Thursday, 24 April 2014

NOTHING TO HIDE 24/04/2014

NOTHING TO HIDE 24/04/2014

Yesterday’s message was titled HOME TRAINING. Today’s message is titled “NOTHING TO HIDE” as provided by Pastor E. A. Adeboye in Open Heavens Devotional (Adeboye, 2014). In today’s message, we have been asked to memorise Psalm 62:11: "God hath spoken once; twice have heard this; that power belongeth unto God. " Today's reading was taken from 1 Kings 18:30-35 and the Bible reading in one year is Zechariah 1:1 to Zechariah 6:8 and Psalms 89:15-37  (Adeboye, 2014). 


Quoted below is today's message for your input.

The showdown between Elijah and the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel, Elijah told the people to come near and see what he was about to do. From this example we see that the ways of God are transparent. Christianity is not a secret cult. We do not hold our services with doors locked. Everyone is free to come and see what we are doing. If you belong to a society where they say they are serving God and they shut the doors to outsiders, it IS a secret society, even if they cover the whole venue with Bibles. If you belong to a group where they say your wife cannot come in, even if they read all the chapters in Psalm, it is a secret society. In the church of the Living God, the doors and windows are wide open because there is nothing to hide. Also, after Elijah prepared the altar, he asked them to pour water on it three times until the place was running with water. This he did so that nobody would say he had fire under the altar. It was also a way of saying he trusted his God. He was saying there were no tricks or gimmicks. If you are in a church where they hide people who give testimonies, get out of there because it does not belong to God. In the true church of God, everything is honest, true and open so that people can come and see.

Anyone who wants to please God must have nothing to hide. Elijah repaired the altar that had been broken down. Certain preparations must precede divine blessings. Repentance must come before divine intervention. You cannot be living in sin and expect grace to abound; God forbid! If you want God to bless you, you must be willing to repent. Joshua was marching towards the Promised Land and miracles were happening. The walls of Jericho fell. He then sent some soldiers against the small town of Ai and they were defeated. Joshua sought the face of the Lord to know what was wrong and he was told to repair the altar that had been broken. Repair the altar of the Lord in your heart today. Decide right now that you are going to put everything that is wrong in your life in the right position. Salvation is free. You do not need to perish again. All you need to.do rs identify with the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and you Will become a new creature in Him. Just obey His will. If you do these, you Will have everlasting life. You will have abundant life in this world and have everlasting life in the world to come..However, If you refuse to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, the great anger of God will abide against you. No doubt, our God is a God of love, but He is also a consuming fire. As it was in the beginning, so it is now. The only difference is that there is room for repentance. There is an offer of salvation. The blood of Jesus cleanses from all sins. By reason of your repentance, you will not be destroyed in hell- fire in Jesus‘ Name.

Today's prayer point is Father’, help me to be transparent in all I do.

How transparent am I in all my dealings with God and with men? 

God bless you richly for your contribution


Wednesday, 23 April 2014

HOME TRAINING-23/4/2014

HOME TRAINING-23/4/2014

Yesterday’s message was titled TIME TO WAR. Today’s message is titled “HOME TRAINING” as provided by Pastor E. A. Adeboye in Open Heavens Devotional (Adeboye, 2014). In today’s message, we have been asked to memorise Proverbs 22:15: "Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him . " Today's reading was taken from Joshua 24:14-15 and the Bible reading in one year is Zephaniah 3-3, Haggai 1-2 and Psalm 89:1-14  (Adeboye, 2014). 


Quoted below is today's message for your input.

