Tuesday, 15 April 2014

HEART: LIFE’ 5 CONTROL TOWER- 15/04/2014

HEART: LIFE’ 5 CONTROL TOWER- 15/04/2014

Yesterday’s message was titled CONFRONT THIS ENEMY-FEAR . Today’s message is titled “HEART: LIFE’ 5 CONTROL TOWER  as provided by Pastor E. A. Adeboye in Open Heavens Devotional (Adeboye, 2014). In today’s message, we have been asked to memorise Proverbs:4:23: "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. " Today's reading was taken from Proverbs 4:20-23 and the Bible reading in one year is Hosea 11 - 14 and Psalm 81. (Adeboye, 2014). 

 Quoted below is  today's message for our usual discussion 

"Physically, the heart's role in keeping a man alive cannot be undermined. This organ is very crucial to human existence. In the non-empirical world, the heart of a man is that part of his soul that directs his physical actions. Jesus made this clear in Mark 7:18-23. It is this ”heart” we are considering in this study. It is popularly said that ”the heart of the matter is the matter of the heart”. This means that the core issues of life are matters of the heart. This is the crux of what our Bible reading today is saying in verse 23. ”Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

What moulds a life comes from the heart. Ordinarily, the Bible says the heart is evil - deceitful and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9). After a man experiences the salvation of Jesus, the heart is impacted and made available for working upon by the word of God. It's supposed to be a dwelling place for the word of God so that it can be transformed to bring forth virtues, victories and success. For this to be experienced in reality, the child of God needs as a matter of duty to work constantly on the heart through studying, meditating and memorising the word of God.

Basically, the heart of a man can be in any of these four states:
1) The roadside heart
2) The stony heart
3) The thorny heart
4) The good heart

Our Lord Jesus Christ explained these states in a parable he defined as the key to all other parables (Mark 4:1 3-20). The state an individual's heart assumes is the choice of the fellow. The heart is the place to receive knowledge, besides the head. Until knowledge is obtained in thce heart, a person will not benefit from it. What kind of knowledge do you receive into your heart?

A working relationship between the heart and the mouth charts the course of a man's life — whether good or bad. The mouth is the outlet of the heart; thus, the issues that mould a life are coming out of the heart through the mouth. The state of the heart is the true identity of a man. It is the place God looks at to relate to a man (1 Samuel 16:7)."

Today's action point is to examine your thought pattern in the mirror of Philippians 4:8 and pray accordingly.

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, 14 April 2014

CONFRONT THIS ENEMY-FEAR -14/04/2014

CONFRONT THIS ENEMY-FEAR -14/04/2014

Yesterday’s message was titled “PEACE ALL ROUND II ”. Today’s message is titled “CONFRONT THIS ENEMY-FEAR ” as provided by Pastor E. A. Adeboye in Open Heavens Devotional (Adeboye, 2014). In today’s message, we have been asked to memorise Romans 8:15: "For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. " Today's reading was taken from Isaiah 41 :10-14 and the Bible reading in one year is Hosea 6 - 10 and Psalm 80:8-19. (Adeboye, 2014). 

 Quoted below is  today's message for our usual discussion 

"The scripture is replete with statements of ”fear not” from God to His people. Fear is one tool the enemy finds most useful in his hands in making the children of God suffer failure, pain and destruction of destiny. Often times, What people are afraid of is not real but their minds paint an imaginary picture of the object or situation: out of proportion and the enemy helps to blow it up. Thus people fear what they should not be afraid of .

On the other hand, there are some situations that are truly terrifying from a human perspective. Regarding such situations, the Lord our God still tells us not to be afraid. He expects us to know that with Him behind us and for us, no person, situation or thing can have us at its mercy. This is why in Isaiah 41:10 He says:  
”Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

Fear is an enemy; it paralyses the potential meant to be deployed for activities that lead to greatness. The Bible says fear has torment (1 John 4:18). Fear makes its victim disobedient to God. It deceives its victim into magnifying a challenging situation above God. Such was the case of King Saul who confessed that he had sinned because he feared the people and obeyed their voice against the instruction of God (1 Samuel 15:24). Being fearful is a sin that can lead to an eternity in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 21 :8).

”But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Of all the listed sins above, being fearful is number one on the list. You have no business being fearful. Jesus our Lord is greater than any human being no matter his status. He Is greater than any witch or wizard; Satan their master is no match for Him. In fact, Colossians 2:10 says Jesus is the head of all principalities and powers. Isaiah 8:12-13 says we should not fear any gang-up against us, rather, God alone should be feared. Once we fear God, we would have no one else to fear.

