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Open Heavens Devotional: ARE ALL BOYS FATHERS? Thursday 17 February 2011 #RCCG

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, even four generations.” ( Job 42 :16).

READ: Judges 16 :28-30

After Job’s trial, he had a great ending. It is commonly believed by Bible scholars that he was about 70 years at the time of his trial, and thereafter, God added to him 140 more years. Not many people are so blessed to see their children’s children— the second generation—but Job saw four generations of his lineage just because he was wise and righteous. Wisdom adds to the years of the wise. On the other hand, sin and foolishness takes from the foolish. In Judges 16 :28-30 , Samson died prematurely—in his prime. His self-will and foolishness robbed him of valuable years! The difference between Job and Samson was that the former had wisdom while the latter lacked it. Wisdom prolongs life while wickedness reduces it.

At the birth of baby boy, people would say, ‘Here comes a future father’, but if it is a baby girl, they would say. ‘Here goes a future mother’. Although every baby boy is a potential father and every baby girl is a potential mother, not everyone becomes a father and mother respectively. Sometimes, some never ever realize their potential due to death from natural causes. Earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions, hurricane etc., that have hit different parts of the earth have killed many boys and girls and forever buried their hopes of becoming a father or mother. Are you a father or a mother? Thank God for this. It is a privilege.

Furthermore, some boys and girls are murdered ever before they achieved their dreams of parenthood. One such victim was Abel. His dream of becoming a father was terminated when his elder brother struck him dead. On the other hand, some boys or girls may choose celibacy. They may decide to become eunuchs and therefore strike out marriage from their dictionary. Hence, people like Elijah, Elisha and Paul never married and even though they were potential fathers, they could not produce a biological child. Sin and foolishness rob millions of people of the ability to realize their potentials or to reach their destiny. If you are still toying with sin, know that it is eroding your years and destiny. Wisdom will, however, promote you. Ask God to increase you in wisdom so that you may enjoy life maximally.

PRAYER POINT: Father, the wisdom that will promote my life, bestow it upon me. Seek wisdom.

Bible in One year: Josh. 13-15

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Pasuma Wonder in search for the next fuji star

Ohun

Ohun

Popular Fuji star,Wasiu Alabi Pasuma  has  initiated a new reality TV show  in search of the next fuji star tagged “OHUN”. The show according to the 43 years old Kwara born singer is aimed at discovering new talents in the fuji music industry and forms are already on sale at all  Oceanic bank branches  nationwide for N2000.

Audition for the show will take place in four cities Ikeja, Ibadan, Akure and Ilorin in June 2011 while the grand finale will hold in Lagos in August 2011. Speaking on the show he said “Ohun was initiated by management company AO21 Media  in November 2008 but for one  reason or the other we could not kick off till now. There are quite a lot of Music talent shows but all seem focused on Hip hop, Pop and RNB and no one is paying attention to Fuji music.  Fuji music is the most popular Indigenous music in Nigeria but what happens when my generation stops singing? There are quite a lot talented young men out there who wants to sing fuji music but since no one is encouraging them their talent is just wasting away. Over the years I have wondered if someone will ever though of doing A Fuji talent show  and rather than wait more I have taken up the responsibility to contribute my own quota to the growth of fuji music. I am optimistic Ohun will open doors for more Fuji talent show s and the more credible shows like ours the better it is for the industry”

He was queried further on why the show is tagged Ohun and he said “My manager came about the name. When he mentioned Ohun, I figured it like any other person that it means Voice of Fuji but he explained to me that Ohun is not just Voice but also Sound, Melody, beat, rhythm, etc. I sat down and think deeply and realized that Ohun means everything in music including message (lyrics) and sometimes used as slang. Ohun is very deep so also Fuji music so i did not hesitate to agree to his suggestion that we name it OHUN”

On sponsors and prizes to be won he commented that “Well we don’t have a sponsor for now but hope to get one. This is not about making money for me. I am very passionate about it because i am giving something back to the society. I am giving people opportunities to explore their talent and also might be taking some people off the street. I hope we get sponsors because a lot of money will go into this project. A lot of people in the past one year had wanted to partner with us but because they are all about money we turned them down until EIC Communication came in as a partner with Genuine motive for the growth of Fuji music.

