DEVOTION : Prepare for Persecution – Gloria Copeland l@gloriacopeland 11/10/2017

MEMORY VERSE :

Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

2 Timothy 3:12

MESSAGE :

Did you catch that? He said all who live godly lives are going to suffer persecution. Not just the super-saints, not just the missionaries in hostile lands—but all.

If you’re going to live for God, you’re going to run into persecution somewhere along the line. The devil’s going to make sure of it!

Now I’m not saying that to frighten you or to depress you. I’m saying it because I want you to be prepared.

When you’re wise to the strategies of the devil, it’s harder for him to use them successfully on you to confuse you and get you off track.

Second Corinthians 10:4 says, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.” So stay armed and ready for Satan’s attack. Then, whenever and however it comes, it won’t bring your life to a halt or even slow you down.

That’s especially important right now because we’re living in the last days. The devil’s time is drawing short. He is desperate. He is going to do everything he can to stop the Church. But Jesus said the gates of hell would not prevail against His Church!

Remember the more we grow to be like Jesus and the more God’s glory is revealed through our lives, the bigger threat we are to Satan’s kingdom. Jesus said, “Rejoice and be glad at such a time, and exult and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is rich and great and strong and intense and abundant in heaven” (Luke 6:23, The Amplified Bible).

So, when persecution comes your way, and you know it will, rejoice and be glad. Take the Jesus cure and begin to leap and jump and praise God! There is no way persecution will hurt you if you do that. I’ve tried it and it works.

Scripture Reading:

Acts 6:1-15

DEVOTION : JESUS IS YOUR QUALIFICATION FOR GOD’S BLESSINGS – JOSEPH PRINCE l@josephprince 11/10/2017

MEMORY VERSE :

Deuteronomy 28:2

And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you…

MESSAGE :

God loves to bless you. He has even declared that “blessings shall come upon you and overtake you”. This means that you can’t run fast enough to escape them! When you turn one corner, there is a blessing waiting for you. When you turn another corner, you run smack into another blessing!

Now, you may think that you don’t qualify for God’s blessings because of the preceding verse which says that these blessings will come to pass only if you diligently obey God’s voice and keep all of His commandments. You know that no matter how hard you try, you just cannot keep all of God’s commandments. In fact, the Bible says that if you fail to keep just one commandment, you fail to keep all. (James 2:10)

My friend, I have good news for you: Jesus is the one who qualifies us for every single blessing because He has kept all of God’s commandments. When He died for us on the cross, He not only fulfilled all of God’s commandments, He also redeemed us from the curse of the law. (Galatians 3:13) Note that He did not redeem us from the blessings of the law, so the blessings are still ours today!

As you read the list of blessings in Deuteronomy 28, starting with “Blessed shall you be in the city…in the country…the fruit of your body…your basket…when you come in…when you go out…” (Deuteronomy 28:3–13), I believe that Jesus is saying to you, “Like the blessings? Then take them by faith!”

You may say, “But I don’t deserve them.” Yes, you don’t deserve them, but you still get them because of Jesus. That is God’s grace! The law says, “You must deserve the blessings.” But the law is no longer here. Grace is here. So take the blessings by grace through faith. Believe God for the blessings.

Today, it is no longer a question of how much or how well you have kept God’s commandments. It is a question of how much you can believe God for His blessings. All the promises of God in Christ are “Yes”, and because you are in Christ, you can say “Amen!” to His blessings! (2 Corinthians 1:20)

Thought For The Day

Jesus is the one who qualifies us for every single blessing because He has kept all of God’s commandments.

DEVOTION : Keep God First – by Joyce Meyer l@joycemeyer 11/10/2017

MEMORY VERSE :

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

— Matthew 6:33 (ESV)

MESSAGE :

It is good for all of us to occasionally examine our heart and make sure that we haven’t allowed anything or anyone to take the place that belongs only to God. We do not need to struggle for things, position, or power. All we need to do is seek God first, and He will add everything else that is right for us to have.

Ask yourself what most of your thoughts, conversation, time, and effort goes into, and if the answer is not God and His kingdom, then quickly make some adjustments. Possessions are enjoyable for all of us, but they have no life in them; therefore, they cannot give us life. Only God can do that. He is our life, and unless He stands first and has the preeminent position in our lives, we will eventually begin to sense deadness and have no lasting enjoyment in anything we do.

