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February 15, 2017 DCLM: Doesn’t Come Easy [Wednesday February 15, 2017]

DCLM: Doesn’t Come Easy [Wednesday February 15, 2017]

Text: Job 28:1-11

Key Verse: “He cutteth out rivers among the rocks; and his eye seeth every precious thing” (Job 28:10).

Great things are worth the high price they demand. This was what Job clearly understood. In his determined efforts to explain the fundamental truth about a pilgrim’s journey, Job gave a graphic description that must follow the search for wonderful, beautiful and precious things, which add value to life. To him, things must not only be carefully worked out, they must also be done with diligence and great strength of mind.

Essentially, our text points out that all precious metals are always in the right places, but it is only when persons of focus, skill and doggedness make out something from them that these ordinary rocks would become useful. Searching for the right rocks is one thing, but burning the rocks in the hottest fire before they can produce pure metal is another thing. To find these special rocks, mortals must go underground, squeeze their bodies through cracks in the ground, enter the cave and descend further through ropes, slaving themselves out. They will also break the rocks before they can take the precious metals and make themselves rich. If mortals can make this great effort to get things of temporal, earthly value, what efforts and sacrifices are we making for things of eternal value?

Unfortunately, many people only call the name of God when things are rosy whereas there are geologists and petroleum engineers who know what it takes to get oil from deep sea, and they pay the price. Why don’t you strive to get things of eternal value, which is more precious than earthly wealth? True children of God must bear transient phases of adversity in life with perseverance and state like the Psalmist that “though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil…”. Children of God pass through fire and they are not consumed. Their souls follow hard after God and eternal glory.

Thought for the day: Absolute faith in God will help you to overcome challenges.

Bible Reading in one Year: Psalm 85-88

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 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 15, 2017 Eagles Devotional: The Exchange [Wednesday February 15, 2017]

Eagles Devotional: The Exchange [Wednesday February 15, 2017]

“He gave also their increase unto the caterpillar, and their labour unto the locust.” (Ps.  78:46)

There are people who work hard but have nothing to show for it. Ha! I feel strongly for such ones. Why should you run up and down, here today, there tomorrow, and have nothing to show for it? Let me give an analogy:

A boom happens, the price of cement goes up, and sensing an opportunity, a man takes out a loan of twenty-five million Naira with which he goes into cement importation. His goods arrive the port but before he clears them, a shift in government policy is announced and the price of cement tumbles down. Before he clears the goods, he is in debt, and remains in debt even after selling it. He worked hard but the profit of his labour had been exchanged somewhere. Nothing happens by chance.

The caterpillar and the locust eat up and destroy things. Increase speaks of profit. Whatever would have been his profit was given to the caterpillar to destroy. In the same vein, some people work but don’t know what they do with their salary. It was given to the locust before they even earned it. It is very painful, sad, and unacceptable.

In the name that is above every other name, Jesus Christ the Son of the living God, I speak into your life from God’s altar. I break the power of whatever has been reducing you. No locust will eat your hard work. You will not sweat for somebody else to eat. You will not build for someone else to inhabit and enjoy. You will not gather for someone else to scatter. I release your prosperity, increase, and reward back to you, in Jesus’ name.

WORDS OF WISDOM: During an evil exchange, caterpillars destroy the pillars.

PRAYER/CONFESSION: LORD, I take back my increase. Every lion and caterpillar sent to destroy the labour of my hands, be destroyed, in the name of Jesus.

FURTHER READING: 1 kgs. 9: 4, Job 22: 23-30

 

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.

January 10, 2017 Open Heavens Devotional Wednesday 11 January 2017:- Knowing the Father

Open Heavens Devotional Wednesday 11 January 2017:- Knowing the Father

KNOWING THE FATHER – Wednesday January 11th 2017

 

Memorise: And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: Genesis 14:19

Read: Genesis 14:17-24 (KJV)

17 And the king of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings that were with him, at the valley of Shaveh, which is the king’s dale.

18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.

