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RCCG Helps Ministry Weekend 2019. Theme: Greater Works – 19th – 22nd September

RCCG Helps Ministry Weekend 2019 Theme: Greater Works Date: 19th – 22nd September, 2019 Venue: All RCCG Parishes Facebook Comments

National Youth Games: Lagos Sports Commission Commends Athletes

The Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC) has commended Team Lagos’ performance at the just concluded 5th National Youth Games (NYG) held in Ilorin, Kwara State. Speaking at a reception held

Buhari replaces Oyo-Ita with Yemi-Esan as Head of Civil Service

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja approved the appointment of Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan as the Acting Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF) with immediate effect. In

CBN begins charges on deposits, withdrawals above N500,000

The Central Bank of Nigeria says the nationwide implementation of the cashless policy will begin by March 31, 2020. This was contained in the apex bank’s latest circular to all

We would do the needful for our athletes – Oyo commissioner

Oyo State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Engineer Seun Fakorede has assured athletes who represented Oyo state in the just concluded National Youth Games held in Ilorin a huge reward.

Alleged N400m theft: Army court martial former GOC

The Nigerian Army has commenced the trial of the former General Officer Commanding (GOC) 8 Division, Sokoto, Maj.-Gen. Hakeem Otiki, over alleged stolen N400 million by some soldiers under his

Buhari re-appoints Adeyemi, Adeleye Special Assistants

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the re-appointment of Mr Segun Adeyemi and Mr Williams Adeleye as his Special Assistants (Media) attached to the Office of the Minister of Information and

Buhari Dissolves Special Presidential Investigation Panel For Recovery Of Public Property

President Muhammadu Buhari has dissolved the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP) as currently constituted with Mr. Okoi Obono-Obla as Chairman. The Attorney-General of the

Xenophobia: S/Africa finally allows Air Peace to evacuate 2nd batch of Nigerians

South African authorities have granted landing permit to Air Peace Flight B777 to enable it to evacuate some 320 Nigerians escaping from xenophobia in that country, a Nigerian consular officer

Tribunal verdict: Makinde says it’s triumph of truth over falsehood

Oyo State Governor, Mr Seyi Makinde, has described his victory at the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal as the triumph of truth over falsehood. The governor stated this in a statement

Rise Networks launches SHOWDOWN TV Show on the Nigeria’s 2011 Elections #whataboutus

Showdown

Showdown

A leading Youth Development Firm in Nigeria, RISE Networks has concluded plans for a Television Program tagged Nigeria’s 2011 Elections SHOWDOWN with the slogan, “Anything About Without Us Is Not For Us” to be aired on Channels daily at 3.15pm – 4pm on weekdays from March 14th till April 22nd , 2011

 

SHOWDOWN is based on constructive engagement to enable Young Nigerians match advocacy with action through a peaceful revolutionary platform and the pivotal role of RISE is to inform and enlighten young people on their fundamental rights as major determinants of winners and losers in the electoral process while also demanding accountability from elected office holders at all Levels of Government. The ignominious state of Nigeria as a Nation of educated illiterates, Jobless Graduates,  Crime, poverty and an unstable economy is as a result of the hitherto abysmal failure of Leadership in Nigeria and its attendant saddening impact on the citizenry, especially the most significant voting bloc, the Youth who form 55percent of the entire Nation’s population.

 

Toyosi Akerele, Executive Director, RISE Networks

Toyosi Akerele, Executive Director, RISE Networks

Speaking in Lagos at a World Press Briefing in the week, Toyosi Akerele, the Executive Director of RISE Networks explained to Press men that one of the major purposes for conceptualizing and hosting the Television Program is to institutionalize credible and accountable Leadership at all levels of Government through Mass Sensitization using all available Media, online and offline, local and international. She added that Rise has impactful and massive presence in about 15 Nigerian States across all the 6 geo-political zones and they will leverage on this advantage to deploy relevant electoral and advocacy information to all classes of young people in various communities in the Country. While responding to some of the questions posed by Youth Stakeholders present at the Briefing, the publicist for SHOWDOWN, Tope Falade informed that the citizen’s framework embedded in the Program will allow extensive youth participation by voting in Election Polls on www.risenetworks.org/showdown to feel the pulse of young people on who they will like Nigeria’s next President to be. Youths can also vote by sending SMS through a short code. Daily Results will be announced and shown on Channels Television. Read more

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Open Heavens Devotional: MANAGING PROVISIONS Friday 11 March 2011 #RCCG

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

 

MEMORIZE: “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:” (Eph. 1:11).

