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OPEN HEAVEN DEVOTIONAL SATURDAY JUNE 25TH 2022 LEARN FROM YOUR SUBORDINATES

MEMORISE: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1: 7

READ: 2 Peter 3:14-16
14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;

16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

MESSAGE
Don’t ever see anybody as too small to counsel you when you know that they have the knowledge that can move you to your next level. We see from our memory verse today that only fools despise wisdom and instruction.

I remember when social media was becoming popular; it was my youngest son whom l asked for tutoring. He was my teacher in that area of life. When l was in secondary school, l had some challenges in English Language . In those days, for the Cambridge exam (now known as Senior Secondary School Certificate Exam), the British said that it did not matter if you got an A1 in every other subject; if you failed English, then you would fail all. I was just a village boy, nobody in my family could speak a word of English, so l knew l needed help. There was a boy in school who grew up in United Kingdom, so he had a grasp of the language, but he was my junior. I went to meet this junior boy, and told him that he was to start teaching me English. I said whenever l had money, l would buy him groundnuts. He taught me English Language and l passed the exam. On the score sheet, there was no mention of the fellow who taught me, no one cared; as long as l knew what l was supposed to know, l passed the examination and moved on with my education.

Don’t ever feel too proud to learn from your subordinates. If we are to be honest, these young ones who are just coming up have tools that we did not have in our time . They have more access to knowledge than we do. If we learn the latest trends from them and then combine this knowledge with our wealth of experience, we will go really far. Believe me honestly,it does not matter who teaches you; all that matters is that you get the knowledge you need to move ahead in life. In our Bible reading for today, though Peter had been in ministry before Paul, he acknowledge that Paul had been given a wisdom by God to, preach deep truths on salvation. Put your pride aside and learn from even your subordinates so that you can continue to go higher and higher.

KEY POINT
Don’t despise the wisdom you need to succeed just because it is domiciled in your subordinates.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalm 68-68

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A ADEBOYE

HYMN 25: TO GOD BE THE GLORY GREAT THINGS HE HAS DONE
1 To God be the glory, great things He hath done,
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life our redemption to win,
And opened the life-gate that all may go in.

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice;
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice;
Oh, come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory; great things He hath done.

2 Oh, perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To every believer the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

3 Great things He hath taught us, great things He hath done,
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
But purer, and higher, and greater will be
Our wonder, our transport when Jesus we see.

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OPEN HEAVEN DEVOTIONAL FRIDAY JUNE 24TH 2022 LEARN FROM YOUR COLLEAGUES AND MATES

MEMORISE: Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

READ: Colossians 3:16
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

MESSAGE:
There are people who may appear to be your mates, but many of them could actually know a lot more than you do. Thus,whenever you discover such people, submit yourself to learn from them. By the time you begin applying the lessons you have learnt, it would be to your advantage.

For example, if you notice that one of your colleagues seems to get along with people easily and that gives him or her some advantage, take that fellow as your case study on how to get along with people. Begin to study him or her closely so that you can gain tips on getting along well with people too. When you need the fellow to explain something about how they get along with people to you, set pride aside and ask. Once you notice something at which someone else is better, it does not matter if the fellow is your mate or even junior to you – learn it from him or her. The Bible does not only encourage elders teaching the younger ones, it also encourages that contemporaries learn from one another and even that you can learn from your juniors. Just ensure that what you learn is in line with the word of God. Our Bible reading today instructs us to allow the word of God to dwell richly in us for the purpose of teaching and admonishing one another.

I learnt how to pray – not from my Father-in-the-Lord or any of my Bible teachers then, but from a brother in the church. I wanted to pray for long hours, but whenever l started praying, after 5 – 10 minutes, l would have nothing to say again. I noticed that this brother used to pray for very long, so,l decided to always take a position very close to him whenever he was praying. I noticed that for one-hour prayer time, for sample, this brother would praise God for about 50-55 minutes and then make his request in 5-10 minutes . As l learned this, l also started practicing it up until today, that is the format that my prayers take. What you learn from that person you may consider your contemporary or even junior to you may be one of your greatest strengths in the future.

