Thursday, 14 July 2016

Open Heavens: Doing God's Project - Pastor E.A Adeboye

Open Heavens Daily Devotional

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Topic: Doing God’s Project


Memorise: Take ye from among you an offering unto the LORD: whosoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, an offering of the LORD; gold, and silver, and brass, – Exodus 35:5

Read: Exodus 25:1-9 (KJV)

1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

2 Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering.

3 And this is the offering which ye shall take of them; gold, and silver, and brass,

4 And blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats' hair,

5 And rams' skins dyed red, and badgers' skins, and shittim wood,

6 Oil for the light, spices for anointing oil, and for sweet incense,

7 Onyx stones, and stones to be set in the ephod, and in the breastplate.

8 And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.

9 According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it.

Bible in One Year: 1 Corinthians 8:1-11:16, Psalms 9:11-20

MESSAGE:

One truth that children of God must embrace is that we are partners with God in His divine project. God created man in His image, by implication; man is superior to all other creation and is lord over the universe. God prepared man to occupy a position of junior partner with Him. This is why after He had created the Heaven and the earth and all that were in the earth, He put man in charge of naming, keeping and dressing them. The Bible says:

“And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.” - Genesis 2:19

So, man had been charged with the responsibility of doing God’s project from the beginning and up till date, God has not withdrawn this responsibility from man, although at times, man fails to live up to God’s expectation. I pray for someone using this devotional; you will from now on live according to God’s expectation concerning Kingdom projects in Jesus’ name.

In today’s Bible reading, the Lord commanded Moses to take offerings from the children of Israel for the building of the Tabernacle. He told them to bring the offering willingly and joyfully. God is still making demands on us for His projects; missionary, infrastructural or administrative. It is left to us to respond according to our ability. One other truth we must learn from the story of the children of Israel is that everything God demanded from them was provided to them by God Himself. When the children of Israel were leaving Egypt, the Lord caused the Egyptians to send them away in a hurry with the riches of the land. The Bible says:

“35 And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: 36 And the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them such things as they required. And they spoiled the Egyptians.” - Exodus 12:35-36

Another lesson we must learn from this is that whatever blessing we are blessed with has a reason and the reason primarily is for kingdom projects. Therefore, I advise someone reading this devotional today to find out the areas where God’s project needs his or her urgent attention and go ahead to meet that need.

Prayer Point: Father, please help me not to fail you in Kingdom Business in Jesus’ name.

Daily Manna: Abiding Salvation - Pastor W.F Kumuyi

Daily Manna Devotional 14th July 2016

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Topic: Abiding Salvation 


Text: Ezekiel 9:5-11

Key Verse: "Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house"(Ezekiel 9:6).

That those who truly believe in Christ and have been saved from sin will not be part of the judgment and wrath that God will bring upon the entire world is a comforting and reassuring fact of the Scripture. We have several examples and illustrations in the Bible that attest to this truth. We can easily recall the experience of the children of Israel in Egypt.

As God determined to bring the judgment of death on all the first born of Egypt, He instructed the children of Israel to mark their door post with blood of a lamb which they were to slay so that they would be protected from the angel of destruction (Exodus 12:13). Our passage re-echoes this fact. God had determined to bring judgment upon the faithless people in the land but decided first to put a mark upon all the faithful of the land so that they will not be part of the destruction. The mark on the faithful was to show that they belonged to God and so must not be touched by the agents of destruction that were to go through the land. Note that the destruction was to begin from the sanctuary. This shows that it is possible to be in the church and not belong to God. It is sad to know that there are so many people in the church today that truly do not belong to God.

They are still involved in all forms of atrocities, abominations and wickedness. This is why judgment will begin in the house of God, and all such people will not be spared because they do not have the saving mark. If you are truly born again and living right, walking in obedience to the Word of God, the Lord has promised to spare you when He comes to judge the wicked. Therefore, do not panic or fear.

Thought for the day: We are saved as long as we abide under the blood of Christ.

Bible Reading in one Year: 1 Chronicles 9-11

Health: The effects of taking paracetamol during pregnancy

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The danger of taking paracetamol during pregnancy

Taking paracetamol while pregnant is linked to autism and hyperactivity in children, a study suggests.

Boys whose mothers used the common painkiller while expecting were more likely to be on the autistic spectrum. And it was associated with higher rates of ADHD in both sexes.

Spanish researchers asked 2,644 mothers how often they took the drug.

When their children were assessed at five, those who were persistently exposed to paracetamol performed worse in tests measuring inattention, impulsiveness and visual speed processing.

But the National Autistic Society said: “No one should draw any firm conclusions from this. Evidence suggests autism involves many factors including genetics, environment and brain development.”