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Open Heaven 23 February 2021 – Guard Your Heart

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Open Heaven Tuesday 23 February 2021 Daily Devotional Guide By Pastor E.A Adeboye

TOPIC: Guard Your Heart

MEMORISE:
“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” – (Proverbs 4:23)

READ: Psalm 119:10-12 (KJV)
10. With my whole heart have I sought thee; O let me not wander from thy commandments.

11. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

12. Blessed art thou, O LORD; teach me thy statutes.

Open Heaven Tuesday 23rd February 2021 Devotional Guide By Pastor E.A Adeboye:

It is shocking how believers engage in all manner of conversations and associations carelessly. If you know the value of your heart, you would guard it jealously. In (2 Samuel 13) we see a classic case of what happens when a person does not guard his or her heart. Amnon who was a prince and could have married any lady in the land lusted after his half-sister who was a virgin. He then engaged in a seemingly harmless conversation with a friend who watered the seed of evil already planted in his unguarded heart. The evil desire then blossomed and led to his untimely death in verse 28 and 29 of the same chapter. The man who advised him to rape his sister is the same one who announced his death to David, his father (2 Samuel 13:32). Choose those you associate with wisely (Psalms 1:1).

Be careful of whom you listen to and be mindful of what you let into your heart. Jesus said in Matthew 5:8: Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

If you allow impurities to dwell in your heart, forget about ever seeing God.

In Matthew 12:34, Jesus said:
…for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
In other words, your lifestyle and speech are an overflow of the meditation of your heart. Believers who listen to worldly music and also allow their children to listen to them are courting trouble. The result may not be instant. But it will accumulate and surely begin to yield ungodly fruits.

King David knew the secret to clean heart and he shared this in Psalm 119:11:
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that might not sin against thee.

Meditating on the Scriptures, listening to recordings of sound teachers of the gospel and keeping company with fellow believers are some of the primary ways through which we can keep our hearts guarded. You can only express what you have in your heart. Thus, if you constantly expose your heart to God’s word, you would guard your heart from all forms of ungodliness. Motivational words cannot cure sinful thoughts, only the word of God can.

Fill your heart with the word of God.

ACTION POINT:
Guard your heart diligently with the word of God.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
Exodus 5-7

HYMNAL:
HYMN 24 – 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 ceaseless praise,
Let them flow in ceaseless 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 power as Thou shalt choose,
Every power 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 Heaven 23 February 2021 Devotional guide was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries

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Seeds of Destiny 25th February 2021 – The Centre for Life, Healing, Health and Safety

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Seeds of Destiny 25th February 2021 Devotional Message By Dr. Paul Enenche

TOPIC: The Centre for Life, Healing, Health and Safety

SCRIPTURE: But upon mount Zion, there shall be deliverance… Obadiah 1:17

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: You cannot die like a chicken. Any devil or force of darkness that is pursuing you is only pursuing you to their own death.

Seeds of Destiny Devotional for 25th February 2021 Message

It has been confirmed that God has made His church a place of safety where He secures the lives of His people. The church is the ground for healing and deliverance. That is why we see diverse healings and deliverances all the time in church.

Beloved, if disease or death pursues you to church, that disease or death returns to the sender. People come to church to live and not to die. They come to church to be healed and not to be afflicted with sickness. And that is your portion in Jesus’ Name.

In one of our Tuesday Healing and Deliverance services, a lady testified of how she miraculously survived being hit and dragged on the road by a Toyota Hilux van. She said she could hear people shout: “The girl is dead!”

She said that in those moments of danger while in the shadows of death, the Lord appeared to her using my face as her pastor and said, “You cannot die like a chicken”.

You know, stray chickens easily get hit by vehicles on the road and die cheaply, but God appeared to her to tell her that she won’t die cheaply like a chicken.

While she was still being dragged on the road by the moving vehicle, she kept hearing that voice, “You cannot die like a chicken!” When the Hilux van finally stopped, her bones were already badly damaged. She could not lift her leg or turn it. People literally packed her to the hospital.

That same day while on the hospital bed, she had another encounter in the night. God visited her in the dream of the night using the face of my wife, Dr Becky Enenche and told her to lift up her leg.

