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Monday, 22 October 2018

UNDERSTANDING GOD'S HEART



When John Wesley was rescued from blazing house as a child, he was convinced that God had saved him for a purpose. As he grew up in eighteenth-century England, he applied all his energy towards accomplishing God's for his life. While studying in Oxford University, John led a group of men known as “ Holy Club.”  They met for Bible Study and prayer, and cared for the sick, poor and imprisoned. Not long after completing his work at the university, John and his brother, Charles, sailed to America to spread Christ's message.

John had good intentions but still felt like a failure. He knew God had given him a purpose in life, but he didn't seem able to carry it out. He needed to know and experience God's heart before he could offer it to anyone else. John returned to England discouraged and disillusioned. “I went to America to convert the Indians , “ John said. But, oh, who shall convert me?”










Then something wonderful happened. On 24 May 1738, John attended a Christian meeting in London, and his life changed. In his journal, John inscribed what happened.

“I felt my heart strangely warned ,” he wrote. “ I felt  I did trust Christ , Christ alone for salvation; and an assurance was given to me that He  had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death.”

John Wesley became one of the most influential men in the history of Christianity. During the 52 years following that experience in 1738, he preached over 40,000 sermons and travelled over 300,000 Kilometres, sharing of Christ with hundreds and thousands.

John needed to understand and worship God before trying to serve Him. The prophet Isaiah had a similar experience that launched his ministry. Read abut Isaiah's encounter with God in Isaiah 6:1-8.;

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ESV:In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple.
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ESV:Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.
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ESV:And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”
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ESV:And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke.
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ESV:And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”
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ESV:Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar.
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ESV:And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”
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ESV:And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”

Questions To Consider
  • Why did both John Wesley and Isaiah need to understand God's heart and worship him before they could adequately server God?
  • According to this passage, what do you know about God's character?

Motion Points
  • Asking God to reveal himself to you the way he did to Isaiah or John Wesley
  • Writing a song to God, praising for the qualities about him that you are true.

Further Study
  • Psalm 50
  • Revelation 19:1-9
  • 2Chronicles 29:18-36
John Wesley 

Sunday, 21 October 2018

SLOW TO HEAL


After coming second at the regional karate tournament, Dan McCarthy got an invitation to a national competition. But one week before the trip , he tore the ligaments in his ankle and ended up in a plaster cast.

Still, nothing would stop Dan. He convinced his parents to let him make the trip anyway, promising just to watch the tournament. Once on his way, he told his karate instructor that the doctor had put in a cast only as a precaution. He said he had both his doctor's and parents’ permission to participate. Since, it was removable cast, he took it off when he got to the tournament and competed. He even a few matches.

Although the cast was back on when he got home, his parents worked out what he had done by the way he talked about the competition. They felt betrayed!

Dan paid for his scheme: his ankle healed much more slowly than it would have otherwise. Luckily, the ankle wasn't permanently damaged.












Dan falsely used the authority of his doctor and parents to back up his instructor. In similar way, false prophets appealed to God's authority to back up their lies in Jeremiah 23:23-30

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AMP:Am I a God at hand, says the Lord, and not a God afar off?
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AMP:Can anyone hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? says the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? says the Lord.
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AMP:I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy lies in My name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed [visions on my bed at night].
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AMP:[How long shall this state of things continue?] How long yet shall it be in the minds of the prophets who prophesy falsehood, even the prophets of the deceit of their own hearts,
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AMP:Who think that they can cause My people to forget My name by their dreams which every man tells to his neighbor, just as their fathers forgot My name because of Baal?
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AMP:The prophet who has a dream, let him tell his dream; but he who has My word, let him speak My word faithfully. What has straw in common with wheat [for nourishment]? says the Lord.
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AMP:Is not My word like fire [that consumes all that cannot endure the test]? says the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks in pieces the rock [of most stubborn resistance]?
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AMP:Therefore behold, I am against the [false] prophets, says the Lord, [I am even now descending upon them with punishment, these prophets] who steal My words from one another [imitating the phrases of the true prophets].

