Joyce Meyer's Daily 18 November 2017 Devotional: You Can Win the Battle Today

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Topic: You Can Win the Battle Today [Saturday November 18, 2017]

Now the mind of the flesh [which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit] is death [death that comprises all the miseries arising from sin, both here and hereafter]. But the mind of the [Holy] Spirit is life and [soul] peace [both now and forever]. — Romans 8:6

Right now, you and I are in the middle of a war. It’s a spiritual warfare, and we wrestle against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness (Ephesians 6:12 NKJV). We need to have the mind of the Holy Spirit to win the battle.

Sadly, there are many believers who operate with the mind of the flesh. But if we want to live in a way that can change our world, then we have to stop living in the flesh and start living in the Spirit.

Every one of us needs to continually make adjustments to put our fleshly desires under the Holy Spirit’s control and not let our emotions or mind rule us. Scripture explains that the spirit wages war against the flesh and the flesh wages war against the spirit, so they are continually antagonistic toward each other.

It’s a war! The devil hates us, and he is constantly working overtime, trying to make sure that we give in to the flesh.

Ultimately, you decide who wins in your life. The good news is, you don’t have to be subject to your flesh. You can live in the Spirit, bringing your flesh in line with His Will. You can win the battle today!

Prayer Starter: God, I want to win battle today. I want to have the mind of the Holy Spirit, which is life and peace. I choose Your Spirit today. Help me bring my flesh in line with Your will.

From Joyce Meyer’s Ministries


Our Daily Manna November 18, 2017: ODM devotional – Sacrifice Your Water Pot

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Topic: Sacrifice Your Water Pot [Saturday, November 18, 2017]

Basic Scriptures: John 4:21-30

It was Dave Harvey who quipped: “Everything in scripture is either preparation for the Gospel, presentation of the Gospel, or participation in the Gospel.” Then I remember David McGee: “We should be more concerned with reaching the lost than pampering the saved.” Again he is on point; so true! No wonder years ago, a stranger asked a Christian painter: “What is your business?” His reply? “My business is to preach the gospel, but I paint houses to pay my expenses.”

Now I will ask you, what is your business? Is it driving, buying and selling, teaching, plumbing, cooking, Pharmacy, Photography, Medicine, Engineering, Accounting, Administration, Preaching as a profession, or preaching the gospel as a calling etc? Any other job you are doing today, will end someday. Only what is done for Christ will last! Let your evangelism altar receive fresh fire again as 2017 ends and 2018 begins. Imagine the fire and zeal the woman in today’s Basic Scripture used in drawing her people ( the Samaritans) to Christ. The human body contains about 70% water! You know how important water is to anybody, yet she left her water pot (Vs 28).

When did you do that last? When did you leave your “water pot” ( job, husband, children, business, your sleep, money, your car, TV, your prestige and reputation etc), and told men, “come see the Man who delivered me from hell.” Tell God to destroy shame, greed for money, laziness and take back by force, the original evangelism fire of old. Oh! Hear the great Charles Haddon Spurgeon: “Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you ‘re not saved yourself, be sure of that!” Wow! Very harsh but correct! Please preach in the bus, market places, schools, t-junctions, street corners, and do early morning cries.

Pay for a radio/TV slot for your local ministry or this ODM vision if you can! At every available opportunity, open your mouth: Sacrifice your water pot ( your physical or financial comfort)! 2 Tim. 4:2 says: “Preach the Word ( Gospel) in season( when convenient) and out of season (when not convenient). To obtain God’s best we must give our best. To win we must surrender! To live we must die! To receive, we must give! Give your time to preaching the gospel DAILY ON THIS PLANET.

MY SPECIAL BIRTHDAY THANKSGIVING SERVICE IS ON SUNDAY NOVEMBER 26TH. TIME: 12PM. COME AND CELEBRATE WITH ME HIS AMAZING GRACE AT OGUDU!

Prayer Points: Take your best worship song to God.

1. Ask for fresh fire for souls (Pray this for one week).

2. Pray for sinners today. Ask God to lead you across someone as you go out today.

3. Holy Ghost, set everything cold in me on fire again!

4. Pray about today generally as led now. Cancel SHAME!

Action Point: Talk to someone about Christ today, tomorrow and every day you live!

By Bishop (Dr) Chris E. Kwakpovwe (Cek)
Publisher/Writer Of ODM And

Rev (Mrs) Flora E. Kwakpovwe (Fek)
Co-Publisher/Writer Of ODM.


TREM’s Daily 18 November 2017 Devotional by Dr. Mike Okonkwo – Praise Him Always

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Topic: Praise Him Always — Saturday November 18, 2017.

‘’Praise the Lord with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. Sing unto him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise.’’ (Psalms 33:2-3 KJV)

Often times’ believers get so consumed with challenges that we either forget to praise God or we do it shabbily. As you are no doubt aware, one of the areas of strong emphasis in our ministry is ‘quality praise and worship’. Not because we do not have challenges, but because we have learnt the secret of overcoming every challenge and obstacle, which is by focusing on the ‘BIGNESS’ of our God.

One of the ways to focus on the greatness of God is by praising Him. In other words, you are not waiting for things to work out right before you begin to praise God. I encourage you to praise God from where you are right now and see how heaven will respond to you. The Psalmist David said I will bless the Lord every time, His praises shall continually be in my mouth, and it will never depart from my lips. Do you know what that means? That is a commitment to bless the Lord irrespective of the events happening around, whether the promises of God have been fulfilled or not, whether the baby has arrived or not. David made a commitment to bless the Lord at all times. I want to encourage you to praise God always and as you praise him, open your spirit, turn yourself loose and let him also minister back to you.

Often we get so familiar with the motions of praise and worship, we enjoy the lyrics of the songs, dance, hi-five one another and fail to come before his presence with expectations. Beloved, one sure way to hear from God in times like these and get ministered to is through praises, so don’t let such moments pass you by. Don’t be too dignified to praise Him because the Bible tells us that God inhabits the praises of His people. If He dwells in praises, then, He will surely minister to you when you praise Him.

Further Reading: Exodus 15:11, Psalms 22:3, 34:1-3

Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Ezekiel 8-10; Evening- Hebrews 13

Written by Dr. Mike Okonkwo; Is the Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM); a versatile man of God with over 30 years of dedicated service unto the Lord.


Andrew Wommack’s Daily 18 November 2017 Devotional: Healing Is An Expression Of God's Mercy

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Topic: Healing Is An Expression Of God’s Mercy [Saturday November 18, 2017]

Luke 22:51 “And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him.”

Jesus often healed people by touching them, and others received their healing as they touched Jesus. You can transmit the power or the anointing of God through the laying on of hands (Mk. 16:18; Heb. 6:2). The virtue of God can even be transmitted to objects and then brought to the person who needs healing or deliverance.

Jesus provided physical healing as well as forgiveness of sins. Many scriptures mention the healing of our bodies in conjunction with the forgiveness of our sins. Healing is an expression of God’s love and compassion for our physical man. Healing miracles also draw men to God to get their spiritual needs met. Physical healing acts like a bell to get man’s attention so that the Lord can minister to the inner man as well.

