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Andrew Wommack Devotional 24 August 2019 – Share In His Sufferings

Topic: Share In His Sufferings [Andrew Wommack Devotional 24 August 2019]

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Matthew 20:22 ‘But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.’

Matthew 20:17-25

The Greek word for baptize is ‘baptizo.’ This word was used by Plato (fourth century B.C.) to describe a man being ‘overwhelmed’ by philosophical arguments; or it means sponges being ‘dipped’ in fluid; and by Strabo (first century B.C.) to describe people who could not swim as being ‘submerged’ under water. Josephus in the first century A.D. used the word to describe the city of Jerusalem as being ‘overwhelmed’ or ‘plunged’ into destruction by the Romans; and Plutarch (also first century A.D.) used this word to refer to a person being ‘immersed’ in the sea. In the Septuagint (the Greek version of the O.T.), ‘baptizo’ is used to describe Naaman dipping himself in the Jordan River (2 Ki. 5:14). From classical Greek right down to New Testament Greek, the same basic meaning has been retained: ‘To immerse, submerge, dip or plunge.’ Jesus is stating that the disciples will indeed be plunged into the same sufferings that He will experience.

 

Andrew Wommack

There are many forms of persecution. Having your life threatened because of your faith in Jesus is one way you can be persecuted. History shows that the church has always flourished under persecution with increased numbers and zeal. During intense, life-threatening persecution, people’s priorities get straightened out and the Lord assumes His rightful place. This always works for our good, regardless of what our outward circumstances might be. It helps to recognize that it is not you that they are persecuting, but rather Christ in you. You are actually partaking in His sufferings and will share in His rewards. With this in mind, we can actually shout and leap for joy in times of persecution.

This message was written by The Association of Related Ministries International (ARMI) is an extension of Andrew Wommack Ministries (AWM). ARMI is a unique partnership committed to providing resources to help like-minded ministers succeed in a spirit of excellence and to draw from the experience and expertise of both the AWM and Charis Bible College staff. (www.awmi.net).

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Lord Jesus, come into my life. I accept You as my Lord and Personal Saviour. I believe in my heart You died and rose from the dead to save me. Thank You, Lord for saving me, in Jesus name Amen.

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Billy Graham Devotional 23 August 2019 – We Must Decrease

Topic: We Must Decrease [Billy Graham Devotional 23 August 2019]

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Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord. — Lamentations 3:40

Billy Graham Devotional 23 August 2019

Our modern philosophy of self-reliance and self-sufficiency has caused many to believe that we can make the grade without God. “Religion,” they argue, “may be all right for certain emotional people, but you can’t beat a man who believes in himself.” But this self-confident generation has produced more alcoholics, more dope addicts, more criminals, more wars, more broken homes, more assaults, more embezzlements, more murders, and more suicides than any other generation that ever lived. It is time for all of us to take stock of our failures, blunders, and costly mistakes. It is about time that we are putting less confidence in ourselves and more trust and faith in God.

Prayer for the day:

As I examine my heart, I see so much of self there. I ask that You would forgive me, Lord—my confidence will be in Your leading.

Written by Billy Graham, Founder of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association(BGEA). BGEA exists to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ by every effective means and to equip the church and others to do the same.

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It’s Not What You Do Andrew Wommack Devotional 23 August

It’s Not What You Do Andrew Wommack Devotional 23 August

Topic: It’s Not What You Do [Andrew Wommack Devotional 23 August 2019]

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Matthew 20:8 ‘So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first.’ – Mark 10:21-27

Matthew 20:1-16

Andrew Wommack

This parable begins with Jesus’ statement that the kingdom of heaven is likened to a man who is a householder (owner of an estate). He went out early in the morning to hire workers to work in his vineyard for the day. An agreed upon price was set at a penny, the normal wage paid daily for a laborer. Later, around 9 a.m., the landowner encouraged others, standing idle in the marketplace, to work in the vineyard, not for a set wage but for ‘whatsoever is right.’ The landowner employed more laborers at noon, at 3 p.m. and even some at 5 p.m. when there was only one hour left to work.

