Sunday

Unusual Messengers With E.A Adeboye



Open Heavens Daily Devotional Sunday 28th August 2016

Memorise: And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.
-  1 Kings 17:4

Read: 1 Kings 17:1-5

1 And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.

2 And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying,

3 Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.

4 And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.

5 So he went and did according unto the word of the LORD: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.

MESSAGE
Messengers are stewards often sent to speak, act, or deliver a message on behalf of their master. In addition to the angelic beings that God normally sends as messengers to speak, deliver messages, or carry out specific assignments, He also uses humans and other living or non-living beings as messengers. The purpose of God's legitimate messengers is always to inform, enable, protect, empower, and guide the people of God. But they are sent occasionally to punish. I pray that you will never do anything to provoke divine judgement in Jesus' name.

The most prominent among God's messengers are prophets, humans and angelic beings. However unusual messengers are sometimes deployed by God to carry out special assignments. 1 Kings 17:4-6 says,  "And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there... And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook."

In the above passage, the most unusual messengers- ravens were the stewards sent to provide food for Elijah in the wilderness. Ravens are large heavily built carnivorous birds of the corvine family. God used a great fish, gourd plant, worm and a vehement east wind as unusual messengers to teach Jonah the lesson of his life in Jonah 4:6-8. He used another unusual messenger to play an important role in the story of Balaam in Numbers 22:19-35. Numbers 22:27-28 says;
"...and Balaam's anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff. And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?"

The use of supernatural beings and natural elements as God's messengers therefore underscores God as the Lord of Hosts, with the special ability to make all things work in favour of His beloved children. Therefore, give your life to Jesus today, and become one of God's beloved. Then you can be sure that all things will begin to work together for your good according to the Word of God in Romas 8:28.

Prayer Point:
Father, please command all things to work together for my good and the fulfilment of my destiny in the Name of Jesus.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Jeremiah 1:1-3:5 Psalms 44:1-8

Abide in Jesus With Kenneth Copeland




From Faith To Faith Daily Devotional Sunday 28th August 2016

If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered.
- John 15:6

If I were to ask you to make a list of a hundred things you need to do to please the Lord today, you could do it, couldn’t you? In fact, you probably have so many spiritual “dos” and “don’ts” cluttering up your mind that you’d hardly know where to start.

But you can relax. I’m not going to suggest you make a list of them. Instead, I’m going to help you simplify things by giving you only one: Abide in Jesus.

The one thing you’re truly responsible for is your union with Him. If you keep your union and fellowship with Him intact, everything else will be taken care of.

“But Gloria, I’m facing some big problems right now. My life’s turned upside down. I’m so rushed I don’t know whether I’m coming or going. I don’t have time to fellowship with the Lord today.”

That’s when you need to do it the most! You need to maintain your union with the Lord particularly when the storms of life come. I know that’s often not easy to do. Whether the storm is a sickness in your body or financial problems or family strife, the temptation will be to settle your attention and your mind on that problem. You won’t even want to think about anything else.

That’s what the devil planned on. That’s the reason he sent that storm in the first place. To distract you from fellowshiping with God. To draw your attention away from your union with Him.

Don’t fall into the devil’s trap. Instead, keep your thoughts and affections trained on the Lord. As you do that, the force of faith will begin to flow out of you. And that flow will repel every form of darkness. It will bring you in triumph through every storm.

Fellowship with Jesus today.

Scripture Reading: Philippians 3:1-11

Even The Enemies Know With William Kumuyi




DCLM Daily Manna Sunday 28th August 2016

Key Verse: "So do God to Abner, and more also, except, as the LORD hath sworn to David, even so I do to him;To translate the kingdom from the house of Saul, and to set up the throne of David over Israel and over Judah, from Dan even to Beersheba"
- 2 Samuel 3:9,10

Text: 2 SAMUEL 3:1-11

1 Now there was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David. But David grew stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker. 

2 Sons were born to David in Hebron: His firstborn was Amnon by Ahinoam the Jezreelitess; 

3 his second, Chileab, by Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite; the third, Absalom the son of Maacah, the daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur; 

4 the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith; the fifth, Shephatiah the son of Abital; 

5 and the sixth, Ithream, by David's wife Eglah. These were born to David in Hebron. 

6 Now it was so, while there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David, that Abner was strengthening his hold on the house of Saul. 

7 And Saul had a concubine, whose name was Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah. So Ishbosheth said to Abner, "Why have you gone in to my father's concubine?" 

8 Then Abner became very angry at the words of Ishbosheth, and said, "Am I a dog's head that belongs to Judah? Today I show loyalty to the house of Saul your father, to his brothers, and to his friends, and have not delivered you into the hand of David; and you charge me today with a fault concerning this woman? 