Questions To Consider
  • Why were Dan's karate instructor and parents in the passage quick to accept lies?
  • When people say, “Honest to God !” do you believe their story more than you would have otherwise? Why or why not?

Motion Pionts
  • Tracking down a rumour you've heard at school and finding out how much is true
  • Mark Twain comment on lying: “ If you tell the the truth you don't have to remember anything.” Think of a time you've lied. Then make a list of all the other lies you had to tell to support it.

Further Study
  • Psalm 139:1-18
  • 1John 4:1-6
  • Matthew5:33-37

Saturday, 20 October 2018

SLOWLY BUT SURELY

Almost everyone cheated in Mrs Young's algebra class. It was just so incredibly easy. The three classes ”brains” were generous with whispered answers on tests and would lend homework papers for copying. Mrs Young didn't seem to catch on, or else she ignored it, not knowing how to put a stop to it.

Robert didn't believe in cheating, though he plodded along, doing his own work, scoring Cs or C+s. That is why everybody was surprised when he got the best mathematics results of anybody in the school -even better than the brains -and was accepted for university.

“How did you do it , Robert?” asked one of the brains from algebra.

“I just knew the stuff” , Robert said with a smile. “ I learned it, slowly but surely. ”











Honesty carries its rewards today, just as it did in the ancient times. Psalm 112 talks about many of those rewards. Here comes the reward of honesty as it is written in Psalm 112:1-10

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NIV:Praise the Lord. Blessed are those who fear the Lord, who find great delight in his commands.
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NIV:Their children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.
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NIV:Wealth and riches are in their houses, and their righteousness endures forever.
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NIV:Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.
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NIV:Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice.
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NIV:Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever.
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NIV:They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
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NIV:Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.
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NIV:They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor, their righteousness endures forever; their horn will be lifted high in honor.
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NIV:The wicked will see and be vexed, they will gnash their teeth and waste away; the longings of the wicked will come to nothing.

Questions to Consider
  • How would the phrase “fair in their business” in verse 5 above apply to Robert?
  • In what ways can honesty keep you “steady” (verse 7) as you go about your business at school, work and home?

Motion Points
  • Rewriting this Psalm using your own words and applying it to your own circumstances.
  • Promising never to cheat at school.

Further Study
  • 1 Samuel 12:1-5
  • Colossians 3:9-10
  • Isaiah33:15-17

Saturday, 2 June 2018

WHAT YOU NEED IS PRAYER

Never let success get to you head, never let failure get to your heart! True humility and fear of the Lord LEAD to riches, honor, and long life. Proverbs 22:4! Be kind. For everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about! Just because you found God doesn't mean you should stop seeking Him! It's amazing to wake up and realize that God has given us another chance to make it right! God wants us to focus on Him and not the storm! Don't be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try! Faith isn’t just wishful thinking; it’s confidence in knowing God is faithful! You may have weaknesses, but God has strength. You may have sin, but God has grace. You may fail, but God remains faithful!

John 3:3-4 says, “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?”
Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews, came and spoke to Jesus of the miracles that Jesus does. Jesus tells him that he must be born again. Jesus was focused on a spiritual birth. Nicodemus was thinking in terms of the physical birth. To be born of the Spirit, you must accept Christ and obey Him; He then bestows the Holy Spirit upon you. The Spirit leads and guides you on the right path of God. He changes your direction and guides you in the direction that God wants you to go on for His purpose.

Psalms 37:4 says "Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart." God will always give you the desires of your heart. But only when it glorifies God. So guard your heart from evil by guarding your ears and your eyes from all wickedness and evil things of this world. What you see or hear, is in your mind and will enter your heart. So be on guard.

Acts 8:12,26-28 says, “But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized both men and women. And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza which is desert. And he arose and went: and,  behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, Was returning and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet."

