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[9/17, 9:32 PM] 919063: 🌲🌷 *OPEN HEAVENS* 🌷🌲
*DAILY DEVOTIONAL*
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_DATE: WEDNESDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER 2019_

*THEME: YOU CAN BE RESTORED!*

*MEMORISE:*
For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.
Job 14:7

*Bible Reading: Genesis 40:1-22*
1 And it came to pass after these things, that the butler of the king of Egypt and his baker had offended their lord the king of Egypt.

2 And Pharaoh was wroth against two of his officers, against the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers.

3 And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound.

4 And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them: and they continued a season in ward.

5 And they dreamed a dream both of them, each man his dream in one night, each man according to the interpretation of his dream, the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, which were bound in the prison.

6 And Joseph came in unto them in the morning, and looked upon them, and, behold, they were sad.

7 And he asked Pharaoh’s officers that were with him in the ward of his lord’s house, saying, Wherefore look ye so sadly to day?

8 And they said unto him, We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it. And Joseph said unto them, Do not interpretations belong to God? tell me them, I pray you.

9 And the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, In my dream, behold, a vine was before me;

10 And in the vine were three branches: and it was as though it budded, and her blossoms shot forth; and the clusters thereof brought forth ripe grapes:

11 And Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand: and I took the grapes, and pressed them into Pharaoh’s cup, and I gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand.

12 And Joseph said unto him, This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are three days:

13 Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thine head, and restore thee unto thy place: and thou shalt deliver Pharaoh’s cup into his hand, after the former manner when thou wast his butler.

14 But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and show kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house:

15 For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews: and here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon.

16 When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said unto Joseph, I also was in my dream, and, behold, I had three white baskets on my head:

17 And in the uppermost basket there was of all manner of bakemeats for Pharaoh; and the birds did eat them out of the basket upon my head.

18 And Joseph answered and said, This is the interpretation thereof: The three baskets are three days:

19 Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thy head from off thee, and shall hang thee on a tree; and the birds shall eat thy flesh from off thee.

20 And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants: and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants.

21 And he restored the chief butler unto his butlership again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand:

22 But he hanged the chief baker: as Joseph had interpreted to them.

*MESSAGE*
The story of Pharaoh’s butler is a good example of what God can do to restore someone in a hopeless situation. He and Pharaoh’s baker had offended their master and were put in royal prison. While there, they both had compelling dreams. While the interpretation of the baker’s dream was negative, the butler’s dream had a favourable message. Three days later, the baker was executed while the butler was restored. Not only was the butler restored, he also became the key personality whose advice and recommendation brought Joseph out of the prison yard. This shows the wisdom in the counsel that says we should always be mindful of what we do with those we meet on our way up because we may still meet them on our way down. Beloved, restoration is an easy thing for God to do. My prayer for someone reading this is that God’s favour and mercy will locate you in that despicable situation you are in and restore you to glory this season in Jesus’ Name. He will restore your lost opportunities in Jesus’ Name.

“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” 1 John 2:1-2

This passage is saying that there is hope of restoration for a backslider who genuinely repents with determination never to go down again. The sad story was told of a young but zealous Christian brother in one of the popular ministries in Lagos, Nigeria. This brother was so zealous that he had zero-tolerance for any appearance of iniquity. Unfortunately, one way or the other, he fell into the sin of sexual immortality. Finding himself in this mess, he concluded that there could be no pardon for him from Jesus, whom he had disappointed. The thought of the souls he had won and the sermon he had preached against sin haunted him sorely, and he decided that the best thing to do was to commit suicide. Tragically, he ended his life! Beloved, I want to encourage you to have faith in the word being sent to you today. You can truly be restored because God’s promise to you in 2 Chronicles 7:14 says:

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

God promises to restore you if you will repent, and He is waiting to receive you with open arms today.

*PRAYER POINT:*
Father, as I stand on Your promise today, please grant me complete restoration spiritually and physically in Jesus’ Name.

*BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:*
2 Kings 3-4, Daniel 4:19-27

*AUTHOR:*
PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

*HYMN 6: HAVE YOU BEEN TO JESUS FOR THE CLEANSING POW’R*
1 Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing pow’r?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

*Chorus:*
Are you washed in the blood,
In the soul-cleansing blood of the Lamb?
Are your garments spotless? Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

2 Are you walking daily by the Saviour’s side?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Do you rest each moment in the Crucified?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

3 When the Bridegroom cometh will your robes be white!
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Will your soul be ready for His presence bright,
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb?

