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OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR TUESDAY 7TH DECEMBER 2021: YOU WANT TO PROSPER? FEAR GOD

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR TUESDAY 7TH DECEMBER 2021: YOU WANT TO PROSPER? FEAR GOD

THEME:  YOU WANT TO PROSPER? FEAR GOD

 

MEMORISE:

Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. Psalm 128:1

 

READ:  Psalm 128:1-6.

1 Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways.

 

2 For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.

 

3 Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table.

 

4 Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD.

 

5 The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life.

 

6 Yea, thou shalt see thy children's children, and peace upon Israel.

 

MESSAGE:



The lack of the fear of the Lord has brought untold hardship to many people since the fall of man. However, those who have exercised the fear of the Lord in the past have fulfilled their destinies. Thus, every wise person must exhibit the fear of the Lord.

 

Joseph could have had his destiny cut short had he succumbed to the temptation of sexual immorality- an age- old sin. You would recall that God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of this. Reuben also was cursed because of his sexual immorality with his father’s wife (Genesis 49:4). Despite how inviting the temptation was, Joseph feared the Lord and refused to take up the offer of sleeping with Potiphar’s wife. With fear and trembling, he declined in Genesis 39:9 thus:

“There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”


You may be wondering how Joseph knew that sleeping with another man’s wife is a sin against her husband and God, considering the fact that the commandment to refrain from adultery was given much later in Exodus 20:14. The truth is that God has written His laws on the heart of man (Hebrews 8:10, Romans 2:14-15. This is what puts His fear in us if we have not been given over to reprobate minds as seen in Romans 1:28.

 

Joseph prospered because he feared the Lord. Do you fear the Lord? Do you question the spiritual authority of your Pastor? Do you still hide under the clock of a ‘clear conscience’ even as you engage in sexual immorality? Today’s memory verse says:

“Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways; that walketh in his way.”

 

The practical way of showing that you fear the Lord is by trembling at His word. Isaiah 66:2 says:

“For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.”

 

I encourage you today to fear the Lord and abstain from all evil. As you do, God Himself will prosper you in all your ways, in the mighty name of Jesus.

 

PRAYER POINT:

Father, please instill Your fear in me and prosper me the way only You can, in Jesus’ name.

 

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: EZEKIEL 7-12.

 

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE 

 

 HYMNAL:  HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, LORD GOD ALMIGHTY.

Holy, holy, holy

Lord God almighty

Early in the morning my song shall rise to thee

Holy. holy, holy

Merciful and mighty

God in three persons, blessed Trinity

 

Holy, holy, holy

All the saints adore Thee

Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea

All the cherubim and seraphim are falling down before Thee

Which wert and art and evermore shalt be

 

Holy, holy, holy

Though the darkness hide Thee

Though the eyes of sinful man Thy glory may not see

Lord, only Thou art holy and there is none beside Thee

Perfect in power, in love and purity

 

Holy, holy, holy

Lord God almighty

All Thy works shall praise Thy name in earth and sky and sea

Holy, holy, holy

Merciful and mighty

You are God in three persons, blessed Trinity

You are God in three persons, blessed Trinity

Oh, God in three persons, blessed Trinity

THEME:  YOU WANT TO PROSPER? FEAR GOD

 

MEMORISE:

Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. Psalm 128:1

 

READ:  Psalm 128:1-6.

1 Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways.

 

2 For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.

 

3 Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table.

 

4 Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD.

 

5 The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life.

 

6 Yea, thou shalt see thy children's children, and peace upon Israel.

 

MESSAGE:



The lack of the fear of the Lord has brought untold hardship to many people since the fall of man. However, those who have exercised the fear of the Lord in the past have fulfilled their destinies. Thus, every wise person must exhibit the fear of the Lord.

 

Joseph could have had his destiny cut short had he succumbed to the temptation of sexual immorality- an age- old sin. You would recall that God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of this. Reuben also was cursed because of his sexual immorality with his father’s wife (Genesis 49:4). Despite how inviting the temptation was, Joseph feared the Lord and refused to take up the offer of sleeping with Potiphar’s wife. With fear and trembling, he declined in Genesis 39:9 thus:

“There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”


You may be wondering how Joseph knew that sleeping with another man’s wife is a sin against her husband and God, considering the fact that the commandment to refrain from adultery was given much later in Exodus 20:14. The truth is that God has written His laws on the heart of man (Hebrews 8:10, Romans 2:14-15. This is what puts His fear in us if we have not been given over to reprobate minds as seen in Romans 1:28.

