Wednesday, 24th July, 2013 RESISTING DARKNESS

Memory Verse: The light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. (John 1:5)

Read: John 1:45

We are enjoined to arise and
shine in Isaiah 60:1. To shine
could mean Fulfil your purpose.
It could also mean Resist
darkness. John 1:5 says,
“And the light shineth in
darkness; and the darkness
comprehended it not.”
You are not saved to fold your
arms and be idle, but to resist
darkness. Paul fought the good
fight of faith and a part of that
fight was to resist evil. The more
you increase the number of
lights around a place, the less of
darkness you will have there.
This is the wisdom in planting
churches. The more churches are
planted, the more forces of
darkness will be driven away.
There was a time in my village
that if a well dressed individual
was going there with a car, on
arrival at Ife (South-West
Nigeria), the fellow would have
to park the car, change to a less
flamboyant dress and unpolished
shoes before heading for the
village. On getting home, after
greeting them, they may ask how
long the visit would be, and the
individual would lie that he
would stay for three days
whereas he was already
preparing to leave. When it is
time to leave, if the way to the
motor park is to the right, he
will follow the left and after
going some distance, the fellow
would reconnect the road to the
park.
Why all that pretence? It was
because darkness was thick and
prevalent in the area. If they
discovered the fellow had
achieved something in life, that
visit might just be his last visit to
the village. But today, things
have changed because the light
of God has shone over them.
Now, I can even visit in a
helicopter and be seen by
people, yet no evil is envisaged.
If you are a light of this world,
you will shine by resisting evil.
Every soul you win to the
Kingdom further reduces the
pressure of sin and death upon
the community where you are.
Do all it takes to enlarge the
coast of the Kingdom because in
doing this, you will not only be
shining, but also multiplying
good in the midst of a dark
world.

ACTION POINT
Go out and win souls into God’s
Kingdom and thereafter thank
Him for His light that is
spreading into those lives and
the community at large

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Tuesday, 23rd July, 2013 WHY YOU MUST ABIDE

Memory Verse: But be ye doers of the word,
and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22

Read: Psalm 1:1-3

In John 9:6-7 , a man who was
born blind had contact with the
Lord and his eyes were opened
in a very dramatic way. If just
one contact could do that much,
how much more when you abide
in Him? When you abide in
Christ, He makes everything to
become new. 2 Kings 4:8-17 tells
of the Shunammite woman who
offered Elisha food, and he
decided to abide more regularly
in the apartment she built for
him. Because he was abiding
there, this woman who had lost
hope of becoming a mother
became the mother of a son.
When you abide, there is a new
beginning. The widow of
Zarephath had the servant of
God abiding with her and her
son and what was suppose to be
her last meal became the meal
that sustained the trio for over
two years of famine. Are you
abiding in Christ? If you are
today in Christ, tomorrow in sin,
you are not abiding in Him. If
you are today in church,
tomorrow in a shrine, you are
not abiding in Him.
Moreover, why do you need to
abide in Him? Abiding in Him
creates the perfect atmosphere
to get the best results from God’s
Word. Psalm 119:11 says,
“Thy word have I hid in mine
heart, that I might not sin
against thee.”
If you are in a hurry to study
God’s word, it will not sink into
you, and you will be unable to
reach the depth where you can
get revelation. You need to read,
study, memorise and meditate on
the word, so that you can have
good success ( Joshua 1:8 ). You
cannot continue in sin and expect
a breakthrough from God
because God is a miracle worker
and not a magician. Abiding in
Him helps you to stay holy.
Several years ago, a woman
attended an anointing service
organised for those who wanted
to be fruitful. Like others who
came, I laid hands on her and
prayed. Much later she was
angry that nothing happened
even though she fell under the
anointing. While I was about to
pray for her again, the Lord
stopped me, and told me to ask
this great woman how many
boyfriends she had, beside her
husband, and she said six. What
some people are seeking is
magic not miracle. To prosper
and become fruitful or successful
through Him, you must be holy.

KEY POINT
Anytime you step out of Christ,
you are exposed to the bullets
and arrows of the enemy. Stay in Him!

