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New Glory Devotional: THE POWER IN YOUR TONGUE 1 – Thursday, October 4, 2012

By Pastor Ayo Agbelusi

Memorise: “For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.” (James 3:2).

Read: James 3:1-12

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” (Proverbs 18:21).

Your tongue, though little, is a strong member of your body that you must not use carelessly. If you live carelessly with your tongue, you will in no time live a careless life on the earth. The tongue is a major control of the body. If your body is under total control, you can be sure a glorious life awaits you here on earth.

Many have been destroyed due to the misuse of their tongues. Idle words are dangerous. They have a direct negative impact on the life you live. You can’t make wrongful negative confessions about your situation and your life and expect positive results afterwards. What you think is what you’ll say and what you say has every right to stay. “Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you:” (Numbers 14:28).

Your tongue is so powerful. It reveals your personality and depth. Your words are the yardstick by which your wisdom and your level of spiritually are measured. It’s better to remain silent than to bring yourself low due to the wrong use of words. Your tongue will not only build or destroy your life, it also has the same effect on the lives of the people you come in contact with. You can make a glorious destiny through the correct use of your tongue and you can also destroy an enviable destiny when you talk loosely about people and things you know nothing about. You are either building or destroying destinies by the way you use your tongue.

“Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.” (James 3:10).

We have seen many born again Christians of long-standing whose tongues yet defile. How can you confess Jesus genuinely and your words not prove you have been with the Lord. The fruits of the lips of so many Christians are worse than that of some unbelievers. Foul words, unholy jesting, crazy jokes, dirty language and even cursing are some fruits we see in out midst. But hear the word of the Lord to you concerning this: “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” (Ephesians 4:29).

What are you offering God and man from your lips? “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name.” (Hebrews 13:15). Don’t deceive yourself, you know where you belong as far as the use of the tongue is concerned. If that member of your body is not under control, if God is not continually blessed and if the people around you cannot testify of the good words from your lips, then you need to check yourself and make all necessary adjustments.

PRAYER:

Please help me to control my whole body and life through the right use of my tongue.

New Glory Devotional: BE COURAGEOUS – Wednesday October 3, 2012

By Pastor Ayo Agbelusi

Memorise: “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” (Joshua 1:9).

Read: Joshua 1:7-9

One characteristic that made David to stand out in the battles of life was courage. He was fully determined to conquer. Courage is being afraid but refusing to fear. Courage is never enabled until there’s a reason to fear. I remember as a child in the village, how fearful it was when we saw a snake coming near our house one day. The saving grace then, was the ability to summon up courage to destroy the venomous beast.

It is required as we progress in life that we always be courageous. Life is never a fanfare as many make it out to be. It’s actually a warfare. No man stands in the midst of a dreadful battle without fear of being killed, wounded or maimed. The only access to victory in the battles of life is courage to move on and never give in to fear.

“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” (Joshua 1:9).

You are commanded to be courageous. It was not an advice. It’s mandatory that you begin to see victories in those battles facing your marriage, business, education and ministry. You are not expected to give up. “And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:” (Exodus 14:15). Fear brings setbacks and defeat. Courage compels victory and success. If you through fear retire in the midst of life’s struggles, you’ll end up a prey in the camp of the enemy.

David moved towards the roaring Goliath with faith and unwavering courage. He conquered the enemy of his time by believing and acting on the word of God. You don’t know how successful you’ll become in that business if you don’t have the courage to start. I once spoke with a lady who said she could not take up a university programme because she wasn’t sure she would make it in the course being offered her by the school management. People will come to discourage you in that business. They will show you 101 reasons why failure is inevitable. The choice is yours to believe your God for the supernatural or to lose your miracle to fear.

What is that assignment before you? How lofty is that project? You can only win if you have enough courage to start. The very day you begin to confront your fears is the day your open door to unlimited victory starts. You will return with your victory songs in Jesus mighty name.

PRAYER

I receive grace to conquer my fear. I’m not giving up because victory is mine. Halleluyah!

New Glory Devotional: THE CHOICE IS YOURS – Tuesday, October 2, 2012

By Pastor Ayo Agbelusi

Memorise: “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15).

Read: Joshua 24:13-15

God has never forced His will on man. He can only encourage you to follow that path that will enhance your success, productivity and fulfilment. You have the right to choose which way you are to follow, either the right or the left. In fact, some may chose stagnation just like the children of israel did when they desired to return to Egypt because of their love for the cucumber, garlic and onions.

