OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. FRIDAY 29 MAY 2015. THEME : WHAT HAS YOUR AFFECTION?

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MEMORISE : Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
COLOSSIANS 3 : 2.

READ : COLOSSIANS 3 : 1 – 6.
1 IF ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where
Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him
in glory.
5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication,
uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness,
which is idolatry:
6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of
disobedience:

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 2 SAMUEL 23 – 24 AND MARK 15 : 33 – 16 : 8.

I have observed that one of the reasons why many Christians find it difficult to
live according to the standards of the Bible today is that their mind is not set
on the things of heaven, and the reason for this is the coming of material
prosperity to the church. Is it then a mistake that God has prospered us
materially? Certainly not! Abraham was blessed, Isaac was blessed and Jacob
was also blessed, but yet, they all served the Lord. King David even blessed the
Lord for material prosperity among other things. Psalm 103 : 1 & 5 says,
“Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name….
who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like
the eagle’s.”

I have always said that the grace you need to manage material prosperity is far
greater than the grace you need to manage poverty. When God begins to
prosper you, you must begin to pray harder for more grace to manage the
prosperity, or else, your affection may shift from the things of heaven. It is
foolishness to serve the Lord and be mindful of the things of heaven when you
are poor, only for you to forget the Lord who has prospered you when the
wealth comes. This is why the Bible in Proverb 1 : 32 says :
“For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools
shall destroy them.”

For many children of God, when they were will still struggling to make ends
meet, their prayers used to be “Thy Kingdom come” Nowadays; they live their
lives as if they are not going to die any more, and as if Jesus cannot come at
any moment. Its not hard to identify those whose affection is set on the
things of heaven, because they are always busy investing in the expansion of
God’s kingdom. Because their investments are in heaven, their hearts are
always thinking about heaven.
“But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust
doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where
your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6 : 20 – 21.
There is no certainty in whatever treasures you keep on earth. Your
investment in the things of heaven is what you will be left with if you make it
to heaven. Therefore, begin to set your affections on heavenly things from
today.

PRAYER POINT :
Sweet Holy Spirit, fill my heart with love for the things of heaven in Jesus’
Name

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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