God daily devotion

13 Nov 2021

THE RELIABLE AND DEPENDABLE MEN

 CHRIST APOSTOLIC CHURCH WORLDWIDE
CHILDREN SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON
(KINGDOM OF GOD FAMILY)


Theme:

The Exemplary Child


UPPER ELEMENTARY


LESSON TWENTY-TWO

TEXT: 2 Timothy 4:11


MEMORY VERSE: Get Mark and bring him with you; for he is very useful in serving me - 2 Timothy 4:11 (RSV)


LESSON OBJECTIVES: At the end of this lesson, students should have

1. have understood what it means to be reliable and dependable;

2. made up their mind to be reliable and dependable; and

3. understood that today's failure is not the end of one's life.


INTRODUCTION

Glory to God for the wonderful lessons we learnt last week. The new topic we shall be looking at, for another two weeks, is about a young man who loves to follow Christ but was initially afraid due to inexperience. He submitted himself for mentoring and he later became every reliable and dependable in the things of God.


WEEK ONE: THE LOYAL DOCTOR LUKE

November 14, 2021

While some of his friends have been sent out on missionary assignments, others, such as Demas, have turned their back on Paul and abandoned him. This is Luke is the only one still with him. This is Luke the physician (Colossians 4:14) who travelled as a missionary with Paul, during his first imprisonment. He appears to have been extremely loyal to Paul, remaining as his final friend during his second imprisonment. In addition, he wrote both the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts. It's possible that Luke served as Paul's secretary at some point in time. How loyal and reliable are you?


LESSONS

1. Paul had a lot of friends who were also workers for Christ.

2. We must be careful and not allow anything to stop us from following Christ.

3. God wants us to be loyal to Him as servants.


WEEK TWO: THE RELIABLE AND DEPENDABLE MARK

November 21, 2021

This week, we saw Paul's second friend who was mentioned in our memory verse - he is Mark. This is John Mark, a young man whose mother hosted early believers in her home in Jerusalem. He travelled with Paul and Barnabas on their first missionary journey, leaving them early early to return to Jerusalem (Acts 13:13). When Paul and Barnabas prepared for a second trip, they divided because Paul refused to take Mark with them, while Barnabas who was Mark's relative chose to remain with him and took him on his own journeys(Acts 15:36-40). Whatever the reason for absconding the other time, we do not know, but we believe. Mark later appeared with Paul during his first arrest on Rome (Colossians 4:10; Philemon 1:24.


Interestingly, this once-rejected Mark wrote one of the Gospels which bear his name. And while Paul was nearing the end of his life and ministry, he sent for Mark, describing him as very useful for the ministry. The end is always better than the beginning.


LESSONS

1. When parents are godly, it helps children to love the Lord and follow His ways.

2. The downfall of a man is not the end of his life.

3. A life lived in God's way will attracts a lot of good things.


QUESTIONS

1. Who is the friend that left Paul?

2. Who is Luke

3. Described John Mark and mention things we can learn from his life.


PRAYER: Lord, help me to be useful, reliable and dependable in Jesus name.

A NEW CREATURE!


  

MEMORISE:


Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 

Psalm 1:1


READ: 2 Corinthians 6:14-18


14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?


15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?


16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.


17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.


18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.


MESSAGE:

Ungodliness is not a 21st century problem but an age-long one. It is however unfortunate that the ungodly appear to be prospering, even in ministry. Those who have compromised godly standards appear to be the crowd pullers internationally. As a result, many Pentecostal preachers have compromised their faith, forgetting that today’s memory verse instructs us not to walk with the ungodly, stand with sinners nor sit in the midst of the scornful.


Noah was a man who distinguished himself in his generation. The Bible says that as perverted as his world was, he decided to live in the Lord with his entire household. The Bible says in Genesis 6:6 ” it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.” But went on to say in verse 9 of the same chapter “These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.”


Evil is still rampant today and it is very important that children of God abstain from all appearances of evil so as not to grieve the Almighty God. In today’s Bible reading, Apostle Paul is down-to-earth in his admonition to us not to keep company with the ungodly. He makes his position known to us that he sees no resemblance in the life of the godly and that of the ungodly. In other words, there is no resemblance between living holy and a worldly lifestyle. The difference is clear, according to 1 John 3:8,10:

“He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil…. this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.”