Today's action point is to check your heart to ensure no bitterness is taking root there. If there is any trace of  it, let go of it and pray for he healing of your soul."

God bless you richly for your contriibution. Have a fruitful week in Jesus Name, Amen.

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


Sunday, 13 April 2014

PEACE ALL ROUND II- 13/04/2014

PEACE ALL ROUND II- 13/04/2014

Yesterday’s message was titled “PEACE ALL ROUND I ”. Today’s message is titled “PEACE ALL ROUND II” as provided by Pastor E. A. Adeboye in Open Heavens Devotional (Adeboye, 2014). In today’s message, we have been asked to memorise Hebrews 12:15: " Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springging up trouble you, thereby many be defiled. " Today's reading was taken from Hebrews 12:14-15 and the Bible reading in one year is Hosea 1-5  and Psalm 80:1-7. (Adeboye, 2014). 

 Quoted below is  today's message for our usual discussion 

Although there are different dimensions of peace, the highest level of peace a man can attain is peace with God through Jesus Christ. Know this however: the fact that you are a child of God and love God does not necessarily imply you will not have problems. A fearful situation automatically erodes peace of mind unless if as a child of God you put your trust in Him (Isaiah 26:3).

The character flaws of a Christian can be detrimental to the flourishing of the peace given by our Lord Jesus Christ. One character flaw top on this list is bitterness. Bitterness can grow and even take root in a heart. The root of bitterness stops the children of God from enjoying the peace of God. While the root of bitterness in the heart of an individual will affect other people around, a big chunk of the adverse effect of this evil root is on the individual harbouring it. The root of bitterness in a heart creates room for hatred, envy and anger; it is undoubtedly a harbinger of unforgiveness. It also makes for unhappiness. The phrase ”root of bitterness” itself gives one an idea of what this stuff
offers — all-round bitterness. It results in bitter experiences, smothering joy and peace. How does it originate? It comes when one feels unfairly treated by another person or an organisation. It comes from a feeling of being injured whether physically, emotionally or otherwise. For instance, a sister in courtship that is jilted, a spouse that is cheated upon by his/her partner, an employee that is short-changed, a case of great disappointment such that high hopes were dashed, death of a loved one, case of rape and others. All these are negative experiences that no one would desire, and I pray you will never experience anything of these sorts in Jesus‘ Name. In case you are grappling with the root of bitterness resulting from whatever previous experiences you've had, please note that it is not in your best interest to keep it. Bitterness eats up its host; it affects the physical wellbeing of an individual, as well as causing a strained relationship with God.

There was a man whose wife died sometime ago, leaving behind an only daughter with a striking resemblance to the mother. The daughter was the only existing consolation to this man. This lady's husband turned out to be something else, maltreating the lady to the point of threatening her life. The root of bitterness that sprang up in the lady's father resulted in him becoming swollen, defying all medical care. He only became alright after forgiving his son-in-law. 

Today's action point is to Check your heart to ensure no bitterness is taking root there. If there is any trace of it, let go of it and pray for the healing of your soul.

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

I's so ironic that we are the ones responsible for most of the problems we are faced with in life. Bitterness kills more than cancer. I pray that the Almighty God will heal and cleanse every soul that is still harbouring bitterness among us Amen.

Thanks and God bless you richly for your contribution. Wishing you total fulfillment in Church today





Saturday, 12 April 2014

PEACE ALL ROUND I - 12/04/2014

PEACE ALL ROUND I - 12/04/2014

Yesterday’s message was titled “AN ASSET, NOT A LIABILITY ”. Today’s message is titled “PEACE ALL ROUND I” as provided by Pastor E. A. Adeboye in Open Heavens Devotional (Adeboye, 2014). In today’s message, we have been asked to memorise John 14:27: Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. " Today's reading was taken from Isaiah 43:2-4 and the Bible reading in one year is Daniel 11  to Daniel 12 and Psalm 79. (Adeboye, 2014).

 Quoted below is  today's message for our usual discussion

"Peace is good and needful, whether to an individual or to a society. The presence of peace is to be cherished above having riches without peace. May you not have  the kind of wealth that would take away your peace in Jesus‘ Name. There is a dimension of peace I refer to as environmental peace: this has to do with physical security challenges such as is being grappled with in Nigeria — terrorism in the north, kidnapping and armed robbery all over the place. The truth is, environmental peace has a way of affecting the peace of mind of individuals. Glory to God, Jesus our Lord goes by the title ”Prince of Peace”. What this connotes is that He is the controller, the giver and the One who sustains and nourishes peace in man. He controls all dimensions of peace possible — be it environmental, in the mind or any other. Lack of peace brings fear, confusion, and leads into bondage. No vision, development or progress is made where there is no peace.

