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Month: April 2019

The Peacock by Tammy Lang Jensen

The Peacock by Tammy Lang Jensen

As I close my eyes, I saw a beautiful peacock cross the road. I heard the Lord say,”Why did the peacock cross the road?” And then I heard, To SEE to the other side. 

The Peacock then turned and faced me and open his tail as wide as it would go. With the bright and brilliant colors and what look like dozens of eyes everywhere.

The Lord said,”I am increasing your SIGHT and giving you aerial vision.” The ability to change your perspective and SEE things from a higher level. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are my ways your ways , declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways ways higher than your ways and my thoughts then your thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9). Hezekiah, it is time to stand and set your face like a flint.

For the Lord God helps me, therefore, I am not disgraced; therefore, I have set my face like flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed (Isaiah 50:7). The Lord reminded me of something this morning. I ride horses, and sometimes one of the greatest challenges is to get your horse to cross a creek. Because of their VISION, they can’t tell how deep the water is.

So out of fear, they refuse to cross. He reminded me, that when I ride my own horse that I have had an eight year relationship with, we have established trust and he will cross with little prompting from me. Not because he is unafraid, but because he trust and loves me, he will cross in spite of his fear. However, if I am riding an unfamiliar horse, I have to apply different tactics. Sometimes just focusing my eyes on the other side of the creek, instead of looking down at the water, is enough change for the horse to discern and he will go where I look. But if it is an extremely frightened horse, sometimes you have to push him across using a crop. You have to make where he is standing, scarier than where he is going and eventually he will move.

Unfortunately, one of the most dangerous places to be for rider is on a frightened horse. He becomes a danger to himself and others. The Lord told me the same holds true for His children. Those working from a place of deep fear or confusion, are a danger to themselves and others. Then the Lord reminded me of this scripture: But Job replied, You talk like a foolish woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad? So in all this Job said nothing wrong. Job’s three friends shared his anguish (Job 2:10). Anytime anything bad or hard happens, we immediately start blaming Satan. When quite possibly, most of it is God training and equipping us for what lies ahead. When soldiers join the Armed Forces to prepare for war, they don’t go to camp and hang out, fish and sit around the campfire. No, soldiers go to Boot Camp and they are stripped down and then re-created into soldiers-warriors.

Are you letting the Lord strip and crush you, are you letting him tread out the new wine. Admittedly, this has been a hard season for many, but look at the fruit it is producing. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful (John 15:2). Let him prune you, let him prepare you for battle. Soon it will be too late….There will come a day, when we all come face-to-face with the enemy of our soul. Wouldn’t you prefer to be trained under the hand of the Lord?…..Because our God has never lost a battle….

Tammy Lang Jensen


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Learn to Value What God Values by Rick Warren

Learn to Value What God Values by Rick Warren

“Some of these people have missed the most important thing in life—they don’t know God” (1 Timothy 6:21 TLB).

The key to a friendship with God is deciding whose friendship you want most.
You don’t have time for everybody to be your friend. You’ve got to decide who you want most to be your best friend.

The Bible says in 1 Timothy 6:21, “Some of these people have missed the most important thing in life—they don’t know God” (TLB).

They know all the baseball scores. They know the stock market quotes. They know the top 10 songs. They know who’s in and who’s out in every soap opera. But they don’t know God. They missed the most important thing in life!

If you’re not a friend of God, it means you care about something else more. James 4:4 says, “You should know that loving the world is the same as hating God. Anyone who wants to be a friend of the world becomes God’s enemy” (NCV).

When James writes, “loving the world,” he means loving the value system of the world. God wants you to love people, but that doesn’t mean you have to love the world’s value system. We get so caught up in the distractions of life that we tend to do just the opposite. We love the world’s value system, but then we don’t love people. We love materialism. We love pleasure. We love popularity. We love prestige. We love passion, possessions, and position.

But God loves people, and he wants us to love them too. One way we show our love to others is to show an interest in their interests. In other words, what is important to you becomes important to me (always within the context of biblical truth).

If you’re going to be a friend of God, then you’ve got to care about what he cares about and stop caring about the things he doesn’t care about. God doesn’t care about your image. He’s not interested in your status. He’s interested in your character—not how you look but who you are. An essential step toward friendship with God means choosing to value what God values.