Open Heaven of Friday 19th July 2013. EXCEEDING GREATNESS BY SACRIFICE

 Memorise: Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice. Psalms 50:5 Read: Genesis 22:7-14 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? Genesis 22:7 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. Genesis 22:8 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. Genesis 22:9 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. Genesis 22:10 And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. Genesis 22:11 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. Genesis 22:12 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. Genesis 22:13 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen. Genesis 22:14 Bible in one year: Numbers 31-33 Message Our God is a covenant keeper. This is why He hates the acts of truce breakers with a passion. If you want your future to be exceedingly great, make sure you are connected through a covenant to God. God is taking us to the level of exceeding greatness. Don’t let anybody deceive by telling you that you have reached a height nobody has achieved for God. Simply tell them that whatever they consider as your height is truly the beginning of your achievement for God. Tell them they have not seen anything yet. However, how do you get to your next level – the level of exceeding greatness? Sacrifice is required. In Genesis 22:1-18, Abraham was willing to sacrifice Isaac and Isaac was willing to be the sacrificial lamb. You cannot get to the height of exceeding greatness without a sacrifice. When The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) was just starting, there was sacrifice. People walked selflessly and with all their hearts. Bricklayers worked for free, so also did carpenter, etc. At the present location of the RCCG Headquarters, the lagoon water was so close and so we had to push the water backwards by pouring in saw dust. At this time, I was already a lecturer in the university, but I was glad I had the opportunity to salvage the church and contribute my quota. I got a big basket to carry saw dust. One day, there was a serious traffic jam in Lagos and motorists decided to look for short cuts. In the process, one of my former students saw a particular car going off the congested road and he followed, believing the driver was taking a known alternative route. That was how they came through our church compound and he saw me carrying a big basket of saw dust. He shouted in disbelieve. To get to the next level, you must be prepared to sacrifice. In fact, the quality of your next level will be determined by the quality of your sacrifice. I never knew that I would become a pastor in the RCCG then but I rejoiced at the opportunity to serve God sacrificially. Are you humble enough to serve God at any level of sacrifice He requires of you? PRAYER POINT Father, the grace to make ultimate sacrifice that will take me to my greatest height, give to me today. Take me to the very top.

OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL – Thursday 18 July 2013 LAYING DEMANDS ON YOUR CALLING

Memory Verse: And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty. 2 Kings 1:10

Read: 2 Kings 1:9-12

2Kings 1:9 Then the king sent unto him a captain of fifty with his fifty. And he went up to him: and, behold, he sat on the top of an hill. And he spake unto him, Thou man of God, the king hath said, Come down.

2Kings 1:10 And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.

2Kings 1:11 Again also he sent unto him another captain of fifty with his fifty. And he answered and said unto him, O man of God, thus hath the king said, Come down quickly.

2Ki 1:12 And Elijah answered and said unto them, If I be a man of God, let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And the fire of God came down from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.

Message

Every potential champion faces the risk of never becoming a champion. Becoming a champion is a process which involves a lot of effort on the part of the would-be champion; while it takes nothing – no effort on your part to die a potential champion. This is exemplified by Judas Iscariot. He was one of the very few portfolio holders in the ministry of Jesus. He was indeed a potential champion but because he never realised it, Satan deceived him, he lost his ministry and somebody else replaced him (Acts 1:15-20). This is one dangerous side of doing nothing about your potential: it will not only affect your destiny but it can also result in you being replaced. May you never be replaced in God’s end time plan. Revelation 3:11 says

“Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.”

The potential you do nothing about may be lost.

In 2 Kings 5:20-27, Elijah was called a man of God. Bearing such a title suggests that one has been with God for a long time. Consequently, people would have certain expectations of such a fellow. If you are a man or woman of God, or a divine champion, people will naturally expect to see the miraculous in your life and ministry because they believe you have the power that goes with the title or office. But do you? In 2 Kings 1:9-12, Elijah said if he is a man of God, then fire should come from Heaven to roast the soldiers and it happened immediately. Such a request lays a demand on the anointing and on the call of God upon a servant of God. The truth is, not many servants of God can lay such a demand on their calling and receive expedited answer because they have lost the essence of their calling to compromise, sin or disobedience. When such a call is made, it is only God that can answer it depending on the individual’s present (not past) standing with God. God recognised and openly confirmed Elijah as His servant, can He do the same with you? When some people make such demands, they are put to shame. That shall not be your portion. It is possible to be a man of God and walk with God to the end. That was the case with Enoch (Hebrews 11:5); this will be said of you as well.

