OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. MONDAY 26 OCTOBER 2015. THEME : HELP AFTER LOSING HOPE.

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MEMORISE : For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living
dog is better than a dead lion.
ECCLESIASTES 9 : 4.

READ : LUKE 7 : 11 – 15.
11 And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and
many of his disciples went with him, and much people.
12 Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead
man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much
people of the city was with her.
13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her,
Weep not.
14 And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he
said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.
15 And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his
mother.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : DEUTERONOMY 4 : 15 – 5 : 33 AND EPHESIANS 1 .

It is so awesome to experience God’s favour. One day of God’s favour is better
than a lifetime of labour. One of the awesome things that God’s favour delivers
to you is unsolicited help. When your day of favour dawns, help will be
volunteered to you; you will not be the one asking to be helped; instead, your
destiny helpers will offer to help you. In John 5 : 2 – 9, we see a man at the
pool called Bethesda, who had been there for 38 years. All those who were
assisting him when he just got there had all gotten tired and left. He was now
on his own. While other people had someone to help them, he had no one to help
him ( John 5 : 7 ). It is a very frustrating experience, when all those who were
helping you become fed up of doing so. They can even discourage interested
people from being of help to you. In this state of helplessness and
hopelessness, his day of favour dawned, as Jesus Christ went through the
crowd of sick folks to meet him. When the Lord met him, he offered him healing
by asking, “Would you like to be healed?” That very hour, this man went home
healed, while others watched in amazement.

Another recipient of volunteered help was the widow of Nain in our Bible
reading. Just after she lost her husband, her only son also died. On this fateful
day, she was already on her way to the graveyard for her son’s burial. She was
not asking for any help. In any case, what help could anyone render to the
dead? Yet, Jesus stopped the procession to the graveyard, raised the boy back
to life and left, even without being invited. Sometime ago, while rounding up a
programme we held at Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, God asked me to tell
everyone in the congregation to ask for a special gift from him. In that
meeting, a particular lady was there. She had trusted God for a husband for
years, but she remained single, and now she had attained menopause.

On that blessed day, she said to God, “The time to ask for a husband has passed.
Having a husband now has no more meaning. I will just worship you till I die. So
there is no need to bother you.” Two weeks later, a brother came to ask her
hand in marriage. “You have come to the wrong person. Please go and pray
again”, she said. Bewildered, he asked her why. She told him, “I have passed the
age of child-bearing. Or don’t you want children?” But to her surprise, he
exclaimed, “Glory be to God! You are surely the one I need!” Unknown to her,
this man was a widower who already had children. He wanted a mother for his
children. They got married, and she got pregnant, eventually being delivered of
a set of twin boys. This season, the Lord will volunteer help to you. He will
intervene even without being invited.

ACTION POINT :
Don’t lose your hope for any reason; but if you do, look up to God and He will
restore it.

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OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. SUNDAY 25 OCTOBER 2015. THEME : RAISING GODLY CHILDREN?

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MEMORISE : And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring
them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. EPHESIANS 6 : 4.

READ : EPHESIANS 6 : 1 – 4 :
1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with
promise;)
3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the
nurture and admonition of the Lord.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : DEUTERONOMY 2 : 26 – 4 : 14 AND GALATIANS 6.

When God gives you children, He expects you to raise them in a godly manner.
For this reason, He sent you this express command in Proverbs 22 : 6 :
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart
from it.”

This passage of Scripture tells us to “train up a child”. In other words, even
when God gives you several children, each of them requires personal attention.
Every child is different from the other. Never lump children together without
making out time to teach, instruct, correct, rebuke, discipline and lead them
by example individually. Every child that God gives to you is hungry to take
something out of you. Let them take the life of Jesus out of you. Personal
attention is very crucial to the development of your children and wards.

Also, carry them along with you when you are going for church programmes.
There are parents who leave their children at home when they are going to
church. When you ask why they do that, they say their children are already
youths and should be left to decide things for themselves. That scenario
suggests that the parents are carefree. If you fail to bring up your children in
the way and admonition of the Lord, you will be courting trouble. Joshua’s
resolve in Joshua 24 : 15 is very important to us here. He said both himself and
his household would be devoted to the service of the Lord. In other words, he
must have made serving God an attractive thing to his family. There are some
pastors’ children whose primary desire is to become pastors; other careers or
professions are secondary options to them. Their desire shows that their
parents have done a good job on them. But if you are a pastor and your child
says the last profession he will ever consider is to be a pastor, check it out,
something must have gone wrong in the training of that child. Do you always
paint the ministry in bad light to your children? How do you present the
Christian faith to your children or wards – as interesting or as a burden? Do
you just dole out dos and don’ts to your children, or do you take out time to
patiently explain why things should be done the way you want them done, and
why certain things should not be done? It is your responsibility to raise your
children to fear and love God.

