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[9/12, 10:22 PM] 919063: 🌲🌷 *OPEN HEAVENS* 🌷🌲
*DAILY DEVOTIONAL*
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_DATE: FRIDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER, 2019_

*THEME: BEWARE OF THE “THIRD PARENT”*

*MEMORISE:*
Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
1 Corinthians 15:33

*Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 13:1-15 / 13:25-29*
1 And it came to pass after this, that Absalom the son of David had a fair sister, whose name was Tamar; and Amnon the son of David loved her.

2 And Amnon was so vexed, that he fell sick for his sister Tamar; for she was a virgin; and Amnon thought it hard for him to do any thing to her.

3 But Amnon had a friend, whose name was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah David’s brother: and Jonadab was a very subtle man.

4 And he said unto him, Why art thou, being the king’s son, lean from day to day? wilt thou not tell me? And Amnon said unto him, I love Tamar, my brother Absalom’s sister.

5 And Jonadab said unto him, Lay thee down on thy bed, and make thyself sick: and when thy father cometh to see thee, say unto him, I pray thee, let my sister Tamar come, and give me meat, and dress the meat in my sight, that I may see it, and eat it at her hand.

6 So Amnon lay down, and made himself sick: and when the king was come to see him, Amnon said unto the king, I pray thee, let Tamar my sister come, and make me a couple of cakes in my sight, that I may eat at her hand.

7 Then David sent home to Tamar, saying, Go now to thy brother Amnon’s house, and dress him meat.

8 So Tamar went to her brother Amnon’s house; and he was laid down. And she took flour, and kneaded it, and made cakes in his sight, and did bake the cakes.

9 And she took a pan, and poured them out before him; but he refused to eat. And Amnon said, Have out all men from me. And they went out every man from him.

10 And Amnon said unto Tamar, Bring the meat into the chamber, that I may eat of thine hand. And Tamar took the cakes which she had made, and brought them into the chamber to Amnon her brother.

11 And when she had brought them unto him to eat, he took hold of her, and said unto her, Come lie with me, my sister.

12 And she answered him, Nay, my brother, do not force me; for no such thing ought to be done in Israel: do not thou this folly.

13 And I, whither shall I cause my shame to go? and as for thee, thou shalt be as one of the fools in Israel. Now therefore, I pray thee, speak unto the king; for he will not withhold me from thee.

14 Howbeit he would not hearken unto her voice: but, being stronger than she, forced her, and lay with her.

15 Then Amnon hated her exceedingly; so that the hatred wherewith he hated her was greater than the love wherewith he had loved her. And Amnon said unto her, Arise, be gone.
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25 And the king said to Absalom, Nay, my son, let us not all now go, lest we be chargeable unto thee. And he pressed him: howbeit he would not go, but blessed him.

26 Then said Absalom, If not, I pray thee, let my brother Amnon go with us. And the king said unto him, Why should he go with thee?

27 But Absalom pressed him, that he let Amnon and all the king’s sons go with him.

28 Now Absalom had commanded his servants, saying, Mark ye now when Amnon’s heart is merry with wine, and when I say unto you, Smite Amnon; then kill him, fear not: have not I commanded you? be courageous, and be valiant.

29 And the servants of Absalom did unto Amnon as Absalom had commanded. Then all the king’s sons arose, and every man gat him up upon his mule, and fled.

*MESSAGE:*
The influence of peer groups has always been great in moulding a person’s character either for good or bad. Indeed, friends and peer groups are the “third parent” to every individual. Peer pressure has the power of enticing a person into things they would never have considered doing. No wonder the Holy Spirit says in Proverbs 1:10:

_“My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.”_

Yo entice is to persuade a person to carry out an act, usually by offering something pleasant and attractive as dividend. An example of this is the serpent’s dangling of the forbidden fruit before Eve (Genesis 3:6). Enticement usually works hand in hand with deception. May you never fall victim to the enticement of the world like Demas did in Jesus’ Name (2 Timothy 4:10).

The power of temptation lies in its ability to entice its victim. Parents do not lure their children into temptation; rather, they lead their children on the path of greatness and right living. The Holy Spirit in our lives represents our divine parents, the Holy Trinity, and this is why we must always listen to the counsel He gives and reject any counsel contrary to His inspired word. The truth is, the Holy Spirit cannot lead you to do anything that is contrary to God’s written word. Speaking on His mandate, our Lord said in John 16:13:

_“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.”_

He then went on to say in John 17:17:

_“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”_

In other words, the Holy Spirit is to guide us into all of God’s word, which is truth.

