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    Which kind love? by @atothewizz (Ayo Wright)

    Valentine was here and love is still in the air
    So na soso ‘I love you’ we go de hear
    But which kind love?
    Is it the genuine kind or the baseless kind without care?
    Or the kind that shrinks once it sees challenges as a result of fear?
    Or the kind that shrinks in the presence of tribulations
    Or the kind that shrinks during a season of test or examination
    Or the kind that submits to all sorts of temptation
    Or is it the kind that is quick to lash out condemnation?
    Are you saying you love me because of what you need?
    Making it a sugarcoated package of greed?
    Because you see, some of us are missing the big picture
    So let me take you back to scriptures
    Back to what God, through Apostle Paul, was trying to teach us
    Is your love the 1 Corinthians 13 kind of love?
    The kind of love that is kind and not blind?
    The kind of love that is patient even when things are not fine?
    The kind of love that is full of trust and zero doubt?
    Tell me, when you say you love God and you love me, which kind love you de talk about?!

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    Strengthen Your Faith With The Word - Rhapsody of Realities - Sun 19 Feb 2017

    STRENGTHEN YOUR FAITH WITH THE WORD. - FEBRUARY 19, 2017

    But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people
    (Luke 21:23).

    The Word of God is truth, irrespective of what your experiences might be. The Word never fails. There’re people who say they pray, but never receive answers. Some others lament that they gave so much to God, but never received much in return. There’re also those who say, “I’ve been speaking the Word concerning my healing for such a long time, yet I’m sick.” Now, if any of these applies to you, then here’s something you should know: Your experience should never affect your confidence in the Word.

    As you grow in the knowledge of the Word, and keep the Word in your mouth, no circumstance can successfully stand against you. Just because it’s been several days and there’s still no change as you expect, doesn’t mean it’s failing. The Word never fails.
    You must understand that Christian growth and maturity are progressive. Acting your faith to get results isn’t something you become perfect in at once; it gets better and easier as you keep at it. The reason for this has to do with your limited knowledge at the time, meaning, you don’t know enough or there’s too much you don’t know on the subject you’re dealing with. What you’re supposed to do is to keep going for the Word, and keep exercising your faith. Keep strengthening your faith with the Word.

    For instance, at a certain time in your life, you might have tried to use your faith to get a certain amount of money, but it didn’t quite work. Don’t be discouraged; grow your faith to the level where it can produce that amount when you want it! If it took you six months the first time, tell yourself, “Next time, I’ll get it in one month, or even less.” Then, begin to study and meditate on the Word with your new goal in focus.
    That’s how you train yourself in the faith-life. Never give up on the Word. Stand your ground, and be confident in its ability to prevail over circumstances and put you over all the time.

    CONFESSION

    I stand strong in faith, unshakeable and unmovable, because Christ is the solid rock on which I stand. My faith is hinged on God’s infallible Word, and I live a life of victory, excellence, dominion, and power. I reign, and excel every day, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
    Further Study:
    1 Timothy 4:8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
    1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
    Hebrews 11:6 But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
    1-Year Bible Reading Plan:
    Mark 4:1-20, Leviticus 15
    2-Year Bible Reading Plan:
    Matthew 15:29-39, Genesis 50

    Source: Rhapsody of Realities Daily Devotional

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    Lessons On Expediency - DCLM Daily Manna - Sun 19 Feb 2017

    LESSONS ON EXPEDIENCY = SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2017
    -LUKE 14:1-11

    KEY VERSE:

    "And answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath day?"
    (Luke 14:5).