PLAY today’s audio teaching from Pastor Rick
Talk It Over

What gets in the way of you being a friend of God? What kind of adjustments could you make in your thoughts or behavior?
Is there something more important to you than knowing God? What is it? Why do you value it more?
Describe the relationship you have with your best friend. How does it compare to the relationship you have with God?


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His Name is the Key by Joel Osteen

His Name is the Key by Joel Osteen

But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
1 Corinthians 6:11, NLT

TODAY’S WORD:

Something supernatural happens on the inside of you when you call on the name of the Lord. First of all, the Bible tells us that God actually makes His home in your heart by the Holy Spirit. Not only that, but when you call on His name, you are calling on everything He represents—life, peace, strength, hope, joy, healing, deliverance, forgiveness and so much more! It’s like receiving the key to a mansion filled with treasures—and it’s all yours! You can see that key in your hand; you can tell other people about it; you can know that you have access anytime you want, but you still have to take a step and use the key to open the door before you can partake of the blessings inside. And you probably wouldn’t just peak in the door or visit once a week; no, move right in! Make the decision today to move into God’s abundant blessings by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus. Call on His name and move right in to His provision, His joy, His peace, His love. You have the key, so receive the abundant life He has prepared for you today!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father in heaven, thank You for cleansing me and making me new by Your Spirit. Thank You for giving me access to Your wonderful blessings through Your Son, Jesus. I bless You and praise You today.


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Expect a Turnaround by Joyce Meyer

Expect a Turnaround by Joyce Meyer

As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.


— Genesis 50:20

This verse is part of the story of how God promoted Joseph to a place of power after his brothers had sold him into slavery. It is a great testament to God’s desire and ability to overcome evil with good.

Joseph’s brothers meant to destroy him, but Joseph became second in command to Pharaoh and was used by God to save not only his own family, but many thousands of others.

Sometimes you forget how big your God is. Whatever may have happened to you in the past, you must understand it doesn’t have to dictate your future. Set your faith and trust in God, and watch to see how He will turn it around for your good. Rejoice! God has a good plan for your life.

Prayer Starter: Father, thank You that You are fair, even when life’s not fair. Help me to put the past behind me and trust You to work everything out for my good. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


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Our God Is Able by John Hagee

Our God Is Able by John Hagee

Psalm 107:19-20
Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses. He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions

God declared Himself to be the Lord that heals us (Exodus 15:26). Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted, to give sight to the blind, and to free the oppressed (Luke 4:18). In all the places where we suffer, Jesus is our Healer.

Our verse for today tells us that God sent His word to heal, deliver, and save. In John 1, we read that in the beginning, the Word was with God and was God. Everything was created by Him. Life and light were found in Him. That Word became flesh and came to earth so we could behold the glory of the Father. He was sent to heal us.

In Isaiah 5:13, God says that His people have gone into captivity because they have no knowledge. In Hosea 4:6, He laments that His people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. In many of our lives, what the world says has taken precedence over what the Word says. We have placed our faith in other things and have learned to treat only the symptoms.

We cannot experience the healing power that the Gentle Shepherd provides simply because we do not take God at His Word. The power of this Word cannot work in our lives if we do not build our faith based on its promises. How do we build our faith? Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. The sound of it has gone out to all the world, to the ends of the earth (Romans 10:17-18).

We need healing – in our hearts, in our minds, in our bodies. Open God’s Word and read it. Ask the Father to open your eyes to understand this rich inheritance that He has given us, that the same power that raised Christ from the dead is at work in us to accomplish mighty things (Ephesians 1:17-21). As we read over the pages, we will find a Lamb Who took stripes on His back so that we would be healed. We will find a Good Shepherd Who comes to pour in the anointing oil that brings relief from our pain and suffering. We will find a Savior Who went about healing the lame, the blind, the paralyzed, the epileptic – all who came to Him.

Read His Word. Wrap your head around it. Wrap your heart around it. Wrap your hands around it. His Word was sent to heal you.

Blessing:

Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your Word to heal us. Help me to study it, believe it, memorize it, and apply it so that the power of it may bring healing in every area of my life. In Jesus’ name…amen.

Today’s Bible Reading:

Old Testament

Judges 11:1-12:15

New Testament

John 1:1-28

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 101:1-8

Proverbs 14:13-14


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An Awareness of God by Dr. Charles Stanley

An Awareness of God by Dr. Charles Stanley

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18


The three commands in today’s passage may look simple because they’re short, but many people find them challenging to obey. Our lives are so full of responsibilities and activities that it’s all we can do to keep up our schedules, let alone live as these verses command. There’s only one way to succeed—not by trying harder but by focusing on Christ. When He becomes the center of our attention, our attitude and behavior will change.

