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Open Heavens Daily Devotional 24th November, 2017 – Obedience Must Be Total

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Topic: Obedience Must Be Total

Memorise: For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king. – 1 Samuel 15:23

Read: 1 Samuel 15:16-24 (KJV)

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16 Then Samuel said unto Saul, Stay, and I will tell thee what the LORD hath said to me this night. And he said unto him, Say on.

17 And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the LORD anointed thee king over Israel?

18 And the LORD sent thee on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they be consumed.

19 Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the LORD, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the LORD?

20 And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, and have gone the way which the LORD sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.

21 But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God in Gilgal.

22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

24 And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.

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MESSAGE: In our walk with God, total obedience is the key to success. If you will walk with God, then you must be prepared to obey Him completely. If you decide to obey some instructions, delay your obedience to some or even flout some others, you will definitely have problems with God. If you doubt this, ask King Saul. From his experience, we can see that partial obedience is the same thing as full disobedience before God. Saul was sent on a mission by God with specific instructions which were clearly spelt out to him with these words in 1 Samuel 15:3:

“Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.”

But when he got to the point of executing the instructions of God, he obeyed some, ignored some and outright disobeyed some. 1 Samuel 15:9 says,

“But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.”

He ignored and disobeyed some of God’s instructions because he wanted to remain in the good books of his soldier. What was the end result of this act? He was rejected and abandoned on the throne, while God chose a replacement for him. May God never reject you!

A further lesson here is that it’s not everyone rejected by God that He dethrones immediately. After Saul’s rejection, he was still on the throne for years, while God was already relating with David as king. During this period, how did Saul rule over the kingdom? As a lunatic of course! Today, like Saul, many leaders and pastors have been abandoned by God in the position they occupy. Although such people still maintain the status quo, the power to help them succeed is no longer available to them. Never be carried away by anyone occupying any position. It is only God who knows those who are standing and those He has rejected on their thrones! Are you in obedience? Do you obey God completely? Beloved, obey every instruction you are given by God completely, and you can be certain that all will be well with you.

Key Point: Disobedience robs you of the spiritual standing you require to succeed in your walk with God to a place of higher glory.

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Open Heavens Daily Devotional Messages was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.

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Seeds of Destiny 21 September 2018 Daily Devotional – The Blessing of the Anointing

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Seeds of Destiny 21 September 2018 Daily Devotional – The Blessing of the Anointing

TOPIC: THE BLESSING OF THE ANOINTING
The Anointing processes a person into an enviable status in life. I declare the release of the fresh Oil that will shift you to the realm of unlimited supplies, favour, honour and dignity, in the Name of Jesus.

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Character Development Message by Pastor Paul Enenche

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SERVICE OBJECTIVES:
1. Understanding character
2. Understanding the development process of character

THINGS TO NOTE:
1. The most significant impact of Christianity is character transformation (Acts 11:26)

2. The followers of Christ are known by their fruits or character, and not just by church attendance (Matt. 7:15-20)

3. The work of Christian ministry is the development of Godly character (Eph. 4:11-13)

4. Christian character development is a process (Eph. 4:15)
Character development is not a destination but an adventure

FACTORS THAT AFFECT CHRISTIAN CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT:
1. A sense of vision and purpose for Godly character (Dan. 1:8; Gen. 37:2; Exo. 23:2)
1a. It involves knowing exactly the kind of person you want to be in life, what kind of life you want
to live and who the role models of that life are
1b. It involves being a person who lives by conviction and not to the consensus
1c. It involves knowing the kind of person you want to be remembered for when your life on earth is over
1d. It implies being a person that is not under the control of the crowd but under the control of God
Don’t live your life at the mercy of what others think or do, be a pacesetter and road pointer.

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2. Feeding on and living in the Word of God (Ps. 119:9,11; John 15:3; Rom. 12:1-2; Jam. 1:23-25; Ps. 119:67; Eph. 5:26)
2a. The Word of God changes mindsets and mindset affects lifestyle (Rom. 12:1-2)
2b. The Word of God is a mirror for life and reveals where adjustments need to be made in life (Jam. 1:23-25)
2c. The Word of God impacts thoughts and thoughts imparts lifestyle (Isa. 59:9-11)
2d. The Word of God is a discerner of the motives of people (Heb. 4:12-13)

Character Development Message by Pastor Paul Enenche

3. Living in God’s Presence in prayer and communion (Gen. 32:24-28; Prov. 13:20; Luke 9:28-29)
3a. The place of prayer is the place of character transformation, where the person you used to
be gives way for the person God wants you to be
Prayer does not only change things, it changes the people who pray
3b. The place of prayer is the place of company with God, and company affects character (Prov. 13:20)
3c. Spiritual fire generated at the place of prayer purifies the garment of the saints
3d. The place of prayer is the place to seek the face of God and what you look at determines what you look like (2Cor. 3:18)
The place of prayer is not just where needs are met, it is where people are changed