ACTION POINT
List out things that you know one or two people around you are better at than you, and start to learn from them.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalm 65-67

AUTHOR: PASTOR E” A ADEBOYE

HYMN 28: WHEN WE WALK WITH THE LORD
When we walk with the Lord
in the light of his word,
what a glory he sheds on our way!
While we do his good will,
he abides with us still,
and with all who will trust and obey.

Refrain:
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

2 Not a burden we bear,
not a sorrow we share,
but our toil he doth richly repay;
not a grief or a loss,
not a frown or a cross,
but is blest if we trust and obey. [Refrain]

3 But we never can prove
the delights of his love
until all on the altar we lay;
for the favor he shows,
for the joy he bestows,
are for them who will trust and obey. [Refrain]

4 Then in fellowship sweet
we will sit at his feet,
or we’ll walk by his side in the way;
what he says we will do,
where he sends we will go;
never fear, only trust and obey. [Refrain]

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OPEN HEAVEN DEVOTIONAL WEDNESDAY JUNE 22ND 2022 WHAT DO YOU WANT?

THEME: WHAT DO YOU WANT?

MEMORISE: Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10

READ: Exodus 33:18 -23
18 And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.

19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.

20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.

21 And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock:

22 And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by:

23 And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.

MESSAGE
The question in our topic for today is one that invariably every human being will be asked at one point or another. Some people have already been asked this question before and their answer made them lose an opportunity that would have changed their lives forever. Your answer to this question, depending on who is asking you, can change your life for the better if you give the correct response. When God told Solomon to say what he wanted in 2 Chronicles 1:6-7, he asked for wisdom to lead God’s people right. That answer made him end up as the richest and wisest king in the world, ever. When Elisha was asked this same question, he said he wanted a double portion of the spirit of Elijah and he got it. What do you want? Esau wanted food; he got it, but he who could have become the nation of Israel missed that great destiny. Gehazi wanted money, he got it, but he could have gotten a double portion of the anointing on Elisha died a leper. Jeremiah 45:5 says:
And seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not: for, behold, l will bring evil upon all flesh, saith the LORD: but thy life will l give unto thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest.

Ecclesiastes 1:2 says all these things are vanity upon vanity. Jesus Christ told us what to seek in Matthew 6:33:

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Seek God, seek that His kingdom be established here on earth. Jeremiah 26:13 says if you seek Him , you will find Him. Let your yearning be for Him and Him alone, then all the things that others are chasing will be chasing you. Seek Him in worship, seek Him through Bible study, seek Him in prayers.

Set your love upon God. Love Him with all your heart, soul and mind as Jesus instructed us in Matthew 22:37 and see if you will ever lack any good thing.

REFLECTION
How desperate do you yearn for God?

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalm 58-60

AUTHOR: PASTOR E” A ADEBOYE

HYMN12: MY FAITH LOOKS uP TO THEE
1 My faith looks up to thee,
thou Lamb of Calvary,
Savior divine.
Now hear me while I pray;
take all my guilt away;
O let me from this day
be wholly thine!

2 May thy rich grace impart
strength to my fainting heart;
my zeal inspire!
As thou hast died for me,
oh, may my love to thee
pure, warm, and changeless be,
a living fire!

3 While life’s dark maze I tread,
and griefs around me spread,
be thou my guide.
Bid darkness turn to day,
wipe sorrow’s tears away,
nor let me ever stray
from thee aside.

4 When ends life’s transient dream,
when death’s cold, sullen stream
shall o’er me roll,
blest Savior, then, in love,
fear and distrust remove;
O bear me safe above,
a ransomed soul!

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OPEN HEAVEN DEVOTIONAL TUESDAY JUNE 21ST 2022 THANK GOD FOR WHAT YOU HAVE

MEMORISE: Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. 1 Corinthians 10:10

READ: 1 Timothy 6:6 -10
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

MESSAGE
Many people keep grumbling to God for what they don’t have and forget to thank Him for what they do. Believe me honestly, some people who have what you are running after are not enjoying life any better than you. You want fame? I can tell you that fame will limit you greatly. When we relocated to the Redemption Camp in Nigria, l could walk anywhere l wanted, praying all night. Now, the increase in the camp’s population over the years has significantly limited how much l can walk around. There are things you are enjoying currently, the value of which you really do not appreciate; enjoy them now, because when God begins to answer your prayers, you may never be able to enjoy them again.

