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Our Daily Manna September 23, 2017: ODM devotional – There Is Honey In Every Lion: Be Positive!

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Our Daily Manna September 23, 2017: ODM devotional – There Is Honey In Every Lion: Be Positive!

Topic — There Is Honey In Every Lion: Be Positive! [Saturday, September 23, 2017]

(Psalm 92: 1-10).

A 92 year-old woman lost her husband of 70 years and she decided to move to a nursing home. Despite her age, she made sure that she woke up in the morning fully dressed by eight o’clock with her hair fashionably curled and make-up perfectly applied. Just before she entered the nursing home, at the lobby, she was joking and was as excited as an eight year-old that had just been presented with a new puppy. Even she was told that the rooms remaining were not so comfortable, hear her reply:

“That doesn’t have anything to do with it. Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not does not depend on how the furniture is arranged. It’s how I arrange my mind. As I grew older, I already decided to love this place. I have a choice: I can spend every day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do. Each day is a gift and as long as my eyes open, I ‘ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I ‘ve stored away…….Just for this time in my life. Old age is like a bank account; you withdraw from it, what you ‘ve put in. So, my advice to you is to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of life. Be positive!”

Great! No matter how life has been to you, refuse to give up! Be positive like this 92 year-old woman! Note that this world will not get better ( Daniel 12:10)! Problems will increase! Betrayals will be skyrocketed; disappointments will blossom, but in the midst of all these, listen to Oscar Hammer: “I know the world is filled with troubles and many injustices. But reality is, it is as beautiful as it is ugly. I think it is just as important to sing of beautiful mornings as it is to talk about slums.”

Hope in God! Be courageous/positive about life! In this last half of 2017 and beyond, your life will disgrace your adversaries!

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Prayer Points: Take Song 2: Stand up for Jesus……….

1. Thank God for today’s word and pray as you are led!

2. Cancel every Satanic arrow of confusion, self-pity, fear or discouragement in Jesus Christ name.

3. I command today to bring greater grace, favor, mercy and special promotion in Jesus Christ name.

4. Pray any other prayer(s) as led. See pages 7-9 now.

By Bishop (Dr) Chris E. Kwakpovwe (Cek)
Publisher/Writer Of ODM And

Rev (Mrs) Flora E. Kwakpovwe (Fek)
Co-Publisher/Writer Of ODM.


Joyce Meyer’s Daily 23 September 2017 Devotional: God Isn’t Glorified Through Our Suffering

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Joyce Meyer's Daily 23 September 2017 Devotional: God Isn't Glorified Through Our Suffering

Topic: God Isn’t Glorified Through Our Suffering [Saturday September 23, 2017]

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed and commissioned me to bring good news to the humble and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up [the wounds of] the brokenhearted, to proclaim release [from confinement and condemnation] to the [physical and spiritual] captives and freedom to prisoners. — Isaiah 61:1

Many Christians live under the false idea that God wants them to suffer. This creates a nonstop victim mentality.

Suffering is inevitable, but God does not find joy in our suffering. It blesses God when we have a good attitude during our suffering—and He wants us to be victorious! So why would we choose to remain bitter, angry, and wounded or depressed?

There’s one surefire way to overcome suffering with the right attitude: Set your mind, and keep it set, on things above, not on things of the earth. You must be armed with right thinking, or you will give up during hard times.

Set your mind and be fully aware that moving from being a victim to being a victor will not be a quick process. It will take time, but your experience will make you stronger and enable you to help others who are facing similar battles.

Get excited about your future and realize that going through something with God means that you will come out on the other side with a victory that cannot be taken away from you.

Prayer Starter: God, I need Your help to overcome a victim mentality. I choose to set my mind on things above so that I can have the right attitude. With Your thoughts and truth inside me, I know I can overcome.

From Joyce Meyer’s Ministries


DCLM Daily Manna 23 September, 2017 by Pastor Kumuyi – End Time Deceivers

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Topic: End Time Deceivers — Saturday September 23, 2017.

Text: Mark 13:1-13

Key Verse: “And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you” (Mark 13:5).

On November 18, 1978, in what became known as the “Jonestown Massacre,” more than 900 members of an American cult called the Peoples Temple died in a mass suicide-murder, under the direction of their leader Jim Jones (1931-78). In the 1970s, following negative media attention, the preacher moved with some 1,000 of his followers to the Guyanese jungle, where he promised they would establish a utopian community. On November 18, 1978, while armed guards stood by, Jones ordered his followers to ingest poison-laced punch.

Christ was asked questions in our text concerning the destruction of Jerusalem, the signs of His Second Coming and of the end of the age. In reply, He warned about false prophets coming in His name to deceive many as a sign of His second advent. Wars and rumors of wars will characterize the period with earthquakes happening in quick successions in divers places.

The persecution and killings of believers will then increase as the world demonstrates more hatred towards Christ’s followers just before He returns. He spoke about the gospel message reaching all nations before the end of the age comes.

False prophets have been existing right from Bible days. They teach destructive heresies. Scripture tells us that false teachers introduce or bring in damnable heresies deceptively, quietly and secretly. False teachers are very active in every part of the world today and have penetrated the Christendom. These are the very last days indeed. And the signs are pointing to the imminent return of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Believers must rise to preach the pure gospel truth to counter the error being peddled by false prophets.

Thought for the day: False teaching is the poison of the soul.

Bible Reading in one Year: Hebrews 1-4

DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.


Winning Wisdom: Enjoy God Every Day

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Topic: Enjoy God Every Day [Saturday, 23rd September, 2017]

….in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. Psalms 16:11

The most important thing that a Christian must always be conscious of is the presence of Christ in his or her life. Christ in us is what makes us who we are. Not just having the life of God in our spirit, but having the very presence of God living in and within us, through the habitation of God’s Spirit of our bodies. God’s presence in us is what matters most than anything in the world, and God wants us to enjoy Him daily, to enjoy His presence in and within us. To enjoy the serenity and peace, the love and joy that His presence brings to us.

God’s presence in us is what makes all the difference. It is a mark of honour to us. It elevates us to a place of honour and glory. God’s presence in and within us is for our daily enjoyment, to explore the ambience, grandeur and fragrance of God. To revel in the beauty of His holiness and to bask in the eternal pleasure that His presence brings. God with us is the best thing that has ever happened in human history. The sweetness of God’s loving presence is for us to enjoy daily. The Holy Spirit within us wants us to experience God and enjoy Him daily. When you spend time with God’s Spirit in worship, the fullness of joy that is available in His presence is made available to us. No wonder we get so excited when we have corporate worship in churches.