READ: Ephesians 1:11-12

According to 1 Kings 18:17-18, economic famine can be provoked by ignoring God’s Word and through idolatry. Apart from these, mismanagement of God’s provision can trigger a famine too. It is one thing to receive a provision or blessing and another thing to know the purpose of that provision. Provision without a commensurate understanding of its purpose, will definitely lead to mismanagement. God has a purpose for every provision. If you fail to ask Him for adequate direction on how to spend or distribute a particular provision, its purpose may be defeated. Every windfall that God gives to you has a purpose. Do you know that if you can apprehend the purpose for every provision and you use it accordingly, you may never experience famine? It may surprise you to know that many situations of lack, dryness, and wilderness that many believers go through, are self-inflicted and avoidable. If God sends a provision to last one month but you exhaust it in one week, be prepared to go through dry three weeks! If you spend your income on frivolities, there is no way you will not go through a period of lack.

“Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil” (Matt. 4:1). Sometimes, God allows you to face a famine during your wilderness experience. Sometimes, our desire to go to great heights in God’s service can trigger this famine. At other times, it is because God wants to test the quality of our faith and devotion to Him. It is easy to serve God when everything is provided and needs are met. Yes, you will say, ‘God is good’ because He is blessing you from every corner. But when He allows all your blessings to go in one day like Job, will you still say, ‘God is good?’ Won’t you rather challenge or question His love? If you are a minister, and your wife is pregnant and there is no money for food, no money to transport the family to church, and no money for offering, will you still love God? Yet, everyone who is genuinely born again might have to go through such tests to show their love for God. When you have to undergo your trial, may you not fail God.

PRAYER POINT:

Father, from today, let Heaven‘s expectations concerning managing my provisions be met. Keep me from self-inflicted famines.

Bible in One year: Jonah 1-4

 

 

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Open Heavens Devotional: JESUS REVEALS THE GODHEAD – Thursday 10 March 2011 #RCCG

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” (Col. 2:9)

READ: John 14:8-9

Everyone has a worthy destiny, but not everyone attains that destiny. Although most individuals have set their personal goals, God has a better destiny for each one. Arriving at your personal goal is good but getting to your divinely set destiny is far better. May you not miss Heaven’s destination for your life in Jesus name. Destiny has a link with time. It also has a link with light. When light comes on an individual’s destiny, the fellow’s potential will come to the limelight.

“Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen” (1 Tim. 1:17). Just as we need light to reveal our destiny, so also does God embrace light in order to be seen. God is the Almighty who is good, kind, rich, generous, yet, invisible. In spite of His invisibility, He wants to be seen. Romans 1:20 says, “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:”. Though invisible, God reveals Himself through the works of His hands. It is in this course, that the Word became flesh (John 1:1 and 14). The Word is invisible but because God wanted to be seen, He wrapped the Word in flesh so that we can behold His glory. No wonder Colossians 1:15 calls Jesus ‘the image of the Invisible God’.

One way of appreciating this fact is by looking at the rich. Do you know that rich people who want to express their financial status often face frustration? How? It is not possible to write on their foreheads: ‘Here comes rich man’. So, when he gets to a place, there may really be nothing to differentiate him from the poor. Hence, he invests in expensive wears, shoes, wristwatches, cars, etc. It is not uncommon for the one who is full of goodness to show off a little. When I told someone I would be coming to his house for lunch on a particular day, he begged me to defer it till the following month. It simply shows he lacked what to host me with. He wanted enough time to plan the visit so that he could ‘spoil’ me a little. The almighty God is full of goodness and wants to show it; hence, He sent Jesus Christ. According to Colossians 2:9, the Trinity pooled themselves together in a fleshy envelop called Jesus of Nazareth, so that men could see God. Do you have Jesus? Is He seen in and through your life and deeds?

