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[9/3, 11:03 PM] 919063: 🌲🌷 *OPEN HEAVENS* 🌷🌲
*DAILY DEVOTIONAL*
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_DATE: WEDNESDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER 2019_

*THEME: PRAISE THE LORD*

*MEMORISE:*
While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.
Psalm 146:2

*Bible Reading: Psalm 146:1-10*
1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul.

2 While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.

3 Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.

4 His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.

5 Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God:

6 Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever:

7 Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The LORD looseth the prisoners:

8 The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind: the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous:

9 The LORD preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.

10 The LORD shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the LORD.

*MESSAGE*
In the Nigerian culture, musicians hired to entertain guests at parties often compose songs hailing wealthy and notable people in attendance, calling out their names and listing their exploits. As the musicians go on, these rich fellows find themselves on stage in excitement, pasting cash on the singer’s forehead. Needless to say, these musicians often go home with a bag full of money after such parties, unless they did not celebrate the right people well enough. In like manner, I have discovered that those who have the attitude of praising God live in abundance.

Even when the rich men at these parties don’t know the performing musician personally, they are willing to give him or her all they have in their pockets in return for receiving praise; how much more our God, who not only knows us from our mother’s womb but also loves us. Most of the time, these musicians have to lie or exaggerate in a bid to praise a rich fellow. For example, they can call someone who is a branch manager the chief operating officer of a company. However, with our God, He is so great that no matter how hard we try to exalt His greatness, our words cannot fully capture how great He really is. During praise and worship session at church services, when I see people dancing as if they were dragged to church, I wonder if they know who they are dancing to at all. He is the One who made the heavens and the earth. He sits in the heavens and makes the earth His footstool. He has parted the Red Sea, turned water to wine, raised the dead back to life and done all sorts of great miracles, and yet some people still find it difficult to praise Him with all their heart.

David was someone who knew how to praise God. One day, he danced so much for God that his clothes fell off his body, still he didn’t mind (2 Samuel 6:20). When you read through the Psalms, you will understand why David praised God that much: God had done a lot for him and he decided never to forget His goodness towards him. In return, God blessed David so much that he lacked nothing. I know this because God said He was willing to give David whatever he wanted; all he had to do was ask. 2 Samuel 12:8 says:

“And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things.”

David was indeed a blessed man. You also can be blessed as he was if only you are willing to praise God like he did.

*KEY POINT:*
If you decide never to take God’s majesty and grace over you for granted, you will never lack any good thing.

*BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:*
1 Kings 2, Ezekiel 44:28-45:9

*AUTHOR:*
PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

*HYMN 14: LET US WITH A GLADSOME MIND*
1 Let us, with a gladsome mind,
Praise the LORD, for He is kind:
For His mercies shall endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

2 Let us blaze His Name abroad,
For of gods He is the God:
For His mercies shall endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

3 He with all-commanding might
Filled the new-made world with light:
For His mercies shall endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

4 All things living He doth feed;
His full hand supplies their need:
For His mercies shall endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.
5 He His chosen race did bless
In the wasteful wilderness:
For His mercies shall endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

6 He hath with a pious eye
Looks upon our misery:
For His mercies shall endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

7 Let us therefore warble forth
His high majesty and worth:
For His mercies shall endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

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[9/4, 4:33 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-09-04
TOPIC: THE DANGER OF PARENTAL INIQUITY

SCRIPTURE: The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee,”and unto thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow. 2 Kings 5″:27

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The good news is,”as a child of God, curses from your father’s iniquity is not permitted to be upon you. 

There is a direct linkage between the origin or source of a challenge and its solution. That is why it has been said that when the source of a problem is known, the problem is half solved. Yesterday, we saw personal iniquity as one of the origins of curses. Today, we are looking at Parental iniquity or wickedness as another origin of curses.

Many people are victims of disastrous parental transactions; innocent and ignorant children are suffering from what their parents or ancestors did that they knew nothing about. 