1Timothy 6:6 says that godliness with contentment is great gain. What exactly are you seeking that has made you ungrateful,to God? Proverbs 23:5 says that money can develop wings and fly away; are you going to fly after it? When the money comes, you will discover, like the Bible says in Ecclesiastes 5:10, that it does not satisfy those who love it.

Many years ago, l spent a night at the house of a very wealthy man. When it was time for breakfast the next day, the cook came and asked him, “Sir, what would you like for breakfast? ” He asked, “What did l eat yesterday ?” The cook told him; he asked what he ate the day before, the cook told him. after much deliberation, they finally decided on bread and eggs. Another round of deliberations started when the cook asked “What kind of eggs do, you want? fried, scrambled, boiled …? After a lot of talk, he decided that he wanted the eggs boiled. The cook then asked, “How do you want the egg cooked? Hard boiled, medium boiled, soft boiled?” He answered “Medium-boiled”. It took 30 minutes for him to decide on what to eat for breakfast. When the cook asked for what l’d like for breakfast, l said to him”Give me everything you have, just make sure it is plenty”. He asked “You want eggs?” I said, “yes”. “How do you want the eggs?” I said “Whatever way you want it. He said, “How about an omelette? I said “Just make sure you put everything in the omelette “. I don’t have so much , but l have a good appetite; l rejoice and glorify God for that. Are you grateful to God that at least, you can eat? Be grateful for what you have; stop complaining about what you don’t. God is faithful and He will meet all your needs at the right time.

PRAYER POINT
Father, I thank You for all that you have given me. I am extremely grateful, Lord.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalm 55-57

AUTHOR: PASTOR E” A ADEBOYE

HYMN 15: NOW THANK WE ALL OUR GOD
1 Now thank we all our God
with heart and hands and voices,
who wondrous things has done,
in whom his world rejoices;
who from our mothers’ arms
has blessed us on our way
with countless gifts of love,
and still is ours today.

2 O may this bounteous God
through all our life be near us,
with ever joyful hearts
and blessed peace to cheer us,
to keep us in his grace,
and guide us when perplexed,
and free us from all ills
of this world in the next.

3 All praise and thanks to God
the Father now be given,
the Son and Spirit blest,
who reign in highest heaven
the one eternal God,
whom heaven and earth adore;
for thus it was, is now,
and shall be evermore.

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OPEN HEAVEN DEVOTIONAL SUNDAY JUNE 19TH 2022 FATHER, WHERE ARE YOU? I.

MEMORISE: All these are the twelve tribes of Israel: and this is it that their father spake unto them, and blessed them; every one according to his blessing he blessed them. Genesis 49:28

READ: Genesis 18:19
19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.

MESSAGE
Today is the day we celebrate fathers, I therefore say to all fathers reading this: congratulations. To every man who is married and trusting God to become a father soon, in 9 months’ time, you and your wife would have been blessed with your own biological child, in Jesus’ name.

A father is a custodian of the destiny of his child. While mothers spend a lot of time with the children, raising them in the way of the Lord, there is this power that God has placed in the father to decide where the child will end up. The protection and final destination of a child is in the decisions and words of the father. The child bears the name of the father and whatever curses are in the lineage of the father will continue in the children if the man does not cancel them.

Sarah, Abraham’s wife was barren for many years before God finally gave her Isaac. Isaac’s wife Rebecca was also barren for several years before God finally gave her Jacob and Esau. The wife whom Jacob loved – Racheal was also barren for several years before God finally gave her Joseph. Thank God that Jacob wrestled with God and his name was changed to Israel. Dear brother, you cannot afford to pass generational curses to your children, rather you should be passing blessings to them.

Children, especially sons, tend to grow up to be just like their father, hence that popular saying “Like father, like son”. King David was a great king, but he did not discipline his children. In 1 Kings 1:6, we see how David raised his children.
And his father had not displeased him at any time in saying, Why has thou done so?
When his children were grown and he started to see how they were misbehaving, he realized that he had left his children untrained and he regretted it. That is why when Solomon was born, he trained the boy. Solomon said in Proverbs 4:4 that his father trained him. It is God’s expectation that fathers must command their children to serve Him (Genesis 18:19. Are you committed to leading your children in the right direction?

Remember that your sons will carry your name forever and how your daughters behave in their matrimonial homes will be linked back to you. Invest yourself in them more than in your business or career.

