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OPEN HEAVEN DEVOTIONAL MONDAY MAY 23RD 2022 THE SEVEN SEALS V

MEMORISE: The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly. Zephaniah 1:14

READ: Revelation 6:9 -11
9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:

10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

MESSAGE
The first four seals involved human beings destroying each other. All that the inhabitants of the world at that time would have seen will look man-made – people destroying each other. From the fifth seal on, the punishment will be coming directly from heaven.

When the fifth seal was opened, John saw under the altar in heaven, the souls of Martyrs – saints who were killed for the sake of the gospel. They were crying for vengeance. This tells us straight away that vengeance is coming for all those who have died and those who are currently suffering for the gospel. If you are one of such saints, take heart; the persecution may be great now, but please don’t try to avenge yourself so that you do not miss your place in heaven in the process. Just keep standing for Christ; the time is coming when your persecutors will be dealt with if they refuse to repent. Take heart, beloved of the Lord and be strong.

Now, John records that the martyrs were given white robes and told to hold on for other Christians on earth who will be martyred too, and then God will avenge them. In that time, many people who will realize their error after missing rapture will be determined to make heaven. It will be very difficult then to be a Christian because the Christians will not worship the Anti-Christ nor take his mark. Now, there are some areas in the world where it is difficult to be a Christian, but those areas are few; after the rapture however, it will be difficult to be a Christian everywhere around the world. The whole world will be against Christians. They will gladly kill any Christian that refuses to take the mark and the government will back them up.

And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads; And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Revelation 13:15-17

Do all you can to avoid missing the rapture.

ACTION POINT
Surrender your life totally to Jesus now and commit to a life of holiness so you do not miss the rapture.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Job 1-5

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A ADEBOYE

HYMN 19: O WORSHIP THE KING ALL GLORIOUS ABOVE
1 O worship the King all-glorious above,
O gratefully sing his power and his love:
our shield and defender, the Ancient of Days,
pavilioned in splendor and girded with praise.

2 O tell of his might and sing of his grace,
whose robe is the light, whose canopy space.
His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,
and dark is his path on the wings of the storm.

3 Your bountiful care, what tongue can recite?
It breathes in the air, it shines in the light;
it streams from the hills, it descends to the plain,
and sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.

4 Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
in you do we trust, nor find you to fail.
Your mercies, how tender, how firm to the end,
our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend!

5 O measureless Might, unchangeable Love,
whom angels delight to worship above!
Your ransomed creation, with glory ablaze,
in true adoration shall sing to your praise!

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OPEN HEAVEN DEVOTIONAL SUNDAY MAY 22ND 2022 THE SEVEN SEALS IV

MEMORISE: And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. Revelation 6:8

READ: Revelation 6:7 -8
7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.

8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

MESSAGE
If you think the three seals we have discussed in this series so far have been terrifying, you haven’t seen anything yet. There are still four more seals to be opened and studied. According to the Bible, at the opening of the fourth seal, a pale horse would appear with Death sitting on it, hell following close behind. Death will have a field day after rapture. In fact God Himself will allow it take one quarter of the whole earth. Hell will be following right behind it so that as the people are dying, he can be collecting them and putting them through an eternity of torment. After they have suffered so much on earth, they will then go on to continue the suffering in hell. That is what people call “from frying pan to fire”. I’m so glad l will not be here when all this is happening. I and my children-in-the-Lord will be having a beautiful fellowship with God and other saints in heaven.

Some of the people that death will take will be killed by the sword. Remember, a war will be going on at that time. Another set of people will be killed with hunger. That will be as a result of scarcity of food in the whole world. Yet another set will be killed by the beast of the earth. This could either mean that the wild animals will start killing people or that diseases from animals will kill many people. Of course, when there is hunger, people will eat all kinds of animals and these animals will have diseases in them that will be passed on to human population. The Corona virus pandemic that hit two years ago only killed a relatively tiny population of the world and the whole world trembled. Imagine what happen when a quarter of the whole world is dying. That is why, if, you are sure of your salvation, you should preach to others to be saved.

