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February 20, 2017 Open Heavens: Benefits Of Thanksgiving [February 20, 2017]

Open Heavens: Benefits Of Thanksgiving [February 20, 2017]

Memorise: Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Psalm 103:1

Read: Psalm 50:14-15 (KJV)

14 Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:

15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

Bible in one year: Genesis 6-8, Isaiah 42:10-25

MESSAGE

Without any iota of doubt, the Lord has been so good to us. He has never ceased to be faithful and kind. If it had not been for the Lord on our side, the devil would have destroyed us. We are who we are in Christ because of the goodness of God. For these reasons and many more, we need to make thanksgiving our lifestyle. Thanksgiving is an indispensable activity for every child of God. For our lives to experience the blessings of the Lord on a continuous basis, we need to thank Him. I sometimes marvel when I see people complain about their situation. Before complaining about your situation, take a critical look at another man’s situation and you will realise that you have enjoyed the goodness of the Lord. A lifestyle of thanksgiving can make a lot of difference in our lives within a short time. Through thanksgiving, lost glory can be restored, as was the case with King Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 4:34-37). When you adore and reverence the Almighty God, when you acknowledge Him as the source of your wealth and greatness, and see all you have achieved as being made possible by His hand, then God will be committed to preserving all He has given you.

Thanksgiving is the door that ushers you into God’s blessings. For His greatness, goodness and wonderful works to the children of men, we must thank Him. The only reason why many of us are not on the street begging is because He is our Great Provider. We walk with our shoulders high because He is our Defence and Deliverer. Open Heavens Devotional 2017 Tuesday 21 February 2017:- Benefits of thanksgiving. He remains our Rock and source of strength in every situation. Wherever we gather together as a congregation, I tell my children to praise and thank God wholeheartedly. Thanksgiving is not something you do in a hurry because God also takes His time as He blesses us with unprecedented miracles. There are blessings reserved for those who thank the Lord. He will always launch them to the realm of unimaginable favour.

Our thanksgiving will only be acceptable to God if it comes from a heart of worship. For you to worship God in truth, you must live a holy life. Believers will always win the battles of life, as long as there is no impediment to their worship of God. We must be able to lift up clean hands and a pure heart to our Maker at all times (Psalm 24:3-4, Philippians 4:6). We must be honest and upright in character and reflect the nature of God in our dealings. Keep your heart pure so that your joy can be full. With a pure heart, you can make your request known to God and there will be instant response from the throne of grace.

Key Point: Those who come before God with thanksgiving can never live by the mercy of men.

February 16, 2017 Open Heavens: The God Of Increase [Thursday 16, February 2017]

Open Heavens: The God Of Increase [Thursday 16, February 2017]

Topic: The God Of Increase [Thursday 16, February 2017]

Memorise: Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase. Job 8:7

Read: Genesis 1:26-28 (KJV)

26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Bible in One Year: John 16-17, Isaiah 38:20-40:5

MESSAGE:

In the beginning, although the Almighty God had the vision of man filling the whole earth, He decided to actualise it through the law of increase. It is amazing that the whole world came forth from one man and woman. Our God is a God of increase. If you want anything that will increase in life, you have to source for it from the Almighty God, and use His approach and not that of the world to actualise it. Whatever is from the Lord will always stand the test of time. If God gives you an idea, He expects it to bring increase to your life. If God gives you a blessing, He also expects it to increase. When Adam knew his wife, a seed was planted in her which became a tree (Genesis 4:1). This is the more reason why you need to draw close to God so that He can sow a seed in your life that will become a reference point to generations yet unborn. If you sow to your flesh, you will reap destruction, but if you sow to the Holy Spirit, your increase will be till eternity (Galatians 6:8). The fact that God wants you to increase does not mean you can do things that contravene His commandments to get his increase. The fact that God wants increase does not mean He allows polygamy. God has never been in a hurry to populate the earth, therefore His design is one man, one wife. Sex with anyone other than your spouse means you are throwing your most precious seed into the wrong soil. An adulterer is a person in bondage! Such a person lacks understanding of the fact that he or she is sowing seeds that only lead to poverty, destruction and eventual shame. There are some men whose children are out of school due to non-payment of fees, and yet they are sowing their seed into the lives of concubines. Such men are already on the path of destruction unless they come to the saving grace of Jesus. If you are involved in this, you better ask God for mercy before it is too late.