In Numbers 16″:1-33,”we saw that everyone around Korah, Dathan and Abiram, and anything pertaining to them perished. The families of Korah, Dathan and Abiram were not directly involved, but the wickedness of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram brought judgment upon them. Many people did not do evil but the evil their fathers did is fighting them. 

Now, the good news is, as a child of God, curses from your father’s iniquity are not permitted to be upon you (Galatians 3″:13,”2 Corinthians 5″:17). And if you are in that condition,”your freedom is released and established now, in Jesus’ Name.

In 2 Kings 5″:27,”Elisha cursed Gehazi saying, “The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto you and unto your children forever.” and Elisha went out from his presence a leper as white as snow. In Israel today, anyone who is a descendant of Gehazi could be a leper except Jehovah intervened. 

I prophesy to you, any curse against your life as a result of your father’s iniquity is reversed by the Blood of Jesus.

Remember this”: The good news is,”as a child of God curses from your father’s iniquity is not permitted to be upon you.  

ASSIGNMENT(S)”:

1. Make demands on the Blood of Jesus to blot out any curse or negative voice speaking against your life.

2. If you are involved in a wrong and wicked practice,”repent in order not to incur curses and transfer them on your children.  

PRAYER”: By the speaking Blood of Jesus Christ,”I silence every voice or curse speaking against my life, family and destiny, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE”: ESCAPING CURSES AND WALKING IN LIBERTY

DAILY BIBLE READING: Ecclesiastes 7:1 to 9: 18,”2 Corinthians 7″:8 to 16,”Psalm 48″:1 to 14,”Proverbs 22″:17 to 19

QUOTE: Iniquity gives the devil an opportunity to wreak havoc in a man’s life. Culled from 15 KINGDOM STRATEGIES FOR SURVIVAL by Dr Paul Enenche.  

AMAZING FACT: One spoonful of matter from a neutron star would weigh about a billion tons.

TODAY IN HISTORY: 4/9/1736: Robert Raikes,”an English newspaper editor who founded Sunday School (which met from 10″:00a.m to 5:00p.m) to educate poor children, is born in Gloucester. 

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[9/4, 7:17 AM] 919063: WISDOM FOR THE DAY
Wednesday, 4th September, 2019

FROM OBSCURITY TO THE LIMELIGHT

“And it was so, that when the children of Ammon made war against Israel, the elders of Gilead went to fetch Jephthah out of the land of Tob:”
Judges 11:5 KJV
 
When Jephthah’s brethren sent him away in Judges 11:2, they believed they had closed his destiny. They believed there was no more chance for him. After all, he didn’t know any person out there. But when you read the scriptures in Judges 11:1, you will discover that God had already spoken and prepared him as a “mighty man of valour” Ever before his brothers sent him away, God knew there were enemies that would fight and He had to prepare his servant Jephthah in advance for the confrontation. When preparation meets with opportunity, there is no way you would lose, because you are already prepared. So, by the time war came, no one was able to fight. It was only Jephthah that was prepared at the backside of the desert.
 
Children sent him away, but elders went to look for him. Some of you are there wondering what’s going on with you. You don’t even know that God is preparing you. There is a word that has been released on your behalf. There is a prophetic word that has gone ahead of you which can never fall to the ground. If God has said it, He will do it. If He has spoken it, He will bring it to pass.
 
Can you imagine looking throughout the whole of Gilead, and no one was ready and prepared to fight the battle. And then God says, “I have a ‘joker.’ I hid him from you!  You sent him away, but I was hiding him.” Some of you right now, are being hidden by the King. No one is celebrating you. The lights are not on. There is no television camera. No testimony and no fliers. You are hidden away. But you are about to come out to manifest the glory of God.
 
Further reading: Judges 11: 1-32
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Psalms 143-145; Evening- 1 Corinthians 14:21-40
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