4 Lay aside the garments that are stained with sin,
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb;
There’s a fountain flowing for the soul unclean,
O be washed in the blood of the Lamb.

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[9/18, 4:40 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-09-18
TOPIC: THE DELIVERANCE POWER OF SERVICE

SCRIPTURE: And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh,”Thus saith the Lord, Israel is my son, even my firstborn”: And I say unto thee,”Let my son go, that he may serve me”: and if thou refuse to let him go,”behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn. Exodus 4″:22-23

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: If you are ready to serve God, no Pharaoh can hold you in captivity.

When we started out in life and Ministry, people looked at us with so much disdain. They never believed that anything good could come out of us. But we were not discouraged; we were lost in service to God, being completely sold out to Him. And now, it is glaring to all that God is a faithful Rewarder. At that time, someone asked one of our brethren in Church, ‘Are you attending that small boy’s church?’ but sometime later, the same person came to look for God’s help in the same Ministry he earlier looked down on.

Beloved,”do not be afraid of mockery, it is a platform for your making. If people are not mocking you for serving God, God cannot be making you. Brutally donate yourself to service unto God in soul-winning, ushering, sanctuary cleaning, worshipping, praise, counselling, etc. If you are ready to serve, you cannot escape the blessing of God (Exodus 23″:25); and the blessing of God is the cure for the curses of life.

In our anchor Scripture,”God said to Pharaoh, Let my son go, that he may serve me”: So, if you are ready to serve God, no Pharaoh can hold you in captivity.  Living in committed service is a doorway to deliverance from every form of captivity. Whatever assignment you do faithfully for God is a key to your deliverance. Why the devil cannot hold us is because we are too busy serving God. God needs us too much to leave us at the mercy of the devil.

Receive the grace for commitment in kingdom service, and that service is setting you free forever, in Jesus’ Name.

Remember this: If you are ready to serve God, no Pharaoh can hold you in captivity.

ASSIGNMENT(S):

1. Join a service unit in Church if you are not yet in any one.

2. Serve with all your heart, not as unto man but as unto God.

3. Make demands on the Blessing of God when you are serving.

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

PRAYER: Lord, I receive the grace to serve You with all my heart, energy and resources. Terminate every captivity around my life and establish me in Your Blessing, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.

DAILY BIBLE READING: Isaiah 23:14 to 30:11,”Galatians 3″:23 to 4:31,”Psalm 62″:1 to 12,”Proverbs 23″:19 to 21

QUOTE: To be a servant makes the blessing compulsory. Culled from SERVICE: YOUR UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST by Dr (Mrs) Becky Paul-Enenche.

TODAY IN HISTORY: 18/9/1951: Ben Carson, American neurosurgeon, author and politician is born.

AMAZING FACT: The peregrine falcon can dive at a speed of over 240mph.

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[9/18, 4:40 AM] 919063: Overcoming stress (7)

Wednesday 18th September 2019

‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’ Mark 6:31 NIV

Take time out to enjoy life. Jesus did that. ‘Because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest”‘ (Mark 6:31 NIV). Jesus not only took time for relaxation and recreation, he told those who’d been working hard without relief, ‘You deserve a break today. Let’s get some rest…take time off.’ So they got into a boat, rode to the other side of the lake, and went out into the desert. Jesus was able to handle stress because he knew when to relax.

Rest and recreation in life aren’t optional, and they’re not ‘unspiritual’. Rest is so important that God included it in the Ten Commandments. The Sabbath was made for mankind because God knows our physical, emotional and spiritual constitutions demand regular periodic breaks. Jesus survived stress because he enjoyed life. J.B. Phillips’s paraphrase puts it like this: ‘The Son of Man came, enjoying life’ (Matthew 11:19PHPS). And Paul tells us that God has richly provided ‘everything for our enjoyment’ (1 Timothy 6:17 NIV). Balance is the key to stress management.

Today if you feel burned out, check two things: (1) Are you drawing daily on God’s grace, or are you depending on yourself? (2) Do you regularly set aside time for rest and recreation? The word ‘recreation’ means ‘restore, refresh or create anew’. Are you getting the picture? If you burn out, what use will you be to God’s kingdom, to your family or to yourself?

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