The winner will get a car, cash prize and record deal while the second and third runners up will get cash prizes and record deal. For me it is not only about what the winner gets but what becomes of him after the show. The winner will ride on the platform of Pasuma Wonder to stardom. Whenever i have a concert he will be on stage with me and anytime i am going on tour i will take him with me. At least for 12 months he will get maximum exposure performing on stage with me and i also will employ the service of one of the best Fuji music producers to work on his album”

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Open Heavens Devotional: NOT UNTO DEATH- Wednesday 16 February 2011

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the son of God might be glorified thereby.” (John 11:4)

READ: John 11 :1-4

God’s vessels of honour are used in making statements in the world. Sometimes, He can use some vessels to reveal His ability to make the impossible possible. He can also use some to demonstrate His ability to reverse the irreversible. When His friend Lazarus was sick, and He was informed in John 11 :1-44 , Jesus kept His cool and stayed back for four days. Many people would want to know why He did that to His friend. It was simply because the Lord wanted to use Lazarus to tell the world that no matter how bad a matter had degenerated, it could still be reversed if only He is brought into the picture. If you were left like Lazarus in a bad situation that was getting worse, it would not have been funny at all. Lazarus died and was buried. He was already stinking. Not even his sisters would want to come close at this point yet, the Lord went into that stinking tomb and reversed the irreversible. This tells us that no situation is beyond redemption. How bad is your situation today? Is it so bad that the matter got buried and sealed? It shall be exhumed and reversed today. Is your situation so stinky and repulsive that nobody wants to give a listening ear? Fear not! The Lord will wade into that stench, and cause a fresh scent, and a compelling aroma to waft out.

“When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the son of God might be glorified thereby” (John 11:4). One lesson here is that while sickness may be the avenue to leave this world, like it was for Elisha (2 Kings 13 :14) , it could also be a means to glorify God and encourage God’s ministers. If you find out that a particular sickness is due to any of the above reasons, you would know how to handle it. On the other hand, some sicknesses are from the devil and must be rejected. In addition, if the Lord tells you that you will not die through a particular illness, even if you became dead like Lazarus, you will still live. That sickness in your body will not kill you. Are you already yielding to death because you feel you cannot hold on any longer? You shall not die! There shall be an expedited reversal of your state of health. You shall recover!

PRAYER POINT: If the Resurrection and the Life says death shall not take you, even if it has swallowed you, it shall vomit you. Father, every good thing death has taken from me, be restored today in Jesus name!

Bible in One year: Josh. 10-12

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Open Heavens Devotional: MAKING PARENTS JOYFUL? Tuesday 15 February 2011 #RCCG

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise ;)” (Eph. 6:2).

READ: Ephesians 6 :1-3

A wise person can be identified by his or her attitude to correction. Another way of identifying the wise is by discerning his ability to give joy to his or her parents. Proverbs 10 :1 says, “ The Proverbs of Solomon: A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother”. Your ability to always make your father happy makes you a wise child. One exemplary case here is our Lord Jesus Christ. He was a joy to be with at all times. According to Luke 2 :40-52 , He was missing from the company of His parents one day and they were plunged into sorrow. “And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart” (Luke 2:51). As a twelve-year- old, Jesus was totally obedient to His parents. A child that completely submits to his or her parents, and obeys them, that will make them happy. Do you give your biological parents joy? To what extent do you submit to them? Or do you disrespect them because you are now in a boarding school or university? Today’s reading commands you to obey and honour your earthly parents. As an adult, have you forsaking your aging parents? If you are a wise child, you would care for them until they depart from this world. If Jesus were to meet with your parents today, can they say you have given them joy?