The highest level of peace a man needs to attain is peace with God. This is why no one can boast of security except by coming to Jesus. When you come to Jesus - the author of peace, He dwells in you with His peace. He will keep kidnappers, armed robbers and assassins away from you, thus making you to dwell in peace environmentally. Your mind will be at peace also. You must however continue to love and trust Him with all your heart and resources. Psalm 91 :1 says:
"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”
Psalm 125:2 also says:
"As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.”

These are the words of the Lord that cannot lie. One limiting problem is that some children of God are ignorant of His promises. We need to stand on His word, claim it, pray it and confess it. It is His plan that we should be delivered from our enemies so that we may serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness all the days of our lives (Luke 1:74-75). Whatever negates that plan must not be accommodated."

Today's action point is to pray for peace in Nigeria and all troubled spots in the world. Pray that the gospel of Jesus will thrive in all   nations of die world.

PEACE ALL ROUND... What a timely message after the 100 days of prayer and fasting in RCCG. The 100 days of RCCG prayer and fasting season is over at last.  Glory be to God for seeing us this far. I  can assure you that the Lord is already working ahead of us to do new things. Welcome to a new season of testimonies.... God bless you all for yor contribution

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



Friday, 11 April 2014

AN ASSET, NOT A LIABILITY - 11/4/2014

AN ASSET, NOT A LIABILITY - 11/4/2014

Yesterday’s message was titled “IT SHALL BE WELL ”. Today’s message is titled “AN ASSET, NOT A LIABILITY ” as provided by Pastor E. A. Adeboye in Open Heavens Devotional (Adeboye, 2014). In today’s message, we have been asked to memorise 1Corinthians 3:16: "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?." and read Acts 27:31-36. The Bible in one year for today has been taken from Daniel 9 - 10 and Psalm 78:55-72.(Adeboye, 2014). 

 Quoted below is  today's message for our usual discussion

"Every child of God is meant to be carrying divine treasure on the inside. This is true because you cannot be born-again except the Holy Spirit comes into you. The Holy Spirit is a divine treasure given to us as a deposit guaranteeing us of things to come (Ephesians 1:13-14). Besides this, the Bible reveals that though we are earthen, we are carrying inside of us great treasure. This treasure gives heavenly abilities - abilities above the natural. We have these abilities because of the presence of God in us. We are therefore the temple of God (1 Corinthians 3:16). With this status, every child of God has got something to offer as an answer to every sense of loss among men. Rather than being the answer to problems, many children of God have become problems themselves within different circles and their communities. In the church itself, some children of God have no other business besides peddling both founded and unfounded rumours. For some, their business is to criticize; for some others, it is to analyse why the vision and except such individuals repent and turn a new leaf, the  are toying with Hell; besides, they cannot enjoy the favour of God here on earth.

You as a child of God should not despise or belittle the great things you are capable of doing to turn the lives of individuals, families, towns, cities and countries around by the presence of Jesus in you. It is not about your physical build, human intellect or wisdom; it's about Jesus in you. I want you to know that though you may look small in your own eyes, there are lives only you can affect (as God has pre-ordained) and they are waiting for you. In Acts 27:2 7- 44, Paul was but a prisoner on board a ship transporting him and other prisoners to Rome. The leaders of the voyage were the trained captain and sailors who were to pilot the ship safely to its destination — Rome. However, when trouble came by reason of a storm that would not abate, with death on the horizon, it was Paul, a prisoner with no proficiency in the art of sailing that became the situational leader. He was able to perform this role because of Jesus in Him. He only needed to commune with his Father. Thus, he brought hope and solution to the trepidation of the moment. You can be the leader for the moment by being the solution to that naughty issue or to that life-threatening experience of that couple. You can bring tears of joy rather than the tears of sorrow being experienced by that brother, sister or neighbour. These you will achieve if only you realise that you are not a liability but an asset needing to be unbundled."

Today's action point is to Prayerfully compose a list of individuals and or families for your intercession and those to reach for Christ

Thank you and God bless you richly for your contribution to this discussion


Thursday, 10 April 2014

IT SHALL BE WELL - 10/4/2014

IT SHALL BE WELL - 10/4/2014

Yesterday’s message was titled “DIVINE CALL ”. Today’s message is titled “IT SHALL BE WELL” as provided by Pastor E. A. Adeboye in Open Heavens Devotional (Adeboye, 2014). In today’s message, we have been asked to memorise Isaiah 3:10: "Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings." and read Isaiah 3:10-11. The Bible in one year for today has been taken from Daniel 7 - 8 and Psalm 78:40-55.(Adeboye, 2014). 