Key Point

If you are faithful to God, He will honour you when you lay a demand on your calling. But if you are not, be sensible enough not to make such demands

Bible in one year: Numbers 28-30

17th July 2013 WATCH ENEMY’S WEAKNESSES

Memorise: I therefore so run, not as
uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that
beateth the air: 1 Corinthians 9:26
Read: 1 Corinthians 9:25-27
And every man that striveth for the
mastery is temperate in all things.
Now they do it to obtain a corruptible
crown; but we an incorruptible. 1
Corinthians 9:25
I therefore so run, not as uncertainly;
so fight I, not as one that beateth the
air: 1 Corinthians 9:26
But I keep under my body, and bring
it into subjection: lest that by any
means, when I have preached to
others, I myself should be a castaway.
1 Corinthians 9:27
Bible in one year: Numbers 25-27
Message
“And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me,
I pray thee, wherein thy great strength
lieth, and wherewith thou mightest be
bound to afflict thee.”
Judges 16:6
If you want to bring down your enemy
and your focus is on an area where he
is strong, it may take you quite a
while to get him. Usually, the enemy
focuses on the weaknesses of those
he wants to get. In the game of
boxing, the same is true. If you are
planning to take on an opponent, you
will immediately commence detailed
enquiry on the fellow. You would want
to have video recordings of previous
fights he has had. You will want to
also know if he has ever been
wounded in a fight before and the
exact location on his body. Once you
get this scar, your focus will be how
to reopen the wound through
concentrated heavy blows. If you can
do this, you will secure cheap victory.
No wonder Paul was successful in his
battles against the kingdom of
darkness. In 1 Corinthians 9:26, Paul
says
“I therefore so run, not as uncertainly;
so fight I, not as one that beateth the
air”.
Just as the devil studies you in order
to identify your weaknesses before
drawing out his game plan, so also
must you study the devil and his
cohorts to identify their weaknesses
and limitations so as to know how to
contain them. Know that your
enemies have weak points too! They
have scars from battles they fought
and lost to believers of every age. If
you know these weaknesses, they will
hardly take you unawares. To discover
these, search the scriptures regularly.
Carefully study the different times the
enemy tempted people but failed.
Also find out how they succeeded in
tempting others who fell into
temptation. One weakness of your
enemy is that even though he can
mobilise his forces to besiege his
target for a period of time, God does
not allow him to sustain that situation
of siege forever. Satan may be patient
but he does not have the ability to
sustain that patience for too long. This
is why you must not just resist him,
but continue to resist him until he
tires. You can wear out your enemy!
In a temptation or a trial situation,
never give up until the tempter gives
up. Every time he tempts you on that
situation, repeatedly say No to him. If
you continue to say No, God will give
you more strength, and before long,
you will be triumphant.
KEY POINT
If you can study your enemies very
well, you will know how to defeat
them repeatedly

RCCG OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTION MONDAY 16TH JULY, 2013 NEW SONG

Memorise:
Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now see. John 9:25b

Read: John 9:24-25
Bible in one year: Jeremiah
It is good to have a single contact with God but much better to enjoy a continuous flow of God’s blessings by abiding in him. At an advanced age, Sarah had contact with God and suddenly laughter erupted. Every hearer of her conception story and subsequent child birth were also infected with laughter; no wonder she named Isaac laughter (Genesis 22:1-6). Have you been going through sorrow for a while? Is your name synonymous with sorrow like Jabez?  Are you sorrowful becacuse for a long time nothing has come to you? Is there a long standing problem that has defied all prayer efforts? Fear not! Your laughter season is just around the corner. Very shortly, like it happened to Sarah, many people will come and laugh and rejoice with you.
A single contact with God can put a new song into your mouth. This was the experience of a man who was born blind recorded in John 9: 24-25. After the Lord opened his eyes, people began to argue so much on his issue. But when he was called to clarify his story he told them:
    … whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, I was blind now i see. John 9 29b
That will be your new song from today! You will be singing: Once I was sick now I am healed; once I was bound, now I am free; once i was begging to feed but now I am a lender to nations; once i was barren but now i am praying to God to stop adding children to me; once i was last but now i am the first; once i was completely ignored over important matters but now without consulting me, nothing can be done; once I was crawling spirtually, but now I am flying; once no suitor came for my hand in marriage, but now I have several serious suitors that idon’t even know which one to choose from; once i was homeless but now I have a comfortable place; once i was a tenant harassed by my landlord but now i am a landlord with understandingtenants in Jesus name. a new song is coming your way this season. believe it. recieve it, act on it and expect it to manifest.
Prayer point:
Thank God for giving you a new song, Thank God for the succes of past conventions of The redeemed Christian church of God. Ask that this year’s convention will be pleasantly different.
Bible in one Year: Numbers 21-24

