Seeds of Destiny 20 September 2017 by Pastor Paul Enenche: The Heart of Compassion

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Topic: The Heart of Compassion [Wednesday September 20, 2017]

Scripture: And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God? 1 Samuel 17:26

Thought For The Day: A heart of a deliverer makes you to be passionate after the welfare of people.

In our previous studies, we have been highlighting the secrets of David and why God anointed him. We saw that passion for God’s presence and a fighter’s spirit are some of the reasons he was anointed by God.

Additionally, the heart of compassion was another secret and reason God anointed David.

David rescued Israel from the hands of Goliath and the Philistines because of his compassionate heart; a heart of a deliverer (1 Samuel 17:26).

A heart of a deliverer makes you to be passionate about the welfare of people. It makes you to be passionate about rescuing people; when you see people suffering or are in pains, it hurts you. You are moved when people are under the bondage of poverty and other afflictions of the enemy.

The heart of a deliverer made Jesus to go about doing good and healing all manner of sicknesses and delivering the oppressed of the devil (Acts 10:38).

Beloved, develop a compassionate heart for people in order to proffer and offer the solutions to their problems. This is the point where a man contacts the anointing.

Remember this: A heart of a deliverer makes you to be passionate after the welfare of people.

Assignment(s):

1. Ask God for the impartation of a compassionate heart.

2. Be concerned about the welfare of people.

Prayer: I ask O LORD, for increased manifestation of the inexplicable, the incredible, the incredulous and the incomprehensible in my life. Give me a compassionate heart towards people, in Jesus’ Name.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: MAXIMIZING YOUR LIFE.

Amazing Fact: Laughing lowers levels of stress hormones and strengthens the immune system.

Today In History: 20/09/1977 – The first of the “boat people” arrived in San Francisco from Southeast Asia under a new U.S. resettlement program.

Daily Reading: Isaiah 33:10 to 36:22, Galatians 5:13 to 26, Psalm 64:1 to 10, Proverbs 23:23.

Quote: Nothing works where love is not at work. Culled from REASON FOR LIVING by Dr Paul Enenche.

Dunamis International Gospel Centre (DIGC), is a powerfully anointed church, headquartered at Abuja, Nigeria, with Dr 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 Bread 20 September 2017 Devotional – Let’s Finish the Race

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Topic: Let’s Finish the Race — Wednesday September 20, 2017.

Read: Ecclesiastes 4:9–12, Bible in a Year: Ecclesiastes 4–6; 2 Corinthians 12

Two are better than one . . . . If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. Ecclesiastes 4:9–10

In the 2016 Rio Olympics, two athletes in the 5,000-meter race caught the world’s attention. About 3,200 meters into the race, New Zealander Nikki Hamblin and American Abbey D’Agostino collided and fell. Abbey was quickly up on her feet, but stopped to help Nikki. Moments after the two athletes had started running again, Abbey began faltering, her right leg injured as a result of the fall. It was now Nikki’s turn to stop and encourage her fellow athlete to finish the race. When Abbey eventually stumbled across the finish line, Nikki was waiting to embrace her. What a beautiful picture of mutual encouragement!

It reminds me of a passage in the Bible: “Two are better than one . . . . If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up” (Eccl. 4:9–10). As runners in a spiritual race, we need one another—perhaps even more so, for we are not racing in competition with each other but as members of the same team. There’ll be moments where we falter and need someone to pick us up; at other times, someone may need our encouragement through our prayers or presence.

The spiritual race is not to be run alone. Is God leading you to be a Nikki or Abbey in someone’s life? Respond to His prompting today, and let’s finish the race!

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for the encouragement of fellow believers to help me on my journey. Help me to look for ways to encourage others.

We need each other to get where God wants us to go.

Insight:

Ecclesiastes is a very unusual book. For much of this inspired text, life is examined without God in the picture (1:2). Although the book concludes with moral admonitions (see 12:1–8), the majority of the book has almost a secular feel to it. Yet because King Solomon the Wise is its author, remarkable principles of life surface. Today’s reading blesses the reader with insights on the benefits of meaningful relationships. The journey of life is not to be walked alone but benefits from mutual support of another.

Can you recall a time when God used someone to help you carry your load? Dennis Fisher

This message was written By Poh Fang Chia [Our Daily Bread Ministries.]


Kenneth Copeland’s Daily September 20, 2017 Devotional: Time to Get Serious

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Topic: Time to Get Serious [Wednesday September 20, 2017]

O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee…. I [will] remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. – Psalm 63:1,6

If you’re going to live in divine health, there are going to be times when you’ll have to be downright extreme about the Word of God. Times when you may be facing a sickness so severe that you need more than just a few moments in the Word and a quick prayer to receive your healing.

I want to tell you, in very practical terms, what I would do in a situation like that.

The moment I woke up in the morning, before I did anything else, I’d take Communion. I’d say, “Lord, I dedicate my body all day today to the service of my Lord Jesus Christ. I take Jesus’ pure blood shed for me.”

Then I’d put the devil in his place. I’d say, “I rebuke you, Satan. You’re not going to put any sickness and disease on me today. Regardless of the symptoms, regardless of what my body thinks about it, by the power of Jesus through His Spirit, I have overcome this sickness because He who is within me is greater than he who is in the world.”

Then, all day long, I’d thank God for my healing. I’d choose some teaching tapes that would fill my mind and my spirit with the anointed Word of God, and I’d listen to them throughout the day. In the afternoon, I’d praise God and receive Communion again to remind myself that the blood of Jesus is in my veins, that I’m part of God’s family.

You don’t have to wait until the second Sunday of each month or whatever to receive Communion. Jesus just said, “This do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me” (1 Corinthians 11:25). And if you’re facing a serious attack of the devil, you need to remember Jesus all day and all night. You need to consider Jesus until thoughts of Him push the thoughts of that sickness right out of your mind.

That night before bed I’d receive Communion again, then I’d praise myself to sleep. If I woke up in the night, I’d reach over and get my Bible and read all the healing scriptures and make the devil sorry he woke me.

When the devil launches a serious attack against your body, don’t mess around. Get serious about the Word. Put yourself under its constant care and it will take good care of you.

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 4:9-16

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.


Billy Graham’s Daily 20 September 2017 Devotional: Do You Surrender?

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Topic: Do You Surrender? [Wednesday September 20, 2017]

It is God himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend these lives in helping others. — Ephesians 2:10 (TLB)

Happiness and all of the 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 surrender of the will to Him.

We must admit we are poor before we can be made rich. We must admit we are destitute before we can become children of adoption. When we realize that all our own goodness is as filthy rags in God’s sight, and become aware of the destructive power of our stubborn wills; when we realize our absolute dependence upon the grace of God through faith and nothing more, then we have started on the road to happiness.