ACTION POINT
Lay your hands on your children if they are close to you or call them on the phone if they are far away and bless them from your heart.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalm 49- 51

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A ADEBOYE

HYMN 10: JESUS MY LORD MY GOD MY ALL
1 Jesus, my Lord, my God, my all,
hear me, blest Savior, when I call;
hear me, and from thy dwelling place
pour down the riches of thy grace.

Refrain:
Jesus, my Lord, I thee adore;
O make me love thee more and more.

2 Jesus, too late I thee have sought;
how can I love thee as I ought?
And how extol thy matchless fame,
the glorious beauty of thy name?

3 Jesus, what didst thou find in me
that thou hast dealt so lovingly?
How great the joy that thou hast brought,
so far exceeding hope or thought!

4 Jesus, of thee shall be my song;
to thee my heart and soul belong;
all that I have or am is thine,
and thou, blest Savior, thou art mine.

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OPEN HEAVEN DEVOTIONAL SATURDAY JUNE 18TH 2022 LOVE AND SUBMISSION IN MARRIAGE II

MEMORISE: And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. 2 Corinthians 10:6

READ: Ephesians 5:22 -24
22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

MESSAGE​
We ascertained yesterday that wives are meant to be submissive to their husbands as unto the Lord (Ephesians 5:22). However, a wife may not be submissive to her husband if the man himself is not submissive to God. 1 Corinthians 11:3 tells us that there is a chain of command to follow.

But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

If a man has not submitted to God as the Church has submitted to Christ, then he has broken the chain and his wife may also just not submit to him. One thing I know from the Scripture is that even if a wife is the devil himself, once the husband submits to God. The wife will eventually submit to him in turn. It is a spiritual principle. If you don’t believe me, read James 4:7:

​Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
It says that if you submit to God, even the devil will obey you. If you tell him “run”, he will run. If you are a husband I know your wife cannot be worse than the devil, so definitely, if you submit to God, that woman will do the same to you.

Submitting to God also means allowing Him to guide you when it comes to relating with your spouse and following His instructions strictly. God wants your marriage to succeed, so if you submit to and rely on Him to make it work, He will tell you what to do per time for it to be heaven on earth. He will guide you on how to show love to your wife and also guide her on how to be submissive to you.

​Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Proverbs 3:5

The above passage says that you should not lean on your own understanding. Don’t try to get your spouse to submit to or love you with your own understanding. Submit to God, love Him, depend on Him for direction and your marriage will indeed be blessed.

KEY POINT
Submit to God and your wife will submit to you.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalm 46-48

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A ADEBOYE

HYMN 7: : I LOVE THIS FAMILY OF GOD
I’m so glad I’m a part of the Family of God,
I’ve been washed in the fountain, cleansed by His blood!
Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod,
For I’m part of the family,
The Family of God.

You will notice we say “brother and sister” ’round here,
It’s because we’re a family and these are so near;
When one has a heartache, we all share the tears,
And rejoice in each victory in this family so dear.

I’m so glad I’m a part of the Family of God,
I’ve been washed in the fountain, cleansed by His blood!
Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod,
For I’m part of the family,
The Family of God.

From the door of an orphanage to the house of the King,
No longer an outcast, a new song I sing;
From rags unto riches, from the weak to the strong,
I’m not worthy to be here, but praise God I belong!

I’m so glad I’m a part of the Family of God,
I’ve been washed in the fountain, cleansed by His Blood!
Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod,
For I’m part of the family,
The Family of God

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OPEN HEAVEN DEVOTIONAL FRIDAY JUNE 17TH 2022 LOVE AND SUBMISSION IN MARRIAGE I.

MEMORISE: So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. Ephesians 5:28

READ: Ephesians 5:21 -33
21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

MESSAGE
Many men complain that their wives are not submissive to them. I have been married for over fifty-four years now, and I have also been privileged to be used by God to help resolve many marital issues from experience and the word of God.

In a Christian marriage, wives are required to be submissive to their husbands as unto the Lord (Ephesians 5:22). However, over the years I have observed a number of reasons why some wives find it difficult to submit to their husbands. The first is if a wife does not feel loved, I want you to take note that I did not say, “If she is not loved”, but rather said, “If she does not feel loved”. You cannot love somebody the way you want; you have to love them the way they want, for them to feel loved. If a wife does not feel loved, she would most likely struggle with reciprocating with submission as the Bible says.