The world is full of the ungodly and they are the enemies of God. We live in their midst and they consistently try to entice us to sin against our God. The Almighty God is speaking to us today to come out from among them. For those of us who have come out in genuine repentance but may be thinking of going back; don’t. For those still in sin, the command of God to you today is to get out of that worldly lifestyle and surrender to His lordship. Please note that God can only be a Father to those who have set themselves apart for Him (2 Corinthians 6:17-18). 


REFLECTION:

Examine your life and the company you keep. Does the lifestyle of your friends glorify the name of the name of your God? If not, come out from their midst and begin to live for God.


BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: ISAIAH 51-55.

 

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE 

  

HYMN 24: TAKE MY LIFE, AND LET IT BE.

1. ake my life and let it be

Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.

*Take my moments and my days,

Let them flow in endless praise.


2. Take my hands and let them move

At the impulse of Thy love.

Take my feet and let them be

Swift and beautiful for Thee.


3. Take my voice and let me sing,

Always, only for my King.

Take my lips and let them be

Filled with messages from Thee.


4. Take my silver and my gold,

Not a mite would I withhold.

Take my intellect and use

Every pow’r as Thou shalt choose.


5. Take my will and make it Thine,

It shall be no longer mine.

Take my heart, it is Thine own,

It shall be Thy royal throne.


6. Take my love, my Lord, I pour

At Thy feet its treasure store.

Take myself and I will be

Ever, only, all for Thee.

11 Nov 2021

THE MIGHTY DEEDS OF GOD.

 

MEMORISE:


The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name. 

Exodus 15:3


READ: Exodus 15:1-11.

1 Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.


2 The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him.


3 The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name.


4 Pharaoh's chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea.


5 The depths have covered them: they sank into the bottom as a stone.


6 Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy.


7 And in the greatness of thine excellency thou hast overthrown them that rose up against thee: thou sentest forth thy wrath, which consumed them as stubble.


8 And with the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gathered together, the floods stood upright as an heap, and the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea.


9 The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.


10 Thou didst blow with thy wind, the sea covered them: they sank as lead in the mighty waters.


11 Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?


MESSAGE:

Children of God shake and bow in fear to the enemy only when they fail to recognize that their Heavenly Father is the Mighty Warrior who has never lost and will never lose a war. The Lord of hosts is our Banner. He is the only one that can protect and lead us into victory.


Bowing in fear will displease God, to say the least, because He has commanded that “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:3). This is the reason Jesus Christ our Lord came to deliver those who, for the fear of death, subject themselves to everlasting bondage according to Hebrews 2:14-15:

“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”


I have experienced the mighty deeds of God in my life over and over again and I have come to the conclusion that there is no god as mighty as my Daddy in heaven – the Lord of hosts. For example, I recall a time I was travelling with my driver and we got to the middle of the narrow bridge that could take only one vehicle at a time. We then suddenly discovered that a truck was also coming from the opposite direction on the same bridge. Only the intervention of the Almighty God could have made that bridge expand for my car and the truck to pass through without colliding with each other.


The Almighty God is the Greatest Warrior. The children of Israel experienced the mighty deeds of God and they composed a song as we read in today’s Bible text. I pray that the mighty deeds of God will produce your desired miracle today, in Jesus’ name. You however, have to become a child of God to enjoy His mighty deeds. The Israelites were regular witnesses to the mighty deeds of God because they belonged to Him- they were His children.


In order to experience the mighty deeds of God, you need to be born again. This is the first mighty work the Lord does in the lives of His children- the salvation of their souls (1 John 1:7-9). I pray that the might deeds of God will become a daily occurrence in your life, in the name of Jesus.


PRAYER POINT:

Father, please make me experience Your mighty deeds this season and always, in Jesus’ name.


BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: ISAIAH 34-39.

 

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE 

  

HYMN 14: JESUS MY LORD, MY GOD, MY ALL.