 

Joseph prospered because he feared the Lord. Do you fear the Lord? Do you question the spiritual authority of your Pastor? Do you still hide under the clock of a ‘clear conscience’ even as you engage in sexual immorality? Today’s memory verse says:

“Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways; that walketh in his way.”

 

The practical way of showing that you fear the Lord is by trembling at His word. Isaiah 66:2 says:

“For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.”

 

I encourage you today to fear the Lord and abstain from all evil. As you do, God Himself will prosper you in all your ways, in the mighty name of Jesus.

 

PRAYER POINT:

Father, please instill Your fear in me and prosper me the way only You can, in Jesus’ name.

 

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: EZEKIEL 7-12.

 

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE 

 

 HYMNAL:  HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, LORD GOD ALMIGHTY.

Holy, holy, holy

Lord God almighty

Early in the morning my song shall rise to thee

Holy. holy, holy

Merciful and mighty

God in three persons, blessed Trinity

 

Holy, holy, holy

All the saints adore Thee

Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea

All the cherubim and seraphim are falling down before Thee

Which wert and art and evermore shalt be

 

Holy, holy, holy

Though the darkness hide Thee

Though the eyes of sinful man Thy glory may not see

Lord, only Thou art holy and there is none beside Thee

Perfect in power, in love and purity

 

Holy, holy, holy

Lord God almighty

All Thy works shall praise Thy name in earth and sky and sea

Holy, holy, holy

Merciful and mighty

You are God in three persons, blessed Trinity

You are God in three persons, blessed Trinity

Oh, God in three persons, blessed Trinity

Nigeria, hard times and cacophonous tunes By abiodun KOMOLAFE

Nigeria, hard times and cacophonous tunes By abiodun KOMOLAFE

Fellow Nigerians, if reports emanating from the grapevine are anything to go by, then, interesting times beckon in 2022. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the Nigerian government is expected to fully remove the _“unsustainable and economically disingenuous”_ fuel and electricity subsidies next year. In simple terms, the dreaded full deregulation of the oil and power sectors will most likely take effect next year, to pave the way for _“market-based”, “cost-reflective”_ pricing mechanisms. However, government is said to be ‘forgivingly’ planning a _“well-targeted”_ N5,000-a-month social intervention scheme to cushion the biting effects of poverty on about 40 million vulnerable Nigerians.


So far, so excruciating! But, from the look of things, it’s like Nigerians _ain’t seen nothing yet,_ given the prevailing socio-economic conditions in the country. Why do I say so? Well, despite the troubling status of Nigeria’s economy, with many Nigerians becoming dangerously poor – the poor remaining poor; or, getting poorer – it is important to note that a certain bloc in the Nigerian power elite still holds the notion that Nigeria’s economy has not only recovered from recession but also improving quite remarkably. Like children born into homes with certain privileges, King Herod and Pontius Pilate became friends and the country is in turmoil. In the view of this privileged clique, statistical indices are all we need to proclaim a healthy economy. Hence, some of them are always quick to heap the blame of the food scarcity currently ravaging Africa’s largest economy on the doorstep of insecurity while the soaring prices of goods and services are blamed on the activities of smugglers.


In a recent edition of ‘ _Axios’,_ an American news website, Felix Salmon and Hans Nichols berated the Joe Biden administration’s use of positive economic indicators to demonstrate signs of strength in the American economy. Echoing the concerns of the broad population of ‘God’s own country’, _“who are yet to be convinced”,_ Salmon and Nichols urged President Biden not _“to worry about the economy" but  “about what Americans think of the economy.”_ After all, _“consumers don’t live by data points.”_ Compendiously, people’s experiential knowledge of the reality and dynamics of the economy is what really counts.


