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#TNDailyDevotional: REMAIN EVER GRATEFUL!

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Remain ever grateful, life is a privilege not a right.

Gratitude, gratitude and gratitude…then altitude, altitude and altitude.

You’ll never drop in altitude unless you drop in gratitude.

Grateful people are never ambitious or contentious. Because they realized that they didn’t struggle to arrive where they are and will never have to climb up the next level by themselves.

Gratitude teaches contentment which cheaply qualifies you for next lifting.

Gratitude destroys pride, gratitude is the key to continuous supply of grace.

You cannot stop gaining ultitude unless you stop expressing gratitude.

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#TNDailyDevotional: BEWARE OF OPPORTUNITIES by Bishop Abioye

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Opportunity is deceptive, never be trapped by it. Stay within divine plan – that is where your security is.

Whatever opportunity offers is inferior to divine plan. Rather than responding to opportunity be in search of divine plan and abide in the same.

Stay away from anything and everything that isn’t in divine plan.

Stay away from it otherwise it can take you away from your place in destiny.

You need to possess a strong perception and discernment to know what comes from God and what is sent by satan.

Jesus was offered opportunity to be made king among men but He understood that He’s been made king of kings by destiny so He ran away from the opportunity offered by men to abide in His destiny Jh 6:15. Opportunity may appear to be a fast way of assuming prominence but it cannot last.

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#TNDailyDevotional: HOW TO MAINTAIN RELEVANCE by Bishop Abioye

Standing firm and fast at your God ordained duty post is the only way to maintain your relevance.

Refuse to be attracted to what is popular.

Stay at your appointed place if you don’t want to suffer disappointment in life.

If you don’t want to loose your defense, stay in your place.

Your safety, defence and security is in your place.

Rather than looking for position abide in your already found place. Your stardom is tied to your place.

Instead of looking for recognition, maintain relevance. Relevance is far more important than recognition.

Your fruit is tied to your root, remain rooted to remain fruitful.

Everyone has his God given capacity to shine in his place of assignment. Therefore, stand in your place, take root downwards and bear fruits upward.

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#TNDailyDevotional: HOW TO BOOST YOUR COURAGE (part1) by Bishop Abioye

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Courage is the inner strength that enables you to stand against the odds of life with a determination to reach your goal. Satan brings negative circumstances your way so as to discourage you, his aim is to reduce your courage in order to stop you from taking steps towards your goal in life. Most people that are stagnated today are simply victims of discouragement. This is why you must know how to keep boosting your courage or to keep encouraging yourself in the Lord. A time came in the life of David when he would have been overtaken by discouragement but he encouraged himself in the Lord; he boosted his courage. As a result, he was strengthened to pursue the enemy and recover all that he and his men had lost (1 Samuel 30:1-18).

 

Now, the foremost way to boost your courage is by making bold declarations. Jesus said, “…Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith” (Mark 11:23). That means, no matter the mountain you are faced with, if you will make bold declarations and refuse to be discouraged in your heart, you shall have whatsoever you say.

You have to learn how to make your boast in Lord. Every proper Christian is a boaster, not in himself but in the Lord. Rather than bemoan your situation, begin to declare what you believe your God can do for you. You may have fallen or failed many time, but you can tell yourself, “I know I can still make it, my God will make a way for me, I cannot be stranded, I am not a failure, I am destined to be above only and never beneath. My enemies that come against me in one way shall flee before me in seven ways.” As you do that, you will discover that strength is infused into your hands and feet and you will begin to achieve what the devil said you would be able to achieve.

 

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#TNDailyDevotional: THE WISDOM OF ACTION (part 2) by Bishop Abioye

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Also, in Mark chapter 2, there were four men who brought their friend that was sick of palsy to where Jesus was. But because there was no space at the door, they had to carry their friend up to the top of the house and let him down through the roof. And the Bible says, “When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the sick of the palsy, son thy sins be forgiven thee.” Nobody sees your faith without your action. It is the steps you take that prove to God that you believe His word. If for instance you are looking for a job, stop sitting down at home, get out to where jobs are. If you want promotion, work hard on your job. If you want financial blessing, practice giving. Things don’t just happen, they happen because somebody is working them.

 

 

 

Nothing works until you work it. No matter the opposition on your way, you can force your way out of poverty and stagnation by your action. The only thing that threatens the devil in the school of faith, is your action. When you start moving, satan will start clearing off your way. When you move, God also begins to move towards you. “Draw near unto the Lord and He will draw near unto you.”

 

Mediate on these: 1 Samuel 2:3, James 1:6-7

 

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#TNDailyDevotional:THE WISDOM OF ACTION (part 1)

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Faith is the key to daily victories and the process of faith expression begins with what you see. As you see it you begin to think it and as you think deeper and deeper you naturally become stronger in your utterance.