1. Jesus, my Lord, my God, my All,

How can I love thee as I ought?

And how revere this wondrous gift,

So far surpassing hope or thought?

Sweet Sacrament, we thee adore;

Oh, make us love thee more and more.

Oh, make us love thee more and more.


2. Had I but Mary's sinless heart

To love thee with, my dearest King,

Oh, with what bursts of fervant praise

Thy goodness, Jesus, would I sing.

Sweet Sacrament, we thee adore;

Oh, make us love thee more and more.

Oh, make us love thee more and more.


3. 3 Thy Body, Soul, and Godhead, all,

O mystery of love divine.

I cannot compass all I have,

For all thou hast and art are mine.

Sweet Sacrament, we thee adore;

Oh, make us love thee more and more.

Oh, make us love thee more and more.

ASK UNTIL YOU RECEIVE.


  

MEMORISE:


Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. John 16:24


READ: John 16:24-27.


24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.


25 These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.


26 At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you:


27 For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.


MESSAGE:

Every child of God must cultivate the habit of praying without ceasing, according to 1 Thessalonians 5:17. The importance of prayer cannot be overemphasized when we consider what those who took time to pray gained by so doing. James 5:17-18 says:

“ Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.”


I remember when I was asking God for a small apartment in the suburbs of Lagos shortly after becoming the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. The Lord forbade me to ask for just an apartment house because He was preparing a city for me. In other words, the Lord was saying that I should not ask for peanuts. Today, the city is in the making. As a matter of fact, what is already on ground is comparable to the modest city and I am still trusting Him for the full actualization of His promise. Praise the Lord!


All we need is to keep on asking Him so our joy may be full. The prayer of Elijah that brough about the rain was not just a five-minute one. He prayed and prayed again before the rain fell. When a man of God prays for a few minutes in public and miracles begin to happen, one should not be deceived to imagine that all we need too are brief prayers. The fact is that the man of God would have actually prayed long hours before the public show of God’s miraculous deeds.


Our Lord Jesus Christ in today’s memory verse says “……ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full”. In other words, we must not stop asking until we receive answers to our prayers so our joy may be full.


Hannah prayed until something happened in her life to confirm that she would get her blessing, according to 1 Samuel 1:13-18. Jabez also prayed and God granted him his request (1 Chronicles 4:10). David said that when he cried to the Lord, He healed him (Psalm 30:2). Cry unto the Lord today, and He will answer you as He answered Hannah, Jabez and Elijah, to mention just a few, in Jesus’ name.


ACTION POINT:

Make out time to pray earnestly today and you will receive unprecedented answers to your requests, in Jesus’ name.


BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: ISAIAH 40-44.

 

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE 

  

HYMN 18: PASS ME NOT, O GENTLE SAVIOR.

1. Pass me not, O gentle Savior,

Hear my humble cry;

While on others Thou art calling,

Do not pass me by.


o Refrain:

Savior, Savior,

Hear my humble cry,

While on others Thou art calling,

Do not pass me by.


2. Let me at Thy throne of mercy

Find a sweet relief;

Kneeling there in deep contrition,

Help my unbelief.


3. Trusting only in Thy merit,

Would I seek Thy face;

Heal my wounded, broken spirit,

Save me by Thy grace.


4. Thou the spring of all my comfort,

More than life to me,

Whom have I on earth beside Thee,

Whom in Heav’n but Thee.

9 Nov 2021

WE OWE GOD GRATITUDE


*THEME: WE OWE GOD GRATITUDE


MEMORISE:

O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever. 1 Chronicles 16:34



READ: Luke 17:11-19.



11 And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.



12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:



13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.



14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.



15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,



16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.



17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?



18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.



19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.



MESSAGE:

There is one thing that irritates God which many don’t pay attention to and that is ingratitude. In my village- Ifewara, in the South-Western part of Nigeria, our people would say “Don’t follow-up on your benevolent act” so that it would not appear as if you are seeking gratitude or worship.



God however, demands both from us and rightly so too, because we all owe everything we have to His benevolence.