Sociological imagination mimics reality and gives interpretive understanding of the norms and values of a given society or civilization. In the Southwest, for example, there is a general belief, which is cosmic to the people. It is the belief in a better tomorrow. In the same vein, the society believes in communal togetherness; thus, has developed copious coping mechanisms that help to stabilize the society. Coincidentally, governments, over the years, have capitalized on this belief; and, have encouraged a laisser-faire attitude on the part of the government towards responsive, good, and accountable governance. To most public servants, the people will not revolt unless instigated by disgruntled elements in the society. This means, people should just be muddling through without demanding accountability.


When Fela Anikulapo sang that Nigerians were _‘suffering and smiling’,_ the late _Afrobeat_ king sang like a man who saw tomorrow! Tragically, the society in which he lived had woven a stigma of ‘unseriousness’ around him. Even, among the intelligentsia, Fela was seen as one unrepentant, recalcitrant, noisome pestilence who was only out to rebel against the government for whatever reasons. So, most people did not understand or, take him seriously! But, years after the man was gone, Nigerians are beginning to understand the philosophical worth of his songs. Unfortunately, Fela’s songs are relevant today as they were as at the time he sang them, which is also a shame! In saner climes, _‘Abami Eda’_ would have been celebrated for possessing the power of picturing into the future. But, ours is a different country, where prophets of his ilk are not honoured!


Looking at the issues dispassionately, it will not be out of place to conclude that the mismanagement and, consequently, the misfortune of the national economy has, by default, impacted negatively on the federating states. The unbridled national corruption over the years is now crying aloud for reckoning. Evidently, things, indeed, are no longer at ease!


In this part of the country, refilling a 12.5kg cylinder of cooking gas now attracts N9,000. Barely a year ago, it was N3,200. Around this time last year, a 25kg keg of palm oil went for less than N8,000. Now, a 5kg keg of the same product goes for N5,500. A measure of gari, which used to cost N100 in our very recent past, has now gone up to as much as N400. Ditto for a bag of rice, which has jumped from N7,300 in 2015 to N29,000! Even, a bag of sachet water, aka ‘pure water’, which sold for N100 in 2020, now costs N200. Rumours even had it that the current retail price per litre of premium motor spirit will no longer stand at N162.00; it’s eyeing between N380.00 to N408.00. Amidst these, monthly wages are not increasing. Many states are not paying even the old rates. So, how will an average man cope?


Yes, governments, on paper, always appear as having good intentions; but intentions are not reality. Take for instance: despite the avalanche of churned policies, it is difficult to decipher the way the national government is headed towards solving the myriads of problems currently confronting our country. Terrorism in the Northeast! Banditry and abductions in other parts of the country! National economic downturn! Investment drought! Criminally scandalous exchange rates; and, so much falsehoods being spread, even by government itself, amid emerging reality. Truth be told, the government appears overwhelmed!


Sad that our democracy has been so reshaped that votes no longer count. Instead, guns and allied violence do the counting; even the collation of results. Announcing the winners is a different ballgame entirely. Interestingly, the configuration of the Nigerian society, as of today, is different from those ones they lied to, decades ago. The sad reality is that the ends are no longer meeting! The symbolic retrogression is that even those who are now saddled with the power of legitimately providing direction have been fenced out of reality. What’s more? The nature of corruption in Nigeria is one that impoverishes the mass of the people. Of course, when the falcons can no longer hear the falconers, the gravity of the resultant _katakata_ can only be imagined. Is it any wonder we hear all kinds of problems daily? In any case, wasn’t that one of the factors that gave birth to the _#EndSARS_ campaign?


All said, there is a culture of making the government become accountable to the people. It is different from protests. Making the government accountable will curb corruption, improve governance and enhance mass political participation. When the citizens are interested in how they are being governed, the space for corruption and allied criminalities become narrowed. But, if a budget is passed, allocations are distributed, and contracts are messed up, what is left to contend with will be mere noisemaking which can only be likened to advice after injury.


May the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, grant us peace in Nigeria!