KEY POINT :
While some families are raising leaders and builders of nations, others are
raising miscreants and misfits. Everyone will give account to God over how
they raised their children.

AUTHOR Pst. E.A. ADEBOYE

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OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL DATE: SATURDAY 24TH OCTOBER 2015 THEME: INSTRUMENTS OF DELIVERANCE

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MEMORISE : But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go
to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.
JEREMIAH 1 : 7.

READ : GENESIS 50 : 18 – 20.
18 And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said,
Behold, we be thy servants.
19 And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?
20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to
bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : DEUTERONOMY 1 : 1 – 2 : 25 AND GALATIANS 5.

Children are carriers of blessings wherever they go. When Isaac was born, God
put paid to the sorrow in the heart of his parents ( Genesis 21 : 6 – 7 ). When
Samuel was born, the chief mocker of his mother had no choice than to swallow
her words ( 1Samuel 1 : 6 – 7 & 2 : 1 – 3 ). Similarly, when Samson was born, the
children of Israel began to receive the deliverance that had eluded them for so
long ( Judges 13 : 2 – 5 ). This shows that God can send you a child just to
deliver you, your family or even your nation from a particular captivity. It is
my prayer that from now onwards, you will not just have children, but children
who will be instrumental to delivering joy to you in full in Jesus’ Name.

In addition, when God wants to preserve a people or a nation, He can send a
child. That was the case with Joseph. God did not only use Joseph to preserve
his own family, he was also used to preserve other families of the world. Dear
parents, do you know that there could be another Joseph in your house? When
young Joseph began to have those wonderful dreams, his brothers were angry
and envious, but his father simply observed the scenes, analysed the dreams
and realised he had a special child in his house – a child of destiny ( Genesis 37 :
3 – 11 ). May God open your eyes to see the Joseph in your house!

Also, there may be another Samson in your house. Samson was still young when
the Holy Spirit began to move him from time to time ( Judges 13 : 24 – 25 ). If
his parents were observant, they would have noticed. In one of our meetings,
the presence of the Holy Spirit was so strong that the children were baptised
with the Holy Ghost. The teachers could not believe what was happening, but
when I came to listen to them myself, I knew God was the One at work. There
may be a Samson in your house, which is why you need to take extra care in
raising your children in the fear of God and obedience to His word. Proverbs
22 : 6 says you should spend quality time in raising your children up in God’s
Way. Any child you fail to bring up properly will ultimately cause you sorrow.
Are you leaving the training of your children to your house helps and nannies?
Take responsibility for your children’s upbringing today!

KEY POINT :
If you are prayerful and sensitive enough, you will notice some early signs or
traits in your children that can be a lead on what God would have them do on
earth.

AUTHOR: Pst. E. A. ADEBOYE

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OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. FRIDAY 23 OCTOBER 2015. THEME : WISE IN YOUR OWN EYES?

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MEMORISE : Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine
enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.
PSALM 3 : 7.

READ : PSALM 3 : 5 – 7.
5 I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.
6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves
against me round about.
7 Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies
upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : NUMBERS 35 – 36 AND GALATIANS 4 : 8 – 31.

One character flaw that has worked against many people all through the ages is
pride. Unfortunately, many people fail to recognise pride for what it is;
rather, they see it as part of self-respect. Proverbs 21 : 4 says pride
manifests itself in the carriage of a person and in the state of their heart.

Not many proud people realise that they are proud. Psalm 73 : 6 says pride is
like a chain around the neck of the proud. In other words, pride cannot be
hidden for too long, just as a necklace is seen by all. That Scripture also says
that there is a link between pride and violence. If you are proud, you won’t be
far from evil, violent actions. God always has problems with His children who
are proud, because pride is Satan’s necklace. You cannot be a child of God and
while dressing yourself, you put on the necklace of your Father’s enemy!
Immediately any child of God wears Satan’s necklace, God keeps His distance
from the fellow. Are you proud? Are you wearing Satan’s necklace? Put it off
now if you want God to relate well with you!