"After Moses sent twelve people to go and spy on the Promised Land, ten of them returned to say it was impossible to take the land. The first person to speak against this line of thought was Caleb (Numbers 13:30). God gave this testimony about Caleb in Numbers 14:24: ”But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land where into he went; and his seed shall possess it.” Many parents are content that they are serving the Lord but are not doing enough to make sure that members of their household serve the Lord too. In Genesis 22:7-9, we read about Abraham and Isaac. Abraham taught Isaac how to submit to him and to God. When Isaac asked Abraham where the item of sacrifice was, Abraham said God would provide one. Isaac did not ask any other question after this because his father had taught him how to submit to his God. After Abraham had prepared the altar, he told Isaac to lie on it and he obeyed. At this time, Abraham was over a hundred years old while Isaac was a strong youth. If Isaac had decided to run, Abraham would not have been able to stop him or catch up with him. Isaac submitted totally.

Do not use love as an excuse for not disciplining your children. If you do not discipline them, there will be trouble down the line. If you don't believe me, ask Eli. In 1 Samuel 2:27-30, the purpose and plan of God for the house of Eli was changed on the ground that he refused to discipline his children. Some parents in the name of love, allow their children to do whatever they want, whereas they have only succeeded in destroying them. Proverbs 29:17 counsels us on this:
”Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.”

The way to train your children is not by giving them gifts only. When you promise to punish them, make sure you do so or else they will not take you serious. Children should submit to their parents. It is one thing to be corrected and it is another thing to take the correction. There are three kinds of children: those without home training, those who were trained but rejected the training and those who were trained and accepted the training. What kind are you? When you study the life of those who submit to their parents, you will see that they are usually greater than their parents. The point where their parents stop Is Where they begin from. The same is true spiritually. In Joshua 1 :1-5,.we see how Joshua submitted to Moses, and when Moses died, God promoted him and continued with him. If you follow this principle, it will also work for you."


Today's prayer point is Lord, give me a listening ear and a heart that accepts correction in Jesus’ Name.

May the lord bless us with teachable spirit in Jesus name.

Thank you and God bless you richly for your contribution

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

TIME TO WAR-22/4/2014

TIME TO WAR-22/4/2014

Yesterday’s message was titled DISCERNMENT - HOW VITAL!. Today’s message is titled “TIME TO WAR” as provided by Pastor E. A. Adeboye in Open Heavens Devotional (Adeboye, 2014). In today’s message, we have been asked to memorise Psalms 119:89: For ever; O LORD, Thy word is settled in heaven. " Today's reading was taken from Daniel 3:16-17 and the Bible reading in one year is Nahum 1 -3, Habakkuk 1-3 and Psalm 88  (Adeboye, 2014). 

Quoted below is today's message for your input.

There are times when you have to make war. Sometime ago, I was walking round our Camp ground praying and I saw two snakes. Would you say I should leave the snakes to go on their own? If I leave them to go, they would grow to become bigger and who knows, they could come back and attack me or any of my children. When I see a snake, that snake must die! Cancer is a snake; if it is in your body, I curse it in Jesus‘ Name. Barrenness is a snake opening its mouth and eating the seeds of husbands. It shall die in Jesus‘ Name. There are times we need to speak for miracles to happen. If you keep quiet when you are expected to speak, your problem will remain quiet with you. After all, silence implies consent. If you have a sickness and it is okay by you, the sickness will stay. If you have demons in the form of a house help and you are willing to keep them, all well and good. Wait until they have poisoned your husband or until they have destroyed your marriage; if that is okay with you, then it is fine. However, such is not fine with me. No evil shall remain in my home or in the church of God in Jesus‘ Name. If you would satisfy some conditions, then you shall decree a thing, and it shall be established unto you. The condition is that you should remain holy. Whenever it is time to decree, just make sure you link Jesus Christ with your decree. Once He backs up your decree, it shall be established.

In Genesis 22:7-8, Isaac said to Abraham that he could see the wood and the fire but not the animal to be used as a sacrifice. Abraham said the Lord shall provide for Himself a lamb for the sacrifice. He linked the Almighty God with the decree and by the time he got to the mountain top, there was a lamb already waiting. In 1 Samuel 17:45, David said to Goliath that he had come to him in the Name of the Lord, the Lord of Hosts, who would hand Goliath over to him for him to cut his head. He did not say he would kill Goliath himself, but that God would hand Goliath over to him. So when it is time to decree over your enemies, do not just say, ”l am going to step over you" but say, God will make you a stepping stone for me”. Whenever it is time to issue decrees, do not talk as if you are the Almighty.