God is the One who gives increase after a seed has been sown; therefore we must always remember to give thanks to Him for all the successes He brings our way (1 Corinthians 3:6). If you are excelling in your chosen field, give God the glory. If things are working out for you in your career, give Him the glory. While some people grow rapidly in the things of God, some do not. One variable that determines this is the level of hunger in their hearts. There must always be a hunger in your heart to be better than what you are now. There is a better you in the mind of God, and so, refuse to remain small. Continue to develop yourself by acquiring relevant skills. Increase your knowledge base so that your earning capacity can also increase. If things have not been working out in your life, do a self-appraisal. In other words, check yourself. Soak yourself in God’s word and occupy your mind with passages of Scripture that can address your area of stagnation. You will increase in Jesus’ Name.

Prayer Point: Father, let my increase begin today.

Open Heavens Daily Devotional guide was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.

February 15, 2017 Open Heavens: Living Within The Divine Will [Wednesday 15, February 2017]

Open Heavens: Living Within The Divine Will [Wednesday 15, February 2017]

Memorise: Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. –Matthew 6:10

Read: Matthew 26:37-42 (KJV)

37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.

38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.

39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?

41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.

Bible in One Year: John 14-15, Isaiah 38:4-19

MESSAGE:

Until you get to the point of conviction where you accept the fact that you can never have anything better than what God has for you, life will remain a struggle. There are many people struggling to find their place in life, but as a child of God you were not created to live by chance. You were designed by God to walk in His blueprint for your life, and so anything less than what God intends for you should be rejected. Living within the divine will means having an understanding of God’s plan for you in every area of your life. The will of God is always higher and greater than the will of man. His thoughts are directed towards our peace and fulfilment in this world (Jeremiah 29:11). This is why it is necessary to discern and hear what God is saying about the present phase of your life. There are people who are in the wrong job. No matter how much they work, they can never be successful because they are struggling with what God has not wired them for. Some people are in the wrong location, while some others are in relationships that drive away the presence of God from them. Do you know that there are people you meet in life who negatively impact your destiny? There are even some people you meet, and after they are gone out of your life, you find yourself drained, because all they did was use you. God’s will is to increase you and not to use you. However, you have to wait upon the Lord and never outrun Him because He is the one leading you.

Examples abound in the Scripture of those who struggled with the will of God for their lives before they understood what God would have them do. Moses thought he was doing the right thing when he killed an Egyptian, since he was born for the purpose of delivering the children of Israel from the hands of their Egyptian oppressors (Exodus 2:11-12). However, he walked outside the will of God by taking action at the wrong time and also by using the wrong approach. Jacob was also aware of God’s plan for him to be greater than his elder brother, but he devised a crooked method of obtaining the covenant blessing from his father. Consequently, he had no rest until he learnt to surrender to God. Have faith in God that you will become what He wants you to become; not by folding your hands and doing nothing, by being diligent in your walk of faith. What is not enough today will be more than enough tomorrow through God’s help. Remember the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning (Job 42:12). Learn to wait. He who waits never loses, but he who is hasty never gains. Seek God’s face, and ask Him for the needed grace to run the race. God places a high premium on his children who are ready to align their words, actions, thoughts and decisions with the standards of Heaven.

Prayer Point: Father, grant me grace to patiently wait and work towards actualising Your will for my life.

Open Heavens Daily Devotional guide was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.

February 13, 2017 The Secret Of Longevity [Monday February 13, 2017]

The Secret Of Longevity [Monday February 13, 2017]

Topic: The Secret Of Longevity [Monday February 13, 2017]

Scripture: Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.Psalm 150:6

Thought For The Day: True worship keeps people alive to fulfil their purpose on earth.

The Will of God for His children is to live a long and fulfilled life. The Bible recorded that when Moses was one hundred and twenty years old, his natural force was not abated (Deuteronomy 34:7). Therefore, it is not the Will of God for any sickness or work of diabolism to cut us short before our time.

One of the secrets of longevity is living a life of praise and worship. True praise and worship is the reason for long life and purposeful existence.

True worship keeps people alive to fulfil their purpose on earth. When you are a genuine worshipper, witches and wizards will keep getting frustrated because they can do nothing about you. When you are deep in worship and praise, you cannot be cut short by any devil.

When God told Hezekiah through Isaiah that he was going to die, he initially began to complain that he was about to be cut short (Isaiah 38:1-2), but when he changed his complaining to praise (Isaiah 38:18), God added 15 more years to his life. The true worship of God prolongs a man’s life on earth. You shall live long, in Jesus’ Name.

