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Open heavens daily- FRUITFULNESS: A MUST! – Thursday March 23rd 2017

Open heavens daily- FRUITFULNESS: A MUST! – Thursday March 23rd 2017

FRUITFULNESS: A MUST! – Thursday March 23rd 2017

Memorise: And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. Genesis 17:6
Read: Genesis 17:4-6 (King James Version)


As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.
Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.

And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.

Bible in one year: Exodus 24-25, Isaiah 66:15-24, Hymn: Sing hymn 10
MESSAGE:

The very first mandate of God to mankind is to be fruitful (Genesis 1:28). This tells you how important your fruitfulness is to God. I declare that this is your season of fruitfulness! Today, everything standing in your way to fruitfulness shall be uprooted and destroyed in Jesus’ Name. Speaking of fruitfulness, you can be fruitful in different areas of life. Do you know that it takes just an idea to become a billionaire? Yet there are people who receive idea after idea. Ideas just keep coming to them because they are fruitful. Every spiritual embargo hindering you from receiving workable, lucrative, life-changing ideas is destroyed today in Jesus’ Name! From now on, you are connected to God’s storehouse of ideas, and you will never run out of them!

The Shunammite woman in 2nd Kings 4:8-17 had everything: a good name, financial resources, political connections and a supportive extended family, but she did not have her own child. Sometimes, life turns out this way. You may be okay in every area of life, except one. You may be making progress in every area except one. Do you know that God is interested even in that area where you are challenged? Yes, He is. If you are experiencing such, today, the Lord will make a way for you! It is your turn to be fruitful.
I was in Britain not too long ago, and among the testimonies I heard was one from a friend of mine, who is a professor. This testimony made me dance. His secretary had been trusting God for the fruit of the womb for some time, and so he called me, requesting to bring her to me for prayers. However, I was already on my way out at this time, and so I asked him to give her the phone. I prayed with her, and the Almighty God backed up the voice of His servant. By the time he called again, she had delivered triplet! Are you trusting God for a baby? The door is opened to you now. Receive your children in Jesus’ Name! Has your intellect been unfruitful? Have you been struggling with poor grades in your academic work? Receive a touch from God today. I command your intellect to be fruitful from today! Draw closer to God. Show Him how much you love Him. Worship Him, praise and thank Him. Give to Him and minister to His servants. Make Him happy to winning souls. The Lord will arise for you today. 

Action Point
Make these declarations over your life: I receive the grace to be fruitful from now on, and every hindrance to my fruitfulness is destroyed today in Jesus’ Name!
Open Heaven Daily Devotional, written by Pastor E.A Adeboye,
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer's Ministries. 
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Billy Graham Daily Devotional  March 23 2017- Jesus Never Changes

Billy Graham Daily Devotional March 23 2017- Jesus Never Changes

TOPIC- Jesus Never Changes 


Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.
—Hebrews 13:8



The Bible says, “It is appointed unto men once to die,” and to the average person this seems a stark and hopeless situation. Hundreds of philosophies and scores of religions have been invented to circumvent the Word of God. Modern philosophers and psychologists are still trying to make it appear that there is some way out other than the path of Jesus. But people have tried them all, and none of them leads anywhere but down. Christ came to give us the answers to the three enduring problems of sin, sorrow, and death. It is Jesus Christ, and He alone, who is also enduring and unchanging, “the same yesterday, today, and forever.” All other things may change, but Christ remains unchangeable. Billy Graham Daily Devotional  March 23 2017- Jesus Never Changes

In the restless sea of human passions Christ stands steadfast and calm, ready to welcome all who will turn to Him and accept the blessings of safety and peace. For we are living in an age of grace, in which God promises that “whosoever will” may come and receive His Son. But this period of grace will not go on indefinitely. We are even now living on borrowed time.


Prayer for the day

Jesus, even if loved ones, friends, acquaintances change, You are always the same. Thank You for Your unchanging love.

Billy GrahamWilliam (Billy) F. Graham, Jr.Evangelist and Chairman of the Board
Evangelist Billy Graham took Christ literally when He said in Mark 16:15, “Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.”Mr. Graham has preached the Gospel to more people in live audiences than anyone else in history—nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories—through various meetings, including Mission World and Global Mission. Hundreds of millions more have been reached through television, video, film, and webcasts.