Always seek God’s face and not just His hand. Want Him more than you want what He can do for you. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart (see Psalm 37:4).

Prayer: Father, I am sorry if I have put anything else before You. Forgive me and help me make the adjustments I need to make. You are more important than anything else in my life and I want all of my choices to reflect that truth.

DEVOTION : PRONOUNCE YOURSELF CLEAN! l@josephprince 10/10/2017

MEMORY VERSE : 

Matthew 8:3

Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

MESSAGE :

Most of us are familiar with the healing of the leper in Matthew 8. It is a beautiful account of God’s willingness to touch and heal the sick, no matter how unclean they may be. Whenever we doubt God’s willingness to heal us, we should listen to the words of Jesus again: “I am willing; be cleansed.” He is the same yesterday, today and forever!

Since the Bible is clear about God’s willingness to heal, why do we still have problems with our health? Why do we still experience symptoms in our bodies?

I believe that the answer is found in what Jesus told the leper to do next. He told him to go and show himself to the priest. (Matthew 8:4) This was the law then for lepers who were healed. (Leviticus 14:2–3) And he was to hear the priest pronounce the word “clean” over him. (Leviticus 14:7)

You see, as believers, when we received Jesus, His blood cleansed us from sin as well as sickness. (Isaiah 53:4–5) But we keep hearing people pronounce sin, sickness, poverty and death over us. We keep hearing people tell us that we are unclean, undeserving, poor, weak, and that it is only natural that we grow old and sickly, and die.

God is waiting for a priesthood that will rise up and pronounce His people clean!

“But Pastor Prince, where can I find such priests?”

Who are the priests today? You and I! In fact, we have more authority to pronounce good things than the Levitical priests of the Old Testament. They were just priests. But we are king-priests by the blood of Jesus! (Revelation 1:5–6) Where the word of the king is, there is power. (Ecclesiastes 8:4) And by the word of a priest, every controversy and every assault shall be settled. (Deuteronomy 21:5)

Beloved, God has cleansed you, so pronounce yourself clean! Right now, put your hand on your heart and pronounce good things over yourself. Say, “I pronounce myself clean, righteous, healed, whole and abundantly supplied by the blood of Jesus!” By your word as a king-priest, every assault against you shall be settled!

Thought For The Day

Because you are a king-priest by the blood of Jesus, you can pronounce good things over yourself and see them come to pass!

ARTICLE : THE NAGGING WIFE l@deofficial_heri

Love is a beautiful thing. It is good to be in love even the bible recommends that to us.

It says; “Love your neighbour as yourself” which means being in love is the greatest thing that can ever happen to any human on earth

There are diverse stages of love. To some people there is the happily ever after but to some, love has an ending points. There are reasons which may and may not be serial, leading to the terminal point of love.

Right now, I’m not about the stages of love but one of the reasons why some love instead of been watered to grow, dry up speedily. This is not pertaining to just marriage alone but it majorly occur in marriage

Many find themselves getting married to their first love who gives them less problem in marriage while some find themselves get married to those whom they met in 6month or most times less, which makes them in some ways strangers to each other before marriage.

One of the things that makes a home, a family or a marriage collapse is the nagging wife.

Many a time, most women and wives who nag don’t know that they nag until when the marriage gets affected. They majorly believe the man/ husband complains too much and is never satisfied or he just never listens to her.

Now, about the nagging wife, people say is it only ladies that nags but how about the men. YES!! Men nag but not to the level as ladies nag.

The bible in proverb 21 vs 19 reads that is better to stay in desert than to live in the same roof with a nagging wife.

Even the bible confirms that it is the wives who nag (SMILE).

In this world, there a lot of reasons why ladies NAG or why some ladies turn out to be a nagger;

First of all is dissatisfaction: Many wives nag because they are not satisfied with what they receive from their husbands. We can call this the covetousness of the wife which can be due to the influence of a friend or family members.

Also, some women nag because of some things they are supposed to let go of but make fuss out of little things. For example, the toothpaste in the bathroom or her husband’s cloth is not properly arranged after work.

Nagging is a bad behavior and that can destroy your family, your home and even you.

There is always a solution to every issue. So women, instead of nagging about everything, why not talk to JESUS to help you put things in place.