Healing has been purchased for us as part of the atonement of Christ. The Lord would no more refuse to heal us than He would refuse to forgive us. That does not mean that we deserve healing – we don’t. It is a gift from God, just as salvation is a gift from God (Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:8). We don’t deserve to have our sins forgiven. We cannot demand salvation from the Lord, but we can expect it. Likewise, healing has been purchased for us through the atonement of Christ. Healing belongs to us, but it is still the mercy of God that provides healing. Every act of healing is an act of mercy.

This message was written by The Association of Related Ministries International (ARMI) is an extension of Andrew Wommack Ministries (AWM). ARMI is a unique partnership committed to providing resources to help like-minded ministers succeed in a spirit of excellence and to draw from the experience and expertise of both the AWM and Charis Bible College staff. (www.awmi.net).


Billy Graham’s Daily 18 November 2017 Devotional: Pure Hearts

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Topic: Pure Hearts [Saturday November 18, 2017]

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. — Philippians 2:5

It is impossible to live pure lives until we have pure hearts. Many people today are trying to put the cart before the horse. They are teaching purity of motives, desires, and actions to old, deceitful hearts! No wonder we have ended up such moral failures, in spite of our vaunted knowledge and psychological approaches.

Pure motives, desires, and actions stem from pure hearts. Pure hearts will be Christlike. It is God’s desire that we be conformed to the image of His Son. If Christ lives within us and our bodies become the abode of the Holy Spirit, is it any wonder that we should be like Him?

Prayer for the day: Cleanse my heart and make it the home of Your Spirit, Lord.

Written by Billy Graham, Founder of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association(BGEA). BGEA exists to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ by every effective means and to equip the church and others to do the same.


Kenneth and Gloria Copeland’s Daily November 18, 2017 Devotional: Do You Know What to Ask For?

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Topic: Do You Know What to Ask For? [Saturday November 18, 2017]

And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. – Mark 10:51

All of us know what it’s like to go round in circles. To pray our way through one financial disaster only to be met by another. To receive healing for one illness just in time to be knocked off our feet by the next.

Oh, we try. We pray. We exercise our faith. But we keep getting caught in the same old problems over and over again. Why? Because all too often, we don’t actually know what it is we need to be praying for.

I can almost hear your reaction. “Believe me, Brother Copeland, that’s not my problem. I know what I need. It’s getting that need met that’s got me running in circles.”

That’s what most other folks think too. So they spend all their time working on getting. They waste their energy praying for things they don’t really need and asking for things they don’t really want. Then they wind up going nowhere fast.

Look with me at Mark 10, and I think you’ll see what I mean. Blind Bartimaeus sat by the roadside begging when Jesus passed by. “And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me…. And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way” (verses 47, 50-52).

Now I want you to think about something for a moment. In the light of what the Scriptures tell us, how many needs did Bartimaeus have? Did he have just one? No! He wasn’t simply a blind man, he was a beggar. He probably had more problems than you could shake a stick at, and all those problems would have seemed like legitimate needs to Bartimaeus. But it was sight he needed. If he could obtain his sight, all the rest would fall into line.

He knew that. So, when Jesus said, “Bartimaeus, what do you want Me to do for you?” he knew exactly what to ask for and he got it.

Jesus is just as available to you today as He was to Bartimaeus. He’s just as willing to meet your need. The question is, do you really know what to ask for?

Think about that. Pray about it. Let the Lord Jesus open your eyes and show you what you really need. If you do that, your prayers will take on a whole new power. Instead of hitting around at the edges of your problems, they’ll go straight to the heart—and solve them. And you won’t have to waste your life running in circles anymore.

Scripture Reading: Mark 10:46-52

This message was written by Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, the leader of the Kenneth Copeland Ministries (www.KCM.org) that specializes in teaching principles of bible faith – prayer, healing, salvation and other biblical topics.


Our Daily Bread 18 November 2017 Devotional – Hide and Seek

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Topic: Hide and Seek— Saturday November 18, 2017.

Read: Ezekiel 8, Bible in a Year: Ezekiel 8–10; Hebrews 13

In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1:3

“You can’t see me!”

When small children play “hide and seek,” they sometimes believe they’re hiding just by covering their eyes. If they can’t see you, they assume you can’t see them.

Naïve as that may seem to adults, we sometimes do something similar with God. When we find ourselves desiring to do something we know is wrong, our tendency may be to shut God out as we willfully go our own way.

The prophet Ezekiel discovered this truth in the vision God gave him for his people, exiled in Babylon. The Lord told him, “Have you seen what the elders of Israel are doing in the darkness, each at the shrine of his own idol? They say, ‘The Lord does not see us’” (Ezek. 8:12).

But God misses nothing, and Ezekiel’s vision was proof of it. Yet even though they had sinned, God offered His repentant people hope through a new promise: “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you” (36:26).

For us, God met the brokenness and rebellion of sin with His tender mercy at the cross, paying the ultimate penalty for it. Through Jesus Christ, God not only offers us a new beginning, but He also works within us to change our hearts as we follow Him. How good is God! When we were lost and hiding in our sinfulness, God drew near through Jesus, who “came to seek and to save” us (Luke 19:10; Rom. 5:8).

Prayer: Thank You for Your kindness to me, Lord. Help me to seek You and follow You faithfully today.

God knows us completely . . . and loves us just as much.

This message was written By James Banks [Our Daily Bread Ministries.]


Seeds of Destiny 18 November 2017 by Pastor Paul Enenche — Avoiding The Distractions Of Life

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Topic: Avoiding The Distractions Of Life [Saturday November 18, 2017]

Scripture: The vision is yet for an appointed time, make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. Habakkuk 2:2

Thought For The Day: The energy you need to make progress, do not use it to make enemies.

Some time ago, after preaching in one of the sessions of our Ministers’ Conferences, a pastor met me and said ‘Sir, people are so terrible; can you imagine that someone who just sat under your ministration now was talking against you?’

After the pastor finished speaking, I did not utter a word; it was as if he did not say anything. The truth is, I could have asked the pastor to know who the person was and the exact thing he said, but I did not ask any of those questions because they were not necessary.

Now, if I knew who the person was and what he said, how could it have helped me? The only thing it could have done to me was, each time I set my eyes on the person, I would be tempted with needless resentment and distraction. But there was no need for that. The situation was calculated just to distract my dogged and rugged focus in that conference.

Beloved, the energy you need to make progress, do not use it to make enemies. The fact is, in life people are making one thing or the other: while some are making impact and progress, others are making mistakes and enemies. The question is, what are you making in life?

Remember This: The energy you need to make progress, do not use it to make enemies

Assignment(s):

1. Determine that nothing and no one shifts your focus from God, the Word of God and your assignment in life.

2. Avoid distractions and distractors like a plague.

Prayer: Lord, deliver me from the distractions and distractors of life. I receive fresh grace, Lord, not to lose focus on You, Your Word and in life, in Jesus’ Name.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: WISDOM FROM THE LIFE OF JOSEPH- PART 3

Quote: You cannot carry a weight and expect to be able to be caught up by the rapture, when the rapture does take place. Culled from AM I BITTER? by Dr Becky Paul-Enenche

Daily Reading: Ezekiel 37:1 to 38:23, James 1:19 to 2:17 Psalm 117:1 to 2, Proverbs 28:1

Amazing Fact: There is no alternate menu for a bed bug; they ingest blood, and only blood.

Today In History: 18/11/1993, Black & white leaders in South Africa approved a new democratic constitution.