Billy Graham Daily Devotional  March 23 2017- Jesus Never Changes
OUR Daily Bread Devotional March 23, 2017- Cradled in Comfort

OUR Daily Bread Devotional March 23, 2017- Cradled in Comfort

TOPIC- Cradled in Comfort


Read: Isaiah 66:12–16 

As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you. Isaiah 66:13



My friend entrusted me with the privilege of holding her precious, four-day-old daughter. Not long after I took the baby into my arms, she started to fuss. I hugged her closer, my cheek pressed against her head, and began to sway and hum in a gentle rhythm to soothe her. Despite these earnest attempts, and my decade and a half of parenting experience, I couldn’t pacify her. She became increasingly upset until I placed her back into the crook of her mother’s eager arm. Peace washed over her almost instantaneously; her cries subsided and her newborn frame relaxed into the safety she already trusted. My friend knew precisely how to hold and pat her daughter to alleviate her distress. OUR Daily Bread Devotional March 23, 2017- Cradled in Comfort

God extends comfort to His children like a mother: tender, trustworthy, and diligent in her efforts to calm her child. When we are weary or upset, He carries us affectionately in His arms. As our Father and Creator, He knows us intimately. He “will keep in perfect peace all who trust in [him], all whose thoughts are fixed on [him]” (Isa. 26:3 nlt).


As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you. Isaiah 66:13
When the troubles of this world weigh heavy on our hearts, we can find comfort in the knowledge that He protects and fights for us, His children, as a loving parent.

Lord, help me to look to You for my comfort in times of distress.


For help in finding God’s comfort, read The Lord Is My Shepherd: Rest and Renewal from Psalm 23 at discoveryseries.org/hp952.
OUR Daily Bread Devotional March 23, 2017- Cradled in Comfort

God’s comfort soothes us perfectly.  

INSIGHT:

In reflecting on the exile of Israel under divine discipline, the prophet Isaiah offers hope and comfort. He sees very clearly that “the Holy One of Israel” and the Creator of all things in heaven and earth are connected. Israel had a wayward heart that is characteristic of the human race. Yet the ultimate goal of Israel’s discipline was to secure their repentance and therefore a future blessing in the eternal covenant established with His people. OUR Daily Bread Devotional March 23, 2017- Cradled in Comfort Certainly God’s plan for Israel’s redemption included an unexpected impulse of divine grace extended to all the peoples of the world—from every tribe, tongue, and nation: “After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb” (Rev. 7:9).


| Bible in a Year: Joshua 13–15; Luke 1:57–80
Dunamis Church Daily Devotional Thursday, 23 March 2017- THE WAY OF SERVICE

Dunamis Church Daily Devotional Thursday, 23 March 2017- THE WAY OF SERVICE

TOPIC- THE WAY OF SERVICE


SCRIPURE: “So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority” Genesis 39:4


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: There can be no quality leadership without quality service. Until you have served successfully, you cannot lead effectively.

The word ‘service’, in this context, connotes the act of going out of one’s way to be useful to someone or an organization in achieving and satisfying the desired need(s) of that person or organization. Literarily, service is assisting the visions, desires and aspirations to see fulfilment. 

There can be no quality leadership without quality service. Until you have served successfully, you cannot lead effectively.

The truth is, there can be no wasted service. How you serve today determines how you will be served tomorrow. What you make happen for others, God will make happen for you. (Mike Murdock).

Assisting others to see the fulfilment of their vision makes God assist you in the fulfilment of your vision. Joseph interpreted the dreams of the butler and the baker, the outcome was that God interpreted his dreams.

Zig Ziglar once said, “You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.”

My counsel is: do not struggle for status; struggle for service and service will give you status. Those who struggle for status only end as statues. That shall not be your portion in Jesus’ Name. 

Remember this: There can be no quality leadership without quality service. Until you have served successfully, you cannot lead effectively.

ASSIGNMENT(S):
1. Make yourself available to serve in any capacity.
2. Obey the Word of God.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE; FULFILLING AND BIRTHING VISION 3. 


PRAYER: O LORD, baptize me with the spirit of service. Break every sign of pride in me and give me the heart, LORD to serve You and humanity in Jesus’ Name. dunamis daily devotional

DAILY READING: Numbers 36:1 to Deuteronomy 1:46, Luke 5:29 to 6:11, Psalm 66:1 to 20, Proverbs 11:24 to 26

QUOTE: Until faithfulness is in place, service is a waste! Culled from SERVICE –  YOUR UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST by Dr (Mrs.) Becky Enenche. 