 _*Komolafe wrote in from Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State ([email protected]; 07087941459)_

Fellow Nigerians, if reports emanating from the grapevine are anything to go by, then, interesting times beckon in 2022. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the Nigerian government is expected to fully remove the _“unsustainable and economically disingenuous”_ fuel and electricity subsidies next year. In simple terms, the dreaded full deregulation of the oil and power sectors will most likely take effect next year, to pave the way for _“market-based”, “cost-reflective”_ pricing mechanisms. However, government is said to be ‘forgivingly’ planning a _“well-targeted”_ N5,000-a-month social intervention scheme to cushion the biting effects of poverty on about 40 million vulnerable Nigerians.


So far, so excruciating! But, from the look of things, it’s like Nigerians _ain’t seen nothing yet,_ given the prevailing socio-economic conditions in the country. Why do I say so? Well, despite the troubling status of Nigeria’s economy, with many Nigerians becoming dangerously poor – the poor remaining poor; or, getting poorer – it is important to note that a certain bloc in the Nigerian power elite still holds the notion that Nigeria’s economy has not only recovered from recession but also improving quite remarkably. Like children born into homes with certain privileges, King Herod and Pontius Pilate became friends and the country is in turmoil. In the view of this privileged clique, statistical indices are all we need to proclaim a healthy economy. Hence, some of them are always quick to heap the blame of the food scarcity currently ravaging Africa’s largest economy on the doorstep of insecurity while the soaring prices of goods and services are blamed on the activities of smugglers.


In a recent edition of ‘ _Axios’,_ an American news website, Felix Salmon and Hans Nichols berated the Joe Biden administration’s use of positive economic indicators to demonstrate signs of strength in the American economy. Echoing the concerns of the broad population of ‘God’s own country’, _“who are yet to be convinced”,_ Salmon and Nichols urged President Biden not _“to worry about the economy" but  “about what Americans think of the economy.”_ After all, _“consumers don’t live by data points.”_ Compendiously, people’s experiential knowledge of the reality and dynamics of the economy is what really counts.


Sociological imagination mimics reality and gives interpretive understanding of the norms and values of a given society or civilization. In the Southwest, for example, there is a general belief, which is cosmic to the people. It is the belief in a better tomorrow. In the same vein, the society believes in communal togetherness; thus, has developed copious coping mechanisms that help to stabilize the society. Coincidentally, governments, over the years, have capitalized on this belief; and, have encouraged a laisser-faire attitude on the part of the government towards responsive, good, and accountable governance. To most public servants, the people will not revolt unless instigated by disgruntled elements in the society. This means, people should just be muddling through without demanding accountability.


When Fela Anikulapo sang that Nigerians were _‘suffering and smiling’,_ the late _Afrobeat_ king sang like a man who saw tomorrow! Tragically, the society in which he lived had woven a stigma of ‘unseriousness’ around him. Even, among the intelligentsia, Fela was seen as one unrepentant, recalcitrant, noisome pestilence who was only out to rebel against the government for whatever reasons. So, most people did not understand or, take him seriously! But, years after the man was gone, Nigerians are beginning to understand the philosophical worth of his songs. Unfortunately, Fela’s songs are relevant today as they were as at the time he sang them, which is also a shame! In saner climes, _‘Abami Eda’_ would have been celebrated for possessing the power of picturing into the future. But, ours is a different country, where prophets of his ilk are not honoured!


Looking at the issues dispassionately, it will not be out of place to conclude that the mismanagement and, consequently, the misfortune of the national economy has, by default, impacted negatively on the federating states. The unbridled national corruption over the years is now crying aloud for reckoning. Evidently, things, indeed, are no longer at ease!


In this part of the country, refilling a 12.5kg cylinder of cooking gas now attracts N9,000. Barely a year ago, it was N3,200. Around this time last year, a 25kg keg of palm oil went for less than N8,000. Now, a 5kg keg of the same product goes for N5,500. A measure of gari, which used to cost N100 in our very recent past, has now gone up to as much as N400. Ditto for a bag of rice, which has jumped from N7,300 in 2015 to N29,000! Even, a bag of sachet water, aka ‘pure water’, which sold for N100 in 2020, now costs N200. Rumours even had it that the current retail price per litre of premium motor spirit will no longer stand at N162.00; it’s eyeing between N380.00 to N408.00. Amidst these, monthly wages are not increasing. Many states are not paying even the old rates. So, how will an average man cope?