Philip preached Jesus and the Kingdom of God to an Ethiopian eunuch when Philip arrived in Gaza where an angel of the Lord had told him to go and Philip obeyed. The Spirit moved Philip from preaching the Gospel in one place to another. Philip told the eunuch to believe with all his heart and then both he and the eunuch were baptized. God is always with you. When you focus on where God wants you to go, He will bless you abundantly. The power of God will always come through. Philip was flowing with the Spirit.

Acts 9:10-18 shows God spoke to Ananias and told him to go and find Saul who was blind. Ananias was reluctant to go, but Jesus told him that Saul was chosen of Him. Ananias went and found Saul and Paul put his hands on Saul and Saul was able to see and was baptized. Acts 10 shows where God had to tell Peter three times where Peter should go and he went to the home of Cornelius and preached the Gospel to Cornelius as the Spirit had led him to do. While Peter was preaching to Cornelius, all those who heard, received the Holy Spirit and they were baptized. God always leads you where He wants you to go. You must listen and obey. God moves you at the right time to the right people.
   

“For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened” (Luke 11:10). The news caused some excitement in some quarters and anxiety in others when some years ago, medical authorities of a specialist hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, United States, randomly selected 990 heart patients from their Coronary Care Unit and divided them into two groups. The aim was to find out whether or not it could be proved scientifically that prayers works. The names of patients belonging to the first group with little or no medical attention were sent to Christian intercessory groups to be prayed for, while the second group were given intensive medical care without prayer treatment.

The outcome of the scientific experiment slated to last four weeks surprised the cynical researchers. A medical check-up conducted after the experiment showed that the patients belonging to the group that were given little medical care but intensive prayer treatment recovered faster than the patients given only intensive medical care but no prayer treatment.

The disciples had been with Jesus and noticed that He placed importance on prayers. They decided that they needed to learn to pray and asked the Lord to teach them how to pray. Jesus gave a model prayer, which is referred to as the Lord’s Prayer. He further explained the reason and effectiveness of prayer using the need of an importunate friend at midnight.

Many Christians pray, yet they remain disappointed as a result of unanswered prayers. The major reasons are sin (secret and unconfessed) and unbelief. To fully enjoy the power and possibilities of prayer, you need to get rid of all sins and manifest faith when you pray that God will fulfil His promises.

“Anyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13 TLB).Are you at a place in your life where you need to be rescued? Are you ready to call out for help? It doesn’t take a special phone or a bat-signal. All you have to do is ask and Jesus will rescue you. You can ask him to rescue you in any area of your life: a relationship, a financial situation, a health issue, anything. But you have to ask.

In Psalm 91:15, God says, “When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them” (NLT). That’s not just talk, because God doesn’t lie. It would be contrary to his character because he is total truth.

Notice that God says you have to do your part and then he’ll do his part. You call, he answers. That’s it. Just call on the name of the Lord. And the name of the Lord is Jesus.

It’s vital to understand that in any rescue operation, the rescuer gets to determine the means and method of the rescue. You don’t get to determine how you are saved. It’s not up to you; it’s up to your Savior. And Jesus says, “I am the way . . . No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6 NIV).

PRAYER POINT
1. Lord,  I hereby surrender my sins and will to You as from today.
2. Lord, make me heavenly minded and give me passion for your will to be done on earth.
3. Lord, breath the Spirit of prayers into me as I present my requests.
4. Lord, give us your children in the Church heavenly priorities in prayers.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

THE CREATION

CHRISTIAN 24 DAILY DEVOTIONAL

TOPIC : THE CREATION

BIBLE REFERNCE : GENESIS 1: 1-4

THE MESSAGE
God is the grand master of the universe . He created man in His own image who no man can make in the likeness of the real man. Through out the history of science, human being is too complicated that no one was able to reproduced.  

Although science is trying it best to reproduce man but all manners proved abortive. This shows the supremacy of God over man. Why is this so you may ask?  There is no artificial parts of man which can be crafted in the like maner of what God has made.

God crafted heaven and earth. Initially, the earth was shapeless, completely empty and occupied with darkness.  God created the light. Everything God created was for a purspose. He created the light to wipe out darkness. There is a purpose why you are you been created. Discover yours today!