Why are you not preaching the gospel to them? Why are you not inviting them to Church meetings where you know that they will hear the word of God? Why are you staying silent, watching them head towards danger? I know the danger that is coming, so l have determined that l will not stop preaching the gospel. I will go to the nooks and crannies of the world to warn everyone about this imminent danger. I will keep preaching the gospel and l will take as many people as l,can along with me to heaven. What about you?

PRAYER POINT
Father, please don’t let me or anyone I know miss the rapture in Jesus name.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Esther 5-10

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A ADEBOYE

HYMN 29: WILL YOUR ANCHOR HOLD IN THE STORM OF LIFE
1 Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,
When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain,
Will your anchor drift or firm remain?

We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Stedfast and sure while the billows roll,
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.

2 It is safely moored, ’twill the storm withstand,
For ’tis well secured by the Savior’s hand;
And the cables passed from His heart to mine,
Can defy the blast, through strength divine.

3 It will firmly hold in the straits of fear,
When the breakers have told the reef is near;
Though the tempest rave and the wild winds blow,
Not an angry wave shall our bark o’erflow.

4 It will surely hold in the floods of death,
When the waters cold chill our latest breath;
On the rising tide it can never fail,
While our hopes abide within the veil.

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OPEN HEAVEN DEVOTIONAL SATURDAY MAY 21ST 2022 THE SEVEN SEALS III.

MEMORISE:
And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine. Revelation 6:6

READ: Revelation 6:5 -6
5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.

6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

MESSAGE
In the Bible reading for today, we see the third seal opened and a man on a black horse coming forth with a pair of balances in his hand. Revelation 6:6 says:
And l heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny…

At this time, as a result of the war we discussed yesterday, the economy of the whole world will be affected. Agriculture in particular will suffer because most men who would have cultivated crops and reared animals would have been drafted into the army. Even where there is food, transporting it will be a problem so there will be famine all over the world. Bread will be weighed before it is sold. Food will be extremely expensive.

Revelation 6:6 further says:
and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

Scarce as food will be, luxury goods will not be touched; they will be very much available. Alcoholic drinks that are consumed by the rich will remain but how will a poor and hungry person get money to buy whisky?

Those who think that they are suffering now, yet are still living in sin have not seen anything yet. Those who miss the rapture will experience extreme hunger. Even those that have money will not find enough food to buy. While we in heaven will be enjoying unlimited pleasures, singing and dancing, those on earth will be starving and wailing. Any person who thinks that sin is sweet now should go on sinning; a time is coming when he will realise that sin is bitter. Choosing a life of holiness is the best decision you can ever make because it secures your future in heaven. If you say something is too big for you to drop now in order to make heaven, wait until that time and see if that thing will even be relevant at all.

DECLARE
Nothing will ever be big enough to make me miss heaven, in Jesus’ name.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Esther 1-4

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A ADEBOYE

HYMN 25: TO GOD BE THE GLORY
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 MAY 20TH 2022 THE SEVEN SEALS II.

MEMORISE:
And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword. Revelation 6:4

READ: Revelation 6:3 -4
3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.

4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

MESSAGE

After the Anti-Christ has arrived and has been crowned, the second seal will be opened. Now, remember that from yesterday’s study, we say that the whole world was happy with their new leader who seemed to be a promoter of peace. However, when the second seal is opened, they will see the true colour of their leader. He will provoke war. At that time, all his diplomacy will be gone.

When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
Matthew 24:15

The words of Daniel referred to by Jesus in the above passage are in Daniel 11:31:
And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.

The arms that will be on his part are represented by the man on the red horse that will be released when the second seal is opened. Now the Anti-Christ will have the military at his fingertips. Though he would have allowed the Israelites to rebuild their temple, he will sacrifice pigs on the altar of that temple. Anyone that knows Jewish law will know that Jews can never tolerate that. War will break out! This will be the war of all wars. Some countries will support the Anti-Christ and some will be against him. I pity those who will be on earth at this time. The war will be terrible, so terrible that Jesus warned thus:

Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not it the winter, neither on the Sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
Matthew 24:16-21

I pray you will not miss the rapture, in Jesus’ name.

KEY POINT
Let he who is wise stay away from sin.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Nehemiah 12-13

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A ADEBOYE

HYMN6: HO MY COMRADES SEE THE SIGNAL
1. Ho, my comrades, see the signal, waving in the sky!
Reinforcements now appearing, victory is nigh.