Associating with evil people has the potential to corrupt any person of good character. That is why the Holy Spirit is sending the warning in today’s memory verse. Those who are wise will give heed to what the Holy Spirit says because He knows more than we know and sees better than we see. To avoid the snare of wicked peers and finish your race in heaven, let the Holy Spirit have the greatest influence on you. Do not keep friends like Jonadab in today’s Bible reading, whose advice cost Amnon his life. Jonadab and Amnon were even cousins! Irrespective of family links, don’t allow anyone influence you into destruction, because when it’s all said and done, you will bear your cross yourself. May the Lord make you wise concerning this in Jesus’ Name.

*ACTION POINT:*
Examine if the company you keep influences you for good and adds value to you. Discreetly withdraw from those who influence you negatively.

*BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:*
1 Kings 16-17
Daniel 2:17-35

*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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[9/13, 5:17 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-09-13
TOPIC: UPRIGHT LIVING – A HEDGE AGAINST CURSES

SCRIPTURE: And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord,”and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him…Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel. Zechariah 3″:1-3 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: As light is the answer to darkness,”the blessing is the answer to the curse.

It is one thing for a person to be delivered from the grip of generational or family curses, but it is another thing for that person to remain free. There are conditions that guarantee the maintenance of freedom or deliverance from curses, and we are going to look at one of those conditions today.

How do you remain in freedom after being delivered from curses?

Live uprightly 

Ephesians 4″:27 says,”Neither give place to the devil. So, the devil can be given a place. That is why it is possible for someone to be delivered and after a while the same condition from which they were delivered resurfaces. 

Our anchor Scripture tells us about Joshua, the high priest, who gave a place to the devil by wearing a filthy garment and the devil stood beside him to resist him. 

Beloved, it does not matter who prays for you or the number of scriptures you quote, as long as you are putting on a filthy garment, you cannot resist the devil. So, if you want to stay free, you must make up your mind to be free of iniquity. Little lies, fraudulent practices, seductive dressing, immorality etc. give the devil a place to operate in a life.

It has been confirmed that the Blessing of God is the cure for the curses of life. As light is the answer to darkness, the Blessing is the answer to the curse. Whatever will release the Blessing will terminate the curse. And Psalms 24″:4-5 says,”He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord…. This implies that when you live uprightly, you are not permitted to remain under curses.

Remember this”: As light is the answer to darkness,”the blessing is the answer to the curse.

ASSIGNMENT(S)”:

1. Guard your freedom by living uprightly; flee from sin or compromise.

2. Set out at least a day in a week for consecrational fasting and prayer.

3. Study the Word of God daily. (Psalm 119:9,”11).

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

PRAYER: Lord,”thank You for my redemption in Christ Jesus. I receive the grace to remain in freedom, Lord in Jesus’ Name.

DAILY BIBLE READING”: Isaiah 12:1 to 14:32,”2 Corinthians 13″:1 to 13,”Psalm 57″:1 to 11,”Proverbs 23″:9 to 11

QUOTE: Your nature affects your future. Your character affects your destiny. Your habit affects your habitat. Culled from WHO ARE YOU? by Dr Paul Enenche.

AMAZING FACT: A day in Mercury lasts approximately as long as 59 days on earth. 

TODAY IN HISTORY: 13/9/1541: John Calvin returns to Geneva to reform the Church under a body of doctrine known as Calvinism.

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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[9/13, 5:17 AM] 919063: Overcoming stress (2)

Friday 13th September 2019

‘I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.’ John 5:30 NIV

Know who you are trying to please. Jesus didn’t try to please everybody, so isn’t it foolish for you to try to do something even God doesn’t do? It was a settled issue with Jesus: ‘I’m going to please God, full stop!’ And God replied, ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased’ (Matthew 3:17 NKJV).

When you lose sight of who you’re trying to please you’ll always cave in to three things:Criticism, because you’re overly concerned about what others think of you. Competition, because you’re afraid somebody will get ahead of you. Conflict, because you’re threatened by anyone who disagrees with you. Jesus said, ‘Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things [overcoming the stress of criticism, competition and conflict], shall be added to you’ (Matthew 6:33 NKJV). By focusing on God’s will you simplify your life! You’ll always be doing the right thing, the thing that pleases him, regardless of what anybody else thinks. We love to blame stress on other people and on our obligations: ‘Youmade me do…I have to…I’ve got to.’ Actually, there are few things in life apart from our jobs that we must do. So what we’re really saying is, ‘I choose to [fill in your obligation here] because I don’t want to handle the consequences.’ Rarely does anybody make us do anything, so we can’t blame other people for our stress.

When we feel pressured, we’re choosing to let others put us there. The fact is, we’re not victims unless we allow ourselves to be pressured by outside demands.

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