PRAYER POINT:
Father, in my life and in that of members of my family, let Jesus be revealed.

Bible in One year: Amos 7-9

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VIDEO: My Vote Fit Change Naija

The short film project which is with support from USAID through The National Democratic Institute USA is a non-partisan citizen’s led initiative designed by Youngstars to mobilize Nigerians, especially young people and first time voters to come out and vote, and also vote wisely during the forthcoming 2011 general elections in Nigeria. Directed by one of Tinsel’s Director, Alex Mouth, it features ace comedian Julius Agwu, Nollywood Star Adaora Ukoh and popular Nigerian musician 2shots.

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World Economic Forum Names Funmi Iyanda Young Global Leader

Funmi Iyanda

Funmi Iyanda

The World Economic Forum has honoured veteran broadcaster and producer Funmi Iyanda as a 2011 Young Global Leader. In receiving this honor, Funmi Iyanda joins the ranks of Oprah Winfrey, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Mandla Mandela, MP South African National Congress.

Each year, the World Economic Forum recognizes up to 200 people under the age of 40 for “their professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world,” The 190 YGL honorees for 2011 were selected from a pool of over 5000 candidates from 65 countries and all segments of society. They reflect different kinds of leadership in different parts of the world.

 

From amongst these candidates emerged Nigeria’s own Funmi Iyanda. “I am extremely humbled and honored to receive this award. Along with my fellow honorees, I look forward to sharing our unique challenges, and creating opportunities for interaction, the exchange of ideas and best practices and a roadmap for a better future.”
Other Young Global Leaders for 2011 include CNN’s HalaGorani and award winning author David Eggers.

Funmi is the CEO of Ignite Media, producers of television program Talk With Funmi, a show that has traveled around Nigeria, capturing the conversations of its people. She recently completed production on “My Country: Nigeria” a three part documentary on Nigeria celebrating the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence. The production aired on the BBC World Service in 2010.

Funmi is an African Leadership Institute Tutu Fellow, an ASPEN Institute ALIWA fellow and a participant of the ASPEN Institute’s Forum for Communications and Society.

The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

Set up as an independent not-for-profit foundation, under the supervision of the Swiss Government, the Forum of Young Global Leaders works in close cooperation with the World Economic Forum to integrate young leaders into deep interaction with other stakeholders of global society.

For Further Information:

www.weforum.org.

http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_YGL_Honourees_2011.pdf

 

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Open Heavens Devotional: WHAT PICTURE ARE YOU PAINTING? Wednesday 9 March 2011 #RCCG

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:” (2 Cor. 3:2)

READ: Genesis 26:12-14

God is not a loser, whichever way you look at it. When He uses an honourable vessel, He gains and His Kingdom is positively impacted. When He uses a dishonourable vessel, or vessels that have turned from honour to dishonour like Ananias and Sapphira, He still does not lose. God’s judgement on such unreliable vessels becomes a lesson and strong warning to others, thereby strengthening their hands and commitment. In other words, all things good or bad work to God’s advantage. If you are connected with God and you follow Him every step of the way, He will cause all things –good and bad—to equally work in your favour (Rom. 8:28). Why? He is in charge of every situation. He knows everything, sees every actor in the play, knows their thoughts and the next move they will make long before they take a step. This season, the Lord will cause every event to work in your favour.