Yes, governments, on paper, always appear as having good intentions; but intentions are not reality. Take for instance: despite the avalanche of churned policies, it is difficult to decipher the way the national government is headed towards solving the myriads of problems currently confronting our country. Terrorism in the Northeast! Banditry and abductions in other parts of the country! National economic downturn! Investment drought! Criminally scandalous exchange rates; and, so much falsehoods being spread, even by government itself, amid emerging reality. Truth be told, the government appears overwhelmed!


Sad that our democracy has been so reshaped that votes no longer count. Instead, guns and allied violence do the counting; even the collation of results. Announcing the winners is a different ballgame entirely. Interestingly, the configuration of the Nigerian society, as of today, is different from those ones they lied to, decades ago. The sad reality is that the ends are no longer meeting! The symbolic retrogression is that even those who are now saddled with the power of legitimately providing direction have been fenced out of reality. What’s more? The nature of corruption in Nigeria is one that impoverishes the mass of the people. Of course, when the falcons can no longer hear the falconers, the gravity of the resultant _katakata_ can only be imagined. Is it any wonder we hear all kinds of problems daily? In any case, wasn’t that one of the factors that gave birth to the _#EndSARS_ campaign?


All said, there is a culture of making the government become accountable to the people. It is different from protests. Making the government accountable will curb corruption, improve governance and enhance mass political participation. When the citizens are interested in how they are being governed, the space for corruption and allied criminalities become narrowed. But, if a budget is passed, allocations are distributed, and contracts are messed up, what is left to contend with will be mere noisemaking which can only be likened to advice after injury.


May the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, grant us peace in Nigeria!


 _*Komolafe wrote in from Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State ([email protected]; 07087941459)_

COMMAND YOUR DAY PRAYER POINTS FOR TODAY MONDAY 6TH NOVEMBER, 2021

COMMAND YOUR DAY PRAYER POINTS FOR TODAY MONDAY 6TH NOVEMBER, 2021

BY PASTOR OGUNYEMI OLUSEGUN T


1. Thank the Lord for blessing you with help you do not deserve or qualify for.



2. I cover my helpers with the blood of Jesus.


3. The position I will occupy to help others, appear in Jesus’ name.


4. Holy Spirit help others through me so that You might be glorified in Jesus’  name


5. Lord, keep my feet from straying, in Jesus’ name.


          YORUBA EDITION







1. Dupe lowo Olorun ti o bukun fun o pelu iranlowo ti o ko to si, tabi o ko ye 

fun.



2. Mo da eje Jesu bo awon oluranlowo mi.


3. Ipo ti mo ma de lati ran awon elomiran lowo, farahan l’oruko Jesu.


4. Emi-Mimo, ran awon elomiran lowo nipase mi. Ki O ba le di ayinlogo l’oruko Jesu.


5. Oluwa, pa ese mi mo kuro ninu isina, ni oruko Jesu.


   Jesus is Lord no controversy.

BY PASTOR OGUNYEMI OLUSEGUN T


1. Thank the Lord for blessing you with help you do not deserve or qualify for.



2. I cover my helpers with the blood of Jesus.


3. The position I will occupy to help others, appear in Jesus’ name.


4. Holy Spirit help others through me so that You might be glorified in Jesus’  name


5. Lord, keep my feet from straying, in Jesus’ name.


          YORUBA EDITION







1. Dupe lowo Olorun ti o bukun fun o pelu iranlowo ti o ko to si, tabi o ko ye 

fun.



2. Mo da eje Jesu bo awon oluranlowo mi.


3. Ipo ti mo ma de lati ran awon elomiran lowo, farahan l’oruko Jesu.


4. Emi-Mimo, ran awon elomiran lowo nipase mi. Ki O ba le di ayinlogo l’oruko Jesu.


5. Oluwa, pa ese mi mo kuro ninu isina, ni oruko Jesu.


   Jesus is Lord no controversy.

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR MONDAY 6TH DECEMBER 2021: DIVINE ASSISTANCE

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR MONDAY 6TH DECEMBER 2021: DIVINE ASSISTANCE

THEME: DIVINE ASSISTANCE.