Understand you wife and get to know what makes her feel loved. Some men think that merely buying gifts would show love, whereas their wives just want to spend time with them. Not all the time a man spends with his wife should be for prayers; some of the time should be just to play. Many people see me as a very serious person, but behind closed doors with my wife, I play a lot. I enjoy spending time with my wife so much. One day, after just arriving in America, I went to our room, only to discover that my wife went to another part of the house. When she still hadn’t returned to our room after a while, I went looking for her. One of the people in the house asked, “Daddy, why are you looking for Mummy so much, weren’t you together all through the flight? Didn’t she just leave you a few minutes ago?” I told him jokingly to mind his business.

During the day, put a call through to her every now and then just to let her know that it doesn’t matter how far from home I am or how busy I am wherever I have gone, I must speak to my wife every single day. I tell her constantly that I love her and so it is easy for her to submit.

Women would naturally find it difficult to submit to someone who does not love them. Please think of what you can do to show your wife that you love her and show it consistently.

ACTION POINT
I want you to have a meeting with your spouse this morning , ask him or her if he or she feels loved, then ask for what you can start doing to demonstrate your love.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalm 43-45

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A ADEBOYE

HYMN 7: I LOVE THE FAMILY OF GOD
I’m so glad I’m a part of the Family of God,
I’ve been washed in the fountain, cleansed by His blood!
Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod,
For I’m part of the family,
The Family of God.

You will notice we say “brother and sister” ’round here,
It’s because we’re a family and these are so near;
When one has a heartache, we all share the tears,
And rejoice in each victory in this family so dear.

I’m so glad I’m a part of the Family of God,
I’ve been washed in the fountain, cleansed by His blood!
Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod,
For I’m part of the family,
The Family of God.

From the door of an orphanage to the house of the King,
No longer an outcast, a new song I sing;
From rags unto riches, from the weak to the strong,
I’m not worthy to be here, but praise God I belong!

I’m so glad I’m a part of the Family of God,
I’ve been washed in the fountain, cleansed by His Blood!
Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod,
For I’m part of the family,
The Family of God

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OPEN HEAVEN DEVOTIONAL THURSDAY JUNE 16TH 2022 DON’T INTERFERE WITH GOD’S PLAN

MEMORISE: For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9

READ: Matthew 26:39 -42
39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?

41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.

MESSAGE
Occasionally, what God has for your life may contradict everything you want, but He is your manufacturer, He made you for a certain purpose and whether you believe it or not, fulfilling that purpose is the best thing that can ever happen to you. When my Father-in-the-Lord mentioned to me, after he returned from a trip to Israel, that God told him to ordain me, my wife and I fasted for fourteen days, praying that God would not let that happen. At that time, my monthly salary was more than the entire income of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. I had just escaped poverty and I did not want to go back to it. Today, I thank God that He didn’t answer that prayer – not because of prosperity, but because of the joy of seeing how many people are blessed. There are certain things money cannot buy. Don’t interfere with God’s plan for your life, let His will be done. Be like David who said in Psalm 31:15:

My times are in thy hand…

Don’t interfere with God’s plan for your children. You may have plans for your child, but you must recognize that you did not make him or her – God did and He had a purpose for bringing that child into the world. Why don’t you pray and ask God what His plan for your child is? You can then guide the child correctly in fulfilling God’s purpose for his or her life. I know of a person whose mother said, “My child must be an engineer”. The boy spent several years in the Faculty of Engineering and just kept on failing, so he was asked to withdraw. He then decided to transfer to another faculty. His mother insisted that if he could not be an engineer, he should be an architect, so he moved to architecture. The boy kept on saying he wanted to be an artist, but the mother insisted that an architect also draws. He spent more than 8 years in the university and left with nothing.

Don’t interfere with God’s plan – either for yourself or your children. Don’t let those childhood dreams of yours that you could not fulfil dictate what your child should become. Don’t let your desire to boast amongst your friends dictate the destiny of your child; let God and God alone determine what that child will become. Ask God for His plan for that child and don’t interfere with it.