But, you see, God’s intention is not just for us to enjoy the pleasure and joy of His presence from corporate worship in church, He wants us to enjoy it personally everyday. This is why personal time of worship and reverencing God and just enjoying His presence is important. The same joy and pleasure you get from corporate worship, you will also get from personal worship. But this time, it becomes more intimate. You’ve got all of God to enjoy yourself. Guess what. This is the craving of God Himself. He longs for this kind of worship, He wants to get so intimate with you and just literally hold you in His embrace and whisper sweet words to you. Wouldn’t you rather enjoy God every day?

Keep winning daily.

Wise Action:

Create time to enjoy God in pure heartfelt worship. Don’t make any requests, just worship God.


You Need To Restitute In This Area. Pt One

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A Promise For You From Bible Promises:

Topic: You Need To Restitute In This Area. Pt One [23/09/2017]

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 any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. Luke 19:8. Read: Lk 19:1-10

Both in the old and new testament, the bible teaches or emphasises restitution. Restitution simply means, making wrong right. Restoring back what has been ignorantly, forcefully or cunningly collected from a person. Today in Christendom, many of our ladies are guilty of this, in fact, they need to restitute to some Christian brothers they’ve cunningly exploited.

You are asking how? As a Christian lady, you dupe a Christian brother when he approached you for a marriage relationship and deep within you, you know that you cannot marry the brother, and out of his love for you, he kept bringing you gifts in anticipation that you will agree to his proposal and you kept collecting them. What it means is that, you are deceptive and covetous. You are just like someone who said, I don’t like this food yet he kept inhaling the aroma of the food. I know you did not force him to give you gifts, but your conscience bears you witness why he is bringing it. As a child of God, you don’t need to collect it from him, turn it down from him to know you don’t need him and his gifts. If you have been involved in this act, you must restitute as a sign of a genuine Christian and if you have not been involved, don’t!. You must be different from the world, don’t exploit your fellow brethren.

#BiblePromisesThought

Don’t start what you can’t finish. If you don’t love him, don’t collect his gifts.


Billy Graham’s Daily 23 September 2017 Devotional: How to Handle Temptation

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Billy Graham’s Daily 23 September 2017 Devotional: How to Handle Temptation

Topic: How to Handle Temptation [Saturday September 23, 2017]

. . . who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able . . .  — 1 Corinthians 10:13

It is Satan’s purpose to steal the seed of truth from your heart by sending distracting thoughts. It should encourage you to know that the devil considers you a good enough Christian to use as a target.

The difference between a Christian and a non-Christian is: though they both may have good and evil thoughts, Christ gives His followers strength to select the right rather than the wrong. You see a man going to prayer meeting with a Bible under his arm. That man was undoubtedly tempted to stay at home, go bowling, or to some other activity. But, as these diverse thoughts came to his mind, he made the right selection, and headed for the church.

Another man walks through the night to a bar. It no doubt occurred to him that he had best stay home with his family. But he yielded to the negative thought, and gave in to his lower appetites.

It is not the temptations you have, but the decision you make about them that counts.

Prayer for the day: Decisions will have to be made each day, Lord. With Your strength and wisdom, help me to make the right ones

Written by Billy Graham, Founder of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association(BGEA). BGEA exists to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ by every effective means and to equip the church and others to do the same.


Andrew Wommack’s Daily 23 September 2017 Devotional – Jesus The Servant

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Topic: Jesus The Servant – Saturday September 23, 2017.

Mark 12:29 “And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord”:

Text: Mark 12:28-30

Jesus repeatedly made reference to His deity for which the Jews had sought to kill Him, and yet He quotes from Deuteronomy 6:4, that “The Lord our God is one Lord.” There are not two or three Gods and yet Jesus claimed to be God just like God the Father. This union is a great mystery that defies human understanding but can be accepted and believed.

Jesus in His pre-existent state was in the form of God. “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Jesus is God manifested in the flesh (1 Tim. 3:16). However, Jesus did not demand or cling to His rights as God. He laid aside His Divine rights and privileges in order to take the form of a servant and be made in the likeness of man. He further humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the Father, even to the point of death. This was the supreme sacrifice that identified Jesus totally with humanity and enabled God to redeem mankind. By dying a criminal’s death upon the cross, Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament prophecy of Deuteronomy 21:23, and bore our curse in His own body. This redeemed us from the curse, opened wide God’s blessing of justification through faith in Christ, and gave us the promise of His Holy Spirit (Gal. 3:13-14).

The Creator became the creation; the Lord became the servant; the Highest became the lowest. All of this was done because of God’s great love for us.

This message was written by The Association of Related Ministries International (ARMI) is an extension of Andrew Wommack Ministries (AWM). ARMI is a unique partnership committed to providing resources to help like-minded ministers succeed in a spirit of excellence and to draw from the experience and expertise of both the AWM and Charis Bible College staff. (www.awmi.net).


Our Daily Bread 23 September 2017 Devotional – What Simon Said

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Our Daily Bread 23 September 2017 Devotional – What Simon Said

Topic: What Simon Said — Saturday September 23, 2017.

Read: Luke 5:1–11, Bible in a Year: Song of Solomon 1–3; Galatians 2

Simon answered, . . . “But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” Luke 5:5

A man named Refuge Rabindranath has been a youth worker in Sri Lanka for more than ten years. He often interacts with the youth late into the night—playing with them, listening to them, counseling and teaching them. He enjoys working with the young people, but it can be disheartening when promising students sometimes walk away from the faith. Some days he feels a bit like Simon Peter in Luke 5.

Simon had been working hard all night but caught no fish (v. 5). He felt discouraged and tired. Yet when Jesus told him to “put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch” (v. 4), Simon replied, “Because you say so, I will let down the nets” (v. 5).

Simon’s obedience is remarkable. As a seasoned fisherman, he knew that fish move to the bottom of the lake when the sun is up, and the dragnets they used could not go deep enough to catch those fish.

His willingness to trust Jesus was rewarded. Not only did Simon catch a large number of fish, he gained a deeper understanding of who Jesus is. He moved from calling Jesus “Master” (v. 5) to calling Him “Lord” (v. 8). Indeed, “listening” often allows us to see the works of God firsthand and draw closer to Him.

Perhaps God is calling you to “let down your nets again.” May we reply to the Lord as Simon did: “Because You say so, I will.”

Prayer: Father, it is our great privilege to call You “Lord.” Help us to obey and trust You, and to learn more of what it means to walk closely with You.

Our obedience to God will guide us through the unknown and draw us closer to Him.

Insight:

Can you relate to Peter when his first impulse was to question Jesus’s knowledge of fishing? (Luke 5:5). Peter may have wondered, Jesus is a remarkable rabbi, but can He show someone who knows the waters of Galilee how to fish them? What followed became a reason for Peter and friends to follow Jesus. By obeying the Teacher’s words, a bad night of fishing turned into one of the biggest catches of their lives.

Can you recall a time when trusting God with the impossible resulted in something amazing? Mart DeHaan

This message was written By Poh Fang Chia [Our Daily Bread Ministries.]