9 May God do so to Abner, and more also, if I do not do for David as the Lord has sworn to him-- 

10 to transfer the kingdom from the house of Saul, and set up the throne of David over Israel and over Judah, from Dan to Beersheba." 

11 And he could not answer Abner another word, because he feared him.

If only we sometimes knew what is happening in the camp of the enemies concerning us, we will be less agitated and troubled. We will not be disturbed over what we may consider as their threat on our lives and God's plans and purposes for us.

The enemies know full well what God has purposed concerning us and they equally know that they do not have the power to thwart or stop the hand of God on our lives. But most times, they take advantage of the ignorance of most Christians and use the tactics of fear and doubt to keep believers from getting to enjoy God's provisions.

 Abner knew very well that the throne belonged to David, based on the prophetic declaration and anointing on David. He however, for selfish reasons, had been backing Ishboshet, taking advantage of his weakness to perpetuate himself. But as God would have it, confusion ensued between them and Abner finally decided to get the kingdom over to David as God has promised him.

We need to take note of the patience of David as regards taking over the entire kingdom following the death of Saul. Though he knew the entire kingdom was his based on God's promises to him, yet he was patient, keeping faith with God's timing and faithfulness. And eventually, the enemies tired themselves out and handed the kingdom over to David.

When you know what God has spoken concerning you, you will not be agitated over the wiles and the antics of the enemies. They may take the oath on their lives to stop you from reaching God's goal, but will almost immediately tire themselves out.

Thought for the day: Satan has no power to stop the work of God in a saint's life.

Bible Reading in one Year: PSALM 44 - 50

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Saturday

Not of This World With Gloria Copeland

From Faith To Faith Daily Devotional Saturday 27th August 2016

Whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith.
- 1 John 5:4, The Amplified Bible

Years ago the devil started a rumor. He told a few Christians that as long as they lived in the world, they had to suffer as the world did. He told them they had to share the diseases and the defeat, the poverty and the failure of those around them.

It was a crafty lie—and it worked. Believers accepted it and began to spread it among themselves. You may have even heard it yourself. If so, I want to help you put that rumor to rest today. I want to help you get the facts straight once and for all.

You see, despite what you may have heard, health, prosperity and victorious living aren’t concepts some comfort-hungry believer selfishly dreamed up. They are God’s ideas.

You may say, “That sounds good, Gloria, but we’ve got to be realistic. We live in a world that’s full of problems. And as long as we live in this world, it seems to me we’re going to have our share.”

Yes, that’s true. Even Jesus said, “In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration.” But notice, He didn’t stop there! He went on to say, “But be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you]” (John 16:33, The Amplified Bible).

Most believers don’t have any trouble believing the first part of that verse. They know all too well how many tribulations, trials, distresses and frustrations surround them. But they’re less certain about the last part. They haven’t yet experienced for themselves exactly what Jesus meant when He said He had deprived those things of power to harm them.

Why not?

Because they’re still living as though they’re part of the world.

But, listen. Jesus said you and I are to be “sanctified,” or separated from the evils of this world. How? Through the Word of God (John 17:17)!

The Word of God will separate you from the world. His Word will set His dream for victory into motion in your life. If you’ll receive it and believe it, speak it and act on it, that Word will set you apart from those around you. It will take you from trouble to triumph again and again.

Scripture Reading: John 17:1-17

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Our Daily Bread: God’s Mouthpiece

Our Daily Bread Daily Devotional Saturday 27th August 2016



Who gave human beings their mouths? . . . Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak. 
- Exodus 4:11-12

Read: Exodus 4:1-12
Bible in a Year: Psalms 120-122; 1 Corinthians 9


My nerves fluttering, I waited for the phone to ring and the radio interview to start. I wondered what questions the host would ask and how I would respond. “Lord, I’m much better on paper,” I prayed. “But I suppose it’s the same as Moses I need to trust that you will give me the words to speak.”

Of course I’m not comparing myself with Moses, the leader of God’s people who helped them escape slavery in Egypt to life in the Promised Land. A reluctant leader, Moses needed the Lord to reassure him that the Israelites would listen to him. The Lord revealed several signs to him, such as turning his shepherd’s staff into a snake (Ex. 4:3), but Moses hesitated to accept the mantle of leadership, saying he was slow of speech (v. 10). So God reminded him that He is the Lord and that He would help him speak. He would “be with his mouth” (as the original language translates, according to biblical scholars).

We know that since the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, God’s Spirit lives within His children and that however inadequate we may feel, He will enable us to carry out the assignments He gives to us. The Lord will “be with our mouths.” - Amy Boucher Pye

Lord Jesus, You dwell with me. May my words today build up someone for Your glory.

As God’s people we are His mouthpiece to spread His good news.

