Our Daily Bread Devotional, June 29, 2017 – Faith in Action

Topic: Faith in Action [Thursday June 29, 2017]

Read: James 2:14–26, Bible in a Year: Job 14–16; Acts 9:22–43

Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. James 2:18

As a friend drove to the grocery store, she noticed a woman walking along the side of the road and felt she should turn the car around and offer her a ride. When she did, she was saddened to hear that the woman didn’t have money for the bus so was walking home many miles in the hot and humid weather. Not only was she making the long journey home, but she had also walked several hours that morning to arrive at work by 4 a.m.

By offering a ride, my friend put into practice in a modern setting James’s instruction for Christians to live out their faith with their deeds: “Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead” (v. 17). He was concerned that the church take care of the widows and the orphans (James 1:27), and he also wanted them to rely not on empty words but to act on their faith with deeds of love.

Lord, may I never forget the sacrifice that gives me life.

We are saved by faith, not works, but we live out our faith by loving others and caring for their needs. May we, like my friend who offered the ride, keep our eyes open for those who might need our help as we walk together in this journey of life.

Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, You did the ultimate deed by dying on the cross for me. May I never forget the sacrifice that gives me life.

We live out our faith through our good deeds.

Insight:

Good works are the byproduct of our faith. James deals with the evidence essential to show the world that our faith is genuine. He wrote, “But someone will say, ‘You have faith; I have deeds.’ Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds” (2:18). Authentic trust in God will always manifest itself in loving and caring for others.

How can you demonstrate your faith in Christ to someone today?

This message was written By Amy Boucher Pye [Our Daily Bread Ministries.]

TREM’s Daily Devotional Thursday 29 June 2017 by Dr. Mike Okonkwo

Topic: Continue In The Word Of God [June 29, 2017]

“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 3:15

If you must serve God with all your heart, faithfully and be ready to make it on the last day, there are things that you will suffer because there are things that will make you to almost compromise your faith. It is not going to come easy. This is the challenge of the last days. There are so many compromisers in the body of Christ today. You may be singing and clapping but I want you to find out if there is any area you are compromising today. Is there any sign of compromise in your life?

2 Timothy 3:13 says, “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse.” It says evil will become greater. It won’t reduce. It says, “Deceiving and being deceived.” But Paul admonished Timothy saying, “But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them.” Why? “……That from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures.” What are those things you have known from childhood? That means God’s word works every day under any circumstance or situation. You must never turn your back on it simply because there is pressure.

The scripture is what will make you wise and to rise above the wisdom of this world. If you function like the average person you see on the street, then you are not wise. The bible has the answer to all the challenges of life but most Christians see it as a religious book. It has all the answers. It is the book of life. Some of us are falling prey to the enemy because we are not wise. Do you continue in the word? Paul said it is the scripture that makes you wise. Why does it make you wise? It is because the world does not understand it. It doesn’t make sense to the world.

Further Reading:
Psalms 119:96-100, 105, 2 Timothy 3:14-17

Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Job 14-16; Evening- Acts 9:22-43

Written by Dr. Mike Okonkwo; Is the Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM); a versatile man of God with over 30 years of dedicated service unto the Lord.

Dunamis’ Daily Devotional June 29, 2017 by Pastor Paul Enenche – The Power That Creates Vacancy and Opportunity

Topic: The Power That Creates Vacancy and Opportunity [Thursday June 29, 2017]

Scripture: Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the Lord is with him. 1 Samuel 16:18

Thought For The Day:
The Anointing creates opportunities and vacancies for the manifestation of potentials and deployment of talents.

It has been confirmed that everyone is wired by God with one potential or the other. However, much potential has been caged in the lives of people because the opportunities to manifest them were not created. That is why one may have discovered that he is multi-talented, but at the same time, multi-limited.

Now, how do we give expressions to the potentials or talents in us?
It is by contacting the Anointing!

The Anointing creates the avenue for the manifestation of one’s potential and talent. So, the Anointing creates opportunities and vacancies for the manifestation of potentials and deployment of talents.

For instance, the moment the Anointing came on David, opportunities began to open up for him. A vacancy was created in the king’s palace for David to minister before the king. He also became the king’s armour bearer (1 Samuel 16:19-22). So, the Anointing creates opportunities and vacancies for the manifestation of potentials.

