OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. WEDNESDAY 10 JUNE 2015. THEME : A WATCHMAN FOR GOD II.

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MEMORISE : Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded
you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
MATTHEW 28 : 20.

READ : EZEKIEL 33 : 12 – 16.
12 Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The
righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his
transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in
the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be
able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth.
13 When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his
own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be
remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it.
14 Again, when I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he turn from his
sin, and do that which is lawful and right;
15 If the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the
statutes of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not
die.
16 None of his sins that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him: he hath
done that which is lawful and right; he shall surely live.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 KINGS 17 : 8 – 18 : 40 AND LUKE 6 : 1 – 23.

As a young Christian, I used to think that the soul purpose of preaching was
the conversion of souls. When I preached and people did not respond positively,
I used to be discouraged. Often times, I felt that there was no need to preach
to people whom I assumed were despisers of the message of the gospel, until
the Lord led me to a truth about my assignment as a watchman. This truth is
hidden in Mathew 24:14 :
“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness
unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”
From this scripture, I understood that the gospel must be preached not only
for them to believe and be saved but also to serve as a witness so that they
may be left without excuse! The Psalmist also mentioned this truth in Psalm
51 : 4. As watchmen, we are therefore left without an excuse if we do not
deliver the message as instructed.

As Christians, we should understand that we are watchmen and not watchdogs.
Dogs can only bark, but we are sent to teach what our Lord has commanded us,
and this we must do till the end of the world ( Matthew 28 : 20 ). It is satanic
to consider as pointless or obsolete, the ideals of our Lord Jesus Christ, as
recorded in the gospels and those revealed through His Holy Spirit in the
epistles. Moreover, as watchmen and oracles of the Lord, we must preach the
message of hope, assuring people in our generation that there is room for
sinners at the cross of Jesus for repentance. Whenever they ask us “What
must we do?” We should answer with the words of Acts 3 : 19 :
“Repent ye therefore, and be converted that your sins may be blotted out,
when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;”
God told Ezekiel to assure the people that He had no pleasure in the death of
the wicked. Rather, His desire is that the wicked one should turn from his evil
ways and live ( Ezekiel 33 : 11 ). This is our message, and this is our
responsibility. However, we must call a spade a spade, so that the reality of
Hell awaiting unrepentant sinners may dawn on them and they may repent.

PRAYER POINT :
Father, make me an effective watchman that will bring harvest of souls into
your kingdom.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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