Who are you

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For we saw giants… And in our own sight we were as grasshopper and so they thought of us too!
For every individual, the power to tap into our potentials comes from the discovery of what our true identity is. What you are on your inside that defines who you are. This definition is what other will address u by.
Identity simply means the knowledge of who you are, it is a self definition, a self discovery. It is the picture you see when you take a look at yourself in the mirror and what you can say about the real person standing in front of you, the personal and true nature of who you see is your identity.
The definition you give yourself and the believe you have in your ability and achievement is what you truly are. Unlike what has been said about identity, that your identity is what you eat, what you wear, or what you listen to. I have come to understand that a man’s identity is not necessarily in his clothes nor in the cars he rides, neither is it in the circle of friends he moves with, rather it is an indebt search to discovery of a man’s inward being which reflect in the outward, producing the personality he carries.
Your fingerprints gives you a physical identity that is uniquely yours, it gives you recognition which cannot be mixed with someone else. So also is your personal image, it tells who you are, it reflects your manufactured components, its speaks in all you do, it makes you stand out in the crowd and gives you a recognition that is significantly yours.
It is therefore a man’s duty and obligation to find himself, to discover the extent of his capacity. This awareness tells of What You are Made OF and Made FOR and your Acceptance of this fact leads to a better you and a clearer understand of yourself as you step into the journey of greatness with a boldness of your real identity. It is at this point that you can boldly say, “I know who I am”. 
Avoid identity crisis…..
Who are You?

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Open heaven devotional Saturday 31st January 2015 by pastor E.A Adeboye

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Topic: The Wonders of Divine Victory

Memorise: Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember
the name of the LORD our God. – Psalm 20:7

Read: 1 Samuel 17:44-50
44 And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto
the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.
45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with
a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts,
the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
46 This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and
take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the
Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth;
that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
47 And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and
spear: for the battle is the LORD’S, and he will give you into our hands.
48 And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to
meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.
49 And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it,
and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead;
and he fell upon his face to the earth.
50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and
smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of
David.

Bible in one year:
Jeremiah 19:1-22
Acts 18:1-23

MESSAGE:
The wonders of divine victory are inexplicable. How do you explain the victory
that King Jehoshaphat recorded in 2 Chronicles 20:15-24 ? How do you explain
confronting the armies of three kings with an orchestra and yet securing total
victory? This victory was a wonder because it was divinely procured. Instead of
organising bow and arrow, shield and spear, and other war implements,
Jehoshaphat organised an orchestra that sang about the praise and mercies of
God. This is what the wonders of divine victory look like:
“And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they
looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the
earth, and none escaped.” – 2 Chronicles 20:24
The story of David’s victory over Goliath is another classical example of the
wonders of divine victory. If it is not a wonder, how else would you describe a
tiny boy killing a giant man as if he was killing a straying lizard on the wall of
his father’s house? When the Almighty God fights on the side of a person, apart
from the fact that victory is sure, the way and manner the victory would be
secured will produce wonders. When Goliath saw David, he disdained him and
cursed him by his gods. David responded with these words:
“….Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield:
but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the
armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.” – 1 Samuel 17:45
There was a spiritual power-play going on here. While Goliath cursed David by
his gods, David confronted him with Jehovah Sabaoth. David knew that warfare
is not won by physical preparation alone. He knew it is even more spiritual than
physical, so he quickly switched on his spiritual antenna. The story ends with
the wonders of divine victory. An ordinary stone in the hands of the anointed of
God fell a giant who a whole nation dreaded for 40 days. As a matter of fact, it
was the sword of Goliath that eventually severed his head from his body. David
believed in his God and he was not disappointed. The Lord fought on David’s
side, and the battle was decisive.

Prayer Point: Father, please fight my battles for me and don’t let me be a victim
of the battles of life.

Open heaven devotional Friday 30th January 2015 by pastor E.A Adeboye

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TOPIC : WONDERFUL RESTORATION
Memorise: Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy
free spirit. – Psalm 51:12

Read: Ezekiel 37:1-10
1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the
LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,
2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very
many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.
3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O
Lord GOD, thou knowest.
4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye
dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.
5 Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to
enter into you, and ye shall live:
6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover
you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I
am the LORD.
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise,
and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.
8 And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the
skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.
9 Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and
say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath,
and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.
10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and
they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.

Bible in one year:
Jeremiah 16:14-18:23
Acts 17:16-34

MESSAGE:
When the earth was in shambles in the beginning, the wonder-working God
restored it by His word ( Genesis 1:1-3 ). It is interesting to note that the
Almighty does not only create, He also restores. I command the restoration
power of the Almighty to come upon you today in Jesus’ Name.
Our Bible text has a narrative that described the wonderful restoration that God
will give you today. It describes the wonder of the restoration of very dry bones.
Ezekiel here was taken to the valley of dry bones. Dry bones of course signify a
state of hopelessness and lifelessness. Thank God it was the Spirit of the Lord
that carried Ezekiel to the valley of dry bones; if it were an evil spirit, he himself
would have become one of them. When Ezekiel got to the valley, there was a
dialogue between him and the Almighty! It is not amazing to discover that
whenever God wants to perform wonders, He dialogues? He also demonstrated
this character in the story of the feeding of the five thousand ( Matthew
14:15-18 ). This character of God does not mean that He does not know what
to do at any given time; He just likes fellowshipping with man. From His
dialogue with Ezekiel, the wonder –working drama began.
The first lesson I will like to point out in the story is that whenever the Spirit of
God is upon an individual, the fellow is empowered to do the impossible, like in
the case of Ezekiel here. He was not even sure whether the dry bones could live
or not. He pushed the answer back to God when God asked him if the dry bones
could live. This is the second lesson we should learn. We must learn to
acknowledge the sovereignty of God in all matters, no matter how pressing the
need maybe or how ridiculous He may sound ( 1 Corinthians 1:25&27 ).
Whenever we acknowledge and put the sovereignty of God at the forefront, faith
in the God of wonders will come. Ezekiel responded positively to the instructions
God gave him concerning the dry bones. He prophesied as he was commanded,
and the result was a mighty army. We can also learn from this story that
without the Holy Spirit, there is nothing we can do, but with Him, all things are
possible. Wherever the Spirit of God is, there is liberty, signs and wonders.
Signs and wonders will be your portion this season in Jesus’ Name.

Prayer Point: Father, please speak to my situation and restore to me all that
the enemies have destroyed in my life in Jesus’ Name

TRUE LOVE

Love is said to involve various affections: “Love is patient
and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant
or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not
irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing,
but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things,
believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
What is love to you?
The real definition of love is not the feeling we have never felt before, neither is it the affection we have for the opposite sex. Rather love is an act of will to take responsibility, it is an expression of care, commitment and selflessness, it is gentle, accountable, genuine and love is giving.  It is sacrifice, you trade off yourself in giving up your will to improve someone else. Love is a daily act that grows and become a life style.
Daily as we live and often as we breath, our lives should be an expression of love to everyone around us.
Go out of your way and show genuine love.

Opeyemi Adewunmi