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Open Heavens 18 March 2018 Daily Devotional – God’s Favorite

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Open Heavens 18 March 2018 Daily Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Topic: God’s Favorite

Memorise: “And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” – Matthew 3:17

Read: Hebrews 1:7-9 (KJV)

7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.

8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

Bible in One Year: Deuteronomy 1, Galatians 1

Message: Open Heavens 18 March 2018

The word ‘favourite’ is used to describe a person who is preferred to others or who is especially well liked. Treating a certain class of people as favourites is generally considered to be an unfair practice. Why would God then have favourites? Looking at God’s principles of truth and justice through the prism of our human understanding of favouritism makes this question a very tricky one to answer. Indeed, Deuteronomy 32:4 tells us this about God:

“He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.”

We also understand from John 3:16 that He loves all human beings alike. Likewise, Romans 2:11 clearly states that there is no respect of persons with Him. However, another truth of God’s word is that He is sovereign and He does as he pleases (Psalm 115:3, Psalm 135:6). To demonstrate His sovereignty, in Romans 9:15 He declared:

“…I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”

The choice to have favourites is therefore a manifestation of God’s sovereignty which He says cannot be questioned (Romans 9:20). God has shown this aspect of His sovereignty in the lives of individuals like Abraham, Jacob, Esau, Joseph, Moses, Pharaoh, Esther, Mary and several others. I am happy to declare to you that my Daddy has a special relationship with me that come with special privileges that are not common to all men. How else can anyone explain my appointment as the General Overseer of the redeemed Christian Church of God, or the phenomenal growth the Church is experiencing even now? What shall we say about the fulfilment of seemingly impossible prophecies, outstanding miracles and great testimonies of unbelievable proportions? How can one explain all these, except that I am God’s favourites? Open Heavens 18 March 2018

In Matthew 3:17b, God proclaimed these words concerning Jesus:

“This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Also Read: Open Heavens 17 March 2018 Saturday Daily Devotional by Pastor Adeboye

For those who are born again, it then follows that since we are joint heirs with Christ, and since the Holy Spirit has indicated that as Jesus is, so are we in this world (Romans 8:17, 1 John 4:17), we are truly the beloved of God and therefore His favourites. I pray that you will begin to walk in the reality of this truth from today in Jesus’ Name. Being God’s favourite surely sounds good, but it comes with some responsibilities. As a favourite of God, you must make holiness your lifestyle. You must dedicate yourself to God in true worship, submitting yourself totally to His will. You are also expected to dedicate yourself to service in the Body of Christ. Are you God’s favourite? (Open Heavens 18 March 2018)

Prayer Point: Father, let it be glaring to the whole world that I am Your favourite in Jesus’ Name.

HYMN 15: NEARER MY GOD TO THEE

1. Nearer, my God to Thee,
Nearer to Thee!
E’en though it be a cross
That raiseth me,
Still all my song shall be.
Nearer, my God to Thee!
Nearer, my God to Thee!
Nearer to Thee!

2. Though like the wanderer,
The sun gone down.
Darkness be over me,
My rest a stone.
Yet in my dreams I’d be
Nearer, my God to Thee!
Nearer, my God to Thee!
Nearer to Thee!

3. There let the way appear
Steps unto heaven;
All that Thou send’st to me
In mercy given:
Angels to beckon me
Nearer, my God, to Thee!
Nearer, my God to Thee!
Nearer to Thee!

4. Then, with my waking thoughts
Bright with Thy praise,
Out of my stony griefs
Bethel I’ll raise
So by my woes to be
Nearer, my God, to Thee!
Nearer, my God to Thee!
Nearer to Thee!

RCCG Open Heavens 18 March 2018 Daily Devotional Messages was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.

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Billy Graham Devotion 15 December 2018 – Not Too Young

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Billy Graham Devotion 15 December 2018 – Not Too Young

Memorize: Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers . . .  — 1 Timothy 4:12
Lord Chesterton once said, “I believe in bedside repentance, but I do not want to depend upon it.” During a serious illness a person’s mind does not function normally. Getting right with God is something one should do in the bloom of health. However, as far as the Lord is concerned, “His ear is not heavy that He cannot hear, nor His arm shortened that He cannot save.” He loves us equally, in sickness or in health; while we are living, or while we are dying.

In my experience, I have not known of too many people who found Christ on their deathbed. When we come to Christ in our youth, a life is saved. When we come in old age, a soul is salvaged and life eternal is assured; but the opportunity to live a life for Christ has been lost.

Billy Graham Devotion 15 December 2018 – Not Too Young

Billy Graham preaches youth can turn the world upside down for Christ.

Prayer for the day (Billy Graham Devotion 15 December 2018)

Lord God, burden my heart to reach out to the young persons starting their adventure in life—and the old persons dreading the end of their journey. Let me tell them the message of Your saving love.

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Kenneth Copeland

Kenneth Copeland 15 December 2018 – A Carefree Christmas

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Kenneth Copeland 15 December 2018 – A Carefree Christmas

Memorize: Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. – Philippians 4:6

Can you really have a merry Christmas even when you have a thousand and one pressures bearing down on you? Yes, you can—and you don’t have to leave the country to do it. No matter how intense or how trivial the problems are that you’re facing right now, you can have the most wonderful, most carefree Christmas season you’ve ever had in your life; and you can start having it today. Kenneth Copeland 15 December 2018

As a believer, you’re probably familiar with that scripture that says to be anxious for nothing. But, have you ever taken it seriously enough to put it into action? There’s a good chance you haven’t because you haven’t understood just how dangerous those anxieties are. You probably haven’t realized that they’re a deadly part of the devil’s strategy against you.

Kenneth Copeland 15 December 2018 – A Carefree Christmas

That’s right. Worry is one of the chief weapons of his warfare. If he can get you to worry about them, he can use the financial pressures and family pressures and scheduling problems that are just a “normal” part of everyday life to weigh you down and drag you into more trouble than you think possible.

Medical science tells us that a high percentage of the people hospitalized in the U.S.A. are there with ailments caused by worry and tension. Yet, a great many believers worry without even thinking about it. They’ll worry about being too short or too skinny. They’ll stew over this and that and not even realize they’ve been sinning.

“Sinning, Brother Copeland?”

Yes! For the born-again, Spirit-filled believer who owns a Bible—worrying is a sin. So, even if the Christmas cards are late and 45 people are coming to your house for Christmas dinner, don’t worry.

Instead, do what the Bible says to do. Pray, making your request known to God…and praise Him for the answer. Then you’ll have peace.

Now, go ahead and have a truly merry Christmas, you carefree thing you!

Scripture Reading (Kenneth Copeland 15 December 2018):
Matthew 6:24-34

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