Nagging is not part of the fruit of the spirit, its better you stop it before it stops you. Also adopt a consciousness of living with the fruit of the Spirit.

GOD BLESS

Awoniyi Inioluwa

 

DEVOTION : The Deciding Witness – Kenneth Copeland l@kennethcopeland 04/10/2917

MEMORY VERSE :

In the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

Matthew 18:16

MESSAGE :

You’ve been there many times, standing in the valley of decision. Perched precariously between victory and defeat. On one side of you is the word of the world authored by Satan that says, for example, “You’re not going to get healed.” On the other side of you, the Word of God is saying, “My Word is yea and amen” and “By whose stripes, ye were healed” (1 Peter 2:24). Who will determine how it all turns out? You will. You’re the establishing witness.

I remember a fellow once who wanted me to pray for him. I said, “Now the Word says you’re healed.” He interrupted me and said, “Yeah, I know it says that, but I’ve got this terrible pain here….”

I looked him in the eye and said again, “The Word says, ‘By His stripes, you were healed.'”

“I know it,” he answered, “but I’ve got this terrible….”

I shook my head. “Listen, the Word says you’re healed!”

He turned beet red. “I know it says that, but I’ve got this….”

Finally, he stopped and stared at me. He didn’t realize it, but he’d allowed his physical symptoms to become his evidence. It was what he believed. No matter what the Word said, he believed the thing he could see and feel.

But when he got quiet, I said to him, “Look, you’re wanting me to agree with you and you’re mad because I won’t. But if I agree with you, you’re going to die. Now if you’ll agree with me and the Bible, we can get you healed.”

Suddenly he saw it. His eyes lit up. “Oh, praise God! I see what you mean. I agree with the Word of God!”

I put my hands on his head and God healed him instantly.

You see, when he finally decided to get in agreement with God, he could have received in his bedroom or driving down the road or anywhere else. He could have received any time he decided to become the establishing witness.

You pray and establish your witness. That’s your part. If you’ll do it, God will back you—and when He backs you, everything else either has to get in line or get out of the way.

You’re the deciding witness. What do you say?

Scripture Reading:

Matthew 18:15-20

You’ve been there many times, standing in the valley of decision. Perched precariously between victory and defeat. On one side of you is the word of the world authored by Satan that says, for example, “You’re not going to get healed.” On the other side of you, the Word of God is saying, “My Word is yea and amen” and “By whose stripes, ye were healed” (1 Peter 2:24). Who will determine how it all turns out? You will. You’re the establishing witness.

I remember a fellow once who wanted me to pray for him. I said, “Now the Word says you’re healed.” He interrupted me and said, “Yeah, I know it says that, but I’ve got this terrible pain here….”

I looked him in the eye and said again, “The Word says, ‘By His stripes, you were healed.'”

“I know it,” he answered, “but I’ve got this terrible….”

I shook my head. “Listen, the Word says you’re healed!”

He turned beet red. “I know it says that, but I’ve got this….”

Finally, he stopped and stared at me. He didn’t realize it, but he’d allowed his physical symptoms to become his evidence. It was what he believed. No matter what the Word said, he believed the thing he could see and feel.

But when he got quiet, I said to him, “Look, you’re wanting me to agree with you and you’re mad because I won’t. But if I agree with you, you’re going to die. Now if you’ll agree with me and the Bible, we can get you healed.”

Suddenly he saw it. His eyes lit up. “Oh, praise God! I see what you mean. I agree with the Word of God!”

I put my hands on his head and God healed him instantly.

You see, when he finally decided to get in agreement with God, he could have received in his bedroom or driving down the road or anywhere else. He could have received any time he decided to become the establishing witness.

You pray and establish your witness. That’s your part. If you’ll do it, God will back you—and when He backs you, everything else either has to get in line or get out of the way.

You’re the deciding witness. What do you say?

Scripture Reading:

Matthew 18:15-20

DEVOTION : Avoid Big Failures – Kenneth Copeland l@kenethcopeland 03/10/2017

MEMORY VERSE:

This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness.

Ephesians 4:17-1

MESSAGE :

There’s a subtle strategy Satan uses to take control of our lives. The Bible calls it lasciviousness and it means “to have no restraint.”

Lasciviousness has been preached as being extreme immorality, but it doesn’t start out that way. It begins with just a few seemingly innocent thoughts. Then those thoughts grow and grow until they begin to produce serious sin.

