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At least 220 wounded as Lebanon protesters clash with police

At least 220 wounded as Lebanon protesters clash with police

Beirut (AFP) - Clashes between police and Lebanese protesters wounded more than 220 people on both sides Saturday in the highest such tally in three months of anti-establishment demonstrations.

The sound of ambulance sirens rang out across Beirut as the Red Cross reported 80 wounded had been taken to hospital and 140 more were treated on site.

The protest movement rocking Lebanon since October 17 revived this week as a deepening economic crisis increases pressure to form a new government.

No progress appears to have been made towards finalising the cabinet, which protesters demand be comprised of independent experts and exclude all established political parties.

After several hours of clashes, the violence died down as demonstrators dispersed. Several were arrested, local media said.

The violence began after dozens of protesters -- some concealing their faces in scarves -- threw rocks and large plant pots at police guarding the road leading up to parliament.

Others charged police lines with traffic signs and metal barriers.

Security forces behind the barricades responded with water cannon and tear gas to disperse the crowds.

The violence continued after nightfall, with protesters throwing fire crackers at police in streets.

The National News Agency said demonstrators also vandalised bank facades in central Beirut, and television showed a fire of an unknown origin tearing through protest tents on the main square.

- 'Popular anger' -

"A direct and violent confrontation is taking place with anti-riot police at one of the entrances to parliament," the Internal Security Forces said earlier on Twitter.

"We ask peaceful protesters to keep away from the site of the rioting for their safety."

They published photos of several wounded policemen and a video showing pillars stripped of their tiles, reportedly to be thrown at security forces.

An AFP photographer saw young men uproot parking metres at the start of the clashes, then around 10 people faint from tear gas inhalation. Read More


Beirut (AFP) - Clashes between police and Lebanese protesters wounded more than 220 people on both sides Saturday in the highest such tally in three months of anti-establishment demonstrations.

The sound of ambulance sirens rang out across Beirut as the Red Cross reported 80 wounded had been taken to hospital and 140 more were treated on site.

The protest movement rocking Lebanon since October 17 revived this week as a deepening economic crisis increases pressure to form a new government.

No progress appears to have been made towards finalising the cabinet, which protesters demand be comprised of independent experts and exclude all established political parties.

After several hours of clashes, the violence died down as demonstrators dispersed. Several were arrested, local media said.

The violence began after dozens of protesters -- some concealing their faces in scarves -- threw rocks and large plant pots at police guarding the road leading up to parliament.

Others charged police lines with traffic signs and metal barriers.

Security forces behind the barricades responded with water cannon and tear gas to disperse the crowds.

The violence continued after nightfall, with protesters throwing fire crackers at police in streets.

The National News Agency said demonstrators also vandalised bank facades in central Beirut, and television showed a fire of an unknown origin tearing through protest tents on the main square.

- 'Popular anger' -

"A direct and violent confrontation is taking place with anti-riot police at one of the entrances to parliament," the Internal Security Forces said earlier on Twitter.

"We ask peaceful protesters to keep away from the site of the rioting for their safety."

They published photos of several wounded policemen and a video showing pillars stripped of their tiles, reportedly to be thrown at security forces.

An AFP photographer saw young men uproot parking metres at the start of the clashes, then around 10 people faint from tear gas inhalation. Read More


Israel says nations must follow UK and freeze Hezbollah’s political assets

Israel says nations must follow UK and freeze Hezbollah’s political assets

UK FM Dominic Raab and Israeli FMIsrael Katz
Israel called on the international community to follow Great Britain’s example and freeze the assets of Hezbollah’s political wing. It also asked countries to recognize both the political and military wings of the Lebanese-based group as terrorist organizations.

“Hezbollah is a terror group, all its units serving the same purpose. We expect more countries to follow the UK,” Israel’s Foreign Ministry said.

Foreign Minister Israel Katz added that he specifically expected the governments of Germany, Brazil and Australia to move against the terrorist group.