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: Ever impress upon us, Lord Jesus, that it is through grace that we came to know You; that it is because of You that we stand righteous before You.

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.


Andrew Wommack’s Daily 20 September 2017 Devotional – Heaven

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Topic: Heaven – Wednesday September 20, 2017.

Mark 12:25 “For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.”

Text: Mark 12:25

The word heaven comes from the Greek word meaning “the sky; heaven as the abode of God”; by implication, “happiness; power; an eternity.”

Paul mentioned being caught up into “the third heaven” in 2 Corinthians 12:2. Since “the third heaven” exists, there must also be a first and second heaven. The first is probably the atmospheric heaven, the second, the abode of supernatural angelic beings, and the third, the place where God dwells.

God now dwells in the hearts of His people, but He also sits on His throne in heaven. The Lord’s commitment to dwell in us and never leave us or forsake us, must be taken as an indication of His great love for us. Heaven has a real temple which is patterned after the Old Testament tabernacle. Saints who die go immediately into heaven and into the presence of God.

Paul had a vision of heaven that made him long to go there. Most people cling to this physical life for selfish reasons. Only when we lose our life (die to self and live for Christ and others) do we truly find out what life is all about. If we seriously thought about what the scriptures teach us about our life with Christ after this physical life, we would all think like Paul. The things prepared for us are so wonderful that we can’t totally comprehend them with our finite mind. We need to value our eternal life more and our temporal life less. This would solve many problems and remove a lot of grief.

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).


Open Heavens 20 September 2017: Wednesday daily devotional by Pastor Adeboye – Give First

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Topic: Give First — Wednesday 20, September 2017.

Memorise: I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me. – Psalm 13:6

Read: 1 Chronicles 16:2-3, Acts 20:35 (KJV)

2 And when David had made an end of offering the burnt offerings and the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD.

3 And he dealt to every one of Israel, both man and woman, to every one a loaf of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine.

Acts 20:35:

35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Bible in One Year: Ezra 9-10, Ezekiel 44:1-14, Hymn: Sing hymn 10 – There Shall be Showers of Blessing

MESSAGE:

Generous divine provision is a benefit of those in the sheepfold of the Great Shepherd. God prepares a table of abundance for His sheep (Psalm 23:5). No wonder David, in Psalm 13:6, said:

“I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me

Coming up next: Open Heavens 21 September 2017: Thursday daily devotional by Pastor Adeboye – Abba, Father

This scripture is a personal testimony of David. After God had blessed him beyond measure, he began to testify of God’s goodness through songs. If you carefully study the life of David, you will discover that the secret of his prosperity lay in the principles he lived by. One of such principles is demonstrated in today’s Bible reading: he believed giving to be the key to receiving. Can you imagine a man giving a loaf of bread to every citizen of a country? This was what David did, and he even gave much more! We often wonder why most of us are not flowing in God’s abundance, even though God has resources to cater for more than we could ever need. One likely reason for this is that we do not strictly follow divine financial principles. Jesus, in Luke 6:38, said:

“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”

Let us draw a few lessons from this. Firstly, if you ever want to receive, it is your duty to first give. If you fail to sow, you would be deceiving yourself to expect a harvest. Many of us refuse to give, and yet we continue to pray, fast and do all other things right. If you want to receive, first give. It is important to note that God will never owe anyone. If you give, you will receive a harvest, no matter how long it takes, as long as the seed is not uprooted.

However, the way the harvest comes and when it will come are issues that may not be too clear to you. For instance, you may be expecting you harvest for a particular seed in the form of physical cash, not knowing that God has already given it to you as a harvest of peace in the time of trouble, or as protection when the enemy came calling. Sometimes, you cannot tell how the harvest of a given seed will come, although if you key into the Holy Spirit, He can sometimes reveal to you that a particular harvest you received was from a particular seed you sowed. Moreover, God who knows our needs should be given the freedom to determine when and how our harvests should come. Just make sure that a lifestyle of giving and sowing seeds is an indelible part of you. Do you give to God? Do you give to His servants? Do you give to the needy? How often do you give?

Action Point: Giving is an act. Giving is also a spirit. Pray that God will give you the spirit of giving.

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.

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Our Daily Manna September 19, 2017: ODM devotional – The Mystery Snake: Vomit My Glory!

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Topic: The Mystery Snake: Vomit My Glory! [Tuesday 19 September, 2017]

(Isaiah 54:10-17).

It was a scene of shock and of the bizarre, when a mystery snake was killed in Badagry area of Lagos State of Nigeria. The shocker was in the contents of the snake’s belly when it was killed. It contained names of 8 persons written on a piece of paper, 7 passport sized photographs of seven other persons and 3 black candles. The other mystery was that the snake refused to burn even inside a blazing fire, till a pastor was called to pray. Thank God for the Holy Ghost fire! And that was not the first time that such a mysterious snake had been killed.

What God is saying to a user of today’s devotional is that no weapon fashioned against you shall prosper! Indeed, there are many weapons being secretly fashioned in evil prayer houses and witchcraft covens! Indeed, there are mysterious and unknown enemies because this world is a wicked place! A few years ago, I once saw a name tied to a padlock on the top of a very high mountain where I went to pray. On that same mountain, I saw coins with people’s names tied on them – a sign of poverty. ON A PRAYER MOUNTAIN?

What a wicked world! How can the destinies of people be buried in the stomach of a snake? God is sending me to announce to you that all your swallowed or buried/covered blessings shall be released today! Do you know that same people’s destinies are buried in snake bellies, big rivers/ oceans, evil forests, occultic houses, cemeteries and T-juctions?

In this second half of 2017, note that since the grave could not hold Jesus Christ, no snake, fish, animal, coin, cemetery, forest, or coven shall be able to hold your glory, favor and destiny whether they like it or not! As you pray now, they must vomit every swallowed up glory or testimony. Pray now!

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Prayer Points: Take Song 1: Through the love………

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

2. I release my names/properties or body parts from any evil location today in Jesus Christ name (Pray this point seriously).

3. I decree: Every power holding down my glory and testimony, VOMIT IT in Jesus Christ name!

4. Pray the above prayer point for your loved ones name by name (Pray this point and the ones below seriously)

5. I command all evil snakes holding my destiny to vomit it now and die by fire in Jesus Christ name.

6. O Lord, let any stubborn evil power seeking my life and ministry be paralyzed now and be buried this year!

7. Pray any other prayer(s) 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.


CGMI Above Only 19 September 2017, Devotional by Rev. M.E. Benson-Idahosa – Prevailing in Prayers

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Topic: Prevailing in Prayers — Tuesday September 19, 2017.

Text: Luke 5:16, Luke 6:12, Ephesians 6:18 (NIV), 1Cor.14:18

And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed. *And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. *And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. *I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all.

