Watch Winners' Chapel LIVE: 2018 One Night with The King January 19th

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It’s happening tonight, the second of the three “One Night with the King” Service, ordained by God for this season of 21 days of prayer and fasting comes up today 19th January 2018.

Again, It’s “One Night With The King”, Time: 11.00pm (Nigeria), 22:00 GMT and LIVE from the Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, Nigeria.

Ministering: Bishop David Oyedepo and other anointed men of God.


Open Heavens 20 January 2018: Saturday daily devotional by Pastor Adeboye – Sacrificial But Profitable Living

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Topic: Sacrificial But Profitable Living [Open Heavens Saturday 20th January 2018]

Memorise: Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.Ephesians 3:13

Read: Luke 5:8-11 (KJV)

8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.

9 For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken:

10 And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.

11 And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.

Bible in One Year: Genesis 42-43, Revelation 18:19-19:10

MESSAGE: Open Heavens 20 January 2018

When Peter left the object of his breakthrough in life – the big catch of fishes – to follow after a nomadic teacher, it was a sacrificial decision. However, that singular decision brought purpose and meaning to his life. I often credit Peter as one of the most popular men who ever lived, because in every continent of the world you will find at least one edifice or another named after him. How did he achieve this? He chose to live a life that was profitable to his Maker, even though it required a lot of sacrifice in the beginning. In like manner, it took a lot of sacrifice for Apostle Paul to abandon his doctorial title in law for the sake of evangelising the Way which he once opposed so vehemently. Open Heavens 20 January 2018

A life that is profitable to God begins with the second birth. A fellow who gives his or her life to Christ is saying, “The marvellous grace of God which Jesus Christ paid such a high price for, will not go to waste over me”. If you haven’t given your life to Christ, you have to start a profitable life today by surrendering your life to Him. Peter did this at the Lake of Gennesaret, in Luke 5:8:

“When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”

Paul also did the same thing on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:3-6). Beloved, God is also calling out to you. These are His words to you today:

“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;” – Acts 3:19

However, if you are born again, you need to know that a life of sacrifice is what is expected of a disciple of Jesus Christ. The Lord expects you to be ready to give your all, and if required, lay down your life for the sake of the gospel. Here is His promise to those who do this:

“…Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.” – Mark 10:29-30

May the Lord help your decision in Jesus’ Name.

Prayer Point: Father, please help me to live a sacrificial and profitable life for You through the help of Your Holy Spirit in Jesus’ Name.

Hymn 12: 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 endless praise,
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,
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 pow’r as Thou shalt choose,
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,
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 20th January 2018, 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 19 January 2018 Devotional: God's Love Isn't Based on Feelings

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Topic: God’s Love Isn’t Based on Feelings [Joyce Meyer’s Daily Friday January 19th, 2018]

Who executes justice for the oppressed, Who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets free the prisoners. The Lord opens the eyes of the blind; The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; The Lord loves the righteous [the upright in heart]. The Lord protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow; But He makes crooked the way of the wicked. — Psalm 146:7-9

It’s impossible for human love to be unconditional like God’s love. But as believers in Jesus Christ, we have the love of God in us. We can let that love flow freely, without conditions. Our love fails, but God’s does not. Our love comes to an end, but God’s does not.

Sometimes I find that although I can’t love a person in my own strength, I am able to with God’s love. The true love of God doesn’t depend on feelings—it’s based on a decision. It’s not based on whether or not that person deserves it. And it is absolutely freeing to be able to love people without stopping to ask if they deserve it.

Human love depends on feelings. It loves people because they have been good to us or they loved us first. That kind of love comes and goes.

God’s love is totally different. It isn’t based on anything except God Himself. When we receive Christ as our Savior, the love of God is poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. Pour out God’s love to others today.

Prayer Starter: God, my love may run out, but Yours never will. I will continue to draw on Your endless love so that I can give it to others, without being concerned about whether they deserve it or not.

From Joyce Meyer’s Ministries.


DCLM Daily Manna 19 January, 2018 by Pastor Kumuyi – Untamed Character Flaws

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Topic: Untamed Character Flaws [DCLM Daily Manna Friday January 19th, 2018]

Text: Genesis 34:13-31

Key Verse: “And it came to pass on the third day, when they were sore, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brethren, took each man his sword, and came upon the city boldly, and slew all the males.” (Genesis 34:25).

Scripture has proved that untamed or unchecked habits turn out to be fatal in the long run. Simeon and Levi were said to be “instruments of cruelty” (Genesis 49:5), who committed genocide in a city where they and the entire family of Jacob were strangers.

The word of God does not condone vices such as anger and vindictiveness. When Simeon and Levi resorted to mass murder and guile to retaliate for the rape of their sister, Dina, by Shechem the Hivite, they relied  on base instincts and ungodly measures to settle scores. Dina was wrong in the first place to have gone out to mingle with the unregenerate people of Shechem where she was desired and defiled. Her implacably angry brothers ought not to have lured Shechem into a false sense of security while planning to attack his people in their vulnerable condition.

The point was thus proved that man cannot have peace and harmonious relationship with fellow man if he is ruled by anger, lust, distrust, rivalry and vengeance. These sins are curable only through salvation and purity of heart and character. Christ shed His blood to cleanse everyone who sincerely prays for it. He rose again to empower every believer to live godly.

Christians who have thus had encounter with Christ abhor anything that elevates self, promotes conflicts or downplays biblical holiness. As believers, we must promote peace and peaceful coexistence among different peoples in the neighbourhood, community and everywhere we find ourselves.

Thought For The Day: Sinful habit is satan’s cord that weaves around the sinner’s soul: only Jesus can break it.

Bible Reading in one Year: Genesis 22-24

Deeper Christians Life Ministry, 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.


Andrew Wommack’s Daily 19 January 2018 Devotional: Herod's Folly

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Topic: Herod’s Folly [Andrew Wommack’s Daily Friday January 19th, 2018]

Matthew 2:13, “…for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.”

Text: Matthew 2:13-15

Herod had ruled over Judaea for nearly forty three years at the time of these events. He had the title of King conferred on him by the Roman senate at the recommendation of Antony and Octavius. His accomplishments included the building of the temple in Jerusalem which was one of the most magnificent structures in the world. Most people would have thought that Herod had it “made”.

However, history reveals that Herod was extremely paranoid. He actually killed his wife and one of his sons because he feared they would take the kingdom from him. All his power and fame couldn’t buy him the peace that the angels proclaimed (Lk. 2:8-14). His paranoia led him to kill the innocent children in Bethlehem. His insecurity was evident. He had everything and yet he had nothing.

In contrast, the King that Herod was trying to dispose of came humbly, not exalting Himself. He gained the acclaim of others by serving them, not oppressing them. The scepter of Jesus was righteousness; not tyranny. Jesus gave the ultimate sacrifice; Himself, because of His great love for people.

Today, Herod’s only claim to fame is that he was the man who tried in vain to kill the King of Kings. Remember, it is worth nothing if you gain the whole world and lose your own soul (Mt. 16:26). Make today count for God.