As a matter of fact, God follows up on His benevolent acts and that is why He told the children of Israel to bring one-tenth of His blessings upon their lives (Deuteronomy 14:22) and the first fruits from their farmlands and livelihood, to Him.


“Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest: And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you….”

Leviticus 23:10-11



The Psalmist’s knowledge of the dangers of ingratitude led him to say in Psalm 103:1-2:


“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.”


In the Bible reading today, the Lord Jesus asked


 “….Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?” (Luke 17:17).


 The Lord then perfected the healing of the grateful man, making him whole.



It is most unfortunate that many children of God are already so used to miraculous acts of God as to take them for granted. They are no longer moved by these acts, invariably leading to an ungrateful attitude.



Newcomers to the church who know what they have suffered at the hands of the devil and his cohorts give thanks to God for their miracles, whereas some pastors don’t testify of how God healed them of headache because they don’t see it as a ‘big deal’.



Such people have forgotten that the headache they consider as ordinary has claimed the lives of millions of other people.



My prayer is that you will never be ungrateful again, in Jesus’ name.



PRAYER POINT:

Father, please forgive me for all actions or inactions that have amounted to being ungrateful to You. Please Lord, help me to be grateful to You at all times, in Jesus’ name.



BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: ISAIAH 23-28.


HYMN 19: PRAISE HIM, PRAISE HIM, JESUS OUR BLESSED REDEEMER.


1. Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!

Sing, O Earth, His wonderful love proclaim!

Hail Him! Hail Him! Highest archangels in glory;

Strength and honor give to His holy Name!

Like a shepherd, Jesus will guard His children,

In His arms He carries them all day long.



o Refrain:

Praise Him! Praise Him! Tell of His excellent greatness;

Praise Him! Praise Him! Ever in joyful song!



2. Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!

For our sins He suffered, and bled, and died.

He our Rock, our hope of eternal salvation,

Hail Him! Hail Him! Jesus the Crucified.

Sound His praises! Jesus who bore our sorrows,

Love unbounded, wonderful, deep and strong.


3. Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!

Heav’nly portals loud with hosannas ring!

Jesus, Savior, reigneth forever and ever;

Crown Him! Crown Him! Prophet, and Priest, and King!

Christ is coming! over the world victorious,

Pow’r and glory unto the Lord belong.

7 Nov 2021

YE SHALL DECREE A THING



THEME: 

YE SHALL DECREE A THING!

  


MEMORISE:

 For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Mark 11:23


READ: Job 22:23-30.

23 If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.


24 Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks.


25 Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence, and thou shalt have plenty of silver.


26 For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God.


27 Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows.


28 Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.


29 When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person.


30 He shall deliver the island of the innocent: and it is delivered by the pureness of thine hands.


MESSAGE:

There are many types of prayers. Today, we shall be discussing the prayer of decrees because there is a level you would get to in spiritual warfare at which prayers of supplication or intercession may not be adequate. Our Lord Jesus Christ in our memory verse today assured us that whatever we command shall obey us. Mark 11:24, He also said:

“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”


A prayer of decree creates; it does not take “No” for an answer. More often, only those who walk intimately with God engage effectively in prayer of decrees. The Bible says:

“Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.” Isaiah 45:11


In Ezekiel chapter 37, Ezekiel prayed a prayer of decree and the dry bones lived again. I decree that every mountain threatening the fulness of joy in your life is removed today, in Jesus’ name. this is because it is written that whatever we say unto a mountain “Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea,” our words shall come to pass, according to our memory verse today.


Some years ago, a couple trusting God for the fruit of the womb came to us for prayers. When they disagreed about what sex the baby should be, we intervened by decreeing that they would have a set of twins- a boy and a girl. They keyed into the prayer of decree and had a set of twins- a boy and a girl. I decree that your expectations shall be fulfilled far beyond your imagination, in Jesus’ name.


For us to effectively engage in prayer of decrees however, we must abide in Christ and His words must abide in us (John 15:7). This means you must be born again and live a life of total obedience unto God. If you had been born again but fell into sin, now is the time to repent and return to God.


Our Bible reading of today summarizes this message excellently; if you are on the side of God, you will declare a thing and it shall come to pass.