    The teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ among the Jews of His time were very unconventional and these often baffled them. In a number of ways, they punctured the man-made spiritualities instituted by the Scribes, Pharisees and the Sadducees. Their teachings were predominantly based on ordinances framed around some aspects of the Mosaic Law. They were mechanical and difficult observances that had little or no respect for human existence. In our text, Christ establishes two lessons. The first lesson on expediency is based on a question Jesus asked some lawyers and Pharisees on whether it was "lawful to heal on the Sabbath day" (Luke 14:3) or not. He was referring to the instruction in Exodus 20:8, "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy", upon encountering a man who had the dropsy. His question was whether all forms of work, including those that could glorify God or challenge the works of darkness, should be avoided on the Sabbath day. Just like the good Samaritan who did the expedient by saving a dying soul when religious men that passed by fixed their attention on the duty of ritual observances, Jesus healed the man with the dropsy. He therefore teaches us, as the Lord of the Sabbath (Mark 2:28), that it is more praiseworthy before God to do a saving work than to merely work on keeping safe on the Lord’s day. He emphasises loving the Lord with all our being and loving our neighbours as ourselves. The second lesson on expediency concerns humility. Jesus observed the way certain guests at a wedding feast "chose out the chief rooms" (Luke 14:7) for their own selfish advantage (which was a social practice), and counselled on a more honourable and spiritual alternative. By humbling ourselves, we attract heaven’s honour. Indeed, this was the path the Saviour Himself took to earn the honour of "a name which is above every name" (Philippians 2:9).

    Thought for the day: Unpretentious humility is the antecedent of great elevations.
    Bible Reading in one Year: PSALM 105-106

    Source: dailymanna.dclm.org/

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    God Has Substitutes - RCCG Open Heavens - Sun 19 Feb 2017

    GOD HAS SUBSTITUTES – Sunday February 19th 2017

    Memorise:

    For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take.
    Acts 1:20
    Read: 1st Samuel 15:16-16:1 (KJV)
    16 Then Samuel said unto Saul, Stay, and I will tell thee what the Lord hath said to me this night. And he said unto him, Say on.

    17 And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the Lord anointed thee king over Israel?

    18 And the Lord sent thee on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they be consumed.

    19 Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the Lord, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the Lord?

    20 And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the Lord, and have gone the way which the Lord sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.

    21 But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the Lord thy God in Gilgal.

    22 And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

    23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

    24 And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.

    25 Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the Lord.

    26 And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord hath rejected thee from being king over Israel.

    27 And as Samuel turned about to go away, he laid hold upon the skirt of his mantle, and it rent.

    28 And Samuel said unto him, The Lord hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou.

    29 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.

    30 Then he said, I have sinned: yet honour me now, I pray thee, before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and turn again with me, that I may worship the Lord thy God.

    31 So Samuel turned again after Saul; and Saul worshipped the Lord.

    32 Then said Samuel, Bring ye hither to me Agag the king of the Amalekites. And Agag came unto him delicately. And Agag said, Surely the bitterness of death is past.

    33 And Samuel said, As thy sword hath made women childless, so shall thy mother be childless among women. And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the Lord in Gilgal.

    34 Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house to Gibeah of Saul.

    35 And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul: and the Lord repented that he had made Saul king over Israel.

    16 And the Lord said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons.


    Bible in one year: Genesis 1-2, Isaiah 41:8-20, Hymn: Sing hymn 14
    MESSAGE:

    One truth that everyone born of God must have at the back of their minds is that God has substitutes. He can therefore never be held to ransom by anyone. Whenever God decides to use a person, if that fellow does not yield to God at the time of His requisition, God will move on to use another person to fulfil His purpose. More often than not, such substitutes are better than the original recipients of God’s mandate. Such was the case with King Saul.

    “And Samuel said unto him, the LORD hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou.
    1st Samuel 15:28



    When a man feels too big to obey God’s instruction, he is not fit for God’s use. Open Heaven 2017 Sunday 19 February 2017:- God has substitutes. In the family of the works of the flesh, pride, stubbornness and rebellion and kinsmen, with witchcraft as their first cousin (Galatians 5:19-21). The Lord through Samuel reminded King Saul that there was nothing special about him before He made him king over Israel. King Saul himself did not see himself as qualified, yet God’s grace preferred him, despite the fact that he came from the least of the tribes of Israel (1st Samuel 9:21). This is the reason why whosoever God decides to use should not allow himself or herself get carried away by the glamour of the office he or she is occupying. The fellow should always keep in mind where he or she is coming from and what he or she used to be. God does not use the qualified; rather, He qualifies the fellow He wants to use.

    When King Saul began to feel too big to obey the Lord’s commandment, he was replaced with a ready-made substitute, whom the Lord declared to be better than King Saul. Open Heavens 2017. My prayer for you is that you will not be replaced in the scheme of things in God’s kingdom in Jesus’ Name. Beloved, we should know that God has substitutes that can readily replace us if we fail to yield to His instructions. Never see yourself as being indispensable before God. Take heed to what the Lord Jesus Christ said concerning this in Matthew 3:9:

    “And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.”