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 19 January 2018 Devotional: The Joy of Knowing

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Topic: The Joy of Knowing [Billy Graham’s Daily Friday January 19th, 2018]

Happy is he . . . whose hope is in the Lord his God. — Psalm 146:5

Happy is the man who has learned the secret of coming to God in daily prayer. Fifteen minutes alone with God every morning before you start the day can change circumstances and remove mountains! But all of this happiness and all of these unlimited benefits which flow from the storehouse of heaven are contingent upon our relationship to God.

Absolute dependency and absolute yieldedness are the conditions of being His child. Only His children are entitled to receive those things that lend themselves to happiness; and in order to be His child, there must be the surrender of the will to Him. Man does not come to know God through works—he comes to know God by faith, through grace. You cannot work your way toward happiness and heaven, you cannot moralize your way, you cannot reform your way, you cannot buy your way. It comes as a gift of God through Christ.

Prayer for the day: Thank You, heavenly Father, for the gift of joy which comes from knowing Your Son, 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.


Kenneth and Gloria Copeland’s Daily January 19, 2018 Devotional: From Messes to Miracles

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Topic: From Messes to Miracles [Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, Friday January 19th, 2018]

A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul. – Proverbs 18:7

We have what we say. As believers, we know that’s a vital biblical truth. We can see it in Mark 11:23, Matthew 21:21, James 3:2 and many other verses. Yet we often let it slip.

We allow ourselves to begin talking like the world instead of talking the Word. And eventually we get what we’ve been asking for—a big mess.

If that’s happened to you, remember, whatever you have in your life is a product of what you’ve been saying. In order to change what you have, you must change what’s coming out of your mouth. To head your life in a different direction—from death to life, sickness to health, failure to success—you must take charge of your words.

That’s a lot easier said than done. But that’s the key: It must be said in order to be done!

How do you start?

First, realize that it can’t be done just in the natural. This is a spiritual law, so it must be handled with spiritual power.

James 3:7-8 says the tongue can’t be tamed with the same power with which man tames animals. It takes God’s wisdom from above. God’s Word is His wisdom (Proverbs 2:6). He also said His words are spirit and life. That means it takes God’s words to tame our tongues.

Second, repent before God for ever allowing your tongue to be used by anyone except the Holy Spirit. Then give Jesus your tongue. Be determined to speak His words of love, faith, joy, peace and grace. Words of faith stop the fiery darts of hell.

The third thing to do is what Jesus said in Mark 4:24: Take heed, or listen, to what you hear. Listen to yourself! Think, Do I want what I just said to come to pass? If the answer is no, then stop and correct yourself right then. Replace those negative words with praise (Ephesians 5:4).

If you’ve gotten sloppy about what you say, change your course today by changing your words. Ask God to help you set a watch over your mouth (Psalms 141:3). Put the power that’s in your tongue to work for you instead of against you. Stop using it to make messes, and start using it to make miracles. There is a miracle in your mouth!

Scripture Reading: James 3:1-13

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.


Our Daily Manna January 19, 2018: ODM devotional: Singled Out For Multiple Blessings!

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Topic: Singled Out For Multiple Blessings! [Our Daily Manna ODM Friday, January 19th, 2018]

Basic Scriptures: Genesis 49:15-24

Share with me the flood of rain/blessings as sent below:

“Good day bishop (Dr) Chris, I want to praise the lord for his many blessings in my family. I have been an ODM user since 2007. I participate in the daily worship, prayers and send seed sowing, fasting and prayer programmers (21 and 14 days). It has been a marvelous experience as seen below:

  • In January 2015, I prayed, believed God and went for a spinal surgery in Abuja, Nigeria and it was successful.
  • Again in July 2015 I had a successful knee replacement surgery in Abuja, Nigeria. For the bills God provided helpers.
  • In 2017 my daughter who has been seeking for the fruit of the womb for eight years has been blessed with triplets.
  • One of the people petitioning God for in respect of the fruit of the womb is currently pregnant.
  • My son who had a serious road accident some years ago has been healed.

All these and many more has been my prayer points. I sowed the 2017 EVIDENCE POSSESSION SEED (EPS) and received my prophetic prayer psalm (PPP) which I prayed for seven weeks. God is faithful and to him be the glory for the results – (Mrs. G.U.I ogeyiedu@gmail.com) I bless God that he is no respecter of persons. What he has done for one, he can do for another! Whatever are your prayer points in this fasting program, they shall come to pass because I agree with you and command a blessing upon your prayers today.

Helpers shall locate you! When you call one person, hundreds and thousands shall answer you! You will meet people that have answers to your questions this year! HARVEST EATERS will run mad! Bad news and misfortune shall pass over your address! The wrong doctor, nurse, pharmacist will not meet you! There shall be no medical mistakes around your life this year! Like Joseph you shall be called a fruitful vine (today’s scripture VS 22)! Your testimonies (YOUR HARVEST) shall run over and CANNOT BE WASTED!

Always follow prophetic instructions in this commission! Sow your CHANGE OF GARMENT seed, pray your DECORATION PSALM seriously and come with a dress you can afford to tear after prayers to the Tafawa balewa square, Lagos for the world anointing night of January 26th! It is your night! It is your year! Amen!

TODAY IS DAY 14 of this 21 day fasting programme. Turn to page 64 of the “WAR AGAINST HAMAN-13 booklet for today’s special prayers and be at the TBS Lagos on January 26th 7pm till dawn. Bring a dress you can afford to tear during prayers!

Prayer Points: Take song 3: Because he lives….

  • Thank God for today’s word and pray as you are led
  • OH lord single me out for a special testimony this year
  • Every HARVEST EATER or conspiracy against my testimony concerning 2018 ; scatter in Jesus name. I loose testimonies for those doing this 21 day fasting program worldwide!
  • Pray about today seriously and any other issues as led now.

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 19 January 2018 Devotional – By the Spirit’s Power

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Topic: By the Spirit’s Power [Our Daily Bread 19th Friday January, 2018]

Read: Zechariah 4:1–7, Bible in a Year: Genesis 46–48; Matthew 13:1–30

What are you, mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground. Zechariah 4:7

What do you do when there is a mountain in your way? The story of Dashrath Manjhi can inspire us. When his wife died because he was unable to get her to the hospital to receive urgent medical care, Manjhi did what seemed impossible. He spent twenty-two years chiseling a massive gap in a mountain so other villagers could get to the local hospital to receive the medical care they needed. Before he died, the government of India celebrated him for his achievement.

Rebuilding the temple must have looked impossible to Zerubbabel, one of the leaders of Israel who returned from exile. The people were discouraged, faced opposition from their enemies, and lacked resources or a big army. But God sent Zechariah to remind Zerubbabel that the task would take something more powerful than military strength, individual power, or man-made resources. It would take the Spirit’s power (Zechariah 4:6). With the assurance of divine aid, Zerubbabel trusted that God would level any mountain of difficulty that stood in the way of rebuilding the temple and restoring the community (v. 7).

What do we do when there is a “mountain” before us? We have two options: rely on our own strength or trust the Spirit’s power. When we trust His power, He will either level the mountain or give us the strength and endurance to climb over it.

What challenges stand in your way? How will you trust the power of God’s Spirit in your life? Share it on Facebook.com/ourdailybread.

Human power is inadequate to accomplish God’s purposes.