PRAYER POINT
Father, my times and those of my children are in your hands, Lord. Do with us as you please and help us to fulfill your plans for our lives in Jesus name.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalm 40-42

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A ADEBOYE

HYMN 28: HYMN 28: WHEN WE WALK WITH THE LORD
When we walk with the Lord
in the light of his word,
what a glory he sheds on our way!
While we do his good will,
he abides with us still,
and with all who will trust and obey.

Refrain:
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

2 Not a burden we bear,
not a sorrow we share,
but our toil he doth richly repay;
not a grief or a loss,
not a frown or a cross,
but is blest if we trust and obey.

3 But we never can prove
the delights of his love
until all on the altar we lay;
for the favor he shows,
for the joy he bestows,
are for them who will trust and obey.

4 Then in fellowship sweet
we will sit at his feet,
or we’ll walk by his side in the way;
what he says we will do,
where he sends we will go;
never fear, only trust and obey.

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AIYEMIDARA-NEW RELEASE

AIYEMIDARA is a Praise/prophetic song that came out of my mouth in 2006 on the walk way of the University of Ilorin. I tried so hard to get admitted into the university for so many years after my SSCE but it didn’t work. I passed my jamb exams for good 4 years but admission was just difficult. In 2006, post UME was introduced and all you needed to be admitted was a 50 50 pass mark but I had 120 120 and my name was number 4 on the admission list. On my way home after registration and clearance, Aiyemidara came through in my heart and I sang it out that day. Brothers and sisters, forget the level where you are and praise God with this prophetic song then watch our God make your life beautiful indeed. God has never stopped doing wonders and yours won’t be an exception in Jesus name…..Eje ajumo gbe ga 🎼🎼🎼 come let’s exalt Him together

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OPEN HEAVEN DEVOTIONAL WEDNESDAY JUNE 15TH 2022 THE NEED FOR COUNSELLORS

MEMORISE: Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety. Proverbs 11:14

READ: Proverbs 13:10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.

Proverbs 15:22 Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.

MESSAGE​
A counsellor is somebody who has a lot of knowledge in a particular field and is willing to share that knowledge with others who need it to solve their problems. Sometimes, a counselor is a professional in a particular field of practice and sometimes, it is someone with vast experience in an area of life. Whatever the case is, he or she has the knowledge that you need to solve your problems. When you have counsellors in virtually every area of life, you have the knowledge you need to solve your problems.

Going by today’s Bible readings, you should know straightaway that you need counselors in any field of your life where you may be lacking in some knowledge. For example, if you don’t know the law so well and you need to draw an agreement or do anything that requires deep understanding of the law, then you should get a lawyer, you can find a book or an article on that issue and study it. The knowledge you would gain from studying such materials would provide the counsel you need. If you are having issues in your marriage and you don’t know how to resolve them, why don’t you look for a godly marriage counselor to learn what you need to do: if you are having issues with your finances, then look for a finance expert to help you out. If you need help about something spiritual, talk to your Pastor. Some people, however, deny that they lack the required knowledge to solve their problems, while some who admit that they need knowledge go in search of it in the wrong places. Both categories of people described above are clearly headed for destruction. Hosea 4:6,

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee…

In what area of life have you been having problems and are in need of a counselor? Think about it thoroughly. Instead of getting into deeper trouble in that area, why don’t you look for someone who has the required competence in that field and let him or her counsel you? You must be careful however and reject any counsel that is not in line with the word of God.

PRAYER POINT
Father, bring godly counsellors my way. – people who will give me good advice to make my life better, in Jesus name.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalm 38- 39

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A ADEBOYE

HYMN12: MY FAITH LOOKS TO THEE
1 My faith looks up to thee,
thou Lamb of Calvary,
Savior divine.
Now hear me while I pray;
take all my guilt away;
O let me from this day
be wholly thine!

2 May thy rich grace impart
strength to my fainting heart;
my zeal inspire!
As thou hast died for me,
oh, may my love to thee
pure, warm, and changeless be,
a living fire!

3 While life’s dark maze I tread,
and griefs around me spread,
be thou my guide.
Bid darkness turn to day,
wipe sorrow’s tears away,
nor let me ever stray
from thee aside.

4 When ends life’s transient dream,
when death’s cold, sullen stream
shall o’er me roll,
blest Savior, then, in love,
fear and distrust remove;
O bear me safe above,
a ransomed soul!

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