Morning Devotions

[5:45 AM, 10/7/2019] 919063: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL

DATE: MONDAY 7TH OCTOBER 2019

THEME: AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE

MEMORISE:
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. Joshua 24:15

READ: Joshua 24:14-15

24:14 Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.

24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

MESSAGE

For those who belong to Jesus Christ, our understanding of family life should not be dictated by social media, TV or preconceived notions. The word of God alone provides us the template we are to model our family and home upon. Unfortunately, a lot of people have deviated from the precepts of the Bible regarding the way things are done in their family. In some families, children are wayward and parents don’t seem to be bothered about it. Some fathers are irresponsible men who go about chasing after strange women, while some mothers are unforgiving, bitter and over time have become cold towards their husbands. God definitely didn’t design homes to be like that! We therefore need to continuously work at building holy, godly and Christ-honouring homes. However, building a godly home requires conscious effort. The devil doesn’t want such homes to exist, and so he puts distractions and bad examples everywhere to deter us from building our homes the way God designed it to be. The good news is, with God, all things are possible to us who believe.

How then do we build godly homes? Psalms 34:11 says:

“Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.”

The Bible says the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Parents must teach their children to fear the Lord, because the fear of God is a compass that guides families into making the right decisions and choices in life. To fear the Lord is to acknowledge and reverence Him at all times. A family that does not fear God will not serve Him.

A godly home requires a life of separation from the dictates of worldly norms. Although others might be doing wrong things, you can’t and won’t do them because you are peculiar unto God. Every day, Christian families have to draw the line and separate themselves from the increasing sinfulness and wickedness of this world. Parents have to continuously remind their children that they are in the world but not of the world, and so they are never to behave like the children of the world. I pray that all our homes will become godly homes in Jesus’ Name.

ACTION POINT:
Let your children always know that your family stands for Jesus Christ in all things.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
1 Chronicles 16-17, Revelation 2:18-3:6

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

HYMN 16: GOD, GIVE US CHRISTIAN HOMES

1. God give us Christian homes
Homes where the Bible is loved and taught
Homes where the Master’s will is sought
Homes crowned with beauty Thy love hath wrought
God give us Christian homes
God give us Christian homes

2. God give us Christian homes
Homes where the father is true and strong
Homes that are free from the blight of wrong
Homes that are joyous with love and song
God give us Christian homes
God give us Christian homes

3. God give us Christian homes
Homes where the mother, in caring quest
Strives to show others Your way is best
Homes where the Lord is an honoured guest
God give us Christian homes
God give us Christian homes

4. God give us Christian homes
Homes where the children are led to know
Christ in His beauty who loves them so
Homes where the altar fires burn and glow
God give us Christian homes
God give us Christian homes.

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[5:45 AM, 10/7/2019] 919063: Pray and post a guard

Monday 7th October 2019

‘We prayed…and posted a guard.’ Nehemiah 4:9 NIV

God’s sovereignty doesn’t negate our responsibility. Just the opposite. It empowers it. When we trust God, we think more clearly and react more decisively. Like Nehemiah, who said, ‘We prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat’ (Nehemiah 4:9 NIV). Note the words: ‘We prayed…and posted a guard.’ Nehemiah did two things. He trusted God for success, and acted on what God had told him to do.

Prayer invites God to do what you cannot do. Paul wrote, ‘Pray without ceasing’ (1 Thessalonians 5:17 NKJV). Why? Because God comes by invitation. Until you’ve sought God’s guidance you’re at the mercy of your own thoughts, and everybody else’s. When you don’t know what you don’t know, you’re in a dangerous place. Why settle for human knowledge when you can have divine input? God says, ‘Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know’ (Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV). And when God reveals his will to you, don’t delay and don’t debate – do it!

Before God gives you his next set of instructions, he wants to know that you have obeyed his last set of instructions. Why? Because he cannot bless you beyond your last act of disobedience. So stop and take an inventory. If you’ve done the wrong thing, repent, make a course correction, and get back on the right path as quickly as possible. ‘But this is what I commanded them, saying, “Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you”‘ (Jeremiah 7:23 NKJV).

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[5:52 AM, 10/7/2019] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-10-07
TOPIC: YOUR PICTURE AND YOUR FUTURE

SCRIPTURE: For all the land which thou seest,”to thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever. 

Genesis 13″:15

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: To be blind mentally is to be denied destiny; you are not going anywhere until you can see somewhere.

There is a connection between picture and future; there is a link between what you picture and where you will feature in the future. What you can see today is intertwined with where you can be tomorrow.

The truth is,”what you picture determines what you can capture; your perception determines your possession; if you can perceive it, you can possess it. Your life will only move in the direction of your revelation. What is your perception about God and about life generally? It determines what you can achieve on earth.

Vision determines destination”: Where you see yourself determines where you would find yourself eventually. If in the midst of frustration you can picture elevation,”in a short time, that frustration would be swallowed up by the elevation you picture. You are not going anywhere until you can see somewhere. Your future is not at the mercy of your name or title; your future is at the mercy of your vision. How far you see determines how high you can reach.

The worst form of blindness is not the blindness of the eyes but the blindness of the mind. To be blind mentally is to be denied destiny. Shallow mind equals shallow life; shallow vision equals shallow future.

My counsel is, let the picture of your preferred future fill your mind always; if you can see it, you will seize it.

REMEMBER THIS”: To be blind mentally is to be denied destiny; you are not going anywhere until you can see somewhere.

ASSIGNMENT(S)

1. Determine never to run out of vision; always picture your preferred future out of the scripture in the eyes of your mind

2. Align your life appropriately to run with the vision or picture of your future in order to see the manifestation of same

 

PRAYER: Lord,”I thank You for Your Word to me today. I receive the grace not just to possess vision but to pursue my visions unto fulfillment Lord, in Jesus’ Name.

 

QUOTE”: You cannot kill a man today who is seeing tomorrow; you cannot bury him in the immediate if he is focused on the ultimate. Culled from 15 Kingdom Strategies for Survival by Dr Paul Enenche

AMAZING FACT: A honey bee visits 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip.

DAILY READING: Jer. 8:8 to 9: 26,”Col. 3″:1 to 17,”Ps. 78″: 32 to 55,”Prov. 24″:27

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING GET THIS MESSAGE: The Demand of Excellence and Authority

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

PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD: Supernatural help to see the future and pursue the same unto fulfillment is released unto you in Jesus’ Name.

 

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