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By Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Psalms 37:4
Read: Psalms 37:3-7
When the lame man at the Beautiful gate saw Peter and John, he expected to get some money but he got what money could not buy – healing. This tells us that sometimes, God may not exactly give us our requests based on our limited expectations. Being the good God that He is, even when we are looking for fish, He wants to make us fishers of men. When we are looking for healing of a particular ailment, God wants to turn us into His healing agents in addition to giving us good health. When the erstwhile lame man was healed, he did not go back to beg for bread. He could now walk with his legs and seek for a decent job. He could now fend for himself. Do you know that many times we focus on our wants while God focuses on our needs? While you focus on today, the Lord is focusing on your tomorrow. While we are looking for a beautiful lady that we can present to people as wife today, the Lord is looking for an incomparable heart that will jointly make Heaven with us. May the Lord cause you to see your needs and not wants.
Expectation releases the power to patiently wait on the Lord until He grants our desire. If you have no expectation, you can barely wait for anything. David knew how to wait on the Lord and this was one reason he remained in God’s good books but his predecessor could barely wait. When he felt God was not keeping to time, he went ahead to do what he wanted and used that delay to justify his action. No wonder he was quickly rejected by God. For some believers everything must be now. Like Saul, they cannot wait even for few minutes. If God would bring their blessing to church at 12:05 but the church closes at 12 noon, they would prefer to forfeit their blessing and leave at 12 noon. When the programme is going on, they are always so impatient, checking the time every now and then. When they reach their set closing time, they rise up and leave church even while the sermon is still on. It is good to keep to time but do not be so time conscious that you plan God out of your service. God is at liberty to fix when to bless His own but if you are hasty, you will miss out.
Impatient people want the world to revolve around them at their pace but at the end they have nothing to show for their haste.
Bible in one year: Romans 1-4
“Even the greatest stories come to an end. My contract is finished and I am now prepared to leave the Blues. It is with great sadness but also with much gratitude that I announce you my departure from Chelsea.
I played my last game for the club in Munich and I am delighted to have finally been able to lift the Champions League trophy after an incredible final. I am sad, even if it is part of the life of a footballer. We have to accept it. Above all, I will remember all the great seasons I have had here, and all the emotions that will remain forever etched in my memory.
Thanks again to all the fans for their tremendous support. I wish the best success to this club where I may come back in the future, but in a different role.
“Blue is the color!””
By Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. 2 Peter 3:14
Read: 1 Kings 19:19-21
Lazy people love to sleep. Proverbs 19:15 says slothfulness casts the slothful into deep sleep. As good as sleep is, it is bad to sleep when you should be working. If you find yourself given to much sleep, watch it, slothfulness might be creeping into your life. The slothful can sleep at any given time. God hates laziness with a passion. If you are lazy, you will not be in God’s good books. You will not enjoy God’s favour if you are lazy. In spite of the volume of work available in the Kingdom, God has no assignment for the lazy unless they first deliver themselves from laziness. God shops around for the hardworking. In today’s reading, God saw Elisha very busy in his farm and told Elijah to call him and God was not disappointed.
Are you a hardworking teacher? God has a place for you. Are you a goal-getting industrialist? God is looking for you. Are you a very conscientious trader, labourer or cleaner? God has a place for you. God is looking for the hardworking. If you are a hardworking fellow, you are a bit like God because God is very hardworking. He achieved so much in six days before He took a rest on the seventh (Genesis 1 & 2). If you are an achiever, a creative person or someone who can stay up at night to work, God has a place for you. If you have not received Jesus Christ as Lord and personal Saviour, do so today because no matter how hardworking you are, if there is sin in your life, it will disqualify you from being used of God. How hardworking are you? Laziness is the bane of the Christian faith today. But as we step into thresholds of the last days, God is searching for those who will turn the world upside down, who will conquer cities for Christ, and those who will be prepared to pay any price just to please God. How do you handle the assignment given to you in God’s house? Do you face it with the spirit of perfection or with nonchalance?
The greatest threats to effective evangelization of the world today are fear and laziness. If you cannot conqueror these two enemies, you are going nowhere.
Bible in one year: 1 Samuel 8-10
By Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Matthew 6:24
Read: Matthew 6:22-24
God demands full commitment from all His children. If you say you are born again, then never stand in God’s way. Some years ago, I was invited by the Anglican Church to preach on any topic I was led to speak on. I decided to speak on salvation, sanctification and baptism in the Holy Spirit. One of the members came and asked: “If the wind wants to blow and somebody is blocking it, what will happen?” I replied, “Whoever is blocking the way will be uprooted”. Our God is sitting in Heaven and saying to you, “this is the deal”. Agree with Him and receive the benefit or reject the offer and be prepared for destruction. Psalms 33:8-11 says the whole world should fear Him because whatever He says stands.