God is The Master of Intelligence. HE skilfully designed the universe and put man has the general overseer. Man was created to have dominion. You are  born to rule and to be creative. Search yourself today and get started!

GOLDEN WORD
“ Creativity is not common, it is only active in those people who vision. Originality is not common , it is only active in those that have mission. Both creativity and originality makes you outstanding in the rest of the crowd.” - [ Adewale Osunsakin, 2018]

BIBLE REFERENCE : GENESIS 1: 1-4
Here we are going to be making use of four different Bible Versions: KJV , ESV , NIV AND AMP. Try to strike out their differences and presentation:

GENESIS 1: 1-4
1 KJV:In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
ESV:In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
NIV:In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
AMP:In the beginning God (prepared, formed, fashioned, and) created the heavens and the earth.

2KJV:And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
ESV:The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
NIV:Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
AMP:The earth was without form and an empty waste, and darkness was upon the face of the very great deep. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters.

3KJV:And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
ESV:And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
NIV:And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
AMP:And God said, Let there be light; and there was light.

4KJV:And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
ESV:And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness.
NIV:God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.

PRAYER BANK
  1. Father recreate me to be fitted for Your use Oh Lord.
  2. My Lord, My Father help me to discover all my hidden treasures in Jesus name.
  3. My Father open the door that no one can close in Jesus name.

PROPHETIC CLAIMS
  1. Begin to be creative now in Jesus name
  2. Success will smile at you now in Jesus.
  3. Begin to do the extra ordinary now in Jesus name.

ME TO YOU
It is time for you to give your life to Jesus Christ. If you have not done,  so please do that now. God bless you. Remain bless.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

MULTI VERSIONS DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR TODAY

Your mistake is not bigger than God. "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11). Oftentimes, I hear people say,  I’ve just blown it so many times. I had this major setback. I don’t see how I could ever get to where I’m supposed to be.”

We have to realize our mistakes aren’t that powerful. Our mistakes aren’t too big for God. He’s not up in the heavens shaking His head saying, “I never dreamed they would do that. They’ve ruined My plan.” No, God knew every mistake we would ever make. He knew every wrong turn, and He’s already prepared a new route. He already has your detour figured out.

Scripture says that God knows the end from the beginning. If you’ve made some mistakes, the good news is that He has already planned a way to get you back on track! Just come to Him with an open and humble heart. Let Him wash you clean and make you new. Your mistakes aren’t bigger than God. He loves you and has a good plan for you! God bless you.

CONTINUED
TYPE 1: CAC LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL.
Topic: SECOND CHANCE (II)
PREACHER : C.A.C CHURCH
Read: Romans 5:1-6

MEMORISE: Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1)

EXPOSITION
Paul used a beautiful phrase to describe the believer's position in Christ: through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God (Romans 5:2) . This is no puddle of mercy that barely wets the toes, but rather a mighty ocean. The Lord's kindness wraps around us without regard for our past mistakes and failures.

Yesterday, we discussed the second chance we gained in Christ. In continuation, God's grace is an essential concept for believers to understand. He freely offers His favour to mankind because Jesus' sacrifice on the cross purchased forgiveness and salvation for anyone who believes. However, many people think they are enjoying God's kindness when what they are really trying to do is, earn it. If we have to purchase, merit, or work for grace, then it is not a gift *(Ephesians 2:8-9)*. The Lord is very clear that works cannot save us. In fact, He compares our good deeds to filthy rags *(Isaiah 64:6)*.

On the other hand, God's grace is not a license to be lazy; Christians are called upon to serve the Lord every day. From the outside, it is usually impossible to distinguish between works and service in someone else's life. But God knows the motivation of every heart. He is pleased by the things we do to show Him our love and to express appreciation for His countless blessings. Such actions bring glory to His name.

Keep in mind that serving God in order to earn His favour or ensure that He continues blessing you amounts to thwarting grace. You can do nothing to deserve the Lord's kindness! He pours it upon believers freely, that is why it is wise to wait on Him for total turnover.