When she woke up the following day on the hospital bed, a doctor told her to lift her legs. She did, and then realised that God had healed her.

Beloved, you cannot die like a chicken. Any devil or force of darkness that is pursuing you is only pursuing you to their own death.

REMEMBER THIS: You cannot die like a chicken. Any devil or force of darkness that is pursuing you is only pursuing you to their own death.

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. Make up your mind never to be a victim of the enemy’s wickedness.
2. Connect with the Power of God at work through your prophetic cover.

PRAYER: O Lord, I connect to Your saving and preservation Power at work through my prophetic cover. I decree that I shall not die like a chicken, Lord in Jesus’ Name.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: POWER TO TREAD.

QUOTE: It is good to note that survival is a function of Wisdom. Culled from “15 KINGDOM STRATEGIES FOR SURVIVAL” by Dr Paul Enenche.

DAILY READING: 1 Samuel 12-15.

AMAZING FACT: Baby eagles reach full growth at 12 weeks old. This shows that the eagle is one of the fastest growing animals.

PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD: You shall fulfil your days; no agenda of the enemy is permitted to take you before your time in Jesus’ Name.

Seeds of Destiny 25th February 2021 Devotional Guide 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.

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Our Daily Bread Devotional 25th February 2021 – To Be Human

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Our Daily Bread Devotional 25th February 2021 Thursday Message By Our Daily Bread Ministries, Written By:  Mart DeHaan

Topic: To Be Human

Today’s Scripture: Matthew 23:37–24:2

Key Verse: Jerusalem, Jerusalem . . . how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings. – Matthew 23:37

INSIGHT:  Scholars believe Jesus made the statements about the temple in Matthew 24 two days prior to His crucifixion. The temple was a source of great national pride for the Jewish people. Constructed by Herod the Great, it was twice as large as Solomon’s temple and served as the centerpiece of national faith. Not surprisingly, Jesus’ prophecy about the temple’s destruction was literally fulfilled. Josephus the historian, who was with the Romans at the temple’s destruction, has left us an eyewitness account of that event. The destruction was thorough, with only a portion of the Western Wall left standing.

At Jesus’ crucifixion, the miraculous tearing in two of the temple curtain signified the end of the system of animal sacrifice for sin (Matthew 27:51Mark 15:38Luke 23:45), yet these ineffective sacrifices did continue for a time. The destruction of the temple in ad 70 put an end to the practice.

Our Daily Bread Devotional 25th February 2021 Thursday Message:

“Mr. Singerman, why are you crying?” asked twelve-year-old Albert as he watched the master craftsman construct a wooden box.

“I cry,” he said, “because my father cried, and because my grandfather cried.” The woodworker’s answer to his young apprentice provides a tender moment in an episode of Little House on the Prairie. “Tears,” explained Mr. Singerman, “come with the making of a coffin.”

“Some men don’t cry because they fear it is a sign of weakness,” he said. “I was taught that a man is a man because he can cry.”

Emotion must have welled up in the eyes of Jesus as He compared His concern for Jerusalem to the care of a mother hen for her chicks (Matthew 23:37). His disciples were often confused by what they saw in His eyes or heard in His stories. His idea of what it meant to be strong was different. It happened again as they walked with Him from the temple. Calling His attention to the massive stone walls and magnificent decor of their place of worship (24:1), the disciples noted the strength of human accomplishment. Jesus saw a temple that would be leveled in ad 70.

Christ shows us that healthy people know when to cry and why. He cried because His Father cares and His Spirit groans for children who couldn’t yet see what breaks His heart.

Reflect & Pray

In what situations in your life might you be avoiding grief? How can your faith in a Savior who cries (John 11:35) help you express your grief in a healthy way?

Father, please replace any cold illusions of strength I cling to with a growing understanding of the cares and concerns that break Your heart for children like me.

Our Daily Bread Ministries is a Christian organization founded by Dr. Martin De Haan in 1938. It is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with over 600 employees. It produces several devotional publications, including Our Daily Bread.