God uses honourable vessels to make a statement or prove a point. He used Joseph to prove to all and sundry that He is a faithful God, and that whatever He says must come to pass (Gen. 37:5-11; 50:15-21). Do you know that if you can hold on to His Word long enough, God will use you to tell His faithfulness? Does your life declare God’s faithfulness? If you look at the lives of some believers, you would never want to serve their God. Their laziness, prayerlessness, stinginess and disobedience have hindered God’s hands from moving on their behalf, thereby painting their God as powerless. Are you painting God negatively? Sometimes, God may use someone to prove that in spite of adverse circumstances, His power never fails. For instance, in Genesis 26:12-14, He asked Isaac to sow in time of famine and he reaped a harvest that made him move from being a nobody to the wealthiest man around. Imagine a stranger becoming richer than the nation he sojourned. In fact, he became so rich they envied him and asked him to leave. If you follow divine principles, you will always get heavenly results, adverse conditions notwithstanding. What picture of God are you painting today?

KEY POINT:
Your life paints a picture of God to the world. What picture of God are you painting?

Bible in One year: Amos 4-6

 

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Open Heavens Devotional: TEMPTING SELF? Tuesday 8 March 2011 #RCCG

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

 

MEMORIZE: “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.” (James 1:14)

READ: 1 Samuel 15:16-19

The distance a believer keeps from sin shows whether the fellow is wise or not. One who joins the ushering department knowing his or her weakness is stealing and lies, is not wise. Sooner than later, the fellow will start pilfering again. That was the case with Judas Iscariot. He already had a weakness, yet accepted to become Jesus’ treasurer. Not long afterwards, all his thoughts and plans revolved around money. He could not break the habit. Some appointments elevate one, while some demote. Some promotions can take you to Heaven while some are the expressways to hell. Watch those appointments! Some promotions or appointments should be turned down. If you still have itching fingers and you are sent to ushering department or church treasury, turn it down. Humbly tell your pastor, ‘Sir, I do not yet have enough grace to handle this department. Kindly send me to another’. It is better your pastor feels embarrassed than embarrassing yourself, your family, and the entire church later. If you are not financially disciplined, never accept to keep other people’s money. You will end up spending it and bringing shame on yourself. Be wise!

If you have lustful eyes, do not accept to be the teen’s pastor, youth president or children’s church teacher. Some with such challenges have accepted such leadership positions to their detriment. Accepting positions that will engage the flesh you are striving hard to keep under, amount to tempting yourself. This time, you are the tempter, and not the devil. In the same vein, if accepting a promotion will feed your ego to the point of becoming so haughty and uncontrollable, it will be wise to turn it down. What is the point in being promoted out of God’s reach? Do you know that if Saul was not promoted to become Israel’s first king, he would not have ended the way he did? Before his elevation, he was humble, but after his promotion, he saw himself as God’s mate and ignored God’s instructions (1 Sam. 15:16-19). Some elevations elicit the worst responses from the recipients. The promotion that will take you out of favour and relevance with God shall not come your way.

KEY POINT:
Brokenness and self-control are prerequisites to Kingdom appointments and uplifts. If you lack them, what was meant to lift you may bring you down.

Bible in One year: Amos 1-3

 

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VIDEO: Lagos Governorship Debate 2011 #RSVP #NigeriaDecides

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Open Heavens Devotional: A DISCIPLE INDEED? Monday 7 March 2011 #RCCG

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; ” (John 8:31).

READ: John 8 :30-32 T he church at Smyrna, which was supposed to be rich, lived in poverty probably out of ignorance. The quality of life made available to you is a function of your knowledge. Speaking of which, there is a link between spiritual knowledge and spiritual accomplishments. In John 8 :30-32 , while addressing some Jews who newly believed on Him, the Lord Jesus disclosed some truths. The first is that it takes a process to move from being a believer in Christ to being a disciple of Christ. In other words, everyone who believed and received Christ is a believer, but not all of them are disciples. One major difference between a believer and a disciple of Christ is what they know. “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed” (John 8:31). From this scripture, it is evident that there are certain conditions that a new convert must satisfy before becoming a disciple. Time is of great essence here. That means, you must be prepared to give time to cultivate your relationship with Christ and to know Him more. A believer who cannot invest his or her time into his new-found faith may not become a disciple. It is equally important to note what the believer spends time doing. You can believe in Christ and yet after ten years, not be His disciple. This could happen because you are not taking the time to develop yourself in the things of the Spirit. What do you use your time for? Building yourself spiritually or to feeding your flesh?