PRAYER POINTS
1.Lord, endow me with the grace to always do things that will bring glory to Your name.
2.Lord, pour on me the power to remain steadfast in my journey to heaven.
3.Pray for the children of the ministers of the gospel who are wayward, that God should visit them with His salvation.

EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Judges 20 & Acts 23

TYPE 2 : OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
THEME:  TAKE CARE OFYOUR CHILDREN.
PREACHER: PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE
MEMORISE: Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds. Proverbs 27:23

READ:  Ephesians 6:1-4
1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
2 Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;
3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

MESSAGE
We are mandated in today’s memory verse to diligently look after our flock. The succeeding verses outline the great rewards that accrue from doing this. Proverbs 27:26-27 says,

“The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field.  And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens.”

There is something striking about these of Scripture. If taking care of animals attracts so much reward, how much more would we be rewarded when we heed God’s commandment to care for our children? Unknown to many people, one of the reasons why God decide to bless Abraham so much was Abraham’s determination to transfer his worship, fear and obedience of the Almighty to his children. Genesis 18:19 says,

“For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.”

Abraham was wise enough to see to it that not only his children but all his household servants as well knew the Lord and feared Him.

When we take time to care for our children spiritually and physically, we will be happy for it. The daughter of Pharaoh who adopted Moses made a profound statement, when she handed him over to his mother, which we should take note of. In Exodus 2:9 she said:

“…..Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages…...”

When we see children as the Lord’s heritage and not as our possessions, we will be careful to train them for God and not for ourselves (Psalm 127:3). When we do this, their original Owner will reward us handsomely. Proverbs 23:24-25 mentions some of these rewards:

“The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him.Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice.”

Beloved, only children trained in the fear of the Lord will grow up to be righteous and wise. So, take care of your children by instilling the fear of the lord in them, and serve as a role model of the righteousness of God to them.


PRAYER POINT:
Father, please give me the wisdom and ability to take care of the children You put in my care to the glory of your Name.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:  Judges 12-14; Titus 1

HYMN 17:  GOD, GIVE US CHRISTIAN HOMES.
1. God give us Christian homes!
Homes where the Bible is loved and taught,
Homes where the Master’s will is sought,
Homes crowned with beauty Your love has wrought;
God give us Christian homes;
God give us Christian homes!

2. God give us Christian homes!
Homes where the father is true and strong,
Homes that are free from the blight of wrong,
Homes that are joyous with love and song;
God give us Christian homes;
God give us Christian homes!

3. God give us Christian homes!
Homes where the mother, in caring quest,
Strives to show others Your way is best,
Homes where the Lord is an honored guest;
God give us Christian homes;
God give us Christian homes!

4. God give us Christian homes!
Homes where the children are led to know
Christ in His beauty who loves them so,
Homes where the altar fires burn and glow;
God give us Christian homes;
God give us Christian homes!

TYPE 3 : DEVOTION TIME
TOPIC : Moses Yields to Impatience
PREACHER: MARANATH                                          

Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.  Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name [is] in him.  Exodus 23:20,21.

"And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock; and he said unto them, Hear now, … Moses lifted up hand, and smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also. Lord spake to Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed Me not, to sanctify Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given."    

Here Moses sinned. He became wearied with the continual murmurings of the people against him, took the rod, instead of speaking to the rock, as God commanded, smote it with the rod twice, after saying, "Must we fetch you water out of this rock?" He here spoke unadvisedly with his lips. He did not say,He did not ascribe the power and glory to God for causing water to again flow from the flinty rock, and therefore did not magnify Him before the people. For this failure on the part of Moses, God would     not permit him to lead the people to the Promised Land.

Moses was stirred, and in impatience and anger with the people, because of their murmurings, he said, "Hear now, ye rebels, must we fetch you water out of this rock?" In thus speaking he virtually admitted to murmuring Israel that they were correct in charging him with leading them from Egypt. God could not regard a sin in a leader of His people as in those who were led. He could not excuse the sin of Moses and permit him to enter the Promised Land.

