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Devotionals

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.

Delight Yourself – Kenneth Copeland

His mind’s made up before he ever gets to the disaster. He’s victorious before he ever gets there. A person like that is hard to whip!

Hope in God, Not Your Bank Account – Rick Warren

The only thing in all of creation that worries is a human being. Plants don’t worry. Animals don’t worry.

Open Heavens: Peace Amidst The Storm by Pastor E.A Adeboye

Jesus Christ was fast asleep in the inner chamber of the boat. It is amazing that He could sleep even in the midst of a storm!

You’re a Winner – Kenneth Copeland

I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.

1 John 2:14

Man was created to be a winner. The Bible tells us so. We read in Genesis, for example, that man was originally put on this earth as a dominating lord. God gave him dominion over the earth and everything that crept, flew, crawled and breathed there.

Man didn’t even know what losing was until he separated himself from God through disobedience in the Garden of Eden. When that happened, he ran headlong into defeat. He was forced to accept failure as his lot in life, lowering himself to a subordinate position—a position he was never meant to occupy.

It’s a sad story. But if you’re a born-again child of God, your story has a happy ending. Through faith in Christ Jesus, you’ve been made a winner once again!

In fact, God has guaranteed your success. Let me show you what I mean. Imagine you’re about to tackle a really tough job, and before you even get started on it, God speaks to you right out loud and says, I just want you to know, I’m going to personally see to it that this project you’re working on succeeds.

Well, let me tell you something. You do have God’s promise that you’ll succeed. He said in His Word that you’re an overcomer! In Him you can overcome any problem the world throws your way (1 John 5:1-5).

It doesn’t matter how much you feel like a loser. It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve failed in the past. If you believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, then you’ve become more than a conqueror in Him (Romans 8:37).

Does that mean you won’t have any more trouble? No. It simply means you can go through that trouble and emerge triumphant.

If you’ve been feeling like a failure lately, renew your mind to the Word of God that says you’re a success. Every time a challenge comes up, respond by saying, “Well, praise God, I can beat this thing because I’m an overcomer in Jesus!” Let that Word from God abide in your heart. It will make a winner out of you.

Scripture Reading:
1 John 5:1-5


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