Morning Devotions

[9/16, 9:05 PM] 919063: 🌲🌷 *OPEN HEAVENS* 🌷🌲
*DAILY DEVOTIONAL*
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_DATE: TUESDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER, 2019._

*THEME: YOU CAN FINISH WELL!*

*MEMORISE:*
For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
2 Timothy 1:12

*Bible Reading: John 17:1-12*
1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.

7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.

8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.

10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.

11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

*MESSAGE:*
When I newly gave my life to Christ, the love of God in me made me burn with zeal to please the One who paid the supreme price to save my soul. However, some people I met in the faith mocked my zeal and said to each other, “Leave him alone; he will soon be tired and slow down.” I thank God that He has not allowed their prediction come true in my life. For this reason, I can stand to testify, as Paul did in today’s memory verse, that God is indeed able to keep what is entrusted to Him to the very end.

Paul was a man whose life proved that faith in the sustaining grace of God is not a waste. God kept him going in the Christian race and helped him to finish well and strong. At the end of his life, Paul was able to say in 2 Timothy 4:6-8:

“For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

How was Paul able to finish his Christian race well in spite of the many obstacles he faced? The answer lies in today’s Bible reading. Before our Lord Jesus Christ left the earth, He devoted a substantial amount of time to pray that the faith of those who genuinely belong to Him should endure. As part of His prayer, He also said in John 17:12:

“While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.”

This is something for us to think about. Judas was given equal opportunity not to end his race the way he did, but he chose to be a son of perdition. We learn from him that making it to the very end is a matter of the choices we make every day. Those who will cross the finish line are those who give heed to the Lord’s warning in Luke 12:15, which says:

“And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.”

Beloved, I assure you that you can make it to the very end. Hold the forth and don’t comprise your faith. Keep on the firing line, and you will make it in Jesus’ Name.

*PRAYER POINT:*
Father, please uphold me in Your holy hands to the very end in Jesus’ Name.

*BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:*
2 Kings 1-2
Daniel 4:4-18

*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!

*Chorus:*
“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 men around us falling,
Courage almost gone.

3 See the glorious banner waving,
Hear the bugle 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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[9/17, 6:38 AM] 919063: Overcoming stress (6)

Tuesday 17th September 2019

‘Very early in the morning…Jesus…prayed.’ Mark 1:35 NIV

Make prayer your daily habit. Prayer is the great stress-reliever. Jesus began his day with prayer. He often stopped throughout the day to pray, and he ended each day with prayer. Now, if Jesus made time for prayer as busy as he was, how much more do you need to do it! Time alone with God can be a decompression chamber for life’s stresses. We talk to God in prayer, tell him what’s on our minds, and let him talk to us as we read the Bible. Then we look at our schedule, evaluate our priorities and wait for instructions. If we lived that way, the pharmaceutical industry would go broke because we wouldn’t need a fraction of the tranquillisers they market!

Many of our problems come from our inability to sit still. We just don’t know how to be quiet. God says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God’ (Psalm 46:10 NKJV). And one reason we don’t know God more personally is because we can’t be still. We’re too busy to be quiet and just think. Someone said, ‘It seems to be an ironic habit of man that when he loses his way he doubles his speed.’ The story’s told of a World War II Air Force pilot who flew over the Pacific. When he radioed the tower and the controller asked for his location, he replied, ‘I don’t know – but I’m making record time!’ A lot of us are like that, speeding through life without knowing where we’re headed.

We need to start our morning with prayer like Jesus did, and stop throughout the day to pray again and recharge our spiritual batteries.

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[9/17, 6:38 AM] 919063: D A I L Y M A N N A

TUESDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER, 2019

GOD DEFENDS THE FAITHFUL

TEXT: NUMBERS 12:1-8.

🔑📖KEY VERSE: “My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house” (NUMBERS 12:7).

