Friday, 10 March 2017

DAILY MANNA: Arise, He Calleth Thee

DCLM Daily Manna Devotional written by Pastor W.F Kumuyi in chidispalace.com

Welcome to DCLM Daily Manna Devotional written by Pastor W.F Kumuyi

Today: Friday March 10, 2017

Topic: Arise, He Calleth Thee

Text: Mark 10:46-52

Key Verse: "And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee" (Mark 10:49).

MESSAGE:
Imagine that the whole world was a contiguous, federated country and one man is called to lead such a unitary country. He would be considered highly honoured. The call from Christ, who has a Name above every other name, is higher, better and mightier than such a call. Suppose that all the treasures in the world were amassed together, and one man is so honoured to be the account officer; the world would consider this man as indeed privileged. Yet, the answer to the divine call is incomparably greater than possessing all the treasures of the world put together.

Blind Bartimeaus had a life-transforming call. Answering the call changed him physically, spiritually and socially. The answer prepared him to be a follower of Christ and reserved him a place in heaven. He sought the Lord under a discouraging circumstance, but encouragement came when Jesus commanded that he be brought. Bartimeaus’ response to Christ’s call is the prayer and desire of every soul-winner; he arose, cast away his blind man’s garment and brushed aside every discouragement and opposition to come to Christ. He received salvation and healing. Now seeing, he followed Christ. Today, the Lord is calling everyone to salvation, sanctification and service.

He is calling all to come and be healed of the blindness that has kept mankind from the grace, mercy and favour that heaven offers. Have you responded to this threefold call? Would you not come and be healed? Would you not whisper ‘I yield?’ Submit completely to the One who still calls from heaven and avail yourself of the covenant blessings and redemption benefits which He provides for those who diligently seek Him.

Thought for the day: In Christ alone dwelleth the fulness of temporal and eternal blessings.

Bible Reading in one Year: 1 Samuel 23-24

Dunamis: Integrity Of Word - A Booster of Faith

Dunamis' Daily Devotional written by Pastor Paul Enenche- chidispalace.com

Welcome to Dunamis' Daily Devotional written by Pastor Paul Enenche

Today: Friday March 10, 2017

Topic: Integrity of Word - A Booster of Faith

Scripture: This was so that, by two unchangeable things [His promise and His oath] in which it is impossible for God ever to prove false or deceive us, we who have fled [to Him] for refuge might have mighty indwelling strength and strong encouragement to grasp and hold fast the hope appointed for us and set before [us]. Hebrews 6:18 (AMP)

Thought For The Day: The integrity of your word is a seed for your faith in God.


There was the story of a child who was fond of shouting, ‘Wolf! Wolf! Wolf!’ By so doing, he was raising alarm for people to come and rescue him from attack by the wolf. When the people came, they would discover that he was joking. Then one day, he shouted again, ‘Wolf! Wolf! Wolf!’ And the people assumed that he was joking as usual but unfortunately, this time, a wolf was truly coming. He ended up being killed by the wolf because his words were not reliable.

Now, faith is taking advantage of the unchangeability of God’s Word (Hebrews 6:17-18). It is expecting God to keep His Word. But the truth is, if you do not keep your word, it will be difficult for you to expect others, even God, to keep their word. A man who does not trust himself with money for instance hardly believes that anyone can be trusted with money.

Beloved, have you ever said something and people said, ‘Do not mind him?’ The meaning is that you were not considered trustworthy. That is terrible! Your Word was ‘discounted.’ The fact is, the integrity of your word is a seed for your faith in God. How reliable is your word? It determines how much you would be able to rely on the Word of God.

Remember this: The integrity of your word is a seed for your faith in God.


Assignment(S):

1. Determine to make your words count.

2. Do not make a promise that you cannot and are not ready to fulfil.

3. No matter how persistent your situation is, believe in God for a change because as God cannot die, He cannot lie.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: BOOSTERS AND ENEMIES OF FAITH (PART 2).

Prayer: O LORD, I receive the grace to make my words count. My trust is in You LORD. I believe that You will perform Your counsel in my life and destiny, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.

