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T.B. Joshua (22-December-2019) LIVE Sunday Service At The SCOAN. If millions of this generation are to believe, they must see PROOF that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever! Get ready to witness undeniable evidence of God’s Word and power at work as you join Prophet T.B. Joshua in a practical demonstration of Christianity in today’s Sunday Live Service at The SCOAN in Lagos, Nigeria.
Joel Osteen (December-20-2019) Daily Devotion: Your Secret Petitions.
TODAY'S SCRIPTURE: Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart. Psalm 37:4, AMPC
TODAY'S WORD: God knows the secret petitions of your heart. He knows every hidden dream He's placed within you. He knows the things that you haven't told anyone about. Maybe you thought they would never come to pass, or maybe you buried them because they didn't happen on your timetable. Maybe, in the natural, you have every reason to give up on those dreams. Be encouraged today—God is still working behind the scenes! He still has a plan to bring those dreams to pass. Do what today's verse says and delight yourself in Him. The word "delight" actually means "to make yourself soft and pliable." It paints the picture of God as the Potter and you as the clay. Allow God to mold and shape your character today. Allow Him to direct your plans and ideas. Keep an attitude of faith and expectancy, and as you submit your ways to the Lord and follow His leading, He will fulfill those secret petitions of your heart!
PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, You said the path of the righteous gets brighter and brighter. You said no good thing will You withhold because I walk uprightly before You. You said because I delight myself in You, You will give me the secret petitions of my heart. Thank You for being in control of my life and for the good things You have in store for my future in Jesus' name. Amen.
Joyce Meyer (December-18-2019) Daily Devotion: Positive Minds.
Sometimes when I stand behind the pulpit, and before I speak, I pause and my gaze sweeps across the audience. I look at the faces of the people. I love to see the bright smiles and expressions of anticipation, but there are always a few who look downtrodden and discouraged. I don’t know anything about them and I don’t want to judge them, but their faces look sad. They look as if they have lost hope and expect nothing positive to happen—and too often, they get exactly what they expect.
I understand those discouraged people; I was once one of them.
Here’s a simple fact I’ve learned: Positive minds produce positive lives, but negative minds produce negative lives. The New Testament tells the story of a Roman soldier whose servant was sick, and the soldier wanted Jesus to heal him. That wasn’t uncommon—many wanted Jesus to heal them or their loved ones in those days.
But this soldier, instead of asking Jesus to come to his servant, expressed his belief that if Jesus would just speak the word, his servant would be healed (see Matthew 8:8). Jesus marveled at his faith and sent out His word to heal the servant. The soldier’s positive mindset—his faith—brought positive results. He expected healing, and that’s exactly what happened.
Too often, we cry to Jesus to heal us, to take care of our finances, or to deliver us from problems, but we don’t fully expect the good things to happen. We allow our minds to focus on the negative aspects. Doubt and unbelief war against our minds and steal our faith if we allow it.
As I wrote in my book Battlefield of the Mind, many years ago I was extremely negative. I used to say that if I had two positive thoughts in a row, my mind would get in a cramp. That’s an exaggeration, of course, but that’s how I saw myself. I lived with the same philosophy that other people have: If we don’t expect anything good to happen, we won’t be disappointed when it doesn’t.
I could have excused my negative attitude by telling everyone about my disappointments in life—and I had many. It wasn’t just my lack of expectation. It was more than that. Because I thought negatively, I spoke negatively. When people told me of their spiritual victories, I’d think, That won’t last. When people spoke of their faith, I’d smile, but inwardly I would think that they were gullible. I could always figure out ways that plans would go wrong or people would disappoint me.
Was I happy? Of course not. Negative thinkers are never happy. It’s too long of a story to explain how I came to face that reality, but once I realized what a negative person I was, I cried out to the Lord to help me.
I learned that if I kept studying the Word of God, I could push away negative thoughts. God’s Word is positive and uplifting. My responsibility was to become the kind of believer who honors God with her thoughts, as well as with her actions and her deeds.
I understood the remorse David must have felt when he wrote Psalm 51 (AMPC): Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your steadfast love... is the way he starts. I especially meditated on verse 9: Hide Your face from my sins and blot out all my guilt and iniquities. I hadn’t sinned the same way David did, of course, but my negative thinking and bad attitude was sin. It wasn’t just weakness or a bad habit. When I focused on negative thinking, I was rebelling against God.
The Lord had mercy on me. As I continued in His Word and in prayer, He freed me from Satan’s stronghold. Freedom is available for all of us.
