Morning Devotions

[10/3, 7:02 AM] 919063: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL

DATE: THURSDAY 3RD OCTOBER 2019

THEME: THE CHARACTER OF FORGIVENESS

MEMORISE:
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. Colossians 3:13

READ: Colossians 3:12-15

3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

MESSAGE

To forgive is to decide to reject feelings of resentment between you and a person who has wronged you. This isn’t always easy, especially when a person has really hurt and trampled on you. However, forgiveness is a mandate for Christians; no one can profess to be a genuine Christian and not live a lifestyle of forgiveness. Our Lord said to us in Matthew 6:15:

“But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

This verse clearly states what happens when we refuse to forgive anyone who wrongs us: we too will not be forgiven by our heavenly Father. In other words, forgiving our offenders isn’t just an instruction to be obeyed; it is a matter of life or death for us, because if our sins are not forgiven, then we are doomed eternally. Unforgiveness is therefore not something to be toyed with at all.

As partakers of His divine nature, God expects our forgiveness to take on the character of His forgiveness. For example, the Holy Spirit says in Jeremiah 31:34:

“And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

This verse is telling us that forgiveness should not be temporary. In other words, when you forgive, God expects you to forgive once and for all. As a child of God therefore, you don’t see someone you supposedly forgave months ago and immediately feel resentment for that fellow. When you forgive someone, you forever let go of every hurt and pain that the fellow caused you.

Another character of forgiveness is that it takes just one person to forgive. Forgiveness is not the same as reconciliation where the two parties involved are required to meet and make up. With forgiveness, you don’t have to wait for the person who offended you to come and apologise for whatever they did. You have to forgive even before being asked. Forgiveness is not about the fellow who offended you; it is about you and your relationship with God. Forgiveness is not easy. In fact, it can be extremely difficult to forgive, but as a Christian, you are required to forgive no matter how hard it is. Are you walking in forgiveness?

ACTION POINT:
Has anyone offended you? Forgive them today.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
1 Chronicles 6-7, Daniel 11:29-45

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

HYMN 5: LET OTHERS SEE JESUS IN YOU

1. While passing thro’ this world of sin,
and others your life shall view,
Be clean and pure without, within;
Let others see Jesus in you.

Chorus:
Let others see Jesus in you,
Let others see Jesus in you.
Keep telling the story, be faithful and true;
Let others see Jesus in you.

2. Your life’s a book before their eyes,
They’re reading it thro’ and thro’
Say, does it point them to the skis,
Do others see Jesus in you?

3. Then live for Christ both day and night,
Be faithful, be brave and true,
and lead the lost to life and Christ.
Let others see Jesus in you.

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[10/3, 7:02 AM] 919063: Responding to gossip (1)

Thursday 3rd October 2019

‘It is reported…and Geshem says it is true.’ Nehemiah 6:6 NIV

The only way to avoid criticism is to say nothing, do nothing and be nothing. When you attempt anything of value or significance, people are going to talk about you.

Nehemiah’s enemies tried to stop him from rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem by using gossip and innuendo: ‘It is reported among the nations – and Geshem says it is true…Moreover, according to these reports you are about to become their king and have even appointed prophets to make this proclamation about you in Jerusalem: “There is a king in Judah!”‘ (Nehemiah 6:6-7 NIV). Notice, no source was given of the accusations against Nehemiah. ‘It is reported.’ Always be prepared when someone comes to you and says something like this: ‘I heard…’ or ‘somebody said…’ or ‘the word on the street is…’ Never receive a criticism from someone who is bringing it on behalf of someone else, someone they won’t even name or someone who won’t say it to your face. Not even slander could keep Nehemiah from the work he was doing. Note how he responded: ‘I sent him this reply: “Nothing like what you are saying is happening; you are just making it up out of your head”‘ (v. 8 NIV). In other words: ‘I don’t care what you think, or say, or like. I’m going to keep building this wall until the job is done.’

And that must be your attitude too. Most of the time your friends don’t need an explanation, and your enemies wouldn’t believe one if you held them at gunpoint. So stay focused and get the job done.

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[10/3, 7:02 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-10-03
TOPIC: THE DEFENCE OF THE BLESSING

SCRIPTURE: Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in,”and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out. 

Deuteronomy 28″:6

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Any progress outside of God will end in disgrace; a life outside of Christ must crash. 

It can be seen from our anchor Scripture that there is a relationship between the Blessing of God and the Defence of God.

The office of the President of a nation or an Ambassador to a nation is accompanied with strong security and heavy immunity; in the same manner,”the Blessing of God is accompanied with the security and defence of God. To be blessed by God, therefore, is to be secured by God.

The truth is, the difference between those who get rich by fraud, corruption or diabolic means and those who are rich by the Blessing of God is in the security of their resources and the defence of their lives. In contemporary times, there are people who were in top government positions, some were even referred to as, ‘His Excellency’ or ‘Honourable’ but have been grounded today either by affliction or by poverty. Some were billionaires but today, they are either broke or bankrupt. There are so many diabolic rich people who cannot sleep at night. What a life! But God-given wealth is different; it comes with divine security, defence, rest and peace of mind. 

Beloved, any progress outside of God will end in disgrace; a life outside of Christ must crash. The fact is, nothing sustains riches like the Blessing; nothing guarantees the security of life like the Blessing of God. Make up your mind to pursue the Blessing of God in order to be secured and preserved in life and destiny.

 

REMEMBER THIS”: Any progress outside of God will end in disgrace; a life outside of Christ must crash

ASSIGNMENT(S)

1. Above anything else,”seek the Blessing of God for your life.

2. Don’t struggle to be rich by fraud, corruption or diabolic means; it is a set-up for destruction

3. Ensure to remain under your God-given prophetic covering for the flow of the Blessing. 

 

PRAYER”: O Lord,”I refuse every invitation of the enemy to acquire resource either by fraud, diabolism or corruption. I connect to collect Your blessing Lord, in Jesus’ Name.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING GET THIS MESSAGE”: Preserved by the Blessing part 4

QUOTE: Nothing defends like the Blessing; a Blessed man is a defended man. Culled from 365 Wisdom Capsules by Dr Paul Enenche

AMAZING FACT: Honey bees have 6 legs,”2 compound eyes made up of thousands of tiny lenses (one on each side of the head), 3 simple eyes on the top of the head, 2 pairs of wings, a nectar pouch, and a stomach.

TODAY IN HISTORY”: 3/10/1789. George Washington proclaimed 1st national Thanksgiving Day.

DAILY READING: Jer 1:1 to 2:30,”Phil 4″:1 to 23,”Ps 75″:1 to 10,”Prov. 24″:17

PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD: By the Blessing of the Lord, your preservation is confirmed in Jesus’ Name.

 

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