Morning Devotions

[9/8, 9:48 PM] 919063: 🌲🌷 *OPEN HEAVENS* 🌷🌲
*DAILY DEVOTIONAL*
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_DATE: MONDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER 2019_

*THEME: YOUTHS, GUARD YOUR FUTURE*

*MEMORISE*
Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
1 Timothy 4:12

*Bible Reading: Ecclesiastes 11:7-10*
7 Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun:

8 But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many. All that cometh is vanity.

9 Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.

10 Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity.

*MESSAGE*
Youthful exuberance can be a very dangerous thing if left unchecked. It can even leave an indelible negative mark on an individual for the rest of his or her life. Are you still a youth? I rejoice with you, but you need to give heed to what the Holy Spirit is saying in today’s memory verse, because in today’s world where the internet never forgets, the enemies of your destiny will hunt for any information about your youthful mistakes when they realise you are on your way to the top. May your enemies never find anything with which they can destroy your great destiny in Jesus’ Name. In the political arena, opponents are always searching for what they can use to destroy each other’s political ambition. Examples abound of how political gladiators dig into the past of would-be political office holders, telling the world the many reasons why they should not be voted into power based on past conduct, even if they have managed to change for the better. Unfortunately, many youths do not listen to profitable counsel when they are gallivanting from one bad habit to another in the name of youthful exuberance.

The story of Reuben in Genesis 49:3-4 should be a wake-up call to any unruly youth reading this devotional study. A sin he committed in the distant past, probably in his late twenties, was revisited at the time he ought to have received the blessing of firstborn far later in life. He probably thought he was clever, handsome and the desire of all women, including his father’s wife, so much so that he slept with her (Genesis 35:22)! The most perplexing thing about this case is that Jacob never mentioned a word about it to him. If he did, probably Reuben would have pleaded for mercy. Some pastors destroyed their marital testimonies when they were young because it never occurred to them that they would be pastors later in life. Down the line, after becoming pastors, they are forced to keep mute whenever any discussion on marital infidelity arises. They cannot authoritatively divide the word of truth on this subject-matter because of their past deeds. Some Christian teachers cannot disclose how many children they have because it will generate questions such as “Is it mummy that gave birth to this or that? If not, who is their mother and where is she? Did you marry her? If yes, how come you divorced her and marry another person, contrary to what you have been teaching us?” To avoid the agony of such questions, I admonish young people to stay away from the so-called youthful exuberance that leads to regrets later in life.

*ACTION POINT:*
Cut off friends who draw you into things that can lead to regrets later in life, and attach yourself to a mature mentor, who is an example of living a Christ-like life.

*BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:*
1 Kings 9-10, Ezekiel 47:18-48:14

*AUTHOR:*
PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

*HYMN 2: OH JESUS, I HAVE PROMISED*
1 O Jesus, I have promised
To serve Thee to the end;
Be Thou forever near me,
My Master and my Friend;
I shall not fear the battle
If Thou art by my side,
Nor wander from the pathway
If Thou wilt be my guide.

2 O let me feel Thee near me,
The world is ever near;
I see the sights that dazzle,
The tempting sounds I hear;
My foes are ever near me,
Around me and within;
But, Jesus, draw Thou nearer,
And shield my soul from sin.

3 Oh let me hear Thee speaking
In accents clear and still,
Above the storms of passion,
The murmurs of self-will;
Oh speak to reassure me,
To hasten or control;
O speak, and make me listen,
Thou Guardian of my soul.

4 O Jesus, Thou hast promised
To all who follow Thee,
That where Thou art in glory,
There shall Thy servant be;
And, Jesus, I have promised
To serve Thee to the end;
O give me grace to follow,
My Master and my Friend.

5 Oh, let me see Thy footmarks,
And in them plant mine own;
My hope to follow duly
Is in Thy strength alone.
Oh, guide me, call me, draw me,
Uphold me to the end;
And then to rest receive me,
My Saviour and my Friend.