You are a direct product of the decisions you made yesterday. Whether positive or negative, you must have a result for every step you take. This is the reason why you can’t afford to choose wrongly. You must consciously look through your plan to be sure you are not on the wrong path.

Your choices will always speak. The results that you get will announce all that you have done in your secret heart. At the level of results, the whole world will come to the knowledge of all you have done either with yourself or with the Lord.

Is your choice in line with the counsel of God for your life? The Bible says: “There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.” (Proverbs 19:21). This scripture is only applicable to those who are set to obey the Lord. It’s for the strong hearted who will patiently consider what God is saying concerning their present situation.

The Word of God can never lead you astray. If you will drop the dictates of your flesh, the lust of your eyes and refrain from pride, you will have unlimited access to the abundant grace made available by God. He’s speaking to you right now. He says choose life and live! Embrace His truth and be free from the deceit of men.

Beloved, the choice is yours. It’s either God’s choice or self-choice. May you not be led in error in Jesus name.

PRAYER:

Father, open my eyes of understanding that I may discover Your choice for my life. Don’t ever allow me to choose to my own damnation.

New Glory Devotional: THE MIND OF CHRIST – Monday, October 1, 2012

By Pastor Ayo Agbelusi

Memorise: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:” (Philippians 2:5).

Read: Rom.12:1-2

Beloved, your success in life and ministry can only be possible if your body, soul and spirit are in direct cooperation with the word of God. Your mind is the required tool for effective and successful living. This is why it is important you develop your spirit man to take total control of your body and mind.

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:” (Philippians 2:5).

Your mortal mind is weak and not always supportive when issues of life arises. That is why it’s always easy to give up in the face of the battles of life. The desire of God for every true believer is that we have the mind of Christ.

The mind of Christ is bold, strong and it’s always undefeated in any battle. It’s important to note that this kind of mind is directly functioning and empowered by the word of God. This makes it difficult for it to be wrongly informed or mislead the fear of the unknown. How far you will go in life is directly proportional to the kind of message your mind receive and the object of control it has.

“For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” (Galatians 5:17).

Your natural mind needs total renewal if you will function correctly in destiny. The word of God is the only available medicine to get your mind out of fear, deceit, failure and the challenges of life. You can only see solutions through the Word of God! Fear comes by hearing and hear the words of men. Faith is built on the word of God. Your mind cannot embrace the expected victory and success if not totally renewed by God.

If you have the mind of Christ, you will easily see into the realm of the Spirit the provision of God for you in the redemption. You will be positive about your goals and dreams. You cannot have the mind of Christ and not be sure that your future is bright. Regardless of the economic situation of your nation and the world at large, your mind once linked with that of Christ enables you to hear the sound of abundance of rain like Elijah! You need to train up your mind to think the way the word of God says you should think regardless of your feelings.

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8).

KEY POINT:

The remaining days of this year are too much to get your victories and miracles delivered provided you have a renewed mind set. Ask God to renew your mind through His Word!

New Glory Devotional: PREACH THE WORD – Sunday, September 30, 2012

By Pastor Ayo Agbelusi

Memorise: “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13).

Read: Mark 16:15-20

The ministry of Jesus Christ was gracefully handed over to every believer and the assignment was clearly stated: “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. ” (Mark 16:15). That’s the assignment and it the purpose of God for every born again child of God on the earth!

“To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:19).

The call is unto reconciliation not judgement and condemnation of the world. Beloved, you are not the judge of the earth. Your are an evangelist in this world. “Go Ye”. God is not interested in death of any man. He wants all to be saved and that they should come to the knowledge of the truth. 1Tim.2:3.

What are you doing about the lost souls in your family, on your street, place of work and in your city? You are not called to dress nice and cute every sunday for worship only. You are saved to save others. Some workers in the present day churches are mere Sunday Stars. After the service of Sundays, their assignment is over. Without the Microphone or good musical instruments they can’t perform their heavenly tasks. Beloved, that’s not how it should be. Can you boldly say you have at least a soul going to heaven through you? What are you doing with the grace that you have received? Are you preaching salvation or busy condemning the sinners on your street? Remember, you were once in that dirty state until Christ showed forth for your deliverance.