Rejoice Always. The realization that our omnipotent God is constantly with us puts troubling circumstances in their proper place—under His authority. It also helps us sense the incomparable joy of His companionship, even in difficulties and suffering.

Pray without ceasing. It’s important to set aside time each day to come before the Lord with our problems and requests. But believers also long for an ongoing attitude of prayer, which, like a continual conversation, is expressed either verbally or in our thoughts. Then if a decision is required or trouble comes, our first thought is to turn to God for help.

Give thanks in everything. If our minds are set on the Lord each day, we’ll be able to thank Him regardless of the situation. That’s because we know He is with us and will work everything for our good—if not here, then in heaven.

These three admonitions are a call to become preoccupied with Christ. If we are consumed with other thoughts, it’s easy to feel irritated, worry unceasingly, and complain about everything. But when we begin each day in God’s Word, we are reminded of His instructions and His care.

Bible in One Year: 2 Kings 24-25


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Knowing God by Jerry Savelle

Knowing God by Jerry Savelle

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. (Ephesians 1:17 NKJV)

When you really know and love God, everything else pales in significance. Your love relationship with Him becomes your driving passion, and pleasing Him becomes your greatest desire.

The apostle Paul said, “Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord” (Philippians 3:8 NKJV). When Paul refers to the knowledge of Christ Jesus, he is not talking about head knowledge. Rather, he is talking about heart knowledge. Having only head knowledge of Jesus makes the life of faith hard and dry; heart knowledge reaches every part of your being and makes living by faith joyful and exciting.

Without knowing God and his character, the Christian walk would be difficult. God wants to be everything to you. He wants to meet your every need. He wants you to know Him:

He isn’t hard and aloof; He is your loving heavenly Father.
He isn’t devising trials and tests for you; He is your Comforter.
He isn’t out to hurt you; He is the lover of your soul.
He isn’t concerned about your performance; He looks at your heart.
He doesn’t give you what your sin deserves: He’s the God of abundant grace.
He doesn’t want you to be just a servant; He longs for you to be His friend and child.
Most of all, God wants you to know that He is good, and His mercy endures forever.

Confession: Father, I ask You to give me today the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of You. I believe You are opening my eyes to see more of Your goodness and Your heart of love toward me.

Author: Jerry Savelle


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Jesus’s High Priesthood Is Forever by Joseph Prince

Jesus's High Priesthood Is Forever by Joseph Prince

Hebrews 6:20


…Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.

Jesus is our High Priest forever. This “forever” aspect changes the way we are blessed and how we receive our blessings from God. As our High Priest, Jesus represents us before God. Since His priesthood is after the order of Melchizedek, which is one of righteousness, His righteousness becomes our righteousness forever. This means that we are forever righteous in God’s eyes!

And because He will never die, but continue as our High Priest forever, we have an everlasting righteousness, not merely a here-today-gone-tomorrow righteousness based on our works. No, we have a perpetual and everlasting righteousness because Jesus is our High Priest forever.

This also means that blessings are perpetually on your head because the Bible says that blessings are on the head of the righteous (see Proverbs 10:6), and you are righteous forever!

Unlike the priesthood according to the Levitical order, which blesses as well as curses, the priesthood of Jesus according to the Melchizedek order only blesses. There is no cursing, only blessing—always and forever!

And because Jesus is our High Priest forever, the blessings do not come to us in intermittent drips, but stream into our lives in a never-ending flow. Because He is our High Priest forever, we can never stop His blessings.

By being our High Priest forever, Jesus also touches the blessings that He gives us with a forever effect. He touches our lives and we have eternal life. He touches our ministry and its impact becomes eternal. And the more we see His priesthood as having a forever effect, the more permanent our blessings will be.

Truly, there is nothing temporal about what Jesus our High Priest does. It is not a case of blessed today, cursed tomorrow. The blessings we receive are sure and steadfast because Jesus is our High Priest today, tomorrow and forever.

So rejoice because Jesus your High Priest changes how you are blessed forever!


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Celebrate Your Oneness With Him by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

Celebrate Your Oneness With Him by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

For we are members of his body, of his
flesh, and of his bones (Ephesians 5:30).