TODAY IN HISTORY: 23/03/1888 – In England, The Football League, the world's oldest professional association football league, met for the first time.

AMAZING FACT: 75% of the human brain is water and 75% of a living tree is water. dunamis daily devotional




SEEDS OF DESTINY IN FRENCH:SEMENCE DE DESTINEE


JEUDI, LE 23 MARS 2017
THEME: LE CHEMIN DU SERVICE

LES SAINTES ECRITURES : Joseph trouva grâce aux yeux de son maître qui l’employa à son service, l’établit sur sa maison, et lui confia tout ce qu’il possédait. Genèse 39:4

PENSEE DU JOUR: Vous ne pouvez pas être un leader de qualité si vous n’avez pas d’abord vous-même offert un service de qualité à autrui. Jusqu'à ce que vous ayez servi quelqu’un d’autre avec succès, vous ne pouvez pas diriger efficacement les autres.
dunamis daily devotional Conceptuellement, l’expression rendre service renvoie au fait que l’on rompt avec son programme personnel afin de se rendre utile à quelqu'un d’autre ou à une organisation, pour lui permettre d’atteindre un résultat escompté ou de réaliser un projet qui lui tient à cœur.

Littéralement, rende service c’est courir avec la vision d'un autre. Jusqu'à ce que vous ayez servi quelqu’un d’autre avec succès, vous ne pouvez pas diriger efficacement les autres.

La vérité est qu’aucun service n’est une perte de temps. La vie est une semence : la façon dont vous servez les autres aujourd'hui détermine la façon dont vous serez servi demain. Ce que vous réalisez pour les autres, Dieu le réalisera aussi pour vous. (Mike Murdock). dunamis daily devotional

Aider les autres à accomplir leur vision amène Dieu à vous aider dans l'accomplissement de votre vision. Joseph s’est investi à interpréter les rêves du majordome et du boulanger qui se trouvaient en prison avec lui, comme résultat, Dieu a interprété aussi ses rêves.

Zig ziglar a dit: « Vous pouvez atteindre n'importe quelle destination dans la vie, si vous aidez les autres à atteindre ce qu’ils veulent atteindre » ; en d’autres termes, « Vous pouvez réaliser n’importe quel rêve dans la vie, si vous aidez les autres à réaliser leur rêve. » dunamis daily devotional

Mon conseil est celui-ci : Ne vous battez pas pour avoir un quelconque statut, battez-vous plutôt pour offrir vos services car, servir vous donnera un statut. Ceux qui se battent pour avoir un statut finiront comme des statues.

Ce ne sera pas votre partage, au Nom de Jésus !


Rappelez-vous ceci : Vous ne pouvez pas être un leader de qualité si vous n’avez pas d’abord vous-même offert un service de qualité à autrui. Jusqu'à ce que vous ayez servi quelqu’un d’autre avec succès, vous ne pouvez pas diriger efficacement les autres.

DEVOIRS
1. Rendez-vous disponible pour server dans n’importe quel domaine.
2. Obéissez à la Parole de Dieu.
dunamis daily devotional PRIÈRE: Seigneur, baptise-moi de l'esprit de service, efface toute trace d'orgueil en moi, et donne-moi un cœur pour Te servir et pour servir l'humanité, au Nom de Jésus.

LECTURE QUOTIDIENNE: Nombres 36: 1 à Deutéronome 1: 46, Luc 5: 29 à 6: 11, Ps. 66: 1 à 20, Prov. 11: 24 à 26

CITATION: Jusqu'à ce que vous fassiez preuve de fidélité, votre service est une perte de temps! Extrait du livre : SERVEZ-LE DE TOUT VOTRE MIEUX POUR AVOIR SA PLUS HAUTE RECOMPENSE, du Dr Becky Enenche. dunamis daily devotional
  LECTURE QUOTIDIENNE : Nombres 36: 1 à Deutéronome 1: 46, Luc 5: 29 à 6: 11, Ps. 66: 1 à 20, Prov. 11: 24 à 26.