Your understanding of the grace of God available to you in Christ has a way of causing you to want to draw closer to God. Prayer is a very good avenue for you to grow in intimacy and in your knowledge of God the Father. You need to maximize this access that you have to God’s throne of grace, just as Jesus maximized it throughout His time on the earth. That same grace by which Jesus prayed the way He prayed when He was on the earth is upon you, child of God. Prayer in itself is a major channel through which we receive God’s abundant grace into our lives. Hebrews 4:16 admonishes us to come boldly to God’s throne of grace to obtain mercy and to find grace to help us in our time of need. Child of God, be free and real in your prayers. You are talking to God, your loving Heavenly Father.

Pray in faith and pray in line with the word of God, 1John 5:14. Remember that we come to God in the name of Jesus and because of Jesus, we are guaranteed God’s audience and response to our prayers. The Holy Spirit is also always available to help us in our prayers, Rom.8:26-27. You must rely more on the strength and direction of the Holy Spirit as you pray. Pray under His influence and incessantly pray in tongues, ICor.14:14-15. Grace did not stop Apostle Paul from praying. On the contrary, it caused him to pray even more fervently than others.

The grace of God has a way of changing prayer from being a burden into bringing joy and delight. As you trust God for more of His grace, you will keep growing and making progress in your prayer life.

Prayer Focus: Thank God for His abundant grace available for you to draw nearer to Him and to grow and prevail in prayer. Desire more of Him and by faith make your requests known unto Him.

 
Bible In One Year Reading:  Ecclesiastes 1-3; 2 Corinthians 11:16-33

Empowered to do exploits…

CGMI Above Only Daily Devotional, was written by Most Rev. M.E. Benson-Idahosa, Archbishop of Church of God Mission International, CGMI.


David Abioye's Daily 19 September 2017 Devotional – Overcoming Weariness

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Topic: Overcoming Weariness [Tuesday September 19, 2017]

Weariness is satan’s weapon to frustrate the saints from taking their blessings.

It comes when hope seems gone and waiting seems not necessary any longer.

When weariness is not stemed it extends to frustration which in turn can open the door to all kinds of evil.

If you want to escape weariness, tame your utterances.

To dismantle weariness offer strong thanksgiving and praise to God always. Thanksgiving are hardly worn out, thanksgiving naturally wears out the enemy.


Open Heavens For TEENS: Tuesday 19 September 2017 by Pastor Adeboye – Fulfil Your Promise O Lord

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Topic: Fulfil Your Promise O Lord [Tuesday 19, September 2017]

Memorise: “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” – Matthew 28:20

Read: John 14:12-18

12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

Bible In One Year: Amos 1-4. Hymn: Sing Hymn 1

MESSAGE:

The promises of God reveal His specific and eternal purposes to which He is unchangeably committed and which Christians can totally depend on. These promises are conditional upon obedience on the part of children of God. God’s promises are unchangeable and sure, this is to say that God does not go back on His word, whatever He says, He will do (Matthew 24:35).

Whenever the fulfilment of a long standing promise is overdue, He creates an opportunity for divine favour, and God does not only give you an opportunity to tap into it by sowing, but will also personally make a demand for you. After waiting for years for a promise from God, at the time of God’s favour, the Lord suddenly changed His promise to Abraham into an irreversible decree. Every promise that the Lord has made to you and your family shall come to pass soon in Jesus’ Name.

Prayer Point: Father, please fulfil Your promises in my life in Jesus’ Name.

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.


How to Have a Successful Courtship (3) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo

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Topic: How to Have a Successful Courtship (3)

Dear Reader,

I welcome you to the presence of God. For the past two weeks, I have taught on the keys to a successful courtship and the length of courtship. Today, I want you to Beware of These Forbidden Fruits.

Pre-marital sex

Pre-marital sex is simply, sex before marriage. Many couples live together before marriage to see if they are capable of child bearing. Many end up messing themselves up by engaging in the works of the flesh. The Word of God lists the various work of the flesh: Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:19-21).

Marriage was designed to bring honour to man and when the bed is defiled, the honour is taken away. If you are in courtship, you are not permitted to engage in sexual intercourse or anything that leads to it. If you do that, you are committing fornication and you are defiling your marriage bed thereby taking away the honour in your marriage. The marriage bed is for the married only. To engage in sexual intercourse as a single is a sin against your own conscience and God. Defiling the marriage bed, as a single, is the quickest route to shame in marriage; whether you are marrying the person involved or not.

For instance, if you are still single, stay clear of sex till you are legally married. The Bible enjoins singles to present their bodies as a living sacrifice unto the Lord (Romans 12:1). In other words, the presentation of your body unto the Almighty God as a living sacrifice is your reasonable service unto God. It doesn’t matter whether you sleep in the church every day, as long as your body is not kept pure, that service is not acceptable unto God.

Despite the volume of money you bring to the Church, when you defile the marriage bed, whether as a single or as a married person, whatever service you render to God has no record and will never receive a reward. You may be in the choir and your voice is as sweet as honey God’s eyes do not behold you; because, if the eyes of God behold you at all, it will be for judgment. It doesn’t matter the post you hold or your position. You can even be the leader of any board in the Church, Romans 12:1 is still in the Word of God. Until your body is presented to God as a reasonable service, every other service that you render is unreasonable.

Fornication

The dictionary meaning of the word “fornication” is any unlawful sexual intercourse between an unmarried man and woman. In the Bible, the Greek definition of the word “fornication” is to commit illicit sexual intercourse.

Today, fornication is no longer regarded as sin in our society; it has become a way of life. Permit me to say, that the sin of fornication is even more pronounced in the Church of God, today, than anywhere else in the world. As a Christian, your body has been bought with a price; it is not meant for fornication rather, your body is meant to glorify God. The Word of God says: Flee fornication… know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s (1 Corinthians 6:18-20).

Young ladies, don’t keep messing up your lives about with men because of the money they offer you. Your beauty is not meant for business. Remember, God who gave it to you can call you back anytime. Refuse to sell your body for money for your soul is more precious to God! You may say, “I have to do something to be able to keep up with my financial needs.” Your life is much more valuable than money. You may be a fornicator and still go to church, sing, clap and dance. When they say, “Lift up holy hands and let’s worship the Lord”; you also lift up yours. It is not your kind of hands they are talking about. The Word of God says: Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully (Psalm 24:3-4).

Moreover, some even claim, “After all, we are going to marry, so why can’t we sleep together on the same bed?” God knows that you are going to get married, but more often than not, you know what happens? After he must have seen your nakedness, the interest is no longer there because the love has waned. As I always tell people, more often than not, it is the lady that experiences more of the shame. Now, that the man has seen your nakedness, he can say, “I’m sorry sister, in fact God didn’t give me the leading, I have made a mistake; now go your way and let me go my way, God will give you your husband. He will also give me my own wife”. Why? You have sold yourself out to him and there is nothing new anymore.