According to Jewish law, wages must be paid each evening before the sun sets. When it came time for the steward to pay the laborers, he began with those working the shortest amount of time and paid each man a penny (a full day’s wage). Those working the entire day murmured, for they supposed they would have received more. They agreed, however, to work for a penny, the stipulated wage agreed upon.

The context of this parable supports the teaching that it is impossible to earn the generosity of the Master. This is a lesson on grace. Regardless of whether or not our performance is better than someone else’s, we all need God’s grace because we have all come short of God’s standard. The landowner gave freely, making all equal. Jesus is saying that the benefits of the kingdom are the same for all who have become subject to its King, regardless of what they have done. Therefore, those who are last (or least) in the sense that they have not served the Lord as long or as well as others, will truly become ‘first’ when they share equally of the Lord’s goodness with those who ‘have borne the burden and heat of the day’ (Mt. 20:12).

This message was written by The Association of Related Ministries International (ARMI) is an extension of Andrew Wommack Ministries (AWM). ARMI is a unique partnership committed to providing resources to help like-minded ministers succeed in a spirit of excellence and to draw from the experience and expertise of both the AWM and Charis Bible College staff. (www.awmi.net).

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Read Rhapsody of Realities 23 August 2019

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Rhapsody of Realities 23 August 2019 By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome — Appraise Your Soul-Winning Efforts

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Topic: Appraise Your Soul-Winning Efforts

Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test? (2 Corinthians 13:5 NIV).

The Message Translation renders our opening verse beautifully. It says, “Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups….” This is one of the things you must learn to do for yourself as a Christian; having an honest self-appraisal of how far you’ve grown and are growing in your faith-walk.

For example, you should be able to appraise yourself on your soul-winning efforts. You ought to do this from time to time. Review your convictions about the Gospel. If you’ve been a Christian for a long period, and you’ve been receiving the Word, it’ll be inappropriate for you to require cajoling or “encouraging” to actively win souls for Christ. You should be self-motivated through the Spirit.

Remember, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only hope for the world today, and no sacrifice could be too great for this course. Paul said, “…woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!” (1 Corinthians 9:16). So, have an honest assessment of your involvement in soul winning. Don’t say, “It’s for the Pastors and leaders of the Church”; no! It’s the personal responsibility of every Christian. Therefore, set personal targets for the number of souls to win for Christ and do it. Rhapsody of Realities 23 August 2019

It’s like what we read in the parable of the sower; Jesus said, “…A sower went out to sow” (Matthew 13:3 NKJV). The seeds sown, which fell on good ground produced a harvest: “…some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold” (Matthew 13:8). The Word that was sown “brought forth!” The question then is, at what level are you “bringing forth”; reproducing souls for the Kingdom?

Are you still at the same “thirty-fold” level of soul winning that you were when you initially gave your heart to Christ? You should move to the hundred-fold level. In other words, be all out for the Gospel as though it depended on you alone to reach the whole world. That’s the right attitude you must have for the Gospel.

Review and increase your commitment to the Gospel; and as you increase your commitment, the Lord will grant you more grace for greater effectiveness and capacity to win more souls to Christ. Hallelujah!

PRAYER
Dear Father, thank you for counting me faithful, putting me in the ministry to deliver those bound by the shackles of darkness, into the glorious liberty of the sons of God. More than ever, I’m totally sold-out to soul winning, led on by your grace to do greater exploits for the Kingdom of God, in Jesus’ Name. Amen. Rhapsody of Realities 23 August 2019

FURTHER STUDY:
Romans 1:16; For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

1 Corinthians 9:16; For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!

Proverbs 11:30; The fruit of the righteous [is] a tree of life; and he that winneth souls [is] wise.

1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
1 Corinthians 8 & Psalms 120-127

2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Luke 18:18-27 & 1 Samuel 10

Rhapsody of Realities 23rd August 2019 Devotional was written by Pastor Pastor Chris Oyakhilome (D.Sc., D.D.). President of Loveworld Inc. aka Christ Embassy Int’l.