In the Kingdom, there is no room for partial commitment. In Matthew 6:24, Jesus says it is impossible to serve two masters. Are you outwardly asking God for something but secretly trying other fetish powers? Repent and come out of such because God cannot be mocked. If God were grant that request, you would go and give thanks to the devil. God does not share His glory with anyone. What got Ananias and Sapphira into trouble was because they wanted to serve God half –heartedly (Acts 5:1-11). Even the Israelites were told in the wilderness to either go and possess the land or die in the wilderness (Numbers 14:20-32). The strength of the Roman Empire could be traced to their level of commitment. If while at the battle front any soldier displayed any sign of weakness, such a soldier was instantly killed by fellow soldiers. As a result, they conquered every nation they went to. What is your level of commitment to the King of kings? Are you one leg in, one leg out? Is your commitment dependent on how committed others are? To what extent have you obeyed the Lord’s commands? Is your spouse, child, parent, work or school making you decrease your commitment to God? Ask the Lord to help you. Beef up your commitment today. Put back the firewood you took off the altar of sacrifice and consecrate yourself afresh to the Lord and to His work.
The one who partially committed to God remains on a spot as long as the commitment is partial
Bible in one year: 1 Samuel 4-7
By Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: And the king communed with them; and among them all was found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: therefore stood they before the king. Daniel 1:19
Read: Daniel 1:3-4
Many children of God who entered their promise land did not enter because they were super humans, but because they received divine inspirations and promptings which they simply obeyed. Some others who failed to enter failed because they refused His promptings. May you not neglect the inspiration that will lead you into your breakthrough in Jesus name.
However you need to know that grace chooses who to bless and it is not by chance. In Luke 5:1-7 the Lord got to the lake of Gennesaret and met two boats belonging to two different people. And He chose Peter’s boat. Why? It is because He does not choose lazy people. In God’s Kingdom, there is no room for lazy bones. He will never show mercy to the last fellow because his laziness is repulsive to Him.
Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men. Proverbs 22:29
Diligence and hard work are non negotiable for the one who will be relevant in God’s Kingdom. This even extends to the secular world. Today, it is not uncommon to find organisations employing fresh graduates who have a second class upper. Those who have first class will have organisations fight over them where merit counts. Every king needs able assistants. The quality of those that stand before a king tells a lot about the level of the king. A king is known by the quality of advisers operating around him. To stand before the king, you must be diligent. In Daniel 1:3-4, a selection was made of those to stand before the king of Babylon. At the end, verses 19-20 of Daniel 1 says that Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, amd Azariah had no rival. They were ten times better so they stood before the king. To stand before the King of kings, being diligent is not enough; you have to be super diligent. There are some believers with just one talent and God wants to give them more, yet the one they have is not well utilised. With the baptism of the Holy Spirit, how many believers are operating the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit? How many are manifesting the nine dimensions of the fruit of the Spirit? It is all about diligence. Will your present level of works make you stand before kings or even before the King of kings?
Pray that everything it will take you to stand before kings and especially before the King of kings, God will do it in your life. If you have not been baptized in the Holy Spirit after salvation, see your pastor for help.
Bible in one year: 1 Samuel 1-3
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Chelsea achieved a dramatic Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich following a penalty shoot-out at the home of the German side.
Bayern looked to have won the game in normal time when Thomas Mueller headed home in the 83rd minute.
But shortly after, Didier Drogba headed in to take the game to extra-time.
Chelsea keeper Petr Cech saved Arjen Robben’s penalty in the extra 30 minutes and Drogba scored the decisive spot-kick in the shoot-out.
By Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. Psalms 75:6
Read: 1 Samuel 16:1-13
God neutralises curses and promotes. Nobody will want to lift another person above himself. When somebody is talking about promoting somebody else, it is to a level such that the promoted fellow is still under him. For instance, in Genesis 30:1-5, when Potiphar promoted Joseph and put him in charge of all he had, he still remained a slave. Also, if a human being promotes you, the same fellow may demote you as it happened in Joseph’s case. But when God decided to promote Joseph, He took him above his master to a level where he became a master, while Potiphar became his servant. God’s promotion caused them to switch roles. This season, the Lord will promote you. He will lift you so high that those above you will be placed under you. Similarly, in 1 Samuel 16:1-13, God said He had chosen David from the house of Jesse as king, even when nobody considered him. This is why I am glad God is not a democrat but a sovereign king. If it were by election, no vote would have been recorded in David’s favour. Even his father would not have voted for him, much less his envious brothers. Are people ganging up against your promotion in that office? Fear not! The Most High will bypass them and lift you above them.