“I applaud the British government for its decision to include all Hezbollah organizations, including the political echelon, under the legislation that allows freezing all of its assets as a terrorist organization,” Katz tweeted. “This is a great achievement for the State of Israel in the fight against Iran and its metastasis in the region, led by Hezbollah.”

@Israel_katz
I applaud the UK govt for imposing sanctions on the political wing of Hezbollah that it declared a terror organization. This is a great achievement for Israel in the fight against Iran & its proxies. In my meeting with @DominicRaab I made this request & thank him for this step.


On Friday in Washington, Brian Hook, the Special Representative for Iran and senior policy adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, welcomed the move stating, “There is no distinction between Hezbollah’s political arm and its military arm.

“I remember when I was negotiating with the E3 [Britain, France and Germany] on trying to fix the deficiencies of the Iran nuclear deal. This was a regular topic – of the need to be designating Hezbollah in its entirety. We are very pleased to see the United Kingdom took that step,” Hook said.

On Thursday, Great Britain expanded the scope of its asset-freezing measures against Hezbollah to cover the entire organization, not just its military wing.

The Finance Ministry’s move follows Britain’s decision last year to classify the whole group a terrorist organization due to its destabilizing influence in the Middle East.

The heavily armed Shi’ite group was established in 1982 by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. It is widely seen as the most powerful player in Lebanon and is part of an Iranian-led regional alliance in conflict with US-allied Gulf Arab states.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said he welcomed the measure, adding that Europe was waking up to the threat from proxies of Iran.

There was no immediate reaction from Hezbollah, which itself does not acknowledge separate units. Last year, it said Britain’s decision to list it as a terrorist organization showed London’s “servile obedience” to Washington, which gives it the same classification.

Inside Britain, Hezbollah has been a topic of political controversy. The opposition Labour Party has questioned whether the government’s decision to censure Hezbollah outright was based on new evidence, or political opportunism.

Outgoing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been criticized by opponents for once calling the group his friends.

Countries such as the United States, Canada, Argentina, Paraguay, Honduras, the Netherlands and Australia recognize both Hezbollah’s military and political wing as terrorist groups. Germany and the European Union only recognize its military wing as a terrorist entity.

UK FM Dominic Raab and Israeli FMIsrael Katz
Israel called on the international community to follow Great Britain’s example and freeze the assets of Hezbollah’s political wing. It also asked countries to recognize both the political and military wings of the Lebanese-based group as terrorist organizations.

“Hezbollah is a terror group, all its units serving the same purpose. We expect more countries to follow the UK,” Israel’s Foreign Ministry said.

Foreign Minister Israel Katz added that he specifically expected the governments of Germany, Brazil and Australia to move against the terrorist group.

“I applaud the British government for its decision to include all Hezbollah organizations, including the political echelon, under the legislation that allows freezing all of its assets as a terrorist organization,” Katz tweeted. “This is a great achievement for the State of Israel in the fight against Iran and its metastasis in the region, led by Hezbollah.”

@Israel_katz
I applaud the UK govt for imposing sanctions on the political wing of Hezbollah that it declared a terror organization. This is a great achievement for Israel in the fight against Iran & its proxies. In my meeting with @DominicRaab I made this request & thank him for this step.


On Friday in Washington, Brian Hook, the Special Representative for Iran and senior policy adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, welcomed the move stating, “There is no distinction between Hezbollah’s political arm and its military arm.

“I remember when I was negotiating with the E3 [Britain, France and Germany] on trying to fix the deficiencies of the Iran nuclear deal. This was a regular topic – of the need to be designating Hezbollah in its entirety. We are very pleased to see the United Kingdom took that step,” Hook said.

On Thursday, Great Britain expanded the scope of its asset-freezing measures against Hezbollah to cover the entire organization, not just its military wing.

The Finance Ministry’s move follows Britain’s decision last year to classify the whole group a terrorist organization due to its destabilizing influence in the Middle East.