Insight:

What keeps us from finishing the work entrusted to us? Eighteen years had passed since Cyrus, king of Persia, told Jewish captives of Babylon to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple of their God (Ezra 6:3,14). Now the prophet Zechariah urged completion. This temple, like the Messiah who would someday enter its courts, represented the heart of God for the world. Anything done for His honor—and for the good of others—is done in His Spirit. Mart DeHaan

This message was written By Marvin Williams [Our Daily Bread Ministries.]


TREM’s Daily 19 January 2018 Devotional by Dr. Mike Okonkwo – The Word Is Constant

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Topic: The Word Is Constant [TREM’s Daily Friday January 19th, 2018]

“Forever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.” Psalm 119:89 (KJV)

Yesterday, from the parable of the sower, we saw that it was the same seed (the word) that was planted but different results because of the type of soil which is the heart. The result you will produce is determined by what you do with the word you hear. Many don’t spend the time to think or meditate on the word of God they hear. It just falls on them and then it goes. The bible says the word should not depart from your mouth. When the Word of prosperity comes to you meditate on it.  Speak it to yourself day and night. Then you will observe to do what is written. And then you make your way prosperous and have good success. God is saying that the issue is not the word but what you do with the word.

So, the variable is your heart. The word is constant. It is not subject to change. The Bible tells us that the word of God is incorruptible. In other words, it cannot be destroyed and it cannot perish. It is errorless, infallible and impregnable. It is bound to produce. But your heart must receive it. No matter the situation you face, don’t give in thinking that it is too strong for you. No, you serve the God who is more than enough.

In addition, don’t believe your environment above the word and don’t be a double-minded fellow. We have a guarantee that the word will produce. Be fully persuaded about it. Stand on it and watch God honour His word.

The number one thing that will help you to be fully persuaded is to open your mouth and begin to speak it into yourself. The bible says in Roman 4:17 that God calls those things that are not as though they were. The things that be not, call them as though they are. That is the key. Call it! It may look stupid and silly but call it. Give voice to your faith.

Further reading: Joshua 1:8, Proverbs 18:20

Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Genesis 46-48/ Evening- Matthew 13:1-30

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 19 January 2018 by Pastor Paul Enenche: The Outcome Of Dedication

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Topic: The Outcome Of Dedication [Seeds of Destiny Friday January 19th, 2018]

Scripture: And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not. Malachi 3:17-18

Thought For The Day: A person who follows God well must stand out in life.

When God calls someone to follow Him, it is not in vain. When a person makes a decision to follow God, that decision cannot be fruitless. Dedication to God has a prize. Being genuine with God has gains in life.

Many times, genuine Christians have been mocked by their fellows or family members who would often tell them, ‘You have been following God, what have you gained? Why are you still single, jobless and still begging despite not missing a church service?’

Beloved, there is no one who follows God that will be lost in life.

It has been confirmed that the outcome of following God is distinction in life.

A person who follows God well must stand out in life.

There was a great difference between Joseph who decided to follow God and his brothers who decided to go their own ways. Joseph stood out from his brothers. Due to his brutal dedication to God, God elevated him and he became a Prime Minister in Egypt. He was distinguished and his brothers who mocked and maltreated him bowed before him.

God proved himself in my life. I have a relative who was into womanizing, alcoholism and partying while some of us were serving God many years ago. Recently, he came to church and saw me dancing to God during a praise session and was touched. He is above fifty, yet not married. After the service, he told me, ‘You are enjoying yourself in the LORD doing for God what we wasted our lives many years ago for by dancing in disco halls, partying, womanizing and alcoholism’

The God who made Abraham, Isaac and Joseph to stand out in their generation will distinguish you in Jesus’ Name.

Beloved, I decree that your life shall stand out in your generation in Jesus Name.

Remember This: A person who follows God well must stand out in life.

Assignments:

1. Make up your mind to stand out in your generation by being dedicated to God.

2. Follow God’s direction for your life regardless of what people say.

Prayer: O Lord, I ask that You give me the grace to be lost in You. Help me to stand out in life, LORD, in Jesus’ Name.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: UNDERSTANDING DEDICATION.

Amazing Fact: Humans are the only species that produce emotional tears.

Today In History: 19/01/1883 – Thomas Edison’s first village electric lighting system using overhead wires began operation in Roselle, NJ.

Daily Reading: Genesis 39:1 to 41:16, Matthew 12:46 to 13:23, Psalm 17:1to 15, Proverbs 3:33 to 35.

Quote: Until your character is adjusted, your destiny cannot be established. Culled from 30 SECRETS TO THE TOP by Dr Paul Enenche.

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.


Open Heavens 19 January 2018: Friday daily devotional by Pastor Adeboye – God’s Foot Soldiers?

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Topic: God’s Foot Soldiers? [Open Heavens Friday 19th January 2018]

Memorise: Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.2 Timothy 2:3

Read: 1 Samuel 17:32-37 (KJV)

32 And David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.

33 And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.

34 And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:

35 And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.

36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.

37 David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.

Bible in One Year: Genesis 40-41, Revelation 18:1-18

MESSAGE:

Since Satan was cast out of heaven, he has been waging war against everything that represents God and godliness on the earth (Matthew 16:23, 2 Timothy 3:12). Satan was cast out because he decided to rebel against the Almighty (Isaiah 14:12-15). His current game plan is to deceive as many people as possible into rebelling against God, so that they will also join him in the Lake of Fire, which is the eternal place of punishment prepared for him and his cohorts (Matthew 25:41, Revelation 20:10). To destroy the work of the devil on earth and to manifest the plan of God for mankind, God has chosen to raise an army to Himself among men. If you have surrendered your life to Christ, you are part of this army. As a soldier of God’s army, in Jeremiah 51:20, God declares these words to you:

“Thou art my battle axe and weapons of war: for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms;”

The nations and kingdoms in this declaration are not just physical, they are spiritual. The Holy Spirit made this clear to us in Ephesians 6:12, and He also teaches us that the weapon with which we wage war in God’s army are not physical weapons (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).

As a soldier in God’s army, you need to take a clue from David in today’s Bible text. He presented himself as God’s battle-axe and he was mightily used of God to bring into captivity every thought and arrogance presented by Goliath. It is interesting to note that even Goliath, as huge as he was and as sophisticated as his weapons were, did not rely on his physical ability or weapons alone. 1 Samuel 17:43b says,

“And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.”

As God’s foot-soldier, you need to know your God through and through, because only those who know their God can perform valiantly at the battlefront (Daniel 11:32). Because David knew his God, even without a sword in his hand, he boldly replied Goliath with these words of faith in 1 Samuel 17:45-46:

“…I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee…”

Are you presently fighting a battle in your life? This should serve as a template for you. Turn to God for victory and you shall be victorious through the Name and Blood of Jesus Christ (Luke 10:17, Philippians 2:10, Revelation 12:11).

Action Point: Using the Name of Jesus, speak against every spiritual force contending with God’s plan for your life and family.

Hymn 14: Onward Christian Soldier

1. Onward Christian soldiers!
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before.
Christ, the royal Master,
Leads against the foe;
Forward into battle,
See, His banners go!

Chorus:
Onward, Christian soldiers!
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus,
Going on before.

2. At the name of Jesus
Satan’s host doth flee;
On then, Christian soldiers,
On to victory!
Hell’s foundations quiver
At the shout of praise:
Brothers, lift your voices,
Loud your anthems raise!

