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Open Heavens Daily DevotionalJanuary 23rd 2018 , Hello Good Morning and God bless you , Pastor E A Adeboye , Read Open Heavens Daily Devotional , for today and share with your friends.Open Heavens Daily Devotional

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL

DATE: TUEDAY 23RD JANUARY 2018

THEME: FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT I

MEMORISE:
Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. Romans 13:10

READ: Galatians 5:22-26

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

MESSAGE

Over the next few days, we shall be taking a closer look at the important subject of the fruit of the Spirit. Our Bible text spells out the fruit of the Spirit as these: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. In considering this important subject matter, the key words to take note of are “fruit” and “Spirit”. From these key words, we understand that the fruit of the Spirit have their origin in the Person of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, a person who has no relationship with the Holy Spirit cannot exhibit the fruit of the Spirit, no matter how hard he or she tries. The good news is, if you have given your life to Christ, the Holy Spirit dwells inside you. This truth is established in Romans 8:9b which says:

“Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.”

However, for to manifest the fruit of the Holy Spirit dwelling inside you, you need to cultivate a relationship with the Holy Spirit by walking side by side with Him every day. This is the reason why, after outlining the fruit of the Spirit, Paul in Galatians 5:25 wrote,

“If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”

What does it mean to walk in to walk in the Spirit? It means interacting with the Holy Spirit like a friend that you can see. It means asking Him what His opinion is before making any move, and yielding to His directions even when they are contrary to yours. It means listening to His voice before wearing that outfit, taking that job or picking that spouse. It means speaking what He suggests to you as the appropriate thing to say to that person. It means going to that place that He moves you to visit. It means keeping quiet when He instructs you to shut your mouth. It means giving out that gift that He nudges you to bless that fellow with. It means yielding to His voice when He reminds you to forgive that person who wronged you. When you cultivate such relationship, the fruit of the Spirit will no longer be a checklist of character traits to be worked on. It will become your nature, effortlessly flowing from within you.

Let’s take a closer look at each of the character traits that emanate from working with the Holy Spirit. Today, we will begin with love. Without the manifestation of love, our confession of faith becomes hypocritical (1 John 3:16-18). To love can be tough and difficult sometimes, and this is why we need to daily ask the Holy Spirit to pour out His love into our hearts (Romans 5:5). We need to demonstrate the God kind of love for the world to know that we are Christ’s disciples indeed. This will motivate them to join us as we journey to heaven with joy unspeakable, full of glory.

PRAYER POINT:
Precious Holy Spirit, as I walk with You day by day, speak to me, comfort me, teach me, guide me and show me things to come, just like the Lord Jesus Christ said You would. Amen.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Genesis 48-50 and Revelation 21:9-27

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

HYMN 2: I NEED THEE EVERY HOUR

  1. I Need Thee every hour,
    Most gracious Lord;
    No tender voice like Thine
    Can peace afford.

Chorus:
I need Thee, Oh, I need Thee,
Every hour I need Thee;
Oh bless me now, my Saviour;
I come to Thee.

  1. I need Thee every hour;
    Stay Thou near by;
    Temptations lose their pow’r
    When Thou art nigh.

  2. I need Thee every hour,
    In joy or pain;
    Come quickly and abide,
    Or life is vain.

  3. I need Thee every hour;
    Teach me Thy will,
    And Thy rich promises
    In me fulfil.

  4. I need Thee every hour,
    Most Holy One;
    O make me Thine indeed,
    Thou blessed Son.

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL

DATE: MONDAY 22ND JANUARY 2018

THEME: ESCAPE FOR YOUR LIFE

MEMORISE:
How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; Hebrews 2:3

READ: Genesis 19:12-26

12 And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place:

13 For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.

14 And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.

15 And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.

16 And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.

17 And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.

18 And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord:

19 Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast showed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die:

20 Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.

21 And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for which thou hast spoken.

22 Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.

23 The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.

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24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;

25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.

26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

MESSAGE

The power of choice is a great gift that God has given to every man. This gift is however a double-edged sword which can either make or mar a man’s destiny. You therefore have an obligation to be cautious while exercising its power. Wrong choices can lead to agony and end in eternal perdition, while right choices can bring joy and peace, and end in eternal bliss. Remarkably, even God’s directives are more often than not subject to human choices. When God gives a directive for our own good, we can either act on it or choose to ignore it. Those who ignore God’s directives never have a good story to tell when the consequences of their choices begin to manifest. In our Bible reading, the Lord issued a command that Lot and his family should escape for their lives. The Bible says that when the angels of the Lord observed that Lot and his family were lingering, reluctant to leave Sodom because all their life investments were there, they took hold of their hands, dragged them outside the city and commanded them to escape for their lives by fleeing to the mountains. Yet, contrary to the directives of the angels that they should not look back, Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt (Genesis 19:26). She chose to neglect the warning that provided a way of escape from the judgement of God. Just like Lot’s wife, many people in the world today neglect the call to free salvation that Jesus Christ procured for us with His life. To such people, the Lord Jesus Christ in Luke 17:32 says:

“Remember Lot’s wife.”

