ODM Devotional February 20th, 2019
TOPIC FOR TODAY ODM – VERSOVA BEACH: CLEAN UP NOW OR CLEAN OUT TOMORROW!
BASIC SCRIPTURE: EZEKIEL 36: 20-27
Mumbai in India has several beaches. One of them is the Versova beach, a flat, sandy beach with thick mangroves. It now ranks among the top 10 beaches in Mumbai. A young Mumbai lawyer and environmentalist, Afroz Shah, took up a new apartment just a few years ago near the beach. He was taken aback by the volume of garbage he saw on the beach. According to a Mumbai Marine Conservationist, Pradip Patade, “the direction of the wind brings a lot of garbage to Versova. In addition, the beach is surrounded by slums which also bring garbage to the beach.” Shah told CNN, “I Saw plastic on the beach. It was 5.5 feet high. A man could drown in the plastic.” He added, “I’m going to come on the field and do something. I have to protect my environment!” To realize his dream, Shah launched What he called “Dates with the ‘Ocean”, a programme which involved clean-up sessions held regularly on weekends where plastics were picked up. He started in 2015 with the help of a neighbour.
Over time, he was joined by over 1,000 volunteers including local Versova residents, slum dwellers, politicians, Bollywood celebrities and school children. Labeled by the United Nations as the “world’s largest beach clean-up project“, the volunteers cleaned over 50 public toilets at the beach and planted some 50 coconut trees with a vision to plant up to 5,000 in order to turn the beach to a coconut lagoon that it was once known for high recognition of his work, Shah was given the Champion of the Earth award by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)! The story became that of the transformation of a once filthy beach to a fabulous one. Oh, thank you, LORD Jesus! The Holy Ghost wants you to know that there is no life that cannot be transformed like the Versova beach so long as there is a willingness to do so.
Somebody out there needs to clean up! Like the Versova volunteers, you can help the person clean up. And for someone using today’s devotional, the Holy Ghost is saying: It’s time to clean up! You should no longer continue to live a life filled with the garbage and thrash of sin, sickness, disease and satanic oppression.
See what Verse 25 of today’s scripture says, “Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and your idols, will I cleanse you”. Hear Friedrich Nietzsche in, “Thus Spoke Zarathustra”: “One must be a sea, to receive a polluted stream without becoming impure.” The SEA OF THE WORD will help you CLEAN UP! If you don’t clean up now, then the GARBAGE OF SIN OR SATANIC LOADS will CLEAN YOU OUT of YOUR STORY TO GLORY testimony! Clean up a life of poverty, backwardness, stagnation, idolatry, hatred, unforgiveness, disappointment at the edge of a breakthrough, etc. This is your year and you are unstoppable! CLEAN UP NOW!
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The Lagos (Ogudu) anointing service is February 24th, 2019. Theme: *LORD, CHANGE MY NAME!” Time: 7.30 am. Come with 3 SPECIAL PRAYER POINTS!
Our Daily Manna PRAYER POINTS/Hymn
Take Song 1: Higher ground… (See it below)
- Father, give me a new beginning.
- Confess any secret sin now! Make up with God again today.
- I reject DEMOTION through sin! I reject DELAY due to secret sins; I repent today in Jesus name. See page 7. Pray about today!
ODM Hymn for today I’m pressing on the upward way
1. I’m pressing on the upward way,
New heights I’m gaining every day;
Still praying as I’m onward bound,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”
Lord, lift me up and let me stand,
By faith, on Heaven’s tableland,
A higher plane than I have found;
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.
2. My heart has no desire to stay
Where doubts arise and fears dismay;
Though some may dwell where those abound,
My prayer, my aim, is higher ground.
3. I want to live above the world,
Though Satan’s darts at me are hurled;
For faith has caught the joyful sound,
The song of saints on higher ground.
4. I want to scale the utmost height
And catch a gleam of glory bright;
But still I’ll pray till heav’n I’ve found,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”
Author: Johnson Oatman, Jr. Hymn Am Pressing On
Johnson Oatman, Jr., son of Johnson and Rachel Ann Oatman, was born near Medford, N. J., April 21, 1856. His father was an excellent singer, and it always delighted the son to sit by his side and hear him sing the songs of the church.
Outside of the usual time spent in the public schools, Mr. Oatman received his education at Herbert’s Academy, Princetown, N. J., and the New Jersey Collegiate Institute, Bordentown, N. J. At the age of nineteen he joined the M.E. Church, and a few years later he was granted a license to preach the Gospel, and still later he was regularly ordained by Bishop Merrill. However, Mr. Oatman only serves as a local preacher