The heavily armed Shi’ite group was established in 1982 by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. It is widely seen as the most powerful player in Lebanon and is part of an Iranian-led regional alliance in conflict with US-allied Gulf Arab states.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said he welcomed the measure, adding that Europe was waking up to the threat from proxies of Iran.

There was no immediate reaction from Hezbollah, which itself does not acknowledge separate units. Last year, it said Britain’s decision to list it as a terrorist organization showed London’s “servile obedience” to Washington, which gives it the same classification.

Inside Britain, Hezbollah has been a topic of political controversy. The opposition Labour Party has questioned whether the government’s decision to censure Hezbollah outright was based on new evidence, or political opportunism.

Outgoing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been criticized by opponents for once calling the group his friends.

Countries such as the United States, Canada, Argentina, Paraguay, Honduras, the Netherlands and Australia recognize both Hezbollah’s military and political wing as terrorist groups. Germany and the European Union only recognize its military wing as a terrorist entity.

In Washington, Thousands of American women march against Trump as election looms

In Washington, Thousands of American women march against Trump as election looms

Washington (AFP) - Thousands of women marched through Washington on Saturday at a now-annual event opposing US President Donald Trump, striking a defiant tone despite falling attendance numbers.

Many protesters said they were horrified at the prospect of Trump winning four more years of power in November's presidential election.

In 2017, more than three million people gathered nationwide the day after Trump's inauguration, but numbers have since declined each year.

A few thousand protesters gathered in Washington's Freedom Plaza close to the White House on Saturday, with other small events in New York and elsewhere.

Kim Elliott, a 40-year-old Washington resident, carried a placard reading, "I am even more outraged than I was three years ago."

"We all knew that Trump was going to be horrible, and he has been even more horrible than we realize," she told AFP, standing next to her seven-year-old daughter who was participating enthusiastically in her first women's march.

They protested despite freezing temperatures and light snowflakes. Many in the crowd wore pink hats in a symbol opposing Trump's demeaning comments about women.

Among the placards were signs reading: "I've seen smarter cabinets at IKEA," and "A woman's place is in the House... and in the Senate."

From the stage, organizers hailed the protesters for their "commitment, zeal, sass and tenacity" to fight on against Trump.

- 'Our voices are strong' -

Lauren Sloniger, a 26-year-old from suburban Washington, used the ironic generational put-down "OK Boomer" on her sign in a reply to Trump's claims that he did "nothing wrong" in the case that has led to his Senate impeachment trial.

She said her message to Trump was, "We see what you did. We are going to call you out on this."

Catherine Stevens, 57, made the long train journey from Boston overnight to attend, saying even many conservatives were shocked at legal attacks on abortion rights under Trump.

"It's even worse that what we thought it would be," she said.

About 2,000 people gathered at two sites in New York, braving more wintery conditions.

The 2020 election "is very much in my mind every day," said Denise Shirley, in her 50s, a regular at the annual marches.

Rebecca Snell, an interior designer and activist for women equality, acknowledged the thinner crowds.

But she said "it is a cold day and it does not matter if its 10 people or 100 people of 1,000 people if our voices are strong and we band together and we are powerful together -- that’s the most important thing."

"There's never been a most important time for women's issues, Roe vs Wade (the Supreme Court decision that effectively legalized abortion) is potentially going to be overturned.

"So no matter who the candidate is that's is going to face Donald Trump, that person is going to have women's issues first and foremost."

Washington (AFP) - Thousands of women marched through Washington on Saturday at a now-annual event opposing US President Donald Trump, striking a defiant tone despite falling attendance numbers.

Many protesters said they were horrified at the prospect of Trump winning four more years of power in November's presidential election.

In 2017, more than three million people gathered nationwide the day after Trump's inauguration, but numbers have since declined each year.

A few thousand protesters gathered in Washington's Freedom Plaza close to the White House on Saturday, with other small events in New York and elsewhere.

Kim Elliott, a 40-year-old Washington resident, carried a placard reading, "I am even more outraged than I was three years ago."