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right” (Eph. 6 :1). Besides giving joy to his or her biological parents, a wise person will also give joy to his or her spiritual parents- especially God. Again, the Lord Jesus Christ is our example here. He pleased God to a point that God twice audibly testified that he was well pleased with Him. Is God pleased with you? Do you make His work and will as important as your daily meal? (John 4 :34). What of your church leaders? Do you give them joy in the way you relate with them? Or, are you making them regret having you as a spiritual child? It is only a wise child that would love, respect, intercede for, and obey his or her spiritual parents. Some blessings are channeled to you through your parents; it is when you give them joy that they will agree with Heaven for them to be release to you. What are you doing to give joy to your parents?

ACTION POINT: Respect and honour spiritual and biological parents always.

Bible in One year: Josh. 7-9

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Open Heavens Devotional: SMYRNA LIVES AGAIN Monday 14 February 2011 #RCCG

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me.” (Micah 7:8)

READ: Revelation 2 :8-11

Of the seven churches the Lord wrote letters to, only two passed His assessment. The church at Smyrna was one of them. The Lord had nothing against them. May the Lord help you to a point where He will find nothing against you. A look at the history of Smyrna shows that it was founded, then destroyed, then rebuilt. The new rebuilt city was extremely beautiful. One of the finest of all Asian cities then, it was referred to as the ‘ ornament’, ‘crown’ or ‘flower’ of Asia. One of its streets was called ‘street of gold’. It proudly harboured a stadium, a public library and a home of music. Several idols such as Zeus, Apollo and Aphrodite had their temples there. Smyrna was a trading city and there were several influential Jews there. This magnificent city was really a beehive of activities. In His letter, the Lord introduced Himself as the One who was dead but is now alive. To any resident of Smyrna, this statement was something they could relate with, as Smyrna was once dead but then lived again. This speaks of capacity to bounce back after a fall. If a city was destroyed and after 300 years it bounced back formidably to the extent of becoming the envy of other cities of Asia, you too can bounce back from your backslidden state and overtake those ahead of you. This tells us that a fall is not final until the fallen accepts defeat. Has the devil struck you down and you are flat on the floor? Never accept defeat! You are down but not out!

“Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me” (Micah 7 :8). The power to bounce back is present in Christ. Peter fell to a point of denying Christ thrice but afterwards, he keyed into this grace and he bounced back. Are you a fallen soldier of the cross? Don’t stay down: Arise in the strength of Christ. You fall to rise, not rise to fall or stay fallen. No matter how badly you have fallen, you are bouncing back strong. That you fell does not mean you cannot be a winner or an ‘ overcomer’. Virtually everyone who overcame or won once experienced a fall or decline. Get up! Stand up! Take your rightful place now. The power of the Lord is right behind you.

PRAYER POINT: Pray that God will revive weak believers and restore backsliders in our churches.

Bible in One year: Josh 4-6

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Open Heavens Devotional: WHERE’S YOUR SPIKENARD? Sunday 13 February 2011 #RCCG

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “Verily I say unto you, wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her” (Mrk. 14 :9).

READ: Mark 14 :3-9

One way of knowing that your time of favour has come is when God gives you unusual opportunities. For King Solomon, God gave him the unusual opportunity to ask for whatever he wanted in a dream. “In that night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him, Ask what I shall give thee” (2 Chron. 1 :7). However, that opportunity did not just come on its own. It was provoked by Solomon’s sacrifice of a thousand burnt offerings in one night. This simply tells us that there are things you can do to hasten or provoke your day of favour. Giving extraordinarily can trigger your favour. Unfortunately, many who are asking God for their day of favour are still holding back. Do you know that if Solomon had not given that landmark offering, he would not have accessed the wisdom that made him the wisest man on earth? Sometimes, God folds his hands and observes how far you can go for Him. He wants to see the extent of your love. He wants to see the level of risk you can take for Him. Have you given him that landmark gift that provokes an open cheque? Looking at the life of Solomon, you would discover that the wealth that followed his gift cannot be compared to what he gave. He never became poor all his life. He rather became the wealthiest man of his time—comparable with the billionaires of our time. You cannot lose out when you give to God. Do not deny yourself the opportunity of a life time!