In addition, marriage is honourable so, the bed should be undefiled. For you to experience honour in your marriage as a single, you must lay a good foundation by keeping yourself pure. Parents, begin to teach your children before they get to the stage of committing atrocities.

You need to surrender your life to Christ in order to have access to God’s grace to live a pure life. You surrender by confessing your sins and accepting Jesus as your Lord and personal Saviour. That way, you are born again. If you are ready for it, please say this prayer and be born again: “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, you are now born again! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, you are now 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.


TREM’s Daily 19 September 2017 Devotional by Dr. Mike Okonkwo – Go Forward

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Topic: Go Forward — Tuesday September 19, 2017.

‘’I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gate of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron:’ (Isaiah 45:2 KJV)

Often times in our walk with God, we get to certain roadblocks and we don’t know what next to do. Today, I come to announce to you to go forward. In Exodus 14, Pharaoh reluctantly gave permission to God’s people in Egypt to leave, but almost immediately, he and his cohorts pursued them with horses and chariots to bring them back to bondage and slavery. You can see that the devil would always attempt to fight the plans and purposes of God over your life. At the Red sea, God’s people became stuck and Pharaoh intensified his pursuit thinking he had them pinned down but unknown to him, it was a set up to wipe them all out.

Rather than surrender to the enemy, God commanded Moses to tell the people to go forward. Moses would have thought to himself, how can we go forward when the Red Sea is right in front of us? However, all he heard was go forward as impossible as it sounded. God had spoken and there was no going back. God was saying in effect, you may not see a way through the sea, but I am going to make a way for you even where none exists.

The clincher however, was that Moses obeyed what God had said. Acting on what God said, the people walked through the sea supernaturally, without struggle and continued their journey as if nothing happened. You can now see that obedience to divine instruction is key to obtaining victory in life.

I declare that no plan of the enemy concerning your life will come to pass. God will prove himself in your life. You will experience the supernatural. You will see the goodness of God in your life. God has spoken concerning this year so expect great things to happen for you. It is a decision you must take. You must choose to believe God for what he has said. Don’t cancel yourself out.

Further Reading: Philippians 3:13, Exodus 14:13-31

Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Ecclesiastes 1-3; Evening- 2 Corinthians 11:16-33

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.


DCLM Daily Manna 19 September, 2017 by Pastor Kumuyi – Not For The Unclean

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Topic: Not For The Unclean — Tuesday September 19, 2017.

Text: Leviticus 22:1-16

Key Verse: “Say unto them, Whosoever he be of all your seed among your generations, that goeth unto the holy things, which the children of Israel hallow unto the LORD, having his uncleanness upon him, that soul shall be cut off from my presence: I am the LORD”( Leviticus 22:3)

Robert Murray McCheyne wrote to Dan Edwards after the latter’s ordination as a missionary that: “In great measure, according to the purity and perfections of the instrument, will be the success. It is not great talents God blesses so much as great likeness to Jesus. A holy minister is an awful weapon in the hand of God”.

From our text, the Lord warned the house of Aaron against making unholy use of dedicated things. Specifically, the Lord commanded Aaron to ensure any of the priest’s children who had any uncleanness was disallowed from eating hallowed food dedicated by the Lord’s people until such a person is cleansed and cleared accordingly. The consequence of violating those commandments could lead to premature or sudden death.

Strangers, visitors or hired servants (except those bought with money) are prohibited from eating holy things dedicated to the Lord. The lesson we’re learning here is that God is holy and therefore cannot bear with any one of His children who is spiritually defiled. Sin is evil and should be seen to be evil. The application today is that God will not give hallowed things to unclean, immoral and defiled servants of His.

The scripture says: “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine…” (Matthew 7:6). In the same vein, God will not receive money or donations from unclean and unholy sources. The fact that ceremonial laws have been done away with together with the Old Testament rituals is not an excuse for vicars, pastors and shepherds to encourage their children who are publicly accused of immoral and riotous behaviour to do any manner of service in the sanctuary of God. His moral requirement and His demand for purity, especially in the house of God, has not changed.

Thought for the day: A holy minister is an awesome weapon in the hand of God.

Bible Reading in one Year: Numbers 29-30

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.


Open Heavens 19 September 2017: Tuesday daily devotional by Pastor Adeboye – The Ground Is Not For You

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Topic: The Ground Is Not For You — Tuesday 19, September 2017.

Memorise: For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.  – Proverbs 24:16

Read: Luke 22:31-34 (KJV)

31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:

32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

33 And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death.

34 And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.

Bible in One Year: Ezra 7-8, Ezekiel 43:13-27, Hymn: Sing hymn 4 – Through the Love of God Our Saviour

MESSAGE:

It’s a fact of life that we are all susceptible to making mistakes. However, when we make mistakes, we must have the strength of character to admit our mistakes and also to resolve never to repeat them again (Proverbs 28:13). A child learning to walk will stand up, take a step or two and fall down again. You will observe however that in spite of these falls, he or she does not give up trying. The child will repeatedly make attempts at walking, and in the process of time, that child will not only walk, he or she will also run, leap and jump, all without falling to the ground like before. Do not turn a mistake into your final destination. Can you believe that because some people made a mistake in their walk of faith in Christ, they gave up the race entirely and decided to die there? That is most unfortunate! Some people cannot forgive themselves for either denying Jesus at a very crucial moment when their faith was tested, or for falling into a particular sin that they have been preaching against all along. Such people need to learn from the example of Apostle Peter, who thrice denied Christ. The Lord had to make him realise that it was not over yet. That same Peter was the one who later led the other disciples in defending their faith in Christ and in propagating the Good News of the gospel around the world

“Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.” – Micah 7:8

Coming up next: Open Heavens 20 September 2017: Wednesday daily devotional by Pastor Adeboye – Give First

One lesson from this scripture is that the fact that you slipped and fell does not mean that the enemy has won the battle over your life. He hasn’t. It also says that there is the possibility of a comeback. From where you fell, you shall arise in Jesus’ Name! Your rise shall be more formidable! You may say that your case is a bad one because you have fallen so many times and you therefore concluded that it was better to stop trying. Oh, how wrong you are! Proverbs 24:16 says it is possible for a righteous man to fall seven times and still rise. To fall seven times simply refers to the possibility of falling to a point of experiencing what most people will call the final or ultimate fall. Yet, even at that, if you are a child of God, the Lord says that you should not give up hope. Make another attempt at reconciling with the Lord, confess your weakness to Him, and ask for His help. He will lift you up and He will sustain you afterwards. So are you still on the floor? Arise now!

Key Point: Falling and rising in the Christian faith does not make you a failure; it only shows that you are at the babyhood stage of maturity and would need to trust Jesus Christ the more.

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.