"We all knew that Trump was going to be horrible, and he has been even more horrible than we realize," she told AFP, standing next to her seven-year-old daughter who was participating enthusiastically in her first women's march.

They protested despite freezing temperatures and light snowflakes. Many in the crowd wore pink hats in a symbol opposing Trump's demeaning comments about women.

Among the placards were signs reading: "I've seen smarter cabinets at IKEA," and "A woman's place is in the House... and in the Senate."

From the stage, organizers hailed the protesters for their "commitment, zeal, sass and tenacity" to fight on against Trump.

- 'Our voices are strong' -

Lauren Sloniger, a 26-year-old from suburban Washington, used the ironic generational put-down "OK Boomer" on her sign in a reply to Trump's claims that he did "nothing wrong" in the case that has led to his Senate impeachment trial.

She said her message to Trump was, "We see what you did. We are going to call you out on this."

Catherine Stevens, 57, made the long train journey from Boston overnight to attend, saying even many conservatives were shocked at legal attacks on abortion rights under Trump.

"It's even worse that what we thought it would be," she said.

About 2,000 people gathered at two sites in New York, braving more wintery conditions.

The 2020 election "is very much in my mind every day," said Denise Shirley, in her 50s, a regular at the annual marches.

Rebecca Snell, an interior designer and activist for women equality, acknowledged the thinner crowds.

But she said "it is a cold day and it does not matter if its 10 people or 100 people of 1,000 people if our voices are strong and we band together and we are powerful together -- that’s the most important thing."

"There's never been a most important time for women's issues, Roe vs Wade (the Supreme Court decision that effectively legalized abortion) is potentially going to be overturned.

"So no matter who the candidate is that's is going to face Donald Trump, that person is going to have women's issues first and foremost."

OPEN HEAVEN DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR TODAY MONDAY 20TH JANUARY 2020 - CHILDREN OF GOD ARE PEACEMAKERS 1

OPEN HEAVEN DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR TODAY MONDAY 20TH JANUARY 2020 - CHILDREN OF GOD ARE PEACEMAKERS 1

THEME: CHILDREN OF GOD ARE PEACEMAKERS 1 (DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR SUNDAY 20TH JANUARY BY PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE)

MEMORY VERSE: Matthew 5:9

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God
READ: MATTHEW 5:39-48 (KJV)

39. But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil; but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

40. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.

41. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

42. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

43. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

44. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

45. That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven; for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

46. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

47. And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

48. Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.


MORE:
OPEN HEAVEN DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR TODAY SUNDAY 19TH JANUARY 2020 — A PURE HEART
MESSAGE


A peacemaker is a person who pursues peace at all times. When the fellow is offended, his response to the offender is to ensure that peace reigns.

Sometimes, they take all the blame and suffer some consequences, but they are happy at the end of the day because all they are after is peace.

Also, when they see other people in a quarrel, they intervene to ensure that they make peace with each other.

God loves these people so much; Jesus specifically said that they will be called the children of God. Of course, they will be called the children of God because Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace.

Now, if the peacemaker is a child of God, then whose child is the troublemaker? When you always choose quarrels over peace, who do you resemble?

A troublemaker may not know it, but he is not a child of God as he does not exhibit the characteristics of God, rather those of the devil.

If whenever you see two people quarrelling, you begin to say things that would fuel the anger of one or the other and cause the quarrel to become more heated, you are a troublemaker.

If you have a reputation of always retaliating against anyone who offends you, you are a troublemaker.

If you are one who likes to cause quarrels amongst your colleagues, friends or family members, then you are a troublemaker; you need to repent and change you ways.

Many times, we want to make peace, but we don’t want to be seen as a weakling. The reverse is however the truth.

It takes strength to control one’s ego, anger and work towards peace. Hence, it is a strong but wise person that will seek peace.

Whenever you’re tempted to fight, remember that unbelievers don’t read the Bible, hence it is we the Christians that model Christ to them.

If you claim that the Prince of Peace lives in you and you are the quarrelsome type, many unbelievers will not want that your ‘Prince of Peace’ to live in them.