The truth is, to the anointed, a problem is a platform for promotion. This was the experience of Joseph. When God wanted to promote him, he made Pharaoh to dream dreams that could not be interpreted by anyone but Joseph (Genesis 41:1-8).

My counsel is, desperately desire the Anointing of God on your life for the deployment of your potentials and talents.

Remember this:
The Anointing creates opportunities and vacancies for the manifestation of potentials and deployment of talents.

Assignment(s):

1. Identify the potentials and talents in your life.

2. Ask God for the power to manifest the gifts of God in you.

Prayer: O LORD, I ask for the grace to manifest the potentials and talents in me. Empower me to download all that you have uploaded in me, LORD, in Jesus’ Name.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: THE POWER OF THE ANOINTING

Daily Reading: 2 Kings 15:1 to 16:20, Acts 19:13 to 41, Psalm 147:1 to 20, Proverbs 18:4-5.

Quote: Without the Presence of God, a man is nothing notwithstanding what he has and who he is. Culled from 30 SECRETS TO THE TOP by Dr Paul Enenche.

Amazing Fact: A person can live without food for about a month but only a week without water.

Today In History: 29/6/1917 – The Ukraine proclaimed independence from Russia.

Dunamis International Gospel Centre (DIGC), is a powerfully anointed church, headquartered at Abuja, Nigeria, with Dr Paul and Dr Becky Enenche, as the Senior Pastors. It is a power-packed arena where God’s Presence, Principles and Power are at work for the salvation, healing and restoration of human destinies and dignities.

DCLM Daily Manna June 29, 2017 by Pastor Kumuyi – Rest In God


Topic: Rest In God [Thursday June 29, 2017]

Text: Psalm 119:121-128

Key Verse: “Deal with thy servant according unto thy mercy, and teach me thy statutes” (Psalm 119:124).

Faron Young, a famous American singer and songwriter, who was married for over 32 years, plunged himself into alcoholism. This badly affected his life and he got separated from his wife. The court ordered him to pay her a lifetime alimony of $l,000 every month. After years of loneliness, heartache and pain coupled with prostate cancer, Young shot himself.

That was where he got it wrong, forgetting to surrender his challenges to Christ. The text, the prayer of the Psalmist, exposes his frailty, weakness and helplessness. It was a heartfelt prayer from someone, who was not pretentious but was in pain and suffering. He cried out his mind to God to get involved in his situation. He knew God abhorred sin and with it, no one would have access to Him. Therefore, he maintained a righteous life. He cried for God’s grace and mercy, being sure that God was his sole hope and unfailing resource of life.

He actually needed to be strengthened and so, he asked God for His deliverance. He pointed out that he was God’s servant, who obeyed Him at all times. He asked for understanding to know Him better through His Word. Sometimes, we could be in such a devastating and helpless situation, where we could cry day and night, seeking God’s deliverance and safety. We could feel vulnerable, often seized with fear that our enemies, who desire to hurt us, might have their way.

When you are so hard pressed with challenges, call upon God and you will be sure your appeal to Him will not be in vain. He will be delighted when you take Him at His word. So, come directly to Him and tell Him how you wholeheartedly depend upon Him. You might be an open target of the enemies, but God is there to protect you.

Thought for the day: He who wholly focuses on God can never be trapped in the minefield of life.

Bible Reading in one Year: Esther 1-5

DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.

Billy Graham’s daily devotional June 29, 2017 – The Hands of Jesus

Topic: The Hands of Jesus [Thursday June 29, 2017]

. . . I was hungry, [and] you gave me food . . . — Matthew 25:35 (NEB)

During the war a church in Strasburg, Germany, was totally destroyed; but a statue of Christ which stood by the altar was almost unharmed. Only the hands of the statue were missing. When the church was rebuilt, a famous sculptor offered to make new hands; but, after considering the matter, the members decided to let it stand as it was—without hands. “For,” they said, “Christ has no hands but our hands to do His work on earth.

If we don’t feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, entertain the stranger, visit the imprisoned, and clothe the naked, who will?” Christ is depending on us to do the very things which He did while upon earth. My friend, if the gospel we preach does not have a social application, if it will not work effectively in the work-a-day world, then it is not the Gospel of Christ.