In Mark 10:46-52, the outcry of Bartimaeus was quite significant. He cried: “…Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me” (Verse 47). He was saying, “I know you are the King of kings but your father is David. God took David, a shepherd boy, made him king and kept on promoting him until he became the father of the King of kings”. When God decides to promote you, even after you have left planet earth, the promotion will continue. What have you done or are you doing to provoke divine promotion? If you want God to promote you, you must be humble, extremely humble because the extent of your humility will be the height of your accent. You must also love God with all your heart, praise and worship Him, serve Him with everything you have. Pray and place your trust in Him. Also do whatever He says you should and He will lift you up.
Father, lift me to the level no human hand can lift me.
Bible in one year: 2 Peter 1-3
By Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Proverbs 4:7
Read: Daniel 6:1-31
Wisdom is a priceless virtue that anyone who wants to succeed must have. In life, there are major and minor acquisitions. Wisdom falls into the class of majors. That is, even if you could not acquire anything at all, you must not miss out on wisdom. If you could sell all your earthly possessions in exchange for wisdom, it is worth it. Wisdom is more than money. When you have it, even if you were the poorest, you will end up attracting great riches. Besides being an attribute, wisdom is a Spirit. Isaiah 11:2 speaks of the Spirit of wisdom. Those who have this Spirit always excel. They stand out. An example here is Joseph. In Genesis 41:13-44, after interpreting Pharaoh’s dreams and giving advice on what should be done, Pharaoh was swept off his feet.
And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the spirit of God is? Genesis 41:38
Pharaoh was saying there was nobody as wise as Joseph in all of Egypt. It was the Spirit of wisdom that promoted Joseph from the prison to the throne.
Daniel was another fellow who had this Spirit. Men like Joseph and Daniel are still being sought in kings’ palaces today. Unfortunately, many people desire, struggle, fight, bribe and lobby to be at the corridors of power because they lack the Spirit, whereas those with the Spirit of wisdom, no matter where they are hiding, would be distinguished and kings will locate and bring them to their palaces. In fact, Daniel’s possession of this Spirit was so strong that the king made him number one president over princes in the kingdom (Daniel 6:1-3). If there is one quality you need it is wisdom. If there is one spirit you need this year, it is the Spirit of wisdom. Instead of struggling for money and riches and lose God, why not struggle to get the Spirit of wisdom in the same way so that you can receive all other blessings that come with Him?
Wisdom charts a path for the wise just as foolishness charts several paths for the foolish. Anyone who gets to Heaven is wise but those who go to hell are foolish.
Bible in one year: 1 Peter 3-5
By Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:18
Read: Isaiah 28:18-21
I come from a family where our great-grandfather was a mighty warrior. He had several males and female slaves. At a particular time when his wife was pregnant, he impregnated one of his female slaves also. While his wife was well catered for, the slave girl was neglected so she cursed the family saying that because of the way she was treated, anytime a woman in that family delivers a baby girl, and tasted oil or salt within 7 days or 9 days if in the case of a boy, the child would die. They soon realised that the curse had become active in the family. So they ensured women who delivered kept away from salt and oil until I became born again and everything changed. You are a change agent and you are in your family to turn it around for good. May you not fail God in fulfilling His purpose in your family.
Some curses are as a result of efforts by parents to protect their children. They may take such children to oracles for protection and the children will grow up oblivious of the fact that such covenants will work against them (Joshua 9). A woman had four daughters who found it difficult to find husbands so she brought them for prayers. The Holy Spirit led us to ask some questions through which we discovered that each girl had been dedicated to Ifa oracle which claimed them as its bride. We prayed and those covenants were destroyed and within a year they all got married. Isaiah 28:18 says:
And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.
Have you been covenanted to some deity in your village, when you were young? You can be free today. Simply give your life to Jesus Christ and confess Him as your Lord and Saviour. Deliberately renounce any such covenants made between you and the deity, break the agreements and ask God to set you free. Every curse operating in your life, coming from past generations shall cease today in the name of Jesus Christ.
Ask that every curse you have placed on yourself be broken today.
Bible in one year: Proverbs 19-21
By Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted. Proverbs 10:24
Read: Acts 3:2-8
Whenever hopelessness is brought to the God of hope, it has no choice but to change form. Do you know that your dry bones shall live again? That ground that has refused to produce will surely produce. Has your womb been without a baby for so long? It is because it is selective of the child it wants to carry. After Sarah’s 25 years of barrenness, the same womb that refused to conceive seed, conceived a covenant child – Isaac. Are you physically barren? Shortly, you shall carry your baby. Have you been barren for so long? Your Isaac is on the way. Has your business been unable to attract contracts or to give you profit? The Lord will make you fruitful. That dry business will begin to give you good yields from today. Expectation can produce miracles. Expectation can remove barrenness as in the case of Abraham and Sarah. If your expectation or hope has dwindled, grow it by feeding regularly on God’s Word, testimonies of others, and recalling God’s past interventions in your life. This is very crucial because if you are not expectant, the fruit may never come.