Refrain:
“Hold the fort, for I am coming,”
Jesus signals still;
Wave the answer back to heaven,
“By Thy grace we will.”

2. See the mighty host advancing,
Satan leading on,
Mighty ones around us falling,
courage almost gone!

3. See the glorious banner waving,
Hear the trumpet blow!
In our Leader’s Name we
triumph over every foe.

4. Fierce and long the battle rages,
but our help is near,
Onward comes our great Commander,
cheer, my comrades, cheer!

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OPEN HEAVEN DEVOTIONAL THURSDAY MAY 19TH 2022 THE SEVEN SEALS I.

MEMORISE:

And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. Revelation 6:1

 

READ: Revelation 6:1 -2

1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.

 

2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

 

MESSAGE

After the rapture has happened and God has taken His children out of this world, seven seals will be opened in heaven and some notable events will take place in the earth.

 

Revelation 6:1-2 says:

And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

 

When Jesus opened the first seal, John saw a man sitting on a white horse and holding a bow. The man was given a crown and then he went forth to conquer. This man is the Anti-Christ. He will be given a crown over the whole world after the rapture. At that time, the whole world will come together under one body and he will be made the leader. If you noticed in the passage above, he has a bow but no arrow. This is because he will not conquer with force but with diplomacy. He will be perceived as a man of peace. He will be so diplomatic that he will be loved by everyone. He will even allow the Jews to rebuild the temple.

 

There have been many speculations as to who the Anti-Christ is. At one time, people said it was Adolph Hitler, but clearly that is not correct. Some people say that he is already born and will begin his campaign to rule the world when he is thirty years old. This is assuming that he will pattern his life after Jesus Christ. I cannot say who the Anti-Christ is, but one thing I know is that the devil is waiting eagerly for that time when he will raise him to rule the earth and since he knows that rapture will happen very soon, his own agent must also be ready. For me, it doesn’t matter who the Anti-Christ is because I will not be here when he is ruling the world. What about you? Will you still be here when the Anti-Christ arises? The answer to that question is not about what you say, but rather, how you live your life now. If you live holy now, then you will not be here then, but if you still engage in sin, then God help you when the Anti-Christ arises.

 

REFLECTION

Some people will be safe in heaven by the time the Anti-Christ begins its rule on earth. Where will you be when that time comes?

 

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Nehemiah 9-11

 

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A ADEBOYE

 

HYMN 2: CONQERORS AND OVERCOMERS NOW WE ARE

1 Conquerors and overcomers now are we,

Thro’ the precious blood of Christ we’ve victory

If the Lord be for us we can never fail,

Nothing ‘gainst His mighty power can e’er prevail.

 

Refrain:

Conquerors are we, thr’o the blood of Jesus

God will give us victory, thro’ the blood of Jesus

Through the Lamb for sinners slain,

Yet who lives and reigns again,

More than conquerors are we,

More than conquerors are we.

 

2 In the name of Israel’s God we’ll onward press,

Overcoming sin and all unrighteousness;

Not to us but unto Him the praise shall be,

For salvation and for blood bought victory.

 

3 Unto Him that overcometh shall be given,

Here to eat of hidden manna sent from Heaven,

Over yonder He the victors palm shall bear,

And a robe of white, and golden crown shall wear.

 

 

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OPEN HEAVEN DEVOTIONAL WEDNESDAY MAY 18TH 2022 THE GOD OF JACOB

MEMORISE: And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. Genesis 32:26

 

READ: Luke 18:1 -7

1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

 

2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:

 

3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.

 

4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;

 

5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.

 

6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.

 

7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?

 

MESSAGE

Our God being the God of Jacob means that He is the God of love, because when you read Genesis 29, you will find Jacob to be a man who, because of love worked for fourteen years without pay. That is a great demonstration of love. 1 John 4:8 also tells us that God Himself is love.

 

He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

 

The God of Jacob is also the God of answered prayers. In Genesis 32:1-32, when Jacob knew that Esau was coming to kill him, he prayed all night, refusing to leave God’s representative and by the following morning (genesis 33:1-4), instead of Esau killing him, he embraced him and wept because God had intervened.

