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Open Heaven 8th April 2021 Thursday Devotional – You Need the Anointing

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Open Heaven 8th April 2021 Thursday Devotional Guide By Pastor E.A Adeboye

 

TOPIC: You Need the Anointing(Open Heaven 8th April 2021 )

MEMORISE:
“And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room.” – (1 Kings 19:16)

READ: 1 Samuel 16:11-13 (KJV)
11. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him; for we will not sit down till he come hither.

12. And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him; for this is he.

13. Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren; and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.

MESSAGE: Open Heaven 8th April 2021
In (1 Samuel 2:7), we see how God can transform an ordinary person through His anointing. There is power in the anointing, and it comes by the Spirit of God. Anointing can turn an ordinary person to an extraordinary one, just like David in the Bible reading of today. However, before the anointing can come on you, you must possess certain qualities. God would have seen that you can make good use of power before He entrusts you with it. Jesus was sure the early disciples would make good use of the Holy Spirit and that was why He fulfilled His promise. We see this in Acts 1:8:
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Beloved, you cannot do any spiritual work without the anointing! Some people think ordination is done merely to confer titles on people whereas the primary reason is for an impartation of the anointing that destroys yokes – first, in the life of the one being ordained and secondly, to equip him or her for spiritual assignments. This is why all categories of workers in the Redeemed Christian Church of God are always prepared for ordination according to their level of assignment, whether they minister from the pulpit or not.

One of my sons explained it this way: When an engineer works in a secular organisation, he does not need anointing. However, once he or she is engaged to serve in the Church, there is a need for the anointing. This is because the devil knows he now works to pull down his kingdom through the medium of the Church. Thus, every worker of the Church needs to be born-again, sanctified, Spirit-filled and anointed, if not, such a fellow would end up like Judas Iscariot.

Just as we see in our memory verse today, both the king and the prophet needed the anointing to function in their respective callings. The anointing will empower you to become an unstoppable and Indestructible vessel of honour in the household of faint. Press for the anointing.

ACTION POINT:
Purge yourself of all sinful habits so you can be prepared unto every good work as a vessel of honour (2 Timothy 2:19-21).

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
1 Corinthians 1-4

HYMNAL:
HYMN 24 – 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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
Ever, only, all for Thee.

RCCG Open Heaven Today 8th April 2021 Thursday Devotional Guide was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God(RCCG)

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MFM Mountain Top Life Devotional 17th April 2021 – The Power of Patience

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MFM Mountain Top Life Devotional 17th April 2021 Saturday Message By Pastor D.k Olukoya  

 

TOPIC: The Power of Patience

Fire Scripture
Romans 5:1-11

Memory verse
Ecclesiastes 7:8 – “Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.”

MFM Mountain Top Life Devotional 17th April 2021 Outline
The Bible describes patience as one of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). Patience is one of the attributes of God. God is longsuffering. He is patient and tolerant in His dealing with us.

God expects us to be patient in everything we do. Apostle Paul warns the people of Thessalonia not to be rash and unruly but to be patient with all men (1 Thessalonians 5:14). Being rash and erratic is a sign that we are being controlled by the flesh (the old man) and the Holy Spirit is not in us.

One of the signs of a Holy Spirit-controlled life is patience and calmness even in the face of adversity and tribulations. Jesus demonstrated this attitude to us in several ways. When He was in the ship and there was a great storm and His disciples began to panic, he was not ruffled. He rebuked the storm calmly (Mark 4:35-41).

Similarly, when He was being led to the cross for crucifixion, he was calm and went through the humiliation and mockery with love and patience. Patience is a sign that we have faith and hope in God when we are faced with troubles (Hebrews 6:12). Abraham was patient with God and through that he inherited His promises. Joseph went through tribulations in prison, but he overcame through patience and perseverance.

One of the qualities of true ambassadors of Christ is patience (1Timothy 3:3). Anyone desiring the office of a bishop must be patient. There is no love without patience. Charity and patience are two of a kind. Ecclesiastes 7:8 tells us that pride is the enemy of patience. One of the reasons why we fail to exercise patience is pride.