 

 

 

There is a connection between your eyes, your mind, your mouth, and your feet. When your eyes see it, your mind will think it and them your mouth will begin to speak it. And you know, your utterances have the power to terminate stagnation. You can never be stagnated while speaking. People who speak will always end up at the peak because they are always on the move. It is what you say that supplies speed, strength and motion to your feet. So, your utterance is the fuel to your feet. But beyond that, you must begin to take steps. So, the fourth expression of faith is action. And action means taking steps contrary to your physical situations or circumstances. The devil is a coward, he keeps telling you from afar off, “Don’t take that step, don’t write that exam, you will fail!” But nothing threatens him like your action. So, if you have been planning, talking and thinking of starting a business, go and start! If satan tells you, “Don’t start that business, you will fail”, start first and let it fail. If it fails the first time, rise up and start again. Those who fear will fall, but those who act will stand.

 

 

 

Action is God’s wisdom for the final possession of your inheritance. The woman with the issue of blood got her miracle just by action. After she heard of Jesus, she said in her heart, “If I may but touch the helm of his garment, I shall be made whole.” And as she said that, she began to take steps. Despite her weakness, she pressed through the crowd and touched the hem of His garment and Jesus said to her, “Be it unto you according to your faith.”

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#TNDailyDevotional: REMAIN COMMITTED

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Whatsoever your hand find to do, do it with all your might.

Only those who are truly committed to doing small things will be elevated to do great things. Those who seek to do big things never get anything done.

You will never miss your place at the top if you get busy serving below where nobody could see you.

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#TNDailyDevotional: SUPERIORITY OF VISION TO PROFESSIONALISM by Bishop Abioye

dailyWhile profession is for a while, vision is for a life time.

One could retire from his profession but vision keeps you busy and fresh all through life.

Profession is what you have or have to do but vision is what you are born and mandated to do.

Profession may bring you satisfaction but vision is what gives you fulfillment.

You could be frustrated in the pursuit of your profession and / or a career but you are ever inspired and gingered by your vision.

While profession is limited to a season of life, vision lasts a whole life time and even beyond.

Peter had a profession but Christ gave him a vision. So also was Paul, Moses, Gideon and several others.

A man’s profession may create for him some comfort but only vision can change the world around him.

Always fall in for vision rather than going for profession.

Don’t ever despise your profession but make it just secondary to vision.

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TNDailyDevotional: YOU CAN HAVE DAILY VICTORIES! (1)

 

2Corinthians 2:14 says, “Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us inevery place. The words, “always” and “every place” connote that daily victory is possible. You may not be enjoying that level of victory right now, but you have the potential and what makes it a realty is faith.

 

If you must enjoy daily victories, you must live by faith because according to scriptures, the just shall live by his faith (Habakkuk 2:4). The quality of life you live is determined by the level of your faith. The word ‘live’ primarily means survival, so the just shall survive by his faith. In the world they talk about survival of the fittest. So also it is in the realm of the spirit, it is faith that makes you fit to survive every attack of the enemy. We are told in Hebrews 11:33-34 that through faith the elders subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire and escaped the edge of the sword. The Bible also tells us that faith is a shield with which we can quench every fiery dart of the wicked one (Eph. 6:16). So, faith is the answer to daily victorious living. It is however important for you to understand how this faith is expressed.

– Meditate on these: 2 Cor. 4:18, Jer. 1:11-12

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#TNDailyDevotional: THE SUPERIORITY OF DIVINE DIRECTION

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“Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go” (Isaiah 48:17). Divine guidance is a covenant; God is committed to guiding the believer, but one thing that continually contests for a place in man’s heart as an alternative to divine direction is expertise. That has to do with knowledge, skill and competence. A man who banks on his expertise would say, “I have sufficient knowledge, I have good understanding of this issue, I am a man of myself, I am competent.” In this Kingdom, competence is not a guarantee for success in life. Apostle Paul said in I Corinthians1:27, “…God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.” There are many people who are super-qualified in terms of degrees and papers; they have the facts yet they are struggling in life because they lack direction. There are others who don’t have as much qualifications yet they are doing exploits, all doors open to them, because they are directed by God. Many people disqualify themselves from getting God’s best in life by relying on their skills and knowledge. Please understand that what obtains in the world does not obtain in the kingdom of God. The fact that you can speak good grammar for instance, doesn’t make you a preacher………………. Part 2 continues tomorrow

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#TNDailyDevotional: DON’T RELY ON EXPERIENCE! (Part 2) by Bishop Abioye

 