FAIT SURPRENANT: 75% du cerveau humain est constitué d'eau et 75% d'un arbre verdoyant est constitué d'eau.

AUJOURD’HUI DANS L’HISTOIRE: Le 23 mars 1888 – En Angleterre, la plus ancienne ligue de l’Association Professionnelle de Football du monde appelée en Anglais « Football League », s'est réunie pour la première fois.



SEEDS OF DESTINY IN SPANISH:SEMILLA DE DESTINO


JUEVES, 23 DE MARZO DE 2017.
TEMA: EL CAMINO DEL SERVICIO.


LA ESCRITURA: "Así halló José gracia en sus ojos, y le servía; y él le hizo mayordomo de su casa, y entrego en su poder todo lo que tenía”. GÉNESIS 39:4. dunamis daily devotional

PENSAMIENTO PARA EL DÍA: No puede haber un liderazgo de calidad sin un servicio de calidad. Hasta que usted haya servido con éxito, usted no puede dirigir eficazmente.

Conceptualmente, la palabra servicio connota el acto de esforzarse uno para ser útil a alguien o una organización para lograr y satisfacer las necesidades deseadas de esa persona u organización.

Literariamente, servicio es correr con la visión de otro hombre.dunamis daily devotional

No puede haber liderazgo de calidad sin un servicio de calidad. Hasta que usted haya servido con éxito, usted no puede dirigir eficazmente.
La verdad es que no puede haber un servicio desperdiciado. La forma en que usted sirve hoy determina si usted será servido mañana. Lo que usted hace suceder para los demás, Dios hará que suceda para usted. (Mike Murdock).

Ayudar a otros a alcanzar el cumplimiento de su visión, hace que Dios le asista a usted en el cumplimiento de la suya. José interpretó los sueños del mayordomo y el panadero, el resultado fue, Dios interpretó sus sueños.

Zig ziglar dijo una vez: “Usted puede llegar a donde quiera en la vida si puede ayudar a otros a alcanzar adonde ellos quieren llegar”. dunamis daily devotional

Mi consejo es, no luche por prestigio, luche por el servicio; el servicio le dará prestigio. Pero los que luchan por la posición terminan como estatuas. Esta no será su porción en el Nombre de Jesús.

Recuerde Esto: No puede haber un liderazgo de calidad sin un servicio de calidad. Hasta que usted haya servido con éxito, usted no puede liderar con eficacia.

TAREA(S):
1. Dispóngase a servir en cualquier capacidad.
2. Obedezca la Palabra.

ORACIÓN: OH SEÑOR, bautízame con el espíritu de servicio, rompe toda señal de orgullo en mí y dame el corazón SEÑOR para servirte, y servir a la humanidad en el nombre de Jesús.

PARA MEJOR ENTENDIMIENTO, CONSIGA ESTE MENSAJE: CUMPLIMIENTO Y NACIMIENTO DE LA VISIÓN, PARTE 3. dunamis daily devotional

CITA: ¡Hasta que la fidelidad esté en lugar, el servicio es un desperdicio! Tomado de “Service your utmost for His highest” por la Dra. Becky Enenche.

LECTURA DIARIA: Números 36:1 a Deuteronomio 1:46, Lucas 5:29 a 6:11, Salmos 66:1 a 20, Proverbios 11:24 a 26.

HOY EN LA HISTORIA: 23/3/1888 - En Inglaterra, la Liga de Fútbol, la asociación profesional de futbol más antigua del mundo, se reunió por primera vez.

HECHO SORPRENDENTE: el 75% del cerebro humano es agua y el 75% de un árbol vivo es agua. dunamis daily devotional

Kenneth Copeland Ministries Daily Devotional  March 23 2017- Coming Together

Kenneth Copeland Ministries Daily Devotional March 23 2017- Coming Together

TOPIC- Coming Together


Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.
Ephesians 4:13



If you know how to listen to the voice of God, you can hear Him calling throughout the Body of Christ today. He is calling for unity. He is calling us to lay down our disagreements and come together in preparation for Jesus' return.

Just the thought of that scares some believers. "How can I unify with someone from another denomination?" they say. "I'm not going to give up my doctrines and agree with theirs just for unity's sake!"

What they don't realize is this: scriptural unity isn't based on doctrine.