1
Corinthians 6:17 says, “But he that is joined
unto the Lord is one spirit.” We’re joined to
the Lord; we’re inseparably one with Him,
and He’s not ashamed of our union with Him. Have you
ever had a family member or a loved one, who,
perhaps, due to some terrible behaviour or
waywardness, you felt ashamed to be associated or
identified with him or her?

Hebrews 2:11 says the Lord isn’t ashamed to call
us “brethren”; that is, His brothers and sisters. Think
about it: despite everything He knows about you, He
still loves you and celebrates His oneness with you.
He’s so united and identified with you that He’s given
you His Name to live by. The Bible says He’s touched
with the feeling of our infirmities (Hebrews 4:15).

Your oneness with the Lord is the greatest and
most honourable thing you could ever imagine.
Celebrate it. Seize every moment to glorify Jesus Christ
in, and with your life. Nothing could be more
transcendent than being an associate of the God-kind;
one in whom Christ literally dwells. You’re God’s house;
He lives in you, talks in, and through you. He isn’t
complete without you.

This should help you understand your
importance and relevance to Christ. You’re in Him, and
He’s in you. Through you, He’s able to express His love
and righteousness to others. You’re His extension in the
earth, because you hail from Him and are connected to
Him. He said in John 15:5, “I am the vine, ye are the branches…” ; the vine and the branches are of the same
stalk. It’s the Father’s grand design for Him to need us
just as we need Him: He’s our glory as we are His glory.

In John 17:19-21, Jesus prayed for us thus, “…as
thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also
may be one in us….” This prayer was fulfilled when the
Holy Spirit came to live in us; we’ve become one with
divinity. 1 Corinthians 12:13 says, “For by one Spirit are
we all baptized into one body….” You’ve been literally
mingled with the Spirit as one divine creation. Blessed
be God!

CONFESSION
I’m joined to the Lord, and one spirit with Him; in
Him I live, and move and have my being. God lives
in me; He talks in and through me. His glory is all
over me, and with His divine presence, I impact and
influence my world for His glory, in Jesus’ Name.
Amen.

FURTHER STUDY:
Colossians 1:27; Colossians 2:10; Galatians 3:27

1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:

Luke 23:50-24:1-12 & 2 Samuel 7-8

2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:

Mark 6:30-44 & Numbers 3 


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Open Heavens: He is coming Back Again by Pastor E.A Adeboye

Open Heavens: He is coming Back Again by Pastor E.A Adeboye

Tuesday April 30th 2019
Memorise: And if go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:3


Read: Acts 1:9-11 (KJV)
9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

Bible in one year: 
Genesis 40-41,
Jeremiah 27:16-28:9,

Hymnal: 
Sing hymn 17

Message:
For various reasons such as worldliness, the pursuits of pleasure, and the desire for power, wealth, and fame, many Christians all over the world today no longer keep the second coming of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, in focus.

This nonchalant attitude towards His return, coupled with unbelief, is largely responsible for the widespread spiritual decadence in the world and even among Christians today. Jesus knew this would happen when He gave us the parable of the king who went to a far country, leaving his servants in charge of his kingdom to occupy till His return (Luke 19:11-27). Although we have waited for so long for His return, I can assure you by the infallibility of God’s word that our King is coming soon as He promised. He is coming to Judge both the living and the dead. Don’t be deceived by the lies of the devil or by current development around the world to conclude that Jesus Christ will not come again. Do not fall for the deceit of those who suggest that He has already come in the Spirit. These are all lies of the devil. The angels who addressed the early disciples after the ascension of the Lord declared in Acts 1:11:

“…Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye grazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”

Regardless of whatever anyone has to say about the rapture or the second coming, the truth remains that our Lord Jesus Christ is coming again to put the devil where he belongs: first in the bottomless pit and finally, in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:1, Revelation 20:10). The angels who fell with devil after his rebellion, now know as demons, will also share in his destiny (Matthew 25:41). Moreover, our King is coming to give rewards to those who belong to Him, in accordance to their works. He said in Revelation 22:12:

“And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.!

He also declared in Luke 19:27:
“But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.”

Beloved, this will not be your portion in Jesus’ Name. However, you must always remember that the King of kings is coming soon. You must also be mindful of what He is coming to do so that you can fully prepare yourself in readiness for His return. Are you ready?

Action Point
Weigh yourself on the scale of the word to determine how prepared you are for the Lord’s return.

Open Heavens Daily Devotional Lessons was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical Churches in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.


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