MFM Daily Devotional 26 July 2019 – Conditions For Divine Elevation

MFM Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional 26 July 2019 By Dr. D.K Olukoya – Conditions For Divine Elevation

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TOPIC: Conditions For Divine Elevation (Mountain Of Fire and Miracle Ministries, MFM Daily Devotional 26 July 2019)

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalm 40-42; Acts 27:1-26

FIRE SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 16:1-13

MEMORY VERSE: “When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.” – Proverbs 11:2

The MESSAGE:

Elevation comes from God (Psalm 75:6). One Bible character that experienced divine elevation was David. God chose him, elevated him and used him for His glory. Let us examine the factors that predisposed David towards divine election and elevation.

The first factor was David’s position in the family. He was the youngest (eighth) son of Jesse. He was also the smallest in size and least in ranking. So, David was someone you won’t think of immediately as the candidate God would choose for elevation. God uses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise.

The second factor that predisposed David for elevation was the kind of priorities he had. David was the keeper of the sheep of the family. It is surprising that there were seven older brothers of David who were available for selection but not available for work. David was not looking for post. He was busy with his work: watching over the flock, feeding and protecting them. He even put his life in the line, fighting with bears and lions to rescue the sleep. God must have watched David and seen the leadership traits in him and concluded that the same passion with which he looked after the sheep qualifies him for being entrusted with the care of His children.

The third factor that predisposed David to divine election and elevation was his personality. David was ruddy and good looking. Besides, he had good personality and attitude. Let us note that the Bible says that Eliab had good look too. If both Eliab and David were good looking, why then did God reject Eliab and chose David? Eliab was arrogant about his physical look and position as the first born. He believed that as the first child of the family, he should get the best of everything and should be placed ahead of others in all things. David, on the other hand, relied totally on divine providence. If you go to God and rely on your physical credentials and boast about them, God will fail you. He resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.

David was also good looking but his heart was more important to him. He was not arrogant about his look. He loved worshiping God. While alone, watching over the sheep in the forest, he would play his harp and worship God. As a result of these three factors, David, the overlooked and abandoned, got the approval and elevation of heaven and was anointed among his brethren by Prophet Samuel. I pray that heaven will choose and elevate you today, in the name of Jesus.

MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE:
Promotion comes from no other place but from God.

PROPHETIC WORD:
The God that does hard things shall elevate you this year.

PRAYER POINTS:

MORNING

  1. Satanic blanket covering my glory, catch fire, in the name of Jesus.
  2. O God, arise and do what will make men notice You in my life, in the name of Jesus.
  3. My cup of breakthrough, run over, in the name of Jesus.
    EVENING
  4. This year shall be my year of multiple celebration, in the name of Jesus.
  5. I shall be an eagle of God, in the name of Jesus.
  6. O Lord, let the purpose of heaven for my life take root, in the name of Jesus.
  7. O Lord, protect my portion, in the name of Jesus.

MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE is a daily devotional by Dr. D.K Olukoya (General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries, Worldwide)

MFM Daily Devotional 19 July 2019 – Divine Friendship (I)

MFM Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional 19 July 2019 By Dr. D.K Olukoya – Divine Friendship (I)

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TOPIC: Divine Friendship (I) (Mountain Of Fire and Miracle Ministries, MFM Daily Devotional 19 July 2019)

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalm 23-25; Acts 21:18-40

FIRE SCRIPTURE: Numbers 12:1-10

MEMORY VERSE: “Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.” – John 15:15

The MESSAGE:

God is impartial. He loves us all with Agape love. However, not all human beings can be called God’s friends. There is a class of human beings that enjoys divine friendship. They are very close to God. They are members of His inner caucus. They have access to deep secrets and mysteries of the kingdom. They are seated with Christ in the heavenly places far above principalities and power. They are heaven’s ambassador plenipotentials. You will agree with me that not everybody is in this privileged and enviable level with God. God is impartial because everyone can attain this level if they prayerfully seek for it by following biblical prescriptions and road maps. Indeed, it is a wonderful thing to be God’s special friend. You should covet to be one.

Some Bible characters enjoyed divine intimacy and friendship. One of them was Moses. Exodus 33:11 says “And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.” Miriam and Aaron were Moses’ older siblings. They had played significant supportive roles in Moses’ ministry. However, on one occasion, they erred. They allowed jealousy and self-exaltation to take the better part of them. They spoke against Moses and condemned him for getting to the Ethiopian woman. They also wrongly placed themselves on the same pedestal with Moses. Numbers 12:2 says “And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it.”

