TOPIC: Character Supersedes Charisma
SCRIPTURE: Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. John 14:30.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Charisma and capacity may take you up but it is character that keeps you up.
Seeds of Destiny Thursday 18th February 2021 Devotional Message:
Previously, we saw that character is key to destiny fulfilment. Character is the bedrock of destiny.
Today, I will like to give you two key thoughts on character:
i. Character sustains destiny
Destiny cannot be in place where character is out of place. That is why whenever the devil wants to attack your destiny, he first attacks your character. No wonder, the future of a talkative person, gossipmonger, backbiter, murderer, thief or liar is at stake because their character is out of place (Acts 1:16-19). Destiny is indeed sustained by character.
ii. Character is superior to both charisma and capacity
Your charisma implies how vibrant, gifted and attractive you are while your capacity reflects how much you have developed yourself in terms of the skills you have acquired.
Now, charisma and capacity may bring promotion but it is character that sustains the promotion (Prov. 18:16). Charisma and capacity may take you up but it is character that keeps you up.
There are people with first class certificates who have third class character, and so they can’t keep a job. They can’t work with people, and people cannot work with them.
There are intelligent people who are stranded in life due to character bankruptcy. I know a man like that who was stranded in life for many years. Anywhere he is employed, he would begin to drink alcohol and insult people including his boss.
There are people whose tongues have closed their destiny doors. When God tries to open their destiny doors and assist them, one unguarded utterance closes the door.
Beloved, your character will open doors your certificates cannot open. Your character will open doors your connection cannot open for you.
My counsel is: maintain a positive character so you can fulfil destiny.
REMEMBER THIS: Charisma and capacity may take you up but it is character that keeps you up.
ASSIGNMENTS:(Seeds of Destiny Thursday 18th February 2021)
1. Pay attention to your character; your destiny is in it.
2. Receive grace to guard against negative character.
PRAYER: O Lord, deliver me from any lifestyle that will affect my destiny negatively. Help me to maintain quality character, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.
FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: FORCES OF DESTINY (PART 2).
QUOTE: When anyone tells you to accept a bribe, you will tell them that it is contrary to the laws of your country. Culled from “WHO ARE YOU?” by Dr Paul Enenche.
DAILY READING: Judges 9-12.
AMAZING FACT: A lion can hear the sound of a prey up to a mile away.
PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD: Help to be all Jehovah wants you to be is released on you in Jesus’ Name.
Seeds of Destiny 18th February 2021 Devotional 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.
Our Daily Bread 6th March 2021 Devotional – Minding My Own Business
Our Daily Bread 6th March 2021 Today Devotional Message By Our Daily Bread Ministries, Written By vid H. Roper
Topic: Minding My Own Business
Today’s Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:9–12
9 But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.
10 And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more;
11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;
12 That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.
Key Verse: Mind your own business and work with your hands. – 1 Thessalonians 4:11
INSIGHT: The church at Thessalonica, imperfect like all human organizations, was nevertheless one of the premier congregations in the New Testament. Established by Paul, Silas, and Timothy (Acts 16:1–5; 17:1–3), this church quickly became a hub of missionary activity—in part because of the profound witness the Thessalonians presented of the transforming power of the gospel. Paul applauds this transformation in the opening verses of this letter, where he says that their witness had reached throughout their land: “They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God” (1 Thessalonians 1:9). In a first-century Greek culture that proliferated with idols, their turning away from them speaks of dramatic change—turning away from dead idols of wood and stone to the God who is not only living but life-giving to all who trust Him. From idolatry to a living faith in the living God, the Thessalonians displayed true transformation.
Our Daily Bread 6th March 2021 Devotional Message:
Years ago, my son Josh and I were making our way up a mountain trail when we spied a cloud of dust rising in the air. We crept forward and discovered a badger busy making a den in a dirt bank. He had his head and shoulders in the hole and was vigorously digging with his front paws and kicking the dirt out of the hole with his hind feet. He was so invested in his work he didn’t hear us.
I couldn’t resist and prodded him from behind with a long stick lying nearby. I didn’t hurt the badger, but he leaped straight up in the air and turned toward us. Josh and I set new world records for the hundred-yard dash.
I learned something from my brashness: Sometimes it’s best not to poke around in other people’s business. That’s especially true in relationships with fellow believers in Jesus. The apostle Paul encouraged the Thessalonians to “make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands” (1 Thessalonians 4:11). We’re to pray for others and seek by God’s grace to share the Scriptures, and occasionally we may be called to offer a gentle word of correction. But learning to live a quiet life and not meddling into others’ lives is important. It becomes an example to those who are now outside God’s family (v. 12). Our calling is to “love each other” (v. 9).
Reflect & Pray
What happens when you meddle in other people’s business? What’s the first thing you should do instead for others?
God, teach me to know what it means to love others better.
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.
Seeds of Destiny 6th March 2021 Devotional – Associating With People of Value
TOPIC: Associating With People of Value
SCRIPTURE: Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. Proverbs 27:17.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Relate with someone who will assist you to defend your values.
In our previous studies, it was established that your relationship can either make or mar your life and destiny. Where you are in life today is a function of the influences around you. When you hang around negative influences, you cannot go far in life. On the other hand, when you hang around positive influences, your destiny is guaranteed.