3. Like a mighty army
Moves the Church of God:
Brothers, we are treading
Where the saints have trod;
We are not divided,
All one Body we—
One in faith and Spirit,
One charity.

4. Onward, then, ye people!
Join our happy throng;
Blend with ours your voices
In the triumph song.
Glory, laud and honour
Unto Christ, the King;
This through countless ages
Men and angels sing.

Open Heavens 19th January 2018, 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 18 January 2018 Devotional: Loving Without Getting Tired

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Topic: Loving Without Getting Tired [Joyce Meyer’s Daily Thursday January 18th, 2018]

Who executes justice for the oppressed, Who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets free the prisoners. The Lord opens the eyes of the blind; The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; The Lord loves the righteous [the upright in heart]. The Lord protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow; But He makes crooked the way of the wicked. — Psalm 146:7-9

God speaks frequently in the Bible of our responsibility to the oppressed, hungry, widows, orphans, fatherless and foreigners. He mentions those who are lonely, neglected, forgotten and devalued. He cares deeply for the oppressed and the hungry.

People can be hungry in many ways. They may have plenty of food to eat but still be starving to feel valuable and loved. God lifts up those who are bowed down with sorrow; He protects the stranger and upholds the fatherless and the widow. How does He do this? He works through people. He needs committed, submitted, dedicated people who live to meet the needs of others.

Mother Teresa once said, “Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired.”

I have come to understand that many people we encounter daily are just trying to survive until someone rescues them—and that someone could be you or me. Let’s allow God’s love for the hurting and broken to work through us, meeting the needs of those who are hurting spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Let’s love without getting tired.

Prayer Starter: Holy Spirit, empower me to love without getting tired. Give me Your heart for the hurting and the needy and show me how to meet their needs.

From Joyce Meyer’s Ministries.


Teens’ Open Heavens 18 January 2018 by Pastor Adeboye – Who Gets God's Mercy?

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Topic: Who Gets God’s Mercy? [Teens’ Open Heavens Thursday 18, January 2018]

Memorise: “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.”  – Matthew 5:7

Read: Exodus 20:4-6

4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

Bible In One Year: Genesis 42-43, Matthew 13:33-58

MESSAGE:

GOD is sovereign. Being the highest of all, He cannot be queried over what He does. He went into a crowd of sick people, healed one man and left (John 5:2-9). What made Him pity this particular man? Sheer mercy! The man did not pray, neither did he know the person of Jesus. After his healing, when people asked him why he was carrying his bed on a Sabbath day, he said the one who healed him asked him to carry his bed. When he was asked for the person’s name, he had no clue. He did not do anything to qualify for that healing, but God’s mercy singled him out. Are you presently in a situation where you do not qualify for God’s blessings? God’s mercy will speak in your favour today in Jesus’ name.

Who are the recipients of God’s mercy? Matthew 5-7 says that if you sow mercy, you will reap mercy in return. If you want to receive mercy, avoid everything that has to do with wickedness. In addition, Psalms 103:11 says the fear of God gives you access into God’s abundant mercy. Loving God and keeping His commandments can also earn you mercy. What are you doing to receive God’s mercy?

Key Point: Back up your request for mercy with works of mercy.

Hymn 12

1 Let us with a gladsome mind
praise the Lord for He is kind:
For His mercies shall endure,
ever faithful ever sure.

2. He, with all-commanding might,
filled the new-made world with light:
For His mercies shall endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

3. All things living He doth feed,
His full hand supplies their need:
For His mercies shall endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

4. Let us then with gladsome mind
praise the Lord, for He is kind
For His mercies shall endure,
Ever faithfully, ever sure.

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.


TREM’s Daily 18 January 2018 Devotional by Dr. Mike Okonkwo – The Word Of God Is Like A Seed

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Topic: The Word Of God Is Like A Seed [TREM’s Daily Thursday January 18th, 2018]

“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.” (Luke 8:11 KJV)

After teaching on the parable of the sower, Jesus said anyone who understands this parable will understand how the kingdom operates. The seed which is the word of God is incorruptible and has life in it. Just like a natural seed, the mystery of a seed cannot be explained. For instance, a seed of corn can produce a whole factory of cornflakes. But you first must plant it. Once it is planted, it takes root and it produces.

Jesus, in explaining the parable said the seed is the word while the soil is the heart. He now gave four types of soils. The first soil is people who hear and they are excited about it, they jump up, it enters through one side and goes out from the other side. The second soil represents those who receive it with joy, they are excited about it, but the root is not deep. When persecution begins to come, they give up on it and it does not produce. The third one represents those who receive the word and it gets root, it grows, sprouts and then suddenly the deceitfulness of riches shows up to choke the word. It means that at this point, you are getting blessed. God begins to do things in your life then suddenly you begin to desire other things that are not necessary. Lust for other things here are not necessarily just sin, they are things that distract you from taking further root. They choke the word. The word suddenly dies and you start going down.

The fourth one represents those who receive the word, they took time to meditate on it so that it could get root because it is only what grows the root in you that will produce the fruit. When you hear the word of God concerning the area that has to do with you, pick it up and begin to meditate on it. Whether it looks like it or not, speak it to yourself until you become fully persuaded more than anything you are facing. That is when you are ready for manifestation.

Further Reading: Mark 4:1-20

Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Gen. 43,45/ Evening- Matthew 12:24-50

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 Manna January 18, 2018: ODM devotional: Harvest Eaters /Wasters Must Die!

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Topic: Harvest Eaters /Wasters Must Die! [Our Daily Manna ODM Thursday, January 18th, 2018]

Basic Scripture: Exodus 3: 1-10

Harvest WASTERS or EATERS are agents of Satan sent to OPPRESS your labour and their aim is that after all your EFFORT and LABOUR all you get is TEARS! judges 6:3 – “And so it was, when Israel had sown, the Midianites came up, and the amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them.” Did you get that?

The MIDIANITES and their host made sure that Israel did not taste of their HARVEST AFTER SOWING! Harvest EATERS are WASTERS of profit and wasters of RESULT. Judges 6:5″ For they (THE MIDIANITES and their demonic hosts) came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came as grasshoppers for multitude; for both they and their camels were without number and they entered into the land to destroy it.” oh, wickedness! The result of HARVEST EATERS and HARVEST DESTROYERS; Judges 6:6 -” And Israel was greatly impoverish because of the Midianites and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD. ‘The result is REDUCTION, FINANCIAL AND GENERAL DEMOTION, POVERTY AND TEARS! Note:”…. and the children of Israel cried unto the LORD.”

Use this 21-day programme to cry unto the Lord and use the WORLD ANOINTING CHANGE OF GARMENT DECORATION NIGHT to cry unto the LORD! There shall be a DIVINE ARREST of every power EATING your HARVEST! Determine to stop every evil agenda, complete this fast and sow your “Harvest Eaters arrest seed” also called the CHANGE OF GARMENT DECORATION SEED in this fasting programme and be at the WORLD ANOINTING CHANGE OF GARMENT DECORATION NIGHT with your prophetic dress/garment /shirt which you will tear that night (not the one you wore to the programme)!