Kenneth Copeland’s Daily September 23, 2017 Devotional: Rekindle the Fire

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Kenneth Copeland’s Daily September 23, 2017 Devotional: Rekindle the Fire

Topic: Rekindle the Fire [Saturday September 23, 2017]

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you… – James 4:8

Remember when you first got into the Word and were so excited about the things of God? Remember when you could hardly wait to read the next chapter in the Bible or listen to the latest teaching tape? There was only one word to describe you—hot! Your reborn spirit was on fire for God.

When Ken and I first heard the message of faith, we were like that. We were so on fire that nothing else in the world interested us. We had learned that we could trust God’s Word just like we could trust the word of a close friend, and we were hungry to find out everything He had promised us in His Word.

Back then, it seemed all I did was read God’s Word. I read faith books. I listened to tapes. I was dedicated. My total interest was the Word of God.

But slowly that changed. At first I didn’t even realize it was happening. Then the Holy Spirit went to work on me and showed me that I had grown lukewarm. I had let the fire die down. I still read the Word, but I had lost my enthusiasm.

Maybe you’ve had this same experience. If so, I want to tell you how to get the fire back. It worked for me and it will work for you.

God’s Word says to draw near to Him and He will draw near to you. In order to do that you will have to first drop the things that are stealing your time from reading the Word. Delight yourself in His Word. Become diligent again. If you will give your attention to the things of God, soon your desire for God will increase. Your desire will follow your attention. The more you attend to something, the more your desire is drawn to give attention to that thing.

I can show you that this is a natural principle. If you play golf, you’ll go for months at a time without even thinking about it. Then one day you’ll make time in your schedule to go to the course and play a round or two. The next day you may want to play again. Your desire gets stronger and stronger the more you play.

This same thing will happen in the spirit realm. Your soul’s desire will follow whatever you spend your time doing. Start building yourself up by praying in the spirit. Believe and act on everything God says to you. Before long that flicker that’s been wavering in your spirit will grow again into an all-consuming fire!

Scripture Reading: Revelation 3:13-22

This message was written by Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, the leader of the Kenneth Copeland Ministries (www.KCM.org) that specializes in teaching principles of bible faith – prayer, healing, salvation and other biblical topics.


Open Heavens 23 September 2017: Saturday daily devotional by Pastor Adeboye – Resisting God?

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Open Heavens 23 September 2017: Saturday daily devotional by Pastor Adeboye – Resisting God?

Topic: Resisting God? — Saturday 23, September 2017.

Memorise: Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he? – 1 Corinthians 10:22

Read: 1 Corinthians 10:21-23 (KJV)

21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.

22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?

23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

Bible in One Year: Nehemiah 7-8, Ezekiel 45:10-25, Hymn: Sing hymn 6 – Deeper, Deeper

MESSAGE:

Colossians 1:16 tells us that all visible and invisible things were created by God and for God. You were created to make God happy by following His will, plan and purpose for your life. However, when you take the path of self-government and go contrary to the purpose for which you were created, that is rebellion. Lucifer and several angels decided to walk out of God’s original plan, and they became who we now refer to as Satan and demons (Isaiah 14:12-16, Revelation 12:7-9). Anyone who follows self-government today will also end up where the devil and his demons are. The truth is, if you fail God, you fail yourself. Therefore, pleasing God is the real path to true self-fulfilment, lasting peace and joy. I tell you the truth, living on earth without conforming to God’s original blueprint for your life makes you waste that life. Without God, life is not worth living.

“No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” – 2 Timothy 2:4

Coming up next: Open Heavens 24 September 2017: Sunday daily devotional by Pastor Adeboye – The Important Factor

We are not here on earth by our power or design. We were created and placed here to satisfy God’s eternal plan and purpose for our lives. Even when Jesus was here, in all that He did, He did not try to please Himself but His father (John 8:29, John 5:30). Now that He has chosen us to be His soldiers, we cannot afford to please ourselves. When He gives us an assignment, we must do it exactly as He wants it done, or risk going against Him. In 1 Samuel 15, King Saul was given an assignment by God to go and utterly wipe out the Amalekites. He went out to fulfil it but made slight changes to the instructions. In the end, he failed God and failed himself. He lost his kingdom because he could not totally comply with God’s will. Today, for this same reason, many people are close to completely losing their place in God’s divine plan. A king who resisted God had to go on a seven-year trip into insanity, and he lost his throne for that period (Daniel 4). Similarly, another king who said that God’s word should not be heard was eaten alive by worms (Acts 12:1-24). If these great kings could not resist or withstand God, do you think you can? If you are wise, you will totally submit to His will today. God has a problem with the so-called obedience of a good number of His children. Although He is speaking to them, they are not listening to Him, rather they are more interested in hearing themselves. Hence, He has almost grounded them in all areas. Thinking it’s the devil at fault, such people are wrongly praying against agents of darkness. It is time to do nothing short of God’s total will in all your ways!

Key Point: Those who resist God are fighting a battle they can never win.

Open Heavens Daily 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.

iOpenHeavens is the electronic version of the Hard Copy. The Open Heavens devotional application is available across all mobile platforms and operating systems: iOS, Android, Blackberry, Nokia, Windows Mobile and PC.


David Abioye’s Daily 22 September 2017 Devotional – Mind Who You Follow

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David Abioye's Daily 22 September 2017 Devotional - Mind Who You Follow

Topic: Mind Who You Follow [Friday September 22, 2017]

Who you follow determines what follows you.

The company you keep determines the accomplishment you make.

How far you follow determines how far you will go and how well you see.

How well in touch you are determines quality of what you touch.


Joyce Meyer’s Daily 22 September 2017 Devotional: Sickness Isn’t Only Physical!

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Joyce Meyer's Daily 22 September 2017 Devotional: Sickness Isn't Only Physical!

Topic: Sickness Isn’t Only Physical! [Friday September 22, 2017]

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed and commissioned me to bring good news to the humble and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up [the wounds of] the brokenhearted, to proclaim release [from confinement and condemnation] to the [physical and spiritual] captives and freedom to prisoners. — Isaiah 61:1

The Bible teaches that Jesus came to heal our wounds, to bind up and heal our broken hearts, and to give us beauty instead of ashes and the oil of joy instead of mourning (see Isaiah 61:1-3).

Many Christians read this scripture and know that God wants to heal us from physical and spiritual sickness, but there’s more to it than that. The truth is that our emotions are part of our makeup, and they can become sick like any other part of us.

The world today is full of people who are suffering from emotional pain. The cause is often abuse, rejection, abandonment, betrayal, disappointment, judgment, criticism or other negative behavior by others. This emotional pain can be more devastating than physical pain because people feel that they have to hide it and pretend it isn’t real.