Andrew Wommack’s Daily 19 September 2017 Devotional – The Resurrection Power

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Topic: The Resurrection Power – Tuesday September 19, 2017.

Matthew 22:23 “The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him,”

Text: Matthew 22:23

The Greek word used here for resurrection means “a standing or rising up.” The resurrection is a major theme of New Testament teaching. Out of the 13 sermons in the book of Acts, 11 stress or simply mention the resurrection.

Man consists of three parts – a spirit, a soul, and a body (1 Th. 5:23). The body is mortal while the spirit and soul are immortal. At death, man’s body goes through the decomposition process and returns to its original elements.

At the resurrection, man’s departed soul and spirit are called forth from either heaven or hell. The material elements of the body are raised up, reassembled, and united with the spirit and soul. Thus we have the complete personality of the individual reconstituted. Everyone will be resurrected – some to life, and some to damnation.

The hope of the believer is the resurrection unto life. The natural, earthly, terrestrial, corrupt, weak, mortal, vile body is said to be raised, changed and fashioned into a spiritual, heavenly, celestial, incorrupt, glorious, powerful, and immortal body. This is the completion of everything that has been purchased for us in Christ.

Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:12-17 that if there is no resurrection, then our faith is vain and we are yet in our sins. It is the resurrected life of Jesus that brings spiritual life into us and the resurrection of the body that brings physical regeneration, reconstituting us into the very image of God. The transformation from this physical condition to our glorified bodies will be a huge difference, but the power of God can accomplish it easily. If the Lord can work that miracle, then surely, He can heal our bodies and free us from other bondages.

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 September 2017 Devotional: Change Yourself, Change the World

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Topic: Change Yourself, Change the World [Tuesday September 19, 2017]

Every one of us shall give account of himself to God. — Romans 14:12

I do not quarrel with Karl Marx’s statement that “religion is the opiate of the people.” I never try to defend religion. Religion has spawned wars. Many so-called religious people have been characterized by prejudice, pride, bickering, and even tolerance for slavery. However, I would call you to a simple faith in Jesus, who said, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Are you really concerned? Are you disappointed with society? If you are, I challenge you to take the first step. I challenge you to look at yourself.

Prayer for the day: Forgive me, for so often failing to love my neighbor. May my life speak to others of Your love and compassion, Lord 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 Copeland’s Daily September 19, 2017 Devotional: A Word About Angels

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Topic: A Word About Angels [Tuesday September 19, 2017]

For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. – Psalm 91:11

It’s time to set the record straight. Angels are not kid stuff. They’re not little fat babies with long blonde hair and bows and arrows in their hands. Angels are big, strong warriors. They are real. They are powerful. And if you are a believer, they are a vital part of your life.

We see examples of what angels can do all through the Bible. For instance, when the children of Israel were fleeing from Egypt with Pharaoh’s army hot on their heels, the Bible tells us that suddenly the wheels on the Egyptians’ chariots got fouled up. They just quit rolling!

Who do you think caused that? The angels, of course!

They haven’t retired since then either. Angels are at work today just as they’ve always been.

A few years ago in one of Israel’s major wars, the enemy had their guns trained on Israeli cities. Those guns were the finest military equipment money could buy. They had a range of at least 20 miles and were equipped with electronic gun sights for accuracy.

But something very odd happened. Every time they fired those guns at the Israelis, they either overshot or fell far short of their targets. We know there was nothing wrong with the guns because later the Israelis captured them and fired them back at the enemy with perfect success.

What happened? Angels, that’s what!

My friend, that isn’t just a fairy tale. That’s a real-life example of the involvement of angels in the lives of God’s people today. And, if you’re a child of God, you have a right to expect God’s angels to do the same kind of things for you.

So, start expecting! Say, “Thank You, heavenly Father, for giving Your angels charge over me to keep me in all my ways.” Once you’ve spoken that word of faith, stand fast. Don’t fear. Don’t waver. Just be patient and keep believing, and you will surely see the salvation of the Lord.

Scripture Reading: Acts 12:1-17

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.


Seeds of Destiny 19 September 2017 by Pastor Paul Enenche: Jehovah Rapha; Mender Of Lives And Destinies

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Topic: Jehovah Rapha; Mender Of Lives And Destinies [Tuesday September 19, 2017]

Scripture: ‘..but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.’ Daniel 11:32

Thought For The Day: God has the capacity to suture a future that is ruptured.

It is very clear from God’s word that what a person knows determines what He or she can show. Understanding is key to an outstanding life. Many people are living below average, not because they were created by God to be like that but because they lack understanding.

One fundamental knowledge or understanding a man needs on earth is the knowledge of God (Daniel 12:30).

It is very important to know that God is everything to us in life. One of His treasured names is Jehovah Rapha.

What does this mean? Jehovah Rapha means God is your Mender, Repairer or Tailor. This means that God has the capacity to suture the future that is ruptured. He is the Lord God your Tailor.

A young man testified some time ago that his father and mother had been separated for about 18 years and he was in the service when the word of knowledge about his family came. Not too long after, he came back to testify that after 18 years of separation, the marriage was sutured and his parents were back together.

Only Jehovah can do such a thing.

Beloved, I prophesy that Jehovah Rapha will suture your life, marriage, destiny, finances, business, or physical body in the name of Jesus.

Remember this: God has the capacity to suture a future that is ruptured.

Assignment(s):

1. Ask God to suture every ruptured part of your life.

2. Submit and surrender to the suturing power of God.

Prayer: O LORD, suture every ruptured part of my life and destiny in Jesus’ Name.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: JEHOVAH RAPHA.

Daily Reading: Isaiah 3012 to 33:9, Galatians 5:1 to 12, Psalm 62:1 to 11, Proverbs 23:23.

Amazing Fact: The surface area of the lungs is roughly the same size as a tennis court

Today In History: 19/09/1957 – The U.S. conducted its first underground nuclear test. The test took place in the Nevada desert.

Quote: God delivers those who trust in Him…So, if you can trust, you should expect protection and security….Culled from 15 KINGDOM STRATEGIES FOR SURVIVAL by Dr Paul Enenche.

Dunamis International Gospel Centre (DIGC), is a powerfully anointed church, headquartered at Abuja, Nigeria, with Dr 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 Bread 19 September 2017 Devotional – The Best Portion of All

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Topic: The Best Portion of All — Tuesday September 19, 2017.

Read: Psalm 73:21–28, Bible in a Year: Ecclesiastes 1–3; 2 Corinthians 11:16–33

I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation. Philippians 4:12

“His piece is bigger than mine!”

When I was a boy my brothers and I would sometimes bicker about the size of the piece of homemade pie mom served us. One day Dad observed our antics with a lifted eyebrow, and smiled at Mom as he lifted his plate: “Please just give me a piece as big as your heart.” My brothers and I watched in stunned silence as Mom laughed and offered him the largest portion of all.