Get ready! Remember when they cried to the LORD, HE SENT THEM A PROPHET (VS 8). Therefore, pray the DECORATION PSALM which will be sent to you after sowing! WHATSAPP AND EMAIL ARE BETTER AND CONTAIN FULLER PRAYERS than just texts! This is your year!

TODAY IS DAY 13 OF THIS FASTING PROGRAMME! Turn to page 64 of the “WAR AGAINST HAMAN – 13” booklet and pray today’s prayers. Then be at the TV SHOW Lagos on Friday January 26th 7pm for the change of garment world anointing decoration night! Bring a second dress you can afford to tear after prayers! It will be great!

Prayer Points: Take song 1; Draw me nearer……

1. Thank God for today’s word and Pray as you are led!

2. Decree that harvest eaters, shall waste themselves in Jesus name.

3. See your “WAR AGAINST HAMAN – 13 BOOKLET NOW and pray the above prayers!

4. Pray about today seriously and any other issues affecting your peace.

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 18 January 2018 Devotional – Dealing with Delay

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Topic: Dealing with Delay [Our Daily Bread 18th Thursday January, 2018]

Read: Genesis 45:1–8, Bible in a Year: Genesis 43–45; Matthew 12:24–50

So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. Genesis 45:8

A global computer system outage causes widespread flight cancellations, stranding hundreds of thousands of passengers at airports. During a winter storm, multiple auto accidents close major highways. The person who promised to send a reply “right away” has failed to do so. Delays can often produce anger and frustration, but as followers of Jesus, we have the privilege of looking to Him for help.

One of the Bible’s great examples of patience is Joseph, who was sold to slave traders by his jealous brothers, falsely accused by his employer’s wife, and imprisoned in Egypt. “But while Joseph was there in the prison, the Lord was with him” (Genesis 39:20–21). Years later, when Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams, he was made second in command in Egypt (ch. 41).

The most remarkable fruit of his patience occurred when his brothers came to buy grain during a famine. “I am your brother Joseph,” he told them, “the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. . . . So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God”  (45:4–5, 8).

In all our delays, brief or long, may we, like Joseph, gain patience, perspective, and peace as we trust in the Lord.

Prayer: Father in heaven, in all of our delays may we trust Your faithful hand of guidance and experience Your presence with us in every situation.

Confidence in God enables us to live out our faith patiently.

Insight:

When we are going through a difficult season, we can find comfort and encouragement by looking at how God worked in Joseph’s difficult—even seemingly hopeless—circumstances. We learn to ask the questions: Why does God have me here? What does He have in store for me or want to do through me? Joseph came to realize that it was God who had placed him in his situation (see Genesis 45:8; 50:20).

We also learn something about God’s timing. It only takes a few moments for us to read Joseph’s story, but his trial lasted for years. His imprisonment may have been to fulfill God’s purposes (interpreting Pharaoh’s dreams) but the timing was also God’s.

How does knowing that God is in control help you as you wait for Him to work? J.R. Hudberg

This message was written By David C. McCasland [Our Daily Bread Ministries.]


Kenneth and Gloria Copeland’s Daily January 18, 2018 Devotional: Get Yourself Together

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Topic: Kenneth and Gloria Copeland’s [Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, Thursday January 18th, 2018]

Can two walk together, except they be agreed? – Amos 3:3

When it comes to faith, a lot of believers feel like they have one foot nailed to the ground. No matter how hard they try, they just can’t seem to make any progress.

If you’ll watch them, you can see why. They literally haven’t “gotten themselves together.” One minute they’ll be telling you, “Oh yes, amen, I believe the Word,” and the next minute they’ll be spouting unbelief like it’s going out of style. “I know God says He’ll prosper us, but I’ll tell you what, my business is doing so badly, it’s about to give me ulcers. I can’t sleep at night for worrying.”

Dig a little deeper and you may find out that they’ve pulled their actions out of line with the Word as well. “Well, you understand, brother, I can’t possibly tithe with my income like it is. I’d go under!”

Faith just won’t work for a person like that.

You see, you’re a triune being. You are a spirit. You have a soul, which consists of your mind, will and emotions. And you live in a body. Each of those areas has a specific role to play in your faith walk. You have to get all three in agreement before you can go anywhere at all!

Start by feeding your spirit on the Word of God. Just like the body produces physical strength when you nourish it with food, the spirit produces spiritual strength when you nourish it with the Word. That spiritual strength is called faith. Develop that faith, and instead of your spirit being dominated by the other two areas, it will be the one in charge.

Next, bring your soul in line. Set your mind on “things above.” Meditate on the Word until your thoughts begin to agree with it. Keep your attention on it until even your emotions yield.

Finally, bring your body in line. Once you truly get your spirit and soul established on the Word, that won’t be hard. The body is a follower, not a leader. It will do whatever you train it to do. Begin teaching your body to act on the truth you’ve planted in your mind and spirit, and it will follow right along.

Don’t try to walk in faith with your foot nailed to the ground. Get yourself together! Bring your spirit, soul and body in harmony—and the Word will take you as far as you want to go.

Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:14-24

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 18 January 2018 Devotional: Believe The Word

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Topic: Believe The Word [Andrew Wommack’s Daily Thursday January 18th, 2018]

Matthew 2:1, “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem.”

Text: Matthew 2:1-12

How could this be? The greatest event in the history of God’s dealings with mankind was taking place and the leaders of God’s people didn’t even know about it. Foreigners who were unfamiliar with the covenants of God perceived what God was doing more than His own chosen people! (Eph. 2:12)

The apparent answer to this is that these Persian wise men were more in tune to the prophecies of scripture than the Jews were. Daniel had been promoted to be the head of all the wise men of Babylon (Dan. 2:48). While in Babylon, Daniel had come through the lions’ den victoriously and had no doubt gained the reputation as the greatest wise man of all (Dan. 6).

It was during this time that Daniel wrote the prophecy of Dan. 9:24-27, which pinpointed the time of the Messiah’s birth. This no doubt provided the inspiration for these wise men. The star simply served as a sign that the prophesied event had come and directed them towards where the king was born.

The Jews had these same prophecies. They just weren’t waiting in anticipation for the birth of the Messiah. The Word of God only profits us if we believe it (Heb. 4:2). Let’s not make the same mistake. Mix the truths that you know from God’s Word with faith.

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).


Seeds of Destiny 18 January 2018 by Pastor Paul Enenche: The Tragedy Of Looking Back

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Topic: The Tragedy Of Looking Back [Seeds of Destiny Thursday January 18th, 2018]

Scripture: And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. Luke 9:62.

Thought For The Day: To turn back from following God is to end in eternity in hellfire.

The devil is the enemy of God and humanity. His mission is to destroy what God has built in your life (John 10:10), but he will never succeed in your life in Jesus’ Name.

One of the missions of the devil is to make people who are dedicated to following God look back and go back from following Him. Meanwhile, to look back from following God is to be lost in life and destiny; to look back from following God is to be lost in eternity in hell.

One of the strategies of the enemy in making dedicated people to look back is organising pressures and distractions around their lives. There are people who stopped on the way while on their journey with God because of the pressures of life.

One example of such persons was Lot’s wife.