4. Living and flowing in the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23; Rom. 1:4)
4a. The Spirit of God is not just for the manifestation of gifts but for the development of fruit (character)
4b. The Spirit of God is called the Spirit of holiness, and His assignment is the empowerment
of the saint unto Godly living (Rom. 1:4)
4c. The Holy Spirit is the character development agency of the Kingdom, so the proof of walk
with the Spirit is the improvement of character
4d. The assignment of the Holy Spirit is the elevation of the spirit of man over the flesh of man

5. Guard your mind; watch the intakes and inputs of your life (Prov. 4:23; Rom. 12:1-2; Phil. 4:8)
5a. The mind is the control room of character because thoughts become actions, actions become habits and habits become character
You are not doing anything about your character until you are doing something about your thoughts. The beginning place of character is your thoughts
5b. Inflow into life determines outflow from life; as the saying goes, garbage in, garbage out!
5c. The seed of thought is what produces the harvest of character
5d. Input determines outcome in life; until input is handled, outcome has not been helped

Character Development Message by Pastor Paul Enenche

6. COMPLETELY avoid the wrong company and association (2Cor. 6:14-18)
6a. Association equals assimilation; company equals impact; who speaks into your ears shapes your life
Anybody who says any single thing to you that is contrary to Scripture, REJECT IT!
6b. Never manage the wrong association; what you manage can damage you
6a. The environment of your life affects the development of your life; to be wrongly surrounded is to be wrongly developed
6b. Never feel right about what does not feel right
Never ignore your perceptions, otherwise you head for disaster
When you ignore your feelings, you invite your pains

7. Be ready to learn, open to change (Phil. 3:10-14; Rom. 12:1-2)
7a. Meekness, that is, the readiness to learn, grants access to lifestyle-changing insight (Ps. 25:9)
7b. Openness to change is key to character adjustment
7c. The absence of meekness closes the door to change
7d. Where the willingness to change is absent, character improvement is impossible

8. Be open to feedback and correction (Matt. 16:13-16; Acts 23:1-5)
8a. Feedback is the fuel for upgrade of character
Be open to feedback so that your life can be upgraded; especially from those who have your interest at heart
8b. Correction brings transformation
8c. Those who are closed to feedback are closed to change
8d. Those who avoid the way of correction settle for the way of corruption

9. Be determined, don’t give up (Mic. 7:8; 1Cor. 9:27)
9a. Never see failure to uphold character as proof of defeat
Failure is not a person or an event, it is an opinion
9b. Determination is the guarantee of every destination (Phil. 3:14)
9c. Never agree to remain in a fallen state; arise and shine (Isa. 60:1)
9d. Persistence will always guarantee victory

10. Rely on grace; apply continually for the grace to live right (Acts 20:32; Tit. 2:11-12)
10a. Grace is fuel for ease; anything that will be easy takes grace
10b. Grace empowers to do the right thing
10c. Grace constructs life and character
10b. Grace facilitates the ability to say no to wrong
What you couldn’t have done with your power, grace says ‘you can’.

Character Development Message by Pastor Paul Enenche

CONCLUSION:
1. There must be the decision to live right in order to live right (Dan. 1:8)

2. The choice to live right must be backed up with action (Phil. 2:12-13; 1John 2:29)

PRAYERS
Lord thank You for Your Word to us today. Blessed be Your Name Lord, in Jesus’ Name.

Father, I come before You today and I ask for Your help and mercy to live in uprightness and Godly character. Where I failed, I ask for forgiveness Lord, in Jesus’ Name.

Father, I apply for grace, it is my decision to live right and today I receive the grace to work out my salvation with fear and trembling and to do right

COMMUNION FOCUS:
Communion of grace. The grace Christ came and died to supply us is released via this communion.

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Joyce Meyer 21 September 2018 Daily Devotional – Faith Has No Expiration Date

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Topic: Faith Has No Expiration Date

Scripture: “Do not remember the former things, or ponder the things of the past. Listen carefully, I am about to do a new thing….” – Isaiah 43:18-19 (AMP)

Message: Faith is the evidence of the things that we do not see and the proof of their reality (see Hebrews 11:1). Faith is what we have while we are waiting for God to answer our prayer and provide what we need. But what if God takes a long, long time to answer? That is when waiting can become difficult, and that is also when our faith is tested.

I am currently waiting on at least seven things I have prayed about, and they are all things I have been waiting on for a long time, some of them for years. As I was feeling a little disappointed yesterday about having no answers yet, I was reminded that faith has no expiration date, and if it does, then it is not faith that can endure testing.

Joyce Meyer 21 September 2018 Daily Devotional – Faith Has No Expiration Date

Faith means that we not only ask God for something, but also that we must trust Him to be the head of the “ways and means committee”! He chooses the way to answer us and the timing to do so. In the meantime, we get to be patient, or we can at least learn to be patient! I am still learning, and perhaps you are also.

Let me encourage you today to know that although God probably won’t show up in your timing, He promises not to be late. Don’t just trust God for something, but trust Him all the way through the process it takes to get it. Don’t let your faith expire!

Joyce Meyer 21 September 2018 Daily Devotional – Faith Has No Expiration Date

Prayer Starter: Father, thank You that I have faith while I am waiting for a breakthrough in my situation. Help me remain faithful, even as You are faithful! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Today’s Daily Devotional was written by Joyce Meyer!

 

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