Secondly, making peace with others is one of the prerequisites to making it to heaven on the last day. Hebrews 12:14 says:

“Follow peace with all men, and holiness without which no man shall see the Lord.”

KEY POINT:

Always choose peace.


BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: GENESIS 25-26

HYMNAL: SING HYMN 27 – TAKE MY LIFE, AND LET IT BE

1. Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord to Thee;
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless 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 power 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
THEME: CHILDREN OF GOD ARE PEACEMAKERS 1 (DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR SUNDAY 20TH JANUARY BY PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE)

MEMORY VERSE: Matthew 5:9

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God
READ: MATTHEW 5:39-48 (KJV)

39. But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil; but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

40. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.

41. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

42. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

43. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

44. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

45. That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven; for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

46. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

47. And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

48. Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.


MORE:
OPEN HEAVEN DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR TODAY SUNDAY 19TH JANUARY 2020 — A PURE HEART
MESSAGE


A peacemaker is a person who pursues peace at all times. When the fellow is offended, his response to the offender is to ensure that peace reigns.

Sometimes, they take all the blame and suffer some consequences, but they are happy at the end of the day because all they are after is peace.

Also, when they see other people in a quarrel, they intervene to ensure that they make peace with each other.

God loves these people so much; Jesus specifically said that they will be called the children of God. Of course, they will be called the children of God because Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace.

Now, if the peacemaker is a child of God, then whose child is the troublemaker? When you always choose quarrels over peace, who do you resemble?

A troublemaker may not know it, but he is not a child of God as he does not exhibit the characteristics of God, rather those of the devil.

If whenever you see two people quarrelling, you begin to say things that would fuel the anger of one or the other and cause the quarrel to become more heated, you are a troublemaker.

If you have a reputation of always retaliating against anyone who offends you, you are a troublemaker.

If you are one who likes to cause quarrels amongst your colleagues, friends or family members, then you are a troublemaker; you need to repent and change you ways.

Many times, we want to make peace, but we don’t want to be seen as a weakling. The reverse is however the truth.

It takes strength to control one’s ego, anger and work towards peace. Hence, it is a strong but wise person that will seek peace.

Whenever you’re tempted to fight, remember that unbelievers don’t read the Bible, hence it is we the Christians that model Christ to them.

If you claim that the Prince of Peace lives in you and you are the quarrelsome type, many unbelievers will not want that your ‘Prince of Peace’ to live in them.

Secondly, making peace with others is one of the prerequisites to making it to heaven on the last day. Hebrews 12:14 says:

“Follow peace with all men, and holiness without which no man shall see the Lord.”

KEY POINT:

Always choose peace.


BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: GENESIS 25-26

HYMNAL: SING HYMN 27 – TAKE MY LIFE, AND LET IT BE

1. Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord to Thee;
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless 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 power 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

OPEN HEAVEN DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR TODAY SUNDAY 19TH JANUARY 2020 — A PURE HEART

OPEN HEAVEN DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR TODAY SUNDAY 19TH JANUARY 2020 — A PURE HEART

Theme : A PURE HEART - Daily Devotional By Pastor E. A. Adeboye

Memory Verse: Matthew 5:8
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.READ: PSALM 24:3-6 (KJV) 

3. Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?

4. He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

5. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

6. This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob.



MESSAGE


To be pure means to be of only one form, to be completely undiluted. God expects your heart to be so pure that nothing aside from Him can be found in it.

This is the standard for all children of God. Jesus, during His earthly ministry spoke about His purity in John 14:30 thus:

“…for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.”

Your heart is the most delicate part of your body. The quality of your spirit is dependent on the content of your heart, that is why Jesus said in Matthew 15:11:

“Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.”

And according to Matthew 12:34, it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks.

You need to guard your heart with all diligence and keep it pure at all times (Proverbs 4:23). Keep it pure against malice, immoral thoughts, evil scheming and the like.

It is what you expose the heart to that determines how pure it will be. If you keep having dirty conversations, your heart would harbour dirty images.