When God instructed Lot and his household that they should not look back while running away from Sodom, Lot’s wife was carried away by the pressure and cares of this world. She seemed to have been carried away by the material treasures she had left behind in Sodom and the pressures and chaos of the destructions behind her. When she turned back, she became a pillar of salt (Genesis 19:26).

Apart from pressure, there are people who turn back from following God because of prosperity. When their lives change and they have more money, they do not go to church anymore.

Beloved, to turn back from following God is to end in eternity in hellfire. That shall not be your portion in Jesus Name. Therefore, do not let pressure or prosperity stop you from following God.

Remember This: To turn back from following God is to end in eternity in hellfire.

Assignments:

1. Make up your mind never to turn back for following God.

2. Be focused in life on God either in pressure or prosperity.

Prayer: O Lord, I ask that You give me the grace to be doggedly focused on You. Help me never to turn back from following You despite pressure or prosperity, LORD, in Jesus’ Name.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: UNDERSTANDING DEDICATION.

Amazing Fact: Three hundred million cells die in the human body every minute and every day, an adult produces 300 billion new cells.

Today In History: 18/01/1896 – The x-ray machine was exhibited for the first time.

Daily Reading: Genesis 37:1 to 38:30, Matthew 12:22 to 45, Psalm 16:1 to 11, Proverbs 3:27 to 32.

Quote: The strength of your character determines the weight of your destiny. Culled from 30 SECRETS TO THE TOP by Dr Paul Enenche.

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.


Billy Graham’s Daily 18 January 2018 Devotional: Eyes to See

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Topic: Eyes to See [Billy Graham’s Daily Thursday January 18th, 2018]

To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light… — Acts 26:18

The blind man, Bartimaeus, threw off his cloak and ran trembling to Jesus. And Jesus said, “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.” In that moment as he said, “Lord,” his spiritual eyes were opened. And Jesus said, “Your faith has made you whole.” Notice-not your intellectual understanding, not your money, not your works-but your faith. Faith! That’s all it takes! Immediately Bartimaeus, who had been blind all of his life, began to open his eyes, and the first thing he saw was the face of Jesus.

What an experience-to open one’s eyes and look straight into the strong, tender face of Jesus! Bartimaeus met Jesus and the record says he “followed Jesus in the way.” When you go back to your business, or your home, or your neighborhood, or your friends, or your school, you don’t go alone. Christ goes with you.

Prayer for the day: Thank You, Lord Jesus, for healing me from my spiritual blindness!

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 18 January 2018: Thursday daily devotional by Pastor Adeboye – Without Natural Affection

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Topic: Without Natural Affection [Open Heavens Thursday 18th January 2018]

Memorise: This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.2 Timothy 3:1

Read: Romans 1:18-27 (KJV)

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

Bible in One Year: Genesis 38-39, Revelation 17

MESSAGE

It is a statement of fact that the world is changing and people are being changed by its evil whims and caprices. Irrespective of this fact, one truth that people, particularly children of God, must not allow to slip out of their mind is that although the world is changing, God does not change along with it (Malachi 3:6). His nature and standards are forever the same. Beware that He will not judge by what is acceptable in your world but by the standard He has set in His word (2 Timothy 2:19). The Lord knew that the world would come to its present evil state and so He forewarned us of the signs that will herald His coming judgement on this world. One of the signs that He gave to us is that in the last days, men and women will lack natural affection (2 Timothy 3:2-3). In other words, natural feelings, relationships and expression of love would no longer appeal to them. The lack of natural affection is a state of mind caused by the expunging of God from their so-called knowledge (Romans 1:28). Anyone who knows God as a consuming fire will dare not challenge Him to ideological arguments on morals. God dictates what He regards as moral or not. However, what do we see today? The philosophy of relativism argues that it is how you feel about yourself that matters; if as a man you feel you are a woman or if as a woman you feel you are a man, so be it! This is the reason why a man and a man would want to do what naturally a man should only do in a relationship with a woman. Some women also prefer to engage in sexual perversions with other women. Such people choose to ignore the divine order set by God in the beginning. Genesis 1:27 tells us what this divine order is:

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

This Bible verse is in variance with the idea of homosexuality or being transgender. There is a distinction between male and female in the divine order. It is therefore rebellious when a person, due to lust, is dragged out of his or her natural affection into abnormal instincts that pervert the original plan of God for his or her life. This was exactly what doomed Sodom and Gomorrah, and it must be avoided today. Beloved, do you have a feeling that there is a mix-up in your being, such that you want to change your natural or original makeup into another form? You need Jesus Christ urgently for restoration. You need the prayer of deliverance to restore you to God-given personality. Do not be deceived: the world and everything in it are not the result of an arbitrary “big bang”. Everything was perfectly and methodically put in place by God. You are not a mistake; to think otherwise is the age-old deceit of the devil. Come to Jesus Christ today and be free.

Prayer Point: Father, destroy any unnatural instincts in me and silence every satanic voice in my mind in Jesus’ Name.

Hymn 9: The Old Rugged Cross

1. On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suff’ring and shame;
And I love that old cross where the Dearest and Best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

Chorus:
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it someday for a crown.

2. Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary.

3. In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see,
For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
To pardon and sanctify me.

4. To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;
Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He’ll call me someday to my home far away,
Where His glory forever I’ll share.

Open Heavens 18th January 2018, 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.


DCLM Daily Manna 17 January, 2018 by Pastor Kumuyi – Dreadful News

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Topic: Dreadful News [DCLM Daily Manna Wednesday January 17th, 2018]

Text: 1 Samuel 3:11-21

Key Verse: “For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not.” (1 Samuel 3:13).

If the temple at Shiloh was ancient Israel’s most priced treasure, Eli the chief priest did not reflect this honour in the way he handled his sons’ contempt for the house of God. While the Lord found no fault eith Eli for allocating responsibilities in the temple to his sons, Hophni and Phinehas, He upbraided their father for not stopping them upon discovering their vileness.

Eli defaulted in parental guidance and discipline. It hurts to find that those who ought to be models of good conduct in God’s house are the source of defilement. This obviously was a worse display of disrespect for righteousness. God had to intervene. In 1 Samuel 2:27-36, He sent someone to warn the priest of the impending judgement that would bring an end to Eli’s priesthood and the death, in one day, of Hophni and Phinehas. Their family would also no longer be in the lineage of priests.

Finally, there was the prediction that Samuel would replace Eli. There are three key lessons to learn here. Firstly, it is not enough to claim to please God on the basis of merely being a worker in the vineyard of God. Second, God does not take dishonouring of His Church lightly because “he hath purchased (it) with his own blood” (Acts 20:28). Finally, family and church members must be watchful to urgently discipline errant brethren in order not to bring down the entire fold when God moves to judge sin: for “if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged” (1 Corinthians 11:31). God will punish sinners on earth and in eternity. Repent now, forsake all your sins, receive Jesus as Lord and Saviour and live a holy lifestyle to escape God’s wrath.

Thought For The Day: Move from sin to avoid God’s move against sin.

Bible Reading in one Year: Genesis 16-18

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.


Handling Family Challenges (2) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo

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Topic: Handling Family Challenges (2)

Dear Reader,

You are most welcome to another interesting edition of these series of teachings. Last week, I started a teaching on the topic: Handling Family Challenges. I also defined some terms and gave an example of the challenge of unforgiveness and how to properly handle it in the family. This is  simply through unconditional forgiveness. This week, I shall be showing you another challenge and how to handle it for a successful family life.