If we focus on others’ possessions, jealousy too often results. Yet God’s Word lifts our eyes to something of far greater worth than earthly possessions. The psalmist writes, “You are my portion, Lord; I have promised to obey your words. I have sought your face with all my heart” (Ps. 119:57–58). Inspired by the Holy Spirit, the writer conveyed the truth that nothing matters more than closeness to God.

What better portion could we have than our loving and limitless Creator? Nothing on earth can compare with Him, and nothing can take Him away from us. Human longing is an expansive void; one may have “everything” in the world and still be miserable. But when God is our source of happiness, we are truly content. There’s a space within us only God can fill. He alone can give us the peace that matches our hearts.

Prayer: Loving Lord, thank You that nothing and no one can meet my every need like You can.

When we are His, He is ours, forever.

You have made us for yourself, Lord. Our hearts are restless until they can find rest in You. Augustine of Hippo

Insight:

In Philippians 4:12, the key verse for today, the apostle Paul says he’s learned the secret of being content. Yet for Paul, life wasn’t easy—especially life as an evangelist. In another letter written by him, Paul lists the many trials he faced: five times he was brutally whipped, three times beaten with rods, and once pelted with stones. He was in danger at sea and on land, was imprisoned several times, and often went without sleep or food (see 2 Cor. 11:23–27). How could Paul be content in such difficult circumstances? What was his “secret”? He wrote, “I can do all this through him who gives me strength” (Phil. 4:13). Because of the strength God gave him, Paul could be content “whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want” (v. 12).

Do you struggle with contentment? Ask God to give you the strength to be content in your situation.

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


Our Daily Manna September 18, 2017: ODM devotional – What The King Told The Gypsy

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Topic: What The King Told The Gypsy [Monday 18 September, 2017]

(2 Kings 5:15-27).

A King once met a gypsy ( Member of a group of Shepherds based in Europe who are actually Hindus) on horseback on the way home from a journey and the gypsy asked him: “On what account would you prefer to lose your kingship?” The King replied: “On account of wine or women and not because of money.” “Why?”asked the gypsy and the King replied sharply: “Because losing my crown for the sake of money will make me look like a thief.” To the king, a thief is more intolerable than a drunk and a flirt, but as far as God is concerned, on no account should you fall because no evil is more tolerable than the other. Sin is sin and has no category! God wants you to use today’s devotional to answer the questions: “What can make you fall? What is making you to fall?”

Hear Saint Augustine: “The man who lives according to God, owes a perfect hatred to evil men; not that he should hate the man on account of his fault, nor love the fault because of the man.” Get the message: You must hate that weakness and not yourself. Samson fell by women! David, by a woman! Gehazi fell by money! Judas by money! Moses fell by the effect of pride and anger; Lucifer fell by the effect of pride!

Deal with whatever can make you fall or is making you to fall. Robert Wilensky wrote: “No man chooses evil because it evil; he only mistakes it for the happiness, the good he seeks.” That weakness if not conquered can become your window of tears because sin fascinates, then assassinate!

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Prayer Points: Take Song 2: Stand up for Jesus Christ……..

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

2. Ask for the grace to overcome that weak area of your life now.

3. Pray the prayers for self control on page 15 of this booklet today for the next seven days.

4. Lord, keep me from this persistent temptation (Mention it).

5. Pray against setbacks and non-achievement concerning your life and ministry. Uproot stagnation.

6. Pray any other prayer(s) as led.

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

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


CGMI Above Only 18 September 2017, Devotional by Rev. M.E. Benson-Idahosa – Triumphing Over Challenges

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Topic: Triumphing Over Challenges — Monday September 18, 2017.

Text:  2 Corinthians 12:8-9 (NIV), James 4:6-7 (NIV)
Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. *But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Child of God, no matter what you may be going through, I want you to know that the grace of God is sufficient for you and that it will see you through. You will come out victoriously on the other side and you will praise God for His grace that saw you through. By the grace of God, both the strength and wisdom that you need will be abundantly provided to you. You will know what to do and will have the strength to do it. Keep looking unto Jesus.

The Holy Spirit is your Comforter and your Helper. With Him, you will feel as if Jesus is physically present with you because He actually is. By His grace, God has already made a portion of His wisdom concerning how you can triumph over your challenges available to you in His word. The Holy Spirit will guide you into that wisdom.

Even as a righteous man or woman, you will face many afflictions, but God will deliver you from them all, Psa.34:19. Remain humble and remain full of faith. Keep your eyes on God’s love and keep your eyes on the joy that is set before you. That situation has already worked out together for your good. It has worked out an eternal weight of glory for you, 2Cor.4:17. Maintain a good conscience. Resist the temptation to slip back into guilt. Remain conscious of your righteousness in Christ. Pray in faith. James 5:13a says, is any among you afflicted? Let him pray. James 5:16b reminds us that the effective fervent prayer of the righteous man avails much.

Prayer Focus: I thank You, Heavenly Father, for Your abundant wisdom and grace that is available for me to triumph over my challenges today.

Bible In One Year Reading Plan:  Proverbs 30-31; 2 Corinthians 11:1-15

Empowered to do exploits…

CGMI Above Only Daily Devotional, was written by Most Rev. M.E. Benson-Idahosa, Archbishop of Church of God Mission International, CGMI.


David Abioye's Daily 18 September 2017 Devotional – Mystery For Mystery

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Topic: Mystery For Mystery [Monday September 18, 2017]

It takes spiritual intervention to tackles spiritual interference.

You cannot escape mysterious reproach except you give life a mysterious approach.

When you are confronted with a mysterious issue, do not wander and watch when you are faced with mysterious situation, phase it out by employing mysterious approach.


Open Heavens For TEENS: Monday 18 September 2017 by Pastor Adeboye – Know Your Limit

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Topic: Know Your Limit [Monday 18, September 2017]

Memorise: “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” – Romans 12:3

Read: Romans 12:3-10

3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:

5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;

7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;

8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

Bible In One Year: Joel 1-3. Hymn: Sing Hymn 5

MESSAGE:

There is a common saying that no man is an island. The meaning of the title ‘Know Your Limit’ is explained in the memory verse for today. God inspired several individuals in the writing of the Bible, there is no book of the Bible that is complete in itself as each one depends on others to give complete knowledge of any aspect of Biblical teachings. Some tell the beginning, while others tell the middle or tail end of the story. For example, the doctrine of salvation, baptism, communion, divine healing, sin and the second coming of Jesus, cannot be fully understood by reading any one of the Bible.

Therefore, in order for us to remain in tune with the Holy Ghost, we as Christians must be conscious of our limitations as human beings. God will not give all the gifts needed for the body of Christ to one individual. This is the only way to remain humble and teachable, the only way to focus on the Giver always, rather than the given. This is the only way to be “approved unto God”.