In Mark 14 :3-9 , the Lord was taking a meal in Simon’s house when a woman came in. Before then, she had thought of how to make a lasting, positive impression on the Lord. Then, she remembered her expensive box of ointment. ‘Yes! The Lord deserves my best!’ she said to herself, and took the box with her. God only knows how long she had kept that treasure. When she got to the Lord, she opened it and anointed Him. On realizing the value of that perfume, some people around became angry. To them it was a waste of money anointing the Lord with such expensive oil. Unknown to her, she had keyed into prophetic declaration concerning the death and burial of the Lord. As a result, her name and deeds were etched in gold in the heavenly Hall of fame. Thousands of years later, her gift is still speaking for her. When we get to Heaven, we will see her. Are you still hiding your box of spikenard?

ACTION POINT Give God your best.

Bible in One year: Josh. 1-3

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Open Heavens Devotional: HEIGHTS, SIGHT AND POSSESSIONS Saturday 12 February 2011

MEMORIZE: “For all the land which thou seest , to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.” (Gen. 13:15).

READ: Genesis 13 :14-15

Perception is necessary for discovery and recovery. What you see determines what you get. If you cannot ‘see’ divine healing in the Bible, but just read about it, you may never experience it. So many believers have heard of divine healing but very few have experienced it because they cannot ‘see’ the true picture as presented in God’s Word. In Genesis 13:14-15, God told Abraham to take the look of his life; just one look and whatever he saw became his. If you were asked to take that one life-changing look, what will you do? You would climb to a very high mount, get a vantage point that guarantees the best view, before you take that look. If you were on a mountain top, you would have a great view and as a result greater possessions than if you were in a valley. In the same way, your spiritual level determines how much you can benefit from God’s Kingdom.

Whenever you are spiritually high, you will be able to derive greater understanding and revelations from the Bible than when you are in the valley of sin. Any time you are in sin, you are ‘down’. Do all you can to remain on the mountain top of God’s presence! The extent of your vision is the limit of your possession. You cannot possess what you cannot see. Anything the eye of your spirit-man can envision, God will deliver into your hands. In Exodus 2 :2 , Jochebed saw something in Moses that other people could not see. While other Hebrew women were seeing their new born baby-boys as dead, Jochebed saw her baby boy as alive, contrary to the king’s verdict. She simply made an exception for her baby. She said, ‘All other Hebrew male children may die but my baby boy will live’, and it was so. Today, because of the economic down turn, many people are seeing death in their businesses. But the ‘overcomers’ see life. In the face of an epidemic, what are you seeing: life or death? You can only get what you see. Like Jochebed, make yourself an exception, and it will be so. No matter how dire a situation is, there is always a positive side to focus on. As you do so, good outcomes will be your portion.

KEY POINT Always lift up your eyes unto the hills.

Bible in One year: 1 Thess. 1-3

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Open Heavens Devotional: FELLOWSHIP AND FAMINE -Friday 11 February 2011 #RCCG

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shall meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” (Josh. 1:8)

READ: Acts 13 :1-3

Apart from incomplete obedience and carnality, spiritual famine can also be caused by a neglect of the word. Joshua 1 :8 says, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shall meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” Do you know one major reason why God gave this instruction to Joshua was to prevent spiritual famine? According to this scripture, your heart, mouth, deeds and their results are all linked together. If your heart is saturated with God’s Word, it would spill out through your mouth, which would affect your deeds and ultimately determine your destiny. The fellow who has such close contact with the Bible may not be far from receiving from God in the time of need.

However, those who have turned their Bibles into relics and decorations on the book shelf may be inviting spiritual famine. If you spend little or no time with your Bible, you are inviting a spiritual dearth. Do you make time to study your Bible regularly? Closely allied to this is lack of fellowship with other believers. Matthew 18 :20 says God is present where His children are gathered. In such assemblies, He speaks to His children. However, if you are hardly present, how would you hear Him? No matter how busy you are, always create time to be in His presence. Those who are always in His presence never lack divine guidance. In today’s reading, some brethren separated themselves from others to be in God’s presence. They could have pursued other personal agenda during that same period, but they valued being in God’s presence. While worshipping God in praying and fasting, the Lord spoke to them. That was where Paul’s commission to go to the gentiles (Acts 26:16-18) was affirmed. Today, we hear all kinds of excuses for not studying the Bible or attending fellowship meetings. Yet, if these same people were asked to come and receive a sizeable financial favour, they would make the appointment. It only means that divine appointments are not truly important to them. What is important to you will definitely be accommodated within your agenda. How important is attending church services to you?