Hide within Him and then use Him to make your decree. Spoken words can be extremely powerful. If a nation wants to go to war with another nation, nation, they declare war by speaking. When the war is over, they declare peace by speaking. If you say you are born-again and there is no accompanying change in your life, you better go to Jesus and declare war declare war against everything that is incongruent with the nature of God in your life.

The prayer point for today is Father, do something new in my life today.

God bless you richly for your contribution

Reference:
Adeboye, E. A. (2014) Open Heavens: A Guide to Close Fellowship with God, Volume 14, 2014. Nigeria: Open Heavens Media Limited.

Monday, 21 April 2014

“DISCERNMENT - HOW VITAL!” - 21/04/2014

“DISCERNMENT - HOW VITAL!” - 21/04/2014

Yesterday’s message was titled “CHRIST BEHIND YOU ”. Today’s message is titled “DISCERNMENT - HOW VITAL!” as provided by Pastor E. A. Adeboye in Open Heavens Devotional (Adeboye, 2014). In today’s message, we have been asked to memorise 1Corinthians 2:14: But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. " Today's reading was taken from Acts 16:16-18 and the Bible reading in one year is Micah 5-7  and Psalm 87  (Adeboye, 2014). 

Quoted below is today's message for your input.

"One of the methods Satan and his agents use in deceiving people is the act of camouflage. The Holy Spirit has put us on notice concerning this in 2 Corinthians 1 1 :14-15: ”And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” From the time of the early church, the agents of darkness have sought to come into the church without being noticed, so that from within, they could carry out the mission of their master, which is to steal, to kill and to destroy. If they could attempt this in the earliest days of the church (as was the case of Simon the sorcerer - Acts 8:9-24), what should one expect in the end-times, when without doubt the devil knows that he has but a short time before his destruction (Revelation 12:12)?

By the nefarious activities of these nice looking, seemingly harmless, active and warmth-exuding evil geniuses, not a small number of promising ministries and ministers have been cut short. Some bright stars of the kingdom have been dimmed by the enemy's deep penetration into the centre of operation and into the life of the undiscerning leadership of the church. The world will say ”unsuspecting leadership” because they exist in the realm of the senses where suspicion is used in fishing out ”suspects”. In the kingdom of God however, we should not think that mere suspicions would enable us to identify fake brethren who are working as agents of darkness. This is tantamount to operating by the arm of flesh (1 Samuel 2:9). We are bound to make mistakes if we rely on our sensory observations rather than on the manifestation of the Holy Spirit in discernment. In our Bible reading of today, a young lady had been following Paul and his team for several days, announcing them to be servants of the Most High God. No human intelligence would have identified her as a devil (which she truly was); in fact, she would have been considered a potential minister (a prophetess) whom Paul (a missionary) could entrust the leadership of the church to at his departure. Thank God that was not to be. I guess Paul by himself did not know who she really was until the day the gift of discernment of the Holy Spirit manifested."

The action point for today is to Pray that God will make his ministers recognise the need for the gift of discernment to be in   operation in our churches and that God will graciously pour this gift on His church.

I apologise for the inability to post yesterday's message due to unexpected shortage of internet plan which I couldn't sort out immediately because of the long weekend

Thank you and God bless you for your contribution. Wishing you a happy Easter and I pray that Jesus Christ, the Reason for the season will shower you with His gifts as you desire it today, amen.

