[4/25, 5:32 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: Today’s SOD – 2020-04-25
TOPIC: KEY FACTS ON HUMILITY
SCRIPTURE: But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith,”God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. James 4″:6.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Humility is the fuel of light,”and light is the fuel for distinction.
The Scripture makes it clear that pride is a destroyer of destiny. The destinies of satan and Vashti were destroyed by pride. Our anchor Scripture reveals that God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. The humble are effortless beneficiaries of God’s grace.
Now, let us take a look at some key thoughts on humility.
1. Humility magnetizes grace
Humble people don’t beg for grace; rather, grace rushes for them. This is because humility magnetises grace. Where your humility stops, there your grace finishes. Whenever you lack humility, you will lack grace, and when you lack grace, you are de-graced. And when a man is de-graced, he will be disgraced. Humility is the magnet of grace and grace is the door for ease. Anyone who carries grace experiences ease.
2. Humility or meekness is the doorway for insight or light.
Humility is the doorway for insight, light or revelation (Psalms 25″:9).
There are things God shows meek people that He will not show any other person.
Moses asked God to show him His Face. But when God passed by,”He covered Moses’ face and showed Moses His back parts (Exodus 33″:23). I believe that was why Moses was able to write the Book of Genesis that gave account of creation of the world even when he was not born at that time. God didn’t show anyone the revelation of history the way He showed Moses. What gave Moses such access was humility. If you say you cannot hear God or get His attention,”please ask Him to break every trace of arrogance in you. Humility is the fuel of light, and light is the fuel for distinction.
3. Humility is the key to leadership.
Humility puts you ahead. When you are full of self, you are empty of people. When you are full of yourself, people will leave you to yourself. If you humble yourself before people, they will follow you effortlessly. Humility is key to leadership. Humility doesn’t reduce you, rather, it increases you.
My counsel is, make the choice for humility.
Remember this”: Humility is the fuel of light. And light is the fuel of distinction.
1. Ask God for the grace to humble yourself always.
2. Practice humility as a lifestyle in order to fulfil destiny.
PRAYER: Lord,”I ask for the discipline to humble myself before people. Let humility be my lifestyle always, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.
FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE”: ENEMIES OF DISTINCTION (PART 5).
QUOTE: When a person is resisted by the devil,”he can be assisted by God. When a person is resisted by witches, he can be assisted by God through the servants of God. But when a person is resisted by God, who can assist him? Culled from “WHO ARE YOU?” by Dr Paul Enenche.
AMAZING FACT”: A male and female eagle tend to stay together all their lives building nests every year in the same place. It is fair to say,”eagles are creatures of habit.
DAILY READING”: Job 1-3
PROPHETIC WORD: Fresh light such as you have not received before is coming your way in this season in Jesus Name.
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[4/25, 6:39 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: SATURDAY25TH APRIL 2020.
THEME: OURS IS A BEQUATHED.
For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 1 Timothy 2:2
READ: 1 Timothy 2:1-4
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
The battle of life has proven to be difficult to every generation for various reasons. The enemies are often difficult to identify and sometimes come in the form of human opposition, criticism and antagonism. At other times they come as physical challenges and obstacles. At times they present themselves as natural happenings that would fade away with time, so we do nothing until they become serious problems. However, we must note that there is a spiritual dimension to every battle of life. According to Ephesians 6:12:
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
Though the credentials of our enemy may be intimidating, still, a Christian enters the battle of life from a position of victory. This is the high standpoint of the Christian faith and the only ground on which we should meet the devil and his agents.
To bequeath is to hand down or transfer to a beneficiary. Our victory has already been handed down to us! Glory! Revelation 12:11 says “they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony…..”
Our weapons of warfare are clearly greater than those of our wicked foes. The Blood of Jesus has secured our victory and our sword of the spirit is the word of God. We do not confront and overcome the devil and his agents by our ability but by the blood of Jesus. This makes it absolutely necessary that we live as victors in this world while we return all glory to God for our victory.
The battle is not ours but the Lord’s Jesus is the seed of the woman, our Captain and the Lord of hosts. We are more than conquerors through Him that loved and shed His precious Blood for us. Let us praise and worship the Almighty God who has granted us victory through the Blood of Jesus.
