“And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.” – (Luke 19:8)
READ: Leviticus 6:1-5 (KJV)
1. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
2. If a soul sin, and commit a trespass against the LORD, and lie unto his neighbour in that which was delivered him to keep, or in fellowship, or in a thing taken away by violence, or hath deceived his neighbour;
3. Or have found that which was lost, and lieth concerning it, and sweareth falsely; in any of all these that a man doeth, sinning therein;
4. Then it shall be, because he hath sinned, and is guilty, that he shall restore that which he took violently away, or the thing which he hath deceitfully gotten, or that which was delivered him to keep, or the lost thing which he found,
5. Or all that about which he hath sworn falsely; he shall even restore it in the principal, and shall add the fifth part more thereto, and give it unto him to whom it appertaineth, in the day of his trespass offering.
Open Heaven Friday 22nd January 2021 Devotional Message
Restitution means making right something you have done wrong. If you have stolen something, you should return it now that you are saved. Restitution is proof that you feel sorry for sins committed in the past and wish that you had not committed them in the first place.
I recall sometime ago when I was still a schoolteacher. I needed an extra mattress for a visitor so I took one from the school’s dormitory. After the visitor left, I retained it and also took it along when I was leaving the school. About seven years later, I gave my life to Christ and my conscience began to prick me. I decided to restitute. Since I had been using it for seven years, I knew it wouldn’t be right to just return it, so I paid back double the value of the mattress to the school. Nobody told me to do that, I did it because I realised that what I did was wrong and I wanted to put things right. You should however seek Christian counselling if you are not sure of how to go about restitution.
Don’t mind any Pastor who tells you that there is no need for restitution. If you are genuinely born again, the Holy Spirit will not allow you rest until you have returned whatever it is you took wrongfully. Now, if you are trying to restitute for what happened a very long time ago, you must be just. For example, if you stole #17 when it had huge value, it would be wrong to return #17 today. Find out the equivalent of that amount in today’s market, or how much interest it would have accrued now if the owner had put it in the bank, then return the sum. Restitution is not a religious act; it is borne out of regret for the past and a willingness to correct it.
If a man shall deliver unto his neighbour money or stuff to keep, and it be stolen out of the man’s house; if the thief be found, let him pay double. – (Exodus 22:7)
When someone puts something in your care and it goes missing, you should restitute, unless the owner says otherwise.
If you borrow someone’s car and it got damaged in your custody, it is your responsibility to repair it. If you cannot afford the repair at that time, don’t act as if nothing happened; report the matter to the owner of the car, apologise and humbly ask him to help you repair it, promising to repay once you can afford it. If the owner says you should not bother, then you are free.
Like Zacchaeus in today’s memory verse, we must understand and abide by the principle of restitution.
Is there anything the Holy Spirit keeps reminding you to restitute? Go ahead and do it immedlately!
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HYMN 11 – I NEED THEE EVERY HOUR
1. I need Thee every hour,
Most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine
Can peace afford.
I need Thee, Oh, I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee!
Oh, bless me now, my Saviour,
I come to Thee.
2. I need Thee every hour,
Stay Thou near by;
Temptations lose their power
When Thou art nigh.
3. I need Thee every hour,
In joy or pain;
Come quickly, and abide
Or life is vain.
4. I need Thee every hour,
Teach me Thy will;
And Thy rich promises
In me fulfill.
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Joel Osteen 7th March 2021 Sunday Devotional – Money
1 Timothy 6:10, NLT – For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.
Joel Osteen 7th March 2021 Sunday Devotional Message
Sometimes religion can make people feel that it’s wrong to be blessed with resources. But the Scripture says that Job, a man of the highest integrity and who honored God, was blessed with great wealth and resources. David, who was called a man after God’s own heart, left an inheritance to build the temple in Jerusalem that some scholars say would be over a billion dollars today. Abraham, the father of our faith, was very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold. God has no problem with you having money as long as the money doesn’t have you. Money is simply a tool. Money can help send your children to college, bless a person in need, and help you accomplish your dream. It’s the love of money that’s a problem. Money shouldn’t be your goal; fulfilling your destiny should be your goal. If you make wealth your goal and live to impress people and show off what you have, your life is going to be miserable.
Prayer for Today(Joel Osteen 7th March 2021 Sunday Devotional)
Father, thank You that You are called Jehovah-Jireh, the Lord our Provider. Thank You that You delight in prospering me, and I can use my wealth as a tool for good. Help me to be wise with my finances and keep my focus on fulfilling my destiny. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Joel Scott Osteen is an American pastor, televangelist, and author, based in Houston, Texas. Osteen has been called the “most popular preacher on the planet” and is often listed as one of the most influential religious leaders in the world.
MFM Devotional 7th March 2021 – That God May Be Glorified
MFM Devotional 7th March 2021 Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional By Dr. D.K Olukoya
TOPIC: That God May Be Glorified
Romans 8:28- “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
MFM Devotional 7th March 2021 Outline
Why do bad things happen to good people? If you have often pondered about that problem, you are not alone. There is only one answer: God allows bad things to happen to His people only if He sees a way of turning the bad into a greater good. Romans 8: 32, our Memory Verse today, reveals that God specialises in bringing the best out of unpleasant things that He permits to happen to His children.
Someone asked, “Why did God Himself commend Job’s righteousness and still permitted satan to afﬂict him so terribly that he lost everything except his soul?’ The answer is that God permitted it because He knew He would bring greater and more glorious results out of it. He gave Job, after his trial, twice what he had before and his faith and patience are useful lessons for us today.
