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[7/5, 5:33 AM] 919063: 🌲🌷 *OPEN HEAVENS* 🌷🌲
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_DATE: FRIDAY 5TH JULY, 2019._

*THEME: EVADING YOUR RESPONSIBILITY?*

*MEMORISE:*
And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.
1 Kings 17:13

*Bible Reading: John 6:5-13*
5 When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?

6 And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.

7 Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.

8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, saith unto him,

9 There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?

10 And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.

11 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.

12 When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.

13 Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.

*MESSAGE:*
As Christians, we need to recognize that the privilege of God’s grace does not absolve us of our responsibilities. It is true that for anyone to succeed in life, God’s grace has to come into play. Nevertheless, we must also understand that by God’s design, all good things come at a cost. In other words, to get a good output from any endeavor, God expects you to give a tangible input in form of effort, which His grace will multiply. Indeed, it is our works that lubricate the wheels of grace. Even the Omnipotent God did not form us from nothing: man was formed from the dust of the ground. When we understand this truth and act on it, we create room for God’s grace to be multiplied in our live. This was what happened in the life of the widow of Zarephath (1 Kings 17:9-16). For her to have food throughout the period of famine, she needed to put in something that would cause God’s grace to work on her behalf. Giving her last meal provided God’s grace an object to act on and multiply. In God’s divine economy, multiplication does not occur in the place of emptiness.

Today’s Bible reading is a testament to how the divine economy works. While the disciples worried about how to feed five thousand hungry people after their retreat, the Master knew that all He needed was something that God’s grace could act upon in order to unleash God’s miraculous provision. All it took was a boy’s lunch of five small barley loaves and two fish. Jesus took the meal, gave thanks and distributed it to the multitude through His disciples. There is a lot we can learn from this story. First, our God is not presumptuous; rather, he is orderly and intentional. Second, though there is nothing He cannot do, there are many things He will not do except we play our part as carriers of His image and collaborate with Him. For example, unless a farmer puts something in the ground, there can be no harvest, not because God cannot do it but because He will not do it. In the same way, unless a man comes together with his wife, reproduction will not take place. Couples waiting on the Lord for the fruit of the womb should know that they have a part to play in this regard for God’s grace to be activated in their lives. Those who keep robbing God of His tithes should also realize that they are preventing God from unleashing His blessing over their lives. May the Lord grant you understanding of His ways in Jesus’ Name.

*ACTION POINT:*
Examine your life to find out those areas were you have been running away from your responsibilities, and make amends.

*BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:*
Deuteronomy 16-17
Ezekiel 11:14-12:6

*AUTHOR:*
PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

*HYMN 3: TRUST AND OBEY.*
1. When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.

*Refrain:*
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

2. Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.

3. Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.

4. But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.

5. Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey.

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[7/5, 6:02 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-07-05
TOPIC: THE BLESSING OF FAITH IN GOD

SCRIPTURE: And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord. Luke 1:45

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: To believe in God is to be blessed

Yesterday,”we saw how the Word of God imparts faith, and how faith connects us with the blessing of God. 

Now, the question is, how does faith bring about the blessing? We are going to consider two things that communicate how faith blesses”:

1. God rewards faith or belief in Him with the blessing (Luke 1:45).

The way a child would do something well and the father or mother rewards him/her for the work well done is the same manner God rewards us for having faith in Him. There is a reward for those who believe in God and it is called the blessing.

That was what happened in Luke 1:45 when the Angel told Mary,”blessed is she that believed…. From that Scripture, God seemed to say, ‘for not doubting my Word, character and integrity, I bless you, and I favour you.’

So, to believe in God is to be blessed.

2. Faith is the hand we use to receive our inheritances (blessings) from God (Hebrews 6″:12).

God’s rewards are received by the hand of faith. If God has promised you healing,”deliverance, lifts in life, etc. it is by the hand of faith that you can receive it from God (Hebrews 6″:12).