The truth is that we are not all in the same level of closeness or affinity with God. Some people are closer and dearer to God than others. You can be as close to God as you want to be as long as you are willing to pay the price of divine friendship and intimacy. Moses was not in the same class with Miriam and Aaron though they were older than he was. God said that Miriam and Aaron should have known better. He told the two seditionists what was special about Moses, “With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?”

Beloved, God defends and fights for His friends. Moses did not know of the sedition, jealousy and verbal attacks of Miriam and Aaron, but God heard them. The anger of the Lord was kindled against Miriam and Aaron and Miriam became leprous. Beloved, do not speak against God’s anointed servant because God will hear and punish you for it. Touch not His anointed and do not harm His prophets.

MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE:
HOLD A TRUE FRIEND WITH BOTH HANDS.

PROPHETIC WORD:
You will always be in God’s good book and inner caucus.

PRAYER POINTS:

MORNING

  1. My Father, fight for me as You did for Moses, in the name of Jesus.
  2. My Father, give me the grace to see You more clearly, love you more dearly and follow You more nearly day by day, in the name of Jesus.
  3. Every conspiracy and sedition assigned against me, scatter, in the name of Jesus.
    EVENING
  4. I overcome sibling rivalry and domestic persecution, in the name of Jesus.
  5. I declare that the rod of the wicked will not rest upon me and my family, in the name of Jesus.
  6. Father, place me in a special class and give me a special status with You, in the name of Jesus.
  7. I declare that by reason of my new birth in Christ, I am God’s friend, in the name of Jesus.

MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE is a daily devotional by Dr. D.K Olukoya (General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries, Worldwide)

Anglican Communion 19 July 2019 – Remain Calm!

The Daily Fountain Daily Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 19 July 2019 – Remain Calm!

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TOPIC: Remain Calm!

READ: Psalms 37:1-40 King James Version (KJV)

1 (A Psalm of David.) Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.

2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.

9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.

10 For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.

11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

12 The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.

13 The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.

14 The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation.

15 Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.

16 A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.

17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholdeth the righteous.

18 The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.

19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.

20 But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.

21 The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.

22 For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.

23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.

24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.

25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

26 He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.

27 Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.

28 For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.

29 The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.

30 The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.

31 The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.

32 The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.

33 The LORD will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.

34 Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.

35 I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.

36 Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.

37 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.

38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.

39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble.

40 And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.

THE MESSAGE:

Some of the things we see on earth today, give us the false impression that lawlessness, wickedness and unrighteousness are more to be desired than righteousness and truth. On many occasions in Nigeria, when motorists queue up in traffic, waiting for their turn to move, some unscrupulous and undisciplined drivers would move into the wrong lanes and proceed on their journey. On some occasions, when they do this and meet the police, they offer them some money and the police would allow them go their way and get to their destinations earlier than the law-abiding citizens on queue.

Many brilliant students are denied admissions into universities because some operators of JAMB exam centres hack the internet and give answers to indolent students who pay them to cheat.

Many students sort their ways out in the universities and come out with wonderful grades, while other hardworking students are frustrated. These are the products of the wickedness of men. Some righteous persons are tempted to join the wicked. However, verse one enjoins us not to fret because of evil doers, or be envious of the workers of iniquity because they shall soon be cut down like the grass.

The rejoicing of the wicked is for a short while. Very soon you will look for the wicked and his ill-gotten wealth and will see them no more. Delight yourself in God, and He will give you the desires of your heart.

PRAYER: Oh God help me to be steadfast and unmovable. Make me to abound in righteousness and never to envy the evil doers.

Rhapsody of Realities 14 July 2019: His Love—A Compelling Force

Rhapsody of Realities 14 July 2019 By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome: His Love—A Compelling Force

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Topic: His Love—A Compelling Force

For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead (2 Corinthians 5:14).

Did you know that at the end of all things, the only thing that’ll stand is your love for the Lord Jesus? If you lived a whole life to be recognized by men, to be famous and have all that money could buy, but the Gospel of Jesus Christ wasn’t a compelling force in your life, you’d have lived an empty life.