Winds of doctrine, according to Ephesians 4:14, are childish. Winds of doctrine don't unify. They divide and blow people in every direction. The Word doesn't say anything about us coming into the unity of our doctrines. It says we'll come into the unity of the faith.

In the past, we've failed to understand that and tried to demand doctrinal unity from each other anyway.

"If you don't agree with me on the issue of tongues," we've said, "or on the timing of the Rapture...or on the proper depth for baptismal waters, I won't accept you as a brother in the Lord. I'll break fellowship with you."

But that's not God's way of doing things. He doesn't have a long list of doctrinal demands for us to meet. His requirements are simple. First John 3:23 tells us what they are: to believe on the Name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another.Kenneth Copeland Ministries Daily Devotional  March 23 2017- Coming Together

Once you and I come to a place where we keep those requirements and quit worrying about the rest, we'll be able to forget our denominational squabbles and come together in the unity of faith. We'll grow so strong together that the winds of doctrine won't be able to drive us apart.

When that happens, the devil's going to panic because the unity of the faith of God's people is a staggering thing. It's the most unlimited, powerful thing on earth.

Right now all over the world, the Spirit is calling the Church of the living God to unite. Hear Him and obey, and you can be a part of one of the most magnificent moves of God this world has ever seen.


Scripture Reading:
Psalms 132:13-18, 133

About Us
Hello, we’re Kenneth and Gloria Copeland. For the last 49 years, we’ve been passionately teaching Christians all over the world how to apply the principles of faith found in God’s WORD to their lives.

We have seven ministry offices around the world: United States, Canada, Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Ukraine and Latin America. Our God-given directive is to preach and teach the uncompromised WORD of God on every available voice, which is being accomplished through a variety of channels, including our Believer’s Voice of Victory TV and radio broadcasts, podcast and magazine; Believers’ Conventions, Victory Campaigns and Living Victory meetings; published books, website, and social media channels, to name a few.Kenneth Copeland Ministries Daily Devotional  March 9 2017- The Habit of Holiness By Gloria Copeland

With the expansion of technology, we have more work to do now than ever. We are determined to let the world know Jesus is LORD, and we’re not slowing down anytime soon!

Kenneth Copeland Ministries Daily Devotional  March 23 2017- Coming Together
Daily Devotional with Andrew Wommack March 23 2017- GOD OR MAN PLEASERS

Daily Devotional with Andrew Wommack March 23 2017- GOD OR MAN PLEASERS

TOPIC- GOD OR MAN PLEASERS


John 5:43-44, "I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?"



Daily Devotional with Andrew Wommack March 23 2017- GOD OR MAN PLEASERS
JOHN 5:28-47
This is in reference to the fact that Jesus came in the power and authority of His father to point men to Father God. Jesus existed before His advent on this earth in the form of God and was equal with God. Yet, He humbled Himself and became a servant while here on earth (Phil. 2:6-8).


He did not come to promote Himself but to give His life to provide the way to the Father (Jn. 14:6). In the same way, the Holy Spirit does not exalt Himself, but points all men unto Jesus. Jesus came, meek and lowly, totally submitted unto and seeking only to please the Father.

This is radically different from the way so called "great men" present themselves. The Roman Caesar of Jesus' day proclaimed that he was God and demanded worship. Lesser leaders ruled by exalting themselves over the people they governed; but, Jesus showed us that "whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many" (Mt. 20:26-28).

If we are concerned about what people think in an attempt to gain their approval (or honor), we will never take a stand in faith for anything that might be criticized. This one thing has probably stopped as many people from receiving from God as anything else. You cannot be a "man-pleaser" and please God at the same time. Commit your all to Him - every thought, word, and deed.Daily Devotional with Andrew Wommack March 23 2017- GOD OR MAN PLEASERS

Ray Stedman Daily Devotions March 23rd 2017- Live Overflowingly

Ray Stedman Daily Devotions March 23rd 2017- Live Overflowingly

TOPIC- Live Overflowingly


Read the Scripture: Ephesians 5:15-20

Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18).



It is interesting that Paul puts these two things in contrast, one against the other. Don't get drunk with wine, he says. This recognizes there are things in life that tend to drive you to drink. There are pressures in life, there are demands made upon you so severe that you will feel the need of some stimulation, something that will undergird you a bit, give you some confidence and add help and strength. But don't let it be wine or any other artificial stimulant, because, he says, the trouble with that is, it so easily leads to lack of control. The word here translated debauchery is the Greek word that means without any limits, with reckless abandonment. It refers to escapism and the tendency to throw all restraints overboard and live without control.