Humility will subject itself to patience and tolerance. Patience is not a sign of fear or cowardice. It is a sign of strength and trust in God. This was demonstrated by Job who endured tribulation in patience (James 5:11). Also, according to James 1:4, we are made perfect in patience.

As we go through trials and troubles and we overcome through endurance and patience, we become a vessel unto honour in the hand of God (2 Peter 1:6).

Motivational Quote
Patience is the hallmark of a true believer

Prophetic Word
You shall recover every good thing that impatience has destroyed in your life, in the name of Jesus.

HYMN – There shall be showers of blessing

  1. There shall be showers of blessing:
    This is the promise of love;
    There shall be seasons refreshing,
    Sent from the Savior above.

Chorus: Showers of blessing,
Showers of blessing we need;
Mercy-drops round us are falling,
But for the showers we plead.

2. There shall be showers of blessing—
Precious reviving again;
Over the hills and the valleys,
Sound of abundance of rain.

3. There shall be showers of blessing;
Send them upon us, O Lord!
Grant to us now a refreshing;
Come, and now honor Thy Word.

4. There shall be showers of blessing;
O that today they might fall,
Now as to God we’re confessing,
Now as on Jesus we call!

5. There shall be showers of blessing,
If we but trust and obey;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
If we let God have His way.

MFM Devotional 17 April 2021 PRAYER POINTS

MORNING
1. Thou spirit of patience, love and understanding, come upon me now, in the name of Jesus.
2. I cast out the spirit of pride and selfishness from my life, in the name of Jesus
3. Power to please the Lord, overshadow me now, in the name of Jesus

EVENING
4. You spirit of impatience and anxiety, depart from my life, in the name of Jesus
5. Lord, give me a mature mind, in the name of Jesus.
6. Father, open my heart to see things the way You see them, in the name of Jesus
7. I bring my flesh under the control of the Holy Spirit, in the name of Jesus.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR
1 Samuel 28-31; Psalm 18

MFM Mountain Top Life Devotional 17th April 2021. The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) is a Pentecostal denomination founded in Yaba, Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria in 1989, now with churches in several countries. It was founded by Daniel Kolawole Olukoya.

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Open Heaven 17th April 2021 Saturday Devotional – Substitution

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Open Heaven 17th April 2021 Saturday Devotional Guide By Pastor E.A  Adeboye

 

TOPIC: Substitution(Open Heaven 17th April 2021 )

MEMORISE:
“Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” – (Revelation 2:5)

READ: Esther 2:1-4 (KJV)
1. After these things, when the wrath of king Ahasuerus was appeased, he remembered Vashti, and what she had done, and what was decreed against her.

2. Then said the king’s servants that ministered unto him, Let there be fair young virgins sought for the king;

3. And let the king appoint officers in all the provinces of his kingdom, that they may gather together all the fair young virgins unto Shushan the palace, to the house of the women, unto the custody of Hege the king’s chamberlain, keeper of the women; and let their things for purification be given them;

4. And let the maiden which pleaseth the king be queen instead of Vashti. And the thing pleased the king; and he did so.

MESSAGE: (Open Heaven 17th April 2021 Daily Devotional)
From today’s Scripture reading, we can conclude that substitution can be positive or negative. To Vashti, it was negative, however to Esther, it was positive. The replacement that is coming your way shall be positive in Jesus’ name. Esther 2:17 says:
And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti.

Anyone who is able to install a king would also have the power to unseat him. Romans 13:1 says it is God who sets kings on thrones. This is why anyone in a position of authority must be very careful not to offend the One who placed him or her there.

Nebuchadnezzar is a classic example of someone who did not remember that the Almighty rules the affairs of men. He did not realise his folly until he was turned to a beast.

You must, endeavour to keep anything God has given you, to avoid being replaced. As believers, the story in Esther 2:1-17 should teach us some lessons. We must watch so that nobody would take our crown (Revelation 3:11). It is a pity that many so-called children of God are no longer holding fast their position of adoption, rather they are selling their birthright like Esau, for food.

