Tuesday, 15 July 2014

FORGETTING YOUR SOURCE? - 15/7/2014

FORGETTING YOUR SOURCE? - 15/7/2014

Yesterday's message was titled "CONSECRATION AND COMMITMENT”. Today's message is titled "FORGETTING YOUR SOURCE?" as provided by Pastor E. A. Adeboye in Open Heavens Devotional (Adeboye, 2014). In today’s message, we have been asked to memorise Deuteronomy 8:17 : "And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth." Today's reading was taken from  Deuteronomy 8:7-14  and the Bible reading in one year is Deuteronomy 12 - Deuteronomy 13 (Adeboye, 2014).

Quoted below is today's message for your input

"It is possible for a blessing from God to later turn into a curse. Ephraim was so blessed that at a point he forgot God. Deuteronomy 8:7-18 warns against forgetting God after the Lord has prospered you. Deuteronomy 8:17 says:
And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.
This warning is still relevant to us today because even when it is not voiced out, it is implied by many who have achieved great things that they achieved them because they were smarter, wiser or more talented than others. You surely have forgotten the source of your victory if you accept the commendations of men, probably in a public gathering, that your achievements were made possible by hard work. Many are working harder than you yet they are far from getting to the height you have reached. Good success is more than skill. It is more than tact or hard work. You cannot have it without Gods backing.

How can you prove to God that you have not forgotten that He is the One who blessed you in the first place? It is when you put Him first in all you do. Malachi 3:8-10 says if you rob Him of His tithe, He will place you under a curse, but if you bring your full tithe, He will open the windows of Heaven to release more blessings on you. If you have not forgotten your source of blessing, you will tithe before even spending whatever He gives to you. In Genesis 22:1-18, after Abraham finally got a son from God, he was put to test to see if he loved the gift or the Giver more. God asked him to go and sacrifice Isaac and Abraham obeyed; but before he could kill the boy, God stopped him and pronounced an irreversible blessing on him. Are you ready to part with that valuable thing that God has given to you as proof that you have not forgotten Him? What is so dear to your heart that you are not prepared to give to God? That should be the first thing to give to Him to convince Him that you remember He is your source. Never touch what is His - pay your tithe in full or even exceed it. Show Him you appreciate and love Him beyond any gift He gives to you."

The Key Point is: If you are convinced that God is your source, there will be nothing He has given to you that you cannot return to Him, including your life.

Thank you and God bless you for your contribution. Have a blissful day


Monday, 14 July 2014

LIFE INVOLVES RISKS- 14/07/2014

LIFE INVOLVES RISKS- 14/07/2014

Yesterday's message was titled "LIFE INVOLVES RISKS”. Today's message is titled "CONSECRATION AND COMMITMENT" as provided by Pastor E. A. Adeboye in Open Heavens Devotional (Adeboye, 2014). In today’s message, we have been asked to memorise Philippians 1:21 : "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." Today's reading was taken from   Romans 12:1-2  and the Bible reading in one year is Deuteronomy 9:13 to Deuteronomy 11:32 (Adeboye, 2014).

Quoted below is today's message for your input

After experiencing the elementary levels of ministry, there is a need to move on to higher levels. To experience these higher levels, there are certain criteria that must be met. The first is a higher level of consecration. We can see this in the life of Paul when in Galatians 2:20 he said:
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
By this he was saying, As far as I am concerned, I am completely sold out to God. I have given up my former lifestyle and desires for only what Jesus want of me. When you are consecrated, you make certain deposits on Gods altar of sacrifice that makes it difficult for you to live the way you used to. It takes consecration to be a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1). When you are consecrated to God, you will have a regulated lifestyle. It takes consecration to die daily. The level you will go with God as well as how much God can use you in His Kingdom will depend on your level of consecration. Have you laid your all on the altar of sacrifice?

