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What does it mean to “dig deeper?” What makes us even want to dig deeper? When our lives are going well and we have wealth, or health, or successes, we usually don’t see any reason to want more.

The truth is, it’s most often our weaknesses in life that drive us to dig deeper.


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The greatest thing you can do to find fulfillment in life is to praise the Lord! Leah stopped striving to make things happen in her marriage. She found her fulfillment in her praise.



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Open Heavens: Worship Does It by Pastor E.  Adeboye
WORSHIP DOES IT - Friday November 16th 2018
Memorize: But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship their Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. John 4:23

Read: Mathew 15:21-28 (KJV)
21 Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.
22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.
23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.
24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.
26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs.
27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.
28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

Bible in one year: 
Ezekiel 8:10,
Luke 22:39-62,

Hymnal: 
sing Hymn 1

Message:
Anyone who has a revelation of what worship does to true and genuine worshippers is blessed indeed. The story in today’s Bible text reveals the practical impact of worship. In that story, our Lord Jesus Christ was approached for help by a Syro-Phoenician woman whose daughter was grievously possessed by a demon.  The Bible says He did not pay any attention to her, and so His disciples advised that He should just send her away. However, instead of sending her away, Jesus 0pened the door of opportunity to dialogue with her and bring her to the saving knowledge of the God of Israel. He said,”I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” This was the hint this woman needed to turn the situation around. On hearing this, she did something which is the focus of our reflection today. Matthew 15:25 says:

” Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.”

This action by the Syros-Phoenician woman ensured that Jesus continued to hear her. In their ensuing dialogue, she demonstrated persistent faith which the Lord’s anointing could not resist. Jesus commended her faith which was borne out of spiritual humility, saying to her:

”O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt.” Matthew 15:28b

There are many lessons to learn from this story, but central to these lessons is the art of worship. We should always remember that all men are the same before God, and the purpose of their existence is to worship their Maker. Whether mankind likes it or not, a day is coming when we shall all worship before God. Speaking concerning this, Psalms 86:9 says:

”All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name.”

 Our memory verse reveals that the Father seeks those who worship Him. Beloved, worship does what no other thing can do in the place of prayer. What can anyone do that could make God do what He wouldn’t have done otherwise? The answer is worship. David worshipped God and God established a dynasty for him. His son worshipped God through unprecedented sacrifice and got more than he bargained for (1st Kings 3:4-13). The Gyro-Phoenician woman worshipped Jesus Christ and a dog outside the kingdom became a child of the kingdom. As a matter of fact, some dogs worship their owners and eventually eat from their master’s table! Beloved, I want to encourage you to always engage in genuine worship, and you will be amazed by the great Breakthroughs you will begin to experience.

Prayer Point:  
spend quality time worshiping God today and see how he will rise on your behalf

Open Heavens Daily Devotional Lessons was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical Churches in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer's Ministries.

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Pick Up Your Sword by Kenneth Copeland
But thou, O man of God....fight the good fight of faith.

1 Timothy 6:11-12

When you're up against the wall, don't start begging God to break through it for you. That's not the way He works. He'll give you the plan. He'll give you the power. And He'll guarantee the victory. But your hand, not His own, is the instrument He's going to use to get the job done. You're going to have to stretch forth your hand by speaking and acting on the Word, even when circumstances are against you.

God gave me a striking revelation of that over 20 years ago through a vision He gave me in Beaumont, Texas. I was preparing to minister in a service there, spending some time in prayer, when suddenly I saw myself standing in the pulpit of the church. Looking up, I saw a dragon—a horrible, ugly thing—poke his head through the front door of the church.

As he came into the church, his body expanded like a balloon, filling the whole room. He was snorting fire and smoke. When, in the vision, he turned it on me, he almost burned my clothes!

As I fell back onto the floor, I saw Jesus standing nearby with a sword in His hand. Why doesn't He do something about this? I thought. Can't He see I'm hurting?

But He didn't move. He just stood by with a frown on His face. I could tell He was really put out with me. The Bible says God was not pleased with those who were overthrown in the wilderness (1 Corinthians 10:5). And He wasn't pleased with me either as I lay there on my back in defeat.

Then Jesus held out the sword to me and pointed at the dragon. The look on His face said, Get up!

I reached up to catch hold of the sword, and an instant before I touched it, Jesus turned it loose.

The sword stayed in midair of its own accord. I grabbed it and began to pull myself up. Not only did it hold firm, but it began to lift me!

I stood and touched the dragon's chin with my sword and it split him from one end to the other. It laid him open right before my eyes. In amazement, I looked down at the sword. Why haven't I used this before? I thought.

Don't wait for God to slay the dragon in your life. You have the sword of the Spirit, the all-powerful Word of the living God, at your fingertips. Pick it up and use it today!

Scripture Reading:
Joshua 11:5-23

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Real Security by Billy Graham
The foundation of God standeth sure . . . 
—2 Timothy 2:19

On campus the quickest way to security is through the crowd. Precisely where students talk about being independent and on their own, you will find them practicing the most rigid conformity in dress, in speech, in moral attitudes, and in thinking. Sometimes they follow fashion at the expense of integrity. They dread to be alone. They do not want to stand out or be different. They want to conform.

After they graduate from college, many of these young people want nothing more than a good job with a big firm, and a home somewhere in suburbia. But they don’t find security then either. Only Jesus Christ can give you the security that you are looking for.

Find out what real treasure in life is.

Prayer for the day
Long-sought-after security I found only in Your abiding love, my Savior, Jesus Christ.

