Friday, 12 August 2016

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL... DATE: SATURDAY 13 AUGUST 2016 THEME: SELF DISCIPLINE





Memorise:
But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. 1st Corinthians 9:27
Read: 1st Corinthians 9:24-27, (KJV)
24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
Message
Self-discipline is a personal commitment and decision to voluntarily yield every aspect of ones life to the Almighty God. This is ensuring nothing controls or influences your life outside the power of God. You must make no further provision for anything else to rule your life except the power of God. For this specific reason of desiring to be vessel unto honour, you deliberately narrow your choices to only what Jesus will have you do at any given time. When a man is self-disciplined, he will no longer entangle himself with the affairs of this life or with those things that add no significant value to his life as a Christian. Presenting your body as a living sacrifice is one of the ways to impose discipline on yourself.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service”
Romans 12:1
The fact that some people are not determined enough to pay the price of self-discipline is a major reason why things will not work for them the way they expect. In life, nothing goes for nothing. Until there is a departure from certain things, there can never be a discovery of great things. No one will amount to something great until they are ready to make certain sacrifices, which must come through self-imposed discipline.
Having been a boxer myself, I can tell you that you can never become a champion in the world of boxing if you are not programmed to be self-disciplined. When an individual is not disciplined, he or she will not be able to go far in life. A believer will have to be disciplined when it comes to certain issues like eating, sleeping, talking etc. Some people cannot do without comfort for a while. There are some that are slowed down in life because there are numerous weights that they are entangled with. When you are not self- disciplined, it will lead to your being unfruitful and unproductive in the business of God. There are people who cannot pray as they should because they cannot allow anything to deny them of their sleep. Some people will always eat when they should be fasting just because they cannot deny themselves of food.
“Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one recieveth the prize? So run that ye may obtain”.
1st Corinthians 9:27
Here, Paul was portraying the struggles that one must contend with in the Christian walk if one will have to make full proof of his ministry. Apostle Paul was willing to make all sacrifices and commitments required in evangelising to the world. He was obedient to the demands of the gospel because of the assurance that He who called him was faithful to reward him in due time.
As believers, there is the need to show commitment in self-discipline to the task of our calling as ministers of the gospel. Those who prepare for competitions with the mind of receiving perishable rewards still give the competition all the sacrifice required, this is a big lesson for those of us preparing for eternal rewards. One must exercise no less commitment or sacrifice. As long as we faithfully run the Christian race, we can be assured of the gift of eternal glory in Christ Jesus. No matter the difficulties we encounter, we can be rest assured that the grace of God can be relied upon.
Prayer Point
Father, please remove anything that will hinder my greatness from my life in Jesus’ name.
Bible in one year:
Isaiah 14:28-19:15 and Psalm 33:12-22
AUTHOR: Pst E. A. ADEBOYE

12 houses shut in Lagos as police discovers illegal oil wells





As the country intensifies her efforts in curbing illegal production of petroleum resources, the Lagos State Government on Friday shut 12 houses in Abeokuta and Ibadan Streets in Ilasamaja area of the State over discovery of shallow oil wells built by landlords to illegally scoop diesel from pipeline belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
 

The oil wells were said to have been built for the purpose of illegally scooping diesel and selling same to members of the public, while some of the affected landlords built pumping machine and bore hole to perpetrate the crime on a large scale.
The State's Commissioning for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde who confirmed this while briefing newsmen at the Lagos House, Ikeja, said the step to shut the wells and condone off the area was taken by government to forestall loss of lives and property as a result of the looming danger.

                          

Ayorinde, who addressed journalists alongside top government functionaries and the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, said a combined team from the police command, the Ministry of Environment, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, Lagos State Fire Service and Sole Administrator of Isolo Local Council Development Area carried out a thorough inspection of the entire area and discovered nothing less than 12 of the illegal oil wells.

He said that initial investigation revealed that a few of the landlords where the wells are located were taking advantage of the situation by commercializing the dangerous act.

Also speaking the Commissioner of Police confirmed the arrest of three suspects in the operation, adding that a fire tanker has been stationed in the event of any fire incident.