Another criterion for attaining a higher level in ministry is commitment. Commitment is putting your hands on the plough and never looking back. It takes commitment to preach when you are weak, tired or sick. It takes commitment to continue the work when your colleagues in the same department have left to do other things. It takes commitment for a man to say:
For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!
1 Corinthians 9:16
Commitment highly influences what you are prepared to sacrifice. It affects your consecration. Commitment is fast becoming rare in the body of Christ as many are increasingly being distracted and diverted from what is needful. Your level of commitment will determine how much time you can give to God on a daily basis. It will determine the quality of your service. If you must move to higher levels in ministry, you must be consecrated and committed. Do you have these great traits in your life?

The Prayer Point is Father, let consecration and commitment be commonplace in your church.

God bless you all for your contribution. have a fruitful week in Jesus Name, Amen.


Sunday, 13 July 2014

LIFE INVOLVES RISKS-13/7/2014

LIFE INVOLVES RISKS-13/7/2014

Yesterday's message was titled "PRAYERS MAKE THINGS HAPPEN”. Today's message is titled "LIFE INVOLVES RISKS" as provided by Pastor E. A. Adeboye in Open Heavens Devotional (Adeboye, 2014). In today’s message, we have been asked to memorise James 4:14 : "Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away." Today's reading was taken from   James 4:13-16  and the Bible reading in one year is Deuteronomy 7:1 to Deuteronomy 9:12 (Adeboye, 2014).


Quoted below is today's message for your input

"When God calls you, it sometimes might appear like a demotion. This was my experience. When God called me into full-time ministry, I struggled with it because I had experienced poverty from childhood which I thought I had finally been delivered from when I became a university lecturer. I received the call of God when the church was in a humble state financially. I recall the day a young man gave me a 50 kobo note; I received it and blessed him. I told him I would spend the money on myself so that my heartfelt blessing will have an impact on him. That night, I thought over it and wept. I ruminated on how I went from being the Head of the Mathematics Department of a University to being a full-timer who receives a 50 kobo gift. God is the one that specialises in taking a man from down below and lifts him up. Those who see how far the Lord has taken me and are unhappy about it have need of Gods mercy. Is God calling you into full-time ministry? Is the Lord asking for more of your involvement in the things of His Kingdom at the expense of personal and family plans? Fear not! He is a better planner than you and what He has in store for His faithful ones will definitely beat your imagination.

Life is full of risks and virtually everything we do in life involves one form of risk or the other, however, Gods call is a risk of life worth taking. Marriage involves risk because some people get married to spouses who fast-track their death. Staying single also is risky because the inability to perpetually remain chaste may make the fellow end up in hell. Staying hungry has its risks while eating food also involves risk. Some people who were not sick died while eating or while trying to swallow food. If you are asked to come and work with the richest man in the world who also has a reputation of uncommon generosity, many would jump without even asking God about it. Yet, even that involves a measure of risk. Some may take up that job and trigger their worst nightmares. When God calls you, there is an element of risk involved but it is the safest, surest and best risk you can ever take. If He calls you into full-time ministry, it means He is ready to take you up as His pet project".

The Key Point is: Placing your life and total cares in Gods hands is a risk worth taking.

God bless you all. wishing you the fullness of His presence in Church today in Jeuss Name, Amen

Saturday, 12 July 2014

PRAYERS MAKE THINGS HAPPEN- 12/7/2014

PRAYERS MAKE THINGS HAPPEN- 12/7/2014 

Yesterday's message was titled "LIVING ABOVE THE FLESH”. Today's message is titled "PRAYERS MAKE THINGS HAPPEN" as provided by Pastor E. A. Adeboye in Open Heavens Devotional (Adeboye, 2014). In today’s message, we have been asked to memorise Romans 8:28 : "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." Today's reading was taken from   Acts 9:1-11  and the Bible reading in one year is Deuteronomy 4:32 to Deuteronomy 6:25 (Adeboye, 2014).