This message is a clarion call. Make up your mind to be involve in what interest God most. People are trooping daily into hell due to sinfulness and deceit of the devil. You can deliver them through the words of Christ of your lips. There are Gospel tracts all over the place for you to distribute. You can also support the missionaries on the field with your money, materials (cloths, etc) or go in person. What about prison and hospital ministry? Jesus Christ said: “I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. ” (Matthew 25:43). The purpose of God’s blessings in your life is to bless and deliver the world. What are you doing for the kingdom my sister? What is your assignment on the earth my brother.

“And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.” (Mark 16:20).

This is the time the gospel is most needed. Now is the acceptable time. Souls are perishing but my people are merely living in merriment. Apostle Paul encouraged Timothy: “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” (2 Timothy 4:2). Make up your mind today. Be a part of this end time army and the grace for signs and wonders shall follow you.

ACTION POINT:

Your ministry is either reconciliation or condemnation. Where do you stand?

New Glory Devotional: EXCEEDING ABUNDANTLY – Saturday, September 29, 2012

By Pastor Ayo Agbelusi

Memorise: “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,” (Ephesians 3:20).

Read: Ephesians 3:20-21

God is rich is all goodness and mercy. He’s not holding any of His blessings back from His children. For as many that call on Him will be found of Him. You can only live in lack if you are blind to the resources available to you in the redemption.

The essence of redemption is elevation and reduction. You are initially on ground zero of sin and iniquity which culminated in total poverty, sickness and gross misfortune. The coming of our Lord Jesus Christ terminated the age of sorrow, sin, sickness and poverty and shame. We came into salvation by His precious blood and we gladly access the treasures of heaven through His blood that was shed for our sakes. Jesus is come that you may have life and have it more abundantly, John 10:10

Beloved, everything you need is already provided. God didn’t create you into lack and poverty. His thoughts towards you are for peace to bring you to the expected end. Jer.29:11.

Your needs will be supplied according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. You have access to all that is God’s.

The key to receiving these abundant blessings is faith. “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6). Diligence in faith is a major requirement for the delivery of your expected miracles. You can’t get best of God if you are not committed to His course. You can’t be committed without being diligent. Stop watching what you don’t want. Your Father is rich in all things. Move closer to Him in prayers and holiness with strong faith. Trust in your sickle and harvest your desired joy, breakthrough, success, marital success and unlimited prosperity.

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,” (Ephesians 3:20).

There’s a power working abundance in you. Don’t waste it. Make haste to utilise it. Yield yourself completely to God and enjoy all the benefits made available in the redemption by your heavenly Father. You will never live your years on earth in lack in Jesus mighty name.

Key Point:

It’s not impossible to see a prince walking bare-footed. Your choice for prosperity and abundance can never materialise if you refuse to speak to your heavenly Father. Go ahead, talk to Him today and it shall be well with you!

New Glory Devotional: DON’T RUN IN VAIN – Friday, September 28, 2012

By Pastor Ayo Agbelusi

Memorise: “He hath made every thing beautiful in his time.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11a).

Read: Psalms 40:1-3

One of the greatest evil befalling man in this last days is his inability to be patient with God. The race of life is never for the impatient if it will be to a reasonable end. Many marriages and homes are in big mess today because the timing of God was rejected for the dictates of the flesh and lusts of the eyes.

David said: “I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.” (Psalm 40:1-2).

You cannot put God on the run! He knows the right time for the delivery of your miracles. Only be patient! To a reader of this devotional, the only warning God has for you is ‘WAIT’. People who refuse to wait on God will end up as waste on the earth. Many lives have been wasted on the road to destiny due to impatience. Many women are seeking divorce in their various homes today because they couldn’t wait for divine time and God chosen partners. God knows your frame and He has timed your miracle. The best you can offer is to allow Him direct your plans. Don’t give God time rather submit to God’s timing. Don’t negotiate, this is not a joke.

A sister called in for counselling early this year on marital issues. While discussing with her, the Lord asked me to encourage her to be patient but she wouldn’t listen. All she wanted was marriage at all cost. Before June ending, she has been deceived by three guys.

The best test of quality is time. Give that love time and see how true it is. We have been with God all these years and it’s evident that He can never fail. James 1:4 says: “But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting. May you not run in vain in Jesus mighty name.