19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:

20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.

21 And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself.

22 And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the Lord, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth,

23 That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich:

24 Save only that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men which went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion.

 

Bible in one year: Matthew 22:23, Isaiah 9:1-12, Hymn: Sing hymn 3

MESSAGE:

The Almighty God is one, yet He manifests Himself as three different persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Different things happen that reveal the multifaceted nature of God’s character whenever He manifests Himself as any of these three persons. When God manifests Himself as God the Father, the earth trembles, the hills melt and the enemies scatter (Nahum 1:5). When He manifests as God the Son, He is seen as the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29).

He also comes in the likeness of the fourth man who meets you in the fiery

furnace and terminates the power of fire (Daniel 3:25). As God the Son, He

comes as a gentle Person who invites all who are heavy laden to come to Him for

rest (Matthew 11:28). When God manifests as the Holy Spirit, He comes as the

consuming fire (Hebrew 12:29). One man who experienced God as the

consuming fire was Samson. Bound and delivered to his enemies, when the

Holy Spirit came mightily on him, all the cords binding him were immediately

consumed (Judges 15:14). This season, every cord that is tying you to the same

spot shall be consumed by the fire of the Holy Ghost in Jesus’ Name.

Moreover, speaking of God the Father, there are several things you need to know about Him; one of which is that He is the one who made the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1). Because He made the heavens and the earth and everything in them, in Genesis 14:19, He is called Possessor of heaven and earth. What a powerful title! You cannot know God as Possessor of heaven and earth and still live in poverty. This title of God was revealed to Abraham through Melchizedek, king of Salem. Even since then, wealth and affluence have existed in Abraham’s lineage. You cannot know God the Father as Possessor of heaven and earth and still be homeless. He will definitely create a place for you when you call upon Him. Your knowledge of God as Possessor of heaven and earth will release the power of material possessions to you. Open Heavens Devotional Wednesday 11 January 2017:- Knowing the Father. Do you have any challenge with accommodation? Maybe you have nowhere to lay your head. Jesus in John 14:2a says this to you:

“In my Father’s house are many mansions…”

If you catch this revelation in your spirit, all your accommodation problems can be resolved when you call upon Him. Call upon Him today, and He will sort you out.

Key Point

If all you have is the Possessor of heaven and earth, you have everything.

Open Heavens Daily Devotional, 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.

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January 3, 2017 Open Heaven Wednesday January 4 2017- Do you know Him?

Open Heaven Wednesday January 4 2017- Do you know Him?

DO YOU KNOW HIM? – Wednesday January 4th 2017

 

Memorise: Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? John 14:9

Read: John 14:4-11 (KJV)

And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.

Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?

10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.

 

 Bible in one year: Mathew 9:10, Isaiah 3:1-23, Hymn: Sing hymn 3

MESSAGE:

“And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.”

Daniel 11:32

It is clear from the above passage of scripture that knowing God is the key to doing exploits. The knowledge of God releases the power that helps us perform exploits. To know God means to be a partaker of His divine nature and essence (2nd Peter 1:3-4). Open Heavens Messages. Because our God is a God of exploits, those who manifest His nature will consequently do exploits. To know God, you need to have experienced Him as God the Father, God the son and God the Holy Spirit. Someone might ask: Does this mean we have three Gods? The answer is no! He is only one God, but He manifests Himself in three personalities. How can this be? Permit me to use myself as an example. To my children, I am Adeboye the father; to my mother, I am Adeboye the son; while to my wife, I am Adeboye the husband. Does this make me three? No. I am still the same person. How I respond over an issue will be determined by the person I’m dealing with. The way I behave as a father will be different from the way I behave as a son or as a husband. Open Heaven Wednesday January 4 2017- Do you know Him?

