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[9/5, 10:43 PM] 919063: 🌲🌷 *OPEN HEAVENS* 🌷🌲
*DAILY DEVOTIONAL*
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_DATE: FRIDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER 2019_

*THEME: PRACTICAL ATHEISTS.*

*MEMORISE:*
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
2 Timothy 3:5

*Bible Reading: 2 Timothy 3:1-9*
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their’s also was.

*MESSAGE*
Atheism is simply the absolute denial of God’s existence. Who then is a practical atheist? It is he or her who theoretically believes in God but in practice, leads a life that denies His existence. These are the type of people described in today’s memory verse. How do we know practical atheists in our midst today? Jesus said we should know them by their fruits (Matthew7:20). Apostle Paul in today’s Bible reading list some of the characteristic traits of practical atheists, summed up in their denial of the power to live a godly life in this world. Practical atheists believe that holiness is an illusion and teach others to believe so too, thereby causing people to live a lifestyle of sin. Unfortunately, they have crept into the church and have succeeded in leading people astray. They are deadly in the sense that they appear to be religious and well-informed, but their conduct contradicts their claim of faith. In 2 Timothy 3:7-8, the Bible describes them in the following terms:

“Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.”

Practical atheists are found among great Church men and women who use the cover of their successes in ministry to peddle heresies as sound superior teachings. As stated in 2 Timothy 3:8, they are like Jannes and Jambres, who withstood Moses by displaying magical powers to counter the miracles Moses performed in a bid to convince Pharaoh to let the Israelite go (Exodus 7:11-12, Exodus 7:22). Although practical atheists tend to have knowledge through extensive learning, they never come to the knowledge of the truth which sets free from living a life of sin (John 8:32). Some of them are like the Pharisees and Scribes of old. Just as Jesus questioned Nicodemus, a professor of the law, He is asking such people today, “Didn’t you claim you have a Master’s degree or PhD in theology, and yet you don’t know that without holiness no man shall see the Lord? You say you’re a professor of religious history, and yet you don’t know that I Am the same yesterday, today and forever? Don’t you know that My standards cannot be changed by modern society?” mere believe in God is not enough; we must live according to His standards. Even demons believe in the existence of the one true God but that hasn’t changed who they really are (James 2:19). From now on, let your life always conform to your beliefs.

*ACTION POINT:*
Examine yourself to see whether any aspect of your life nullifies your claim of faith in Jesus Christ and His word.

*BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:*
1 Kings 5-6
Ezekiel 46:1-12

*AUTHOR:*
PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

*HYMN 17: HOLD THE FORT*
1. Ho, my comrades, see the signal, waving in the sky!
Reinforcements now appearing, victory is nigh.

*Refrain:*
“Hold the fort, for I am coming,” Jesus signals still;
Wave the answer back to Heaven, “By Thy grace we will.”

2. See the mighty host advancing, Satan leading on;
Mighty ones around us falling, courage almost gone!

3. See the glorious banner waving! Hear the trumpet blow!
In our Leader’s Name we triumph over every foe.

4. Fierce and long the battle rages, but our help is near;
Onward comes our great Commander, cheer, my comrades, cheer!

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[9/6, 5:18 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-09-06
TOPIC: THE ESCAPE ROUTES FROM CURSES

SCRIPTURE: Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law,”being made a curse for us”: for it is written,”Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree”: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Galatians 3:13-14 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Mentality determines reality.

Previously,”we saw the various origins of the curse which were personal iniquity or wickedness, parental iniquity or wickedness, occult or witchcraft involvement, enchantment and divination. 

It has been confirmed that truth guarantees freedom. So, today we are going to explore scriptural truths that act as the bases for deliverance from curses. 

Now, what are the bases for deliverance?

1. Creation

By virtue of creation, deliverance from curses is mandatory. Genesis 1″:28 says,”And God blessed them….So, the blessing of God was on ground before the curses of life came; the blessing preceded the curse; light existed before darkness. This implies that the transaction of your parents and ancestors that tried to implicate you with curses only came after you had been blessed by God at creation.

2. The Covenant

By virtue of the covenant, deliverance from curses is mandatory.

Before God made a covenant with Abraham, there was a trinity of calamity in his family – dying before time, starting without finishing and living without relevance (Genesis 11″:25-32),”but after the covenant, that chain of calamity was broken (Genesis 12″:1-5).

Galatians 3:13-14 says,”Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us”: for it is written,”cursed is every one that hangs on a tree”: That the blessing of Abraham might come on us through Jesus Christ… 

And what is the blessing of Abraham? It is living above generational curses,”surviving where your father could not survive, and achieving what your father could not achieve.

Beloved, mentality determines reality. You need a change of mind-set to have a change of life; you need to believe that by connecting with the blessing of Abraham through Christ, you cannot be under any ancestral curse.

I take authority over every curse, spirit of limitations and setbacks. In the Name that is above every name, anything that stopped your father cannot stop you.

Remember this”: mentality determines reality.

ASSIGNMENT(S):

1. Live with the mind-set that you cannot be under any curse because you are in Christ Jesus.

2. Study the life of Abraham and follow his principles.

3. Reject every pronouncement over your life that is contrary to the scripture irrespective of who made it.  

PRAYER: Father,”thank You for setting me free from every curse by the Blood of Jesus Christ. I am unstoppable! What stopped my father cannot stop me, in Jesus’ Name.

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

DAILY BIBLE READING: Song of Songs 1:1 to 4:16,”2 Corinthians 8″:16 to 24,”Psalm 50″:1 to 23,”Proverbs 22″:22 to 23

QUOTE: Principles are stronger than principalities. Culled from 21 UNCOMMON KEYS TO FINANCIAL OVERFLOW by Dr Paul Enenche.

AMAZING FACT: Your right lung can take in more air than your left.

TODAY IN HISTORY: 6/9/1987: Ben Carson and his team successfully managed to separate conjoined twins Benjamin and Patrick Binder.

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.

 

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[9/6, 5:18 AM] 919063: You are being observed

Friday 6th September 2019

‘A man who excels in his work… will stand before kings.’ Proverbs 22:29 NKJV

He started out working hard as a labourer for a railway company. When he was given an opportunity to work in the shipping office for a few days, he jumped at it. During that time his supervisor asked him for some vital facts and figures. ‘Have them on my desk when I get back in three days,’ he said. The young man didn’t know anything about book keeping but he worked three days and nights without sleep, and when the supervisor returned he had the facts and figures ready for him. This won the respect and admiration of his supervisor, and as soon as a permanent position opened up he recommended the young man for the job. Over time the young man was promoted many times, and each time he was applauded for his thoroughness and trustworthiness. Eventually, he ended up as vice president of the Ralston Purina Company in St Louis, Missouri, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of pet food.

The Bible says, ‘Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before unknown men’ (Proverbs 22:29 NKJV). In The Message, Eugene Peterson paraphrases it this way: ‘Observe people who are good at their work – skilled workers are always in demand and admired; they don’t take a back seat to anyone.’

Whether you realise it or not, you are being watched on the job. Your character, your work ethic and your attitude are being observed. And you will be rewarded not only according to the tasks you complete, but for your attitude and the way in which you complete them!

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