s word and His kingdom’s cause, due to a fear of backlash and condemnation from the children of this world.

This is why believers fear to preach against homosexuality in certain countries; if you do, you may be jailed, and your fellow brethren might condemn you as being foolish or even wrong!Some pastors also can’t preach against corruption in high places and gain gotten through illicit means because they fear losing income and members.

The truth has indeed been mortgaged in some quarters of Christendom. Beloved, arise and let us in one mind stand up against evil.

*ACTION POINT:*
Pray for the revival of standing for the truth of God’s word in the Body of Christ, and ask the Lord to grant your pastors the boldness to declare His Name without fear.

*BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:*
2 Samuel 21-22
Ezekiel 43:13-27

*AUTHOR:*
PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

*HYMNAL: HYMN 10 – I HAVE DECIDED TO FOLLOW JESUS*
1. I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
No turning back, no turning back.

2. Though none go with me, I still will follow;
Though none go with me, I still will follow;
Though none go with me, I still will follow;
No turning back, no turning back.

3. The world behind me, the cross before me;
The world behind me, the cross before me;
The world behind me, the cross before me;
No turning back, no turning back!

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[9/1, 6:18 AM] 919063: *Above Only Devotional*

Sunday, September 1

*Entering New Realms of Faith and Glory*

_Genesis 22:1-3 (GNB)_
_…God tested Abraham; he called to him, “Abraham!” And Abraham answered, “Yes, here I am!” “Take your son,” God said, “your only son, Isaac, whom you love so much, and go to the land of Moriah. There on a mountain that I will show you, offer him as a sacrifice to me.” Early the next morning Abraham cut some wood for the sacrifice, loaded his donkey, and took Isaac and two servants with him. They started out for the place that God had told him about._

If you study the lives of the heroes of faith in Hebrews chapter 11, you will see that faith is far beyond what so many believers think that faith is. Faith is not just about trusting God to receive things from God, it is about knowing God and pleasing Him, Heb. 11:5-6. Faith is about living like God. It is about trusting God, obeying Him and following His leading. God wants us to grow spiritually and He wants us to move from one level of faith to the other. As we use the faith that God has given us (Rom. 12:3), it will grow. In our text above, we see that God sent Abraham to go to a place he had never been to before and to do something he had never done before. It took faith for Abraham to follow God and obey his instructions even when he did not know where he was going.

Our text above was actually the second time God was asking Abraham to go somewhere he didn’t know. Hebrews 11:8 (GNB) declares that, “It was faith that made Abraham obey when God called him to go out to a country which God had promised to give him. He left his own country without knowing where he was going”. Our ability to obey God and follow His instructions and leading is an indication that we trust Him as our Shepherd. We may not know why God’s word requires us to do certain things and we may not know where doing those things will make us end up; but God wants us to trust Him and just obey Him. We may not always feel like doing what God says, but if we choose to obey and follow God by faith we will grow.

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, I desire to grow in my faith and walk with you. I receive your grace to obey your leading and instructions.

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[9/1, 6:18 AM] 919063: Do right…love mercy…walk humbly’

Sunday 1st September 2019

‘What does the Lord require of you?’ Micah 6:8 NIV

The prophet Micah asks: ‘With what shall I come before the Lord…Shall I come before him with burnt offerings…with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for…the sin of my soul?’ (Micah 6:6-7 NIV). Do you feel like you can never be good enough to please God? Does religion look to you like a set of impossible, guilt-inducing demands designed to appease a distant deity who takes delight in making us squirm? Thank God for Micah, who comes along and dispels that notion by telling us, ‘He has told you, O man, what is good’ (Micah 6:8 ESV).

Because you’ve been redeemed and filled with God’s Spirit, you can: (1) ‘Do right’ even when nobody else is. Why? In order to maintain your confidence before God (see 1 John 3:21-22)! Nothing in your life is more important than that. (2) ‘Love mercy.’ Remember the old Nancy Sinatra hit song, ‘These boots were made for walkin’, and that’s just what they’ll do. One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you’? Jesus went through life lifting people up, not walking all over them. And his Word to you today is: ‘Go and do likewise’ (Luke 10:37 NKJV). (3) ‘Walk humbly with your God.’ When God promotes you, your greatest challenge will be to make sure he gets all the glory. Every good thing you have today is a gift from him; try to remember that!

So the word for you today is: ‘Do right…love mercy…walk humbly.’

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