How God relates with you depends on whether He is relating with you as the Father, as the Son or as the Holy Ghost. To further illustrate, I will use the example of my beautiful crystal drinking glass-cup. If it falls from my son’s hands and gets broken, I will rebuke him sharply with words like: “Son, what is the matter with you? Don’t you know that you should not be careless with such an expensive cup?” But if the same cup falls from my mother’s hands, I would be gentle with her, showing understanding and care. In this case I would say “Mama, take it easy; I hope you were not hurt; I am sorry about that incident ma.” The same cup, the same me, yet my reaction as a father is different from my reaction as a son. Similarly, there are some ways I would relate with my wife that cannot be applied to my mother. For you to boldly say that you know God, you must know Him personally under His three personalities. Can you say you truly know Him? Do you have firsthand knowledge of God as the Father? Have you experienced Him as the Son? Do you walk with Him as the Holy Spirit? What strength or exploit has your knowledge of God produced in your life? Ask God to reveal Himself the more to you today.

Prayer Point:

Father, more than You have ever done, reveal Yourself to me today.

Open Heavens Daily Devotional, 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.

iOpenHeavens is the electronic version of the Hard Copy. The Open Heavens devotional application is available across all mobile platforms and operating systems: iOS, Android, Blackberry, Nokia, Windows Mobile and PC. Click HERE to DOWNLOAD Daily Open Heavens Devotional from January to December 2017

November 15, 2016 Open Heavens Wednesday 16 November 2016: Eternal life starts here

Open Heavens Wednesday 16 November 2016: Eternal life starts here

ETERNAL LIFE STARTS HERE – Wednesday November 16th2016

 

Memorise: While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition: that the scripture might be fulfilled. John 17:12

Read: John 17:9-12 (KJV)

I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.

10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.

11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

 

Bible in one year: Genesis 27:28, Psalms 104:19-35

MESSAGE

In our Bible reading, Jesus explained that those that the Father gave to Him have been safely kept and there was none that was missing except the son of perdition. Children of perdition are those who revolt against the teachings and guidance of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ kept the disciples in the faith and His labour over them was not in vain. Open Heavens Wednesday 16 November 2016:- Eternal life starts here Today, we see the evidences of that investment through the spread of the gospel from one nation to another. This is possible because of the labour of the Apostles who were first commissioned to spread this good news.

When you follow Jesus through and through, He will keep you from falling into the persecution of your enemies. They will try all their best to trap you, but the Almighty God will always deliver you from their traps.  One truth we must always remember is that we are weak and we cannot keep ourselves. This is why it is important to be a partner with Jesus. Once you leave your life in His care, you can be sure that your blessing is guarantee in Him. The Almighty God will keep you in Jesus’ name.

There are sons of perdition that will refuse to be kept by Jesus Christ. They will always intentionally disobey the instructions of the father. They are usually referred to as rebellious children who will not allow their lives to be governed by the truth in the Word of God. When a person who has been in God decides to forget his creator and also refuses the assembly of the brethren, such a person is already lost. It is not good for one to be left alone. Demas was left alone because he had given his heart to the world. Lot’s wife looked back and she became forgotten. The sons of Eli did not fulfil their destiny despite the fact that they had all the opportunities to succeed in life. Children of perdition are those who have not said goodbye to sin. They are still living in sin and sin is a destroyer not a builder. Sin separates people from the blessings of God; it does not attract them to the place of God. At salvation, God comes inside of you and turns your journey towards perdition to the path of eternal life. This means that you and God are on the same page, and you are running away from those things that will affect His relationship with you. If you resist His will, you will not be a partaker of His glory. This is why you have to leave behind all those things hindering you from serving God and surrender all to Him. Judgement is coming; to be forewarned is to be forearmed. Tomorrow may be too late. There is still an opportunity for you to rededicate your life. God rewards those who allow their lives to be guided by Him with pleasant blessings and assurances of security. 16 November 2016 Open Heavens. Those who refuse the government of Jesus have already exposed themselves to the wickedness of this world. You will not miss it in Jesus’ name.

Prayer Point

Father let nothing take me away from you in Jesus’ name.

Open Heavens Daily Devotional, written by Pastor E.A Adeboye