 

Now, there is something we must take note of in Jacob; he prayed all night. The reason many of us don’t get our prayers answered is that we don’t pray persistently. The God of Jacob answers the prayers of those who pray persistently, those who don’t stop praying until He gives them what they want.

 

When you are cutting a tree, there is always that last strike of the axe that will bring it down. If you stop too early, the tree will remain standing and even get stronger as the days go by. Don’t leave that problem standing, keep knocking on the door of heaven until God solves all your problems and makes your joy full. It is Jesus Himself who said we should keep calling on God day and night:

 

And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? Luke 18:7

 

Don’t think you are disturbing God with your prayers at all; He said in Isaiah 62:7 “And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.”

 

I will keep crying to God day and night (I Thessalonians 5:17). I will give Him no rest until He answers all my prayers. I hope you will do the same.

 

KEY POINT

Give God no rest until all your prayer have been answered.

 

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Nehemiah 6- 8

 

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A ADEBOYE

 

HYMN 26: WE ARE NEVER NEVER WEARY OF THE GRAND OLD SONG

1. We are never, never weary

of the grand old song;

Glory to God, hallelujah!

We can sing it loud as ever,

with our faith more strong;

Glory to God, hallelujah!

 

Refrain

O, the children of the Lord have

a right to shout and sing,

For the way is growing bright,

and our souls are on the wing;

We are going by and by

to the palace of a King!

Glory to God, hallelujah!

 

2. We are lost amid the

rapture of redeeming love

Glory to God, hallelujah!

We are rising on its pinions

to the hills above:

Glory to God, hallelujah! [Refrain]

 

3. We are going to a palace

that is built of gold;

Glory to God, hallelujah!

Where the King in all His

splendor we shall soon behold

Glory to God, hallelujah! [Refrain]

 

4. There we’ll shout redeeming

mercy in a glad, new song;

Glory to God, hallelujah!

There we’ll sing the praise of Jesus

with the blood washed throng;

Glory to God, hallelujah! [Refrain]

 

 

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OPEN HEAVEN DEVOTIONAL TUESDAY MAY 17TH 2022 THE GOD OF ISAAC

MEMORISE: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; Genesis 22:17

 

READ: Genesis 22:1 -18

1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.

 

2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

 

3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.

 

4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.

 

5 And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.

 

6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.

 

7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?

 

8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

 

9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.

 

10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.

 

11 And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.

 

12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.

 

13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.

 

14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.

 

15 And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,

 

16 And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:

 

17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;

 

18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

 

MESSAGE

The God of Isaac is the God of laughter (Genesis 21:1-7). He is not just the God of laughter, but also the God of multiplication. Our Bible reading today tells us how God asked Abraham to offer Isaac as a sacrifice and how he (Abraham) was about to do so before God stopped him. God later on blessed Abraham:

 

…in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies. Genesis 22:17

 

How does He multiply? In Genesis 26:12-14, the Bible tells us that when Isaac sowed, in the same year, he had a hundredfold return. This therefore means that the God of Isaac is the God of a hundredfold returns. When you look at the last promise in Genesis 22:17, you see God saying that Abraham’s seed will possess the gate of his enemies. In those days, the gate was the centre of a city’s economy.

This means that when the God of Isaac is your God, you will become so prosperous that whether nations like you or not, they would have to do whatever you say.

 

It is unfortunate however, that many Christians are not this prosperous and this is because they are not like Isaac. When Abraham was going to offer a sacrifice to God, Isaac asked his father, “I can see the wood, I can see the fire, where is the animal to be sacrificed?” (Genesis 22:7). Abraham said God would provide the lamb. The moment Abraham started binding him, Isaac know he was the sacrifice. Abraham bound him and laid him on the wood, yet Isaac cooperated all the way. If he had decided to struggle just a little, he would have won because there is no way a man who is over a hundred years old can hold a teenager down. However, Isaac was ready to give himself as a sacrifice to the Most High God. Only those who can sacrifice their all can enjoy the kind of multiplication that the God of Isaac gives. Solomon sacrificed what no man ever did and God blessed him more that every other man. Sow a seed that will really cost you – a sacrificial offering. If you want to be so prosperous that you will control the economies and politics of nations, then nothing must be too big for you to give to God.