One afternoon as a 9-year-old boy, for example, I just yielded to the desire to curse. I knew better, but I did it anyway. I had a relative who was so good at West Texas cussin’ that I thought he invented it. I was impressed and I wanted to try it.

When I let go of all restraint and began to say those curse words, something evil moved in on my thinking that seriously affected me for some 20 years. A law was set in motion. As a result, my flesh gradually became boss over my entire being.

Don’t let Satan use the strategy of lasciviousness on you. Make up your mind and heart today to obey God in the little things. Avoid big failures by walking in His Spirit one small step at a time. Major victories will eventually be yours.

Scripture Reading:
Ephesians 4:22-31

DEVOTION : Notice the Little Things – Joyce Meyer I@joycemeyer 03/10/2017

MEMORY VERSE :

What time I am afraid, I will have confidence in and put my trust and reliance in You.

— Psalm 56:3

MESSAGE :

One day as I was going into an office building, a man standing nearby opened the door for me. I thanked him and smiled.

“You’re the fifth person I’ve held the door for,” he said, “and you’re the first one to smile and the second to thank me.”

I thanked him a second time, with a smile on my face. Afterward, I thought how much we take others for granted, even in simple things, such as opening a door for a stranger.

We often commend people when they do big things for us, but how often do we appreciate the little things?

When someone does something nice for you and you thank them, it builds them up and encourages them. It means a lot to them, just like it did to that man at the office building.

Did your bus arrive on time today? If so, did you thank the driver? The last time you ate at a restaurant, did you thank the waiter for filling your coffee cup a second time without being asked? This is the point I want to make: Develop an attitude of gratitude toward the people in your life.

DEVOTION : Run to God – Kenneth Copeland @kennethcopeland 02/10/2017

MEMORY VERSE :

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:9

MESSAGE :

It’s wonderful to know you’ve been set free from the law of sin and death. It’s glorious to know you never again have to submit to the slavery of sin. But what do you do when, in spite of those wonderful, glorious truths, you still miss the mark? What do you do when you stumble and fall into sin?

Run to your Father and repent!

That sounds simple. But oddly enough we often do just the opposite. Instead of running to God, we let fear and guilt drive us further and further from Him. We start thinking things like, Well, I’ve missed it now. I might as well forget the rest of it and live like the devil.

Don’t make that mistake. Don’t let Satan talk you into sinning in one area of your life just because you missed it in another. When you get off track with God, just confess it and get right back on.

“But, Brother Copeland, I feel so guilty when I tell God what I’ve done that it’s hard for me to make myself do it.”

I know. I used to feel that way too. Then, one day, God said to me, Kenneth, when you confessed that sin wasn’t when I found out about it. I knew about it all the time! When you confessed it is when you got rid of it, when you were cleansed of its effects in your life.

When you make a mistake, when you miss the mark, remember, you have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous (1 John 2:1). Run to Him! He knows what you are going through. You don’t need to be afraid. He didn’t tear you apart for the sins you committed before you made Him Lord of your life, did He? Then how much more merciful and loving do you think He’ll be now that you’re His own? Now that you’re reaching out for Him and have a heart for Him?

Don’t run from God. Run to Him. Receive His forgiveness. Receive His cleansing. No matter how badly you’ve sinned, He’s eager to forgive and to cleanse you of all unrighteousness.

Scripture Reading:
2 Samuel 11:1-5, 12:1-13

DEVOTION : Practicing Thankfulness – by Joyce Meyer @joycemeyer 02/10/2017

MEMORY VERSE : 

And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.

— Philippians 1:6

MESSAGE :

We all know that we should be grateful for our many blessings. God tells us in His Word to be thankful, and we know from our own experience that once we seriously start praising God, our burdens and troubles seem to weigh less heavily on our shoulders.
David said, “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. Many evils confront the [consistently] righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all” (Psalm 34:1,19 AMPC).
That’s the power of thankfulness. Not only does it help set us free, but as we pause to give thanks to God for the blessings we enjoy in our lives, we actually begin to find more blessings—even more to be thankful for!
I encourage you to take time to practice being thankful. There is so much for us to be grateful for, and we need to focus on it—every single day. Keep in mind the admonition of the psalmist, “Be thankful and say so to Him, bless and affectionately praise His name!” (Psalm 100:4).

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