 If you have an emotional wound in your life, you need to know that Jesus wants to heal you. Don’t make the mistake of thinking He is interested only in your spiritual and physical life. Take your wounds to Him. Jesus wants to heal you everywhere you hurt!

Prayer Starter: Lord. Thank You for caring about every part of me…including my emotions. Any emotional pains and wounds that I have, I bring to You. I know that You can heal and restore me.

From Joyce Meyer’s Ministries


TREM’s Daily 22 September 2017 Devotional by Dr. Mike Okonkwo – Remember His Goodness

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TREM’s Daily 22 September 2017 Devotional by Dr. Mike Okonkwo - Remember His Goodness

Topic: Remember His Goodness — Friday September 22, 2017.

“Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:” (Psalms103:1-2 KJV)

When the Psalmist says, “forget not”, he is simply asking you to remember. And the word “remember” according to the Webster dictionary means to bring back to mind in an effort of will. In order words, you will decide to recall it, to call it back. It also means to have something come to one’s memory again by chance. At times it might be something you are not thinking about and it comes by chance and it makes a mark in your life. It means to retain in your conscious mind. It also means to keep in mind because it deserves attention.

When you truly understand the power of remembering, it will affect a lot of things in your life. I have a feeling that many people don’t understand the dynamics of remembering some things, and that is why we carry on anyhow. But when you truly remember the goodness of God in your life, irrespective of the things you have not yet attained, you will not cease to appreciate this God at all times. No one will plead with you to appreciate him. You will not have any reason to complain or murmur.

The Psalmist, David is one person who knew how to appreciate God. In Psalms103, he said bless the Lord oh my soul. He said look, my soul, I want you to bless the Lord. And all that is within me bless his holy name, and forget not all his benefits. Don’t forget! In other words, the Psalmist is saying; remember his benefits on your behalf. Yes, he may not have done something you greatly desire but remember the other benefits. Has the Lord been good to you? He said remember! Forget not all his benefits. Then he began to show us some benefits. He forgives all your iniquities, He heals all your diseases Psalms 103:3. Beloved, when you truly remember all these, your attitude to God will experience a transformation.

Further reading: Psalms 103:1-5, Psalms 105:1-5

Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Ecclesiastes 10-12; Evening- Galatians 1

Written by Dr. Mike Okonkwo; Is the Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM); a versatile man of God with over 30 years of dedicated service unto the Lord.


DCLM Daily Manna 22 September, 2017 by Pastor Kumuyi – The Potter’s House

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Topic: The Potter’s House — Friday September 22, 2017.

Text: Jeremiah 18:1-17

Key Verse: “O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel” (Jeremiah 18:6).

Jeremiah, the prophet, was commanded to visit the potter’s house. After observing the ease with which the potter maneuvered the clay which was helplessly marred in his hands, the message was now clear to Jeremiah: Israel had abandoned the theocratic arrangement and decided to be like other nations. They chose their gods and rebelled against the true Lover of their souls. God also threatened to break His earlier promise to protect them.

Clay, in its natural state, was seldom fit for use. Several stages of preparation were usually necessary. The clay must be softened before it can be fashioned. The clay was mixed with water and sifted to remove any stones or foreign objects that did not need to be there. This was the process of refining the clay in order to make the very best vessel. A fine vessel that will harden and hold liquids and maintain its shape had to be exposed to a minimum temperature of 500 degrees. The beauty of a properly fired clay is that it will not breakdown and disintegrate, even if buried for thousands of years.

God cannot use the natural man the way he is without first conditioning him to become suitable. First, there must be a new birth experience. Sin must be purged out in its entirety. The Lord will then allow us pass through the fire of persecution, trials and temptations for our complete refinement. Then, comes the sanctification experience where the heart is purged from dead works to serve the living God.

Satisfied that all inner and outer defilements have been removed, He then pours His Holy Spirit upon us for our empowerment for service. We must be prepared to wait through all these experiences. It is only when we have been fully refined as gold that we can ever be fit for the Master’s use and made ready for every good work as vessels unto honour (2 Timothy 2:21).

Thought for the day: You must pass through the fire before you become gold.

Bible Reading in one Year: Numbers 35-36

DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.


Winning Wisdom: Tender With The Growing

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Topic: Tender With The Growing [Friday, 22 September, 2017]

But now, since you didn’t believe what I said, you will be silent and unable to speak until the child is born. For my words will certainly be fulfilled at the proper time.” Luke 1:20

One angel, same message to two different people, same actions by them, but different reactions by the angel. I am referring to the visits of Angel Gabriel to Zechariah, the father of John the Baptizer and Mary, the earthly mother of our Lord Jesus. When Zechariah ask the angel “how can I be sure this will happen? I’m an old man now, and my wife is also well along in years” (Luke 1:18), in regards to the birth of John the Baptizer, he was stroke with dumbness, but the angel was much more endearing and accommodating of Mary’s question about how Jesus would be born since she was still a virgin and not yet married and he took time to explain everything to her, even though they asked similar question. (Read Luke 1:4-34).

You might be wondering why it played out like that. This is it. Zechariah was a priest. One who we would call a pastor today. He has grown in his work with God and is matured in faith. His experience and knowledge of God excludes him from questioning how God would do such miraculous birth. He is familiar with how God has been dealing with his people, especially the patriarch, Abraham. Mary was young, was not even from the priestly lineage. She might just pass as a young Christian who is still learning about the operation of God. She still have not gotten in-depth  knowledge of God and so, there is room for her to ask questions and be educated. No wonder Angel Gabriel took time to educate her on how the birth process of Jesus is going to be. Just like Zechariah was rebuke with blindness, so also Jesus Christ rebuked Nichodemos, another supposed matured Jewish leader, for his ignorant question (Read John 3:1-10).

God deals with us differently. With the matured, He expects us to act, speak, work like one. And He will not hesitate in reprimanding us when we act otherwise. But with the growing Christians, He will always want to guide them, even when they misstep. We should be like God, especially in dealing with Christians that are still growing. Be patient, endearing, loving, accommodating and comforting. At the end, Zechariah talked again after John was given birth to. Nichodemos got the enlightenment that he sought for. That’s God in His best. Loving and caring. No wonder Job said, even though in ignorance, “though he slay me, yet will i trust in Him….” (Job 13:15).

Keep winning daily.

Wise Action:

When dealing with a growing Christian, don’t judge them from your pedestal. Come to their pedestal and help them grow.


Open Heavens For TEENS: Friday 22 September 2017 by Pastor Adeboye – Demon Possessed?

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Open Heavens For TEENS: Friday 22 September 2017 by Pastor Adeboye - Demon Possessed?

Topic: Demon Possessed? [Friday 22, September 2017]

Memorise: “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”Acts 10:38

Read: 1 Samuel 16:14-23

14 But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.

15 And Saul’s servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee.

16 Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well.