 

ACTION POINT

Give a sacrificial offering to a church , person or project that you are sure is for God.

 

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Nehemiah 2-5

 

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 MONDAY 16TH MAY 2022 THE GOD OF ABRAHAM

MEMORISE: Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God. Exodus 3:6

 

READ: Genesis 17:1 -8

1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

 

2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.

 

3 And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,

 

4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.

 

5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.

 

6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.

 

7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.

 

8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.

 

MESSAGE

In the memory verse today, God introduced himself to Moses as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. In Yorubaland where I’m from, the meaning of the name of a man gives you deep insight into the kind of person that fellow is. Thus, in order to get deep insight into who our God really is, we will be looking at this introduction more deeply for the next few days.

 

What is the implication of the fact that God is the God of Abraham? It means that He is a God of blessings (Genesis 12:1-3). In Genesis 24:34-35, Abraham’s servant said, “God has blessed my master greatly”. Also, the name “God of Abraham” tells us that He is a covenant-keeping God. Deuteronomy 7:9 tells us that He is a God who keeps covenants and we see that clearly in the case of Abraham because in Exodus 2:23-24, when the children of Israel were suffering in Egypt, the Bible says that God remembered His covenant with Abraham. This was even long after Abraham had died. Thus, in Exodus 3:6-12, God decided to do something about the liberation of the children of Israel from Egypt.

 

The God of Abraham is the God of blessings. Therefore, if you serve the God of Abraham, then you are entitled to the blessings of Abraham.

 

Somehow, some Christians are not enjoying these blessings. The reason may be linked to what God told Abraham in Genesis 17:1:

And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

 

God had made a covenant with Abraham for over 25 years, but it wasn’t until Abraham began to walk before God perfectly that it took effect. Genesis 21:5 tells us that Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born, just a little above 9 months after God told him to be perfect. Believe me honestly, if you start living holy, the blessings of Abraham will pursue and overtake you. Those ‘little sins’ you still commit will keep on hindering God’s promises from coming to pass in your life if you don’t stop them right away. Those little foxes are spoiling your vine; get rid of them now!

 

KEY POINT

Sin hinders the fulfillment of God’s promises in the life of His children.

 

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Ezra 8- Nehemiah 1

 

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A ADEBOYE

 

HYMN 21: STANDING ON THE PROMISES OF GOD

1 Standing on the promises of Christ my King,

Through eternal ages let His praises ring,

Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,

Standing on the promises of God.

 

Standing, standing,

Standing on the promises of God my Savior;

Standing, standing,

I’m standing on the promises of God.

 

2 Standing on the promises that cannot fail,

When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,

By the living Word of God I shall prevail,

Standing on the promises of God.

 

3 Standing on the promises I now can see

Perfect, present cleansing in the blood for me;

Standing in the liberty where Christ makes free,

Standing on the promises of God.

 

4 Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord,

Bound to Him eternally by love’s strong cord,

Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword,

Standing on the promises of God.

 

5 Standing on the promises I shall not fall,

List’ning every moment to the Spirit’s call.

Resting in my Savior as my All in all,

Standing on the promises of God.

 

 

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OPEN HEAVEN DEVOTIONAL SUNDAY MAY 15TH 2022 CHURCH WORKER OR FAITHFUL LABOURER?

THEME: CHURCH WORKER OR FAITHFUL LABOURER?

 

MEMORISE: Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest. Matthew 9:38

 

READ: Matthew 9:35 -38

35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

 

36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.

 

37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;

 

38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

 

MESSAGE

It is not difficult to find Church workers, but it is difficult to find faithful laborers. The Church is constantly teeming with men and women who are interested in working for the Lord. However, the Lord is not looking for workers who only want to show the world that they are serving the God; instead He seeks faithful laborers who will indeed be committed to winning the souls into the kingdom through their various services in the church.

 

In memory verse for today, Jesus tells His disciples to pray to God to send labourers to do the work.Jesus is interested in people who will be committed to the saving of the lost. They are the kind of workers who, even if they are cleaners in Church, would be praying over each seat in the Church auditorium as they clean, praying that those who sit there would be transformed by the word of God. Such workers would pray that anybody who would attend the service that day without having given his or her life to Christ would do so before leaving the Church. Such people, as ushers, would not only be interested in looking good on Sundays, but praying to God to direct each person to the seat where the word can reach them without any hindrance or distraction.