PRAYER POINT:

My Father, I decree according to Your word: every mountain threatening my destiny is removed now, in Jesus’ name.


BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: ISAIAH 12-17.

 


AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE 


HYMN 23: STANDING ON THE PROMISES OF CHRIST MY KING.

1. Standing on the promises of Christ my King,

Through eternal ages let His praises ring,

Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,

Standing on the promises of God.


o Refrain:

Standing, standing,

Standing on the promises of God my Savior;

Standing, standing,

I’m standing on the promises of God.


2. Standing on the promises that cannot fail,

When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,

By the living Word of God I shall prevail,

Standing on the promises of God.


3. Standing on the promises I now can see

Perfect, present cleansing in the blood for me;

Standing in the liberty where Christ makes free,

Standing on the promises of God.


4. Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord,

Bound to Him eternally by love’s strong cord,

Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword,

Standing on the promises of God.


5. Standing on the promises I cannot fall,

List’ning every moment to the Spirit’s call,

Resting in my Savior as my all in all,

Standing on the promises of God.

THE BLAMELESS VESSEL.



THEME:

THE BLAMELESS VESSEL.

MEMORISE:

Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD. 

Isaiah 52:11


READ: 1 Timothy 3:1-7

1This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.


2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;


3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;


4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;


5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)


6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.


7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.


MESSAGE:

One thing a man or woman that God would use should bear in mind is that he or she must be blameless. This is the prerequisite for a child of God who want wants to serve God as a worker or minister, at any level. The Bible says:

“This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless…..” 1 Timothy 3:1-2


When a person volunteers to serve the Lord, it is dangerous if the fellow is not clean in and out because the holiness God could kill such a person. The Bible says that Isaiah admitted his sinful state and God purified and cleansed him of his iniquity so that he could qualify as a true prophet. After this, the angel of the Lord came and touched him with a live coal from heaven and he was purged of his iniquity (Isaiah 6:5-7). Here we see the mercy of God upon the vessel He decided to use for His glory. However, there is a lesson we must learn from this Scripture. The prophet admitted his sinful state and God came to his aid for cleansing. How often do we we seek the Lord for cleansing?


In addition, for a fellow to be used by God, the life of such a person must glorify the Lord. God must be honored in the life of such a fellow. The Lord will show off such a fellow among His holy angels, then ultimately prosper and protect him or her eternally.

“And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?” Job 1:8


Though Job suffered many trials, the later part of his life was much better than the former. Job 42:12 says “So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning:…..” job had exactly double of the possessions he had lost to the attack of the devil. God also gave him seven sons and three daughters, as before, but this time, his daughters were the most beautiful women in the land (Job 42:15). Job experienced this promotion because he remained blameless before God (Job 1:22).


Do you want divine promotion? Do you want to be used for the glory of God? Begin to walk blameless before Him (Genesis 17:1) from today and He will not only use you for His glory, He will also promote you beyond your expectations.


PRAYER POINT:

Father, please help me to live a life of complete obedience to Your word, n the mighty name of Jesus.


BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: ISAIAH 18-22


HYMN 18: PASS ME NOT, O GENTLE SAVIOR.

1. Pass me not, O gentle Savior,

Hear my humble cry;

While on others Thou art calling,

Do not pass me by.


o Refrain:

Savior, Savior,

Hear my humble cry,

While on others Thou art calling,

Do not pass me by.


2. Let me at Thy throne of mercy

Find a sweet relief;

Kneeling there in deep contrition,

Help my unbelief.


3. Trusting only in Thy merit,

Would I seek Thy face;

Heal my wounded, broken spirit,

Save me by Thy grace.


4. Thou the spring of all my comfort,

More than life to me,

Whom have I on earth beside Thee,

Whom in Heav’n but Thee.

6 Nov 2021

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING


THEME: 

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING.

  


MEMORISE:

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 

1 Thessalonians 5:18


READ: Psalm 118:1-5


1O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.


2 Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.


3 Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.


4 Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endureth for ever.