The men of the Lagos State Police Command in the area who were on routine patrol said they saw a woman around 12 midnight with keg of diesel and when an attempt was made for her to be accosted, she fled, a development which alerted the police of something fishy.

The police immediately pursued the woman and accosted her, after which she eventually took them to number 12, Abeokuta Street, off Ilasamaja, one of the houses housing the illegal oil wells.

Upon getting to the said house, those inside shut the door and prevented the police from gaining entrance.

The officers thereafter left the scene with the arrested woman, and they later came back disguising as potential buyers of diesel, while those inside opened the door.

It was at that point that the illegal oil well was discovered at the house, after which about ten more wells were discovered in other houses in Abeokuta and Ibadan streets.

Ali Baba, D1, Azuh Arinze, Emeka Oparah, Aisha Lawal and other celebs set to storm Ikorodu




Billed to hold with glitz and glamour in few days at the beautiful aquatic town of Ikorodu is the Grand finale of the 5th edition of UNLEASH Your Talents.

This year's show, the 5th in the series of the annual grassroots talents exposition tagged "the movement edition" is scheduled to take place at the 2000 seater hall capacity of King's Court Events Centre, Ikorodu on Sunday the 21st of August, 2016.

Emeka Oparah, Ali Baba, Gbenga Adeyinka D 1st, Otunba Dayo Adeneye, Azuh Arinze, Aisha Lawal, Sheyi Ashekun, Seun Oloketuyi are headlining mix of notable personalities drafted from different sectors from fashion to media to encourage the organizers and the lucky twenty-three finalists at the Grand finale of #UNLEASHSeasonV. Also expected at the event is the fast rising Music Arewa.

The organizers hope to use this edition as a launchpad to kickstart the spread of the project UNLEASH Your Talents to all other parts of Lagos State as they introduce the new scheme MIME: Mentor's Inspiring Moments for Empowerment, a process whereby veterans in the field where the project is concerned adopts the 1st position holder or anyone of their choice amongst the finalists for mentoring and grooming in the art.

Professionals who have accepted to pilot the scheme for this edition are Ali Baba, Gbenga Adeyinka D 1st, Hilarry Jackson, Legendary Gold Ltd. and DJ Roland of #Ekofm and #Metrofm.

Anchoring the event is the popular delectable Presenter, Doyin Kukoyi.  While DJ Tonyz Da Blastmaster will be behind the sounds wheel.

Expected as the Royal Father of the day is the Paramount Ruler, His Royal Majesty, Oba Kabir Adewale Shotobi, Ilufemiloba Adegorunshen V, the Ayagburen of Ikorodu.

The Special Guests of Honour are Pharm. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf and Otunba Dayo Adeneye, who are Hon. Commissioners for Lagos State Youth & Social Development and Ogun State Information respectively.

The Father of the day is Mr. Samuel O. Sogunro, The Rector of Lagos State Polytechnic. while confirmed as Mothers of the day are Mrs. Olufunmi Oshinowo-Bashorun and Lady Evang. T.O. Sunmoni.

Chairing the occassion is Dr. G.I. Agbaje of NASRDA.

While the Chief Host is Hon. Babajimi Benson, MHR (Ikorodu Federal Constituency); and the Hosts are all Ikorodu division LG & LCDAs SolAds.

The Guest Speaker is Mayor Deen Sanwoola, the CEO of Something Else and DG, iCare Foundation.

This year edition which is the commemorative edition is also going to serve as a platform to celebrate and appreciate brands and personaities who have stood firmly behind the project over the past five years. Notable amongst the brands picking UNLEASH appreciacion awards are #Airtel Nigeria, #Encomium Magazine, Mr. Azuh Arinze, Publisher of Yes International Magazine, Kunle Adelabu, Publisher of The Impact Newspaper and a couple of other individuals.

Tickets for admission are available in different categories with price range as

Regular:                           N1000.00
VIP:                                N2, 500. 00
VVIP (table for five):         N15, 000.00

Glamour carpet starts by 12noon while event proper starts from 1pm to 6pm.

Enquiries can be directed to any of the telephone numbers: 08027201004, 08086891684, 08022837357, 08120664964.