Today’s devotional was written by Pastor Paul Enenche of the Dunamis International Gospel Centre (DIGC), headquartered at Abuja, Nigeria, with Pastor Paul and Becky Enenche, as the Senior Pastors. It is a power-packed arena where God’s Presence, Principles and Power are at work for the salvation, healing and restoration of human destinies and dignities.


DCLM Daily Manna 18 November, 2017 by Pastor Kumuyi – Humility Pays!

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Topic: Humility Pays — Saturday November 18, 2017.

Text: Matthew 18:1-14

Key Verse: “Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:4).

The world would have been a better place today had people imbibed the attribute of being humble. What we see in society is a demand for humility by people who lack the virtue in their lives and day-to-day dealings with other people.

The disciples of Jesus were themselves confused on this subject matter even though they had been with Christ for quite some time. They wanted to be sure where they belonged in the matter of the Kingdom. But Jesus did not say, “you my followers”, but He said “whosoever…” Thus, He disabused their minds that heaven was just for a few of them that were following Him as His disciples. He went a step further “whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (verse 4). Humility therefore, is a serious requirement in our walk with God and man. Jesus also used the occasion to advise them to be vigilant and guard jealously their spiritual life, urging them to do away with whatever might cause them to “offend.” As believers, we must learn from Jesus’ teachings to His disciples in the passage under consideration.

Although they were already in the kingdom, at least their names had been written in the book of life, they needed to secure that ticket, by humbling themselves; ensuring that they were not dragged into sin by any of their body members and to always seek the lost sheep of God. If the disciples who were with Jesus needed tutoring, how much more we who did not see Christ bodily but believed? It is that quality of humility that can carry us through till the end.

Thought for the day: Pride disqualifies!

Bible Reading in one Year: Ezekiel 6-8

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.


RCCG Sunday School Students Manual 19th November 2017 Lesson 12 — The Anointing Of The Holy Spirit

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TOPIC: The Anointing Of The Holy Spirit [Sunday, 19th November 2017]

MEMORY VERSE: “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”Acts 10:38

BIBLE PASSAGE: Acts 4:5-20

INTRODUCTION:

We have studied how to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit and the actual baptism. We also gave considerations to the Baptiser and the evidence of baptism. Today, by the special grace of God, we shall be looking at the Anointing – what it is exactly and the conditions for maintaining the flow.

LESSON OUTLINES:

1. What exactly is anointing?

2. Conditions for maintaining the flow

WHAT EXACTLY IS ANOINTING:

Anointing is the outflow of the Holy Spirit through a sanctified vessel. It is a divine enabling grace (Acts 4:5-20). It is likened unto Rain (Zechariah 10:1; Joel 2:23), but it is neither the “WELL” of water springing up into everlasting life (John 4:14), nor the flowing “RIVERS” of living water (John 7:38) for these are referring to the operations of the Holy Ghost at the new birth and at baptism of believers (not of water) respectively. This is the Rain of the POWER of God from above to increase the water levels of both the “WELL” and the “RIVER” to bring about the overflow (Luke 4:18-19). The anointing determines the volume of water in the rivers, which in turn determines the functions to which they can be put. Similarly, for example, the level of anointing in a man determines the number of people he can carry along or his productivity as a man of God e.g. compare (Acts 2:41) with (Acts 4:8-32) when 3,000 (three thousand) and multitudes of people received Christ respectively after baptism in the Holy Ghost. The Lord Jesus, as a perfect example, came under a strong anointing and His fame went abroad (Acts 10:38). It makes the Christian life active and full of results. As it were, it enthrones the believer (John 14:12, 1Peter 2:9, Revelations 1:6). The anointing breaks every yoke of the devil and demolishes any spiritual mountain (Isaiah 10:27).

CONDITIONS FOR MAINTAINING THE FLOW

1. Love for righteousness, hatred for iniquity. The Lord Jesus never ran out of anointing because He loved righteousness and hated iniquity (Hebrew 1:9, John 14:30). Sin places a limit on anointing. Paul, a successful Apostle, was no exception (1Thessalonians 2:10). God enjoins us to “DO” righteousness also (1John 3:7).

2. Walking in love: If a believer is to constantly flow in anointing, love for God, himself, the ministry, the church and people in general must be paramount. A release of fresh anointing always follows the compassionate feelings of the Lord Jesus (John 11:35, 43-44, Mark 6:34-41).

3. Living a life of praise: A life of praise increases the flow of anointing (Exodus 15:11). Murmuring and complaints keep anointing far away, so do not engage in either.

CONCLUSION:

All true believers that want to succeed in the pilgrims’ way must equally desire ever flowing anointing. The kingdom of God is not in words but in the demonstration of the spirit and power of God.

QUESTIONS:

1. Define anointing

2. What are the conditions for maintaining the flow of anointing?


Open Heavens 18 November 2017: Saturday daily devotional by Pastor Adeboye – Only An Honour

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Topic: Only An Honour — Saturday 18, November 2017.

Memorise: For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it? 1 Corinthians 4:7

Read: Proverbs 3:9-10 (KJV)

9 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:

10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

Bible in One Year: Psalm 9-16, Amos 8, Hymn: Sing Hymn 14 – Take My Life

MESSAGE:

In our Bible reading, we are enjoined to honour the Lord with our first fruits. What does the word ‘honour’ really mean? Honour can be viewed from the perspective of giving a person something he or she doesn’t really need. We see a manifestation of this in the academia. When universities or colleges want to give honorary degrees, they look for people who don’t need money, academic qualifications or any such things, and they honour them with a degree. This is why it is called an honorary degree. They give such degrees to eminent personalities, people of proven abilities and achievers in different fields. This is comparable to the way God operates. What money can you give to the One who created the heavens and the earth? What can you give to the One who owns all silver and gold? He says to us, “If you come to the city where I reside, what is most precious to you on earth is what the streets are made of. So what do you want to give me that I don’t have already?” Therefore, whatever we think we can give to God can only reasonably be given in honour of Him.

“For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?” – 1 Corinthians 4:7

Coming up next: Open Heavens 19 November 2017: Sunday daily devotional by Pastor Adeboye – Listen To Elders

When we speak about giving God something, is it really so? What do we have that we have not received from Him? If we have indeed received all we have from Him, it clearly shows that we are simply giving back to Him out of what He gave us. When we were still living in our first house in the Redemption Camp, my little children held a meeting in the room one Christmas season, and they sent the youngest, who was about four years old then, to ask me what I wanted for Christmas. I said I would like a jet. He said they weren’t proposing that kind of gift, and so I asked for a pen. He ran back to the room to meet the others, and he later came back to me asking me to lend him N10. I gave it to him without asking what he wanted it for because I knew the purpose. So at Charismas time, I got a beautifully wrapped gift. Even though I knew what was inside because it was bought with my money, I still gathered my children round and hug them, just for even thinking of giving me something at that tender age. This mirrors the relationship between God and His children. How often do you honour God?

Prayer Point: Father, grant me the grace to honour You in all I do, all the days of my life.

Hymn 14: Take My Life

1. Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in endless praise.

2. Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.

3. Take my voice and let me sing,
Always, only for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.

4. Take my silver and my gold,
Not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
Every pow’r as Thou shalt choose.

5. Take my will and make it Thine,
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne.

6. Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.

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.

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.


TREM’s Daily 17 November 2017 Devotional by Dr. Mike Okonkwo – The Motivation for Total Commitment

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Topic: The Motivation For Total Commitment — Friday November 17, 2017.