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[9/9, 6:13 AM] 919063: Enjoy your life!

Monday 9th September 2019

‘To everything there is a season…a time to laugh…to dance…to love.’ Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NKJV

When did you last take time to laugh, to dance and to love? Can you even remember? In the words of an unknown poet: ‘This is the age of the half-read page; the quick hash and the mad dash. The bright knight with the nerves tight; the plane hop and the brief stop. The lamp-tan in a brief span; the big shot in a good spot. The brain strain and the heart pain; the catnaps until the spring snaps…and the fun’s done!’ Sobering words, right?

But does it have to be that way? No, if it’s that way in your life today, chances are it’s because you made it that way. And you’re the only one who can make it different! You say you’re busy? We’re all busy. Who says you can’t enjoy life even when the pace picks up? Certainly not God! Chuck Swindoll writes: ‘I refuse to force hilarity into the back seat every time responsibility takes the wheel. If the fun’s gone, it’s because we didn’t want it around – not because it didn’t fit…I don’t care if your “to do” list is as long as the horizon, you need to get back in balance and take the time to laugh…to dance…and to love. Why? Because the Bible says so! Furthermore, your family and friends will enjoy you a lot more when you do.’

The psalmist said, ‘You will show me the path of life; In your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore’ (Psalm 16:11 NKJV). So go ahead and enjoy your life the way God intended – it will be over before you know it.

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[9/9, 6:13 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-09-09
TOPIC: THE DELIVERANCE POWER OF THE WORD

SCRIPTURE: He sent his word,”and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. Psalms 107″:20

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The Word of God is a deliverance tool.

Previously,”we saw in detail the various scriptural bases for deliverance from curses. 

Now, we are going to x-ray the various ways of receiving deliverance, and today, we are looking at Receiving the Word.

Our anchor scripture says, He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. The Word of God is a deliverance tool. The Word of God is truth (John 17″:17) and the knowledge of truth is the guarantee of freedom (John 8:32),”including freedom from curses. The truth is, deliverance is more easily realised through the Word than prayer.

John 8″:32 says,”And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall MAKE you free. People used to read it as”: And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall SET you free. No! It is ‘…the truth shall MAKE you free’ To make is to manufacture,”so when you know the truth, the truth shall construct you into freedom; and that freedom is irreversible.

And truth is, by Christ’s Blood, you changed family lineage; you are now in the family of God, so the curse in your family cannot locate you. 

Now, what is the aim of the Word? 

1. The Word is light and light scatters darkness (John 1″:1-5).

2. The Word is truth (John 17:17),”and truth guarantees freedom (John 8″:32).

3. And the Word carries force (Job 6:25).

The Word carries force and the force comes to effect motion and change. Force is the weapon for change.

Beloved,”if you need an irreversible deliverance, go for revelational light from the scripture. 

Remember this”: The Word of God is a deliverance tool. 

ASSIGNMENT (S):

1. Study the Word of God,”continuously pull out revelations and let them saturate your spirit unto a victorious living.

2. Believe the truth in God’s Word, not the situation around you.

3. Make demands on the sent Word of God concerning your life.

PRAYER”: O Lord,”I wait on You. Send Your Word into my life and let it shift me into higher dimensions of liberty, Lord in Jesus’ Name.

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

DAILY BIBLE READING: Isaiah 3:1 to 5:30,”2 Corinthians 11″:1 to 15,”Psalm 53″:1 to 6,”Proverbs 22″:28 to 29

QUOTE: Nothing disarms darkness like light. Culled from 15 KINGDOM STRATEGIES FOR SURVIVAL by Dr Paul Enenche.

AMAZING FACT: 100,”000 chemical reactions occur in the human brain every second.

DON’T FORGET TO ATTEND”: The Healing and Deliverance Service by 9:00 am tomorrow. Invite someone. God bless you as you do so.

 

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