Remember what God says unto you: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31).

Patience qualifies you for greater height. As you trust God for testimony, ask for grace never to be weary, read more of His word and seek divine counselling. You will not miss your portion in life in Jesus name.

Pray:

Father, give me grace to wait for Your timing for my life. I refuse to run in vain in destiny in Jesus mighty name.

New Glory Devotional: CONQUER YOURSELF – Thursday, September 27, 2012

By Pastor Ayo Agbelusi

Memorise: “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:” (Colossians 3:5).

Read: Judges 16:1-31

Your success and victory in battles life is not just about effort alone, it is about understanding and having the correct mindset. Sometimes in life attitude is more important than aptitude. The school of success actually shows attitude carries more marks than aptitude. Aptitude is ability while attitude has to do with confidence. As you go through life God wants you to develop a lot of confidence. I don’t believe in confidence without competence, but I believe that competent people must become confident and confident people must become competent. I have seen people that know next to nothing who are confident; they can get a lot of things done. Similarly, I have seen people with a lot of competence but lack confidence in the critical moments of life.

“I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.” (Ecclesiastes 9:11).

God will allow you to meet the negative things that the devil has done for you it again from other people so as to master it. If you never master it, that thing will master you and keep you from where you are going. It was the anger that Moses did not conquer that moved him away from where he was supposed to stay. It was the lust for women that Samson did not conquer that dethroned him, as you know Samson always had problem with women. God allowed Samson to have encounter with women to master the weakness in his life.

There is a difference between your problem and your weakness. Your problem is something in your surroundings, while your weakness is something inside you. You can ignore your problem but you can’t ignore your weakness and win in life. God will allow situations to face you so that the problems in your life, the weakness in you, you can conquer it. In life you are not promoted because of the presence of strength but because of the absence of weakness. A man that masters his weakness can overcome his problem and overcome in life but a man that thinks it is his problem alone that he’s going to face is doomed to lose somewhere in life, rather it is the weakness inside you that you have to conquer. Actually, the greatest victory is not going to be over the devil, it is going to be over yourself. Have you conquered yourself? Have you conquered those weaknesses inside you? Your success story will never emerge until your thorough subdue the day to day manifestations of your weaknesses

PRAYER:

Lord, I acknowledge every internal tendencies of weakness in my life and I receive the grace to conquer them in order to be successful in all areas of my life.

New Glory Devotional: COLD ALREADY? – Wednesday, September 26, 2012

By Pastor Ayo Agbelusi

Memorise: “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. ” (Matthew 24:12).

Read: Matthew 24:1-12

This season is no doubt the end of the age. Beloved, we have all the signs already. It’s no longer news that the coming of the Lord is at hand. Every wise heart will quickly remember the days of the flood and the evangelistic ministry of Noah. Each time I remember the warnings of Noah and the number of souls that were destroyed in the flood, I wonder why there’s no better response to God time like this.

“For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;” (Hebrews 2:2-3).

Many started well in the faith but the situation of their faith is nothing to right home about at the moment. I suppose the things we see and hear when compared to the warnings of the Lord should prepare our hearts and minds on following the Lord and not heeding the deceits of the devil!

“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. ” (Matthew 24:12). Your present spiritual temperature is pointer to where you are going at the sound of the trumpet.

“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52).

Why are you growing cold? It’s simply because your love for the Lord has been substituted with love and cares of this sinful world. The cares and pleasures of life you once rejected are things you now celebrate to the detriment of your soul and spiritual growth. Aren’t you cold already? Where is the place for the word of God in your life? When last did you witness to a dying soul? Is your prayer time not replaced with movie time? How many of God’s instruction do have in your heart at the moment? Are you currently celebrated by the people of God or by your sinner friends? Who is leading this journey of your life?

If you will be true to yourself, sit down and examine your life if you are still in the faith or not. Your decision will affect your destination. If your decision is to follow these fleshly and sinful dictates, you can’t be numbered with the Lord at His second coming but if you through grace and faith in the world of the Lord renounce the devil and his deceitful appearances to draw you back, you will make it to heaven at last.

Oil your lamb for the Lord cometh like a thief in the night. If on this cold state you continue, the assurance of eternal life with God is shaky but if through faith in the word of the Lord you renounce the devil and his destructive suggestions, you will make it at last.