But in contrast to that he says to satisfy that need for something to stimulate and strengthen you by being filled with the Spirit, for that is God's provision for this need in human life. There is no need to feel ashamed over the sense of need. We were not made to be self-sufficient, independent creatures. Because you feel like you need something to help you, to strengthen you, to make you feel adequate to face life, do not be troubled by that. You do need something. But let it be the right thing. Be filled with the Spirit.

Here he touches the great secret of real Christianity, the possibility of being filled with the Spirit. When you became a Christian, when you believed in Jesus Christ and received Him as your Lord, the Holy Spirit came to live in you. You have the Spirit, but the interesting paradox is that, though all Christians have the Holy Spirit, we constantly need to be filled with the Holy Spirit. The filling of the Holy Spirit is the momentary taking from Him of the resources you need for the situation in which you are. It has nothing to do with an experience or a feeling or a crisis; it is a quiet drinking again and again of an inner supply of strength. Ray Stedman Daily Devotions March 23rd 2017- Live Overflowingly

This is a truth that many Christians seem to miss. They think that Christianity means coming to church, getting a blessing, and then going away to try to live in the light and warmth of the blessing until it leaks away, and then they must come back and get filled up again. But that is not Christianity. When Jesus said of the person who drinks of Him, Out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water, John says, By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive (John 7:39a). That is the strengthening that comes from within, and there is plenty there for any situation.


Father, I pray that You will teach me to draw upon the well of water within, to know that every demand made upon me is a demand made upon You, and that you are prepared, ready, to live Your life through me in every situation and thus manifest Your grace.
Life Application: How do we react to the severe demands and pressures of life? Are we learning to acknowledge the Spirit of Christ within, and to be overflowing with His Presence?


About Ray Stedman
Ray C. Stedman is one of the twentieth century's foremost pastors and biblical expositors. His message of authentic Christianity is shaping the lives of individuals and churches worldwide. Ray's message now reaches across the globe, for the glory of God and the building up of the body of Christ.

Ray Stedman Daily Devotions March 23rd 2017- Live Overflowingly

Daily Hope Devotional BY RICK WARREN  MARCH 22, 2017- You’re Alive Because God Wants to Love You

Daily Hope Devotional BY RICK WARREN MARCH 22, 2017- You’re Alive Because God Wants to Love You

TOPIC- You’re Alive Because God Wants to Love You


"Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure" (Ephesians 1:4-5 NLT, second edition).



A while back, a man came into my office and said, “I’m a Christian, but I don’t feel like I’m going anywhere in my spiritual growth. I’m kind of stuck in neutral.”

I said, “What do you think the problem is?”

He said, “I think my problem is I just don't love God enough.”

I said, “That's not your problem. Your problem is not that you don't love God enough. Your problem is that you don't understand how much he loves you.”


Love is always a response to love. The Bible says, “We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19 NIV). When you say, “I don't love God,” it's because you don't understand just how much he really loves you. Daily Hope Devotional BY RICK WARREN  MARCH 22, 2017- You’re Alive Because God Wants to Love You

To understand your life’s purpose and calling, you have to begin with God’s nature. God is love. Love is the essence of his nature. The only reason there is love in the universe is because of God. Ants and snails do not love, but you were made in God’s image, so you can love.

The reason you are alive is because God wanted to love you. The first purpose of your life is to be loved by God! Yes, it is important to serve, obey, and trust him, but your first purpose is to love him.

Let this sink in: Your first duty is not to do anything but just be loved by God.

Talk It Over

What is your response to the truth that your first calling is to enjoy a relationship with God?
Think about your current relationship with God. Has it become more about rules, regulations, and rituals than about love?
How does enjoying God’s love affect your obedience and service to him?

About Rick WarrenRick Warren is an innovative pastor, renowned author, and global influencer. The various ministries Pastor Rick has created are a multi-faceted expression of his heart to bring the whole gospel to the whole world. Daily Hope Devotional BY RICK WARREN 
ASSOCIATED WITH CHANGE? – Wednesday March 22nd 2017 Open Heavens

ASSOCIATED WITH CHANGE? – Wednesday March 22nd 2017 Open Heavens

ASSOCIATED WITH CHANGE? – Wednesday March 22nd 2017

Memorise: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away: behold, all things are become new. 2ndCorinthians 5:17
Read: Deuteronomy 28:11-13 (King James Version)

11 And the Lord shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
12 The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.