5 I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place.


PRAYERS:

1. Father, thank You for Your faithfulness and kindness towards me.


2. Thank You Father, for the miracle of sleeping and waking up. Thank You for keeping me and my family. Thank You, Lord Jesus.


3. Thank you for answered prayers. It is a privilege that You always hear us when we call. Thank You Lord.


4. Thank You, Lord, for every member of the body of Christ. Thank You for the great work You are doing in Your church. We are very grateful, Daddy.


5. Thank You for divine provision. You know all our needs and You meet them all free of charge. Thank You, Jehovah Nissi.


6. Thank You for the grace to do Your work. It is You who works in us to will and do Your good pleasure. We are grateful to You for making us vessels unto honor.


7. Thank You because we know our tomorrow will be glorious. Thank you for giving us a glorious future beyond what any man can do for us. Thank You, Lord.


8. Thank You Father, for protecting us from the pestilence and all the evil in this world. We see with our eyes and hear about it, yet You do not let it come near us. Thank You, Jesus.


9. Father, I cannot thank You enough for my salvation. It is the best gift a person can ever receive, thank You for saving me from sin.


10. Thank You for all Your blessings in my life – they are so many I cannot count them all. Thank You, Father.


11. Thank You Jesus, for fighting all my battles and giving me victory on all sides. Thank You for healing and helping me always. I am deeply grateful.


12. Your personal thanksgiving prayer.


ACTION POINT:

Give thanks to God always.


BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Lamentation 

 


AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE 


HYMN 26: TO GOD BE THE GLORY GREAT THINGS HE HATH DONE.


1. To God be the glory, great things he hath done:

so loved he the world that he gave us his son,

who yielded his life an atonement for sin,

and opened the lifegate that all may go in.


Refrain:

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear his voice!

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the people rejoice!

O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,

and give him the glory, great things he hath done.


2. Oh, perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,

to ev’ry believer the promise of God.

The vilest offender who truly believes,

that moment from Jesus a pardon receives. 


3. Great things he hath taught us, great things he hath done,

and great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son,

but purer, and higher, and greater will be

our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see.

JEHOVAH JIREH


THEME:

 JEHOVAH JIREH.

  


MEMORISE:

And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah Jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen. 

Genesis 22:14


READ: 1 Kings 17:12-16


12 And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.


13 And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.


14 For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth.


15 And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.


16 And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah.


MESSAGE:

The name Jehovah Nissi means ‘The Lord will provide’. This means God’s provision is guaranteed. David described this truth in Psalm 23:1:

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.”


My prayer is that this will be your experience too, in Jesus’ name. our God is more than able to meet all our needs. Even today, the Lord will miraculously meet those needs that may be about to put you to shame, in Jesus’ name. David had multiple experiences of God’s provision and they reflect in his numerous Psalms. For example, he described the Lord God as:

“……God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1


God is always on time. If the Present Help in trouble had not shown up on time for the widow of Zarephath, as seen in our Bible text today, the story would have been like that of the woman who killed her child for food in 2 Kings 6:25-29. However, for Jehovah Jireh to come to your aid, you need to have the same spiritual conviction exhibited by the widow. One of her virtues is that she believed in the God of Prophet Elijah. She knew the God Elijah served is alive. She knew what He could do. She trusted in Him completely and was thus able to obey Elijah’s instructions. Her obedience led to her receiving the blessing of multiplication. The Bible says in 2 Chronicles 20:20:

“And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.”


Beloved, if we believe in the Great Provider, it will show in how we lead our lives. We would not doubt His promises and so would respond in faith to His directives. We would not be cutting corners in order to achieve things in life because the Bible says “….Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” (Romans 10:11).


The God who provided for Abraham shall always be there for us. The widow in our story was a woman of faith who believed in the God of Israel. She demonstrated this clearly through her respect for the man of God. Do you hold God in high esteem? If you do, it will show in how you treat your pastor and the words of his mouth. May Jehovah Jireh be there for you always, in Jesus name.


PRAYER POINT:

Father, You are the only One who can provide for all my needs. Please send help to me today, in the mighty name of Jesus.


BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: ISAIAH 1-6

 


AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE 


HYMN 12: IN CHRIST ALONE.