Prayer Point: Father, please help me to know my limits and be focused on the Spirit in Jesus’ Name.

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.


Children Are An Heritage (3) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo

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Topic: Children Are An Heritage (3)

Dear Reader,

Surely, the good thing the Lord has started in your life and family shall be sustained and completed in Jesus’ name!

Last week, I showed you what to do to raise God-fearing children. In this edition, we shall be considering “God’s view on Child Training.”

There are some basic truths that will be exposed to you now. I believe, by the help of the Holy Ghost, as you apply yourself to these truths, you will experience a turnaround and every sweat over your children shall be turned to sweet in Jesus’ name! Proverbs 13:15 says: Good understanding giveth favour… Also Proverbs 22:6 says: Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

What, then, is God’s view on Child Training?

It is a commandment.

Child training is not an advice, a suggestion or a thing you do at your convenience. It is a commandment from God. This commandment is neither grievous nor burdensome; it is for your sake (1John 5:3). My husband says “God’s commandments are not to grieve you, but to groom you.” Bring your children up in the way of the Lord. If you refuse to do so, you are disobeying God’s commandment, and as far as God is concerned, disobedience is as terrible as witchcraft. 1 Samuel 15:23 says: For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. His Word also says do not suffer a witch to live (Exodus 22:18).

In other words, if you are not bringing up your children in the way they should go, you are cutting short the number of your days. Receive grace from God now, to be obedient to this commandment, on child training in Jesus’ name!

It is the responsibilities of both parents

Take a look at Proverbs 22:6 again. God did not mention here who particularly should do the training, but definitely it is the parents. I mean both parents, because neither the father nor the mother alone can give birth to a child. It is a combination of forces.Therefore, the training must be done by both parents.

Remember, it is a combination of forces that brought the child to be; so it must be a combination of forces that will fulfill that commandment. Both parents must create time for their children, so that those children will not become thorns in their flesh tomorrow.

Training your children in the fear of the Lord is your primary responsibilities. Do not shirk that responsibility! Both parents ought to fulfill their parts and make it a joint effort. The Bible says in Ecclesiastics 4:9: Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.

As parents, pay close attention to your children, create time to listen to them, fellowship together with them, and give them opportunities to ask you questions bothering them.

Learn to create time for fun and excitements and all tension will be defused. Do not allow your children to become products of neglect; do not be too busy to attend to them. I pray for a release of grace upon you now for fulfilment in Jesus’ mighty name!

It is a seed

Whatever you do in life, is a seed and soon you will reap the fruit of your doings. Child training is a seed. Whatever seed of training you sow into your children, you will reap the harvest tomorrow. Genesis 8:22 says: While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

When you sow the seed of good Christian upbringing into the lives of your children, they will give you joy and fulfilment tomorrow. For your children not to give you heartache tomorrow, you must sow good seeds of proper upbringing into their lives today. There are certain things that were sown as seeds into my life as a little girl; I will never forget my parents for that. I implore you to do the same for your children.

In Jeremiah 35, Jonadab sowed the seeds of good child training that even after his departure, generations still continued to abide in the Word of God. No wonder in verses 18 & 19, God had to make a promise: And Jeremiah said unto the house of the Rechabites, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Because ye have obeyed the commandment of Jonadab your father, and kept all his precepts, and done according unto all that he hath commanded you: Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not want a man to stand before me for ever.

The seeds that Jonadab sowed into his children began to bring forth fruits and it brought them to the throne. Even our Lord Jesus Christ came from his lineage. What a harvest of fruits!

It requires diligence

However, child training must be done diligently, not the way you feel, not as a secondary assignment. It must be done carefully. It does not matter where you work, what your career is, or the position you occupy. Deuteronomy 6:6-9 says: And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

Child training is your primary assignment which must be done diligently, for it to be effectual. Teach them the Word of God all the time, whether it is convenient or not. Buy spiritual materials that will help them to understand scriptures the more.

Moreover, endeavour to see them put to practice what you are teaching them from the Word. For example, when you teach them on prayer, ensure that you see them pray by themselves, whether you are around or not. When they need to be corrected, do so in love and no devil will tamper with them in future. You will not fail in Jesus’ mighty name!

Raising Godly children will require tapping into God’s grace and that grace is only available to the children of God. If you would want to receive Jesus right now, please pray this prayer of faith with me: “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, you are now born again! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, youare now 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 18 September 2017 Devotional – Our Life Belongs To God

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Topic: Our Life Belongs To God – Monday September 18, 2017.

Matthew 22:20-21 “And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.”

Text: Matthew 22:20-22

The image on the denarius, the only small silver coin acceptable for imperial tax payments, was probably that of Tiberius Caesar (reigned A.D. 14-37). The inscription upon the coin read “Tiberius Caesar Augustus, Son of the Divine Augustus” with the reverse side reading “Chief Priest.” This inscription was a claim to divinity and as emperor, the right to be worshiped.

The Jews had tried many times to accuse Jesus on the basis of religious issues and had always failed. Now they approached Him about paying taxes in hopes that His answer might give them the opportunity to deliver Him to Pilate for prosecution.

These Pharisees and Herodians reasoned that any answer that Jesus gave would be wrong. If He approved of the Roman taxes, then He would lose popularity with the masses. If He spoke against the Roman taxes, then the Jews would hand Him over to the Roman government and Pilate would dispose of Him. It looked like they had Jesus trapped. Jesus, however, answered with such simple wisdom that these Pharisees and Herodians were caught in their own trap and made to look like fools.

Jesus declared, “Render (give back) to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Mk. 12:17). People are made in God’s image, so we must render to God the things belonging to God (our lives) and to Caesar the things belonging to Caesar (his money and other benefits of his rule).

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).


DCLM Daily Manna 18 September, 2017 by Pastor Kumuyi – Wicked Neighbours

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Topic: Wicked Neighbours — Monday September 18, 2017.

Text: Joshua 16:1-10

Key Verse: “And they drave not out the Canaanites that dwelt in Gezer: but the Canaanites dwell among the Ephraimites unto this day, and serve under tribute” (Joshua 16:10).

Someone posted this anonymous prayer on the Internet: “God, Our neighbours have been torturing us for six years. They have shunned us, turned other neighbours against us, lied and lied and lied to us, to law enforcement, and to our other neighbours and others in the community. They have damaged our property and possessions. I pray for a miracle that we may find resolution and peace soon. We are at the end of our rope. We desperately need a miracle and ask for one now in Jesus name.”

From our text, Israel eventually inherited the land of Canaan after many years of wandering in the wilderness as a result of rebellion and unbelief. The children of Joseph were among the first to receive their inheritance, but had to put up with the notorious and stubborn Canaanites because they couldn’t achieve outright victory against them. While the Canaanites in Gezer were said to be driven out, the vast number of those remaining were accommodated and put under tribute due to the difficulty of removing them militarily. Of course, their presence within the inheritance of the children of Joseph, would be a ready source of ungodly influence because of their different cultural, social and religious leanings.