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Monday

Our Daily Bread: At Risk of Falling



Our Daily Bread Daily Devotional Monday 22nd August 2016

If you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 
- 1 Corinthians 10:12

When my friend Elaine was recovering after a bad fall, a hospital worker placed a bright yellow bracelet on her wrist. It read: Fall Risk. That phrase meant: Watch this person carefully. She may be unsteady on her feet. Help her get from place to place.

First Corinthians 10 contains something like a “Fall Risk” warning for believers. With a glance back at his ancestors, Paul noted the human potential to fall into sin. The Israelites complained, worshiped idols, and had immoral relationships. God grew unhappy with them and allowed them to experience consequences for their wrongdoing. However, Paul said, “These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us . . . . So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!” (vv. 11-12).

It’s easy to trick ourselves into believing that we’re done with a particular sort of sin. Even when we’ve struggled through the worst of it—admitting our problem, repenting, and recommitting ourselves to following God’s ways—temptation may come calling. God makes it possible for us to avoid falling back into the same patterns. He does this by providing a way out of the sinful act we’re considering. Our part is to respond to His offer of escape. —Jennifer Benson Schuldt

Lord, let me see the way of escape You offer when I am tempted. Give me the strength to accept Your help so I can stay faithful to You. I know this is Your desire for me, and I thank You that You are at work in me.

Great blessings are often followed by great temptations.

Read: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Bible in a Year: Psalms 110-112; 1 Corinthians 5


INSIGHT: Paul tells us that the temptation to do evil is common. But God in His goodness has provided a way to escape sin. More often than not it’s best to plan an escape route before we encounter temptation. It is wise to avoid those circumstances where we are most vulnerable to sin. Dennis Fisher

Common To Man With Femi Monehin


Fresh Fire Daily Devotional Monday 22nd August 2016

“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you can endure” 
- 1 Cor.10:13

We cannot thank God enough for the gift of His Presence. We thank God for the gift of His Word and all that it is doing in our lives. I pray that in your life and your home, God will do things that eyes have not seen, ears have never heard, and that which man has not even imagined and Jesus alone will be glorified. There is a huge emphasis on what God is doing in this season, so I implore you to stay focused and get the best value. I know that God has a lot in store for us, so please stay focused.

Please read Ezekiel 37:1–14. For some of you, the current situation is of someone who rises but is always pulled back down. You are never able to rise and soar. In the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, before this season is over, God will totally cut the claws of the crabs. Some days ago we talked about Lazarus’ situation that had deteriorated from sickness, to death, he had begun to rot, to decay and to smell. Then Jesus Christ of Nazareth reversed the situation totally.

In the story of Ezekiel [Eze.37:1–14], we see a similar but even more advanced situation. The Bible describes these bones as completely dry. The picture painted here is of the most impossible situation. Know this, no matter what the situation is, the Power of God is able to reverse the situation. God is saying to us, I am able to move you from Death to Life, and I will.

A lot of people fret when they see storms and problems. But we need not fret any longer because storms are a part of life. In fact, storms are so natural to life that it is either you have just come out of a storm, or you are in the middle of a storm, or a storm is about to hit. But you need to know that the storm is not the problem. Storms happen to everybody, even Jesus the Son of the Living God experienced physical storms. How much more you and I?

So if you are going through a storm, the problem is not the storm. If you are going through adversity, the problem is not the adversity. Stop paying so much attention to your problem. God says, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man…” [NKJV]. It is common to man; your own is not special, so do not specialize it.

Prayer [song]: I have made You too small in my eyes, O Lord, forgive me. I have believed in a lie that You are unable to help me… Be magnified O Lord… Amen!

Healed Through Obedience With E.A Adeboye


Open Heavens Daily Devotional Monday 22nd August 2016

Memorise: His mother saith unto the savants, whatever he saith unto you do it.
-  John 2:5

Read: 2 Kings 5:9-14

9 So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha.
10 And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.
11 But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the Lord his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.

12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage.

13 And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?

14 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

Message

Every genuine child of God has a covenant right of divine health amongst other things. When I became born again, I did not believe in divine healing and I used to say that those pastors preaching about divine healing were looking for whom to kill. It was the testimony of an old man who shared how he challenged the devil who was mocking him in his sickness that made me to believe that divine healing is possible. In Exodus 15:26, God said:
“I am the Lord that healeth thee”.

The one asking you not to fear is the original physician. The storms of sicknesses and disease are much more dangerous than any other form of attack against humanity. Diseases and sicknesses have different duration in the human body. There are some that last a few days and there are some that last for years. God’s ultimate plan for His children is to live a life that is not afflicted with sickness. He is interested in our well-being. Healing is possible and it can be obtained through faith and in obedience to the Word of God.