17 And Saul said unto his servants, Provide me now a man that can play well, and bring him to me.

18 Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the LORD is with him.

19 Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, and said, Send me David thy son, which is with the sheep.

20 And Jesse took an ass laden with bread, and a bottle of wine, and a kid, and sent them by David his son unto Saul.

21 And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his armourbearer.

22 And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found favour in my sight.

23 And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.

Bible In One Year: Jonah 1-4. Hymn: Sing Hymn 9 – My Faith Has Found Resting A Place

MESSAGE:

The use of the term “demon possessed” in the Bible is always in reference to a person operating under the influence of a demon or evil spirit. The bible describes demons as spiritual beings or evil forces that are opposed to God, and are in the habit of influencing human beings to disobey God. However, demons always bow in the presence of our God. In the Bible, you will observe that they recognized God’s presence in Jesus Christ and His disciples and they surrendered without much argument (Mark 5:1-6). I have always told my children that if we have enough of His presence in us, demons will flee when they sight us, how much more when we command them to go.

Until you carry a higher level of His presence in your life, you may not realize the activities of demons around you; they are everywhere. Pray for God’s presence in your life and I assure you that there will be in commotion amongst them, because demons recognize the presence of God. Your deliverance by His power shall be permanent and you shall become a means of liberation to others in Jesus’ Name.

Prayer Point: Father, please let Your presence and the power of Your Word fill my completely in Jesus’ Name.

Open Heavens Daily Devotional for Teen’s 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.


He Still Remains The Way

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A Promise For You From Bible Promises:

Topic: He Still Remains The Way [22/09/2017]

I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. John 10:9. Read: Jn 10:1-10

When you live in a fenced house with barb wires on the fence roundabout, to access the building within, you need the right key to open the padlock at the gate, lest, you are shut out of the house completely. The gate is the access to the building inside, and no matter the bunch of keys, until you use the right one to open the lock, you won’t gain access into the building.

Today, we have many religions who deny the incarnation of Jesus Christ and the fact that He came to die for the sin of the world, buried, on the third day resurrected and ascended into heaven; and promised He would return again before the end of the age. They deny that He Jesus is not the son of God, some of our sister religion even said that, man is like a candlestick whose flame disappears into thin air and cannot be found. They believe that there is no life after death and that everything ends here on earth. Well, from Jesus’s mouth, He referred to Himself as the true door to the kingdom of God which every man that desires heaven must enter through. He told His disciples in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”. Religion is not the way but Jesus is still the only way.

#BiblePromisesThought

No other way to get to heaven except faith in Jesus Christ  through genuine salvation


Billy Graham’s Daily 22 September 2017 Devotional: Salvation Is An Act of God

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Billy Graham’s Daily 22 September 2017 Devotional: Salvation Is An Act of God

Topic: Salvation Is An Act of God [Friday September 22, 2017]

There is salvation in no one else! Under all heaven there is no other name for men to call upon to save them. — Acts 4:12 (TLB)

Salvation is an act of God. It is initiated by God, wrought by God, and sustained by God. The faith that saves the soul is described as faith in Christ as the Son of God—not as a good man or a great man, but as the uniquely begotten Son of the living God!

This is consistent with the witness of the entire New Testament and with the proclamations of the first preachers of the Gospel. All proclaim the necessity of faith in Jesus Christ as deity.

Prayer for the day: Lord Jesus, Son of God, I worship You unreservedly and praise Your holy name.

Written by Billy Graham, Founder of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association(BGEA). BGEA exists to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ by every effective means and to equip the church and others to do the same.


Kenneth Copeland’s Daily September 22, 2017 Devotional: A Little Every Day

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Kenneth Copeland’s Daily September 22, 2017 Devotional: A Little Every Day

Topic: A Little Every Day [Friday September 22, 2017]

Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it. – Luke 13:18-19

If you’re going to grow in the kingdom of God, you’re going to do it just like a seed that’s been planted in the ground. How does a seed grow? All at once? No, it grows constantly—24 hours a day—a little all the time until it accomplishes what it was created to do.

Most of us don’t operate that way spiritually. We study and pray very hard for a few days and then quit. Then, when some disaster comes, we make a mad attempt to pray and stand on the Word, all the while realizing that, for some reason, we’re just not as strong as we ought to be.

There’s no such thing as an overnight success in the kingdom of God! Real strength, real growth comes as you consistently and constantly keep the Word before your eyes, in your ears, and in the midst of your heart. Not just when you want to or when you feel like it, but constantly, like the seed, a little all the time.

A man came up to me once and said, “Man, your ministry just took off overnight, didn’t it?”

“If it did,” I answered, “it was certainly the longest night I ever spent in my life!”

From his perspective my success did seem to spring up quickly. That’s because he didn’t see me during all those hours and weeks and months and years I spent in the Word of God. He didn’t see the daily process that lay behind that success. He just saw the results.

Make up your mind to begin that daily process of constant growth today. Determine to start putting the Word in your heart consistently. Every day a line here, a line there—a tape here, a tape there.

Begin to act as though that Word is true every hour of the day regardless of what comes or how you feel. Keep adding to your faith—meditating on it, confessing it, seven days a week.

Eventually, your faith will be bigger than you ever dreamed it could be.

Scripture Reading: Luke 13:18-21

This message was written by Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, the leader of the Kenneth Copeland Ministries (www.KCM.org) that specializes in teaching principles of bible faith – prayer, healing, salvation and other biblical topics.


Andrew Wommack’s Daily 22 September 2017 Devotional – The Two Greatest Commands

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Topic: The Two Greatest Commands – Friday September 22, 2017.

Matthew 22:36 “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”

Text: Matthew 22:34-46

Jesus revealed that all of the Old Testament laws were designed to instruct us how to love God and love others. Therefore, the two commands that dealt directly with loving God and others (Lev. 19:18 and Dt. 6:5) were the most important.

The religious leaders had become so obsessed with keeping every minor detail of the law that they had lost sight of its ultimate purpose. They neither loved God nor their fellow man, yet they thought they were keeping the law.

The same thing is happening today. Some of the cruelest acts of men towards their fellow men have been done in the name of the Lord by people who thought they were defending God’s holy commandments. However, if we violate one of the two greatest commandments in an effort to enforce some other commandment, then we are misapplying God’s Word just as these religious Jews did.

The Old Testament law and the New Testament concept of grace compels men to the same end, that is to love God and their fellowmen. However, the motivations to this end are different. The Old Testament law motivated men to love God and their fellowman through fear of punishment if they failed to comply. The New Testament concept of grace freely gives men a God-kind of love that is unconditional and tells them to love others as they are loved.

It is possible to display actions of holiness, but not love God. It is impossible for God’s kind of love not to produce holiness. Holiness is a fruit and not a root of loving God.