Prayer:

Father, restore me to righteous and holy living and make me ready for the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

New Glory Devotional: SAY NO TO INGRATITUDE – Tuesday, September 25, 2012

By Pastor Ayo Agbelusi

Memorise: “I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (Psalm 34:1).

Read: Psalm 100: 1-5

The possibility of gratitude in all situations of life has been much talked about. It’s evident that not everybody can choose thanksgiving when the ships are down. Thanksgiving is one great quality in Solomon that made him standout in history and among every other king on the earth. Until your heart is correctly positioned, you will never see how wonderfully the Lord has blessed and what you stand to enjoy through gratitude.

God awaits true worshipers. He seeks those who will be grateful for all they see, hear and experience. He does not expect thanksgiving only when it appear that all needs are met.

“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. ” (John 4:23).

Beloved this is the hour. The very present time is the best for worship, thanksgiving and jubilation! If God hasn’t wrought His greatness in and through us, the present situations of the world would have swallowed us up. But you are preserved. You are not redeemed at such a time like this for mere frivolity! God specially and specifically determined that you will see the light of the day. I know you have been blinded and greatly hindered from gratitude all because it appears you haven’t receive answers to all your requests. But beloved, there is a hope of a better tomorrow. God is thinking good thought about you. A thought of peace and success to give you your desired miracle. Jer.11:29 . Hope is a great attribute that qualifies you for the supernatural. Your future is bright, colourful and glorious. That’s what the Bible says. “And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” (Romans 5:5).

A grateful heart will not murmur at the little received. Thousands of the children of israel were wasted in the wilderness because they cheaply forgot that the same God who killed all the first born of Egypt, parted the red sea and drown the host of Pharaoh’s army is more than able to give them the promised land. Ingratitude will do nothing but block your access to the next miracle. David continued victoriously throughout his lifetime because he has a heart for thanksgiving.

The little you have received is enough proof that the rest will be supplied. Say no to ingratitude and appreciate God for what he will do. Remember, he’s not a man that he should lie or son of man that he should repent of his words. Count your blessings and name them one by one. You will be greatly encouraged that the Lord is good and He’s able to do exceeding abundantly above all you could ever ask or think.

Action Point:

if you crave higher altitude in life and destiny, make gratitude your daily lifestyle. Dedicate a whole day to appreciate God for his great works over your life.

New Glory Devotional: DON’T GO BACK TO FAILURE – Monday, September 24, 2012

By Pastor Ayo Agbelusi

Memorise: “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” (1 John 2:16).

Read: John 21: 1-7

There’s no benefit in backsliding. The simple effect of backsliding is reproach and failure. It’s simple channel for the devil to revenge and drag a soul to hell eternally. “And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62). What qualifies you for all you are enjoying at the moment is grace but backsliding can erode all that if care is not taken! Watch your ways!

Where we read in John 21: 1-7, the failure which was once aborted by our Lord Jesus Christ returned to the life of Peter because he considered going back to fishing more profitable than the calling and assignment of heaven. Maybe you heart is equally drifting back or your old friends are beckoning on you. It’s possible you just relocated to another city and you have started living freely without caution. Be careful not to get your soul entangled again to failure and immoral living.

In Luke 5: 5, Peter toiled all night but failed professionally until Jesus came to the scene. It was the miracle of Jesus that translated him from ordinary fisherman to a fisher of men! What a glorious development and promotion! But look at it, after the death of Jesus, he was already on his way back to his former vomit. It’s always very painful to see believers returning to their former lives after they have enjoyed the works and benefits of grace.

Beloved, your yesterday is too small compared to what the future holds for you. Why should you be thinking of returning to your vomit? You have promised to serve the Lord with all your spirit, soul and body. I encourage you to continue fervently in the Lord without looking back. Note this, the enemy of your soul – satan and his demonic angels will never give up on you. That’s why you shouldn’t give up on God!

What you will gain in backsliding is the lost of the present glory and a return to your former failures. Your old friends can never be substitutes to grace and the works of the Holy Spirit. You will be doing yourself more harm by returning to same group of drunkards and fornicators who initially led you into destruction. Thank God for the shed blood of Jesus. Now you are made fat and flourishing. It’s just too late to consider immorality as enjoyment and iniquities as pleasures!