KEY POINT When Satan gives you excuses to be separated from the Bible or fellowship, be rest assured he is working out something sinister.

Bible in One year: Dan. 10-12

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Open Heavens Devotional: CHANGEABILITY OF DESTINY – Thursday 10 February 2011 #RCCG

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.” (Prov. 9:11).

READ: Proverbs 9 :10-11

In 1 Samuel 2 :30, God, who had earlier purposed to eternally choose priests from the family of Eli, rescinded His decision. May God not alter His good purposes and plans for your life in Jesus name. One lesson form this is that destiny is changeable. In mathematics, we call this variable constant, which refers to something that is fixed yet subject to change on introduction of a particular factor. An example here is death. Hebrews 9 :27 says everyone has an appointment with death, yet the date of that appointment can be changed – either moved forward or backward. Proverbs 10 :27 says, “The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened”. This means, if God says you will live for 70 years and you fear Him and are wise, you may live up to 80 years or more. In other words, one reason you should be wise is to prolong your life. Hence, Proverbs 9 :11 say, “For by me ( wisdom) thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased”. How wise are you? Do you have the wisdom of God? To what extent is God’s wisdom operating in and through you. In what way is it affecting every area of your life? Wisdom adds life, days and years to you. Wisdom keeps you from taking foolish decisions that can cut down your life- span. If there is any asset you must acquire this year, it is wisdom.

On the other hand, a man’s destiny can be changed backwards. Sin can shorten your life span. Sin is a robber of life. Many who were supposed to live up to 70 , 80 or more years, are dying today at 30 or 40 because they contacted certain diseases through a sinful act. One sexual encounter could be all it takes to infect a vibrant and healthy individual with a killer disease. If you are wise, you will keep away from sin in all its forms. Job 42 :16 says God added 140 years to the life-span of Job. He died at a good old age. He was righteous and wise, and so got more years. Who says you cannot get more from life? With wisdom, you can. By your present lifestyle, will God add to or subtract from your years?

PRAYER POINT Father, help our youths to apply their hearts to wisdom so that they can live long to affect their nation for good. Be wise in your lifestyle choices.

Bible in One year: Dan. 7-9

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Open Heavens Devotional; START THAT CHAIN Wednesday 9 February 2011 #RCCG

by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “For with the hear man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:10).

READ: Romans 10 :13-15

God can use anyone. He does not discriminate. If you yield to Him, you will become a candidate of divine occupation. This year, the Lord will use you mightily in Jesus name. If you can simply obey God’s instructions, you will be dazed at the impact of your obedience. In Kingdom, there is a chain—a powerful network—that God wants sustained until Jesus comes. You are saved to save others. If we do this, by and by, the world will be reached for Christ. A driver once led his female employer to Christ. Thereafter, this lady was miraculously healed of a sickness. In appreciation, she not only led her younger sister to Christ, but also donated a house to start a church in her hometown. Later, she gave out more houses until the RCCG was established in Port-Harcourt. Today, in Rivers State, Nigeria, we have about 1000 parishes, all because a driver witnessed Christ to his boss! Do you know that this driver has, by this singular act, become a spiritual father to many in that state? You may think that he was just fortunate, or lucky, but the truth is, there are several men and women like that woman who can run with the Kingdom vision and support it with all that is required. All God wants you to do is speak up, and He will do the rest. Do not ignore any opportunity you have to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those you meet. You can start your chain today! Read more

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Open Heavens Devotional: ATTITUDE TO CORRECTION Tuesday 8 February 2011

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: ”Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.” (Prov. 9 :9).