“And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:” (Ruth 1:16 KJV)

When you truly recall the faithfulness and goodness of God in your life, it will motivate you to service and sacrifice. You will go beyond yourself. You will pay the price and people will be wondering. What is special, why is he doing all that he’s doing? It is because you remember where he brought you from. As a matter of fact, you will be the one asking what can I do? What can I do to honour Him? What can I do to exalt Him? You will stretch yourself. You will go beyond yourself. That was the motivating factor behind the life of Ruth.

Ruth was willing to make sacrifices because she remembered where she was coming from. She was serving idols until she was introduced to the true God. She could tell the difference that when she made a choice to follow the God of Naomi, her life was different. It is not about things, it is not about a husband, it is about God. So I will follow Him whether He gives me anything or not – that is true commitment!

Same thing applied to Esther, the queen in the book of Esther. According to the account in Chapter 4, after Haman had perfected the plot to destroy the Jews, Mordecai came to Esther and asked her to go before the king to intercede for her people. Esther wanted to make an excuse but Mordecai reminded her that God might have raised her up for such a time. In other words, remember that you were a nobody, but God, out of all the maidens, picked you from the back and made you a queen because there is an assignment for you. And Esther straightened up and declared if I perish, let me perish (Esther 4:16). She remembered how God lifted her from nothing and crowned her queen of Persia. When you remember how God saved you, you will pay any price to see that the kingdom advances.

Further reading: Ruth 1:11-18 Esther 4:8-16

Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Ezekiel 5-7; Evening- Hebrews 12

Written by Dr. Mike Okonkwo; Is the Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM); a versatile man of God with over 30 years of dedicated service unto the Lord.


Seeds of Destiny 17 November 2017 by Pastor Paul Enenche: Focus On The Past – The Bane Of Destiny

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Topic: Focus On The Past – The Bane Of Destiny [Friday November 17, 2017]

Scripture: Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before. Philippians 3:13

Thought For The Day: There is no future in the past and there can be no destiny in history.

The word past connotes the lapse of time. It also refers to the moment or period of time that no longer exists. It is the period of time that has already happened or passed.

There is a perpetual and perennial conflict between the past and the future on the journey of destiny fulfillment

The truth is, there is no future in the past and there can be no destiny in history. The major thing history leaves you with is story. So, refuse every form of conformity with the past. Until you forget the past, (especially bitter or negative past) you cannot lay hold on the future.

Never allow where you are coming from to arrest where you are going. Where you are going is more important than where you are coming from. The reason the eyes are in front is so you can face forward and move ahead. That would be disaster in motion.

You cannot walk backwards into the future. So, never allow your past to bury your future. You must let the past pass.

I prophesy to you the grace to let go of past hurts and mistakes. I take authority over every spirit of the past tormenting your life and resisting your progress in life, in Jesus’ Name.

Remember This: There is no future in the past and there can be no destiny in history.

Assignment(s):

1. Daily ask God for the grace to forgive offences and offenders.

2. Let go of every past hurts, mistakes and errors

Prayer: O Lord, I ask for the grace to forgive offences and offenders. Deliver me from the torments of past hurts, errors and mistakes in Jesus’ Name.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: WISDOM FROM THE LIFE OF JOSEPH- PART 3

Quote: Don’t lament what you cannot amend; if it is not amendable, it is not lamentable. Culled from 365 WISDOM CAPSULES by Dr Paul Enenche

Daily Reading: Ezekiel 35:1 to 36:38, James 1:1 to 18, Psalm 116:1 to 19, Proverbs 27:23 to 27

Amazing Fact: A day-old baby cockroach, which is about the size of a speck of dust, can run almost as fast as its parents.

Today In History: 17/11/1831, Ecuador and Venezuela separated from Greater Colombia

Today’s devotional was written by Pastor Paul Enenche of the Dunamis International Gospel Centre (DIGC), headquartered at Abuja, Nigeria, with Pastor Paul and Becky Enenche, as the Senior Pastors. It is a power-packed arena where God’s Presence, Principles and Power are at work for the salvation, healing and restoration of human destinies and dignities.


Our Daily Manna November 17, 2017: ODM devotional – Take Back The Fire Of Old

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Topic: Take Back The Fire Of Old [Friday, November 17, 2017]

Basic Scriptures: Scripture Isaiah 52: 1-8

Wake, Awake, put on strength! The battle is hotter and the summer is nearly ended; yet the harvest is not accomplished.

And the Lord said, “Who will go for us?” The labourers are busy after temporary pursuits of vanity. Awake oh Zion! Take back the fire of old; the hot zeal and passion for the lost. Did you remember how years ago, you cried and prayed for souls in the night? Yea! The Lord shall heal you again!

An atheist once thought aloud:

“If truly, firmly, and consistently believe as millions say they do, that there is heaven and hell, Christianity should be to everything. I would cast earthly enjoyment as dross (rubbish), earthly cares as follies and earthly thoughts and feelings as vanities. Soul winning would be my first waking thought and my last image when sleep sinks me into unconsciousness.

Oh Lord! Set us on fire again! Jude 3 says, “contend earnestly for the faith that was once delivered to the saints. “I was a faith of fire and blood. FIRE and BLOOD is what I call “F and B.” Yes, it was a faith of F and B, but not the F and B of today! Today’s F and B is what I call ‘FOOD and BEVERAGE Christianity,’! It is also called, ‘Bread and Butter Christianity.’ Vs. 7 of today’s scripture is a good , concluding appeal: How beautiful upon the mountains (problems) are the feet of him that brings good news; that published peace …that published salvation.”

Do all you can in all the ways you can, in all the places you can at all times, to all the people you can, as you can. Join the minority! Move along the narrow road! Take back the faith of old.

MY SPECIAL BIRTHDAY THANKSGIVING SERVICE IS ON SUNDAY NOVEMBER 26TH. TIME: 12PM. COME AND CELEBRATE WITH ME HIS AMAZING GRACE AT OGUDU!

Prayer Points: Take song of worship as led.

1.  In your own words, pray about the word as led now.

2.  Ask for hot and fire for souls again (Pray it until something happen in your soul).

3.  Lord, use my life to make a name for Yourself.

4.  Pray for those in different levels of government today. Loose peace concerning your nation!

5.  Lord, let my life announce Your glory and Your kingdom. Action point: Talk to someone about Christ today, tomorrow and every day you live.

By Bishop (Dr) Chris E. Kwakpovwe (Cek)
Publisher/Writer Of ODM And

Rev (Mrs) Flora E. Kwakpovwe (Fek)
Co-Publisher/Writer Of ODM.


Our Daily Bread 17 November 2017 Devotional – Serve and Be Served

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Topic: Serve and Be Served — Friday November 17, 2017.

Read: Philippians 4:10–19, Bible in a Year: Ezekiel 5–7; Hebrews 12

You were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. – Philippians 4:10

Marilyn had been ill for many weeks, and many people had encouraged her through this difficult time. How will I ever repay all their kindnesses? she worried. Then one day she read the words of a written prayer: “Pray that [others] will develop humility, allowing them not only to serve, but also to be served.” Marilyn suddenly realized there was no need to balance any scale, but just to be thankful and allow others to experience the joy of serving.