Quoted below is today's message for our usual discussion


And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,
Acts 9:11
After a frontline persecutor of the church was arrested on his mission to further torment Gods people, he became blind and was led by those on his entourage into Damascus. He immediately went on an indefinite fast and began to pray. After three days, God had to respond to his prayer. From this story, let us examine some things made possible by prayer. The first thing to note here is that when you pray on earth, things begin to happen in Heaven and on earth. If you want heavenly activities to favour you, pray. If you want events and people on earth to work in your favour, pray.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28
There is no better time for this scripture to be fulfilled in your life or circumstance than when you engage in wholehearted, fervent and not-taking-No-for-an-answer prayer. If you are called of God and believe you love Him but fail to pray, never expect all things to work for your good. If you have such expectations, they will not be realised because you have not fulfilled the requirement of scriptures (Isaiah 28:10). No matter how bad the situation is, when you pray, things happen. Things were bad for Saul. He had lost his mission, vision and sight. The one who was leading others became the one who earnestly required to be helped. He had been thrown into confusion. Then he prayed and things began to happen. If things could happen for a chronic persecutor like Saul, things will happen for you as you pray. Beloved, no matter how bad things may be, if only you can make your ways right with God and pray, activities in Heaven and on earth will work in your favour."

The Prayer Point. Father, let all situations, circumstances and events begin to work in my favour from now on.

God bless you all for your input. Have a fruitful weekend


Friday, 11 July 2014

LIVING ABOVE THE FLESH- 11/07/2014

LIVING ABOVE THE FLESH- 11/07/2014

Yesterday's message was titled "SATAN INTIMIDATES”. Today's message is titled "LIVING ABOVE THE FLESH" as provided by Pastor E. A. Adeboye in Open Heavens Devotional (Adeboye, 2014). In today’s message, we have been asked to memorise Romans 6:12 : "Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof." Today's reading was taken from  Romans 6:12-18  and the Bible reading in one year is Deuteronomy 2:26 to Deuteronomy 4:31 (Adeboye, 2014).

Quoted below is today's message for your input

"When the fire fell on Mount Carmel, it consumed even the dust beneath and around the altar (1 Kings 18:38). Dust stands for the flesh. God in Genesis 3:19 said this to Adam:
In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
When you build a new altar to God, the grace to overcome the lust of the flesh will be released. One major enemy every child of God has to live above daily is the flesh. Years after coming to the Lord, many still remain defeated by their flesh  they are ensnared by their desires and passions. Romans 6:12-14 says you should not let sin reign over you because you are now operating under grace. The flesh comes with its powerful attractions but it is only when you cooperate with it that you fall into sin. Stop yielding to sin! When it pulls you, resist it. Each time you resist temptation, there is a reward. However, the secret of permanent victory lies in building a new altar to God. Have you been struggling with your flesh? Receive your deliverance now in Jesus Name!

Another benefit of building a new altar to God is that soul winning becomes a stress free activity. After Elijah built a new altar to the Most High God, the children of Israel saw Gods signs and wonders and they returned to God in droves. With a new altar, multitudes can be won to the Lord. With a new altar, backsliders can be restored to the fold. This then tells us that there is a relationship between the altar operating in the life of the soul winner and the scope of results obtainable from soul winning. If you want to win more souls for the Lord, souls with unshakable foundations, examine the altar that presently exists in your life and do something about it. One good thing about life is that as long as you are alive, you can do something about almost everything in your life to give you a better ending. Arise and work on that altar today!"

The Prayer Point  is, Ask God for grace to live above the flesh daily.

Thanks and God bless you all for your contribution



Thursday, 10 July 2014

SATAN INTIMIDATES- 10/7/2014

SATAN INTIMIDATES- 10/7/2014

Yesterday's message was titled "NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD”. Today's message is titled "SATAN INTIMIDATES" as provided by Pastor E. A. Adeboye in Open Heavens Devotional (Adeboye, 2014). In today’s message, we have been asked to memorise Proverbs 28:1 : "The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.". Today's reading was taken from  1 Samuel 17:24-25  and the Bible reading in one year is Deuteronomy 1:1 to Deuteronomy 2:25 (Adeboye, 2014).