The Lord Jesus said in Mark 8:36, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Then in Matthew 6:33, He said, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” What else could a Christian possibly live for, if not Christ and His Gospel? He’s all that counts. He’s the joy of heaven and earth.

As Christians, we’re not to be moved by anything else, but by Christ and His eternal Word. That means His Word doesn’t just come to you without impact; it brings a conviction to your heart and compels you to act; to do things that are pleasing to the Father. No wonder the Lord Jesus said in John 14:15, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

It matters that you’re compelled by the love of Christ to do the things that you do on earth. The Apostle Paul in our opening scripture shows us the motivational force behind his overwhelming passion for the Gospel; it was the love of Christ. He was constrained by this love to preach the Gospel, and do all that he did in furtherance of the Gospel.

Have the same consciousness. Make Jesus your focus, and be compelled by His love in all you do.

PRAYER
Dear Lord Jesus, I love you with all my heart. I thank you for the privilege of being a custodian of the Gospel, which has become the compelling force in my life. I’m ever afire for the Gospel, shining ever so brightly as a light in my world. Hallelujah!

FURTHER STUDY:
Romans 5:5; John 14:15 AMPC; 2 Corinthians 5:14 AMPC

1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Acts 22:22-23:1-11 & Job 36-39

2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Luke 8:40-56 & Joshua 10

Rhapsody of Realities 14th July 2019 Devotional was written by Pastor Pastor Chris Oyakhilome (D.Sc., D.D.). President of Loveworld Inc. aka Christ Embassy Int’l.

Anglican Communion 5 July 2019 – Show Me Your Ways, Oh Lord

The Daily Fountain Daily Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 5 July 2019 – Show Me Your Ways, Oh Lord

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TOPIC: Show Me Your Ways, Oh Lord

READ: Psalms 25:1-22 King James Version (KJV)

1 Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul.

2 O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.

3 Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.

4 Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.

5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

6 Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old.

7 Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O LORD.

8 Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.

9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.

10 All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.

11 For thy name’s sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.

12 What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.

13 His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.

14 The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.

15 Mine eyes are ever toward the LORD; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.

16 Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted.

17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses.

18 Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.

19 Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.

20 O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.

21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.

22 Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.

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THE MESSAGE:

A step by step study of today’s text will reveal vital secrets of success. In verse 4, the Psalmist asked God to show him His ways. In Psalm 103:7, the Bible says that God made known His ways to Moses, and His acts to the children of Israel. Regrettably, most of us are more interested in asking God to endorse our will than asking Him to teach us His ways. Some even think that God’s ways are anti-social and so need not to be sought for. In verse 9, the Psalmist pointed out that God guides the humble in justice and teaches him His ways. Those who fear Him, He shows them His covenant (verse 14).

Are you humble? Do you fear the Lord? You need to have these basic requirements to access the benefits that are associated with them. The Psalmist in verse 21 desired to be preserved by integrity and uprightness as he waited for the Lord. Pause and rate your life in terms of integrity and uprightness.

Life is a choice. Your choice makes the difference. Take decisions that can give you good results. God knows the best for you and you can attain fulfillment when you follow God’s instructions. Kindly tune down the world’s volume so that you can hear God clearly. You are secured when you are under His leading.

PRAYER: Prosper me oh Lord in Your righteousness.

Billy Graham Devotional 4 July 2019 – Religious Freedom

Topic: Religious Freedom [Billy Graham Devotional 4 July 2019]

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Fear God and honor the government. — 1 Peter 2:17 (TLB)

On this Independence Day we should be on our knees thanking God for all He has given us. The United States is a country in which everyone has an equal opportunity. Thank God for a country where there is no caste or class to keep a man from going to the top. If a man has a will to work and study, he can go ahead regardless of his background. In addition, thank God, He has given us freedom of religion. Whatever you may believe, no one can close your church because your religion does not coincide with his. A few people meeting in a small, out-of-the-way shack, worshiping God as they believe in Him, have the same right to religious freedom as the people who worship God in the great cathedrals on the avenues of our greatest cities.

Prayer for the day:
Thank You, God, for allowing me to live in the greatest, grandest, and most free land the world has ever known.

Written by Billy Graham, Founder of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association(BGEA). BGEA exists to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ by every effective means and to equip the church and others to do the same.