The Canaanites constantly improved their military might in hope of subverting the Israelites whom they saw as occupiers of their land. Israel had to find a way of living side by side with these wicked neighbours. Some of us may be living with so-called friends that never show their true intentions; they are envious of our good fortune and success. They are quick to judge and condemn. As believers, we need wisdom, grace and courage to handle such neighbours with supplication to God to deliver us from all enemies.

Thought for the day: Only God can deliver from secret enemies.

Bible Reading in one Year: Numbers 26-28

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.


TREM’s Daily 18 September 2017 Devotional by Dr. Mike Okonkwo – Be A Giver

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Topic: Be A Giver — Monday September 18, 2017.

“I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.’’ (Acts 20:35 KJV)

One of the lies the devil is sowing in the hearts of believers today is the mentality that we live in the time of shortage and lack and so you do not have to stress yourself when it comes to giving. The mentality of lack and shortage came as a result of the fall because before the fall, Man had access to the vast resources of the earth. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth and there was nothing lacking.

After the fall, man lost access to the resources and had to labour before he could eat. God said to him “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread…” However, the good news is that what we lost in Adam, we have gained back in Christ. The irony, however, is that in-spite of our inheritance in Christ Jesus, a lot of us still operate with a shortage mentality and the result is that we are still penny-pinching. We refuse to give and as such we cannot receive all that God has put in stock for us. The result is that the man who thinks lack and shortage will naturally withhold, and will, therefore, experience lack, because as a man thinks in his heart, so he is.

Beloved, you must understand that giving is the way of God. God is the biggest giver – He gave his only begotten Son to die for the whole world. The wisdom of the world emphasizes receiving while the wisdom of God emphasizes giving.

I challenge you to give Him your best anytime you have the opportunity to do so. No man can out give God because when you give, you are actually asking him to multiply your harvest. Don’t ever forget that it is he who gives seed to the sower and bread to the eater. If there was any time to give sacrificially, it is now. As you give cheerfully, expect him to fill your barn and expect your storehouses to overflow.

Further Reading: 2 Corinthians 9:8

Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Proverbs 30-31; Evening- 2 Corinthians 11:1-15

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.


Billy Graham’s Daily 18 September 2017 Devotional: Finite Beings — Infinite Desires

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Topic: Finite Beings—Infinite Desires [Monday September 18, 2017]

For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. — Hebrews 13:14

One of the basic desires of the soul is to live on and on. Self-preservation is the first law of nature. People may grow tired of aches and pains and the decrepitude of old age, but they do not grow tired of life itself. God has arranged to satisfy this yearning of the soul to live forever, and the desire to be free from pain and sickness and trouble. People are little creatures with big capacities, finite beings with infinite desires, deserving nothing but demanding all. God made people with this huge capacity and desire in order that He might come in and completely satisfy that desire. God made the human heart so big that only He can fill it.

He made it demand so much that only He can supply that demand . . . Jesus Christ is the only one who holds the keys of death. In His death and resurrection He took the sting out of death, and now God offers eternal life to every person who puts his trust and faith in His Son Jesus Christ.

Prayer for the day: Lord Jesus, when I come to the end of this earthly life, You will be there to guide me to my heavenly home. Thank You, my loving Father.

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 Copeland’s Daily September 18, 2017 Devotional: Why Did God Create You?

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Topic: Why Did God Create You? [Monday September 18, 2017]

What we have seen and [ourselves] heard, we are also telling you, so that you too may realize and enjoy fellowship as partners and partakers with us. And [this] fellowship that we have [which is a distinguishing mark of Christians] is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ (the Messiah). – 1 John 1:3, The Amplified Bible

Man is something really special. He is made in the image of God. He is made to have fellowship with God.

Some people get the idea that God made man so He’d have someone to dominate. But God is not a dominator. God is love and love needs to have someone to give to. That’s why God made man. He made him, so He could give him His love.

God could have given His love to the angels, and He did that. But giving to angels didn’t provide total fulfillment. Why? Because angels aren’t made in His image.

You’re the same way. Let’s say, for example, you have a puppy as a pet. You can fellowship with that little pet just so much, but then there comes a time when you need someone to talk to. There comes a time when you need to have communication on your own level.

The reason you’re like that is because you’re created in the image of God. That’s how He is. He has a desire to fellowship with someone like Himself.

Dare to believe you’re something really special today—a one-of-a-kind creation made by God in His very own image. Dare to receive His love and dare to love Him back!

Scripture Reading: Genesis 1:26-31

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.


Seeds of Destiny 18 September 2017 by Pastor Paul Enenche: The Fighter’s Spirit

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Topic: The Fighter’s Spirit [Monday September 18, 2017]

Scripture: Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the Lord is with him. 1 Samuel 16:18.

Thought For The Day: The fighting spirit is the spirit that runs after lions while others run from them.

Previously, we identified passion for God’s presence as one of the secrets of attracting God’s presence. We saw the passion of David and how God was attracted to him through his deep longing and passion for God’s Presence.

Furthermore, we also identified a life of prayer, fasting and worship as vital ingredients in generating passion for God.

To attract the Anointing of God on a person’s life, developing a fighter’s spirit is another key.

From our anchor scripture, David was called a man of war by the servants of Saul when there was no record of the war he had fought at that time. This was because he already had a fighting spirit in him even when there was no war to fight.

The fighting spirit is the spirit that does not give up on an issue; it is the spirit that runs after lions when others run from them. It is the spirit that lives in the realm of risk.

When you have this spirit, what people fear is what you dare. When God sees a fighter, He releases the anointing because one key purpose of the mantle is to handle battles.

Remember this: The fighting spirit is the spirit that runs after lions when others run from them.

Assignment(s):

1. Develop a fighter’s spirit.

2. Make up your mind not to give up on an issue until you see a turnaround or have a breakthrough.

Prayer: O LORD, I ask for the fighter’s spirit. Help me never to give up on any issue, LORD, in Jesus’ Name.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: MAXIMIZING YOUR LIFE.

Amazing Fact: Children laugh about 400 times a day, while adults laugh on average only 15 times a day

Today In History: 18/09/1709 – The creator of the first dictionary of the English language, Samuel Johnson, was born in England

Daily Reading: Isaiah 23:14 to 30:11, Galatians 3:23 to 4:31, Psalm 62:1 to 12, Proverbs 23:19 to 21

Quote: If you do not like the level where you are, you do not fly from there, you fight from there. Culled from 30 SECRETS TO THE TOP by Dr Paul Enenche.

Dunamis International Gospel Centre (DIGC), is a powerfully anointed church, headquartered at Abuja, Nigeria, with Dr 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.


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