    Prayer Point
    Father, please help me to overcome anything I am doing now that may eventually make You find a substitute for me in Your Kingdom. Please don’t replace me with anyone or anything.

    Open Heaven Daily Devotional, written by Pastor E.A Adeboye

    Source: www.openheavensdaily.com

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    Better Than a Piñata - Our Daily Bread - Sun 19 Feb 2017

    Better Than a Piñata - February 19, 2017

    Read: Ephesians 2:1–10 | Bible in a Year: Leviticus 25; Mark 1:23–45

    By grace you have been saved
    . Ephesians 2:5

    There cannot be a Mexican party without a piñata—a carton or clay container filled with candies and treats. Children strike it with a stick and try to break it, hoping to enjoy its contents.

    Monks used the piñatas in the sixteenth century to teach lessons to the indigenous people of Mexico. Piñatas were stars with seven points that represented the seven deadly sins. Beating the piñata showed the struggle against evil, and once the treats inside fell to the ground, people could take them home in remembrance of the rewards of keeping the faith.

    Thank You for Your mercy, Lord, which is great and free!
    But we cannot fight evil on our own. God is not waiting for our efforts so that He will show His mercy. Ephesians teaches that “by grace you have been saved through faith, . . . it is the gift of God” (2:8). We don’t beat sin; Christ has done that.

    Children fight for the candies from the piñata, but God’s gifts come to all of us when we believe in Jesus. God “has blessed us . . . with every spiritual blessing” (1:3). We have forgiveness of sins, redemption, adoption, new life, joy, love, and much more. We don’t get these spiritual blessings because we have kept the faith and are strong; we get them because we believe in Jesus. Spiritual blessings come only through grace—undeserved grace!

    Thank You for Your mercy, Lord, which is great and free!

    We have been saved by grace. Now we enjoy the many blessings that come by grace.

    INSIGHT:
    Today’s reading shows the spiritual condition of those who have not placed their faith in Jesus Christ for salvation. But it also proclaims that new life is freely offered as a remedy to all who believe. In the King James Version, Ephesians 2:1 says, “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins.” The Greek word translated “quickened” does not appear in the original. However, it appears in verse 5, and many other passages support this concept of quickening or making alive (Col. 2:13; Rom. 6:11–14; 8:10–11). Every member of the human race is dead spiritually and will someday die physically. But through the extraordinary ministry of Jesus Christ through His death and resurrection, all who believe in Him can be “quickened” from death to life.
    By Keila Ochoa

    Source: odb.org/

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    Take The High Road - UCB Word For Today - Fri 19 Feb 2017

    TODAY'S WORD FOR TODAY - Take the high road

    Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate.’

    1 Peter 3:9

    It’s been said that the depth of your hurt determines the width of your response. So it’s likely that when someone hurts you, your first impulse will be to get even. But any momentary satisfaction you experience will invariably be followed by a lingering sense of regret. Why is that? Because you know you’ve failed God by retaliating. We retaliate in two ways: 1) ‘Tit for tat.’ Before you make your offender suffer, carefully consider these words: ‘Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honourable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone…never take revenge. Leave that to…God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the LORD’ (Romans 12:17-19 NLT). 2) By involving others. Not only do you not have the right to strike back, you don’t have the right to tear down your offender in front of others. Joseph not only refused to punish his brothers for their betrayal, he refused to publish the details to those who worked in his courts. Why? Because he saw God’s hand at work, and realised that what he’d suffered at his brothers’ hands had made him the man he was. Peter writes: ‘Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you his blessing’ (1 Peter 3:9 NLT). So if you want to walk in the blessing of God today, take the high road.
    Luke 3:1-19, Ps 18-19
    © 2017: This devotional is produced by UCB, free of charge through the generosity of our supporters. As a gift to the body of Christ, permission is given to Churches and Christian organisations to copy up to a maximum of 52 daily excerpts per year. Excerpts must acknowledge The Word for Today as the source, give the UCB address and inform that free issues of the daily devotional are available for the UK and Republic of Ireland.

    The Word For Today is written by Bob and Debby Gass

    Source: www.ucb.co.uk/word-for-today.html

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