In John 9 the diciples of Jesus asked who had sinned for the blind man to have been born blind: his parents or the man himself? Jesus told them that no one sinned and that God only permitted the man’s predicament so that He would glorify Himself in his life. God was indeed gloriﬁed because Jesus restored his sight to the amazement of all people. Joseph’s envious siblings sold him into slavery at 17, thinking that they had killed his dream and God-ordained greatness. They were wrong!
Again, the Bible reveals that God allowed him to go through hard knocks and pain for 13 years. In the end, his dream was fulﬁlled. His brothers paid obeisance to him as the Prime Minister of Egypt. Though they were afraid, he assured them that God meant everything that happened to him for good. Beloved, whatever God permits to happen to you will turn out as a beautiful testimony.
Trust and obey God; He will turn your experience around and use it to glorify His name.
There is no limit to what God will do for the believer who will let Him have all the glory.
God will glorify Himself in your life now and Always.
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice!
1. Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice,
All ye that are upright in heart;
And ye that have made Him your choice,
Bid sadness and sorrow depart.
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice!
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice!
2. Be joyful, for He is the Lord,
On earth and in heaven supreme;
He fashions and rules by His word;
The ‘Mighty’ and ‘Strong’ to redeem.
3. What tho’ in the conflict for right
Your enemies almost prevail!
God’s armies, just hid from your sight,
Are more than the foes which assail.
4. Tho’ darkness surround you by day,
Your sky by the night be o’ercast,
Let nothing your spirit dismay,
But trust till the danger is past.
5. Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice,
His praises proclaiming in song;
With harp, and with organ, and voice,
The loud hallelujahs prolong!
1. Father, I thank You because You always seek and do the best for Your children, in the name of Jesus.
2. O God, arise and glorify Yourself in my life and destiny, in the name of Jesus.
3. Father, visit me with Your mercy and power today, in the name of Jesus.
4. My Father, give me a lifechanging encounter today, in the name of Jesus.
5. I will sing a new song, in the name of Jesus.
6. My Father, arise and perfect all that concerns me, in the name of Jesus.
7. O God, arise and make my joy to be full, in the name of Jesus.
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MFM Devotional 7th March 2021 Message. 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.
Catholic Daily Mass Reading Sunday 7th March 2021 Online
Reading 1, Exodus 20:1-17
1 Then God spoke all these words. He said,
2 ‘I am Yahweh your God who brought you out of Egypt, where you lived as slaves.
3 ‘You shall have no other gods to rival me.
4 ‘You shall not make yourself a carved image or any likeness of anything in heaven above or on earth beneath or in the waters under the earth.
5 ‘You shall not bow down to them or serve them. For I, Yahweh your God, am a jealous God and I punish a parent’s fault in the children, the grandchildren, and the great-grandchildren among those who hate me;
6 but I act with faithful love towards thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.
7 ‘You shall not misuse the name of Yahweh your God, for Yahweh will not leave unpunished anyone who misuses his name.
8 ‘Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.
9 For six days you shall labour and do all your work,
10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath for Yahweh your God. You shall do no work that day, neither you nor your son nor your daughter nor your servants, men or women, nor your animals nor the alien living with you.
11 For in six days Yahweh made the heavens, earth and sea and all that these contain, but on the seventh day he rested; that is why Yahweh has blessed the Sabbath day and made it sacred.
12 ‘Honour your father and your mother so that you may live long in the land that Yahweh your God is giving you.
13 ‘You shall not kill.
14 ‘You shall not commit adultery.
15 ‘You shall not steal.
16 ‘You shall not give false evidence against your neighbour.
17 ‘You shall not set your heart on your neighbour’s house. You shall not set your heart on your neighbour’s spouse, or servant, man or woman, or ox, or donkey, or any of your neighbour’s possessions.’
Catholic Daily Mass Reading Sunday 7th March 2021 Online
Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 19:8, 9, 10, 11
8 The precepts of Yahweh are honest, joy for the heart; the commandment of Yahweh is pure, light for the eyes.
9 The fear of Yahweh is pure, lasting for ever; the judgements of Yahweh are true, upright, every one,
10 more desirable than gold, even than the finest gold; his words are sweeter than honey, that drips from the comb.
11 Thus your servant is formed by them; observing them brings great reward.
Gospel, John 2:13-25
13 When the time of the Jewish Passover was near Jesus went up to Jerusalem,
14 and in the Temple he found people selling cattle and sheep and doves, and the money changers sitting there.
15 Making a whip out of cord, he drove them all out of the Temple, sheep and cattle as well, scattered the money changers’ coins, knocked their tables over
16 and said to the dove sellers, ‘Take all this out of here and stop using my Father’s house as a market.’
17 Then his disciples remembered the words of scripture: I am eaten up with zeal for your house.
18 The Jews intervened and said, ‘What sign can you show us that you should act like this?’
19 Jesus answered, ‘Destroy this Temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’
20 The Jews replied, ‘It has taken forty-six years to build this Temple: are you going to raise it up again in three days?’
21 But he was speaking of the Temple that was his body,
22 and when Jesus rose from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the scripture and what he had said.
23 During his stay in Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he did,
24 but Jesus knew all people and did not trust himself to them;
25 he never needed evidence about anyone; he could tell what someone had within.
Reading 2, First Corinthians 1:22-25
22 While the Jews demand miracles and the Greeks look for wisdom,
23 we are preaching a crucified Christ: to the Jews an obstacle they cannot get over, to the gentiles foolishness,
24 but to those who have been called, whether they are Jews or Greeks, a Christ who is both the power of God and the wisdom of God.
25 God’s folly is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.
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