The Lord here gave His people unmistakable proof that He who had wrought such a wonderful deliverance for them in bringing them from Egyptian bondage, was the mighty Angel, and not Moses, who was going before them in all their travels, and of whom He had said, "Behold, I send an Angel before thee, Beware of Him, and obey His voice, provoke Him not for My name is in Him." Exodus 23:20, 21.

TYPE 4 : OUR DAILY BREAD
TOPIC : ANYWHERE
PREACHER: J.R. Hudberg

Read: Jeremiah 2:1–8; 3:14–15
Bible in a Year: 2 Samuel 12–13; Luke 16

"I remember the devotion of your youth, how as a bride you loved me and followed me through the wilderness." Jeremiah 2:2

As I flipped through a box of my old wedding photographs, my fingers stopped at a picture of my husband and me, newly christened “Mr. and Mrs.” My dedication to him was obvious in my expression. I would go anywhere with him.

Nearly four decades later, our marriage is tightly threaded with love and a commitment that has carried us through both hard and good times. Year after year, I’ve recommitted my dedication to go anywhere with him.

Dear God, help me to keep the promises I've made to You. I will follow You anywhere.

In Jeremiah 2:2, God yearns for His beloved but wayward Israel, “I remember the devotion of your youth, how as a bride you loved me and followed me.” The Hebrew word for devotion conveys the highest loyalty and commitment possible. At first, Israel expressed this unwavering devotion to God, but gradually she turned away.

Despite the undeniably powerful feelings in the early stages of commitment, complacency can dull the sharp edge of love and a lack of zeal can lead to unfaithfulness. We know the importance of fighting against such a lag in our marriages. What about the fervor of our love relationship with God? Are we as devoted to Him now as we were when we first came to faith?

God faithfully allows His people to return (3:14–15). Today we can renew our vows to follow Him—anywhere.

Dear God, help me to keep the promises I’ve made to You. I will follow You anywhere.You don’t need to know where you’re going if you know God is leading.

INSIGHT
Jeremiah is sometimes known as the weeping prophet. He’s saddened by the messages God has asked him to take to the people of Israel. In essence, the Lord is asking the people of Jerusalem, “Why don’t you love me like you once did?” Sometimes familiarity can create complacency. What can we do to keep our flame of passion for the Lord burning bright?


TYPE 5 : Antrantulla Appam
TOPIC: BLESSED HOUSE
PRACHER : Bro J. Sam Jebadurai
"With your blessing the house of your servant will be blessed forever”(II Samuel 7:29).

God looked at David who was grazing the cattle in his youth days. As Lord blessed him, He turned into a great monarch for the whole of Israel. The reign of David was the Golden Age for Israel. Now David lives in a palace built of the Cedar trees.

On the day of his dedication, Kings of several countries, VIPs and wealthy people would have filled that house with gifts. But what was the wish of David? He eagerly prayed for the blessing of God to his house. Let your home also be filled with the presence of God, Divine Grace and Divine Mercy rather than being filled with the worldly things. There is nothing equivalent to that of the blessing of God.

Once, a woman appreciated David saying that his wisdom was greater than that of the angels. He possessed gold and silver. He had servants; he had bravery too. Even though he had all these worldly blessings, he longed for the heavenly blessings.

Peace in the family and divine joy in the mind are the greatest blessings of God. The Scripture says, “The Lord will give strength to His people; the LORD will bless His people with peace” (Psalm 29:11). “My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings and in quiet resting places” (Isaiah 32:18).

For many Indians, the United States of America is a dreamland. The people who go over there do not return. Even many servants of God are looking out whether they could settle in America itself leaving the present ministry here. But what is the truth? It is in America that many mad people live. Most of the young men and women there have disobeyed the words of their parents and have begun to lead a life with no discipline. The United States of America has ruined many Indian families; their married life has been jeopardised.  