Secondly, Heaven certifies disciples. In other words, receiving a certificate from the School of Disciples does not automatically make you a disciple. Rather, you must be more concerned about what God calls you than man calls you. School of Disciple, Bible College and other training programmes are not an end in themselves, but a means to an end. They are only to help you become a heavenly Certified Disciple. Some people go to sleep after acquiring such earthly certificates, failing to realize that God’s major criteria is ‘continuity’. In addition, verse 32 of our reading says, “You shall know the truth”, that means as you continue seeking to know more of God and His Word, God will unveil His truths to you. There are truths that may never get to you as a new convert until you become a disciple. It is the truth you need to access freedom. Are you ready to pay the price to be a true disciple?

KEY POINT: One major difference between a believer and a disciple is that while the former is in the raw stage, the latter is a work in progress in Heaven’s factory.

Bible in One year: Joel 1-3

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Open Heavens Devotional: WHEN YOUR FAME SPREADS Sunday 6 March 2011

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.” (Gen. 39:21).

READ: Genesis 39 :19-21

Two people who demonstrated unbelief in the Bible were the Economic Adviser in Samaria and Sarah. While the former died, the latter, however, lived and remained relevant in God’s plan. Why? “And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy” (Exo. 33:19). God is sovereign, over all and above all. He has nobody to report to other than Himself. He is free to do whatsoever He likes with the works of His hands and nobody can query Him. When things go wrong with the design or production of a car, the manufacturer does not commit any sin reconstructing or changing His original design.

In the same way, God is free to do with you as He pleases. He is free to also determine how to judge those who sin against Him. For instance, when the children of Israel sinned, some died by the sword, some by famine, some by disease or epidemic, while there was a remnant spared out of God’s unusual mercy. This season, the Lord will select you as a candidate for His unusual mercy. While judgement is coming on some, you will be spared even when you are not better than those judged.

Another sign of the arrival of your day of favour is unusual growth of fame. One fellow who benefited from this was Joseph. After he was sold into slavery, Joseph stood out among the other servants. He even became head servant. His fame continued to soar to the point that the devil planed to cause him to sin so as to replace the good news and records of him with negative ones. Even when the devil appeared to have succeeded in throwing him into the prison through the lies told by Potiphar’s wife, his name continued to make waves and his fame continued to grow. In no time, the warders appointed him an unofficial warder—the official head of the inmates. When your fame continues to grow in spite of determined opposition, fiery attacks, the active presence of enemies, and unpleasant reports, know that it is your season of favour. Joseph’s fame did not stop spreading until it got to the King’s palace; he received a presidential pardon, and ended up as the Prime Minister of Egypt. When it is your time of favour, evil news and schemes will lose their power over you, and your few good deeds will be shouted from roof tops.

ACTION POINT: Joseph was labeled a ‘rapist’. Later, he was labeled a ‘man with the Midas touch’ and made Prime Minister. Do you have a reputation problem? Ask God to clear your reputation.

Bible in One year: Acts 27-28

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Open Heavens Devotional: HIDING FROM PHARAOH’S DAUGHTER? Saturday 5 March 2011

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” (Isaiah 60:5).

READ: Exodus 2 :5-6

Miriam effectively watched over Moses; hence, the opportunity God brought their way did not slip by them. Beloved leader, pastor or parent, opportunities are coming your way and the way of those God has put in your care. If you sleep off, you may not know when they pass by you. God is looking for effective watchmen and women who will put off sleep from their eyes and prayerfully watch over the flock. Are you one of such people?