So,”a major tool you use to take your inheritance in God or whatever is yours is faith. And I see your inheritance delivered to you as you put your faith to work, in Jesus’ Name.

Remember this”: To believe in God is to be blessed

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. Put your faith to work. Operate with the mentality that nothing is impossible.

2. Make demands on your inheritance in God. 

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

PRAYER: Lord,”I believe Your Word and Your promises to me. I receive all You have for me Lord, in Jesus’ Name.

DAILY BIBLE READING”: 1 Chronicles 1:1 to 2:17,”Acts 23″:11 to 35,”Psalm 3″:1 to 8,”Proverbs 18″:14 to 15

QUOTE: Confidence in God is the key to influence on the earth. Culled from 30 SECRETS TO THE TOP by Dr Paul Enenche.

AMAZING FACT:  Honey never spoils

DON’T FORGET TO ATTEND: The Home Church meeting by 6:00pm tomorrow at a Home Church near you. Also invite your friends and neighbours. God bless you as you do so.

PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD: Your faith shall produce Blessing in your life that all shall see in this season, in Jesus.
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[7/5, 6:02 AM] 919063: Forgetting and reaching forward

Friday 5th July 2019

‘Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.’ Philippians 3:13 NIV

As long as you’re holding on to the past, you’ll never be able to take hold of the future. The past can be an unbearably heavy burden when you try to carry it. The way to let go of it is to stop thinking about it. Get it off your mind and out of your conversation. Satan will constantly remind you of your past because he wants you to remain stuck in it. But you don’t have to.

You can choose your own thoughts. You say, ‘I can’t help thinking about it.’ Yes, you can! Before he met Christ, Paul destroyed churches and put Christians to death. Now he was going back into some of those same towns, and who was waiting for him there? Widows. Orphans. People whose lives he’d devastated. Had Paul not been able to move beyond that, he’d never have fulfilled his God-given assignment. Now, Paul didn’t suffer from amnesia; he could remember the actual events. But knowing God had forgiven him, and that he’d forgiven himself, he chose to forget the past. ‘But one thing I do, forgetting what is behind, and straining toward what is ahead’ (Philippians 3:13 NIV). Note the words, ‘but one thing I do’. When you decide to forget, God will enable you to do it and give you the grace and peace to move on. Indeed, he will make you stronger and wiser as a result of it.

If you’re struggling with guilt, condemnation, shame, blame or regret about your past, let God forgive you, set you free, and enable you to move forward.
[7/5, 6:09 AM] 919063: Daily Bible Inspirations
Liberation Celebration!
by Margaret Michel

Jesus answered them, “Most certainly I tell you, everyone who commits sin is the bondservant of sin. A bondservant doesn’t live in the house forever. A son remains forever. If therefore the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”

John 8:34-36
I remember being at the babysitter’s waiting for pick up time.

The clock’s hands wouldn’t move fast enough. In frustration, my older sibling resolved to teach me how to tell time after being asked a zillion times, “Is it time yet?” I couldn’t wait to be picked up and go home!

You see, there were rules for the children of the house, but there were additional rules for us, the babysat. The difference was obvious.

The “real” children got to taunt us, to boss and bully us. They roamed freely in their home, while we remained in what seemed a state of perpetual preparedness, waiting for the time when Daddy arrived to set us free from second class status. Oh, what a thrill for us kids! One clung to his leg, another was on his back, still, another dangled on his arm. We glanced back victoriously at our oppressors, for we were going home at last!

Similarly, what a relief when sin, whether habits or addictions, no longer gets to boss us around. When sin’s bullying power is overcome in our lives. When we are set free in Jesus to say “No!” to temptation’s taunts.

What a liberation celebration, indeed!

Pray

Dear God,
Please set me free from the sinful habits that bully me and bind me like shackles.
Help me to say “No” to temptation.
Through the power of Christ’s name I pray, Amen.

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