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[9/14, 10:18 PM] 919063: 🌲🌷 *OPEN HEAVENS* 🌷🌲
*DAILY DEVOTIONAL*
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_DATE: SUNDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER 2019_

*THEME: THE SOURCE OF STRENGTH*

*MEMORISE:*
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
– (Luke 2:10)

*Bible Reading: Colossians 1:9-11*
9. For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

10. That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

11. Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

*MESSAGE*
Joy is a great source of strength that many people are unaware of. Nehemiah knew this, and he continuously drew strength from joy in turbulent times.When the people he led were downcast, he was able to encourage them to draw strength from this same source, based on his own personal experience. He said to them in Nehemiah 8:10:

“…Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portion unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

In this perilous time, we need strength to run the Christian race. Thankfully, our heavenly Father has what it takes to give us all the strength we need.Our strength can be found in the joy of the Lord. No wonder our Lord Jesus was anointed to give “the oil of joy” to those without strength (Isaiah 61:3) this same anointing is available to us today through the Holy Spirit who lives within us.

In fact, one dimension of the fruit of the Holy Spirit is joy (Galatians 5:22).

It is therefore obvious that we need to make Him our friend if we don’t want to experience weariness in our walk with God.

However, to be a friend of the Holy Spirit, you need to first live a holy life. Holiness is so paramount to Him that it forms part of His Name. Also, you must avoid grieving Him (Ephesians 4:30).

He is grieved when we refuse to heed His warnings, and the resulting separation leads to futile efforts that drain our strength, because those who lose touch with the Holy Spirit are usually taken over by the spirit of error.

May this never be your experience in Jesus’ Name.

While sorrow depletes strength from an individual, joy gives strength. The Bible tells of how sorrow drained David of strength after his camp was raided and he and his soldiers discovered that their entire families had been taken captive. (1 Samuel 30:4) says:

“Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep.”

This is why command such as “weep not” and “be good cheer” must be taken seriously (Luke 8:5, Matthew 14:27). To have unspeakable joy, we need to learn obedience to the word of God.We can walk in perpetual joy if we maintain the joy of our salvation. Beloved, if you have lost the joy of your salvation, pray to God for restoration like David did in Psalm 51:12 and He will restore you.

I pray that you will be full of the joy of the Lord from now on in Jesus’ Name.

*PRAYER POINT:*
Father, please give me unspeakable joy to run my Christian race with strength, in Jesus’ Name.

*BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:*
1 Kings 20-21, Daniel 3:1-15

*AUTHOR:*
PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

*HYMN 7: IN CHRIST ALONE*
1. In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song,
This Cornerstone, this solid Ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

2. In Christ alone! Who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
Till on the cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live.

3. There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

4. No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.

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[9/15, 5:14 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-09-15
TOPIC: TURNING CAPTIVITY BY SACRIFICE 

SCRIPTURE: And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord; and took of every clean beast…and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the Lord smelled a sweet savour; and the Lord said in his heart,”I will not again curse the ground any more…. Genesis 8″:20-21

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Every opportunity to sacrifice is an opportunity to attack curses.

It has been scripturally proven that sacrifice establishes liberty. From our anchor Scripture we saw how God perceived the aroma of Noah’s sacrifice and took off the curse. So,”sacrifice is a cure for curses. Sacrifice turns captivity (Psalms 126″:1-5) – be it an ancestral captivity, generational captivity or family captivity. When you live sacrificially, captivity situations are turned.

The life of sacrifice can make you go where they say no one is permitted to go. Personally, the only thing I have not released as an offering is my body. The truth is, what God is helping us to do, nobody in our lineage has ever dared it.

Beloved, every opportunity to sacrifice is an opportunity to attack curses. When you are sacrificial, you are fire-full; you are fire in motion. And when the ancestral spirits or the demonic agents of your family try to stop you, they will realize that you are not a stoppable personality.

My counsel is,”raise altars of sacrifice continually to counter any altar speaking against your life and destiny. The truth is, if you have any meaningful destiny, there are altars that would not want you to fulfil it, so let your altar of sacrifice speak against those evil altars continually (Psalms 50″:5).

Remember this: Every opportunity to sacrifice is an opportunity to attack curses.

ASSIGNMENT(S):

1. Live sacrificially; deploy your time, effort and resources maximally for the benefit of humanity and for Kingdom advancement.

2. Make demands on God for the grace to sacrifice.

3. Speak forcefully against the altars trying to resist your destiny fulfilment, by the Blood of Jesus.  

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

PRAYER: Lord, I receive the grace to live sacrificially. I silence every altar speaking against my life and destiny by the Blood of Jesus, Lord in Jesus’ Name. 

DAILY BIBLE READING: Isaiah 19:1 to 21:17,”Galatians 2″:1 to 16,”Psalm 59″:1 to 17,”Proverbs 23″:13 to 14

QUOTE: When a man is stingy towards God; when he is tight-fisted, his life must remain tight. Sacrifice is the secret of the overflow. Culled from 21 UNCOMMON KEYS TO FINANCIAL OVERFLOW by Dr Paul Enenche. 

AMAZING FACT: Dogs are capable of understanding up to 250 words and gestures and have demonstrated the ability to do simple mathematical calculation.

TODAY IN HISTORY: 15/9/1928: Scottish bacteriologist Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin while studying influenza. 

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[9/15, 5:14 AM] 919063: Overcoming stress (4)

Sunday 15th September 2019

‘I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God… that is why I was sent.’ Luke 4:43 NIV

Focus on one thing at a time. Are you being pulled in different directions? People constantly tried to do this to Jesus and distract him from his goal in life. The Bible says, ‘At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them’ (Luke 4:42 NIV). Jesus was about to leave and they tried to make him stay. Here’s how he responded: ‘I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom…to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent’ (Luke 4:43 NIV).

Jesus refused to be distracted by less important matters. Indeed, he was a master at this. Everybody tried to interrupt him. Everyone had a Plan B for his life. But in essence he responded, ‘No, I must keep moving towards my goal.’ And he kept right on doing what he knew God had told him to do. He was determined. He was persistent. He was focused.

So when you have a dozen different things to do, pick the most important one and stick with it until it’s complete. Then pick the second most important and do the same thing, until you’ve completed the list. When we diffuse our efforts we’re ineffective; when we concentrate our efforts we’re more successful. Diffused light produces a hazy glow, whereas light that’s concentrated produces fire. Jesus didn’t let interruptions prevent him from concentrating on his goal. He didn’t let others make him tense or stressed or irritated. And he is your example!

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