While Miriam was watching, she was oblivious of what was coming her way—good or bad. Yet, she had great expectations. She expected something good and it came. To be effective, your act of watching must be backed by positive expectations. God regards the expectations of His children. Proverbs 23 :18 says, “ For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off”. Be very careful when engaging expectation instincts because what you expect may likely come. So always expect good while you watch, and good will always come to you sooner or later.

As young Miriam hid, watching from a distance, Pharaoh’s daughter came along with her maidens. Boy, was she scared! The daughter of the man who wanted her brother dead! Oh! How she must have prayed for God to blind the princess’ eyes and block her ears so as not to see the baby or hear its cry. She must have prayed that the baby would fall asleep so that its cry would not get the attention of the enemy. She did not expect anything good from the enemy’s camp. Unknown to her, the one she tried to hide her brother from was the very one he needed in order to live. Some people are still hiding certain information from those that God could use to help them. It could be because such a person had played a negative role in their lives in time past. But the truth is, God can turn those who hate you to favour you. Are you hiding from Pharaoh’s daughters of this world when God wants to use them to help you? The Lord will open your eyes and speak to your spirit today. Your help in the hands of your enemies shall be delivered to you in Jesus name. The Lord will cause unfriendly situations and hostile climates to favour you from now on.

PRAYER POINT: Father, the helpers Heaven has appointed for me that I unknowingly avoid, connect them with me today.

Bible in One year: Acts 24-26

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WATCH LIVE: March 2011 Special Holy Ghost Service from 7pm #RCCG

March Special Holy Ghost Service of The Redeemed Christian Church of God; Theme: Divine Champions. Ministering: Pastor E. A. Adeboye and other anointed ministers of God

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Open Heavens Devotional: EXIT ROUTE FROM FAMINE Friday 4 March 2011

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

 

MEMORIZE: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Ps. 119:105)

READ: 1 Kings 17:1-3

Economy-based famines can be provoked through covenant-breaking and bloodshed. Yet, they can be atoned for. In any way you have brought about a famine upon yourself or your land, the Lord will have mercy as you repent today. Moreover, in 1 Kings 17:1-10, the Bible records a famine in the days of Elijah. “And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, as the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word” (1 Kings 17:1). From this account, another cause of economic famine is idolatry and forsaking the commandment of the living God (1 Kings 18:17-18). Anytime you ignore God’s instructions, you invite the heavens over you to be shut. Putting your trust in other gods can also shut your heavens and bring untold hardship to you. Is there an area in your life where God’s Word is still ignored? Repent today and immediately go ahead to obey.

Moreover, we learn another lesson from this encounter with famine: that God has a survival plan for every famine. No famine takes God unawares. Before it came, God was there. During the famine, God is there and after it, God will still be there. Famines cannot diminish God or His provisions. Immediately after the proclamation of a famine in the land, God’s way of escape was suddenly revealed. “And the Word of the LORD came unto him, saying, Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan” (1 Kings 17:23). Elijah did not go anywhere until He heard from God. Are you going through a famine? Have you taken time to seek God’s face on the way out, or are you running ahead of God’s direction? God’s Word will show you the way of escape if you pay the price. God has a well-thought-out plan to help you overcome that famine. Have you received the plan? Are you following it? Some believers receive God’s way-out of the famine, but refuse to follow it because it seems stupid to them. If Elijah had not gone to the brook Cherith, he would have starved. If you abandon God’s provision, you will starve. Ask God for His way-out of famine today!
PRAYER POINT:
Your exit from famine is embedded in god’s Word. Father, show me the way out of my present famine situation.

Bible in One year: Acts 21-23

 

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Open Heavens Devotional: LONE LOSER Wednesday 2 March 2011

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.” (Acts 5:11).