 

People who do everything with one goal in mind will be brought into the light of Christ. There is the testimony of a man of God who died and enter the heaven. While he was on earth, he would conduct services, crusades, and meetings and there would be so many miracles, hearings and such a heavy presence of the Holy Spirit. In heaven he was shown why he had always experienced such success in his ministry. There was an old woman who always followed him about whenever he was holding a service; she would begin to intercede for him until the end of the meeting. The woman was so consecrated to God that her prayers were always like thunder in heaven. Jesus attributed the success of this man’s ministry to the silent labour of the faithful old woman.

 

God is looking for soulwinners, not just busy workers. God wants all men to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4).

Are you a workforce of the Lord? If not, you need to sign up today. If you are already in the Lord’s workforce, make sure you are a faithful laborer.

 

PRAYER POINT

Heavenly Father, please make me a faithful laborer in Your vineyard in Jesus name.

 

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Ezra 4-7

 

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A ADEBOYE

 

HYMN 28: WHEN WE WALK WIT THE LORD

1 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]

United Methodist HymnalM, 1989

 

 

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OPEN HEAVEN DEVOTIONAL SATURDAY MAY 14TH 2022 DON’T GO BACK TO SODOM

MEMORISE: As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly. Proverbs 26:11

 

READ: Hebrews 6:4 -8

4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,

 

5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,

 

6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

 

7 For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:

 

8 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.

 

MESSAGE

In Genesis 13, Abraham gave Lot the opportunity of choosing where he would settle. As soon as Lot made his choice, Abraham chose another place to settle in, so as to avoid their men fighting. The Bible says that Lot chose to settle in Sodom because it looks attractive, like the land of Egypt. Note that Egypt was very well known for all kind of sins in those days. By Genesis 14, Lot had gotten into trouble; because he was living in Sodom, he got captured along with Sodomites when there was a battle. Abraham heard that his nephew had been captured, so he went after the army and rescued him. In Genesis 19, when God sent angels to Sodom, who did the angels meet at the gate? Lot. If you made a wrong choice before and God rescue you, is it not foolishness to go back to that same mistake?

 

So people say you can backslide as many times as you want, after all, the prodigal son was received by his father when he returned. How many times did the prodigal son leave the house? He left only once. Thus, if you think that the story of the prodigal son is an excuse for falling into sin again and again, you are deceiving yourself. My prayer is that if you have made any wrong choice, the Almighty God will correct you today and give you the grace never to repeat your mistakes.

 

Lot went back to Sodom and eventually lost everything. The following Scriptures tell us the end of Lot’s children who are the Moabites and Ammonites:

 

And Moab shall be destroyed from being a people, because he hath magnified himself against the Lord. Jeremiah 48:42

 

Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will cause an alarm of war to be heard in Rabbah of the Ammonites; and it shall be a desolate heap, and her daughters shall be burned with fire: then shall Israel be heir unto them that were his heirs, saith the Lord.

Jeremiah 49:2

 

Proverbs 29:1 says the one who is often reproved but hardens his neck shall perish suddenly and without repentance. Be careful. If you have fallen before and God has corrected and delivered you, don’t make a mistake again.

 

KEY POINT

Don’t return to your vomit

 

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 2 Chronicles 36- Ezra 3

 

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A ADEBOYE

 

HYMN 6: HO, MY COMRADES SEE THE SIGNAL

1. Ho, my comrades, see the signal, waving in the sky!

Reinforcements now appearing, victory is nigh.

 

Refrain:

“Hold the fort, for I am coming,”

Jesus signals still;

Wave the answer back to heaven,

“By Thy grace we will.”

 

2. See the mighty host advancing,

Satan leading on,

Mighty ones around us falling,

courage almost gone!

 

3. See the glorious banner waving,

Hear the trumpet blow!

In our Leader’s Name we

triumph over every foe.

 

4. Fierce and long the battle rages,

but our help is near,

Onward comes our great Commander,

cheer, my comrades, cheer!

 

 

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