This message was written by The Association of Related Ministries International (ARMI) is an extension of Andrew Wommack Ministries (AWM). ARMI is a unique partnership committed to providing resources to help like-minded ministers succeed in a spirit of excellence and to draw from the experience and expertise of both the AWM and Charis Bible College staff. (www.awmi.net).


Seeds of Destiny 22 September 2017 by Pastor Paul Enenche: What Real Servanthood Is

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Seeds of Destiny 22 September 2017 by Pastor Paul Enenche: What Real Servanthood Is

Topic: What Real Servanthood Is [Friday September 22, 2017]

Scripture: For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption. Acts 13:36.

Thought For The Day: A servant is someone who is not struggling for limelight or the attention of men.

In the previous days, we have been looking at qualities that attract the anointing to a person’s life using the life of David as a case study.

We saw that servanthood attracts the anointing on a person’s life. It was established that the anointing does not flow on the heads of masters.

The question to ask is, what is servanthood?

Servanthood means a life given to service; it is a life of absolute humility. It is not possible to be a proud person and claim to be a servant at the same time.

Secondly, servanthood means a life that does not struggle for visibility and popularity; a servant is someone who is not struggling for limelight or the attention of men.

All the brothers of David may have struggled for people’s attention but David was at the background where nobody could easily see him; nobody knew much about his existence.

Furthermore, servanthood means being satisfied with contributing to the enhancement of the lives of people around you; it is being satisfied with solution provision.

Beloved, make up your mind to serve in order to attract the anointing.

Remember this: A servant is someone who is not struggling for limelight or the attention of men.

Assignment(s):

1. Ask God for the impartation of the spirit of humility.

2. Ask God to deal with every trace of pride in your life that will rob you of service.

3. Practice servant-hood by serving the people around you.

Prayer: O LORD, clothe me with the garment of humility and service in Jesus’ Name.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: MAXIMIZING YOUR LIFE.

Amazing Fact: We all have tiny mites living in our eye lashes

Today In History: 22/09/1862, U.S. President Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. It stated that all slaves held within rebel states would be free as of January 1, 1863

Daily Reading: Isaiah 39:1 to 41:16, Ephesians 1:1 to 23, Psalm 66:1 to 20, Proverbs 23:25 to 28.

Quote: When God gives you an opportunity to serve, He has given you the opportunity to prove your love for Him. Culled from SERVICE: YOUR UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST by Dr Becky Enenche.

Dunamis International Gospel Centre (DIGC), is a powerfully anointed church, headquartered at Abuja, Nigeria, with Dr 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 22 September 2017 Devotional – Sweet and Sour

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Our Daily Bread 22 September 2017 Devotional – Sweet and Sour

Topic: Sweet and Sour — Friday September 22, 2017.

Read: Job 2:1–10, Bible in a Year: Ecclesiastes 10–12; Galatians 1

Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble? Job 2:10

When our toddler first bit into a lemon wedge, he wrinkled his nose, stuck out his tongue, and squeezed his eyes shut. “Sow-wah,” he said (sour).

I chuckled as I reached for the piece of fruit, intending to toss it into the trash.

“No!” Xavier scampered across the kitchen to get away from me. “Moe-wah!” (more). His lips puckered with every juice-squirting bite. I winced when he finally handed me the rind and walked away.

My taste buds accurately reflect my partiality to the sweet moments in life. My preference for avoiding all things bitter reminds me of Job’s wife, who seems to have shared my aversion to the sourness of suffering.

Job surely didn’t delight in hardship or trouble, yet he honored God through heart-wrenching circumstances (Job 1:1–22). When painful sores afflicted Job’s body, he endured the agony (2:7–8). His wife told him to give up on God (v. 9), but Job responded by trusting the Lord through suffering and afflictions (v. 10).

It’s natural to prefer avoiding the bitter bites in life. We can even be tempted to lash out at God when we’re hurting. But the Lord uses trials, teaching us how to trust Him, depend on Him, and surrender to Him as He enables us to persevere through difficult times. And like Job, we don’t have to enjoy suffering to learn to savor the unexpected sweetness of sour moments—the divine strengthening of our faith.

Prayer: Thank You for assuring us that suffering is never wasted when we place our confidence in who You are, what You’ve done, and what You’re capable of doing.

God uses suffering to strengthen our faith.

Insight:

In the ancient story of Job, we see a devout follower of God whose life has been laid bare by financial, family, and physical suffering. The book of Job asks the perennial question, “Why do the righteous suffer?” Job’s ordeals test his devotion to his Redeemer and Provider. Clearly the book shows how God uses suffering to strengthen believers’ faith and refine their character. Job declares, “But [God] knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold” (Job 23:10).

Has God used a trial in your life to refine your character and strengthen your faith? Dennis Fisher

This message was written By Xochitl Dixon [Our Daily Bread Ministries.]


Open Heavens 22 September 2017: Friday daily devotional by Pastor Adeboye – When You Are Blessed

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Open Heavens 22 September 2017: Friday daily devotional by Pastor Adeboye – When You Are Blessed

Topic: When You Are Blessed — Friday 22, September 2017.

Memorise: By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.Hebrews 11:20

Read: Genesis 27:20-29 (KJV)

20 And Isaac said unto his son, How is it that thou hast found it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because the LORD thy God brought it to me.

21 And Isaac said unto Jacob, Come near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son, whether thou be my very son Esau or not.

22 And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he felt him, and said, The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.

23 And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau’s hands: so he blessed him.

24 And he said, Art thou my very son Esau? And he said, I am.

25 And he said, Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son’s venison, that my soul may bless thee. And he brought it near to him, and he did eat: and he brought him wine, and he drank.

26 And his father Isaac said unto him, Come near now, and kiss me, my son.

27 And he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which the LORD hath blessed:

28 Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine:

29 Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother’s sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee.

Bible in One Year: Nehemiah 4-6, Ezekiel 44:28-45:9, Hymn: Sing hymn 14 – Take My Life

MESSAGE:

A blessing is an invitation to all the forces in Heaven, on earth and underneath the earth to cooperate with an individual and assist him or her to succeed. When Isaac pronounced a blessing on Jacob in today’s Bible reading, he summoned the dew of heaven, the land, and all the forces on earth to be of assistance to Jacob. As a result of this blessing, Jacob became exceedingly great. Hear what Genesis 30:43 says about his greatness:

“And the man increased exceedingly, and had much cattle, and maidservants, and menservants, and camels, and asses.”

Coming up next: Open Heavens 23 September 2017: Saturday daily devotional by Pastor Adeboye – Resisting God?