In Philippians 4, the apostle Paul expressed his gratitude for all those who shared “in [his] troubles” (v. 14). He depended on people to support him as he preached and taught the gospel. He understood that the gifts provided for him when he was in need were simply an extension of people’s love for God: “[Your gifts] are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God” (v. 18).

It may not be easy to be the one on the receiving end—especially if you’ve usually been the first one to help other people. But with humility, we can allow God to gently care for us by a variety of means when we need help.

Paul wrote, “My God will meet all your needs” (v. 19). It was something he had learned during a life of trials. God is faithful and His provision for us has no limits.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for caring for us through Your people. May we graciously give and receive help.

Receive love. Give love. Repeat.

Insight:

Paul was a tentmaker by trade and often worked to support himself while he ministered to people in various cities (see Acts 18:3). However, at times Paul relied on the giving and generosity of others (see Phil 4:14–16). He also encouraged generosity among the churches, calling on members of the global body of Christ to meet each other’s needs (see 1 Cor. 16:1–4).

Many times God provides for us through the giving of others. Reflect on how God has provided for you or used you to meet the needs of others. J.R. Hudberg

This message was written By Cindy Hess Kasper [Our Daily Bread Ministries.]


Kenneth and Gloria Copeland’s Daily November 17, 2017 Devotional: The Power to Create

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Topic: The Power to Create [Friday November 17, 2017]

Therefore be imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example] as well-beloved children [imitate their father]. – Ephesians 5:1, The Amplified Bible

Creating new things, changing old things. Because you and I are made in the image of God that’s something we’re always trying to do. But if we’re to be successful at it, we need to learn a lesson about it from the Creator Himself, our very own heavenly Father.

You know, He didn’t just come upon creation by accident and say, “Well, what do you know! There’s light!” No, before He began to make His universe, He first had a desired result (an inner idea, or image, of what He wanted to create) and then said, “Light be!” and light was.

If we’re going to imitate Him, we’re going to have to put the principle of the inner image to work too.

“But, Brother Copeland,” you say, “that was God. Surely you don’t expect me to try to act like God.” I most certainly do. Ephesians 5:1 says to!

Let me warn you about something though. Don’t waste your time sitting around trying to dream up a positive inner image all on your own. That’s nothing more than positive thinking, and while it’s better than negative thinking (or not thinking at all), it will eventually fall flat.

If you’re a born-again child of Almighty God, God has given you the principle and the power to make permanent changes in your life and in your circumstances.

Think again about creation. God wanted light. So He said, “Let there be light.” The words He spoke were directly related to His inner image. He used His Words to get that image from the inside to the outside.

What you need to use as the basis for your inner image and for the words you speak is the Word of God. The Word has supernatural power. And if you fill that Word with faith and speak it out, it will work for you to change your life and circumstances as surely as it did for your Father.

Find out what real creativity is all about. Dig into the Word of God and start rebuilding your world today.

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:6-13

This message was written by Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, the leader of the Kenneth Copeland Ministries (www.KCM.org) that specializes in teaching principles of bible faith – prayer, healing, salvation and other biblical topics.


Andrew Wommack’s Daily 17 November 2017 Devotional: Our Life Is Not Our Own

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Topic: Our Life Is Not Our Own [Friday November 17, 2017]

Luke 22:49 “When they which were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword?”

The Lordship of Jesus is one of the central themes of scripture. It is clear that many times the word “Lord,” when referring to Jesus, is equivalent to the divine name “Yahweh” or “Jehovah.” To acknowledge Jesus as Lord is to acknowledge His deity (Jn. 20:28).

What it means to give Jesus Lordship in our lives, is to recognize His right to rule in our lives, by right of creation (Jn. 1:3) and right of redemption.

“For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Cor. 6:20).

One of the most damaging attitudes of our time is the exaltation of self over others. Personal rights have been promoted at the expense of others. This is not good for society and it is certainly not the way God expects His body to operate.

As Christians, we need to develop a continual awareness that our lives are not our own. We do not have the liberty to do as we please. We should present our body as a living sacrifice unto God, recognizing that this is just our reasonable duty to the one who gave His life for us (Rom. 12:1).

The Lordship of Jesus should be the determining factor in every action of a Christian (Rom. 14:7-10). Every thought and action should pass the test, “Is this what my Lord Jesus wants me to do or think?” If the answer is not a definite “yes,” then it shouldn’t be done. “Whatsoever is not of faith is sin” (Rom. 14:23).

This message was written by The Association of Related Ministries International (ARMI) is an extension of Andrew Wommack Ministries (AWM). ARMI is a unique partnership committed to providing resources to help like-minded ministers succeed in a spirit of excellence and to draw from the experience and expertise of both the AWM and Charis Bible College staff. (www.awmi.net).


Billy Graham’s Daily 17 November 2017 Devotional: Integrity

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Topic: Integrity [Friday November 17, 2017]

Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do . . . — Philippians 4:9

Integrity is the glue that holds our way of life together. What our young people want to see in their elders is integrity, honesty, truthfulness, and faith. What they hate most of all is hypocrisy and phoniness. That is why it is important for us to go to church, to read the Bible, and to say grace at the table. Let them see us doing what we would like them to do.

Prayer for the day: Take away the “front,” Father, that so often creeps into my life. I would live in such a way that young people will be drawn to You, too.

Written by Billy Graham, Founder of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association(BGEA). BGEA exists to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ by every effective means and to equip the church and others to do the same.


Open Heavens 17 November 2017: Friday daily devotional by Pastor Adeboye – Service and Friendship

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Topic: Service and Friendship — Friday 17, November 2017.

Memorise: Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever? – 2 Chronicles 20:7

Read: Genesis 18:17-22 (KJV)

17 And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do;

18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?

19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.

20 And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;

21 I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.

22 And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.

Bible in One Year: Psalm 1-8, Amos 7, Hymn: Sing Hymn 14 – Take My Life

MESSAGE:

When you read through 2 Kings 2:1-7, you will notice that Elijah, Elisha and the sons of the prophets in Bethel, Jericho and Jordan were all very much aware of Elijah’s transition to glory and the day it was scheduled to take place. In fact, they even treated the knowledge of this event like an open secret. One lesson from this is that if you walk in the Spirit, significant events will be common knowledge to you. God has secrets (Proverb 25:2). There are certain things known only to Him, which He may want to share with men once in a while. Daniel 2:22 says,

“He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.”

Coming up next: Open Heavens 18 November 2017: Saturday daily devotional by Pastor Adeboye – Only An Honour

In as much as God wants to share His secrets with men, if He looks around and finds no one qualified by His grace for such secrets, He will simply keep it to Himself.

“Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.”Amos 3:7

When you have a closely guarded secret, do you tell everyone on the street about it? I very much doubt you would do that. Rather, you will want to keep it to yourself, and even if you would tell anyone at all, it will be someone who is not only close to you but who is also trustworthy enough in keeping secrets. Who are those God will share His secrets with? It is His servants! If you are not getting divine information regarding crucial future events, it is most likely that you need to correct certain aspects of your service. When you serve the Lord, He will share some of His secrets with you. The more you serve Him, the more you have future information ahead of time. Also, you must be his friend. Abraham was God’s friend, and so, when God was about to destroy Sodom and He realised that Abraham’s nephew, Lot, and his family were there, the Lord told Abraham about it. This gave Abraham the privilege and opportunity to intercede for them. Are you a friend of Jesus Christ? What is the level of closeness you share with Him? Friends communicate a lot. Do you often hear God’s voice? How often does He speak to you using various means of communication? You become His closest friend by serving Him like never before, and He will not leave you in the dark concerning your tomorrow and that of your family.