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The World of My Goodness and Grace by Deborah Waldron Fry
Beloved. Your total freedom has come. It shall be made manifest in this next season. Oh yes, Little One.

You shall be a sign and a wonder to the world of My Goodness and Grace. Come, Dear One. Come into the King's Chambers; come into the Secret Place of Intimacy. I am drawing you after Me. Let us RUN together. Here, ALL My Promises to you are yes and amen. For too long, the spirit of FEAR has kept you at a distance.

The enemy has whispered his lies that your salvation by Grace is too good to be true. This distance between us is only in your mind, My Child. You are standing IN MY LOVE. You are complete IN Me. Do you see, Dear One? We are One. Nothing can separate us ever again. Once you were lost, but now you are found. Once you were blind, now you can see.

You are no longer subject to the lifelong slavery of the devil; I destroyed his power at the Cross. You are now a captive of My Freedom. There are no limitations here, Beloved. The walls are Salvation and the gates are Praise. I am your Light and Glory. I am proclaiming your FREEDOM, Beloved. For the Son of Righteousness has arisen with healing in His Wings. Get ready, My Love. FREEDOM is manifesting!! You shall skip about as a calf let out of its stall, as a spring lamb jumping with JOY in the springtime. Whom the Son has set free is free indeed!

...Song of Solomon 1:4 Draw me after You; let us run. The King has brought me into His chambers. We will exult and rejoice in You; we will extol Your Love more than wine; rightly do they love You.
...Colossians 2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye IN Him...10And ye are complete IN HIM, who is the head of all principality and power.

...2 Corinthians 2:14But thanks be to God, who always leads us triumphantly as CAPTIVES IN CHRIST and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him.

...Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

...Hebrews 2:14Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, He himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death He might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.

...Isaiah 60:18Violence shall no more be heard in your land, devastation or destruction within your borders; you shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise.
amazing artwork by Ricardo Colon;used with permission

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Instead of Worrying, Start Praying by Rick Warren
“In everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6 NIV).

Worry won’t do you any good. But don’t just eliminate it from your life. God always replaces a negative with a positive. God always has something better for you.
In the case of worry, replace it with prayer.

Right after God reminds us not to worry in Philippians 4:6, he follows it up with this: “In everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6 NIV).

Don’t panic, Paul says, but pray!

If you stopped worrying, you’d have so much more free time on your hands. It would create a great vacuum, a void in your life. Pray during that time.

If everyone who says they don’t have time to pray would spend their time praying instead of worrying, they’d have a whole lot less to worry about.

Notice the Bible says to pray “In everything.” Some people think God is only interested in you praying about “religious” matters. But that’s just not true. God is interested in everything in your life.

Also note the word petition. It is a specific, detailed request. Get specific with God. Tell him exactly what you want and what you need. Most people pray too vaguely.

In 1 Peter 5:7 the Bible says, “God cares for you, so turn all your worries over to him” (CEV). God wants us to take our problems to him, to pray instead of worrying.

I remember a few years ago reading a study from a life insurance company that found people who attend church once a week live almost 6 years longer than the general public. Why? Perhaps people who attend church every week are more likely to pray than to worry.

No problem is too big for God’s power or too small for God’s concern.

PLAY today’s audio teaching from Pastor Rick
Talk It Over

How have you seen other people’s prayer lives help them to worry less?
What is your biggest blocker for being more consistent in prayer?
Is there anything you’re reluctant to pray about? If so, why?

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Open Heavens: Glory Not in Self by Pastor E.  Adeboye
Thursday November 15th 2018
Memorize: And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. Matthew 23:12

Read: Isaiah 14:12-17 (KJV)
12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
17 That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?

Read: Luke 18:10-13 (KJV)
10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

Bible in one year: 
Ezekiel 5-7,
Luke 22:14-38,

Hymnal:  
sing Hymn 10

Message:
To glory in self is to exalt one’s own worth above what it really is. It is the act of perceiving yourself as overly important. A person who glories in self is a person who thinks he stands on his own merits and by his own power. This is the reason why the father of lies, Satan, was cast down from heaven. Indeed, Satan is a classic example of someone who gloried in self. He exalted himself above what he really was, and he started to think of himself as better than everyone else, including God. Glowing in self has its roots in self-deception; it starts when a man deceives himself into thinking and believing in a false idea of himself.

Glorying in self might not be obvious at first. It is a very dangerous character flaw that sometimes creeps in on children of God until it leads them to doom. W at then are the signs that a person glories in self? One indicator is when you feel the need to parade in public what should and can be done in private. This was one of the issues Jesus had with the Pharisees. They would rather pray in public than pray behind closed doors, and when they fasted, they ensured that it showed on their faces, just so that everyone knew they were fasting. Even today, some people ensure that every good thing they do is done from the rooftops, so that people will see and praise them. In addition, people who glory in self tend to talk about themselves a lot. This is majorly because they feel the need to constantly list out their accomplishments and achievements. They are always quick to say ”I” even when”we” is the appropriate thing to say. People who glory in self honestly feel that they are better than everyone else.


Luke 18:10-13 shows a clear difference between a self glorifying person and a humble person. While humble people see themselves as needing God’s grace and mercy, self-glorifying people think that their actions are perfect enough to dignify them before God and man.

 A self-glorifying person wills never get anything from God. Only a person who recognizes his or her need for God’s help and asks for it will get it. Glorying in self is very dangerous because at the end of the day, every single thing that person thinks he or she has accomplished will be taken away, and shame, disappointment and humiliation will be the portion of such a follow.

Prayer point: father please remove every trace of self -glory in me

Open Heavens Daily Devotional Lessons was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical Churches in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer's Ministries.


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