Monday,15th July, 2013 FULFILLING HIS PURPOSE

Memorise: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will (Ephesians 1:11)

READ: Ephesians 1:9-12

Isaiah 60:1 commands us to arise
and shine. To shine is to fulfil
your purpose. In Mark 10:46-52 ,
when Bartimaeus was led to
Jesus and He commanded his
eyes to be opened, He was
simply asking his eyes to fulfil
the purpose for which they were
created. No part of your body is
there just for fun: every part has
a purpose. Also, in Acts 3:1-8 ,
when Peter commanded the
lame man to walk, he was only
asking the legs to fulfil their
purpose. Whenever Jesus heals
or delivers an individual, it is in
connection with creating fresh
avenues for the fellow to fulfil
divine purpose. In Mark 8:14-16,
Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-
law so that she could serve –
fulfil her purpose. Are you sick?
The healing power of God will
touch and heal you so that you
can fulfil God’s purpose. God’s
purpose for the mad man of
Gadara was to be an evangelist,
so when He came to him and
met him occupied with insanity –
which is the devil’s purpose, He
delivered him and he fulfilled
his purpose as an evangelist.
Anything hindering you from
fulfilling God’s purpose for your
life shall be removed by the
power of the Holy Ghost.
In Esther 4:13–6, when the
nation of Israel was facing
organized extermination plans,
Mordecai met Queen Esther and
told her to fulfill her purpose.
May you fulfill your purpose as
president, governor, senator,
minister, pastor, leader, etc. You
are not occupying that vantage
position for your own purpose
but for His divine purpose. You
are not there to serve yourself or
to please yourself, but to both
serve and please Him. To allow
you get into that office or
position, He has displaced
several other people who also
wanted to occupy it. Are you
justifying His decision to choose
you to serve His purpose? Have
you been ordained? If yes, do
you know that you were not
ordained just to bear a title or so
that people will begin to address
you by your title, but to fulfill
His purpose? God did not call
you into the office of a pastor or
evangelist so that you can go
about shaking your head and
announcing that a great man of God is coming, but to preach His Word, win souls, disciple converts, lay hands on the sick, etc. Are you fulfilling His purpose? You cannot shine until you do this.

KEY POINT: The position a believer occupies,
the resources and achievements
he gets and every opportunity
that comes his or her way are all to help the fellow fulfill a divine purpose.

RCCG OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTION SUNDAY 14TH JULY, 2013 SELF PROPHECY BY PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

Memory Verse: Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. Joel 3:10

Read: Mark 5:25-34
What you say about yourself and about your situation in the midst of a crisis is of keen interest to both God and the devil. When the Israelites kept speaking of dying in the wilderness when confronted with little challenges, it got to a time that God gave them what they had been confessing – death (Numbers 14:26-39). On the other hand, the Shunammite woman kept confessing that ‘All will be well’, and later that ‘All is well’ and her dead child came back to life. What are your confessions? Stop complaining, murmuring and grumbling as these will never help you. Rather, confess what you want about the situation. Mark 11:23-24 says if you command the mountain to relocate and you doubt not, it will be so and you will have what you say. When people are saying trouble is coming, reply them by saying ‘All will be well’. It does not matter what anybody may say: what matters is what God hears from you, which will determine your future. What are you saying in God’s ears?
Some people take note of what other people – particularly experts are saying about health, economy, etc. but they hardly ever say something good to themselves. The statement – ‘All will be well’ from the Shunammite woman was only a self prophecy and God honoured it. She did not wait for Elijah before speaking prophetically into her life. Why don’t you learn to prophesy into your life? When I wake up in the morning, I go before my mirror and begin to prophesy to myself: ‘It is going to be well with me’, ‘I will find favour from God and men’, etc. When things took a negative turn in the situation of the woman with the issue of blood and there seemed to be no way out, she resorted to self prophesy. She said, “If I can only touch the helm of Jesus’ clothes, I shall receive my healing”. She touched and she was whole. Some people see self prophesy as self deception. They will query it by saying: How do I say all is well when all is not well? Joel 3:10 says that is how to engage words: confess strength in time of weakness, health in time of sickness, wealth in time of poverty, freedom in time of bondage, etc. Use your words to beautify your life by confessing what you desire. The Lord will honour your confessions.