Key Point: When your relationship with God moves up to the friendship level, access to divine secrets will become a regular benefit to you.

Hymn 14: Take My Life

1. Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in endless praise.

2. Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.

3. Take my voice and let me sing,
Always, only for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.

4. Take my silver and my gold,
Not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
Every pow’r as Thou shalt choose.

5. Take my will and make it Thine,
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne.

6. Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.

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.

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.


Joyce Meyer's Daily 16 November 2017 Devotional: Living Free from Debt

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Topic: Living Free from Debt [Thursday November 16, 2017]

Keep out of debt and owe no man anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor [who practices loving others] has fulfilled the Law [relating to one’s fellowmen, meeting all its requirements]. — Romans 13:8

It’s important for us to understand that the battle for our finances is really a spiritual battle. The enemy tempts us to spend more than we are able to pay off so he can keep us under pressure and distracted from our walk with God.

But we need to have a goal to enjoy the life that Jesus died to give us—a life of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. We can’t do that if we are under pressure and frustrated by financial debt.

It’s possible to live debt free by using biblical principles for managing money. My husband, Dave, says that if we learn to live within our borders, or our income, then God will bless us, our borders will be stretched, and we’ll have more. Luke 19:17 tells us that God is pleased when we are faithful and trustworthy in little things. When we are, it says He will give us authority over bigger things.

So don’t fall into the trap of trying to live “bigger” than what God’s entrusted you with. Stay out of debt by living within your boundaries…then watch God expand them.

Prayer Starter: God, I want to win the spiritual battle over my finances, so I refuse to live in debt. I will not give in to temptation to spend what I don’t have. Instead, I will be faithful with the boundaries that You have given me.

From Joyce Meyer’s Ministries


Our Daily Manna November 16, 2017: ODM devotional – World Vigil Day: War Against The Evil Horse And Its Rider!

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Topic — World Vigil Day: War Against The Evil Horse And Its Rider! [Thursday, November 16, 2017]

Basic Scriptures: Exodus 15:1-21

Vs. 19 of today’s scripture says: “For the horse of Pharaoh went in with his chariots and with his horsemen into the sea.” Thus, the horse of Pharaoh was his source of power and confidence! When God wanted to paralyze Pharaoh, He “took off their chariot wheels……..(Ex 14:25). In fact, Exodus 14:24 says that God “troubled the host of the Egyptians…….” He removed their CHARIOT WHEELS! That means when God wants to deal with your full time enemies, He will give them full time troubles!

Pharaoh’s chariot were the best in the world then! There were his confidence and Jehovah attacked them! Yes, He will look at whatever is giving your enemies the confidence to trouble you and He will deal with that thing today and tonight. Hear the audacious Apostle Paul: “I would they were even cut off which trouble you (Gal 5:12). “Cut off” means to die! God is ready to cut off any evil horse and its rider tonight!

Join all ODM users worldwide 12 midnight -1am, tonight as we provoke the heavens against any/every Pharaoh and their evil horses!

Prayer Points: Take Song 1: The old rugged cross……..

1. Thank God for today’s Word and pray on it again as led now.

2. Read Ex. 15:21 and pray: Every evil horse and its rider working against my evidence and destiny, be thrown into the sea of everlasting confusion today/tonight in Jesus Christ name.

3. I command by a decree: Every evil horse and its rider working against my evidence and joy, be thrown into the sea of shame today/tonight. You Satanic label, burn by fire in Jesus Christ name!

4. I command by a decree: Every evil horse and its rider working against my evidence and throne, be thrown into the sea of death and destruction today/tonight in Jesus Christ name.
5. I command by a divine decree: Every evil horse and its rider working against my decoration hour, be thrown into the sea of permanent blindness in Jesus Christ name. You shall not see my glory again!

6. I command by a divine decree: Every evil horse and its rider working against my promotion, be thrown into the sea of death and destruction today/tonight. I reject every evil label in Jesus Christ name.

7. I command by a divine decree: Every evil horse and its rider working against my marital joy/settlement, be thrown into the sea of divine disappointment today/tonight in Jesus Christ name.

8. I command by a divine decree: Every evil horse and its rider working against my financial upliftment, be thrown into the sea of regrets today/tonight! You Satanic label, burn by fire in Jesus Christ name.

9. I command by a divine decree: you headquarters of evil labels concerning my life, family and ministry; burn by fire in Jesus Christ name.

10. My God, My God, triumph gloriously over my enemies today!

11. My head, my head, you shall not drown in the sea of life! You shall be celebrated and decorated in Jesus Christ name.

12. Pray the prayers on page 105 of “WAR AGAINST HAMAN -12” tonight.

By Bishop (Dr) Chris E. Kwakpovwe (Cek)
Publisher/Writer Of ODM And

Rev (Mrs) Flora E. Kwakpovwe (Fek)
Co-Publisher/Writer Of ODM.


Teens’ Open Heavens 16 November 2017 by Pastor Adeboye – Children of Perdition?

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Topic: Children of Perdition? [Thursday 16, November 2017]

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

9 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: Acts 10-11. Hymn: Sing Hymn 4: Take My Life And Let It Be

MESSAGE:

When you follow Jesus through and through, He will keep 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 very important to be a partner with Jesus. Once you leave your life in His care, you can be sure that your blessing is guaranteed in Him.

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. You will not miss it in Jesus’ Name.

Prayer Point: Father, let nothing take me away from You in Jesus’ Name.

Sing Hymn 4: Take My Life And Let It Be

1. Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

2. Take my hands, and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love;
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee,
Swift and beautiful for Thee.

3. Take my voice, and let me sing
Always, only, for my King;
Take my lips, and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee,
Filled with messages from Thee.

4. Take my silver and my gold;
Not a mite would I withhold;
Take my intellect, and use
Every power as Thou shalt choose,
Every power as Thou shalt choose.

5. Take my will, and make it Thine;
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart; it is Thine own;
It shall be Thy royal throne,
It shall be Thy royal throne.

6. Take my love; my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure-store.
Take myself, and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee,
Ever, only, all for Thee.

Open Heavens Daily Devotional for Teen’s 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.


Seeds of Destiny 16 November 2017 by Pastor Paul Enenche — Deployment of Potentials: Key to Possibilities

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Topic — Deployment of Potentials: Key to Possibilities [Thursday November 16, 2017]

Scripture: A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men. Proverbs 18:16

Thought For The Day: You cannot hide your gift and gain a lift in life.

Potentials are latent abilities that when developed can lead to future usefulness and success. Simply put, potentials are unrealized abilities. They are the unique abilities a person is decked with by God to impact his/her generation.

It has been established that everyone on the face of the earth has been wired with one potential or the other. However, the possession of a potential or gift does not guarantee its impact; it is the conscious determination to both activate and deploy it that guarantees its manifestation and impact in time and eternity.

The truth is, there is an unbroken connection between potentials and possibilities. The deployment of potentials is the attainment of possibilities. To do what you know how to do is to reach where you are meant to reach in life.

You cannot hoard your potential and reach your destiny; you cannot hide your gift and gain a lift in life. The wisdom to deploy your potentials is the wisdom for stardom.

