OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. FRIDAY 15 MAY 2015. THEME : UNCIRCUMCISED IN HEART?

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MEMORISE : Ye stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always
resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye. ACTS 7 : 51.

READ : ROMANS 6 : 1 – 10.
1 WHAT shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were
baptized into his death?
4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ
was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should
walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be
also in the likeness of his resurrection:
6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin
might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no
more dominion over him.
10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth
unto God.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 SAMUEL 24 – 25 AND MARK 9 : 2 – 29.

In his sermon just before he was killed, Stephen spoke to a Jewish audience
made up of people who were circumcised in the flesh as required by God’s
covenant with Abraham ( Genesis 17 : 10 ). However, Stephen revealed to them
that there exists a circumcision beyond that of the flesh: the circumcision of
heart and ears ( Acts 7 : 51 ). This circumcision is spiritual. He admonished
them to accept it in order to belong to the new dispensation of grace. They
rejected his message and held tenaciously to the old order, which Paul declared
as irrelevant under this new dispensation. 1Corinthians 7. : 19 says :
“Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the
commandments of God.”

Those of us who claim to know God and claim to be born-again must be careful
not to fall into the same error as the Jews to whom the gospel was first
preached, the circumcision of our heart and ears must not be one professed by
mouth only. Our Pentecostalism must not turn to lawlessness. We must truly be
circumcised in our heart and hearing, so that the message of the gospel may
always have a place in our lives. We must heed the warning of Hebrews 12 : 15 –
16 :
“Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of
bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Lest there be
any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold
his birthright.”

We tend to glory in many things as Pentecostals, as if attending a Pentecostal
Church is the main ticket to heaven. Many of us have become docile in spiritual
matters. The enemy is taking advantage of this passive attitude to penetrate
and adulterate Pentecostal beliefs. This is why homosexuality, lesbianism and
the reconstruction of the Bible doctrines handed to us by the apostle and
prophets are being considered. What we must do as individuals and as a family is
to retrace our steps back to our first love for the Bible and the sound
teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ, such as these in Revelation 3 : 2 – 3 :
“Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die:
for I have not found thy works perfect before God. Remember therefore how
thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou
shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what
hour I will come upon thee.”

PRAYER POINT :
Pray for God to send revival upon His Church, especially among Pentecostals
who are now growing lukewarm.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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