How about his brother Esau? Genesis 27:38-40 says after Jacob had stolen the cream of the blessing from him, Esau came to ask for the remnant. What was the result of this “remnant”? From Genesis 32:3-6, we understand that this remnant got him so blessed that he could afford to retain the services of 400 personal bodyguards. If you become so rich that you require 400 men to go with you wherever you go, that is something remarkable. I can recall the first time a president visited us at the Redemption Camp; he came with an entourage of 250 people. So imagine how blessed Esau was for him to have had 400 people in his entourage! I believe he was really blessed.

Moreover, let me add here that after a blessing is pronounced on you, it may not be obvious how the blessing will be fulfilled. Most times, it may not even make sense. You may not even be able to afford a bicycle now, and a blessing may be pronounced on you that a time will come when you will need a Boeing 747 to airlift those who will accompany you whenever you are travelling. It may not make sense to you, but that is what a blessing can do. I often say that I am where I am today by the grace of God and by the blessings of my mother. Any time I did something that pleased her, she would bless me. She would say, “You this boy, you will call one person, and two hundred people will respond.” l didn’t know what she meant back then, and I didn’t know how it would happen, but I always said Amen”. Today, by the grace of God, I can say this has become reality. Have you provoked the blessing of your biological parents? Have you provoked the blessing of your spiritual parents? Most importantly, have you provoked a blessing from God?

Action Point: When a blessing is pronounced on you, simply sustain a conducive atmosphere for its fulfilment, and it will surely come to pass.

Open Heavens Daily 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.

iOpenHeavens is the electronic version of the Hard Copy. The Open Heavens devotional application is available across all mobile platforms and operating systems: iOS, Android, Blackberry, Nokia, Windows Mobile and PC.


DCLM Daily Manna 21 September, 2017 by Pastor Kumuyi – Israel’s Infidelity

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Topic: Israel’s Infidelity — Thursday September 21, 2017.

Text: Ezekiel 23:1-21

Key Verse: “And Aholah played the harlot when she was mine; and she doted on her lovers, on the Assyrians her neighbours” (Ezekiel 23:5).

Latimer was raised to the bishopric of Worcester in the reign of Henry VIII. It was the custom of those days for each of the bishops to make presents to the king on New Year’s Day. Latimer went with the rest of his brethren to make the usual offering; instead of a purse of gold, he presented the King with a New Testament, in which was a leaf doubled down to this passage, “Whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.”

In our text, God presented the unfaithfulness of Israel and Judah with the metaphor of two unfaithful wives. Their unfaithfulness to God in departing from His statutes and the worship of the strange deities of the Assyrians is characterized as playing the harlot. And like a husband who is jealous over his wife, the Lord denounced the idolatry of Israel His espoused wife, who was imitated by her sister, Judah in departing from His ways. God promised to disgrace them and allow the nations to whom they had played the harlot to take them away in captivity.

Adultery is such a sin against society that G. Campbell Morgan said, “The adulterer is the enemy of the state. My personal persuasion is that it is an act of treason to the state to allow adulterers and adulteresses to go free and unpunished. The greatness of a people depends upon the purity and strength of the people, and in every nation where the marriage relation is violated with impunity, the virus of death is surely and certainly at work.”

Immorality in the life of a member of the Church can tarnish the entire work of God. The alarm must be sounded against corruption in the body of Christ. God has promised that judgment must first begin at His house and everyone that names the name of Christ must depart from iniquity.

Thought for the day: Do not be deceived, God still judges sin.

Bible Reading in one Year: Numbers 33-34

DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.


TREM’s Daily 21 September 2017 Devotional by Dr. Mike Okonkwo – God Is Faithful

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TREM’s Daily 21 September 2017 Devotional by Dr. Mike Okonkwo - God Is Faithful

Topic: God Is Faithful — Thursday September 21, 2017.

“Thus saith the Lord; If ye can break my covenant of the day and my covenant of the night, and that there should not be day and night in their season; Then may also my covenant be broken…” (Jeremiah 33:20-21 KJV)

Beloved, I want to let you know today that God is faithful. He will not fail you. What he has said concerning you shall come to pass. Every word of God you have declared will manifest. Every seed of the word you declare in your life will come to pass. The devil can do nothing about it.

Sometimes ago, as I was heading to church on a Sunday morning, the Lord reminded me of Noah. You know Noah kept on building and the people felt that he was stupid. He kept on building and kept on building. He kept on telling them that rain was coming and the people said it is not true. And it got to a point that it appeared as if he was stupid. But the rain finally came, because God’s word will never fall to the ground. All you need is consistency! It shall come to pass! The devil will not stop you!

In Mark chapter 4:26-29, Jesus tells us that the kingdom of heaven is like a man that plants a seed on the ground and goes to bed, but he doesn’t know how it grows. He says the next thing you see is the blade, the ear and then the full corn. But the man cannot explain how. In other words, when it comes to the things of the kingdom, we can’t figure it out with our minds. That is why I know that the devil has come too late in your life. Your testimony shall shake your nation. It will shake your family. That devil is a liar, God has already made a covenant. And his covenant he will never break nor alter that which has gone out of his mouth. If he has spoken it, it shall come to pass. What he has spoken shall never return to him void. He is watching over his word to perform it.

Further Reading: Deuteronomy 7:7-9, Joshua 21:43-45

Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Ecclesiastes 7-9; Evening- 2 Corinthians 13

Written by Dr. Mike Okonkwo; Is the Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM); a versatile man of God with over 30 years of dedicated service unto the Lord.


Open Heavens For TEENS: Thursday 21 September 2017 by Pastor Adeboye – Soldiers Of The Cross

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Open Heavens For TEENS: Thursday 21 September 2017 by Pastor Adeboye - Soldiers Of The Cross

Topic: Soldiers Of The Cross [Thursday 21, September 2017]

Memorise: “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” – 2 Timothy 2:3

Read: 2 Timothy 2:1-4

1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

Bible In One Year: Obadiah 1. Hymn: Sing Hymn 12 – My Hope Is Build On Nothing Less

MESSAGE:

A soldier is a person involved in military activity, one who is specially trained for war. In Bible days, the phrase ‘men who drew the sword,’ was commonly used to identify a soldier’s primary function as combatant. In Ephesians 6:14-17, the weapons of a fully armed Roman soldier is not compared to that of a Christian’s spiritual armour. In recruiting earthly soldiers, some are chosen while others who are unfit are dropped. The fact that you are born again shows that you are chosen and have scaled through the first selection hurdle.

The chosen is also chosen to be a soldier. Therefore, if you cannot fight to resist and terminate Satan’s operation in your life, family and church or for God’s promises to be fulfilled in your life, you are a civilian, not a soldier. Soldiers are tough and able to go through tough and difficult terrains, if you run away from spiritual challenges, you are a deserter. You need to answer with all sincerity, are you a soldier of the Cross, a deserter or a civilian?

Prayer Point: Father, I am determined to be a soldier of the Cross, please help my resolve to stand for You and the Gospel in Jesus’ Name.