Beloved, determine never to shy away from responsibilities because those who dodge responsibilities die as liabilities. Inside the solution you proffer is your own solution too. Inside the answer you give is the answer to your own question too.

Beloved, your gift is a door opener to your destiny.

Remember This: You cannot hide your gift and gain a lift in life.

Assignment(s):

1. Prayerfully identify what your gifts are if you are yet to discover them.

2. Study or research more around your potentials or gifts to be able to master and fully deploy them.

Prayer: LORD, I receive the grace to identify and deploy my potentials to benefit both humanity and Divinity, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: WISDOM FROM THE LIFE OF JOSEPH – PART 5B

Quote: You cannot hoard potentials and reach destiny. Culled from 365 WISDOM CAPSULES by Dr Paul Enenche

Daily Reading: Ezekiel 33:1 to 34:31, Hebrews 13:1 to 25, Psalm 115:1 to 18, Proverbs 27:21 to 22

Amazing Fact: A cockroach can live for a week without its head

Today In History: 16/11/1945, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) was founded

Today’s devotional was written by Pastor Paul Enenche, of the Dunamis International Gospel Centre (DIGC), headquartered at Abuja, Nigeria, with Pastor Paul and Becky Enenche, as the Senior Pastors. It is a power-packed arena where God’s Presence, Principles and Power are at work for the salvation, healing and restoration of human destinies and dignities.


TREM’s Daily 16 November 2017 Devotional by Dr. Mike Okonkwo – Take A Stand For God

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Topic: Take A Stand For God — Thursday November 16, 2017.

“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” (Daniel 1:8 KJV)

Daniel said I won’t do it. Others may do it but I won’t do it. I know I am in a strange land and no one knows me here, but I won’t do it. I will not defile myself. He took a stand for God. And God honoured his faith. When you take a stand for God, He will never abandon you. He will never allow the enemies to have you in derision. He will make you have the last laugh.

In Daniel chapter 6, the king decreed that no one should pray to any God. The king had planned to promote Daniel because he was excellent in his assignment. He could be depended upon. He was a good steward, and the king purposed to promote him. And while he was planning, the devil and his agents were also planning to eliminate him. Those who wish you dead will only end up in the arena of their wish. Whatever they wish will never come to pass.

A spiritual conspiracy took place. The scripture was careful to state that they tried to get Daniel in the area of his job. They checked him out to find out whether he changed figures, but they couldn’t find anything. They checked him out to see whether he was unfaithful to his wife, they checked if he worshipped an idol in any way but they had nothing on him. The devil will check you out! That is why some of us are passing through some experiences. Jesus said, the prince of this world cometh but has found nothing in Me. In other words, the devil checked Jesus out. How dare you think that he will not check you out? The devil will check you out because he is looking for the material with which he can attack your life. But in the end, Daniel triumphed over every conspiracy because he took a stand for God. You also will triumph. No matter the gang-up of the wicked, you will come out strong. You will not see shame. The Hand of God upon your life will keep you above in Jesus’ name.

Further reading: Daniel 6:1-24, Lamentations 3:37

Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Ezekiel 3-4; Evening- Hebrews 11:20-40

Written by Dr. Mike Okonkwo; Is the Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM); a versatile man of God with over 30 years of dedicated service unto the Lord.


Our Daily Bread 16 November 2017 Devotional – In His Presence

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Topic: In His Presence — Thursday November 16, 2017.

Read: Psalm 89:1–17, Bible in a Year: Ezekiel 3–4; Hebrews 11:20–40

Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord. Psalm 89:15

The seventeenth-century monk Brother Lawrence, before a day’s work as cook in his community, would pray, “O my God . . . grant me your grace to stay in your presence. Help me in my labors. Possess all my affections.” As he worked, he kept talking to God, listening for His leading and dedicating his work to Him. Even when he was busiest, he would use intervals of relative calm to ask for His grace. No matter what was happening, he sought for and found a sense of his Maker’s love.

As Psalm 89 confesses, the fitting response to the Creator of all who rules the oceans and is worshiped by hosts of angels is to lift up our lives—our whole lives to Him. When we understand the beauty of who God is we “hear the joyful call to worship”—whenever and wherever we are, “all day long” (vv. 15–16 nlt).

Whether it’s standing in store or airport lines, or waiting on hold minute after minute, our lives are full of moments like these, times when we could get annoyed. Or these can be times when we catch our breath and see each of these pauses as an opportunity to learn to “walk in the light of [God’s] presence” (v. 15).

The “wasted” moments of our lives, when we wait or lay ill or wonder what to do next, are all possible pauses to consider our lives in the light of His presence.  guest writer

Adapted from a book of Brother Lawrence’s work by Harold Myra. See dhp.org/practice.

Every moment can be lived in God’s presence.

Insight:

This Messianic psalm reflects on the eternal covenant that will ultimately be realized through King David’s descendant, the Lord Jesus Christ. It develops themes of God’s love and protection for His covenant people, laying the foundation for worshiping God wherever we are.

What opportunities can you take today to praise God? Dennis Fisher

This message was written By Harold Myra [Our Daily Bread Ministries.]


Kenneth and Gloria Copeland’s Daily November 16, 2017 Devotional: Pick Up Your Sword

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Topic: Pick Up Your Sword [Thursday November 16, 2017]

But thou, O man of God….fight the good fight of faith. – 1 Timothy 6:11-12

When you’re up against the wall, don’t start begging God to break through it for you. That’s not the way He works. He’ll give you the plan. He’ll give you the power. And He’ll guarantee the victory. But your hand, not His own, is the instrument He’s going to use to get the job done. You’re going to have to stretch forth your hand by speaking and acting on the Word, even when circumstances are against you.

God gave me a striking revelation of that over 20 years ago through a vision He gave me in Beaumont, Texas. I was preparing to minister in a service there, spending some time in prayer, when suddenly I saw myself standing in the pulpit of the church. Looking up, I saw a dragon—a horrible, ugly thing—poke his head through the front door of the church.

As he came into the church, his body expanded like a balloon, filling the whole room. He was snorting fire and smoke. When, in the vision, he turned it on me, he almost burned my clothes!

As I fell back onto the floor, I saw Jesus standing nearby with a sword in His hand. Why doesn’t He do something about this? I thought. Can’t He see I’m hurting?

But He didn’t move. He just stood by with a frown on His face. I could tell He was really put out with me. The Bible says God was not pleased with those who were overthrown in the wilderness (1 Corinthians 10:5). And He wasn’t pleased with me either as I lay there on my back in defeat.

Then Jesus held out the sword to me and pointed at the dragon. The look on His face said, Get up!

I reached up to catch hold of the sword, and an instant before I touched it, Jesus turned it loose.

The sword stayed in midair of its own accord. I grabbed it and began to pull myself up. Not only did it hold firm, but it began to lift me!

I stood and touched the dragon’s chin with my sword and it split him from one end to the other. It laid him open right before my eyes. In amazement, I looked down at the sword. Why haven’t I used this before? I thought.

Don’t wait for God to slay the dragon in your life. You have the sword of the Spirit, the all-powerful Word of the living God, at your fingertips. Pick it up and use it today!

Scripture Reading: Joshua 11:5-23

This message was written by Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, the leader of the Kenneth Copeland Ministries (www.KCM.org) that specializes in teaching principles of bible faith – prayer, healing, salvation and other biblical topics.