Vashti momentarily forgot that she was a queen by Virtue of the fact that her husband was the king. She flouted the king’s order and someone else took her crown. To avoid being replaced, we must be careful to obey every instruction given to us by our Saviour, King and Husband – Jesus Christ, as we see in John 15:16-17.

The Scripture referenced above further enjoins us to bear fruits. When we do so, we honour and complement Jesus’ work of salvation. However, when we refuse to bear fruit, we make His death a waste. Refusal to bear fruits could lead to one’s substitution. May you never experience negative substitution Jesus’s name.

PRAYER POINT:
Father, whatever will make me lose my portion in Christ, don’t let me do it, in the mighty name of Jesus.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
Numbers 32-33

HYMNAL:
HYMN 18 – PASS ME NOT, O GENTLE SAVIOUR

1. Pass me not, O gentle Saviour,
Hear my humble cry;
While on others Thou art calling,
Do not pass me by.

REFRAIN:
Saviour, Saviour,
Hear my humble cry;
While on others Thou art calling,
Do not pass me by.

2. Let me, at Thy throne of mercy
Find a sweet relief;
Kneeling there in deep contrition,
Help my unbelief.

3. Trusting only in Thy merit,
Would I seek Thy face;
Heal my wounded, broken spirit,
Save me by Thy grace.

4. Thou, the spring of all my comfort,
More than life to me,
Whom have I on earth beside Thee?
Whom in heaven but Thee?

Open Heaven 17th April 2021 Saturday Devotional Guide was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God(RCCG)

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Rhapsody of Realities 17th April 2021 – A Kingdom Principle

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Rhapsody of Realities 17th April 2021, Devotional Guide By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

 

TOPIC: A Kingdom Principle (Rhapsody of Realities 17th April 2021)

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows (Galatians 6:7 NIV).

The Kingdom of God is a real functional kingdom, with principles. For example, giving and receiving is an important kingdom principle. Genesis 8:22 AMPC tells us, “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” In John 12:24, the Lord said, “Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over” (MSG).

Except you sow your seed, you have no reason to expect a harvest. The kingdom principle of seed time and harvest positions you for the prosperous life that God has ordained for you; it’s a principle that works. It doesn’t matter how beautiful a seed is in your hand or what else you do with it; until you sow it, it’ll produce no harvest. That’s the kingdom truth! The seed doesn’t reckon who’s holding it—whether it’s a good man, or wicked fellow—once the seed gets into the right environment, it’ll produce the necessary results.

This kingdom principle applies to everything about life. The harvest a farmer gets is a direct result of the seeds he plants. Just as it is with the farmer, so it is with you. Your seed could come in different forms; it could be your time, talent, or any other gift God has blessed you with for a glorious life. How great and glorious your life will be is hinged on what you do with your seed.

For example, this material you’re reading right now, “Rhapsody of Realities,” is an indispensable tool for mass evangelism. You can be a part of its spread, penetration and distribution around the world in these end times. Commit to ensuring the Gospel reaches the unreached, and gets even to the remotest villages. Give your best into it.

Remember, the more you give, the more the Lord blesses you, and the greater you become. Operate this principle and see your life move from glory to glory. The Lord will multiply your seeds sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness. He’ll overwhelm you with grace for ever-increasing fruitfulness and superabundance.

CONFESSION(Rhapsody of Realities 17th April 2021)
Dear Father, I rejoice because you’re able to multiply all grace towards me so that always and under all circumstances, I’m self-sufficient and in superabundance. As I give of my time, talent and finances into the Gospel, I’m confident of a multiplied harvest of blessings in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

FURTHER STUDY
Genesis 26:12; 2 Corinthians 9:6-11

1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Luke 16; 1 Samuel 1-2

2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Mark 3:1-7; Leviticus 17

Rhapsody of Realities 17th April 2021 Devotional Message. Rhapsody of Realities By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome remains a life-guide with rich and impactful teachings from God’s Word. Millions of copies of Rhapsody of Realities, the best-selling daily devotional and Bible study guide have been distributed in 242 countries in 2010 languages of the world… and we’re still counting.

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