Reference:
Adeboye, E. A. (2014) Open Heavens: A Guide to Close Fellowship with God, Volume 14, 2014. Nigeria: Open Heavens Media Limited.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

CHRIST BEHIND YOU-20/04/2014

CHRIST BEHIND YOU-20/04/2014

Yesterday’s message was titled CHRIST BEFORE YOU. Today’s message is titled “CHRIST BEHIND YOU” as provided by Pastor E. A. Adeboye in Open Heavens Devotional (Adeboye, 2014). In today’s message, we have been asked to memorise James 2:17: "Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. " Today's reading was taken from Mark 16:15-20 and the Bible reading in one year is Micah 1 to Micah 4  and Psalm 86   (Adeboye, 2014). 

Quoted below is today's message for your input.

The confidence a man executes depends on the power backing him up. As a child of God, all that Christ won back from the devil was for you and not for Himself. Our imagination cannot fathom the scope of His power.‘ The good news is that he has granted you this authority to exercise this power. Ephesians 1:19-22 perfectly reveals this truth:
”And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power; and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church ,” 

The power described the above scripture is what backs up your authority in this life. This is what ”Christ behind you” means. It means the power that holds the universe is backing you up. It is not to you that situations and people will submit, but to the power behind you. The power of Jesus, grants you the authority to do the following: “An these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” Mark 16:17

The awesome events enumerated above, are to happen through the believer by the backing of Jesus. Some years ago, t ere was this man who was loaded with demons. He was brought for prayers to be delivered. While praying for him, he would get up. When I commanded him to sit down, he then responded, ”In whose name”, I said ’’In Jesus‘ Name”. He said ”that is different”, and sat down quietly. That was a manifestation of ”Christ behind me”. How many articles of this promise are reality in your life and ministry?.For Christ to. be behind you, you have to walk before Him and be perfect; therefore if you will enjoy the backing of  Jesus you are to stay In front of Him and be careful to walk on in perfection as He takes interest in watching you. His grace is sufficient for you.

Today's action point is to evaluate the level of fulfillment of Mark 16:17-18 in your life and pray to God concerning what part of it is not yet manifesting.


Reference:
Adeboye, E. A. (2014) Open Heavens: A Guide to Close Fellowship with God, Volume 14, 2014. Nigeria: Open Heavens Media Limited.


Saturday, 19 April 2014

CHRIST BEFORE YOU-19/04/2014

CHRIST BEFORE YOU-19/04/2014

Yesterday’s message was titled “CHRIST WITH YOU ”. Today’s message is titled “CHRIST BEFORE YOU” as provided by Pastor E. A. Adeboye in Open Heavens Devotional (Adeboye, 2014). In today’s message, we have been asked to memorise Deuteronomy 1:30: The LORD your God which goeth before you, he shall fight for you, according to all that he did for you in Egypt before your eyes. " Today's reading was taken from Romans 8:13-16 and the Bible reading in one year is Obadiah 1, Jonah 1-4 and Psalm 85  (Adeboye, 2014). 

Quoted below is today's message for your input.

When the Israelites left Egypt for the Promised Land, God chose their route and led them through the wilderness. He did this by the pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire by night. In spite of their number, the terrible conditions of the wilderness and the opposition of their enemies including giants, they got to their destination by God's guidance. Praise God! The term ”Christ before you” talks about Christ guiding and leading you. The Bible makes it clear that:
’’For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Romans 8:1 4

Beloved, the world is a wilderness and we are on our way to heaven. There are alternate routes in the form of choices and decisions for moving on in life. As a child of God who has a destination, you cannot afford to move on just by any route. You cannot make choices being led by the flesh, by your sight, by your feelings or even just by your mere senses (Proverbs 3:5-7). Remember, not all that glitters is gold. Your adversary, the devil is prowling, seeking a careless and straying child of God to devour (1 Peter 5:8). In Jesus‘ Name, you will not fall prey to him. Many young Christian men and you will not fall prey to him. Many young Christian men and women have run into wrong marital relationships because they allowed themselves to be led by other things apart from God, their Father.

