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Choose Holiness over Happiness – Rick Warren

“We are tempted when we are drawn away and trapped by our own evil desires. Then our evil desires conceive and give birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death” (James 1:14-15 GNT).

Today we live in an age of irresponsibility, where no one wants to admit that their problems are their own fault. We’ve all become victims. No problem we have is ever considered our fault anymore; it’s always somebody else’s problem. We blame others. We blame the government, the media, our parents, the schools, our DNA, and the environment—everything but ourselves.


The truth is that we bring most of our problems on ourselves. We just need to accept responsibility and quit blaming others. Every time we blame somebody else, we’re not admitting what the real problem is.

If you’re facing temptation right now, you’re never going to find freedom until you stop fixing the blame and start fixing the problem. Stop blaming other people! Even when other people have hurt you, it’s your reaction that’s causing the problem.

It’s amazing to me that some people even try to blame God for the messes in their lives. But God’s will never contradicts God’s Word. If God says, “Don’t do that” in the Bible, he will never tell you “yes” through a feeling. I don’t care how good the feeling is—when you listen to your feelings instead of God’s Word, you’re walking straight into a trap. One of the most common excuses I’ve heard to justify a multitude of sins is, “God wants me to be happy, and this will make me happy.”

God wants you to be happy. But God wants you to be holy more than he wants you to be happy. He wants you to obey him. You will never be totally happy when you ignore God’s will. In fact, you’re heading for destruction when you do that. The rules and principles in the Bible are not there just to make life miserable. They’re there for our own good.

The happiest people in the world are those who hang on to what God says and follow it, regardless of what their feelings say.

Talk It Over

What problems may result when we try to blame someone else?
Why is it significant that God wants us to be holy more than he wants us to be happy?
When have your feelings clouded your judgment about an important decision? What consequences did you face from your choice?


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Open Heavens: The Stubborn Fly – Pastor E.A Adeboye

Saturday November 9th 2019
Memorise: He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy. Proverbs 29:1
Read: Exodus 14:5-13(KJV)

5 And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled: and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the people, and they said, Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?
6 And he made ready his chariot, and took his people with him:
7 And he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt, and captains over every one of them.
8 And the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel: and the children of Israel went out with an high hand.
9 But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pihahiroth, before Baalzephon.

10 And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the Lord.
11 And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?
12 Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.
13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.
Rccg Open Heaven Devotional 2019 – 9 November 2019 – The Stubborn Fly
Rccg Open Heaven Devotional 2019 – 9 November 2019 – The Stubborn Fly

Bible in one year:

Esther 8-10,

Hosea 13-14,

Hymn:

Sing hymn 12


Message:-
An adage from the Igbos in Eastern Nigeria says, “A stubborn fly follows the corpse into the grave.” This mirrors what the Holy Spirit is saying in today’s memory verse.

Unfortunately, there are many people who behave like the proverbial stubborn fly; one example is Pharaoh in today’s Bible reading. After experiencing the power of God through the ten plagues, he will stubbornly decided to chase after the Israelite’s. Amazingly, he did not learn from the consequences of his stubborn attitude, which had cost him and all other Egyptians their firstborns (Exodus 12:29-30). He also witnessed an event that had never happened before – the parting of the Red Sea. This should have cautioned him against continuing on the path of destruction he was on. However, like the stubborn fly that followed the corpse into the grave, Pharaoh and his hosts went after the children of Israel and they got buried in the belly of the sea. Another sad example of the stubborn fly is Haman, who was after Mordecai’s life (Esther 3-4). Even after his wife and closest friends warned him against ,going after a man who carried the Abrahamic covenant, he did not listen to them, until he died on the same gallows he had prepared for Mordecai (Esther 6:10-13, Esther 7:9-10).