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MFM Devotional 25th February 2021 – God’s Picture of the Christian Home (3)

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MFM Devotional 25th February 2021 (Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional Guide By Dr D.K Olukoya

TOPIC: God’s Picture of the Christian Home (3)

Fire Scripture
Acts 2:16-21

Memory verse
Psalm 119: 105 – “Thy word is a lamp into my feet, and a light unto my path.”

MFM Devotional 25th February 2021 Outline

Having seen how we should NOT find a help meet, we will now examine how to find and know God’s will in marriage. The place of God’s word in our discovering the will of God in marriage cannot be over-emphasised. Israel was guided by a pillar of fire by day and a pillar cloud by night. Today, believers are guided by His WORD and the SPIRIT.

This is one of the reasons why you need to sit under the anointed teaching of the word (Isa. 30:20-21). First, a word of scripture strongly impressed on the heart by the Holy Spirit when in prayer can be His method of guiding some people (John 14: 26). Second, the inner voice of the Holy Spirit, prompting, directing, influencing or checking is another method. (John 10:4,6, 27; Acts 10:17-21) When the Holy Spirit leads, He does not make mistakes because He is God and the Spirit of Truth.

Another way a believer can be guided to know God’s will in marriage is by receiving direct revelation. (Acts 11:12). God still guides through dreams, visions, and revelations today. The promise of Joel 2:28-29 is for the days in which we live (Acts 2: 16-21). God used this method of guidance after Pentecost. His dealings with the church from Pentecost until now has not changed (Acts 5: 19-21).

We must diligently compare whatever is revealed with the scripture. If any revelation (to us or to anyone we know) contradicts the scripture in anyway, we must reject the revelation, vision or dream as false (Isaiah 8: 19-20). Special, God-given love that cannot be quenched by temporal, contrary circumstances (Song of Solomon 8:6-7) is also a reliable way to know God’s will in marriage.

In this case, the love is not a mere natural attraction, neither is it affection that is self-produced through friendly visitation, familiarity and exchange of gifts. Beloved, next to your salvation decision, the decision on who you get married to is very crucial. You cannot leave it to guesswork. Rather, you must engage in spiritual exercise like reading the Bible and claiming God’s promises on divine guidance (as stated above) and engaging in purposeful fasting and praying until the heavens open and God gives you an answer of peace.

How your marriage turns out (blissful or painful) will affect other areas of your life: career, ministry, health, progress, and so on, pleasantly or unpleasantly. That is why you need to be God-led and to get your choice right. God still guides today. He is willing to guide you.

Motivational Quote
When the word of God rules a home, the light of God shines there too.

Prophetic Word
Darkness shall not have dominion over your home, in the name of Jesus.

HYMN
I’ll praise the Lord in my house

1. I’ll praise the Lord in my house,
Will you praise the Lord in yours?
If we praise the Lord in our town,
Will you praise the Lord in yours?
If we praise the Lord in this state,
Soon this whole great country will know that
Jesus Christ our Saviour has conquered ev’ry foe.

2. I’ll thank the Lord in my house.
Will you thank the Lord in yours?
If we thank the Lord in our town,
Will you thank the Lord in yours?
If we thank the Lord in this state,
Soon this whole great country will know that
Jesus Christ our Saviour has conquered ev’ry foe.

TODAY’S PRAYER POINTS
MORNING
1) The Spirit of God shall not depart from my home, in the name of Jesus Christ.
2) Lord, if you have departed from my home, in mercy restore your presence afresh, in the name of Jesus Christ.
3) Holy Spirit, let the word of God have free course in my home, in the name of Jesus Christ.

EVENING
4) The heaven of my home, open now, in the name of Jesus Christ.
5) Holy Spirit, repair the broken altar of prayer in my family, in the name of Jesus Christ.
6) Holy Spirit, divide the tongues of the wicked conspirators seeking for the destruction of my marriage, in the name of Jesus.
7) Serpent of darkness sucking the joy of my marriage, die now, in the name of Jesus Christ.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR
Num. 5-6

The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) is a Pentecostal denomination founded in Yaba, Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria in 1989, now with churches in several countries. It was founded by Daniel Kolawole Olukoya.

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