13 And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the Lord thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:

Bible in one year: Exodus 22-23, Isaiah 66:1-14, Hymn: Sing hymn 2
MESSAGE:

If there is any single word that symbolises Jesus Christ, it is the word “Change”. While some changes are good, some others have negative consequences. Encountering Jesus Christ brings positive change to you. Everything about Jesus spells change. The moment He was born into this world, things began to change. Even the old calendar was changed to reflect the years before Christ was born (BC) and the years after (AD). By His virgin birth, He introduced change to the rules of childbirth. This is why “mono-pause” can become “mono-play”. By the change He brought, we have seen a 56 years-old woman testifying before the people of God with her newborn baby. No wonder Jesus said God can raise children out of stones (Matthew 3:9). Are you trusting God for the fruit of the womb but menopause is telling you that your time is past? Tell it that because your Saviour and Master, Jesus, stands for change, it cannot stand in your way. Shortly, you shall celebrate with your own baby!
If you are connected to Jesus, you cannot but experience glorious changes in your life. Nothing that He created can stand in your way. If what He created cannot stop you, how then can the evil forces and evil mechanisms that were designed by the hordes of hell stop you? They also answer to Him! Indeed, the moment He walked on water, He not only defiled the law of gravity, He also made it respond to His will (Matthew 14:23-27). By this act, the man who said what goes up must come down began to have problems with his postulates. If you encounter Jesus, you go up and stay up. This is why Deuteronomy 28:13 says,

“And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:”

Is the law of gravity affecting your business, ministry, academics, family or spiritual life? I command its downward effect to cease dragging you down from now on! From today you shall go up, and your ascent shall be unstoppable. You shall be the head and stay ahead. Ask for a definite encounter with Jesus today. If you have not accepted Jesus as your Lord and personal Saviour, that is the best place to start. 

Key Point
If you have Jesus, you will be an agent of positive change everywhere you go. Do you reflect this change?
Open Heaven Daily Devotional, written by Pastor E.A Adeboye,

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer's Ministries. 
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Joel Osteen Ministries Devotional March 22, 2017- Hidden in Him

Joel Osteen Ministries Devotional March 22, 2017- Hidden in Him

TOPIC- Hidden in Him


TODAY'S SCRIPTURE:

For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.
Psalm 27:5, NIV

TODAY'S WORD:

What an amazing promise we have that when we seek God and serve Him with our whole hearts, He will hide us in His shelter. That means you can be so connected to God that you are invisible to the enemy! You are hidden in Him! No matter what is happening around you, you can have strength, confidence and rest. Challenges may come your way, but you won’t be worried about them. You know that, ultimately, things are going to work out for your good. You know that no weapon formed against you shall prosper. Joel Osteen Ministries Devotional March 22, 2017- Hidden in Him

People may be talking, trying to make you look bad, but you don’t even give it a second thought. You know that your future is too bright to be distracted. You know they don’t control your destiny. You just keep on being your best, walking in integrity, meditating on the Word and worshiping throughout the day so you can stay hidden in Him!


PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, I come to You today with an open and humble heart. I surrender every area of my life to You. Mold me into Your image and keep me hidden in You. I bless You and praise You today and always in Jesus’ name. Amen.


About Joel OsteenRaised in Houston, Texas, with a loving family of seven and world-renowned parents in full-time ministry, Joel Osteen never imagined that he would follow so closely in his father’s footsteps. As a young man, his training and interests were behind the scenes in television production though he was close to his father in ministry. "There’s no greater feeling than being able to help people rise higher and overcome something and feel better about themselves. I think that we’re all made to help others, to lift people up.” J

Joel Osteen Ministries Devotional March 22, 2017- Hidden in Him
Joseph Prince Devotional March 22, 2017- GOD CAN TURN YOUR EVIL DAY INTO GOOD DAYS

Joseph Prince Devotional March 22, 2017- GOD CAN TURN YOUR EVIL DAY INTO GOOD DAYS

TOPIC- GOD CAN TURN YOUR EVIL DAY INTO GOOD DAYS


Esther 9:22
…rest from their enemies…sorrow to joy…mourning to a holiday…

Today, many Jews still celebrate the feast of Purim. The name Purim is derived from “the lot” which a Gentile, Haman, cast concerning the fate of the Jews when they were in Persia under King Ahasuerus.