Prayer for the day: I look at my hands, Lord Jesus, and ask You to use them this day. Make me conscious of the needs of those who hurt.

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.

Kenneth Copeland’s daily devotional June 29, 2017 – Be Willing!

Topic: Be Willing! [Thursday June 29, 2017]

If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land. – Isaiah 1:19

A healthy body. Enough money to pay all your bills and extra to invest in the work of the gospel. A godly marriage and happy, healthy children. Peace of mind. God has prepared a banquet full of blessings for you. Kenneth Copeland’s daily devotional June 29, 2017 – Be Willing!

But those blessings are not just going to fall in your lap. You must be willing—as well as obedient—if you’re going to eat the best from God’s table.

So, be willing!

Don’t be willing for Satan to put sickness on your body. Be willing, instead, to be well! In honor of Jesus’ sacrifice at Calvary, refuse to accept anything less than divine health.

Don’t be willing to live in lack, but be willing instead to live in divine prosperity and abundance. Refuse to allow Satan to stop the flow of God’s financial blessings to you.

Be willing to receive God’s best plan for your marriage and your children. Don’t settle for the norms of the world. Live above them in a home full of love and harmony, a home that is what God meant it to be.

Don’t allow Satan to substitute anxiety and ulcers for the peace and undisturbedness that Jesus bought for you. Be willing and obedient to cast all your cares on Him, for He cares for you.

Refuse to be robbed of the banquet of blessings that has belonged to you since you became a believer. Be willing to eat the good of the land!

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 8:5-20

This message was written by Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, the leader of the Kenneth Copeland Ministries (www.KCM.org) that specializes in teaching principles of bible faith – prayer, healing, salvation and other biblical topics.

Open Heavens Thursday 29 June 2017 Daily Devotional by Pastor E. A. Adeboye – Think In The Spirit

Topic: Think In The Spirit [Thursday 29, June 2017]

Memorise: In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. – Proverbs 3:6

Read: Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)

5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Bible in One Year: 1 Samuel 3-5, Lamentation 2:3-13, Hymn: Sing hymn 15

MESSAGE:

Life in the Spirit is possible, even though for most believers it still a struggle (Galatians 5:25). To grow your spirit-man, you need to earnestly seek more opportunities to be refilled with the Holy Spirit after being baptized with Him (Ephesians 5:18-19). To live in the Spirit, you need to think in the Spirit. In our thought life, many of us leave out the Holy Spirit, and this is one of the reasons why we don’t go far in our walk with God. Whenever God is left out of an equation, it never balances. This is why today’s Bible reading says we should acknowledge Him in all and not some of our ways. It is only then He will direct our paths. Some of us usually announce to God the decisions we have already reached, instead of consulting with Him earlier, so that He can help us arrive at the best decision. What is wrong with God deciding for you? Who decided that you would be born? Were you a part of that decision? Who decided your sex, nation, looks, height, complexion and the parents you would have? If He could decide all these, would it be too much for Him to be involved in the decision-making process of your life? When He is involved in a decision, He will ensure it does not fail. However, if in playing “mature” boy or girl, you leave Him out and your decisions later backfire, you will have only yourself to blame.Open Heavens 29 June 2017: Thursday daily devotional by Pastor E. A. Adeboye – Think in the Spirit
When there is an issue on ground and you present the issue to God, asking for His guidance or instruction on how to handle it, He will be pleased that you are giving Him His rightful place in your life. To what extent do you involve God in your personal and family affairs? Do you see Him as an intruder or as a partner? How often do you involve God in your thoughts and plans? If you really want Him to be a part of your thought life, then shun all evil thoughts. Load your mind with His word. Think often on God’s word and focus on Jesus. By doing these, it will become easy for you to think in the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the only Person who can help you see things from God’s perspective. This is why 1 Corinthians 2:11 says,

“For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.”

When you yield your mind to Him, you will see yourself thinking more like Jesus, and what is important to God will gradually become important to you. When this continues, His likes will become your likes, and you will hate what He hates. There will be an alignment between what He wants and what you want. Start involving God in your thought process from today.

Key Point: The extent to which you involve God in your personal or family affairs shows the extent of your trust in Him.

Open Heavens Daily Devotional guide was 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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