 Quoted below is  today's message for our usual discussion

"The importance attributed to a statement depends on who is making it. "’Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.” Isaiah 3:10  The person that made the above statement is none other than the Alpha and Omega Himself. He made this statement because He knows tomorrow. Of course, He knows that the tomorrow of the righteous is beautiful in Him. There is no way anyone can be righteous without being in Christ. Basically, Jesus is our righteousness. He makes us righteous so that we can continue to live in righteousness by His power. Hence, ”the righteous” that this statement applies to, is not the one who says that because Christ has been made our righteousness, it does not matter how we continue to live. No, it is a mockery of the whole sacrifice of Jesus, if He saved us from sin only for us to continue to live in sin, because He is our righteousness. People who live by this understanding are self deluded and have allowed Satan to deceive them. For the child of God living uprightly, it doesn't matter how things may be around you now, your Father says ’’It shall be well with you”.

Not only is He faithful to His promises, He also has the power to bring to pass whatever He says. This statement can mean different things to different people. To the sick, it means he will be healed; to the poor, it means his wealth is on the way, for it is He who gives power to get wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18) that says ”all will be well”. To the captive, ”all will be well” means freedom is here. His Name is the Lord of hosts (Psalm 24:10). He will destroy all the forces behind your captivity. To the barren it means you shall conceive, for He is the One able to bring children out of stones (Matthew 3 :9). To the one who is a failure, it means success is coming: for He is the great promoter (Psalm 75:6- 7). How can we be so sure that all will be well, you probably would ask? It is because anytime He wants to do anything, He sends His word. For you a true child of God, who lives right and desires to please God always, I believe strongly that God wants to do something special in your life; divine intervention is around the corner. If your way has not been right with Him however, ‘go to Him now in prayer and completely turn over your life to Him."

Today's action point is to Thank God for His deep concern, provision for our well being and for the assurance of a glorious tomorrow.

Thank you and God bless you richly  for your contribution to the discussion



Wednesday, 9 April 2014

DIVINE CALL - 9/4/2014

DIVINE CALL - 9/4/2014

Yesterday’s message was titled “THE BREVITY OF TIME ”. Today’s message is titled “DIVINE CALL” as provided by Pastor E. A. Adeboye in Open Heavens Devotional (Adeboye, 2014). In today’s message, we have been asked to memorise Matthew 11:29  "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. " and read Matthew 11 :28-30 . The Bible in one year for today has been taken from Daniel 4:34 to Daniel 6:28 and Psalm 78:17-39.(Adeboye, 2014).

Quoted below is  today's message for our usual discussion

"A call is an invitation to something higher than an individual and there are two parties involved in it; these are the caller and the called. A classic example of the divine call is what we find in Matthew 1 1:28-29. Here God is the caller and the called is all men. This is a call unto salvation; it is universal in scope. It hinges on John 3:16. It is a call from the heart of God, out of deep concern for man to not self-destruct. He calls out to man, telling them that He has provided a means of escape from the wrath to come. It is popularly said: to be forewarned is to be forearmed. Only the wise would get prepared when warned ahead of danger. It is amazing how some who are considered to be wise and intelligent in this world by their level of education prove to be foolish when it comes to the divine warning on the destruction of man, unless he receives the divine call to salvation.

Congratulations to those who have received the divine call to salvation, for they are the children of the Most High God. They are in favour with the ultimate decider of the fate of men. They are now heirs of God and joint heirs with the Lord Jesus Christ. We all must understand that within the larger group of those that have received the universal basic call to salvation are some who are called for some specific purpose. Such includes those called to service as Pastors, Apostles, Evangelists, Prophets and Missionaries to specific locations, etc. Although you may not be so called, you should not be ignorant of the fact that some other divine calls are general to us all

Every one of us is called to pray (1 Thessalonians 5:17). The business of prayer is not to be left to a group of prayer warriors. Every one of us is called to watch (Matthew 24:42). You are called as a child of God to be on your toes and not to be careless. Not heeding this call can be disastrous. This will not be your experience in Jesus‘ Name. Also, every one of us is called to fast (Matthew 9:14-15). There is no provision in the word of God for prayer and fast contracting. Besides, we are all called to be of helps to our leaders, particularly in prayers (1 Thessalonians 5:25, 2 Corinthians 10:1 1). Every one of us is called to win souls (Mark 16:15). Note that those who will survive in the time of trouble are soul winners. We all are called to be generous (Luke 6:38). Finally, every one of is called to holiness (1 Thessalonians 4:7). "

Today's action point is to thank God for the salvation of your soul. If you are not yet saved, kneel down now and call upon the Lord as a sinner for salvation.

God bless you all for your contribution to this forum


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