Open Heavens Daily Devotional for Teen’s 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.


Kenneth Copeland’s Daily September 21, 2017 Devotional: Unity of Faith

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Kenneth Copeland’s Daily September 21, 2017 Devotional: Unity of Faith

Topic: Unity of Faith [Thursday September 21, 2017]

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ. – Ephesians 4:11-13

Till we all come in the unity of the faith. What this scripture means is simply this: If we’re ever going to become truly powerful in the kingdom of God, if we’re ever going to be any great threat to the devil, we’re going to have to grow up—together.

It won’t be enough for just a few of us to grow up on our own and say, “Too bad” about everyone else. It doesn’t work that way. We’re a part of each other. The Bible calls us one body…the Body of Christ.

Let me give you an example. When I began teaching God’s revelation on the laws of prosperity, I started getting an amazing amount of flack. Preachers started calling me and chewing me out because I wouldn’t borrow money and things like that. Finally God said to me one day in prayer, Don’t teach on the laws of prosperity anymore until I tell you to.

“Why not?” I asked.

There’s strife in the camp, He told me. Other preachers are mad at you and in strife over it.

I didn’t realize then that the level where we stopped would affect us all. I didn’t realize that even I wouldn’t be able to go on and operate in the additional laws of prosperity until the rest of the Body would go with me.

We’re not islands unto ourselves. I can’t do anything without affecting you. You can’t do anything without affecting me. We’re joined together by God but held together by one another (Ephesians 4:16). We can only grow up…together!

Learn to walk in love. Refuse to fall prey to division and isolation. Feed on the Word daily and encourage your brothers and sisters by feeding it to them too, so we can all grow up to be “a perfect [or mature] man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.”

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:13-28

This message was written by Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, the leader of the Kenneth Copeland Ministries (www.KCM.org) that specializes in teaching principles of bible faith – prayer, healing, salvation and other biblical topics.


Billy Graham’s Daily 21 September 2017 Devotional: The Mysteries of God

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Billy Graham’s Daily 21 September 2017 Devotional: The Mysteries of God

Topic: The Mysteries of God [Thursday September 21, 2017]

Since earliest times men have seen the earth and sky and all God made, and have known of his existence and great eternal power . . . — Romans 1:20 (TLB)

If you try to rationalize God exhaustively, you will fail. There are mysteries about God that we will never understand in this life. How can the small and finite, limited to time and space, understand an infinite God! We should not think it strange that it is impossible to explain many mysteries in the realm of matter.

Who can explain why objects are always attracted to the center of the earth? Who can fathom the law of gravity? Newton discovered it, but he could not explain it. Who can explain the miracle of reproduction? . . . Thus many evidences and many arguments could be advanced to indicate there is a God.

Yet the plain truth is this: God cannot be proved by mere rationalization. He cannot be contained in a tiny man-made test tube or confined to an algebraic formula. If God can be fully proved by the human mind, then He is no greater than the mind that proves Him.

Prayer for the day: Lord God almighty, although my finite mind cannot comprehend the magnitude of Your greatness, I have felt Your presence in the quiet of my heart and I am gladdened.

Written by Billy Graham, Founder of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association(BGEA). BGEA exists to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ by every effective means and to equip the church and others to do the same.


Andrew Wommack’s Daily 21 September 2017 Devotional – Marriage Is For This Life

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Topic: Marriage Is For This Life – Thursday September 21, 2017.

Luke 20:33-34 “Therefore in the resurrection whose wife of them is she? for seven had her to wife. And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage:”

Text: Luke 20:27-40

It is very doubtful that the situation that the Sadducees were relating ever took place. It is more probable that they were stating a hypothetical case to complicate the understanding of the resurrection and thereby discredit it.

If you accept their basic supposition (marriage continues in heaven), then their reasoning was correct. It would not be possible to administer marriage in heaven with multiple mates as their story described. Their reasoning wasn’t flawed, but rather the “facts” that their reasoning was based on were not scriptural.

The scriptures speak of two becoming “one flesh” in marriage, and angels are not flesh. Paul said, “Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Cor. 15:50). Therefore, marriage is an earthly institution limited to flesh and blood mortals and will not exist in heaven. Marriage, as is death, is temporary for mortals while they are on earth. This is why a person whose mate has died, is free to remarry. Marriage pertains only to this life.

That is not to say that a couple who have loved each other deeply here on earth will love each other less in heaven. God forbid. They will love each other infinitely more, but it will be God’s “agape” love (not romantic love) and it will not be limited to just one person. We can be sure that heaven will surpass any expectations that we may have so that no one will be disappointed.

Today, many people use logical reasoning to try to discredit God’s Word. But Jesus said, “They err because they do not know the scriptures.” Therefore, their arguments have no merit; only reasoning based on scripture has any merit.

This message was written by The Association of Related Ministries International (ARMI) is an extension of Andrew Wommack Ministries (AWM). ARMI is a unique partnership committed to providing resources to help like-minded ministers succeed in a spirit of excellence and to draw from the experience and expertise of both the AWM and Charis Bible College staff. (www.awmi.net)


Our Daily Bread 21 September 2017 Devotional – The Daily Prayer

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Our Daily Bread 21 September 2017 Devotional – The Daily Prayer

Topic: The Daily Prayer — Thursday September 21, 2017.

Read: Ephesians 6:18–19, Bible in a Year: Ecclesiastes 7–9; 2 Corinthians 13

Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. Ephesians 6:18

Singer/songwriter Robert Hamlet wrote “Lady Who Prays for Me” as a tribute to his mother who made a point of praying for her boys each morning before they went to the bus stop. After a young mom heard Hamlet sing his song, she committed to praying with her own little boy. The result was heartwarming! Just before her son went out the door, his mother prayed for him. Five minutes later he returned—bringing kids from the bus stop with him! His mom was taken aback and asked what was going on. The boy responded, “Their moms didn’t pray with them.”

In the book of Ephesians, Paul urges us to pray “on all occasions with all kinds of prayers” (6:18). Demonstrating our daily dependence on God is essential in a family since many children first learn to trust God as they observe genuine faith in the people closest to them (2 Tim. 1:5). There is no better way to teach the utmost importance of prayer than by praying for and with our children. It is one of the ways they begin to sense a compelling need to reach out personally to God in faith.

When we “start children off” by modeling a “sincere faith” in God (Prov. 22:6; 2 Tim. 1:5), we give them a special gift, an assurance that God is an ever-present part of our lives—continually loving, guiding, and protecting us.

Prayer: Help me to depend more fully on You in every moment of the day and to rest in the assurance that You are always with me.

Daily prayers lessen daily worries.

Insight:

Ask God to help you model faith and prayer this week to the younger generation—children or grandchildren, youth in your church, or children in your neighborhood.

This message was written By Cindy Hess Kasper [Our Daily Bread Ministries.]


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