The word of God is the cleanser of the heart. David said in Psalm 119:11:

“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

The more of God’s word you study and consume, the purer your heart will be. Jesus said in John 17:17:
“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”

A sanctified fellow is someone with a pure heart and this is impossible without the word of God. Believe me, if you don’t do regular in-depth Bible study, it will be difficult if not impossible for you to have a pure heart.

KEY POINT:

How often do you perform an in-depth personal Bible Study? Draw up a personal Bible Study plan today if you don’t have one and ask the Holy Spirit to teach and guide you as you commit to it.



BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: GENESIS 22-24



HYMN : SING HYMN 30 – WHEN WE WALK WITH THE LORD

1. When we walk with the Lord,
In the light of His word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will
He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.

CHORUS:
Trust and obey!
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey.

2. Not a shadow can rise,
Not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt nor a fear,
Not a sigh nor a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.

CHORUS:
Trust and obey!
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey.

3. Not a burden we bear,
Not a sorrow we share
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief nor a loss,
Nor a frown nor a cross,
But is blest if we trust and obey.

CHORUS:
Trust and obey!
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey.

4. But we never can prove
The delights of His love,
Until all on the altar we lay,
For the favour He shows
And the joy He bestows
Are for them who will trust and obey.

CHORUS:
Trust and obey!
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey.

5. Then in fellowship sweet
We will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way,
What He says we will do,
Where He sends we will go,
Never fear, only trust and obey.

CHORUS:
Trust and obey!
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
Theme : A PURE HEART - Daily Devotional By Pastor E. A. Adeboye

Memory Verse: Matthew 5:8
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.READ: PSALM 24:3-6 (KJV) 

3. Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?

4. He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

5. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

6. This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob.



MESSAGE


To be pure means to be of only one form, to be completely undiluted. God expects your heart to be so pure that nothing aside from Him can be found in it.

This is the standard for all children of God. Jesus, during His earthly ministry spoke about His purity in John 14:30 thus:

“…for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.”

Your heart is the most delicate part of your body. The quality of your spirit is dependent on the content of your heart, that is why Jesus said in Matthew 15:11:

“Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.”

And according to Matthew 12:34, it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks.

You need to guard your heart with all diligence and keep it pure at all times (Proverbs 4:23). Keep it pure against malice, immoral thoughts, evil scheming and the like.

It is what you expose the heart to that determines how pure it will be. If you keep having dirty conversations, your heart would harbour dirty images.

The word of God is the cleanser of the heart. David said in Psalm 119:11:

“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

The more of God’s word you study and consume, the purer your heart will be. Jesus said in John 17:17:
“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”

A sanctified fellow is someone with a pure heart and this is impossible without the word of God. Believe me, if you don’t do regular in-depth Bible study, it will be difficult if not impossible for you to have a pure heart.

KEY POINT:

How often do you perform an in-depth personal Bible Study? Draw up a personal Bible Study plan today if you don’t have one and ask the Holy Spirit to teach and guide you as you commit to it.



BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: GENESIS 22-24



HYMN : SING HYMN 30 – WHEN WE WALK WITH THE LORD

1. When we walk with the Lord,
In the light of His word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will
He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.

CHORUS:
Trust and obey!
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey.

2. Not a shadow can rise,
Not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt nor a fear,
Not a sigh nor a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.

CHORUS:
Trust and obey!
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey.

3. Not a burden we bear,
Not a sorrow we share
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief nor a loss,
Nor a frown nor a cross,
But is blest if we trust and obey.

CHORUS:
Trust and obey!
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey.

4. But we never can prove
The delights of His love,
Until all on the altar we lay,
For the favour He shows
And the joy He bestows
Are for them who will trust and obey.

CHORUS:
Trust and obey!
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey.

5. Then in fellowship sweet
We will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way,
What He says we will do,
Where He sends we will go,
Never fear, only trust and obey.

CHORUS:
Trust and obey!
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,

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