Expectation can destroy stagnancy as can be seen in the lame man at the Beautiful gate. Being lame in feet, his life followed an unpleasant routine. Every morning he was dropped at that spot where he begged from adults and children, friends and foes. In the evening he was carried home. Nothing changed. He was at one bus stop of life. In fact, the bus stop has turned into his final destination. He was getting used to his negative state. But when he encountered Peter and John, they asked him to look at them. As he did, he became expectant to receive something. He most probably expected alms but he got more than he bargained for through expectation. Are you on the same spot? Has a bus stop in life turned to your final destination? Look on the Lord Jesus Christ today and expect His touch. As you do, He will turn around your situation and rewrite your history for good.
Expectation is a fire starter. It propels action from God. Never go into His presence without it.
Bible in one year: Proverbs 15:18
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By Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hate. Proverbs 14:17
Read: Proverbs 14:17-18
Apart from pride, another work of flesh you must exert your Christ-given victory over is anger. Pride and anger are related. It is those who feel superior to others that are easily irritated or take offence by what others have done to them. A messenger is not likely to be angry or mad at his boss if the latter insults him. But if the messenger insults his boss, he can be fired. Anger is a vice that has robbed many and will yet rob many more of their blessings. According to Ecclesiastes 7:9, it is only a fool that will allow anger to remain in his bosom because if you will be angry at all, it must not go with you to bed (Ephesians 4:26). However, God expects you to avoid anger because of His classification, an angry fellow belongs to the class of atheists who deny God’s existence (Psalms 14:1). He is also classed with those who pledged but do not redeem their pledges (Ecclesiastes 5:4). God calls all such persons fools. Proverbs 22:24 says you should not make friends with angry people. Moses was a great leader in Israel. Imagine the one God used in breaking a bondage of 430 years from a nation yet because of anger, he could not enter the land of promise he had sacrificed so much for. If anger is a weakness in you, cry to the Lord to deliver you today or else, it can cause you the greatest defeat at the most crucial time of life.
It is difficult to keep your cool or remain under control when angry. At such times, you may speak unadvisedly both to God and man. Remember Job’s wife who asked her husband to curse God and die because she was angry with his state. Anger can make you do things you never planned to do, particularly things you will later regret when you come back to your senses. No matter how successful you are, if you are not able to internally appropriate your victory over the work of your flesh manifesting in anger, it can trigger your failure in life and ministry. The angry believer will remain in the corridors of sin. Are you easily provoked? Do you take offence so easily? If you do, ask God to help you today. Undo any wrong decision(s) taken in your angry state and keep a cool head. It pays
Ask God to uproot the spirit of anger from you today
Bible in one year: Proverbs 12-14
By Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Psalms 119:10
Read: Proverbs 3:5-6
Our God never does things in half measures. When He saves, He does it completely. That is why Hebrews 7:24-25 says He saves to the uttermost. What of when He heals? He heals completely, which is why when He healed Naaman the leper, He gave him a brand new skin (2 Kings 5:1-14). When He delivers, it is also total hence John 8:36 says once He sets you free, you are truly free. When He casts out demons from someone, none is left. Thorough deliverance is done once and for all. God has no room for half measures. Revelation 3:15-16 says He will not accept anything in half measures. If He wants something cold, it must be freezing cold and when He wants something hot, it must be at boiling point.
In 1 Samuel 15:1-23, King Saul lost his crown because of partial obedience. God prefers total disobedience to partial obedience. This is one reason many of us are yet to enjoy God’s blessings. When God called Abraham in Genesis 12 and 13, he partially obeyed and got into trouble because of Lot – his kindred. One person who enjoyed a very intimate relationship with God was Moses. Numbers 12:8 says God converses with Moses mouth to mouth. But when Moses struck twice the rock God asked him to speak to, he was denied entry into the Promised Land. From Heaven God tells you, “This is the deal, there is no negotiation”. While discussing with the Godhead, He said, “Let us make man in our image (Genesis 1:26).” He did not say, Let us discuss whether to make man or not. He had already decided to make man. God is not one weak General Overseer begging his pastors to comply with an instruction. He will only come to you and say: Accept my deal and profit from it but if you want to disobey, when I am through with you, nobody will recognise you (Isaiah 1:19-20). It is up to you to choose how you will relate with God. If you will serve Him, do it with all your heart. If you will obey Him at all, make obeying Him your hobby. If you will worship Him, do it from your heart.
Ask God for grace to seek and serve Him with your whole heart and never to stray from His commandments.
Bible in One year: Proverbs 8-11