God will never force His salvation on any man. Salvation is a free choice for those who want to escape the judgement of God that will surely come on the whole world (John 3:16-18). Apart from God’s judgement, there are many other unpleasant things we ought to make a choice to escape from. Poverty is one of such things. The Bible shows us the way out of poverty in Malachi 3:10. Sickness is another. The Lord told the children of Israel that if they would hearken diligently to His voice, he would keep sickness away from them (Exodus 15:26). Beloved, the Lord has made provision for all things that pertain to life and godliness, and He has made them accessible to you; you however need to choose to escape from the corruption that exists in this world, before you can have access to His provision (2 Peter 1:3-4). Choose to escape today.

ACTION POINT:
Think over the entire things God has been telling you in His word. Choose to live by them because they are your escape route from destruction, and your access route to fulfilment.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Genesis 46-47 and Revelation 20:7-21:8

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

HYMN 3: WHAT CAN WASH AWAY MY SINS

  1. What can wash away my sin?
    Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
    What can make me whole again?
    Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Chorus:
Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

  1. For my cleansing this I see
    Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
    For my pardon this my plea
    Nothing but the blood of Jesus!

  2. Nothing can my sin erase
    Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
    Naught of works, ’tis all of grace
    Nothing but the blood of Jesus!

  3. This is all my hope and peace
    Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
    This is all my righteousness
    Nothing but the blood of Jesus!

RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER’S MANUAL

LESSON TWENTY-ONE

SUNDAY, 21ST JANUARY 2018

TOPIC: INTEGRITY – PART 2

OPENING PRAYER
Father, help me to develop and maintain a life of integrity.

MEMORY VERSE: ‘’And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?” – Job 1:8

BIBLE PASSAGE: Genesis 39:1-13

Genesis:39.1
Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there.
Genesis:39.2
The LORD was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.
Genesis:39.3
And his master saw that the LORD [was] with him and that the LORD made all he did to prosper in his hand.
Genesis:39.4
So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all [that] he had he put under his authority.
Genesis:39.5
So it was, from the time [that] he had made him overseer of his house and all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the LORD was on all that he had in the house and in the field.
Genesis:39.6
Thus he left all that he had in Joseph’s hand, and he did not know what he had except for the bread which he ate. Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance.
Genesis:39.7
And it came to pass after these things that his master’s wife cast longing eyes on Joseph, and she said, “Lie with me.”
Genesis:39.8
But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Look, my master does not know what [is] with me in the house, and he has committed all that he has to my hand.
Genesis:39.9
“[There is] no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because you [are] his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”
Genesis:39.10
So it was, as she spoke to Joseph day by day, that he did not heed her, to lie with her [or] to be with her.
Genesis:39.11
But it happened about this time, when Joseph went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the house [was] inside,
Genesis:39.12
that she caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and ran outside.
Genesis:39.13
And so it was, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and fled outside,

INTRODUCTION:
Men and women of integrity are very few, even among the so called children of God. Are you a man or woman of integrity? Can God vouch for you as He did for Job (Job 2:3)? Kinf David in Psalm 25:21 affirmed by saying “let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.”

TEXT REVIEW: Gen 39:1-13
If you claim that you are man of integrity, you must be ready to prove it. Joseph did not hesitate to prove this at the high price of imprisonment. The following are some of the proofs that Joseph was a man of integrity as presented in today’s Bible passage.

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i. His boss knew that he was a godly man. Gen. 39:3.

ii. He served his Master with the diligence of overseer or supervisor. V.4

iii. Through him blessings were attracted to his boss enterprises. V.5

iv. Joseph was trustworthy, loyal and reliable. Gen. 39:6

v. He knew how to flee from the danger zone of sin, and he fled. Gen.39:5

vi. He knew his limit of freedom and authority and was never ready to compromise or extend the limit. V. 9-12

vii. The Lord was with him and he did not soil the relationship with sin. V. 2,V.13

viii. The heart (trust) of his boss was with him (tested on him) and he was not ready to mess the relationship up by sleeping with the boss’ wife. V.8

ix. He knew when to accept (accept gift) and refuse gift- By accepting the responsibility of all assignments and rejecting the enticement and seduction of sexual immorality. V. 4,5,13. Joseph was integrity at work.