Beloved, you need to examine your relationship with God today to see if you are not like the stubborn fly. Self-examination is a vital tool recommended by the Holy Spirit to prevent us from being buried with the dead corpse of sin and the world. He said in 2nd Corinthians 13:5;

“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?”
Rccg Open Heaven Devotional 2019 – 9 November 2019 Saturday: Action Point

Have you left your first love, like Demas, and still adamantly refusing to change in spite of the warnings of the Holy Spirit through His ministers and teachers of His word (2nd Timothy 4:10)? The Lord is saying to you today in Revelations 2:5:

“Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.”
May the Lord give us hearing ears in Jesus’ Name.


Action Point
Examine yourself to see where you are becoming lukewarm; repent and ask for the fire of the Holy Spirit to rekindle the love of God in your heart in such areas.


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.

Brag on God – Gloria Copeland

Rejoice and exult in hope; be steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation; be constant in prayer.

Romans 12:12, The Amplified Bible

We’re to live in hope. We’re to rejoice. So, when Satan comes to steal your victory and tell you that God is not going to help you this time, you just think on the Word of God and start rejoicing. Rejoice that you’re in Him. Rejoice that heaven is your home. Rejoice that greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. Rejoice. Brag on God today. The devil can’t stand it!

“Be steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation….” Tribulation means “being under pressure.” When pressure comes, don’t cave in. Don’t faint. Instead, go to the throne of grace. Go boldly in the Name of Jesus and get the help you need.

Remember this: When things get hard isn’t when you let go of the Word. That’s when you double up on it. That’s when you are “constant in prayer” so that you are immovable.

Rejoice. Be patient under pressure. Be constant in prayer. The devil won’t be able to steal one thing from you!Scripture Reading:

Romans 5:1-5

What Is Conscience? by Billy Graham

Conscience is a vigilant eye before which each imagination, thought, and act, is held up for either censure or approval.

If You Sow Generosity, You Will Reap Generosity

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (NIV).

Open Heavens: The Midnight Cry – Pastor E.A Adeboye

There are those who will not hear what the MC announced at all because they are lost in their own world, either chatting with friends or fiddling with their phones.

The Hidden Things of God -Kenneth Copeland

That kind of knowledge is called natural knowledge and it’s the only kind most people know anything about.

Limitless God by Billy Graham

There is no limit to His power. There is no limit to His love. There is no limit to His mercy.

Hold Your Blessings with an Open Hand – Rick Warren

“There is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it” (1 Timothy 6:6-7 NRSV).

God is more interested in your character than your comfort. He’s not going to give you things if you haven’t learned the principle of contentment first.
Contentment is not a lack of ambition. It’s not a lack of goals. Contentment means your happiness doesn’t depend on your circumstances.

How do you eliminate discontent? You eliminate the cause: comparing. We compare everything in this country—lawns, cars, husbands and wives, clothes, the education of our kids (we even put “My Kid Was Student of the Month” on car bumpers).

Whenever you compare, you’re going to become discontent. You’ve got to learn to stop comparing yourself to others.

Paul says in Philippians 4:12, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation” (NIV). Contentment does not come naturally; it is something we have to learn. If we do this, God promises to meet all our financial needs.

The Bible says, “There is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it” (1 Timothy 6:6-7 NRSV).

One of the greatest secrets in learning to be content is to realize that you don’t really own anything. It’s all on loan to you for a few decades! You didn’t bring a single thing into this world, and you’re not going to carry anything out of it, either. You just get to use it while you’re here on earth.

The Bible calls that stewardship. You are the manager or steward of what God allows you to have while you’re here, but it’s not really yours. When you understand that you’re just a manager of the blessings God allows in your life and you hold them with an open hand, you won’t be uptight about losing them.

So what if you lose things? God can turn off one faucet and turn on another just as easily. Learn to be content because things don’t last. God is more interested in your character than your comfort.

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

Practically speaking, what does it mean to hold God’s blessings with an open hand?
Make it a goal today to be conscious of the ways you compare yourself to others. What can you do differently when you’re tempted to compare?
What does it mean to be a steward of something? What are you a steward of here on earth?


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Open Heavens: Shaken But Unmoved – Pastor E.A Adeboye

Those who arrogate the power and capabilities of God to themselves end up being disappointed when faced with the reality of their own limitations and inadequacies.

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