When one is suffering from one form of sickness or the other, it affects other things. It drains the finances of its victim and causes stagnation. There are many colorful dreams that have been aborted as a result of sickness. There are many wealthy people who have become poor because a sickness drained their finances. The anointing of Jesus Christ is to destroy all that God has not planted in your life. Jesus came to destroy the yoke of sickness and this is why I want you to know that your case is not impossible with Jesus. However, there are certain instructions that you may have to work with if you want your miracle to be permanent. Our Bible passage reveals the story of the Syrian army officer who was highly ranked but was suffering from a particular sickness. The man of God asked him to go and wash in the Jordan River seven times for him to be healed of his sickness. It took the intervention of a God-sent messenger for him to access his miracles. He would have lost the miracle of healing that he had been longing for. He saw the instruction as ridiculous. I have seen over and over again that instructions that look very simple are always ignored by people, yet, it is the secret required for their breakthrough. This officer thought the river was too dirty for him and he began to list many exclusive rivers, but the man of God was specific about the river and the number of times he had to enter the river.

Obedience to the instruction of God is very crucial to the release of our miracles in life. This man dipped himself into the Jordan River six times and nothing happened. It wasn’t until he entered the seventh time that his skin became changed and he received his healing. He dipped himself into the river and his flesh became like that of a baby.

Why are you still in that problem? Could it be that there are certain instructions given to you and you have not obeyed or your obedience has not been complete? You need to check yourself. The miracle you need is right beside you; just do what Jesus has asked of you and you will see your miracle being delivered without further delay.

Prayer Point:
Father, remove every self-inflicted hindrance to my miracle in Jesus’ name.
Bible in one year: Isaiah 45:14-48:22 and Psalms 39

Sunday

Our Daily Bread: Let Us



Our Daily Bread Daily Devotional Sunday 21st 

Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 
- Hebrews 10:24

While standing in line for a popular attraction at Disneyland, I noticed that most people were talking and smiling instead of complaining about the long wait. It made me ponder what made waiting in that line an enjoyable experience. The key seemed to be that very few people were there by themselves. Instead, friends, families, groups, and couples were sharing the experience, which was far different than standing in line alone.

The Christian life is meant to be lived in company with others, not alone. Hebrews 10:19-25 urges us to live in community with other followers of Jesus. “Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings

 . . . . Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together” (vv. 22-25). In community we reassure and reinforce each other, “encouraging one another” (v. 25).

Even our most difficult days can become a meaningful part of our journey of faith when others share them with us. Don’t face life alone. Let us travel together.
- David McCasland

Lord, may we fulfill Your calling today by walking the road of faith and encouragement with others.

Read: Hebrews 10:19-25
Bible in a Year: Psalms 107-109; 1 Corinthians 4
     
INSIGHT: The Jewish temple represented God’s presence among His people. It was the center of religious life for the Jews. It was a place of corporate worship, the place where sacrifices were made, and the central structure around which yearly festivals and daily prayers took place. The temple construction and sacrificial system clearly meant to illustrate the separation sin had caused between the Creator and creation, but according to the writer of the book of Hebrews this temple and system were merely shadows (Heb. 10:1) of the reality that has come in Christ. Because of Christ the barriers no longer apply. God the Son has come near, and by His blood all believers regardless of gender, station, or nationality can come into the presence of almighty God. Dennis Moles

Gratitude With Femi Monehin



Fresh Fire Daily Devotional Sunday 21st August 2016

“So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me” 
- John 11:41 [emphasis added]

You need to respond appropriately to God. Yesterday we looked at three responses and today we will drill even deeper into those three responses. Ezekiel’s Response: “Then he asked me, “Son of man, can these bones become living people again?” “O Sovereign Lord,” I replied, “you alone know the answer to that.” Ezekiel 37:3 [emphasis added].  What Ezekiel was saying in essence is, how can I boast of such knowledge? Fantastic response.

Mary’s Response: “Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.” Lu.1:34. Fantastic response. Mary’s response showed that she was seeking knowledge and understanding. But Martha’s response was very different from the other two.

Martha’s Response: “Jesus told her, “Your brother will rise again.” “Yes,” Martha said, “he will rise when everyone else rises, at the last day.” John 11:23-24. Is that what  Jesus is saying? There are people who always think they know or have answers to every question. Most of the time, that is all that it is… they think they know.

To have the right response, you must know that you do not know. Ezekiel said, You alone know the answer to that Lord; I do not know. Mary said, Lord how can this thing be? You must know you do not know. When you think you know, you are going to make mistakes. To have the right response, you must listen and not offer God advice. To have the right response, you must defer to God’s Almightiness. You must know that He is Almighty. To have the right response, you must ask the right questions.

To have the right response, you must co-operate with God. There are many of us who want to move from death to life but we are not co-operating with God; you are not co-operating with God. For some, they are not living for God. God wants you to take a step toward Him but you are taking a step away from Him. To step away from God is to step towards death. To step into God is life.

“So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me” John 11:41. Gratitude is the best response you can give to God, ever.

Prayer: Father, I thank You for this season and its undeniable fruit in my life, in Jesus Name.