TOPIC: Give Cheerfully
“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” – (2 Corinthians 9:7)
READ: 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 (KJV)
6. But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
7. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity; for God loveth a cheerful giver.
8. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work;
Open Heaven Tuesday 16th February 2021 Devotional MESSAGE:
I see some people’s reaction when it is offering time and wonder if they know whom the offering is for at all. God is not broke and He is not a beggar. He doesn’t need your money. We see in Haggai 2:8 that silver and gold are His, If you have the opportunity to give Him an offering, you should do so rejoicing. Imaging meeting one of the richest man in the world at a restaurant and he requests that you help pay for his meal because he did not have his wallet on him, with a promise to refund you. Would you give him the money grudgingly? You know he is not asking for the money because he is poor; indeed, he would refund your money and most likely add some extra. In fact, you may not even be interested in getting the money back, you might just see it as a privilege that you had an opportunity to give to him. Why then do you treat God like a beggar when asked to give an offering?
I will never forget a Church I attended outside Nigeria. It was the first time I was attending that Church and the entire place looked very beautiful. All the members were shining as they came to Church. With the way everyone was looking so radiant, I concluded “God must have really prospered these people”. Then I observed something: when the Pastor got up and said “It is offering time” everybody jumped up and began to rejoice. The Holy Spirit then said to me “That is their secret; they are cheerful givers”.
Many years ago, I was at a Church where they requested for several kinds of offerings. The offerings were so many that at a point I grumbled before reaching for my pocket and I heard God say in an angry tone “Keep your money”. I quickly apologised for grumbling and immediately became cheerful. I became even more cheerful when He later on permitted me to give my offering. If you decide to never give offerings or tithes again, the work of God will still go on. When Elijah went to the widow of Zarephath and asked her for a meal, it was not Elijah who was in need, it was the widow. In (1 Kings 19) an angel brought food and water to Elijah. There was nothing stopping the angel from giving him food and water every day; however, God sent Elijah to her because He wanted to meet her need. The cattle upon a thousand hills belong to God. If He asks you to give Him something, it is because He wants to bless you. I hope your attitude towards giving to God will improve from now.
Every opportunity to give to God is an opportunity to be blessed by Him; rejoice in it.
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HYMN 15 – MUST I GO AND EMPTY HANDED?
1. Must I go and empty handed?
Thus my dear Redeemer meet?
Not one day of service give Him,
Lay no trophy at His feet?
Must I go and empty handed?
Must I meet my Saviour so?
Not one soul with which to greet Him,
Must I empty handed go?
2. Not at death I shrink or falter
For my Saviour saves me now
But to meet Him empty handed
Thought of that now clouds my brow.
3. Oh, the years in sinning wasted,
Could I but recall them now,
I would give them to my Saviour,
To His will I’d gladly bow.
4. O ye saints, arouse, be earnest
Up and work while yet ’tis day;
Ere the night of death o’ertake thee,
Strive for souls while still you may.
Open Heaven Tuesday 16th 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
Joel Osteen Devotional 3 March 2021 – Better Is Coming
Topic: Better Is Coming
Ecclesiastes 7:8, AMPC – Better is the end of a thing than the beginning of it.
Today’s Word with Joel Osteen Devotional 3 March 2021
You may have had a rough start, but you don’t have to have a rough finish. Better is the end. Don’t keep dwelling on the negatives of the past. God is saying, Something better is coming. You may be going through a rough spot today, but better is coming. Don’t cancel out the better by dwelling on the regrets, the failures, and what didn’t work out. If your mind is always on yesterday, you’re going to move in that direction. Better is coming, healing is coming, and breakthroughs are coming.
You’re not defined by your past; you’re prepared by your past. If the past hadn’t happened, you wouldn’t be prepared for the better that is coming your way. You may have made some mistakes, but you can’t do anything about what happened yesterday. Living with guilt is not going to make anything better. It’s time to drop it. You’ll not only feel a weight lift off of you, but you’ll step into the better things God has in store.
Prayer for Today
Father, thank You for my past, the successes and victories as well as the mistakes and failures. Thank You that the past has prepared me for today and for the better things You have in store for me. I believe breakthroughs are coming, new opportunities are coming, and healings are coming. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Joel Osteen Devotional 3 March 2021 Message. 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.
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In Touch Daily Devotional 3rd March 2021 By Dr Charles Stanley – The Struggle With Jealousy
Topic: The Struggle With Jealousy
Today’s Scripture: 1 Samuel 18:5-16(King James Version)
6 And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick.
7 And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.
8 And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom?
9 And Saul eyed David from that day and forward.
10 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul’s hand.
11 And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice.
12 And Saul was afraid of David, because the Lord was with him, and was departed from Saul.
13 Therefore Saul removed him from him, and made him his captain over a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people.
14 And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the Lord was with him.
15 Wherefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid of him.
16 But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and came in before them.
In Touch Daily Devotional 3rd March 2021 By Dr Charles Stanley
Jealousy is an emotion of displeasure over someone else’s good fortune. Constantly comparing ourselves to others leads to discontent, resentment, and bitterness. If these negative emotions remain unchecked, they can poison our relationships. What’s more, they can eventually flare into suspicion, anger, and hostility.
This is what happened to King Saul. His jealousy caused him to distrust David, who had served him faithfully. Saul’s suspicious attitude led to hostility and irrational behavior—so much so that he hurled a spear at David while the young man was playing music (1 Samuel 18:10-12). Instead of being grateful for David’s loyalty and steadfast service, the king repaid him with animosity and death threats. As a result, David was eventually forced to flee and hide in the wilderness (1 Samuel 23:15-26).
Jealousy is not something to be excused or rationalized. Ask the Lord to examine your heart and show you if any of these symptoms of jealousy are present in your life. If they are, confess them as sin and ask Him to uproot them from your heart. Then focus on God’s faithfulness instead of comparing yourself with others.
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Seeds of Destiny Devotional 3 March 2021 – You Must Live
TOPIC: You Must Live (Scroll down for Seeds of Destiny 3 March 2021)
SCRIPTURE: I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: Deuteronomy 30:19.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: You have a choice in the matter of your life and destiny.
Seeds of Destiny Devotional 3 March 2021 Message:
Sometime ago, I went to visit a woman who was critically ill at the hospital. Her health condition had deteriorated. At a point, they fixed an oxygen mask on her to breathe.
At this time, four of her children were not yet married, and they were in the hospital with her. I pointed at them one-by-one and told her that she must live to see them get married. She must live to see her children’s children. When I said that, there was an injection of fire into her. The matter was over! Then she said, “I will live. I will take care of my children. I must see my children get married. I must see my children’s children.” Instantly, she was healed, and under twenty-four hours, the oxygen mask was removed from her.
Today, all her children are married.
Beloved, you have a choice in the matter of your life and destiny. You are not at the mercy of the devil; the devil is at your mercy. You shall fulfil your days. You shall fulfil your destiny. You shall fulfil the purpose of God for your life, in Jesus’ Name.
But you must first make the choice to live.
REMEMBER THIS: You have a choice in the matter of your life and destiny.
1. Refuse to bow to the forces of danger and death.
2. Always have something to be alive for.
PRAYER: Lord, I receive the grace to always place the future before me. Help me not to bow to the forces of death and destruction, 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: 2 Samuel 9-12
AMAZING FACT: Male and female eagles make a very good parenting tandem. The male’s job is to guarantee that there is food in their nests, while the female roosts at their nest for 35 days to keep their eggs warm.
PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD: You shall fulfil God’s perfect plan and purpose for your life in the earth in Jesus’ Name.
Seeds of Destiny Devotional 3 March 2021 Message 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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