OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. MONDAY 29 JUNE 2015. THEME : IT’S NOT OVER YET.

MEMORISE : Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect:
but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am
apprehended of Christ Jesus. PHILIPPIANS 3 : 12.

READ : PHILIPPIANS 3 : 10 – 14.
10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship
of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I
follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of
Christ Jesus.
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do,
forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those
things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ
Jesus.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 CHRONICLES 3 : 1 – 5 : 22 AND LUKE 13 : 31 – 14 : 11.

The Christian journey is more often than not a long distance race. This is
particularly true because of the long life that our Heavenly Father has
promised us (Psalm 91:16).
We therefore need a lot of patience to run the race. Apostle Paul in today’s
Bible reading gives insight in the nature of the race we are engaged in. it is a
non-stop marathon. Once you start, you cannot go on sabbatical leave.
Because you are already grafted into Jesus Christ once you start the race, you
must ensure that you don’t pull yourself away from Him who first ran this race
and finished well ( Hebrew 12 : 2 ). How do we sustain the tempo and
determination to finish well? Paul answers this question in Philippians 3 : 13 –
14 :
“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this once thing I do,
forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those
things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high
calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

Many Christians live in the glory of their past achievements, and this has
resulted in their undoing. The various indictments Jesus levelled against the
seven Churches in Asia in Revelation 2 – 3, should be food for thought for all
end-time Christians. In the past, when a Christian mistakenly said something
that was not untrue but also not 100% true, he quickly corrected himself with
an apology. For example, in the days when my father-in-the-Lord was still
alive, I remember travelling to Ilesa, a city in south-west Nigeria, and
forgetting to buy some oranges along the way as I used to. I remembered
after I got to Lagos and quickly bought some in Lagos. I gave them to my
father-in-the-Lord and he asked if I bought the oranges on my way. I said
“yes sir”. Immediately, the Holy Spirit rebuked me that I was not telling the
whole truth. I bought them on the way, yes, but not on the way from Ilesa as
the old man meant to ask. I quickly corrected myself and he exclaimed “Holy
Spirit” in adoration of the Holy Spirit’s rebuke of love. Today, many children of
God tell lies with impunity and they do not feel the pain of lying even against
the Holy Spirit. Their first love is all gone. Be warned that the race is not over
yet. Ezekiel 18 : 24 says :
“But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth
iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man
doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be
mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath
sinned, in them shall he die.”

PRAYER POINT :
Father, please uphold me to the very end of my Christian race

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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