Remember this: True worship keeps people alive to fulfil their purpose on earth.

Assignments:

1. Prolong your life by consciously praising and worshipping God daily.

  1. Consciously refuse to be depressed. Make the choice for joy.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: THE BENEFITS OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP (PT 2)

Prayer: O LORD, I receive the garment of praise today. LORD, help me not to focus on circumstances but on You alone through deep worship, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.

Daily Reading: Exodus 35:10 to 36:38, Matthew 27:32 to 66, Psalm 34:1 to 10, Proverbs 9:7 to 8.

Amazing Fact: The Boeing 747 is capable of flying upside-down if it weren’t for the fact that the wings would shear off when trying to roll it over.

Today In History: 13/02/1976 – Today is World Radio Day.

Quote: Everybody praises God under certain conditions but real worshipers praise God under all conditions. Culled from 365 WISDOM CAPSULES by Dr Paul Enenche.

DCLM Daily Manna: Unfeigned Love Demanded [Monday February 13, 2017]

Topic: Unfeigned Love Demanded [Monday February 13, 2017]

Text: Deuteronomy 22:1-12

Key Verse: “Thou shalt not see thy brother’s ox or his sheep go astray, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt in any case bring them again unto thy brother”(Deuteronomy 22:1).

“If we have got the true love of God shed abroad in our hearts,” Dwight L. Moody once said, “we will show it in our lives. We will not have to go up and down the earth proclaiming it. We will show it in everything we say or do.” This saying aptly captures God’s injunction in our text.

His commandment against negligence of an animal is a clear indication that we should not neglect anybody. An animal is not worth more than a human being. Yet, God commands care for the lost animal, looking for its owner. Even today, this commandment is still binding on us who claim to be His children. We should take care of beast and the souls of men. Unfortunately, some people see others, even their family members, straying away from God without blinking an eye. No intercession or effort made in any possible way to take off the load of sin or challenges from their lives. But God’s demand from His own is to stand in the gap on behalf of others.

He wants to see the good Samaritan in us, taking care of our neighbours and bringing sinners to Christ. He is not looking for those who beat their chests with pride as the only righteous people, neither is He looking for those who feel unconcerned about others’ eternal salvation and welfare. God expects His sons and daughters to be those who will ask on the reckoning day, “Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matthew 25:37-40).

God wants to see you and I doing the deeds of the Good Samaritan notwithstanding our tight schedules and religious engagements.

Thought for the day: Be constrained by God’s love to love others, even your enemies.

Bible Reading in one Year: Psalm 78-79

DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.

February 13, 2017 The Return Of Your Wealth [Monday February 13, 2017]

The Return Of Your Wealth [Monday February 13, 2017]

“Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee.” (Gen. 12:1)

An altar is a place where divinity meets with humanity, heaven or hell meets with the earth, and angels or demons meet with humans. Spirit beings and human beings interact on an altar. Upon an altar, exchanges occur. If an altar is that of Jehovah, bad things are taken from you and replaced with good ones. The opposite is the case if it is a satanic altar.

People who ought to be living pleasant lives are not doing so, because some wicked exchange took place on an evil altar. Notwithstanding that, if you think your life is not where it should be, you have this message in your hand so that you will call for restoration in the name above every other name, Jesus Christ the Son of the living God.

God created every human being with a plan. There is a road-map for your life. You weren’t created a wanderer. If you are looking like a wanderer or your life is going up and down, God did not cause it. Somewhere along the line, some exchange took place. Joseph was a Jew that understood altars and he helped Pharaoh to take control of the economy of Egypt.

Today, the human being using spell, charm, and occultism to manipulate, hinder, or delay God’s purposes in your life will restore and release whatever they have taken or destroyed in your life, in Jesus’ name.

As God’s High Priest, I speak from the supreme altar of the Most High God into your life. I command a restoration of the original plan for your life, in the name of Jesus.

WORD OF WISDOM: God’s altar alters the authority on the altar of the devil.

PRAYER/CONFESSION: LORD, restore my life and destiny. Let not the plans and purposes of the devil manifest in my life, in Jesus name, amen.

FURTHER READING: Genesis 15: 7, Acts 19: 18–19

Eagles Devotional is a daily revelatory and inspirational Publication by Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, the founder and presiding Pastor of Word of Life Bible Church, Warri, Nigeria.