 

MEMORISE:

Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.   

Psalm 127:1

 

READ:  Psalm 127:1-2.

1 Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.


2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.

 

MESSAGE:







Every creature needs some form of assistance. I is only God- our creator that does not need assistance at all. Of all kinds of assistance men may get however, the one from God is the greatest. Whenever God asks someone to partner with Him on any of His projects, He is setting up the fellow for blessings. When Jesus asked Peter’s boat to preach at the lake of Gennesaret, he did so because He wanted to make Peter a famous fisher of men, not because He wouldn’t have been able to preach without it (Luke 5:1-11). Jesus who walked on the sea could have done the same thing to preach if He had needed to (Matthew 14:26-27).

 Anyone looking up to himself, herself or another person for assistance will definitely be disappointed. 1 Samuel 2:9 says “…for by strength shall no man prevail”. As great a prophet as Elijah was, he still needed divine assistance. 1 Kings 17:8-9 says:

“And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, Arise, get thee to Zarephath….and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.”

 

Neither the prophet nor the widow had anything to do with the arrangement; it was divinely orchestrated, yet they both cooperated with God to obtain His divine will. Children of God can learn something from this. When God wants to bless your ministry, you do not need to preach long sermons to persuade people to give. God can use humans to help you. When He wants to do that, the fellow loses his or her peace as long as he or she does not act in your favor in accordance with the nudging of the Holy Spirit.

 

Sometime ago, God used someone to provide for the completion of a structure in the Redemption Camp. The Lord put such a sense of urgency in the fellow that he could not even eat breakfast before rushing down to drop the money we needed.

 

Beloved, put all your trust in God and seek Him alone for help today. He is a faithful God and will never disappoint those who seek Him sincerely. I am a living witness to this truth.

 

God will send help your way today as you go before Him in prayers, in the mighty name of Jesus.

 

PRAYER POINT:

 

Father, send help to me today- urgent help, Lord!

 

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: EZEKIEL 1-6.

  

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE 

 

 HYMNAL:  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 endless 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 pow’r 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

Ever, only, all for Thee.

THEME: DIVINE ASSISTANCE.

 

MEMORISE:

Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.   

Psalm 127:1

 

READ:  Psalm 127:1-2.

1 Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.


2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.

 

MESSAGE:







Every creature needs some form of assistance. I is only God- our creator that does not need assistance at all. Of all kinds of assistance men may get however, the one from God is the greatest. Whenever God asks someone to partner with Him on any of His projects, He is setting up the fellow for blessings. When Jesus asked Peter’s boat to preach at the lake of Gennesaret, he did so because He wanted to make Peter a famous fisher of men, not because He wouldn’t have been able to preach without it (Luke 5:1-11). Jesus who walked on the sea could have done the same thing to preach if He had needed to (Matthew 14:26-27).

 Anyone looking up to himself, herself or another person for assistance will definitely be disappointed. 1 Samuel 2:9 says “…for by strength shall no man prevail”. As great a prophet as Elijah was, he still needed divine assistance. 1 Kings 17:8-9 says:

“And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, Arise, get thee to Zarephath….and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.”

 

Neither the prophet nor the widow had anything to do with the arrangement; it was divinely orchestrated, yet they both cooperated with God to obtain His divine will. Children of God can learn something from this. When God wants to bless your ministry, you do not need to preach long sermons to persuade people to give. God can use humans to help you. When He wants to do that, the fellow loses his or her peace as long as he or she does not act in your favor in accordance with the nudging of the Holy Spirit.

 

Sometime ago, God used someone to provide for the completion of a structure in the Redemption Camp. The Lord put such a sense of urgency in the fellow that he could not even eat breakfast before rushing down to drop the money we needed.

 

Beloved, put all your trust in God and seek Him alone for help today. He is a faithful God and will never disappoint those who seek Him sincerely. I am a living witness to this truth.

 

God will send help your way today as you go before Him in prayers, in the mighty name of Jesus.

 

PRAYER POINT:

 

Father, send help to me today- urgent help, Lord!

 

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: EZEKIEL 1-6.

  

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE 

 

 HYMNAL:  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 endless 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 pow’r 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

Ever, only, all for Thee.

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