Haman, the villain in this story in the book of Esther, hated the Jews and sought to exterminate them. He got King Ahasuerus to allow him to issue a decree to annihilate all the Jews in one day—the thirteenth day of the twelfth month of Adar. But God used Queen Esther and her uncle Mordecai, both Jews, to turn the tables on Haman and save the Jews.

Haman was hanged on the very gallows that he had constructed for Mordecai! Then, the king allowed Queen Esther and Mordecai to issue a counter-decree to allow all the Jews to defend themselves and destroy their enemies in one day—the thirteenth day of the twelfth month of Adar!


So instead of the Jews being exterminated on that fateful day, their enemies were destroyed! God turned an evil day for the Jews into good days. He turned their mourning into rejoicing and gave them victory over their enemies.

My friend, God can do the same for you today. He only wants you to remain in your position of rest in Christ. You see, because of Jesus’ finished work at the cross, you are seated in heavenly places in Christ, far above every principality, and evil assault the devil can throw at you. (Ephesians 2:6) Just as Mordecai sat within the king’s gate, and refused to stand up and bow to Haman, let’s not “bow” to the devil by being persuaded to move from our position of rest in Christ. Don’t allow him to get you worried, frantic and doing things to save yourself.

Queen Esther was also in a position of rest before Haman was executed. (Esther 7) She was seated on a couch as Haman pleaded with her for his life. While doing so, he accidentally fell over the couch where the queen was. The king, thinking that Haman was assaulting his queen, sent him to the gallows!

Beloved, remain at rest in Christ’s finished work, and He will turn your evil day into days of rejoicing and feasting!

Thought For The Day

Remain at rest in Christ’s finished work, and He will turn your evil day into days of rejoicing and feasting!

Joseph Prince Devotional March 22, 2017- GOD CAN TURN YOUR EVIL DAY INTO GOOD DAYS
meyers daily devotional March 22, 2017- Building Bridges, Not Walls

meyers daily devotional March 22, 2017- Building Bridges, Not Walls

TOPIC- Building Bridges, Not Walls


For He is [Himself] our peace (our bond of unity and harmony). He has made us both [Jew and Gentile] one [body], and has broken down (destroyed, abolished) the hostile dividing wall between us.
- Ephesians 2:14



One day while I was praying, the Holy Spirit showed me that my life had become a bridge for others to pass over and find their place in God. For many years, I erected only walls in my life; but now where there were walls, there are bridges instead. All the difficult and unfair things that have happened to me have been turned into highways over which others can pass to find the same liberty that I have found. I have learned to build bridges instead of walls. meyers daily devotional March 22, 2017- Building Bridges, Not Walls

In Hebrews 5:9 Jesus is referred to as "the Author and Source of eternal salvation." He pioneered a pathway to God for us. He became a highway for us to pass over. It is as though He faced a giant forest and went in ahead of us so that when we came along we could drive right through it without having to fight all the elements and the density of the forest. He sacrificed Himself for us; and now that we are benefiting from His sacrifice, He is giving us a chance to sacrifice for others so they can reap the same benefits we enjoy.


Hebrews 12:2 says that Jesus endured the cross for the joy of obtaining the prize that was set before Him. I like to remind myself of that fact when the way seems hard. I tell myself, Keep pressing on, Joyce. There is joy ahead.

Make a decision to tear down your walls and build bridges. There are many, many people who are lost in their messes and need someone to go before them and show them the way. Why not be that person for them? Walls or bridges? The choice is yours.


About Joyce MeyerJoyce Meyer is one of the world's leading practical Bible teachers. A New York Times bestselling author, her books have helped millions of people find hope and restoration through Jesus Christ. Through Joyce Meyer Ministries, she teaches on a number of topics with a particular focus on the mind, mouth, moods and attitudes. Her candid communication style allows her to share openly and practically about her experiences so others can apply what she has learned to their lives.

meyers daily devotional March 22, 2017- Building Bridges, Not Walls