Moses could have said, “I have experience. I will just take the rod again and put it in the bitter water and it will become good for drinking.” But rather than rely on his experience, Moses waited to be directed by God. In Exodus chapter 16, the people murmured again because there was no food. When God heard their murmuring He said to Moses, “…Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you…” Moses did not need to do anything. In chapter 17 they came to Rephidim, once again, there was no water for the people to drink. When Moses cried to the Lord He said to him, “Take the rod, get down to Horeb and smite the Rock there and water shall come out of it for the people to drink.” Moses did so and water gushed out of the Rock (Ex. 17:5-6). But in Numbers chapter 20, they were faced again with the same challenge; no water to drink. This time God said to Moses, “…Speak ye unto the rock…and it shall give forth his water…” (Verse 8). But Moses took the rod and smote the Rock as he did the previous time, and for that reason God refused him to enter the Promised Land.

Look, no matter how experienced you are, you can’t be more experienced than God. So, before you take any major step in life, ask for His guidance. Don’t say, “This is the way we have been doing it.” God is a God of creativity, He alone knows all the intricacies of the issue you are facing, so He knows the most suitable approach that would give you the victory over each challenge. Your experience is good but divine guidance is superior.

Meditate on these: Heb 4:13, Isaiah 46:10

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#TNDailyDevotional: DON’T RELY ON EXPERIENCE by Bishop Abioye

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In Genesis chapter 12, the Bible records that there was a grievous famine in the land of Canaan and Abraham went down to Egypt to sojourn there. In chapter 26, in the days of Isaac it says, “…there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham…” (Gen 26:1). Now, experience teaches that Isaac should do as Abraham his father did, and also go down to Egypt. But the Lord said to Isaac, “…Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of: Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee…” (Gen 26:2-3). That is experience versus divine direction. Isaac sojourned and sowed in that land and despite the famine, he reaped a hundred fold in the same year. The Lord blessed him and he became very great until the Philistines envied him. Just for responding to divine direction. You know why divine direction is superior to experience? God knows the future; He sees the end from the beginning.

In Exodus chapter 14, the children of Israel took their journey from Egypt to the Promised Land and they came to the Red Sea. When they saw the Egyptians chasing after them, they began to murmur and complain but Moses cried unto God. And in verse 16, the Lord said to him, “…Lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it…” Moses did as he was directed and the children of Israel went on dry ground through the Red Sea. In chapter 15, after three days journey in the desert, they came to Marah but they could not drink the water there because it was bitter and again the people murmured. Moses cried to the Lord and the Lord showed him a tree, which he cast into the water and it was made sweet.

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#TNDailyDevotional: IT TAKES GRACE TO RUN THE RACE by Bishop Abioye

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Our reference scripture says, “…Not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise…” You have no reason whatsoever to bemoan yourself because the very thing that looks like a handicap or limitation in your life is the very reason God called you. Men may disqualify you, but if God chooses you, your weakness becomes your strength. God does look for mighty men, rather He looks for the weak in order to make them mighty. God does look for the wise, He looks for the ‘foolish’ (those who are foolish enough to receive and believe His Word) in order to impart them with His wisdom and make nonsense of the wisdom of the world.

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#TNDailyDevotional: TAKE STEPS, NO MATTER HOW SMALL by Bishop Abioye

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The easiest thing for any man to do is to talk about some beautiful visions and great plans of what he desires to do. Taking steps to actualize those plans is where the real work lies. Proverbs 14:23 says, “In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.”

 

You can’t tell how much you can do until you start doing it. Your capabilities are revealed only when you take steps. So, start taking steps, no matter how small. Anyone who succeeds in taking small steps is automatically qualified for big steps. Unfortunately many people want to take big steps when they have not succeeded in taking small ones. I am not against your dreaming big, but the truth is, no big dream is ever born in a big way, every big dream must first be conceived, be born as a babe, go from crawling to walking, and then start running before it will eventually fly. So, stop complaining about what you don’t have, do something with what you have! There is always something you can do, no matter how small!

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TNDailyDevotional: THE PLACE OF PLANNING by Bishop Abioye

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One way to embrace your future and ensure that you make the most of it is by planning for your future. No doubt, you have great expectations for the year 2016. God also has great blessings in store for you but you can’t just assume that things will happen on their own accord, it is your result oriented planning that commits God to direct you to your expected end (Prov. 16:9). That is what enables you to set your priorities; programming the things to be done now, those to be left till next week and those for next month, for a phase by phase achievement of your goal. That means spreading out your objective, so that it can be achieved without stress or strain. So, don’t let life take you unawares! Plan; determine what must be done at every point so that you can get to the next point, because there are some things that must happen to make room for others. With this approach, you will be amazed at your achievements by the end of this year.