Andrew Wommack’s Daily 16 November 2017 Devotional: Learn The Word By Doing It

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Topic: Learn The Word By Doing It [Thursday November 16, 2017]

Matthew 26:55 “In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me.”

The four gospels refer to Jesus teaching 43 times, preaching 19 times, and preaching and teaching in the same verse, six times. This indicates that Jesus spent twice as much time teaching as He did preaching. Teaching is the basic building block for making disciples. Jesus was making disciples, not just converts.

The Greek word for “disciple” literally means “a learner,” and indicates “learning by endeavor” or what we would call “on-the-job training.” Jesus said in John 8:31, “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed.” Anyone who meets this criterion is Jesus’ disciple.

“Jailhouse religion,” where a person is only sorry he got caught and is trying to get out of a bad situation, will not produce true discipleship. It takes a forsaking of all to be Jesus’ disciple. Jesus wants us to “count the cost.” It is definitely a commitment.

What the Lord has started in you, He will also continue and complete. That is not to say that your success will be automatic; we have to cooperate with what God is wanting to do in our lives. Our faithfulness may always be suspect, but God’s faithfulness is never in question. It is always God’s will to continue and complete the good work He began in us.

This message was written by The Association of Related Ministries International (ARMI) is an extension of Andrew Wommack Ministries (AWM). ARMI is a unique partnership committed to providing resources to help like-minded ministers succeed in a spirit of excellence and to draw from the experience and expertise of both the AWM and Charis Bible College staff. (www.awmi.net).


Billy Graham’s Daily 16 November 2017 Devotional: Real Security

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Topic: Real Security [Thursday November 16, 2017]

The foundation of God standeth sure . . . — 2 Timothy 2:19

On campus the quickest way to security is through the crowd. Precisely where students talk about being independent and on their own, you will find them practicing the most rigid conformity in dress, in speech, in moral attitudes, and in thinking. Sometimes they follow fashion at the expense of integrity. They dread to be alone. They do not want to stand out or be different. They want to conform.

After they graduate from college, many of these young people want nothing more than a good job with a big firm, and a home somewhere in suburbia. But they don’t find security then either. Only Jesus Christ can give you the security that you are looking for.

Prayer for the day: Long-sought-after security I found only in Your abiding love, my Savior, Jesus Christ.

Written by Billy Graham, Founder of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association(BGEA). BGEA exists to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ by every effective means and to equip the church and others to do the same.


Open Heavens 16 November 2017: Thursday daily devotional by Pastor Adeboye – Fulfilling Destiny

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Topic: Fulfilling Destiny — Thursday 16, November 2017.

Memorise: The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened. – Proverbs 10:27

Read: Ephesians 1:3-6 (KJV)

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

Bible in One Year: Job 39-42, Amos 5:18-6:14, Hymn: Sing Hymn 7 – O Jesus, I Have Promised

MESSAGE:

If you are born again, you can connect with God’s destiny for your life. God has a plan for every human being He has made, but those who refuse to receive His Lordship will be unable to connect to His plan and purpose for their lives. In other words, sin is a separator that can disconnect the sinner from his or her God-given destiny. One truth you must recognize however is that the fulfillment of your destiny is in God’s hands and also in your hands. To this end, Proverbs 10:27 says,
“The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.”
Coming up next: Open Heavens 17 November 2017: Friday daily devotional by Pastor Adeboye – Service and Friendship

Although you have a specific number of years allotted to you on earth, your ability to fear God, obey Him and make Him happy will not only help you to fulfill your years, these can also help you to increase the number of your years, just as it happened to King Hezekiah (2 Kings 20:5-6). In contrast, if you decide to live recklessly, the number of your years can be cut short (Psalm 34:16). The implication of this is that you can shorten or lengthen your years on earth depending on how you live your life.
Long before the foundation of this world was laid, God had chosen us in Christ (Ephesians 1:4). No wonder Jeremiah was told by the Lord that what he would become on earth had already been decided before he was born (Jeremiah 1:4-5). Do not however misconstrue God’s plan for you. According to Jeremiah 29:11, He has beautiful plans for you. These plans include your shinning as light and bringing healing to your world as salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13-16). Believe it or not, part of His plan is for you to continue from where He stopped on earth in relation to his miraculous works (John 14:12). Furthermore, some level of monetary suffering is allowed for you as part of His plans (1 Peter 2:21). In fact, if you will be glorified with Christ, you must be prepared to also suffer with him (2 Timothy 2:12). It is also part of God’s plan for you to be a joint-heir with Jesus Christ (Romans 8:17). This means that you are not as you think you are. Everything God has belongs to Jesus Christ, and you are a co-heir to that inheritance (John 16:15). Apart from these, it is part of our destiny to forever live with Jesus in all eternity (John 14:3). Having known all these truths, it is important for you to daily thank God for His glorious plans for you and live your life in consonance with divine destiny in Christ.

Prayer Point: Father, let every good thing that is part of my destiny begin to manifest in my life from today!

Hymn 7: Oh Jesus I Have Promised
1. O Jesus, I have promised to serve Thee to the end;
Be Thou forever near me, my Master and my Friend;
I shall not fear the battle if Thou art by my side,
Nor wander from the pathway if Thou wilt be my Guide.
2. Oh, let me hear Thee speaking in accents clear and still,
I dare not trust my judgment: Thy way shall be my will;
Oh, speak to reassure me, to hasten or control;
Oh, speak, and help me listen, Thou Guardian of my soul.
3. O Jesus, Thou hast promised to all who follow Thee
That where Thou art in glory there shall Thy servant be;
And Jesus, I have promised to serve Thee to the end—
Oh, give me grace to follow, my Master and my Friend.
4. Oh, let me see Thy footprints, and in them plant mine own;
My hope to follow duly is in Thy strength alone;
Oh, guide me, call me, draw me, uphold me to the end;
And then in Heav’n receive me, my Savior and my Friend.
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. 

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. 

Joyce Meyer's Daily 15 November 2017 Devotional: We Are Called to Enjoy God

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Topic: We Are Called to Enjoy God [Wednesday November 15, 2017]

Yet for us there is [only] one God, the Father, Who is the Source of all things and for Whom we [have life], and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through and by Whom are all things and through and by Whom we [ourselves exist]. — 1 Corinthians 8:6

We need to get comfortable with God. I don’t mean we should be disrespectful, but that we don’t have to be afraid of Him. In fact, I believe that the ultimate call of every believer’s life is to enjoy God. We are called to enjoy the Father because He is life, and we can’t truly enjoy life if we don’t enjoy God.

Sometimes we don’t enjoy God’s presence because we get all wrapped up in serving Him, discovering what gifts we have, and spending all our time working at our ministry. This happened to me. About five years into my ministry, God had to make me hit the brakes because I had become so proud of the work I was doing for Him that I was no longer enjoying Him.

We have to be careful when we start getting proud of ourselves because of all the things we’re doing. That’s not what God’s after. As our Father, He just wants us to know and enjoy Him.

So let me ask you, are you proud of your works today? Or are you truly enjoying God?

Prayer Starter: Father God, I want to enjoy You. Fellowshipping with You and being in Your presence is so wonderful. I lay aside my pride and humble myself before You so I can find my purpose and joy in You alone.

From Joyce Meyer’s Ministries


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