Psalm 114:1-7 reveals that nothing can stand before the presence of our God, be it sea, mountain or hills. With Christ going before you, obstacles will clear out of your way because of the awesome power of His presence. Enemies pitching battles against you also get crushed in the presence of Jehovah, the Man of War (Deuteronomy 1 :30). Now, how do you get Him to lead you? Psalm 25:9 says:
”The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.”
The meek is the one who has the power and ability to fight but refuses to. He is not just gentle, he has all it takes to hit back and to crush, but he refuses to. He is like a tamed horse. The meek is submissive. Do you want to enjoy divine leading so that God can go before you? Then, be prepared to be meek.

Today's prayer point is Father, please in any area I have jumped ahead of you to make choices outside of your leading, be merciful and forgive me. Whasoever pain such action has brought to my life, remove and make me whole in Jesus Name.

Thank you and God bless you richly for your contribution

Reference:
Adeboye, E. A. (2014) Open Heavens: A Guide to Close Fellowship with God, Volume 14, 2014. Nigeria: Open Heavens Media Limited.

Friday, 18 April 2014

CHRIST WITH YOU-18/04/2014

CHRIST WITH YOU-18/04/2014

Yesterday’s message was titled CHRIST FOR YOU . Today’s message is titled “CHRIST WITH YOU as provided by Pastor E. A. Adeboye in Open Heavens Devotional (Adeboye, 2014). In today’s message, we have been asked to memorise Joshua 1:5"There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. " Today's reading was taken from Exodus 3:11-12 and the Bible reading in one year is Amos 5 :8  to Amos 9:15 and Psalm 84 (Adeboye, 2014). 

Quoted below is the message for today. God bless you richly for your contribution


No man is an island. At one point or the other, you would have done something in partnership with somebody. More often than not, the result of such synergy is geometrically higher than if you do it all alone. Now imagine if your partner is Jesus. This is what ”Christ with you” is all about. It means a partnership between you and Jesus. It indicates you and Jesus doing things together. There are many things for which you need God to be with you, both with respect to things of this world and things of eternal value. If God is with you, there is nothing you cannot achieve.


In the case of Moses, he had every reason to be apprehensive of the idea of having to go back to Egypt to set the people of Israel free from bondage. Obviously, Egypt was a powerful nation in those days. However, he did not have to deliver Israel all by himself, for God had said to him: ’’Certainly I will be with thee” (Exodus 3:12). In that project of yours, in that good but difficult step you want to take, in that God-glorifying but capital-intensive projet that you would like to embark upon, God will be with you. Is there a call of God on your life for an assignment which you consider difficult, fearsome, dangerous or too big for little you? Don't be afraid! All you need is God's assurance that He will be with you, and it shall be done. Just like He was with those before you, God with you in that assignment shall also be to your honour and greatness. Joshua the servant of Moses, who took over the mantle of leadership from Moses, was too little in his own eyes to step into his master's shoes. Yet all that God gave him was the assurance that He would be with him (Joshua 1 :5).

The Lord Jesus Christ while here on earth was doing wonders, healing the sick, delivering the oppressed, all because God (His Father) was with Him (Acts 10:3 8). Let God be with you in your work, family and business. There is however no way God can be with you if your ways do not align with His ways. How can God be with you in your business when you do not follow his ordinance of paying tithes? Christ is ready and more than willing to be your partner but His question to you is this: 
”Can two walk together except they be agreed?" Amos 3:3

Today's prayer point is Father, help me to recognise anything in my attitude, habits and relationships that would not allow me to enjoy your abiding presence. Let the fire of Your Word purify me of them.

As we remember the death and ressurrection of our LORD JESUS CHRIST this weekend, I pray that we will carry the presence of the Almighty  God more than ever, and as we do, the fire of God will purify all those habits that are not Christ-like in us, Amen.

Happy Easter, God bless you all for your contribution

Reference:
Adeboye, E. A. (2014) Open Heavens: A Guide to Close Fellowship with God, Volume 14, 2014. Nigeria: Open Heavens Media Limited.