Quoted below is today's message for your input

"When Goliath came to the battlefield, he took the form of a big problem but later he became a big opportunity. He came as a mighty obstacle but turned into a mighty door of opportunity when God stepped in. Every giant who stands in your way this season shall become a door to your breakthrough in Jesus Name. The Redemption Camp grounds used to be the headquarters of highway armed robbers as well as the abode of big snakes. The first snake that was killed there was about 16 feet (about 5 metres) long; it was very big. A snake of that size was enough to drive anybody away from the camp grounds. However, we did not see it as a problem but as an opportunity. Today, the Redemption Camp has become the headquarters of the Redeemed Christian Church of God and is fast becoming a city. I decree that every problem that is standing in your way will soon become a point of testimony!

Every child of destiny must expect obstacles but surmount them in the name of the Lord. After trusting God for several years for a car, one of my sons was finally blessed with one. He got a brother to teach him how to drive. As they drove on the highway, they got arrested by the police. After scaling through that, another government traffic agency arrested them, claiming they did not have correct papers. On getting to the office of the agency, they brought out all their papers and asked the officers to tell them what was missing. It was then the officers realised their papers were complete but they would not own up to their mischief. They collected money from them before releasing them. That experience almost made him resolve never to drive again. However, he refused to be intimidated and today, he has changed cars. The devil still intimidates! If he cannot prevent the blessing from coming, he will try to intimidate the fellow to a point of going back on the steps he had taken. Have you given your first fruits and the devil is trying to intimidate you by stirring up feelings of regret? Dont be intimidated! Any problem that surfaces after you received a blessing may just be Satans way of harassing or intimidating you. Stand on Gods word and prayerfully resist him."

The prayer point is Every satanic harassment over my life, family, business and destiny, I resist you in the mighty Name of Jesus!

As we pray the prayer point above with the whole of our heart this morning, I want us also to resist every satanic harassment over Nigeria. I pray that every effort of the devil to colonize our Nation shall fail completely and the fire of God will destroy every weapon of their warfare in Jesus Mighty Name, amen.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD-9/7/2014

NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD-9/7/2014

Yesterday's message was titled "CURSED BLESSING”. Today's message is titled "NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD" as provided by Pastor E. A. Adeboye in Open Heavens Devotional (Adeboye, 2014). In today’s message, we have been asked to memorise Ezekiel 36:25 : "Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you". Today's reading was taken from  Psalm 40:1-2 and the Bible reading in one year is Numbers 34-36 (Adeboye, 2014).

Quoted below is today's message for your input

"Before you are saved, you are first drawn by God. It can be through a message, some miraculous act or even a divine visitation. God has been searching for you from the day of your birth but you may have ignored Him for too long. He may have used your friends, relatives and different media to reach out to you, but His message may have fallen on deaf ears. It is time to accept Him today so that all may be well with you.

After drawing you, the next thing God does is to cleanse you. This is what is commonly called salvation. He said in Ezekiel 36:25 that:
“Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.”
Why does He need to cleanse you? Why not accept you the way He found you? It is because God is a holy God. He is perfectly clean. Because God is light, He does not have even the slightest dot of darkness. If the President of your nation wants to invite a poor, wretched, dirty and unkempt beggar who lives on the streets to dine with him, the beggar must first be washed, shaved and dressed in presentable clothes.

Psalm 40:2 says every sinner lives in a horrible pit. Every sinner is stained with sin. We cannot with our physical eyes determine how clean or dirty a person is inwardly. You may be adjudged the neatest and best dressed physically, but be noted as the dirtiest sinner before God. No personal claim to being saved can make you saved except God cleanses you. Sin is such a tough and permanent stain that it takes only the blood of Jesus to wipe it off – nothing else! No sacrifice, no penance, no amount of scriptural recitations can erase sin. If the beggar picked on the streets says he is clean, does that make him clean? Any sin that God has not cleansed with the blood of Jesus is retained to condemn the one who committed it for all eternity. Are you claiming to be born-again when you are still living in sin? You are engaged in self-deception and endangering your life. No religion or philanthropy can erase a single sin from you. Accept God’s offer of salvation now and let Him cleanse you. Acknowledge your sinful life, confess your sins to God and ask Him to cleanse you with His blood today. Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord."

The Key Point is Any claim of forgiveness of sin that is not attained through the blood of Jesus is fake.

Thank you all and God bless you richly for your contribution to today's discussion