2Pet.2:21 says: “For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.” If backsliding is a choice, then failure and shame will be inevitable. Be careful of the life you lead.

Let it not be said that your soul is beginning to crave those former lifestyles and worldly affairs. Keep moving on, don’t get yourself entangled again with sins and worldly lusts. “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” (1 John 2:16).

Peter failed again at backsliding. He toiled in futility with no result until Jesus delivered him. Maybe you have started to fail again as a result of looking back. The wife of Lot couldn’t see the light of another day because she looked back. You can return to holy living, evangelism, prayers and the study of the word of the Lord. The Lord will keep you from falling and make His face to shine upon you.

Prayer:

Father, please keep my soul from backsliding and preserve me till second appearing of Your Son – Jesus

New Glory Devotional: Do You Truly Believe? Saturday, September 22, 2012

By Pastor Ayo Agbelusi

Memorise: “Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? ” (John 11:40).

Read: John 11: 40-45

Great number of the children of Israel couldn’t get to the promise land because their hearts melted in the wilderness through unbelieve. No man can enjoy the promises of God without believing that His words are true.

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6).

Your knowledge of the word of God compels what you believe. Until there’s a knowing there can never be a believing. It will be difficult for you to believe God’s word for your desired turn around if you are far from God himself. The more you study His words the better your believe system becomes. You can only discover His promises for your destiny when you look through the Word of life daily.

Mary and Martha sent for Jesus because they know He’s able to deliver their brother from that horrible pit of death! What exactly do you believe about the God you serve? Are you merely confessing the word or you are full of assurance of faith that what you confess will certainly come pass? What is that situation in your family, marriage and business that makes you see impossibility instead of victory? Are you seeing failure in place of success? Hear this: “Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? ” (John 11:40). Here Jesus was referring to Himself as the resurrection and life. You can’t believe in the resurrection and life and still be thinking of untimely death.

For a reader of this devotional, it’s your turn to see the glory of God! Your season of undeniable result is here. What is God asking from you? Just Believe! Until you believe, you cannot receive from Him. Take away that doubt, put off those negative thoughts of impossibility, reject the stories of failure and uncertainties that flows all around you. This is your season of the miraculous and your testimonies shall humble your mockers.

“And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.” (Luke 1:45). What God has said is settled. God will not change his mind about blessing you. His words says you are healed. He promised you will not lack you mate, he announced to hell and death that you shall never be barren. All He’s asking you to do is to receive this words with faith and take possession of His purpose for your life. He will surely perform His word concerning you and your family and it shall be well with you.

Prayer:

Father, give me the grace to believe You totally and never to accept the dictates of the devil over the issues of my destiny.

Open Heavens Devotional: LUKEWARMNESS – Friday, September 21, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth. Luke 11:23

Read: Matthew 12:29-31

One major problem of the church in Laodicea was their lukewarmness.

I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. Revelation 3:15

On the thermometer of God, He expects you to read cold or hot but not in-between. Usually, people do not like lukewarm water. If you are given lukewarm water to quench your thirst, your stomach might get filled up but your thirst will not be quenched, this is annoying. Whereas, if you took a few glasses of cold water, the thirst will be quenched even if your stomach is not filled. Lukewarmness brings about a lot of waste. If you are lukewarm in your attitude to God and the things of His kingdom, you will be a great waste to God’s kingdom. You may not be able to quench the thirst of the King of kings! Lukewarm water is not capable of brewing some herbal teas that require hot water. After soaking such tea in lukewarm water, very little will be received of what the tea has the potential of releasing. The tea will at best be termed coloured water. Any lover of tea will not be pleased with such tea. In the same way, when you are lukewarm, God may never be able to get you to tap into your hidden resources and develop them to His glory. At the end, the lukewarm worker will earn God’s rebuke and anger.

Every lukewarm person has elements of laziness. In the Kingdom of God, there is no middle place: it is either you are for Him or you are against Him. You cannot afford to be neutral. If you are not walking the narrow path to Heaven, you are on the broad way to hell. You will recognise the fellow who is lukewarm by his or her lack of zeal. Anybody that will achieve for God must be zealous. Jesus was consumed by zeal for kingdom assignments. Do you show zeal when it comes to paying tithes, giving offering, winning souls or obeying God in general? A zealous person is in a hurry to please God. Zeal brings speed. Zeal comes with positive expectations. Zeal has genuine interest in what is being done. Lukewarm Christians do not care about the time they come to church hence many of them are incurable latecomers. Lukewarm Christians cannot spend eternity with Christ.

