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[9/22, 11:16 PM] 919063: 🌲🌷 *OPEN HEAVENS* 🌷🌲
*DAILY DEVOTIONAL*
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_DATE: MONDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER 2019_

*THEME: AVOID THESE SEVEN ABOMINATIONS*

*MEMORISE*
The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.
Proverbs 21:6

*Bible Reading: Proverbs 6:16-19*
6:16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

6:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

6:18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

6:19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

*MESSAGE*
There are many things that people do that hinder their progress in life or even permanently destroy their destiny. We shall be discussing seven of these today. From today’s Bible text, these seven include a proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked imaginations, feet that are swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaks lies and a person who sows discord among brethren. These all are abominable in the sight of God because of the great negative impact they have on the lives of others. For example, a proud look demeans a fellow human being, which can bring about low self-esteem, which in turn has led several people to commit suicide. In other words, a person can cause the death of another through pride. In addition, a liar is not better than a murderer. The story of Joseph proves this. But for the mercy of God, the lie Potiphar’s wife told against Joseph could have cost him his life, because it is a grievous thing indeed for a slave to attempt to rape his mater’s wife. Those who lie against their fellow human beings will not go unpunished by God unless they repent. Proverbs 26:28 says:

“A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.”

Another abomination is nursing wicked and evil thoughts. Such thoughts, more often than not, lead to acts which the perpetrator might live to regret, like crimes of passion for example. For this reason, Jesus said in Matthew 5:21-22a:

“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment:”

Mischief-makers are in danger of God’s judgement, and those who profit from the misfortune of others will not go unpunished. This also applies to those who bear false witness for any reason whatsoever (Exodus 20:16). The seventh abomination is the one that is common in the household of faith: sowing seeds of discord among brethren. This abomination is so deadly that it can set a whole church ablaze and give room for the devil to freely operate among the brethren because they are no longer walking in agreement. In Mark 3:25, the Lord said a house that is divided against itself cannot stand. No wonder Paul said we should look out for and avoid the so-called “brethren” who cause division in the Church (Romans 16:17). Beloved, God is warning us against these seven deadly abominations today. Repent if are involved in any of them.

*ACTION POINT:*
Examine yourself to see if you exhibit any of these seven abominations in your character and repent of it.

*BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:*
2 Kings 12-13, Daniel 6:14-28

*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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[9/23, 6:38 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-09-23
TOPIC: THE END TIME IS HERE

SCRIPTURE: And because iniquity shall abound,”the love of many shall wax cold. Matthew 24″:12

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: We are closer to the end of the world than any other time in history.

It is important to know that all the signs and events in the world today are confirmations that the end of age is at hand. The reality of heaven and hell cannot be disputed. And God is merciful and gracious enough to reveal to us the signs of the end while we are still alive.

We are going to look at the signs that confirm that we are in the end of time. Today we shall be looking at The Abundance of Iniquity. 

Our anchor scripture says that in the end time iniquity shall abound (Matthew 24:12). And in our present generation,”there is a multiplication of iniquity everywhere.

Sometime ago, an eighteen year old girl called us on phone for prayer. She said that she was under a compulsive influence and practice of immorality after being introduced to immoral lifestyle at age five. She revealed to us that whenever the pressure comes upon her, if she does not get a man, she would go out to look for a man. Such a pathetic case! The end time is characterised by the epidemic of immorality.

Bribery and corruption is everywhere; there are people with dead conscience shedding the blood of the innocent in order to satisfy their love for money.

Beloved, we live in a world with the abundance of iniquity. There is no generation that had been so confronted with iniquity like this present generation. The truth is, we are closer to the end of the world than any other time in history. So, to live carelessly in this end time is to be liable to the danger of eternity in hellfire.

Remember this”: we are closer to the end of the world than any other time in history.

ASSIGNMENT(S):

1. Live with the consciousness of eternity.

2. Refuse to compromise or conform to the ways of the world.

3. Receive the grace continually to say ‘No’ to the world.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING,”GET THIS MESSAGE”: SIGNS OF THE END – AS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH

PRAYER: Lord,”give me the grace to walk in the path of righteousness. Help me to please You always till I see You face-to-face, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.  

DAILY BIBLE READING”: Isaiah 41:17 to 43: 13,”Ephesians 2″:1 to 22,”Psalm 67″:1 to 7,”Proverbs 23″:29 to 35.

QUOTE: One of the worst things that can happen to a Christian is to become a tool in the hands of Satan the devil unknowingly. Culled from THE ESSENCE OF CHRISTIANITY by Dr Paul Enenche.

AMAZING FACT: The Chinese silkie is a breed of chicken whose skin,”bones, and internal organs are entirely black.

TODAY IN HISTORY”: 23/9/1642: Harvard college in Cambridge,”Massachusetts, 1st Commencement. 

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

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[9/23, 6:38 AM] 919063: You will get through this

Monday 23rd September 2019

‘He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.’ Job 8:21 NIV

Sometimes when your heart has been broken, the healing comes first and the answers come later. But when you think about it, wouldn’t you rather walk with God in the darkness than walk alone in the light? It’s doubtful Job ever fully comprehended all the losses he experienced in life, or why. But there came a time when he was able to look back and say with confidence, ‘He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy’ (Job 8:21 NIV). And that’s God’s promise to you too!

Theologian E. Stanley Jones said, ‘Anything less than God will let you down.’ For every predicament you face in life, God has sufficient grace to carry you through. For every need, he has a supply. For every problem, he has an answer. For every hurt, he has a cure. After recalling everything God had brought him through, Jeremiah concluded, ‘There is nothing too hard for you’ (Jeremiah 32:17 NKJV). God looks for opportunities to show you what he can do on your behalf when you put your trust in him. David said, ‘According to your mercy remember me’ (Psalm 25:7 NKJV).

Aren’t you glad God’s goodness and mercy are based on his character and not yours? Corrie ten Boom said, ‘If you want to be depressed, look within. If you want to be defeated, look back. If you want to be distracted, look around. But if you want to be delivered, look up.’ So the word for you today is: by God’s grace, you will get through this.

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