One of the greatest virtues employers, couples, friends and business partners desire is faithfulness. Faithfulness, loyalty, reliability, allegiance, fidelity though rare in most human endeavours, rate high in God’s economy. To be counted faithful implies that one is reliable, dependable, honest and trustworthy. This feat can only be earned through drawing from the instructions of God’s word.

God attested to Moses’ faithfulness. As most men and women of high integrity and faithfulness are subjects of attack from others, even so was Moses. His siblings, Aaron and Miriam, derided him and his marriage and challenged his ministry and walk with God. In the face of the unprovoked challenge, Moses kept his peace and was rated as very meek, above all men. No human action escapes the sight of God. He not only attested to Moses’ faithfulness but sharply rebuked the erring Aaron and Miriam and defended His faithful servant.

We may draw criticisms and rude remarks from detractors in unexpected quarters. Nevertheless, we must not relent. Man’s reactions to our piety should not cause us to lapse into unfaithfulness, compromise, disloyalty or infidelity.

Faithfulness is demanded in our place of work, in private and public life, between husband and wife, in our service unto God and indeed in our day-to-day activities. Faithfulness is threatened by inward and external pressure, enticements, quest for ease of life, inability of people to appreciate us, and absence of immediate punishment of unfaithfulness. Whatever reason there may be, unfaithfulness only draws the anger and judgment of God while faithfulness delivers, even from death!

✍THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The Lord’s eyes never leave the faithful for protection.

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: PROVERBS

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[9/17, 6:38 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-09-17
TOPIC: YOUR PRAISE AND YOUR DELIVERANCE 

SCRIPTURE: And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed,”and sang praises unto God”:… And suddenly there was a great earthquake,”so that the foundations of the prison were shaken”: and immediately all the doors were opened,”and every one’s bands were loosed. Acts 16″:25-26 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Depression sustains oppression. 

Our anchor Scripture establishes the fact that anointed songs carry deliverance power. Psalms 32:7 collaborates this when it says,…thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. So, the frequency of praise is the frequency of liberty. That is why when we minister in songs during Church services, people receive deliverance, yokes are broken and healings happen.

It has been confirmed that no devil can tie down a real worshiper or praiser. Jonah remained in the belly of the whale until he said,”But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord. And the Lord spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land (Jonah 2″:9-10). 

Beloved, any prison holding you can vomit you by the power of praise. Depression sustains oppression. Nobody can pray you out of oppression until they have helped you out of depression. It is not possible to be helped if you have refused to be happy; the hopeless is the helpless. You may not have the voice to sing but you have the heart to make melody; anything that carries joy, even if it is a noise, is praise. So you can make a joyful noise.

Beloved, overcome the temptation to be depressed. Embrace joy and you are set for total liberty.

Remember this: Depression sustains oppression.

ASSIGNMENT(S):

1. Take out some minutes and praise God for Who He is, what He has done and for what He is yet to do.

2. Speak only what you want to see into your life.

3. Determine to be joyful always; do not allow anything to determine your joy.

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

PRAYER: Lord, there is no one like You. Thank You for all You have done and all You will do for me. I give You all the glory, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.

DAILY BIBLE READING: Isaiah 25:1 to 28:13,”Galatians 3″:10 to 22,”Psalm 61″:1 to 8,”Proverbs 23″:17 to 18

QUOTE: The reality that your destiny cannot be hidden when you live a life of praise to God cannot be overemphasised. Culled from ALABASTER BOX by Dr (Mrs) Becky Paul-Enenche.

AMAZING FACT: The mimic octopus can not only change colour but will mimic the shapes of other animals, like the flounder, lionfish and sea snakes.

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TODAY IN HISTORY: 17/9/1789: William Herschel discovers Mimas,
Satellite of Saturn.

DON’T FORGET TO ATTEND: The Power-packed Communion Service tomorrow with friends and loved ones for the preservation of your life and destiny by 5:30pm. God bless you as you come.

 

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