READ: Acts 5:1-10

Gehazi is an example of someone who was an honourable vessel that later turned into a dishonourable one. May God not stop using you for honourable purposes in Jesus name! Another example of this is recorded of a family in Acts 5:1-4. There was need for fund raising to meet the needs of the church and of her members. The brethren were told to give and they did. A certain couple, after selling their land, decided to declare only a part of the proceeds as the total takings. But it was their property, and they were not forced to sell it. On their own, they offered to sell the land and turn in the cash. It is even possible they sold it for a higher price—probably beyond the true value; yet, greed would still drive them to under-declare.

But how can we give the bulk to the church? The man must have protested. ‘True’, his wife would have agreed. ‘After all, we could use some of the money to meet our personal needs. ’ ‘What do we do now?’ ‘It is a simple thing. Since nobody went with us to sell the land, we will simply declare half of the amount as the price we sold the land’. ‘But what if they find out the true position?’. ‘How will they know? Or are you going to squeal on me?’ ‘Not me!’. ‘Okay, promise me that if they suspect and call you to find out the exact amount, you will not spill the beans. If you don’t, I will give you a beautiful gift. Agreed?’ he asked. ‘Agreed’, she consented.

When they got to church the following day, the Holy Spirit exposed the man leaving him no room for repentance—he died on the spot. Then his wife came along and was asked the amount they sold the land. Like her husband, she under declared. She too died without any opportunity to repent. This tragedy played out because greed led to lies! Have you been prompted to give a particular seed to God, a man of God, or a fellow believer? When the Lord prompted your spirit, you agreed. But after a rethink, you felt it was a seed too much to give. Decidedly, you gave less. Are you better than Ananias and Sapphira? In the same way, some people declare less than their tithe since they know their pastor does not know their actual earnings. Your pastor may not know, but can you deceive God? Anyone who takes such a step is moving from honourable to dishonourable use by God. Repent and pay back all outstanding monies today and it shall be well with you.

KEY POINT:
In Acts 5:1-14, Mr. and Mrs. Ananias died because of lies yet, their death converted multitudes. God never loses. He who lies loses.

Bible in One year: Acts 15-18

 

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Open Heavens Devotional: KEEPING A DISTANCE FROM SIN Tuesday 1 March 2011

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE:
“A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.” (Prov. 14:16).

READ: Matthew 5:28-30

Another way to identify a wise person is by his or her attitude to sin. A wise fellow keeps a healthy distance from sin. The distance between you and anything or anyone capable of bringing you into sin will tell whether you are wise or not. 1 Thessalonians 5:22 says, “Abstain from all appearance of evil”. It takes wisdom to obey this scripture. If your weakness is women, it is wisdom to deliberately avoid being alone in a lady’s company—always insist on having a third party around. If your worldly friends have a very strong influence over you, you should be wise enough to keep them at bay. If your effort at the Christian faith is regularly being rubbished by your addiction to unhealthy television programs and internet sites, cut them off. Any old or new relationship that does not add to you spiritually, must be cut off. Even if they are as useful as your right eye or right hand, cut them off. Any publication, video or audio CD that fans the embers of sin in your hearth must be destroyed. Remember, the internal enemies you fail to deal with will continue to grow until they launch a fatal attack on you.

A sister once complained that there is too much gossip among fellow sisters, and so resolved not to keep company with ladies except brothers. Not long after, she fell into fornication. What distance do you keep from sin? Do you know that apart from physical distance, there is also spiritual distance you must keep from sin? The latter is in fact more important than the former. If it is so easy for you to fall into temptation, it simply means there is no spiritual distance between you and sin. When such a spiritual distance exists, you will be like someone on an island. It will take time before someone coming to you crosses over to meet you. Where there is spiritual distance from sin, falling into sin will not be intuitive, or at the spur of the moment, or even by mistake. It becomes difficult to sin at that level. Why? You will need to take a decision whether to sin or not. If a lady winks at you and the next moment you are lusting, there is no spiritual distance. If there is a spiritual distance from sin, even when there is no physical distance from sin, it will still be hard to sin. Are you in that sinless island of the righteous?

PRAYER POINT:
Father, where there is no distance from sin, create one and help me to maintain it.

Bible in One year: Act 13-14

 

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