KEY POINT:

If you can sit, eat, or chat with an unbeliever and not be bothered that he or she is going to hell, you are lukewarm.

 

Bible in one year: Ezekiel 19-21

Open Heavens Devotional: AND JORDAN PARTED – Thursday, September 20, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; 1 Thessalonians 4:11

Read: 2 Kings 7:3-11

When Elisha cried in desperation and smote the waters, the scripture says the river parted for him like it did for his spiritual father (2 Kings 2:14). This tells us that whatever happens to the father can happen to the son as long as the latter satisfies the conditions. For instance, Jesus walked on water and Peter did the same when he acted in faith but his colleagues could not do so because they failed to dare. One of the most exciting passages in the Bible is John 14:12. Here Jesus says:

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

From the day I read this passage, I believed with every fibre of my being that before I die, I will do every work that He did. I also believe that whatsoever the Lord has done for me, He will repeat in the lives of my children. Are you ready to do what Jesus did and even greater works? Are you ready to pay the price?

Also, when the Jordan parted, Elisha went over it. An English proverb says, He that aims at nothing will always hit it. Anything done without purpose is a wasted effort. You must be certain about what you want from God and not just fight one who punches the air. Let your punches be directed at specific targets so that when you hit them, you will be sure you have them. When God opens a door to you, walk right through it (Revelation 3:7-8). Some people stood in front of their open doors for so long until they were shut. If you don’t enter in, you don’t get anything out of the open doors. Elisha did not begin to celebrate that Jordan parted for him, he simply went through it; he used the opportunity to change his location. What have you done with your open doors? The way you handle the opportunity God gives to you is very important to God. The four lepers got an opportunity and they maximised it. Not only did they become celebrities and national heroes, they never begged for the rest of their lives. If you know how to use opportunities to glorify God, more will continue to trail your path. Do something about your open doors today!

ACTION POINT:

Examine yourself and your surroundings to identify opportunities God has given to you which you have not taken advantage of. Do something about such today.

 

Bible in one year: Ezekiel 15-18

Open Heavens Devotional: SCHOOL OF OBEDIENCE – Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 19, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

 

Memorise: If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures. Job 36:11

 

Read: Exodus 4:2-4

 

In Exodus 3:10-14, after God asked Moses to go and deliver a message to Pharaoh, Moses objected giving excuses. He argued about his unworthiness for the assignment and said he did not have enough information about God’s identity. It is good to have sufficient knowledge about God but waiting until you know everything about God or the assignment may just be a wait in futility. God’s revelation comes to us in phases and stages. You may not know everything about an assignment before you start. Even Jesus left the disciples without disclosing some information to them because they were not mature enough to handle them. However, for Moses to go on this assignment, knowing God as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was enough, as God’s dealing with them at this point was hinged on these three patriarchs. Today, that knowledge is quite inadequate. If you know Jesus Christ as the Saviour, Healer, Sanctifier, Deliverer, Protector, Provider, and the only begotten Son, you have more than enough message to reach your world. As a young convert, do not wait until you know the whole Bible before you start to preach to others. Simply sharing your testimonies can open the door of salvation to your listeners.

 

Moreover, where divine mandate is concerned, no argument will be accepted by God for human disobedience. If God did not accept the excuses of Moses, neither will He accept yours. Immediately after dismissing those arguments, Moses began his training on implicit obedience. He was asked to drop his rod without prior knowledge of what the result will be. Moses did so without questioning and it became a snake. Moses enrolled in God’s school of obedience and had to become like a child, meek and ever ready to learn. God told him to pick the snake by its tail even though as an adult one should have expected him to know that. You will notice that Moses later had to turn a rod into serpent. This tells us that God’s training is in preparation for your assignment and therefore not in vain. At the end, all Moses had to do in ministry was simply to hear from God and obey no matter what anybody had to say. Have you enrolled in God’s school of obedience? Have you learnt to be meek and to comply with God’s instructions always?

 

 

KEY POINT:

In any Kingdom assignment, two things are paramount: hearing from God and obeying Him. Your success in life and ministry lies in your ability to do these two things.

 

Bible in one year: Ezekiel 12-14

 

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