There are millions of families hurting because they are ignorant of God’s plan for their family. Some are undergoing untold heartaches, breakdowns and physical combats; yet seeking for peace, joy and fulfilment and at the same time groping in darkness. Some end up breaking up the family only to experience hurts and wounds while others stay married because of the children but go through shameful and hurtful experiences.

God’s utmost desire for married couples and the family unit is peace, joy, fulfilment, expansion and increase. It is no secret that families these last days are under attack (I Timothy 4:1-3). However, God is not caught unawares, but has an escape route prepared for all who are willing to assume responsibility. Since He is the Sole Manufacturer of the union, whatever He says, if followed, produces the best result. The Bible says: And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: (Deuteronomy 28:1).

When you refuse to harken to God’s commandment about a thing, it amounts to pride. It is written: Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall (Proverbs 16:18).That is why in this edition, I will be teaching on the danger of Pride in the family.

Challenges of Family Life

PRIDE

Pride and destruction are twins; they go hand-in-hand. Wherever you see pride, know that its companion, destruction, is also close by. The devastating effect of pride can be seen in the life of Lucifer. He was the son of the morning, the anointed cherub that covereth. He was beautiful, made of all manner of precious stones, a commander of a third of God’s angels, but the moment God spotted pride in him, He cast him down to hell (Isaiah 14:12-15).

Pride abases. It leads to a fall. It brings destruction. Anytime you give room to pride, you are indirectly inviting destruction. It sets God against a man, because God resists a proud man and if God resists a man, who can help him? The Bible says: Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble (1 Peter 5:5). Pride is very devastating. It begins from the heart and has destroyed many homes. My husband often says, if you’re proud, you know it; you don’t need a prophet to tell you. Jesus, the pattern Son, never spoke proudly of Himself, He never boasted. Everything He said and did pointed to God the Father. The Bible says: …Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise (John 5:19). Jesus had cause to brag about His works, humility and kindness, but His eyes were focused on God and on the ones He had come to save.

It is pride that makes a man treat his wife as a slave, because he sees her as nobody but sees himself as the lord of all, and the “lion of the tribe of his home”. Every member of his family is scared of his presence. Some husbands also tend to get carried away with the things they provide in the house and are misled to think, “I am the breadwinner in this house, I do so and so, I give and give and give!” However, when you realise that you have, only because He (God) provided, your language will change. This is one great secret I have learnt from my husband. As we both acknowledge God as the Doer and keep walking in humility, God keeps supplying all our needs. That can become your own testimony too.

It is pride that makes a woman despise her husband, because she is better educated or paid. In fact, some ladies are not married yet, not because no man has shown interest in them, but because pride makes them see the men that come to ask for their hands in marriage as not being up to their standard. They look at them arrogantly and conclude that they cannot cater for them. She wants a man with a big car, a high-paying job, a house, etc. She is so full of herself and thinks she is too much for every man, and, therefore, looks down on them. But, the Word of God says: For who hath despised the day of small things? (Zechariah 4:10). Pride will make such a lady a spinster for life. Walk in humility and God will visit you.

Some parents are stumbling blocks to their children’s marital breakthrough. They size up their daughter’s suitors and conclude that she cannot marry him, perhaps because of his “low” social or academic status. Beware, because pride is a major hindrance to a glorious home.

How Then, Can You Overcome Pride?

The Bible says: The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way (Psalm 25:9). God has nothing to do with the proud and arrogant. The cheapest way to having a sweet home is to make yourself of no reputation. Take on a meek spirit, not minding what name people call you. You have a lot to gain by being meek. God will not only guide you, He will also teach you His ways.

However, for God to guide you and teach you His ways, you have to accept Jesus as your Lord and personal Saviour by being born again. To be born again, say this simple prayer in faith: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for delivering me from sin and satan to serve the living God and thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.

Congratulations! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, you are now born again and a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21).

With this, you are guaranteed all-round rest and peace in Jesus’ Name! Call or write to share your testimonies with me through contact@faithoyedepo.org, 07026385437 OR 08141320204.

For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored)

Pastor Faith Oyedepo is the wife of Bishop David Oyedepo, the founder of the Living Faith Church Worldwide a.k.a. Winners’ Chapel, and Senior Pastor of Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, Nigeria.


Andrew Wommack’s Daily 17 January 2018 Devotional: God's Choice

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Topic: God’s Choice [Andrew Wommack’s Daily Wednesday January 17th, 2018]

Luke 2:37, “And she [was] a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served [God] with fastings and prayers night and day.”

Text: Luke 2:36-40

Let’s suppose that Anna was fourteen years old when she married. She would have been 105 years old. Yet she was still fasting and praying night and day! Satan tries to convince us that God won’t use us. He may cite things like age or lack of abilities, or failures that we’ve had. But just like Anna, there are many scriptural examples of the Lord using those who would be considered unusable by worldly standards.

Moses was eighty years old before he began to fulfill God’s plan for his life and he worked right up until he was 120 years old. Abraham was in his nineties before he had the son that God had promised him.

Gideon was another one who looked unusable. He was hiding from the Midianites when an angel of God appeared and told him he was a mighty man of valor (Judg. 6:11-12). He couldn’t believe it at first and had to have the Lord confirm it three times.

Truly, …God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty… (1 Cor. 1:27-28).

If you feel foolish or weak, then you qualify. Let the Lord use you today.

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 January 2018 Devotional: Truth

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Topic: Truth [Billy Graham’s Daily Wednesday January 17th, 2018]

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. — John 8:32

Ours is an age of philosophical uncertainty, and we no longer know what we believe. We stand uncommitted. Everywhere I go, I ask students, “What is controlling you?” When I was a student, I had to face Christ.

Who was He? He had made the astounding claim, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man cometh unto the Father but by me.” I wrestled with the inescapable fact that either Jesus Christ was who He claimed to be, or He was the biggest liar, fraud, and charlatan in history. Which was it? Buddha said toward the end of his life, “I am still searching for the truth.” But here was Jesus who appeared and said, “I am the embodiment of all truth. All truth is centered in me.”

Prayer for the day: Thank You, Jesus, for my freedom—because You are the Truth!

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.


TREM’s Daily 17 January 2018 Devotional by Dr. Mike Okonkwo – You Are Created For Good Works

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Topic: You Are Created For Good Works [TREM’s Daily Wednesday January 17th, 2018]

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 (KJV)

Good works are the things He pre-ordained before you were born. In other words, you are born for good works. So how dare you run yourself down and say because of your environment, you won’t tower above where you are. That is a lie from the pit of hell. Beloved, that environment will bow to you. Your city will bow to you. Your circumstance will bow to you because you are a new creation. What your body is telling you is not the truth. What your environment is telling you is not the truth. You are different. In Christ, you have what it takes.

If you think that the only reason you are born again is to go to Heaven, then the day you are born again you would have just gone to heaven. Why did God leave you here? It is because you are a game changer! You have what it takes to change the game. Stop looking down on yourself. You are loaded and dangerously dangerous against the powers of hell. Hallelujah! But often time we hear this word, we get excited in church and we go home and that is all. God showed me that the problem we are having as believers is that we do not understand how the kingdom operates.