Now, one category of people to relate with in order to have a destiny of quality is people who treasure your principles and value your standards in life.
Relate with people who respect your decision not to smoke, drink, or talk against others.
Relate with someone who will respect and protect your decision not to defile the bed during courtship or before marriage. Relate with someone who will assist you to defend your values. Relate with someone who will not be a bad influence in your life.
Relate with someone who will not introduce you to a wrong habit or character. Relate with someone who will not only value you but also respect and protect your values. Relate with someone who will defend the standards you set for your life.
Don’t relate with people who will discourage you when you want to carry out an act of kindness towards others. For example, when you tell someone that you want to send money to your parents and he discourages you from doing it, he is not a person to relate with.
Beloved, don’t relate with people who don’t respect your values or standards in life.
Seeds of Destiny 6th March 2021 Today Devotional By Dr. Paul Enenche
REMEMBER THIS: Relate with someone who will assist you to defend your values.
1. Relate with people who respect your values and uphold your standards in life.
2. Do not relate with people whose values are not only contrary but harmful to yours.
PRAYER: Lord, I receive the grace to apply the wisdom for profitable relationships. Help me to relate with people who value my life’s values and standards in life, Lord in Jesus’ Name.
FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: CRITICAL WISDOM FOR SUCCESSFUL LIVING (PT1)
QUOTE: Maintain the right association. The Bible tells us that a companion of fools shall be destroyed. Culled from “15 KINGDOM STRATEGIES FOR SURVIVAL” by Dr Paul Enenche.
DAILY READING: 2 Samuel 20-22.
AMAZING FACT: Honey bees are the only insect that produces food consumed by humans.
PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD: Grace to maintain positive/quality value system is released in Jesus’ Name.
Seeds of Destiny 6th March 2021 Devotional 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
Catholic Daily Mass Reading Saturday 6th March 2021 Online
Reading 1, Micah 7:14-15, 18-20
14 With shepherd’s crook lead your people to pasture, the flock that is your heritage, living confined in a forest with meadow land all round. Let them graze in Bashan and Gilead as in the days of old!
15 As in the days when you came out of Egypt, grant us to see wonders!
18 What god can compare with you for pardoning guilt and for overlooking crime? He does not harbour anger for ever, since he delights in showing faithful love.
19 Once more have pity on us, tread down our faults; throw all our sins to the bottom of the sea.
20 Grant Jacob your faithfulness, and Abraham your faithful love, as you swore to our ancestors from the days of long ago.
Catholic Daily Mass Reading Saturday 6th March 2021 Online
Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12
1 [Of David] Bless Yahweh, my soul, from the depths of my being, his holy name;
2 bless Yahweh, my soul, never forget all his acts of kindness.
3 He forgives all your offences, cures all your diseases,
4 he redeems your life from the abyss, crowns you with faithful love and tenderness;
9 his indignation does not last for ever, nor his resentment remain for all time;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve, nor repay us as befits our offences.
11 As the height of heaven above earth, so strong is his faithful love for those who fear him.
12 As the distance of east from west, so far from us does he put our faults.
Gospel, Luke 15:1-3, 11-32
1 The tax collectors and sinners, however, were all crowding round to listen to him,
2 and the Pharisees and scribes complained saying, ‘This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.’
3 So he told them this parable:
11 Then he said, ‘There was a man who had two sons.
12 The younger one said to his father, “Father, let me have the share of the estate that will come to me.” So the father divided the property between them.
13 A few days later, the younger son got together everything he had and left for a distant country where he squandered his money on a life of debauchery.
14 ‘When he had spent it all, that country experienced a severe famine, and now he began to feel the pinch;
15 so he hired himself out to one of the local inhabitants who put him on his farm to feed the pigs.
16 And he would willingly have filled himself with the husks the pigs were eating but no one would let him have them.
17 Then he came to his senses and said, “How many of my father’s hired men have all the food they want and more, and here am I dying of hunger!
18 I will leave this place and go to my father and say: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you;
19 I no longer deserve to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired men.”
20 So he left the place and went back to his father. ‘While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with pity. He ran to the boy, clasped him in his arms and kissed him.
21 Then his son said, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I no longer deserve to be called your son.”
22 But the father said to his servants, “Quick! Bring out the best robe and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.
23 Bring the calf we have been fattening, and kill it; we will celebrate by having a feast,
24 because this son of mine was dead and has come back to life; he was lost and is found.” And they began to celebrate.
25 ‘Now the elder son was out in the fields, and on his way back, as he drew near the house, he could hear music and dancing.
26 Calling one of the servants he asked what it was all about.
27 The servant told him, “Your brother has come, and your father has killed the calf we had been fattening because he has got him back safe and sound.”
28 He was angry then and refused to go in, and his father came out and began to urge him to come in;
29 but he retorted to his father, “All these years I have slaved for you and never once disobeyed any orders of yours, yet you never offered me so much as a kid for me to celebrate with my friends.
30 But, for this son of yours, when he comes back after swallowing up your property — he and his loose women — you kill the calf we had been fattening.”
31 ‘The father said, “My son, you are with me always and all I have is yours.
32 But it was only right we should celebrate and rejoice, because your brother here was dead and has come to life; he was lost and is found.” ‘
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