Father, help me maximize Your victory over the devil in my life, in the Mighty Name of Jesus.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalm 73, 77-78.
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 4: BLESSED ASSURANCE, JESUS IS MINE.
1. Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.
2. Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels, descending, bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.
3. Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.
[4/25, 6:50 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: Working for difficult people
Saturday 25th April 2020
‘Serve wholeheartedly.’ Ephesians 6:7 NIV
David worked for King Saul, who was an extremely difficult ‘boss’. The more David tried to help him, the more Saul tried to kill him. So what did David do? Every time his boss flew into a jealous rage and threw spears at him, David ducked and kept on serving him. Why? (1) David knew God had called him to be king, and what better place to learn the ropes than right there in Saul’s palace? The truth is, sometimes you can learn more from mistakes and failures than from the achievements of success. So David kept his head down and kept on learning and growing. (2) David recognised that because Saul had been called by God to the position he held, it was God’s job, not his, to remove him. Was that hard to do? Yes. But David understood that how you treat others when they’re in trouble determines how God treats you when you’re in trouble. And before his life was over, David got into lots of trouble and needed God’s mercy big-time!
Paul writes, ‘Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people’ (Ephesians 6:7 NIV). If you feel called to stay in a work situation despite having a difficult boss, instead of murmuring and complaining, excel on the job and pray for favour. Remember: ‘The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water; he turns it wherever he wishes’ (Proverbs 21:1 NKJV). Because David acted with grace and integrity while serving under a boss who was difficult, God made him the boss! When you honour God on the job, he can do the same for you.
[4/25, 6:50 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: *RHAPSODY OF REALITIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL
FINANCIAL DISCIPLINE .
Saturday, April 25th .
Take a lesson from the ants, you lazy fellow. Learn from their ways and be wise! For though they have no king to make them work, yet they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter (Proverbs 6:6-8 TLB).
Financial discipline is very important, and it’s something the Spirit of God can train you in. Some don’t realise they’re not supposed to spend everything they get. Simple wisdom is that you spend less than you earn or receive; otherwise, you could end up in debt. The response of some to this might be, “What I earn isn’t even enough; after paying my tithe, giving my offering and doing other things I need to do, nothing is left.” No; don’t think or talk like that!
First, understand that you’re the seed of Abraham; therefore, your financial prosperity is independent of how much you earn or the economic situation around you. You’re an heir of God and joint-heir with Christ; you’re plugged to an unending supply. Thus, the idea of cultivating the habit to save isn’t about keeping your money in the bank to accumulate interest; it’s about discipline. Proverbs 21:20 TLB says, “The wise man saves for the future, but the foolish man spends whatever he gets.”
You may say, “What’s the essence of saving a small amount; it’s not going anywhere.” Don’t destroy it with your mouth. Never declare that what you have is small or not enough. Money is spiritual; it’s not that coin or note in your pocket, wallet or bank account. Money has ears and can hear you. So you must learn to bless your finances.
The issue isn’t the size of your income, but the size of your mind—your thinking, and what your faith can produce. Think about how much you might have received in the last one year; but then, how much of it did you reproduce? If your answer isn’t satisfactory, it’s time for a change. As long as the things you put money into aren’t such that can reproduce what you put in and more, then there’s a problem, and it’s expedient that you change things.
God’s Word imparts wisdom to you for financial intelligence and discipline. So, study and meditate on the Word more, and you’ll always deal wisely in handling your finances.
God has given me riches and wealth, and the wisdom to multiply them! I’m the seed of Abraham; therefore, the world is mine! I lay up gold as dust; my prosperity is endless. I walk in abundance, having more than enough for myself and for others. Hallelujah!
Luke 15:14* And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.
Proverbs 15:6* In the house of the righteous [is] much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.
Proverbs 6:6-8 AMPC* Go to the ant, O lazy one; Observe her ways and be wise, 7 Which, having no chief, Overseer or ruler, 8 She prepares her food in the summer And brings in her provisions [of food for the winter] in the harvest.
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
1-Year Bible Reading Plan=>* Luke 21:5-38 & 1 Samuel 23-25
2-Year Bible Reading Plan=>* Romans 15:20-33 & Psalm 131-132Share On: