Joyce Meyer’s Daily 24 May 2018 Devotional — Pray Often

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Topic: Pray Often [Joyce Meyer’s Devotional Thursday May 24, 2018]

Be persistent and devoted to prayer, being alert and focused in your prayer life with an attitude of thanksgiving. — Colossians 4:2

Don’t put off praying until a more convenient time. Pray at all times, in every season, with all kinds of prayer (see Ephesians 6:18).

Prayer need not be long to be effective. It is the greatest privilege we have, and it releases the greatest power on earth.

We all need God’s help, and we get it by asking for it. Pray your way through the day.

Prayer Starter: I thank You, Father, that You are always listening. Help me to form a habit of talking to You throughout my day—asking, praising, and even listening for Your words of comfort. I love you so much. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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From Joyce Meyer’s Ministries.

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MFM Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional Thursday, 24 May 2018 – Weep No More

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TOPIC: Weep No More (Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries Thursday, 24 May 2018)

FIRE SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 30:18-19

MEMORY VERSE:
“For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” – Psalms 30:5

The MESSAGE:

God’s promise to His children is for them not to weep again. Weeping comes as a result of grief and pain. Weeping indicates a state of sorrowfulness. Weeping makes the devil happy. We entertain the devil by crying. Why don’t you convert your weeping into praying to demoralise the devil rather than throwing him into an ecstatic mood? God is saying, “Weep no more”, this morning.

His word says, weeping may endure for a night but joy comes soon. It comes sooner than you can imagine. Joy is your portion, in Jesus’ name.

No matter what you are going through right now, the night will come to an end. Every problem has an expiry date. The night will not last forever.

Joseph was hated by his brothers; he was sold into slavery and he was falsely accused by his master’s wife. He landed in prison and was condemned to die. All these were the night periods; they were times he had so much grief and sorrow. But his problem expired the day he was summoned to the palace of Pharoah to interpret dreams. Your day of elevation and promotion will suddenly manifest!

A brother who had a First Class roamed aimlessly without a job for so many years until one day while strolling along the streets, he encountered a brother who invited him to a crusade where he prayed. On praying the first prayer point on the crusade ground, he fell and lay on the floor. He had a revelation where an angel took him to a grave and tapped the graveyard. An old woman came out of the grave. The angel summoned the old woman to give the brother what she took from his life. She initially protested but the angel looked at her seriously and she reluctantly released the possession of the brother. After that revelation, as they were sharing the grace, the brother woke up. The following day while strolling along the street as usual, he bumped into an old time friend who asked him what he was doing and that was how he got fixed to a good job, official car, luxury apartment and other basic needs of life.

God is still on the throne. No matter how difficult things might have been or look like presently, they will come to an end. Dark days do not last forever. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Weep no more, dear child of God. God will turn your night to day.

MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE:
When it is dark and it seems there will be no light, let the Holy Spirit take control.

PROPHETIC WORD:
Joy will replace your sorrow this morning. No more sorrow in your life.

PRAYER POINTS:

MORNING
1. Every dark situation in my life, give way to the light of God, in the name of Jesus.
2. I will rejoice and my enemies shall be sorrowful, in the name of Jesus.
3. Let the joy of the enemy over my life turn to sorrow, in the name of Jesus.

EVENING
4. Any situation in my life bringing sadness to my heart, receive solution now, in the name of Jesus.
5. Stubborn yokes in my life, break and release me now, in the name of Jesus.
6. O Lord, put on me the garment of gladness, in the name of Jesus.
7. Rivers of joy from the Lord, begin to flow in my life, in the name of Jesus.

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MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE is a daily devotional by Dr. D.K Olukoya (General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries, Worldwide)

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Lord Jesus, come into my life. I accept You as my Lord and Personal Saviour. I believe in my heart You died and rose from the dead to save me. Thank You Lord for saving me, in Jesus name Amen.

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Teens Open Heavens 24 May 2018 – God’s Tattoo

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Topic: God’s Tattoo [Teens Open Heavens 24, May 2018]

Memorise: Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me. Isaiah 49:16

Read: Isaiah 49:13-16 (KJV)

13 Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the LORD hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.

14 But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me.

15 Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.

16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.

Bible In One Year: 1 Chronicles 11-13, John 9:1-23

MESSAGE:

Is there any earthly father who so loves his children that he stays awake to watch over them every night? Is there a man who so loves his wife to the extent of not sleeping, just keeping vigil every night, looking at her face? I do not know of any. But we have a Father who keeps watch over us day and night. Hence, David could say, “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD only makest me dwell in safety” (Psalm 4:8). If you are a child of God, you need not be afraid to sleep at night. God is not limited to the day, His excellent security services cover both day and night.

Our God can also never forget us. Isaiah 49:15 says even when a nursing mother forgets her baby, God will not forget him/her. This is because He has engraved you upon the palms of His hands. You are God’s tattoo! He sees and remembers you every second of the day, and He is always available and willing to help you, just call on Him.

Action Point: Thank God for tattooing you on the palm of His hands. Thank Him that He can never forget you.

If you missed yesterday devotional, please click to read “Teen Open Heavens Daily Devotional by Pastor Adeboye’’

Hymn 10:

1. What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Ev’rything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Ev’rything to God in prayer!

2. Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged;
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
Can we find a Friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our ev’ry weakness,
Take it to the Lord in prayer!

3. Are we weak and heavy laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Saviour, still our refuge,
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield You;
You wilt find a solace there.

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.

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You are the Builder of Your Home (Part 3) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo

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Topic: You are the Builder of Your Home (3)

Dear Reader,

It is a wonderful thing to be in God’s presence today! You are most welcome to this week’s teaching. For the past few weeks now, I have been teaching on the above subject and I have been able to make you understand that you are the builder of your home. Also, I gave you one of the vital ingredients for building a sweet home – Praise.

This week, we are going to examine two other ingredients that make for a glorious and sweet marital life. I refer to them as the nuggets for Christians who desire to reap all the blessings of the marriage covenant. These ingredients are: LOVE and EXCITEMENT

Love is a potent force in the quest for a sweet home. It is the magnetic force that binds couples together. It is a vital force for sweet relationship. No wonder Mother Theresa (Late), a noble peace prize winner, when asked, “What is the solution for world peace?” She answered, “Let everyone go home and love their families.” Love is the solution to every marital crisis! The Word of God says, Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always, trusts, always hopes, always perseveres (1 Corinthians 13:4-7).

The above scripture enumerates the characteristics of love. You can’t claim to love your spouse or family members when any of these is missing in your life.

The opposite of love is selfishness. This is a plague that has destroyed many homes and rendered many innocent children homeless in the society today. It is an abnormal affection for self and pursuit of selfish desires at the expense of your spouse or other members of your family.

Selfishness is one of the traps of the devil. So, if you desire a sweet home, you must not give room to it. Maintain a standard of self-control and discipline in your home, by running your home in accordance with the Word of God.

Another plague that prevents love from flourishing in most Christian homes is anger. It carries very costly consequences. It has ruined the destiny of most homes. It steals the seeds of love from homes, and replaces it with the seeds of discord, hatred and strife. Watch it! Stop it before it rubs you of a sweet home!

God’s remedy for anger is,Let every man be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to be angry (James 1:5).You should, therefore, encourage your family members to love one another so that you can escape every trap of the enemy and enjoy the blessings of God as a family.

Excitement

Joy and excitement are the spices of life. Unfortunately, however, they are the major things lacking in most homes today. Some couples even find it difficult to smile at one another. But the Word of God says, Rejoice, and again I say rejoice (Philippians 4:4). The home is not meant for silence and dull atmosphere, resulting from cold wars between husband and wife or lack of love between family members. The home is meant to be a place of excitement.

Look at this testimony:

“I have been married for over 12 years, but what I am enjoying now, I’ve never enjoyed since I got married. I thank God for His Word to me through you. You taught … and laid emphasis on wives being submissive to their husbands in everything, just like the church submits to Christ. My understanding opened and I told God, “Lord, from this day, I know that obedience is the key”. And ever since that day I have been enjoying what all my fasting, binding and all couldn’t deliver to me. I thank God that now it’s like I am wedded anew. And just yesterday morning, to confirm God’s faithfulness in my home, my husband gave me a cheque for one hundred thousand Naira, which I cashed this morning. I now enjoy peace, love and harmony.Adebayo, L

The Word of God say, If I make you sad, who is going to make me happy? You are the ones to do it, and how can you if I cause you pain?” (2 Corinthians 2:2TLB). God created the family in such a way that the joy and pain of each member affects the other family members. You are the one to create excitement in your home. Instead of being a problem to your family, why not create an excitement? Don’t give room to sadness in your home.

You need to give your life to Jesus to give it all it takes for building a sweet home.If, peradventure, you are not born again and you want to accept Jesus as your Lord and personal Saviour, then say this 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 personal 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)

“Please click to read other inspiring articles by Pastor Faith Oyedepo

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.

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The Power Of Thanksgiving by David Ibiyeomie

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Topic: The Power Of Thanksgiving

Many believers are grounded because they take God for granted. When you are not appreciated for the favour you showed to someone, you are constrained to from doing any further favour towards such person; this is natural. ‘Thank you’ is what qualifies you for the next act of favour. Many people whose great times turned to gloomy days were those who did not acknowledge the source of the great times. When you become addicted to thanksgiving, destiny opens up to you on its own accord. May God not turn His back on you due to your ingratitude in the name of Jesus!

Psalm 92:1-2 – It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High: 2 To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,

Thanksgiving envelopes you in God and that makes you unmolest-able, unkillable and indestructible. The divine presence of God covers you when you are a thanks giver. God does not need your money or material things. The only thing God cannot give to Himself is Thanksgiving. The only thing HE cannot do for Himself is to praise Himself. That is why God is always around those who praise and give HIM thanks all the time.

Nothing is more valuable than divine presence in the race of life because if God be for you, who can be against you? Thanksgiving is not just something that should happen when you feel like it; it is a debt you owe God which must be paid or the source of supplies will be cut.

Rom. 8:31 – What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

Thanksgiving and praise qualify you to carry divine presence and that is all you need to have a triumphant ride in life.

Psalm 22:3 – But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.

God will not be with you because you are crying; HE will be with you because you are praising HIM. When you give in to praise, you qualify for divine presence and when you carry divine presence, it makes all the difference in life. Therefore, develop the heart of thanksgiving and praise, and the presence of the Lord will never depart from you.

God bless you

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Our Daily Bread Devotional 24 May 2018 – Tossing and Turning

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Topic: Tossing and Turning [Our Daily Bread 24 Thursday May, 2018]

Read: Psalm 4, Bible in a Year: 1 Chronicles 22–24; John 8:28–59

In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8

What keeps you awake at night? Lately I’ve been losing sleep, tossing and turning on my bed, trying to work out a solution to an issue. Eventually I begin fretting about not getting enough rest to handle the challenges of the next day!

Sound familiar? Troubled relationships, an uncertain future, whatever it is—we all give in to worry at one point or another.

King David was clearly in distress when he penned Psalm 4. People were ruining his reputation with groundless accusations (v. 2). And some were questioning his competency to rule (v. 6). David probably felt angry for being treated so unfairly. Surely he could have spent nights stewing about it. Yet we read these remarkable words: “In peace I will lie down and sleep” (v. 8).

Charles Spurgeon explains verse 8 beautifully: “In thus lying down, . . . [David] resigned himself into the hands of another; he did so completely, for in the absence of all care, he slept; there was here a perfect trust.” What inspired this trust? From the start, David was confident that God would answer his prayers (v. 3). And he was sure that since God had chosen to love him, He would lovingly meet his needs.

May God help us to rest in His power and presence when worries threaten. In His sovereign and loving arms, we can “lie down and sleep.”

Prayer: Dear Father, thank You for hearing me when I call. I surrender my worries to You and rest in Your power and presence.

We can entrust our cares to a wholly trustworthy God.

Insight:

David’s confident assurance of God’s care was the source of his ability to rest, and this theme of rest winds its way throughout the psalms. In Psalm 46:10 the psalmist says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” The phrase be still can be translated “relax.” It’s as if God is counseling the psalmist, “I’ve got this. Take it easy.” In the shepherd’s psalm, David reminds us, “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters” (Psalm 23:2). What a wonderful picture of rest—and the source of that rest is the God in whom we confidently trust. This enabled one psalmist to share: “Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you” (Psalm 116:7). Our ability to rest is directly related to our confidence in the Father’s love, care, and concern for us. So in times of anxiety and stress the child of God can look to the Father and know He’s got this. We can be at rest!

What can you entrust to God’s care? Bill Crowder

If you missed yesterday devotional, please click to read “Our Daily Bread Devotionals HERE

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

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TREM Devotional 24 May 2018 by Dr. Mike Okonkwo – Believe And Receive

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Topic: Believe And Receive [TREM Devotional Thursday May 24, 2018]

“He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32

Revelation 21:8 says “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death”. Topping the list of these bad guys are the fearful. Have you been fearful before? Have you ever been unbelieving? So, if the unbelieving would go to hell, you are going. The fearful, the unbelieving, the liars; they will find themselves in the lake of fire.

But look at John 20:19. “Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.” So, all the disciples should go to hell because they were afraid. They didn’t believe. Thomas didn’t believe. But when Jesus came, what did He give them? He gave them peace. He gave them peace because He is for us.

He has paid for and freely given us all things. God is for you. Is there anything you need? Whatever is a thing, there is an anointing to receive it, as long as it’s a thing. He who spared not His Own Son….

Beloved, He gave Him to us! Therefore, we are entitled to free things. That thing that is difficult is free. I tell you to remove all stops and speed breakers. Release your faith and believe. It could be a health challenge; it could be a financial challenge, a ministry challenge or a marital challenge. It could be emotional or academic! Whatever it is! It is available in Christ. We should not struggle for a lot of things we struggle for. We should not! All we have to do is to believe and receive it.

Further reading: Romans 8:31-39

Daily Bible Reading: Morning- 1 Chronicles 22-24; Evening- John 8:28-59

“If you missed yesterday devotional click HERE to read “TREM’s Daily Devotional by Dr. Mike Okonkwo’’

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.

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Kenneth & Gloria Copeland Devotional 24 May 2018 – Sure to Win in Him

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Topic: Sure to Win in Him [Kenneth & Gloria Copeland, Thursday May 24, 2018]

Wherefore remember, that…at that time ye were without Christ…having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. – Ephesians 2:11-13

Have you ever really thought about what it truly means to be in Christ Jesus? Have you ever gotten a clear revelation of that? Once you do, it will revolutionize your life.

You see, it’s in Him that we’re raised up from our sins. It’s in Him that we’re made to sit in heavenly places so that God can show us the exceeding riches of His grace. It’s in Him that we’re made the righteousness of God!

If you want that revelation to explode in you, start searching out scriptures that refer to being in Christ. Watch for the words in Him, with Him, through Him or in whom. Mark those and meditate on them until the truth of them gets down into your spirit man. They’ll give you some powerful ammunition against the attacks of Satan.

When he tries to tell you, for instance, that you’re just a sinner and God doesn’t want to be bothered with your problems, you’ll know he is lying. You’ll be able to answer him boldly and say, “Thank God, I was a sinner, but now I’m the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. I’ve been raised up to sit with Him in heavenly places. Now I’m in Him and you can’t touch me at all!”

Be prepared the next time Satan comes at you with doubt, unbelief and condemnation. Be ready to fight back with the scriptures about who you are in Jesus. You’re sure to win once you truly know you’re in Him!

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:1-14

If you missed yesterday devotional, please click to read “Kenneth and Gloria Copeland’s Daily Devotional Here’’

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.

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Andrew Wommack’s Devotional 24 May 2018 – The Ministry Of The Holy Spirit

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Topic: The Ministry Of The Holy Spirit [Andrew Wommack Thursday May 24, 2018]

Mark 8:12, “And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, Why doth this generation seek after a sign? verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation.”

Text: Mark 8:11-13

The Greek word used here for “sighed deeply” means an intense grieving, inaudible prayer, or groan. This is intercession of the Holy Spirit, with groanings that cannot be uttered. Some Spirit-filled Christians believe this means groanings that cannot be uttered in normal speech and that this refers to speaking in tongues. However, this actually refers to a type of intercession different than speaking in tongues.

In John 11:33 and 38, Jesus groaned in the Spirit twice, and in those cases there were no words uttered. It was exactly as the Scripture states, a groaning in the Spirit. Everyone who has the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit has or will have this happen to them. Paul was referring to this in Galatians 4:19 when he spoke of travailing in birth for the Galatians. This groaning of the Holy Spirit is not just a grief but a groan of anger and resistance against Satan’s devices in our lives. Many times, Christians don’t discern this because they think it is just their own grief over the situation. But, this is the Holy Spirit desiring to intercede with us against our problems.

Jesus drew on this ministry of the Holy Spirit. John 11:33 and 38 says, that Jesus groaned in the Spirit twice when He raised Lazarus from the dead. What infirmity did Jesus have that He needed this ministry of the Holy Spirit? Jesus had no sin, but He did have an infirmity. It was His physical mind.

Even a sinless human mind could not comprehend raising a man from the grave after four days. If Jesus needed the Holy Spirit to help Him when He didn’t know how to pray, then this should certainly be an important ministry of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

“If you missed yesterday devotional, please click to read Andrew Wommack’s Daily Devotional HERE

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).

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Billy Graham Devotional 24 May 2018 – Count Your Blessings

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Topic: Count Your Blessings [Billy Graham’s Devotional Thursday May 24, 2018]

. . . when troubles come . . . sing his praises with much joy. — Psalm 27:5,6 (TLB)

Christians are not altogether immune from depression. The fact is: the trend of events and the mounting tide of evil are enough to give one sobering thoughts—Christian or not. David, the sweet singer of Israel, was not always on top of his depression. Sometimes his glad song was turned to a depressive mourning. “My tears have been my meat day and night, while continually they say unto me, Where is thy God? Why art thou cast down, O my soul, and why art thou disquieted in me?” I find that the cure for depression is praise. In other words: be so busy counting your blessings, that thoughts of gloom and despair will be crowded out.

Prayer for the day: Thank You, heavenly Father, for the Psalms which help me see that even in the depths David talked with You. Whatever my circumstances, I will learn to praise You.

“If you missed yesterday devotional, please click to read Billy Graham’s Daily Devotional HERE

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.

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Seeds of Destiny 24 May 2018 by Pastor Paul Enenche: Being Distinct – A Pathway To Destiny

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Topic: Being Distinct – A Pathway To Destiny [Seeds of Destiny Thursday May 24, 2018]

Scripture: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee,”and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5

Thought For The Day: You cannot be your best until you be yourself.

Distinction means being different in nature or quality; it is the peculiarity or uniqueness of a person when compared to others.

It is important to know that to be distinct is to be a potential candidate for destiny fulfilment. You cannot be your best until you be yourself. To flow with the crowd is to be lost in the crowd. Many people have been rendered useless because of the attempt to be like others. So,”they follow the popular trend of the world per time; they live the sinful life of compromise because of the struggle to be like someone else. You can never become who God wants you to be as long as you keep struggling to be like who or what other people are.

To fulfil destiny, you must be distinct. Desire to become the person God wants you to be; be a positive role model, a pacesetter, a front-liner, a history maker and a road pointer.

Refuse to surrender your life to generational influence or societal perversion; it does not matter who does not like what you do, just go on doing it in your own unique way so long as it is the right thing. As long as it is the right thing, you owe nobody no apology for doing it. You do not need anybody’s approval to follow the right path.

Beloved, make up your mind to be different; do not let another person’s negative influence ruin your life.

Remember this”: You cannot be your best until you be yourself.

Assignments:
1. Understand your uniqueness and peculiarity.
2. Decide to do what is right even if others are not doing it.

Prayer: O Lord,”I ask that You help me not to follow and be lost in the crowd. Show me the uniqueness of my life and help me to fulfil it even if it looks unfamiliar to people, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE”: DESTINY CAPSULES (PART 5).

Daily Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 4:1 to 6:23,”John 13″:31 to 14:14,”Psalm 119″:17 to 32,”Proverbs 15″:31 to 32

Amazing Fact: The world’s longest lasting light bulb,”the Centennial light in California, has reportedly been burning since 1901, with a few interruptions during power failures.

Today In History: 24/05/1738 – The Methodist Church is established.

Quote: You will not be rewarded by how similar you are; you will be rewarded by how unique you are as a person. Culled from 30 SECRETS TO THE TOP by Dr Paul Enenche.

“If you missed yesterday devotional, please click to read Seeds of Destiny by Pastor 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

Flatimes Notice Board: Until you are born again, God ever abiding presence will never be with you. You must be born again to enjoy continuous victory. Please say the displayed prayer below in faith:

Lord Jesus, come into my life. I accept You as my Lord and Personal Saviour. I believe in my heart You died and rose from the dead to save me. Thank You Lord for saving me, in Jesus name Amen.

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DCLM Daily Manna 24 May, 2018 by Pastor Kumuyi – Beware Of Profanity

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Topic: Beware Of Profanity [DCLM Daily Manna Thursday May 24, 2018]

Text: 1 Corinthians 11:17-22 (KJV)

Key Verse: “What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not” (1 Corinthians 11:22).

MESSAGE:

In this passage, Apostle Paul offers a glimpse into how the early Church celebrated the Lord’s Supper. He expressed concerns also about unbecoming manners in the Corinthian church on how they observed ordinance. Finally, he lamented the absence of unity and solemnity in their midst. He could not commend them.

Hundreds of years earlier, God had also spoken through Prophet Hosea about the lacklustre worship the nation of Israel gave Him, despite all the good He had done to them. God is not interested only in our large assemblies; more than that, He is eager to know the content and quality of our worship. To be precise, He calls for a celebration of holiness when we gather to adore His holy name.

When our religious meetings are characterised by sinful traits, then we are not different from the world. The world exhibits carnality, division and promiscuity at its convocations. But believers are called out of the world to display a higher level of spiritual comportment that befits holy gathering unto the Lord.

Believers should ensure solemnity in their gatherings such as wedding, naming and burial ceremonies, as God would not brook any blemish. When we come together in the name of the Lord, we should conduct ourselves in a way that will promote unity among brethren and grateful spirit unto the Lord.

Thought For The Day: Let all things be done decently and in order.

Bible Reading in One Year: Psalm 108-110

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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.

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Open Heavens 24 May 2018 Thursday daily devotional by Pastor E. A. Adeboye – Observing The Times & Seasons?

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Topic: Observing The Times & Seasons? [Open Heavens 24th May 2018, Thursday]

Memorise: Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. – Matthew 24:42

Read: 2 Timothy 3:1-9 (KJV)

1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.

Bible in One Year: 2 Samuel 23-24, 1 John 4

MESSAGE:

In the realm of the spirit, being watchful means being alert to the current needs of the Christian race and being prepared for future happenings that will impact your eternal destination. The most prominent of all future events predicted in the Bible is the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, which will precede the eventual end of the world. In Matthew chapter 24, Jesus responded with a detailed explanation of the events that will signal His impending arrival. In today’s Bible reading, children of God are advised to get ready for perilous times, false doctrines, deceivers, false prophets, high-mindedness of men, physical and spiritual warfare, increase in knowledge and technological advancements, worldliness and apostasy. In addition, all of humanity is enjoined to get ready for the judgement to come. I pray that you will not be left behind when the rapture occurs in Jesus’ Name.

“35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: 36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. 37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.” – Mark 13:35-37

The admonition of our Lord to us in times as this is to watch. Current happenings around the world show clearly that we are in the end times. As children of God, we cannot afford to lose focus for a moment. Our hearts must be kept with all diligence under constant watchfulness. We must be on the lookout for the crafty approach of the enemy to attack the authority of the Bible. We must watch against worldliness and the quest for ungodly pleasures. We must watch against deception, false prophets, the introduction of another “gospel”, sexual immorality and societal acceptance of sinful practices. On a personal level, you must be sober and vigilant in watching against temptations such as pride, high-mindedness, self-righteousness, complacency, lukewarmness, backsliding, spiritual barrenness, stagnancy, and rebellion against constituted authority. You must not be confounded by the negative news on wars, natural disasters, acts of terrorism, economy meltdowns, national tragedy and civil unrest around the world. You should rather respond appropriately as one who has been adequately informed and is therefore well prepared for the rapture. The Lord expects you to be sober, vigilant and very consistent in prayer. You must pray for your leaders, the Church of God, your community and your family. My desire is that if the trumpet should sound today, you will be raptured in Jesus’ Name.

Key Point: What concrete steps have you taken this year to prepare for Christ’s second coming?

If you missed yesterday devotional, please click HERE to read Open Heavens 23 May 2018 Wednesday daily devotional by Pastor E. A. Adeboye – Total Submission

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 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. The Open Heavens devotional application is available across all mobile platforms and operating systems: iOS, Android, Blackberry, Nokia, Windows Mobile and PC.

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Teens Open Heavens 23 May 2018 – Good Problems

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Topic: Good Problems [Teens Open Heavens 23, May 2018]

Memorise: And when they had this done, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net broke. Luke 5:6

Read 2 Chronicles 20:20-25 (KJV)

20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.

21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.

22 And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.

23 For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.

24 And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped.

25 And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much.

Bible In One Year: 1 Chronicles 8-10, John 8:37-59

MESSAGE:

There are good and bad problems. If a church becomes too small to take the congregation, that is a good problem. This is the type of problem God says we will experience when we are faithful in tithing (Matthew 3:10). When God’s blessing on you has not posed fresh challenges, it means you are yet to experience a thorough breakthrough.

In Luke 5:1-7, Peter who could not catch a single fish got a boat sinking catch. The catch was so much that the net began to break, and two ships were filled and began to sink. God can enlarge your brain capacity that you will begin to be sought after by other students who would like you to see them through their own academic difficulties. Be faithful to God and seek His face in all situation, and you will receive your own good problem.

Prayer Point: Lord, like Peter and the sons of the prophets, let me experience good problems from today.

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Hymn 6
1. Our God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home:

2. Under the shadow of your throne
Your saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is your arm alone,
And our defense is sure

3. Before the hills in order stood
Or earth received its frame,
From everlasting you are God,
To endless years the same.

4. A thousand ages in your sight
Are like an evening gone
Short as the watch that ends the night
Before the rising sun.

5. Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
Soon bears us all away;
We fly forgotten, as a dream
Dies at the opening day.

6. Our God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Still be our guard while troubles last,
And our eternal home!

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.

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Nurturing Your Relationship (Part 3) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo

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Topic: Nurturing Your Relationship (3)

Dear Reader,

I thank for God for another opportunity to write you from the platform of Family Matters. It is my prayer that you will be abundantly blessed today. I know you have been blessed with the previous teachings. Two weeks ago, I began teaching on the subject, ‘Nurturing Your Relationship’. The first week, we examined what relationship is all about and one of the factors that can help you to nurture and grow your relationship, which took us to the subject of commitment.

Today, we shall equally be looking at another powerful factor that can help you to nurture and grow your relationship as a married man. This article will teach you the qualities you need to possess for you to be a man of your wife’ s dream. You want to know what qualities your wife expects from you? ‘Be the Man of Her Dreams!

Before marriage, many women lay out the kind of qualities they want their future husbands to possess. In this section I want us to look at the typical characteristics of a “dream” man.

He is loving

This ‘dream man’ is loving. Following the example of Christ and the Church, this man does not wait for his wife to be perfect before he loves her. He is steadfast in his demonstration of love for his wife, believing that love is not love until it is expressed. He hugs, touches, buys her gifts and generally is caring and goes to great lengths to convince his family of his love.

In expressing his love, he consciously ignores the negative and unattractive things about the members of his family. He thinks no evil of them. He calls his wife a virtuous woman and so motivates her to live up to his expectations. He calls his children gifted and intelligent children but disciplines them in love when necessary.

He is Caring

The typical dream man must be caring. He must be concerned at all times about the welfare of members of his family. He cherishes, nourishes and ravishes his family members with care. He makes time to be with them and is always there when he is needed; he is not too busy to listen to them.

He is a Worker

Every woman’s dream man is a worker! He is one with working hands not collecting hands. He doesn’t collect foodstuff from his mother, money from his father, clothing’s from his uncle. He does something productive to sustain his family.

“But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel”1 Timothy 5:8.

He is a Provider

In providing for his family, the dream man puts his total trust in God, not his salary (Psalm 62:5). He recognizes that he has absolute covenant responsibility to provide for the needs of his family and does so with delight. Like my husband would humorously say, “God is Jehovah Jireh, while the man is ‘Home Jireh.’ Jehovah is the Almighty provider, the family man is the home provider” he does not send his wife begging for what to eat, wear or drink.

He is a Giver

This dream man recognizes the importance of Kingdom investment and the hidden covenants of blessings (being a blessing to one’s parents). He diligently invests in the Kingdom of God and is liberal to members of his extended family. In addition, he gives to those in need.

He is an Intercessor

Like Jesus who is presently praying for the church, this dream man invests time praying for his family. He recognizes that prayer is the means by which the power of God is released to the believer so he faithfully prays for them.

He does not find it hard to say, “I am Sorry”

Some men find it hard to say, “I am sorry, please forgive me,” because of their ego. But, the dream man does not let his ego stand between him and his wife or children. Man, don’t give room to the devil to bring problems to your home. Learn to say “I am sorry” when you offend your wife. It works! If you do that, eyeball-to-eyeball, you will see her countenance change! You will make it!

For you to be able to possess good qualities that will make you relationship to last, you need a good relationship with Christ. If, peradventure, you, the reader, is not born again and you want to accept Jesus as your Lord and personal Saviour, then say this 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 personal 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).

“Please click to read other inspiring articles by Pastor Faith Oyedepo

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.

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Joyce Meyer’s Daily 23 May 2018 Devotional — Become an Aggressive Encourager

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Topic: Become an Aggressive Encourager [Joyce Meyer’s Devotional Wednesday May 23, 2018]

He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future]. — John 16:13 AMPC

One of the easiest ways to express love to others is to help them feel valuable. Mother Teresa of Calcutta ministered in the midst of appalling poverty, hunger, and disease, yet she said, “Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody…is a much greater hunger…than the person who has nothing to eat.”

I’ve discovered that most people we meet do not have a sense of their infinite value as children of God. The thought that God loves them and sees them as precious has never entered their minds. I think the devil works very hard to make people feel devalued and worthless, but we can neutralize his lies by building people up and encouraging them. One way to do this is with a sincere compliment.

A compliment does not have to be something major. Little remarks such as, “That color really looks good on you”; “I like your hair that way”; or “I’m glad you are my friend” are very effective and meaningful.

Most people are quick to compare themselves with others, which means they often fail to see their own abilities and worth. Making another person feel valuable doesn’t have to be time consuming. Let’s train ourselves to be aggressive encouragers. Find some way to encourage every person you come in contact with throughout your day. Making people feel valuable won’t cost any money, but it gives them something worth more than anything money can buy.

Prayer Starter: Father, open my eyes to the ways I can encourage those around me today. Help me to be sensitive to others even in the midst of my busy schedule. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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From Joyce Meyer’s Ministries.

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MFM Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional Wednesday, 23 May 2018 – Strength In The Time Of Persecution

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TOPIC: Strength In The Time Of Persecution (Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries Wednesday, 23 May 2018)

FIRE SCRIPTURE: 1 Peter 3:13-17

MEMORY VERSE:

“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5:10

The MESSAGE:

Persecution is a test of our faith. It is an attack on your person when you stand for your faith without compromise. A Christian must be watchful and vigilant. He must ensure he does not suffer unjustly. He must suffer for Christ’s sake. This is largely due to the fact that the world’s system is totally averse to the Christian faith. The world praises and celebrates evil, while the Christian opposes it. The world is given to bribery and corruption while the Christian is opposed to it. The world says that a little alteration on names, a little forgery, signature doctoring does not matter, the Christian as well as the Christian faith is strongly opposed to such. The world enjoys wild parties, rituals, sacrifices but the Christian and his faith oppose it. The Christian lives in a sinful world and for maintaining his stance of non-compromise, he is attacked and hated. If you are a Christian and you have not undergone persecution, you should check your faith.

In times of persecution, let us rely on the promise of our Saviour, knowing full well that we do not stand for the faith in vain. Jesus was persecuted, He was victorious. Peter and the Apostles were persecuted, they were victorious. Don’t cringe, don’t bow and don’t compromise your faith. Don’t because of money yield to fornication or adultery. You shall be victorious. Hear this: God’s grace is sufficient for you!

MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE:
Standing for the truth is standing for God. And one with God is majority.

PROPHETIC WORD:
The grace of God to keep standing for the truth shall be yours today.

PRAYER POINTS:

MORNING
1. My inner man, receive fire, in the name of Jesus.
2. Whether it is convenient or not, I shall not backslide, in the name of Jesus.
3. I refuse to be a candidate of hell fire, in the name of Jesus.

EVENING
4. I will not fall by the wayside, I will make heaven, in the name of Jesus.
5. The devil will not harvest my life, in the name of Jesus.
6. I shall make heaven at last, in the name of Jesus.
7. Holy Spirit, fill me afresh, in the name of Jesus.

If you missed yesterday devotional, please click to read MFM Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional HERE

MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE is a daily devotional by Dr. D.K Olukoya (General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries, Worldwide)

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Andrew Wommack’s Devotional 23 May 2018 – Jesus Tried Her Faith

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Topic: Jesus Tried Her Faith [Andrew Wommack Wednesday May 23, 2018]

Matthew 15:27, “But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children’s bread and cast it unto the dogs.”

Text: Matthew 15:21-39; Mark 7:24-37; 8:1-10

It is very clear in scripture that Jesus was sent to fulfill God’s covenant to the Jews. However, it was equally clear that Jesus would open up faith unto the Gentiles. Jesus certainly knew this, and had already ministered to numerous Gentiles without the apparent disdain that we see here with the Syro-Phoenician woman. Jesus could not have been forced into ministering to this woman’s daughter if it was not His will to do so. Therefore, His silence and rough answer to this woman must have been designed to accomplish a positive result.

Humility is an important ingredient of faith. This woman was a stranger to the covenants of promise and had no right to demand anything. Jesus’ silence and then comparison of her to a dog would certainly have offended an arrogant person, and it is possible that for this very reason, Jesus tried her faith. Jesus didn’t need to do this with the centurion in Luke 7:6-7 because the centurion had already humbled himself.

An integral part of faith is seeking God alone with your whole heart. If we are concerned about what people think and gaining their approval (or honor), we will never take a stand in faith for anything. After all we might be criticized for it. This one thing has probably stopped as many people from receiving from God as anything else. You cannot be a “man-pleaser” and please God at the same time. Satan uses persecutions to steal away God’s Word and, thereby, stop our faith. To see faith work, we must say with Paul, “let God be true, but every man a liar” (Rom. 3:4).

If you missed yesterday devotional, please click to read Andrew Wommack’s Daily Devotional HERE

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).

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Billy Graham Devotional 23 May 2018 – An Answer to Problems

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Topic: An Answer to Problems [Billy Graham’s Devotional Wednesday May 23, 2018]

. . . Thou shalt love the Lord thy God. . . . Thou shalt love thy neighbor . . . — Matthew 22:37–39

Here is the answer to the world’s problems today—”Thou shalt love the Lord thy God” and “Thou shalt love thy fellowman.” That teaching is not out of date; it is absolutely relevant today. It is the only way in which the problems of the world today can be solved, whether the problems are those of individuals or of nations. If we love God with all our heart, we will have apacity to love our neighbors. True love will find an outlet in service—not merely in singing hymns, attending church, or even in praying—but in trying our utmost to prove our love, by obeying the will of our heavenly Father.

Prayer for the day: True love demands everything I have. Take all the hidden things in my life that keep me from loving You and my neighbor as I should. Let me obey Your will unequivocally, dear Lord.

“If you missed yesterday devotional, please click to read Billy Graham’s Daily Devotional HERE

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.

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Kenneth & Gloria Copeland Devotional 23 May 2018 – The Bridegroom Cometh

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Topic: The Bridegroom Cometh [Kenneth & Gloria Copeland, Wednesday May 23, 2018]

And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. – Matthew 25:6

The Spirit of God is delivering a vital message to you today: Get ready for Jesus’ return! It’s an old message. But there’s a fresh urgency to it. An urgency you can’t afford to ignore.

Some believers make the mistake of saying, “Oh well, I just don’t think we’re supposed to know about the Second Coming. It’s supposed to come upon us like a thief in the night!”

But they’re wrong. The Word of God says that as children of light we shouldn’t be taken by surprise. We should be so keen in the spirit that even though we don’t know the day or the hour, we should sense that the season of Jesus’ return has come.

First Corinthians 2:10 tells us that God reveals His plans to us through His Spirit. I suspect that those who are walking in the spirit on the day the Lord comes again will actually begin to anticipate that something is about to happen.

Be like the five wise virgins in Matthew 25 who were prepared when the bridegroom’s arrival was announced. Stay full of the oil of the Holy Spirit and with your light shining!

Don’t get caught sleeping when Jesus returns. Wake up now to the Holy Spirit. Let Him put you on the inside track and get you ready for your Lord. Because just as Jesus foretold, there is a cry going out at midnight. The Spirit of the Lord is announcing His return.

Can you hear it in your spirit? Can you sense the Lord saying, Get up and come out to meet Me. Fellowship with Me. Get in the light now, and at that crucial hour, you’ll be on the inside of My plans.

Obey Him quickly. For, “Behold, the bridegroom cometh”!

Scripture Reading: Matthew 25:1-13

If you missed yesterday devotional, please click to read “Kenneth and Gloria Copeland’s Daily Devotional Here’’

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.

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Be Spiritually Sensitive by David Ibiyeomie

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Topic: Be Spiritually Sensitive

To live wisely, you must be sensitive. Spiritual sensitivity is the ability to understand the voice of God through your spirit man. It is a sign you have encountered the wisdom of God and have the ability to discern spiritual issues like where to go and the direction to follow without relying on your five senses. Satan is busy moving up and down; setting traps to destroy people; so, you must be very sensitive to avoid his tricks.

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: –1 Peter 5:8.

So many believers have walked into destruction for lack of sensitivity. When a believer is spiritually dead, the tendency for him/her to step into danger is very high.

Spiritual sensitivity is an asset you must possess as a believer. Before you embark on any journey, take time to ask God and listen to what He will say to your spirit man. Always engage the help of the Holy Spirit for divine guidance and He will reveal the outcome of the journey to you.

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come – John 16:13.

One of the ways to hear from God is by praying in the Holy Ghost- Jude 1:20.

For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries – 1 Cor.14:2.

Spiritual sensitivity can also be sharpened through fasting. Every time you fast, your spiritual antenna becomes very sharp to detect things ahead of time. You hear God clearly and you receive spiritual illumination that reveals hidden things to you.

As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them – Acts 13:2.

Worship in the early hours of the morning is another means through which you can hear from God.

Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the Lord, to the mighty One of Israel.30 And the Lord shall cause his glorious voice to be heard -Isaiah 30:29-30a.

You can also sharpen your spiritual antenna by constantly feeding on God’s word.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path -Psalm 119:105.

When you study God’s word, He gives you guidance on what to do, where to go and how to do things. I pray that God opens your eyes to see, ears to hear and your heart to understand His voice in the name of Jesus Christ – Amen!!!

God bless you.

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DCLM Daily Manna 23 May, 2018 by Pastor Kumuyi – Don’t Betray The Salt

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Topic: Don’t Betray The Salt [DCLM Daily Manna Wednesday May 23, 2018]

Text: Mark 9:42-50 (KJV)

Key Verse: “Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another” (Mark 9:50).

MESSAGE:

The expression “betray the salt” means to betray one’s master or someone who one owes loyalty and devotion. Leonardo da Vanci, a leading artist and intellectual of the Italian Renaisance, in his very popular painting of the Last Supper, depicts Judas Iscariot in the act of tipping over the saltshaker, thus identifying himself symbolically as the one who would betray his Master.

In our passage today, Jesus sets before His disciples the one supreme goal which they must pursue in life and which is worthy of any sacrifice. This goal is to please the Lord in all things. The Christian is to live in such a way that his life does not betrays his goal. He must ensure that his life, what he does, the example he gives, and so on do not make other people, especially the weak in faith, to stumble. Whatever in the Christian that can become an occasion to sin must be taken away, no matter how precious and valuable it is. Being true and faithful to the Master must be valued above every other convenience, ease, comfort or pleasure. Sin must not be tolerated for whatsoever reason.

As salt purifies, preserves and penetrates, so ought the Christian to be in his society. When the life of a Christian runs contrary to the expected standard and his examples constitute a stumbling block to the faith of others, thus causing them to fall into sin, then he would be said to be betraying the salt. This kind of life has grievous consequences.

Having been called to be Christians and salt in the world, we must do everything to avoid betraying our calling. The call to live like and follow the Master should be valued above every other things will cause us to offend and sin, then we must do away with them. Pleasing God should be priced far above any other and every other consideration.

Thought For The Day: Following the Lord means being loyal to Him.

Bible Reading in One Year: 2 Samuel 24; 1 Chronicles 21-22; Psalm 30

If you missed yesterday devotional, please click to read “Deeper Christian Life Ministry, DCLM Daily Manna HERE

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.

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TREM Devotional 23 May 2018 by Dr. Mike Okonkwo – Be Confident In Christ

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Topic: Be Confident In Christ [TREM Devotional Wednesday May 23, 2018]

“Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25

He can save until the uttermost. That means complete! It means He is able to save you now and save you through eternity. He can save you for now and save you for the future. He is able to save them that come to God by Him, seeing He ever lives to make intercession. We have a man at the right hand of the Almighty who is always speaking for us. When the devil accuses you, and says: “You see, he has done this and done that”; God says: “Yes, it is true, but Jesus paid for it”.

Philippians 1:6 speaks of “Being confident”. That means you stop having doubt about what the future holds for you. Let me declare to you, your future is bright. It can never be disaster for you. No! It is not possible! That is why Christ came. He came so you can have life and have it abundantly. Therefore, let no man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit after the tradition of men after the rudiments of this world and not after Christ, for in Him dwelleth the fullness of God and bodily. We are complete in Him who is the head of all principality and power. Beloved, you are complete in Him.

Have confidence in Christ. No matter how bad it is, be confident that it would turn around. I see you rising! Your story will not end in shame. That thing that thinks it would disgrace you; it will fall under your feet. The price had been paid, therefore, you are entitled to a good life. No matter what the doctor said, you are coming out of it. Be confident in Him who had begun the good work. He started it and will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. He will do it. You will buy that car. You will build the house and you will dedicate your babies. He didn’t bring you this far to let you down.

Further reading: Hebrews 7: 22-28, Philippians 1: 1-6,

Daily Bible Reading: Morning- 1 Chronicles 19-21; Evening- John 8:1-27

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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.

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Seeds of Destiny 23 May 2018 by Pastor Paul Enenche – Diligence; A Key To Destiny Fulfilment

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Topic: Diligence; A Key To Destiny Fulfilment [Seeds of Destiny Wednesday May 23, 2018]

Scripture: Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest. Ecclesiastes 9:10

Thought For The Day: You cannot sow average and reap excellence; you cannot sow mediocrity and reap authority.

Some time ago, I heard an insightful story about two sisters: they are twins, that is, products of one conception. While they were growing up in life, one of them always cleared the table after lunch or dinner, kept the house in order and did other necessary chores, but the other one just sat down and did nothing, at best, she watched television.

Later on in life, both of them grew up into individuals with different aptitudes. The diligent sister became the chief executive officer of a major commercial bank, while the indolent one who always watched television ended up being inconsequential and insignificant in life.

Beloved, the lesson is: how you live determines how you end. You cannot sow average and reap excellence; you cannot sow mediocrity and reap authority; what you sow is what you will surely reap.

Now, what are my counsels?
1. Do not work half-heartedly so you do not end empty-handedly. Anything worth doing at all is worth doing wholeheartedly. Serve, love, give, lead, learn and study with all your heart. As a young and single lady, leave any young man who claims to be in a relationship with you but does it half-heartedly and would not introduce you to his parents.

2. As parents, never allow your children to be idle if you do not want their destinies to be useless; never allow them to put their hands in their pockets while others are putting their hands on the deck to work.

3. Arise and live at your best so you can end as the best.

Remember this: You cannot sow average and reap excellence; you cannot sow mediocrity and reap authority.

Assignments:
1. Decide to be dedicated to your duty.
2. Refuse to live a lifestyle of laziness; be diligent.
3. Avoid mediocrity; be excellent in all your conducts and endeavours.

Prayer: O Lord, I ask for the grace for excellent work. Help me never to drag my feet through life, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: DESTINY CAPSULES (PART 5).

Daily Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 2:12 to 3:39, John 13:1 to 30, Psalm 119:1 to 16, Proverbs 15:29 to 30

Amazing Fact: A single cloud can weigh more than 1 million pounds.

Today In History: 23/05/1785 – Benjamin Franklin wrote in a letter that he had invented bifocals.

Quote: The higher you want to fly in life, the harder you will have to work. Culled from 30 SECRETS TO THE TOP by Dr Paul Enenche.

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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

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Our Daily Bread Devotional 23 May 2018 – The Babushka Lady

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Topic: The Babushka Lady [Our Daily Bread 23 Wednesday May, 2018]

Read: Acts 2:22–36, Bible in a Year: 1 Chronicles 19–21; John 8:1–27

Let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah. Acts 2:36

The “Babushka Lady” is one of the mysteries surrounding the 1963 assassination of US President John F. Kennedy. Captured on film recording the events with a movie camera, she has proven to be elusive. This mystery woman, wearing an overcoat and scarf (resembling a Russian babushka), has never been identified and her film has never been seen. For decades, historians and scholars have speculated that fear has prevented the “Babushka Lady” from telling her story of that dark November day.

No speculation is needed to understand why Jesus’s disciples hid. They cowered in fear because of the authorities who had killed their Master (John 20:19)—reluctant to come forward and declare their experience. But then Jesus rose from the grave. The Holy Spirit soon arrived and you couldn’t keep those once-timid followers of Christ quiet! On the day of Pentecost, a Spirit-empowered Simon Peter declared, “Let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah” (Acts 2:36).

The opportunity to boldly speak in Jesus’s name is not limited to those with daring personalities or career ministry training. It is the indwelling Spirit who enables us to tell the good news of Jesus. By His strength, we can experience the courage to share our Savior with others.

Prayer: Lord, please give me the strength and boldness to talk to others about You.

Speak of the matchless love of Christ to those who need to hear.

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This message was written By Bill Crowder [Our Daily Bread Ministries.]

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Open Heavens 23 May 2018 Wednesday daily devotional by Pastor E. A. Adeboye – Total Submission

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Topic: Total Submission [Open Heavens 23rd May 2018, Wednesday]

Memorise: Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.John 10:17

Read: Philippians 2:5-8 (KJV)

5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Bible in One Year: 2 Samuel 21-22, 1 John 2:28-3:24

MESSAGE:

Submission is a humble attitude wherein authority is duly recognised and obedience is willingly rendered without any resistance whatsoever. God commands submission to Himself, to civil authorities and to appointed leaders in His Church (James 4:7, 1 Peter 2:13, Hebrews 13:17). Submission is also commanded in relationships such as marriage (Colossians 3:18). The crux of the message of our Lord Jesus Christ is submission to the will and purpose of God as revealed in His word. In Matthew 7:24-27, He said those who hear the word of God and submit to its authority in obedience can be likened to a wise person who built his or her house upon the rock, and the house survived a terrible storm. In contrast, He compared those who reject the authority of God’s word to a foolish person who built his or her house on sandy soil without strong foundations, and the house was destroyed by the storm. Therefore, not being submissive to the word of God, which manifests itself as disobedience, is very costly indeed. I pray that you will receive the grace to submit totally to the will of God concerning your life today in Jesus’ Name.

Our Lord Jesus Christ is the perfect example of submission. Today’s Bible reading reveals the extent He went to in order to submit Himself to His Father. No wonder the Holy Spirit wants us to have the same mind that He had. In John 10:17, Jesus revealed that total submission is the secret of the Father’s love for Him. Hear what He said to the Father in Hebrews 10:7 when He was coming into the world:

“Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.”

Concerning the submission of the Lord Jesus Christ, Hebrews 5:8 also says:

“Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;”

Jesus learnt to obey God’s instructions even when He knew it would yield personal loss and suffering for Him. Little wonder the Bible says He was obedient unto death. This obedient unto death was demonstrated in Matthew 26:39 when He was faced with the reality of death on the cross, and He made this agonising prayer to God saying:

“…O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.”

For Jesus, obedience to God was His primary concern, and every other thing, including His personal interest, was secondary. May the Lord give His Church this same mindset in Jesus’ Name.

Key Point: If you want to get the same result that Jesus got, be submissive to God like He was.

If you missed yesterday devotional, please click HERE to read Open Heaven (22 May 2018) Tuesday – Exercising Your Delegated Authority

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 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. The Open Heavens devotional application is available across all mobile platforms and operating systems: iOS, Android, Blackberry, Nokia, Windows Mobile and PC.

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The Price Of Success by David Ibiyeomie

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Topic: The Price Of Success

Success is a costly endeavor. There is a price behind every great success story you see today. Many people are not interested in paying the price for success but yet expect to see results, so they keep chasing the wind all their lives.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it- Matt.13:44-46 .

Every prize has a price. The level of dignity you command is a function of the price you are willing to pay.
For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish- Luke 14:28-30.

Every great accomplishment therefore is a product of a great price paid. Every global impact will demand a global price. There is no short-cut to greatness and there are no short-cuts to anywhere of great importance.

As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise-Prov.27:21.

Many believers settle for the status-quo due to the seemingly unbearable price that success demands.
And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force- Matt.11:12.

To enjoy success, there is a cost price attached to it which is commitment to God, His word and dedication to your assignment. As you continuously seek God’s face in prayer and study of His word, dedicate your time and energy to your assignment, you will encounter all round divine success in every area of your life in the name of Jesus –Amen!

God bless you.

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Child’s Training (Part 3) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo

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Topic: Child’s Training (3)

Dear Reader,

I welcome you to another edition in our series on Child Training. This week and the next, by the enabling power of the Holy Ghost, we shall be examining the various developmental stages in Teenage Children, for example puberty, adolescence etc., and to see how you as a parent can guide them.