Similarly, Japan stands first where the income of the individual stands the highest. There, for every three minutes a suicide is committed. Day and night, they do all sorts of things to earn money and in turn, have ruined the blessings of God and peace in the family. But for David, the blessing of God and the peace He gives alone looked great and not the worldly blessings of wealth, money, beauty etc. Dear children of God, do you have peace in your family? If not, call Jesus, the Prince of peace, with love.   

To meditate : "The blessing of the Lord makes one rich and He adds no sorrow with it” (Proverbs 10:22).

TYPE 6 : SOD TODAY.
TOPIC: THE PROFITS OF SERVING GOD
PREACHER : DR. PASTOR PAUL ENENCHE.

SCRIPTURE: I have not spoken in secret,"in a dark place of the earth": I said not unto the seed of Jacob,"Seek ye me in vain": I the Lord speak righteousness,"I declare things that are right. Isaiah 45":19

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: If you give God your attention,"He will deal with your affliction and frustration.

We were created by God to live our lives solely for Him. The major essence of life is to serve and worship God. Therefore, life is a call unto service to God.

It is, however, important to know that God does not call anyone to seek or serve Him in vain; there are profits to be gained from serving God.

Now, what are some of these benefits?
To be engaged in your major assignment for existence is to be energized and vitalized by God to fulfil that assignment. When you live to serve God by doing His assignment, He will in turn, energize and vitalize you to do that assignment. If a person will live to worship the Lord, he becomes a candidate for Divine energy and vitality. So, it is by fulfilling the purpose for which you were born that God will energise you to do more.

To serve God is to be serviced by God. To live in the service of God is to be serviced by God. The Lord promises to bless your bread and water so that you can serve Him without the distraction of sickness, poverty, etc. (Exodus 23":25). God is willing to deal with every distraction of life if a person is willing to donate himself to God in service. If you give God your attention,"He will deal with your affliction and frustration.

My counsel is, make up your mind to live your life totally in the service of God and you will be serviced by God.

Remember this": If you give God your attention,"He will deal with you affliction and frustration.

ASSIGNMENTS":
1. Give God your undivided attention in worship and service.
2. Ask God to deal with any distraction to effective service of God in your life.

PRAYER: O Lord,"I ask that You give me the grace to serve You with dedicated focus. Help me to donate my life to You totally, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.

DAILY BIBLE READING:
Joshua 22:21 to 23:16,"Luke 20":27 to 47,"Psalm 89":14 to 37,"Proverbs 13":17 to 19

AMAZING FACT: Humans shed and regrow outer skin every 27 days.

TODAY IN HISTORY: 21/04/1856 - The Mississippi River was crossed by a rail train for the first time (between Davenport,"IA, and Rock Island, IL).

TYPE 7 : RHAPSODY OF REALITIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL
PREACHER : PASTOR CHRIS
TOPIC: THE GOOD  WORK CONTINUES

BIBLE TEXT: Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6).

When you received the Holy Spirit to live in you, He began His ministry in you. He isn’t nestling quietly in  a corner inside you; He’s at work in you. The Bible says Christ Jesus gave Himself for us, that He might purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works (Titus 2:14). What are good works? They’re works of faith; works of righteousness wrought through you by the power of the Holy Spirit.

The passion and zeal in you for good works are the result of His work in your life. He’s the One making you energetic for good works. The Bible says, “For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated  in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us...” (Ephesians 2:10 AMPC).

Now you  can understand why Paul  said, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” That means the good work continues; you’ll always be effective and fruitful in all you do, because of the greater One at work in you.

Someone might say, “I know I’m doing very well now, but who knows what’ll happen tomorrow; I might just not do so well.” Relax! He told us when His work in you will end. It’s not next week or in two years’ time; it’s until the day of Jesus Christ; until the rapture of the Church. So you see, you’ll keep making progress; you’ll always win. Glory to God!

PRAYER
Dear Father, I thank you for your precious Holy Spirit, who lives in me, and is at work in me, causing me to will and to do of your good pleasure. I win always; I’m  persistently fruitful and productive, bearing fruits of righteousness, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

FURTHER STUDY:
John 14:16-17, And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; [17] Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.





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