Philemon 1:6 says “That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.” The word effectual is talking about energy. Which means it gives you spiritual energy when you acknowledge the good things in you in Christ. In Christ, we know nothing bad but only good. Stop looking for bad things in your life. You are good and everything about you brings out good. When you stretch your hands, it is good. He says you are blessed in the fruits of your body. So how dare you say you are bad? It is an insult to Christ.

Further Reading: Psalms 139:14, Ephesians 2:10-16

Daily Bible Reading: Morning-Gen 41-42 / Evening Matt: 12:1-23

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.


Kenneth and Gloria Copeland’s Daily January 17, 2018 Devotional: Let God Do It His Way

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Topic: Let God Do It His Way [Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, Wednesday January 17th, 2018]

Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored, and you shall be clean. But Naaman was angry…. – 2 Kings 5:10-11, The Amplified Bible

So often we miss out on what God wants to do for us because He doesn’t do it the way we think He should. We work up an idea in our minds about how He’s going to heal us, for instance. We think He’s going to send some famous preacher to lay hands on us or that He’s going to knock us off our feet with a blast of His power. When He doesn’t, we let our faith drop and foul up what He had actually planned to do.

That’s what Naaman did. He went to Elisha expecting to be healed in a particular way. When it didn’t happen that way, the Bible says, he went away in a rage.

What Elisha told him to do was simple. Dip seven times in the Jordan. Naaman could do that. But it didn’t fit his idea of how his healing should take place. He thought Elisha would heal him by waving his hands around and calling on the Name of the Lord.

Naaman stormed away and he would have missed out on his healing if one of his servants hadn’t talked him into giving Elisha’s instructions a try.

I used to be like that. I wanted spectacular experiences from God so badly I was missing out on the experiences God had planned for me. Once I realized that, I quit looking for feelings and spectacular manifestations and just started expecting God to keep His Word.

I remember I went to a meeting one night with my ankle messed up terribly. The pain was so severe it went from my foot all the way up to my shoulder blades. But I went into that meeting expecting God to heal me.

During the praise service, I ignored the pain in my foot and just sang and worshiped with everyone else. When the preaching started, I got my Bible and got involved in the Word. Sure enough, sometime during that service I was healed. I don’t know when it was. I didn’t feel anything. I didn’t see any sparklers go off. I didn’t even realize I’d been healed until after the service. I got about halfway to the door and thought, Glory to God, my foot’s well!

Don’t let your own ideas of how God’s going to work rob you of your healing or your deliverance or your prosperity. Just trust Him and let Him do things His way. He will work mightily in you.

Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 5:1-14

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 17 January 2018 Devotional – Growing Gratitude

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Topic: Growing Gratitude [Our Daily Bread 17th Wednesday January, 2018]

Read: Romans 11:33–36, Bible in a Year: Genesis 41–42; Matthew 12:1–23

For from him and through him and for him are all things. Romans 11:36

Would you like to cultivate a greater sense of gratitude? George Herbert, a seventeenth-century British poet, encourages readers toward that goal in his poem “Gratefulness”: “Thou that hast given so much to me, give one thing more: a grateful heart.”

Herbert recognized the only thing he needed in order to be thankful was simply an awareness of the blessings God had already given him.

The Bible declares Christ Jesus as the source of all blessing in Romans 11:36, “For from him and through him and for him are all things.” “All things” encompasses both the extravagant and the mundane, everyday gifts in our lives. Everything we receive in life comes directly from our heavenly Father (James 1:17), and He willingly gives us those gifts out of His love for us.

To expand my awareness of God’s blessings in my life, I am learning to cultivate a heart that acknowledges the source of all the joys I experience each day, but especially the ones I often take for granted. Today those included a crisp morning to run, the anticipation of an evening with friends, a stocked pantry so I could make French toast with my daughters, the beauty of the world outside my window, and the aroma of freshly brewed coffee.

What is the “so much” that God has already given to you? Opening our eyes to those blessings will help us to develop grateful hearts.

Prayer: Take a few minutes to thank God for what comes to your mind right now. Try to do that throughout the day as well.

When you think of all that’s good, thank God.

Insight:

Do you tend to think of yourself as more or less thankful than other people? Consider how the apostle Paul used that question to set a love-trap for some of his readers. Early in his letter to the Romans he describes those who have no interest in worshiping or giving thanks to their Creator (Romans 1:21). For the rest of chapter he describes the unraveling lives of those who refuse to acknowledge the goodness of their God.

Then it happens. Paul anticipates that someone has taken the bait. With no warning he asks his readers whether they really think they are any different than the unthankful sinners he has been condemning (2:1). Paul then spends much of the rest of his letter giving his readers reasons to give thanks to God for revealing in Christ the greatest good news the world has ever heard. Just before erupting in his great expression of worshipful praise to God (11:33–36), Paul concludes, “For God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all” (v. 32).

In the smallest kindness, a thankful heart can sense the greatness of our God. Mart DeHaan

This message was written By Lisa Samra [Our Daily Bread Ministries.]


Our Daily Manna January 17, 2018: ODM devotional: Lord Change The Rule For My Sake!

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Topic: Lord Change The Rule For My Sake! [Our Daily Manna ODM Wednesday, January 17th, 2018]

Basic Scripture: Judges 16: 4-20

Yet another divine encounter which encourage you: “Good morning sir, I have a testimony, I was at Lekker manna mountain on Sunday, the 4th of June 2017, the prayer points during the preaching was for God to show us favor and raise helpers for us, a prophecy for unusual promotion before Thursday that week was made. I keyed into it with faith. Exactly on that Same Thursday, I was told at work that my salary has been increased by 50%, I received a letter yesterday of my salary increase in this time of recession and hard times in Nigeria. It can only be God ;I give Him all the Glory. He gave me an unusual promotion to the next level in my career in Jesus name. Amen! (Chigozie Egbunefu, +2348057128721).

What is affecting millions for bad shall pass over you! The lord shall take you from the crowd this year! What they call recession shall be your reset season! Isaiah says you shall not fear his fears! Just like heaven changed the rule for this testifier in today’s devotional, that shall be your story this year! When there was darkness in the whole of Egypt, the land of GOSHEN had light! I prophesy: the God of GOSHEN, the GOD of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, The God of Moses shall show up for you and your family this year! EMPTIERS AND SCATTERERS WILL DRY UP! The word says: “when men are cast down, then thou shall say there is a lifting up; and he shall save the humble person” (job 22:29), because this year, YOUR CASE IS DIFFERENT and you cannot end empty!

TODAY IS DAY 12 of this 21 day fasting programme. Turn to WAR AGAINST HAMAN – 13 for today’s special prayers. Then be at the world anointing DECORATION night (January 26th) with your POINTS OF CONTACT AND DRESS YOU CAN AFFORD TO HEAR THAT NIGHT! Sow your DECORATION SEED as led also. Peace!

Prayer Points: Take your best worship song to God.

1. Thank God for today’s word and pray as you are led!

2. Lord, make me the next Goshen of my generation. SCATTER those that plan to scatter me!

3. Change the rules for my sake, others lord concerning the following issues of my destiny (mention them).

4. Pray for the testifier and his family.

5. Pray about today seriously and any other issues affecting your peace.

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

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


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