Morning Devotions

[10/20, 6:44 AM] 919063: *OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL*

DATE: SUNDAY 20TH OCTOBER 2019

THEME: GODLY LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLES.

MEMORISE:
If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. John 13:14

READ: Luke 22:24-27

24 And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.

25 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors.

26 But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.

27 For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth.

MESSAGE
Leadership is very vital to God’s created order, so much so that even animals have a way of choosing leaders among themselves. When you watch wildlife documentaries, you will appreciate how important leadership is in fulfilling God’s *plan* and purpose in the affairs of living creatures, today, we shall be considering leadership from God’s perspective. I believe this will help us to set our priorities in order as we go about our leadership obligations wherever God has placed us, whether in the family, school, church, community of country.

In today’s Bible reading, our Lord Jesus Christ taught godly leadership principles in response to an argument among His disciples on who should be their leader, He also taught them practically with His leadership lifestyle. He specifically said in Luke 22:27:
“For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth.”

In this verse, the Lord established the principle of leadership by example. It is however amazing that many do not lead by example. Even in the Church today, some leaders demand hero-worships from the flock of Jesus Christ. Many guest ministers dictate the type of *hotel* accommodation their host should provide for them as part of the preconditions for accepting invitations to minister God’s word. Some even have a “price list” stating the honorarium they must receive and the class of flight they must be flown in. Instead of the richer ministers to support the upcoming ones with the wealth of experience they have, they scare them away from partaking of their anointing through the enormous cost of inviting them for ministration. Some senior pastors are becoming burdensome to junior ones because just one statutory visit from them places unbearable financial obligation on their growing parishes. If the spread of the gospel will not be inhibited, we must go back to the leadership principles of our Lord in John 13:13-15, which says:
“ Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.”

Beloved, only the principle of leadership through service can stand the test of time, even in the political arena. Selfish and self-centered leadership does not endure beyond the ordained tenure of a leader. Let us follow the leadership principles of Jesus Christ, built on love and firmness and devoid of hypocrisy.

PRAYER POINT:
Father, impart in me the leadership traits of Jesus Christ my Lord.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 2 Chronicle 19-20
Revelation 14:14-15:8

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

HYMN 3: I HAVE DECIDED TO FOLLOW JESUS.
1. I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
No turning back, no turning back.

2. Though none go with me, still I will follow;
Though none go with me, still I will follow;
Though none go with me, still I will follow;
No turning back, no turning back.

3. The world behind me, the cross before me;
The world behind me, the cross before me;
The world behind me, the cross before me;
No turning back, no turning back.

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[10/20, 6:44 AM] 919063: Healthy relationships

Sunday 20th October 2019

‘There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.’ Proverbs 18:24 NIV

To fulfil God’s plan for your life, you need relationships with the right people, those who stick by you come what may. Remember Jonathan, who loved David even at the cost of his own life? And Ruth, who loved her mother-in-law Naomi and gave her a reason to live again? God can introduce you to such people and help you build a relationship with them. Think about it: he wouldn’t say, ‘It is not good that man should be alone,’ then ask you to live in isolation (Genesis 2:18 NKJV). Sometimes when you’re by yourself, you’re in the worst possible company!

But you may need to be healed within before you can build healthy relationships and make healthy choices. That means learning to differentiate between ‘using’ relationships and ‘heart ties’. Blood ties don’t wear as well as heart ties. Allow God to work on you and when you’re ready, he will facilitate the necessary introductions. In the meantime, get to know him better because he’s the source of true self-esteem. If your last relationship stripped you of self-worth and drained you spiritually, use this time to get back on your feet. You may never have this opportunity again! Begin to love like God loves. He sees our imperfections, handles our rejection and loves us regardless. Knowing that will help you not to discard a good person because they did a bad thing. Would you throw your car away because of a faulty part? If God forgave you the way you forgive others, could you stand (see Psalm 130:3)?

Ask him today to show you how to build healthy, fulfilling relationships. He will do it!

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[10/20, 7:32 AM] 919063: 

Daily Bible Inspirations

The Seeds of God’s Word

by David Haase

What was sown on the good ground, this is he who hears the word, and understands it, who most certainly bears fruit, and brings forth, some one hundred times as much, some sixty, and some thirty.

Matthew 13:23

As a child, I would ride my bike to the church my cousins attended so I could see them. They would sing songs of praise and the pastor would preach. I did not pay much attention to the service, though occasionally something would spark my interest.

As a teenager, I went to a church because I had a crush on a girl who attended it. The girl’s father was very protective. I never became close to her. The preacher was very powerful and captured my attention, although I never made a commitment to God.

Years later, my family started attending a small church near our home. An elderly couple came to us with a welcoming touch of love. They sat near us, explaining what was going on. We decided to return. The preacher was gentle, yet convincing as he delivered his messages. Eventually, we joined the church.

Never underestimate the impact you have on a child, a teen, or an adult, planting seeds that might sprout weeks – or even years – later.

Those seeds you plant might be the seeds that grow into a lifelong commitment to God.

Pray

Thank You, gracious God, for those times in my life where You touched me even a little bit.
Thank You for those who loved me as You loved me.
Help me to faithfully nurture Your children, planting seeds that may one day sprout and grow strong for You.
In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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