READ: Proverbs 9 :7-9

A part from identifying a wise person by who or what he learns from, he can also be known by his or her attitude to correction. Anyone who cannot be corrected cannot attain wisdom. According to today’s reading, if you find it difficult to love those who correct you, you are a scorner and a fool. A scorner takes offence when corrected, hence, the fellow often plans to revenge by disgracing the one who has corrected him. If that is your attitude towards correction, you are a fool. If people have cause to regret ever correcting you, it is because you are a scorner and a fool. A fool cannot be corrected. Some so-called believers prefer to relocate from their local assembly than to submit to the discipline of their pastor. Such an attitude shows that the fellow has not been truly broken. If your pastor cannot correct you, who else can? Avoiding the correction of your spiritual leader put you at risk in the court of Heaven. It is only a fool that will dodge five strokes of the cane only to later get twenty-four strokes of the rod. What is your attitude to correction? Do you take it with humility or you rebuff it arrogantly? Read more

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Open Heavens Devotional: PARTAKING OF THE TREE OF LIFE? – Monday 7 February 2011 #RCCG

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.” (Rev. 2:7)

READ: Genesis 3 :22-24

A lesson from Christ’s letter to the church at Ephesus is that having an ear is one thing, but hearing with it is another. Some people have ears but they are not better than those who do not have. In fact, there are those who have no ears but they ‘ hear’ because they have an obedient heart and are ready to comply with instructions. What God is looking for as proof of having ears that hear, is your ability to heed what the Holy Spirit is saying. Any time you turn deaf ears to what God wants done, it shows that your ears are useless appendages, mere ornaments even. How functional are your ears? Some ears can hear every other sound except that of the Spirit. May the Lord from today open your ears to hear His voice. Read more

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Open Heavens Devotional: PRELIMINARY CALLING Sunday 6 February 2011

by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:” (Gal. 1:16).

READ: Galatians 1 :15-16

Ideally, to qualify for leadership positions in the church of God, you must first be called. Believers are ‘called-out’ people. You are first called out of sin and worldliness into God’s Kingdom. Until you genuinely respond to this preliminary call, you cannot taste the new birth. This makes you unfit to lead God’s people. Today, many who have not yet known the Lord give themselves big titles, claiming that God has commissioned them. The Lord is a Holy God. He will not appoint sinners. Until the problem of sin is settled, that individual remains unusable—his gifts, knowledge and earthly achievements notwithstanding.

“But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:” (Gal. 1:15-16). From the passage above, Paul had Jesus Christ in his heart before he was called to make Him known to the world. You cannot give what you don’t have. Anyone who does not genuinely have a personal relationship with Christ, but is leading God’s people, is not a leader but a hireling. Do you have the Jesus you are preaching to others? Read more

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Open Heavens Devotional: GRASSHOPPER MENTALITY Saturday 5 February 2011 #RCCG

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.” (Prov. 23:7).

READ: Romans 4:17-22
Bible in One year: Esth. 1-3


W
hat you focus on, in any given situation, determines your outcome. Have you noticed that when you raise your eyes to look at something, you may be staring at several objects at the same time? Twenty people can face the same direction but no two will focus only on the same thing. This shows the need to look aright. May you focus only on what Heaven wants you to see always!

Numbers 13:33 says when the ten spies saw the giants, they saw themselves like grasshoppers. What they saw they eventually became. Although problems will come, never focus on them. Each time you set your heart on a problem, your worth diminishes and your God reduces in magnitude. Each time you focus on a problem, it increases in size and before long, it completely fills your vision. On the other hand, each time you focus on Jesus Christ—the Problem Solver, He is magnified and you become stronger and bolder, while the problem pales into oblivion. This simply tells us that you can either magnify or minimize a problem depending on your focus. What are you focusing on today? Are you daily staring at the problem or is your gaze on the Problem Solver? Read more

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Open Heavens Devotional: CARNALITY AND FAMINE Friday 4 February 2011

by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE:”Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be” (Rom. 8:7).

READ: Romans 8:5-8

A possible cause of spiritual dryness in the lives of some people is their refusal to obey God completely. If you cannot see a difference between the Word of God and the words of men, you are not different from King Saul. Anytime there is some iota of disobedience in your attempt at obedience, your overall state is regarded by God as disobedience. If you want Heaven to accept your efforts as acts of righteousness, ensure they satisfy Heaven’s requirement a hundred percent. Read more

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