The teen years are the most demanding years for many children and parents alike. A lot of prevalent challenges stems from a basic lack of understanding of this phase of life. Most parents are puzzled by the swings in the mood of their teenagers. One minute they are excited, next minute they want to be alone. What used to excite them before, like certain types of clothes, is now regarded as childish. “Who can cope with it?” many parents seem to be asking.

I would like you to know that teen years need not be so frustrating, it can be one of the most interesting periods of your life. All that is actually required is knowledge and understanding.The Bible says: “Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established. Proverbs 24:3.”Now, let’s see what happens at various stages of your teenage children’s development.

Puberty: The first phase children pass through is known as puberty. Puberty is a phase of sexual awakening in the life of a child. This is when the sexual organs and the reproductive system of a child begin to develop, in preparation for adulthood, reproduction and child birth. The age it begins differs from one child to another.

a) For boys:
Puberty starts from the age of twelve. Rapid growth begins to take place in their bodies. At this stage the pituitary gland is activated. It produces hormones, which bring about changes in the body and the ability to produce a child. As a result, hair begins to grow and concentrate in certain parts of the body, like armpit and the pubic region. Also beards begin to form on the face. The sexual organs also begin to enlarge, the voice deepens and becomes steadier. There might, however, be some children whose voice don’t deepen. Feelings of fatigue and tiredness occur once in a while. When this begins, assure your children that there is nothing to be afraid of, nor be alarmed about; heis simply growing up. Encourage him to take plenty of rest and sleep. Ensure that he eats balanced diet for proper body building.

b) For girls:
Puberty begins between the ages of 10 and 11. It begins earlier in girls than boys. At puberty, the female body begins to equip itself with the ability to produce a child. Also, at this stage, menstruation begins. Some other changes occur, during menstruation. Her body becomes more rounded and curvy, her breasts begin to enlarge, and may become sore or slightly painful. She might experience slight pains in her lower abdomen, hair begins to grow in armpit, legs and pubic region. She becomes very much aware of and sensitive to the regions around her private part. At such times she begins to wonder what is happening to her body and why the changes are occurring. This can be avoided, if you as a parent, especially mothers, will ensure that you fulfill your responsibility toward your children, by creating time to educate them on these stages of development to avoid confusion and unnecessary concern. Educate your daughters on the use of sanitary towels, to ensure hygiene during these periods. They need proper sex education. Please understand that they are not too young to be told these things.

Mothers have a greater share of this responsibility. This is so because among other things, mothers have a lot of influence over their children. The Bible records the influence Timothy’s Mother and grandmother had on his life and ministry. It is written: When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also (2 Timothy 1:5).Timothy became one of the most respected Bishops in the New Testament.

Let us also take a look at these scriptures addressed directly to mothers:

A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother (Proverbs 10:1).
The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame (Proverbs 29:15).

I believe that though child training is a joint responsibility of parents, mothers have a greater share of the responsibility. For your children not to give you heartache tomorrow, it is a must for you to sow seeds of proper upbringing in their lives.

As you work on your children, I pray all your efforts over them shall be rewarded in Jesus mighty name. However, to get good rewards for your labour, you must be born again. You do this by accepting Jesus as Lord and Saviour of your life. If you want to make this decision today, then say this 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 personal 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: Raising Godly Children, Understanding Motherhood, Building a Successful FamilyandA Living Witness.

“Please click to read other inspiring articles by Pastor Faith Oyedepo” 

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.

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Our Daily Bread Devotional 22 May 2018 – Up a Tree

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Topic: Up a Tree [Our Daily Bread 22 Tuesday May, 2018]

Read: Jonah 2:1–10, Bible in a Year: 1 Chronicles 16–18; John 7:28–53

In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. Jonah 2:2

My mother discovered my kitten Velvet atop the kitchen counter, devouring homemade bread. With a huff of frustration, she scooted her out the door. Hours later, we searched our yard for the missing cat without success. A faint meow whistled on the wind, and I looked up to the peak of a poplar tree where a black smudge tilted a branch.

In her haste to flee my mother’s frustration over her behavior, Velvet chose a more precarious predicament. Is it possible that we sometimes do something similar—running from our errors and putting ourselves in danger? And even then God comes to our rescue.

The prophet Jonah fled in disobedience from God’s call to preach to Nineveh, and was swallowed up by a great fish. “From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. He said: ‘In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me’ ” (Jonah 2:1–2). God heard Jonah’s plea and, “commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land” (v. 10). Then God gave Jonah another chance (3:1).

After exhausting our efforts to woo Velvet down, we summoned the local fire department. With the longest ladder fully extended, a kind man climbed high, plucked my kitten from her perch, and returned to place her safely in my arms.

Oh the heights—and the depths—God goes to in rescuing us from our disobedience with His redeeming love!

Dear God, how we need Your rescue today!

Jesus’s death on the cross rescued us from our sins.

Insight:

The story of Jonah is a story of the unexpected. The only character in the story who doesn’t obey God is the one the reader would expect to be obedient, the one who told the sailors, “I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land” (Jonah 1:9). In contrast to the fugitive prophet, the pagan sailors turn to God (v. 16); the fish did as the Lord commanded (2:10); the Ninevites (a blood-thirsty and pagan people) repented (3:5–10). But the unexpected doesn’t stop there. God goes to great lengths to teach Jonah who He is. Rather than punish the disobedient prophet who is angry at God’s mercy, God invites Jonah (and us) to contemplate the depths of His love and mercy.

When have you experienced the love and mercy of God? J.R. Hudberg

If you missed yesterday devotional, please click to read “Our Daily Bread Devotionals HERE

This message was written By Elisa Morgan [Our Daily Bread Ministries.]

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Andrew Wommack’s Devotional 22 May 2018 – Change Your Mind

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Topic: Change Your Mind [Andrew Wommack Tuesday May 22, 2018]

Mark 7:21, “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders.”

Text: Mark 7:17-23

These verses (21-23) further establish the fact that our heart includes more than just our spirit. Even Christians still struggle with things like pride and foolishness, which Jesus said comes out of our heart. It’s certain that our born again spirit is not the source of these sins; therefore, the heart encompasses more than our spirit.

The word “spirit” is used in different ways in scripture. The most frequent usage refers to either the Spirit of God or the spirit of man. In that context, it denotes the person of the Holy Spirit or identifies a part of our three-part being (1 Th. 5:23). But the word “spirit” can also describe a mental disposition (Strong).

In Ephesians 1:17, Paul is praying that what is already true in our spirit will become our “mental disposition.” He’s praying for a release into the physical of what is already present in our spiritual being.

The Christian life is not an attempt to get more faith, or more anointing, or to get closer to the Lord. We already have these things in their fullness. We just need a revelation of what is already ours. Understanding this takes a lot of frustration and doubt away. It’s much easier to release something you already have than to try and get something that you don’t have. And why would anyone doubt whether or not he could receive what he already has? Through Christ, we are already blessed with all spiritual blessings. All we have to do is appropriate what is already ours, through the renewing of our mind. If you will change your thinking to believe what God says in His Word about who you are and what you have, then this agreement between your spirit and soul forms a majority, and your flesh will experience the life of God that has been deposited in your spirit.

“If you missed yesterday devotional, please click to read Andrew Wommack’s Daily Devotional HERE

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).

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