LESSON OUTLINES
1. Biblical heroes of integrity
2. Scope and rewards for integrity

I. BIBICAL HEROES OF INTEGRITY

i. Abimelech, the King of Gerar (Genesis 20:3-7)

ii. Joseph (Genesis 47:14)

iii. Prophet Samuel (1Samuel 12:3-4)

iv. King David (1Kings 9:4)

v. Job (Job 2:3, 9-10)

vi. Apostle Paul (Acts 20:32-33)

vii. The Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:30).

II. SCOPE AND REWARDS FOR INTEGRITY

IIA. SCOPE OF INTEGRITY

i. Integrity in speech (James 1:19; Proverbs 8:7-8)

ii. Integrity in time management (Ephesians 5:15-17; John 9:4)

iii. Integrity in finance (1Corinthians 4:2; Genesis 47:14)

iv. Integrity in relationship with the opposite sex (1Corinthians 5:1; 1Samuel 2:12, 22-23; Judges 16:1,4)

v. Integrity in keeping promises and paying vows (Ecclesiates 5:4-5)

IIB. REWARDS FOR INTEGRITY

i. God will vouch for the person (Job 2:3)

ii. God will keeps the fellow from falling into sin (Genesis 39:9)

iii. God will bring peace on the fellow (Psalm 37:37)

iv. God will guide the step of the fellow(Proverbs 11:3)

v. God will preserve the person (Psalm 25:21-22)

vi. God will bring generational blessings on the person (Proverbs 20:7).

SUMMARY
Integrity is a must for all believers

CONCLUSION:

God is pure and He expects His children to be pure too (Matthew 5:48, 2Timothy 2:19). No matter your claims, if you are not a man or woman of integrity, your Christianity is questionable. Remember that only the pure in heart shall see God (Matthew 5:8).

CLOSING PRAYER

Father, let me receive the blessing of integrity as I make up my mind to be one.

ASSIGNMENT

Find out ten examples of heroes of corruption with appropriate Bible passages.

– Open Heavens Daily Devotional – December 18, 2017

THEME: AVOID DEFILEMENT!
MEMORISE:
And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life. Revelation 21:27
READ: Isaiah 52:11-12
52:11 Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the Lord.
52:12 For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the Lord will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your reward.
MESSAGE:
It is the great desire of the wonder-working God to work wonders through His children. However, for you to be a partaker of the manifestation of this desire, you must be prepared to pay the price. Nothing good comes cheap. Anything that is cheap is obviously of low quality and value. If you are interested in working wonders as a worker in God’s vineyard, you must be prepared to be a living sacrifice to God (Romans 12:1). You must be ready to say, “Lord, for the rest of my life, feel free to do whatever You want with me.” In addition, to work wonders, you must have clean hands. Isaiah 52 : 11 says,
“Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD.”
Your hands must be free from defilement at home, at work, when nobody is watching, and everywhere else. Many years ago, while I was still lecturing in the university, I wrote a personal letter, and as I reached out to take one of the official envelopes assigned to me, the Lord said, “You wrote a personal letter, but that envelop is for official use.” I replied, “Lord, how much is an envelope?” and He said to me, “If it is so cheap, go and buy you own.” If you want to lay hands on the sick and see them recover, or if you want to lay hands on demon-possessed individuals and have the demons obey your voice, then it cannot be with hands that have been stealing, defrauding or writing false reports.
Moreover, you need to be in constant touch with God. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says that you should pray without ceasing. One way to do this is by regularly praying in tongues like Paul (1 Corinthians 14:18). You can also keep in touch with God by constantly thanking him. I tell you, Jesus would like that. I heard the testimony of a man who on his 50th birthday said all he wanted to do was to say ‘Thank You” to Jesus at least 50 times. I said that was a beautiful idea which had never crossed my mind. How old are you now? When you want to pray, say thank You Jesus the number of times corresponding with your age, and you will be amazed at what could happen through this. Do you want to be a worker of signs and wonders? Are you ready to pay the price?
PRAYER POINT:
Father, by Your power, keep me from being defiled, every day of my life.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
Revelation 20-22
Zachariah 5:5-6:15
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 9: ON HILL FAR AWAY
1. On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suff’ring and shame;
And I love that old cross where the Dearest and Best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.
Refrain:
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it someday for a crown.
2. Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary.
Refrain:
3. In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see,
For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
To pardon and sanctify me.
Refrain:
4. To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;
Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He’ll call me someday to my home far away,
Where His glory forever I’ll share.
Refrain:

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