Lyrics

1. In Christ alone, my hope is found

He is my light, my strength, my song

This Cornerstone, this solid ground

Firm through the fiercest drought and storm

What heights of love, what depths of peace

When fears are stilled, when strivings cease

My Comforter, my All in All

Here in the love of Christ I stand


2. In Christ alone, who took on flesh

Fullness of God in helpless babe

This gift of love and righteousness

Scorned by the ones He came to save

'Til on that cross as Jesus died

The wrath of God was satisfied

For every sin on Him was laid

Here in the death of Christ I live, I live


3. There in the ground His body lay

Light of the world by darkness slain

Then bursting forth in glorious Day

Up from the grave He rose again

And as He stands in victory

Sin's curse has lost its grip on me

For I am His and He is mine

Bought with the precious blood of Christ


4. No guilt in life, no fear in death

This is the power of Christ in me

From life's first cry to final breath

Jesus commands my destiny

No power of hell, no scheme of man

Can ever pluck me from His hand

Till He returns or calls me home

Here in the power of Christ I'll stand

JEHOVAH NISSI


THEME:

 JEHOVAH NISSI.

  


MEMORISE:

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 

Psalm 27:1


READ: 1 Samuel 17:45-50


45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.


46 This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.


47 And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD's, and he will give you into our hands.


48 And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came, and drew nigh to meet David, that David hastened, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.


49 And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.


50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.


MESSAGE:

We have an enemy- the devil, who is more dangerous that the likes of Goliath; however, the good news is that we also have Jehovah Nissi (the Lord our Banner) who would always give His children victory. The Bible says that the devil, as a roaring lion walks about, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). The was exactly what Goliath did. He roared at the children of Israel and they trembled before him.


The children of Israel however, overcame their enemy through David- God’s anointed. The enemy came, cursing David by the name of his god and David countered him by declaring the Almightiness of Jehovah Nissi.

“This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.” 1 Samuel 17:46


The story in Exodus 17:8-16 also shows us clearly that battles of life are beyond the physical. The Israelites prevailed against the Amalekites as long as Moses’ hands were raised in prayers and worship to the Almighty God. When Moses’ hands became heavy, God provide help through Aaron and Hur to hold his hands up until the Amalekites were completely conquered. Moses returned all the glory of the victory to God by raising an altar and naming it “Jehovah Nissi” to acknowledge that the Lord is the Banner over Israel.


We need God to be the Banner over us if we are to overcome in the battles of life, for we wrestle against unseen forces (Ephesians 6:12). We must therefore, put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:13-18) as we cannot win the battles of life without win the battles of life with our sense or physical weapons. When King Saul wanted to introduce a physical weapon to David, he rejected it because he knew the battle was the Lord’s. David went instead in the name of the Lord with an ordinary sling in his hands because the name of the Lord is a strong tower (Proverbs 18:10).


I encourage you to takes hold of the name of the Lord as from today and you will subdue every giant that comes against you. However, you must have a cordial relationship with Jehovah Nissi by submitting to His lordship and 


PRAYER POINT:

Father, I come against all the giants threatening my destiny and destroy them completely, in Jesus mighty name.


BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: ISAIAH 7-11.

 


AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE 


HYMN 21: ROCK OF AGES CLEFT FOR ME.

1. Rock of Ages, cleft for me,

Let me hide myself in Thee;

Let the water and the blood,

From Thy wounded side which flowed,

Be of sin the double cure,

Save from wrath and make me pure.


2. Not the labor of my hands

Can fulfill Thy law’s demands;

Could my zeal no respite know,

Could my tears forever flow,

All for sin could not atone;

Thou must save, and Thou alone.


3. Nothing in my hand I bring,

Simply to Thy cross I cling;

Naked, come to Thee for dress;

Helpless, look to Thee for grace;

Foul, I to the fountain fly;

Wash me, Savior, or I die.


4. While I draw this fleeting breath,

When my eyes shall close in death,

When I rise to worlds unknown,

And behold Thee on Thy throne,

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,

Let me hide myself in Thee.