[9/2, 8:59 PM] 919063: 🌲🌷 *OPEN HEAVENS* 🌷🌲
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_DATE: TUESDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER, 2019._
*THEME: KEEP YOUR CONSCIENCE ALIVE*
Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:
1 Timothy 1:19
*Bible Reading: 1 Timothy 1:18-20*
18 This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;
19 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:
20 Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.
When chastised over sin, some people are fond of saying that their conscience does not condemn them, even when they have been caught in the obvious act of sin. They may be right after all, because it’s only a conscience that is alive and active than can condemn or caution an individual engaging in things contrary to the will of God. God gave everyone a conscience to serve as an internal restraining guide regulating each of our actions. However, when a person continuously refuses to yield to its control, its voice will be silenced. In that state, such a person’s mind becomes reprobate. Describing this condition, Romans 1:28 says:
“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;”
We are therefore told in today’s Bible reading to hold on to our faith in Christ and keep our conscience clear if we do not want to wreak havoc on our salvation. The text also says that we are expected to engage in a good warfare. What is this good warfare? There is an internal battle that occurs in our minds every day. The devil and his agents continually propose to us things that are contrary to the will of God. We have to continually fight them with the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word, just as our Master did (Matthew 4:1-11), in order to ensure that we live with a good conscience before God. Paul held this up as the great testimony of his life in Acts 23:1b, where he said:
“Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.”
A good conscience is a living conscience. When a person’s conscience is dead, he or she sees things from a skewed perspective. For example, a man may go around sleeping with other women, riding on the excuse that his wife has refused to ‘cooperate’ with him in bed. Such a man would ask, “What do you expect me to do when this woman denied me my right?” When you try to correct some other men who marry a second wife, they may tell you to go and preach to Jacob, David and Solomon first before condemning their action. A Christian sister whose conscience is dead would dress half-naked and tell you what she wears does not matter, inasmuch as she is born again and her conscience does not condemn her. How will her conscience condemn her when she has silenced it repeatedly, to the extent that it is now permanently muted? An example of someone with a dead conscience is Judas Iscariot. Despite the fact that Jesus exposed his betrayal plans and warned him about it, he still went ahead with it. There are many people like him in church today. No matter how hot the sermon is, the reprobate will not heed its warning. That will not be your portion in Jesus’ Name.
Father, please help me to continually live in good conscience before You, in Jesus’ Name.
*BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:*
1 Kings 1
PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
*HYMN 12: DEEPER, DEEPER IN THE LOVE OF JESUS*
1 Deeper, deeper in the love of Jesus
Daily let me go;
Higher, higher in the school of wisdom,
More of grace to know.
O deeper yet, I pray,
And higher ev’ry day,
And wiser, blessed Lord,
In Thy precious, holy Word.
2 Deeper, deeper! blessed Holy Spirit,
Take me deeper still,
Till my life is wholly lost in Jesus,
And His perfect will.
3 Deeper, deeper! tho’ it cost hard trials,
Deeper let me go!
Rooted in the holy love of Jesus,
Let me fruitful grow.
4 Deeper, higher, ev’ry day in Jesus,
Till all conflict past,
Finds me conqu’ror, and in His own image
Perfected at last.
5 Deeper, deeper in the faith of Jesus,
Holy faith and true;
In His pow’r and soul exulting wisdom
Let me peace pursue.
[9/2, 10:30 PM] +234 807 755 0073: The Bible says: ‘Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest’ (Proverbs 6:6-8). While the queen ant is the centre of attention and the mother of most of the ants in the colony, she’s not the chief ruler. The work and survival of the colony is insured by ‘soldier’ ants. These servant-leaders are older ants that begin each new activity in the colony by doing the work themselves. The younger ants then imitate the servant-leaders and join in the work. There are no supervisors, chiefs, or officers amongst the ants. So when Solomon says the ants ‘have no guide, overseer, or ruler to make them work’, it means the ant is a self-starter; this is a picture of the diligent person he describes in Proverbs 10:4: ‘He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.’ When you see an ant carrying a piece of bread several times larger than himself up a steep slope, it’s a study in diligence! No matter how many times he drops the bread, he goes back and picks it up, and starts climbing again until he gets it to where it’s supposed to go. What drives him? Hunger – God’s motivating force to labour. ‘He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him’ (Proverbs 16:26). The stomach-growl of a hungry man or woman is often God’s way of teaching us the value and importance of being willing to work.
[9/3, 12:01 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-09-03
TOPIC: SIN AND CURSES
SCRIPTURE: Unstable as water,”thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to thy father’s bed; then defiledst thou it”: he went up to my couch. Genesis 49:4
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Iniquity is a cause of curses.
We live in a world today that is filled with so many manifestations of curses. It is to such a point that even some Christians battle with curses without knowing what to do.
Now,”what is a curse? From years of observations and studies, I have arrived at some definitions of the curse”: A curse is a cycle of negativity,”adversity or calamity either upon a person, family or community. A curse is also a force of disempowerment unto failure, reproach, delay, sorrow or frustration.
The understanding of the root or origin of a curse gives a useful guide to where to tackle or terminate it. So today, we are looking at one of the origins of curses.
Personal iniquity or wickedness (Genesis 35″:22)
Personal iniquity or wickedness attracts a curse. Whatever a person does that brings pain to another person can provoke a curse upon the person doing such a thing. Iniquity is a cause of curses. Genesis 35:22 tells us of how Reuben had immoral affair with his father’s concubine and as a result,”a curse came upon him and hindered his future (Genesis 49″:3-4,”1 Chronicles 5″:1). That is why sin does not only take people to hell,”it also hinders them here on earth.
Beloved, do not envy any wicked person today; he may appear free for a while but a curse is hanging over his life and that curse must land upon him someday, unless he repents and obtains forgiveness from God. So, there is no future for rapists, killers, armed robbers, members of the cult and occult groups, etc.; they are dead even though they are still breathing, unless they genuinely repent.
Israel could not be cursed unto destruction because iniquity was not found in her; but when sin was found in Israel, destruction arrived (Numbers 23″:20). Flee from sin to avoid the curses of life.
Remember this: Iniquity is a cause of curses.
1. Live a sin-free life.
2. Refuse to be a tool in the hands of the devil.
3. Ask God for mercy if you have done anything that could bring a curse upon your life.
PRAYER: O Lord,”I ask for mercy in any area I may have sinned against You. Lead me not into temptation and deliver me from evil. Curses have no place in my life by the power in the Blood of Jesus, in the Name of Jesus.
FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE”: ESCAPING CURSES AND WALKING IN LIBERTY.
DAILY BIBLE READING: Ecclesiastes 4:1 to 6:12,”2 Corinthians 6″:14 to 7: 7,”Psalm 47″:1 to 9,”Proverbs 22″:16
QUOTE: ‘When you begin to enjoy sin,”God turns His eyes away from you.’ Culled from 15 KINGDOM STRATEGIES FOR SURVIVAL by Dr Paul Enenche.
AMAZING FACT”: About 275 million new stars are born every day.
DON’T FORGET TO ATTEND: A Power-packed Communion Service tomorrow with friends and loved ones for the preservation of your life and destiny by 5:30pm. God bless you as you come.
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