Key Point
Your confessions affect your receipts. Some people are receiving bad things today and they wonder why. They have forgotten that in some recent or distant past, they used their mouths to call such things to themselves.

Saturday,13th July, 2013 TIME-BOUND ASSIGNMENTS

Memorise: To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven (Ecclesiastics 3:1)

Read: Esther 4:13-14

Before a decree to kill all male
children born to Israelites was
passed in Egypt, God had
ensured that two God-fearing
midwives had been planted in
their midst. They were at the
right place at the right time for
the right reasons. The Lord had
known what the devil was about
to do, so He had gone a step
ahead. Beloved, that place God
led you to is not by accident but
for a purpose. Another person
that was planted to avert the evil
plan of the enemy against God’s
people was Esther. Just before
the execution of the plot of the
enemy against the Israelites,
Esther rose to the occasion and it
was averted. In that negative
situation, God has moved a step
ahead of the enemy. Before your
enemies carry out their evil plot
against you, the Lord would have
executed His plan of deliverance
for you. In the name of Jesus,
you shall not be a victim in the
teeth of your enemies.
“For I know the thoughts that I
think toward you, saith the
LORD, thoughts of peace, and
not of evil, to give you an
expected end.”
Jeremiah 29:11
The purpose of God for the
midwives was a good one. He
had planned that they would be
His instruments of deliverance in
the midst of midwives who were
loyal to Pharaoh so that Moses
would be saved at the time of
birth. Their assignment started
and ended with making sure that
Moses was safely delivered and
handed over to his mother. For
being faithful, God rewarded
them for that assignment. This
tells us that certain assignment
may be very brief but time-
bound. If Shiphrah and Puah
were not on duty at the time
Moses was born, or if they had
been distracted by other business
affairs outside the hospital,
Moses could have died. God may
want you to perform a specific
but time-bound assignment: it
could be to be a blessing to a
needy fellow or His servant. A
need could suddenly arise that
you would be required to meet,
if you are too slow, you will lose
the opportunity. Do you know
that some of such opportunities
may never come again? Be
proactive and sensitive to the
Holy Ghost. Be ready to speedily
take up opportunities that God
brings your way. Pray that you
will be in the right place at the
right time, to glorify God.

Prayer Point: Each time you leave where God
has placed you, or fail to do
what you were supposed to do,
the Kingdom of God suffers.
Father, thank you for adding
another year to Pastor (Mrs)
Folu Adeboye. Lord, begin a
new thing of joy in her life and
make her mother of more
nations.

FRIDAY, JULY 12, 2013 RCCG OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTION FRIDAY 12TH JULY, 2013 SECURING FUTURE GREATNESS BY PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

Memorise: And the man increased exceedingly, and had much cattle, and maidservants, and menservants, and camels, and asses. Genesis 30:43
 Read: Genesis 12:1-3
Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: Genesis 12:1 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: Genesis 12:2 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. Genesis 12:3 Bible in one year: Jeremiah 6-8 Message In everyone’s life, there are three stages – the past, the present and the future. Before looking at the future, it is only wise to consider the past and the present. Why? In most cases, the past is what brought forth the present; and a combination of the past and the present will deliver the future. Behind every success recorded today and tomorrow, there is a solid covenant somewhere in the past. Take for instance the life of Jacob: He had a past, a present and a future. His past was rooted in the covenant God made with Abraham, when He promised to bless him and to make him a blessing (Genesis 12:1-3). His present was in his limited state as Jacob – supplanter, trying to make it by his own strength and effort, while his next level was as Israel – a prince of God, where he would become God’s favourite, and partake of the covenant blessings father Abraham had with God. The covenant you make with God today will not only affect your tomorrow, but also the destinies of unborn generations. God is a covenant keeping God and He looks for those who can pay the price of cutting an enduring covenant with Him. At the beginning of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, God had a covenant with our father – the founder. God asked him to do certain things and the He will begin a church through him which will go all over the world, and a church He will meet on His return to the earth. The old man kept his own side and God is still keeping His. This covenant keeping God made Abraham great and then moved into the Isaac generation which is the now (Genesis 24:34-35). The future is the level of Jacob – who God made exceedingly great. From today, prophesy to yourself daily by saying: in the name of Jesus, I am going to be exceedingly great. That is my next level, and nothing can stop me because my father is a covenant keeper. Are you operating on a covenant with God?
KEY POINT A covenant is the foundation of relationship and blessing. Those under a divine covenant are not easily moved.