Prayer Starter: Gracious God, thank You for every deliverance in my life. Thank You for setting me free from negative and wrong thinking and for defeating Satan in this area of my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Charles Stanley (December-12-2019) Daily Devotion: Watching God Work.
We have the privilege of serving a God who does abundantly more than we can imagine. Most Christians go through their daily life with no real awareness that the Lord is at work. However, He is active all the time, orchestrating circumstances, listening to the prayers of His children, and working through His followers to serve others. God is at work in the life of each believer so that He will receive glory and honor.
It is important that Christians learn to see God at work. To do that, we first need to observe how He worked in the lives of men and women in Scripture. It is also essential for us to listen for what He is saying to our heart. If we think that the Lord has never spoken to us, then either we have not been listening, or we do not really expect an answer from Him at all.
To listen and learn, we must have a right relationship with the Lord—this means confessing our sins and choosing to serve Him. We cannot see God at work if we are not prayerful people. Prayer centers our attention on Him. That focus opens us to the fact that we are loved enough to receive direction from our Father.
Frequently though, the problem is that we do not receive guidance according to our schedule. Our heavenly Father may work over long periods of time, so we must learn to practice patience. A human parent needs at least 18 years to teach a child how to function appropriately in the world. How much longer must it take God to achieve His goal of conforming us to the image of His Son?
TB Joshua Pays Tribute To Reinhard Bonnke (1940-2019).
Here is the tribute paid by TB Joshua, Emmanuel TV and The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) to German Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke:
"Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke, a missionary with a burning passion for the Gospel, a vision for Africa and a message for the world, crossed over to glory on December 7, 2019.
In 60 years of ministry, the founder of Christ For All Nations had the joy of witnessing over 79 million people give their lives to Jesus Christ.
He continued to preach the Gospel even to his final moment, often reminding people that, “Salvation is only found in Jesus and Jesus must be preached.”
The character of a true believer is that he finds refuge in the secret place of the Most High God. Heaven is our resting place, our dwelling place. Here Reinhard Bonnke rests - in the precious arms of Jesus Christ.
Emmanuel TV and The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations join believers around the world to pray for God’s strength and comfort upon the family of this dear servant of God as we celebrate his life and legacy of harvest.
In the words of Reinhard Bonnke: “I don't want a monument. We don't build monuments; we build God's kingdom.”
Joel Osteen (December-01-2019) Sunday Sermon: The Smile of God. We all have people that have done us wrong. It’s easy to hold on to the hurt, be vindictive, and try to pay people back. But one test we all have to pass is being good to those that have not been good to us. When you sow seeds of kindness and forgiveness, you’re proving to God that He can trust your character. Get ready for Him to release more favor in your life.
Andrew Wommack (November 5th, 2019) Live Bible Study - Ron Luce & Andrew Wommack. Join Andrew’s Live Bible Study to interact in real time and gain a deeper understanding of the Word. The Live Bible Study is held at 6:00 p.m. MT every Tuesday.
Joyce Meyer (November-01-2019) Sermon: Press Past Guilt and Shame - Part 2. Guilt and shame can keep us from making progress. But we don't have to let them. Learn more about the love and forgiveness God has for you!
Joel Osteen (October-26-2019) Daily Devotion: Before Creation.
TODAY'S SCRIPTURE: For he chose us in him before the creation of the world… Ephesians 1:4, NIV
TODAY'S WORD: Did you know that God chose you before the foundation of the earth? Your Father is Almighty God. Before the worlds were ever formed, He knew you. You didn’t get here by accident. You didn’t just happen to show up. God breathed His life into you. And He didn’t create you to be average. He didn’t create you to barely get by. No, He created you to excel! Not only has He chosen you, but He has equipped you with everything you need to live and thrive in this life. He has deposited seeds of greatness inside every person. But in order to tap into those seeds of greatness, you have to believe this and act on it.
Too many people today are going around with low self-esteem, feeling inferior, as though they don’t have what it takes. But that is living a lie. And as long as we have a poor self-image, we’re not going to experience God’s best. In order to be all that God has called us to be, we have to see ourselves as chosen, valuable and victorious. Today, meditate on this truth. Let it sink down deep into your heart. Let it build confidence and security in you. As you understand your value in the eyes of God, you’ll be empowered to live the life of victory He has prepared for you!
PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father God, thank You for choosing me. Thank You for equipping me. Help me to see myself the way You see me. Show me Your ways that I may walk with You in confidence and trust all the days of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.