Daily Reading: Numbers 14:1 to 15:16, Mark 14:53 to 72, Psalm 53:1 to 6, Proverbs 11:4.

Quote: Your integrity is your access to authority and royalty. Culled from 365 WISDOM CAPSULES by Dr Paul Enenche.

Amazing Fact: Sometimes half a brain is as good as a whole one. When surgeons perform a hemispherectomy, they remove or disable half of the brain to stop seizures. Shockingly, patients experience no effect on personality or memory.

Today In History: 10/03/1977 – Rings of Uranus: Astronomers discovered rings around Uranus.

OPEN HEAVENS: When God Loses A Battle

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Welcome to Open Heavens Devotional written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Today: Friday 10, March 2017

Topic: When God Loses a Battle

Memorise: Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. - Psalm 24:8


Read: Acts 7:57-8:4 (KJV)

57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,

58 And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul.

59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

1 And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.

2 And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him.

3 As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.

4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.

Bible in One Year: Genesis 44-45, Isaiah 56

MESSAGE:
For quite a long while in times past, I usually said that the Lord of Host never loses a battle, but quite recently, the Lord corrected me and said, “Son, I can lose a battle to win a war. I never lose a war.” According to His divine wisdom, when it pleases the Lord, He can choose to lose a battle in order to win a war. He can give up a battle, but He has never lost a war. We need to tap into this divine wisdom and apply its principle in our lives. It’s all about looking at the bigger picture. You will gain more from winning a war than from winning a battle. You will also lose more when you lose a war than when you lose a battle. Some people are not ready to lose any battle, and as a result, they lose the war that is more crucial.

Take for instance, evangelism. If you go to preach to an individual about Christ and an argument ensues, you are faced with the choice of winning a battle (the argument) or winning the soul of the sinner (a war). If you choose to win the argument, you will most likely lose that soul. This is why you should not get involved in arguments when preaching the gospel to unbelievers. Time to evangelise is not a time to argue about whose religion is more superior. Faith in Christ Jesus is more than just a religion. Simply tell the sinner about Jesus and God’s love towards him or her. Share your salvation experience with him or her. Stir up his or her interest in Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit will do the necessary work of conviction. After playing your part, you can then invite the person to surrender his or her life to Christ.

When you observe that God is seemingly losing a battle or battles, it is because there is a bigger war He wants to win. For instance, in the midst of intense persecution of the early Church, God allowed His beloved Stephen to be martyred. Why did He allow this? It’s because He wanted to win the war of saving the ring leader of Stephen’s murderers, Saul. Through Saul, He planned to convert whole cities and to virtually turn the world upside down, and He succeeded in this (Acts 17:6). At the end, it became a double gain for the Lord as Stephen had a triumphant entry into Heaven while Paul, who supervised his martyrdom, became a mightier instrument in the hand of God for the salvation of souls on a massive scale across the globe. This testimony about Paul in Acts 19:26 show the awesomeness of God’s wisdom:

“Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands:”

Anytime you follow God’s wisdom, you will know when to lose a battle in order to win a war.

Prayer Point: Father, teach me to give up the battle that will enable me to win the most crucial wars.

Breaking News: President Buhari Returns to Nigeria Today After 49-days

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It may be a sign of relieve to Nigerians who have been eagerly waiting for their president to return home after huge death rumours. It has been confirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari will return to Nigeria today Friday by his spokesman, Femi Adesina.

In a brief statement on Thursday, Adesina said Buhari expressed appreciation to all those who have been “praying fervently” for him since January 19 when he went to the UK on a medical vacation.

“President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to return to the country tomorrow, Friday March 10, 2017,” the statement read.

“The president left the country on January 19, 2017 for a vacation, during which he had routine medical check-ups.

“The holiday was extended based on doctors’ recommendation for further tests and rest.

“President Buhari expresses appreciation to teeming Nigerians from across the country, and beyond, who had prayed fervently for him, and also sent their good wishes.”

Earlier in the day, the presidency released pictures of Buhari with Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, at the Abuja House in London, where the Nigerian leader had been staying.

Circulation of pictures and details of telephone conversations were among strategies deployed by the presidency to dismiss rumours on Buhari’s health, but the fake reports kept resurfacing. Read more