How can you identify the proud? A proud fellow thinks he or she is better,
superior, wiser and stronger than other people. It is wrong to think you are
wiser or better than others. Why? Wisdom comes from God, and He can give it
to whoever He wants. If you misuse the wisdom God has given you, He can take
it from you or give it to someone else. Also, if you are wise in the things of the
world, you ought to be extremely careful and humble, because some people who
are walking about the streets as madmen and women were once very wise.

There are PhD holders and professors who have become insane. Do not let your
wisdom become your undoing. There is a very thin line between wisdom and
folly. No matter what you know, you can never be more knowledgeable than
God. 1 Corinthians 1 : 25 says this about God :
“Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is
stronger than men.”

An antidote to pride is having the fear of the Lord. Proverbs 3 : 7 says :
“Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.”
The more you fear God, the less likely you are to be proud. Ask God to increase
His fear in your heart.

KEY POINT :
You cannot put on the robe of righteousness, and thereafter wear Satan’s
necklace (pride).

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OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. THURSDAY 22 OCTOBER 2015. THEME : WORSHIP: WHAT STATE OF MATURITY?

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MEMORISE : Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for
evermore. PSALM 113 : 2.

READ : PSALM 113 : 1 – 6.
1 Praise ye the Lord. Praise, O ye servants of the Lord, praise the name of the
Lord.
2 Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and for evermore.
3 From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord’s name
is to be praised.
4 The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.
5 Who is like unto the Lord our God, who dwelleth on high,
6 Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the
earth!

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : NUMBERS 33 – 34 AND GALATIANS 3 : 15 – 4 : 7.

It is a great thing for you to seek God, but it is a far greater thing for God to
seek you out. From experience, most people only seek God because they are in
need, and because they want Him to do something for them. This is self-
centredness. God may not seek out such people. Those who God seeks after are
the ones who worship Him for who He is. Jesus, at Jacob’s well, revealed the
class of people that God seeks out: true worshippers ( John 4 : 23 ). For God to
seek you out, you must be of high value to Him. If you take someone like David
as a case study, you will find out that David had resolved to always bless the
Lord, whether the going was good or not. Hence, in Psalm 34 : 1 he said :
“I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
That is a very hard attitude to adopt and sustain. It is not easy to praise God
when it appears the whole world is turning against you. It is not easy to
worship God immediately after experiencing the loss of someone or something
precious. Why would God seek out someone like David? It is because he always
had what God wanted, which is praise and quality worship in his mouth and from
his heart, always! This implies that anytime God visited David, He received
praises. Can the same be said of you? No wonder God also decided that only
goodness and mercy would continually follow David all the days of his life ( Psalm
23 : 6 ).

In our trip to Israel not too long ago, I told those who travelled with me that
there are two categories of worshippers. The first are those who praise God
only after something good has happened to them. In other words, such people
believe that God should earn their praise and worship. If He has not met their
expectations, then there is no need to praise Him. These are baby worshippers.
God may never seek such people out for anything. The second category of
worshippers is made up of those who worship God even when their miracles have
not come. Such people believe that God has already earned the right to be
praised and worshipped, because of who He is and for all He has already done.
They feel indebted to God; hence, their worship of Him is not conditional. They
will praise God in any circumstance. These are adult worshippers. Such people
always get more than what they desire from God. They are the ones whom God
seeks after. What category do you belong to?

KEY POINT :
The quality of worship you give to God shows the place that God occupies in your
life.

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OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. WEDNESDAY 21 OCTOBER 2015. THEME : ENVY: NOT COMELY.

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MEMORISE : Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious
against the workers of iniquity. PSALM 37 : 1.

READ : PSALM 37 : 1 – 2.
1 A Psalm of David. Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou
envious against the workers of iniquity.
2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : NUMBERS 32 AND GALATIANS 2 : 15 – 3 : 14.

One character trait that has led to the destruction of a lot of people is envy.
Envy is evil because it demonstrates the absence of love ( 1Corinthians 13 : 4 ).
People become envious when another person has what they don’t have, or when
a person can do what they can’t do. An envious fellow is one who lives a life of
comparison, contrary to what the Scriptures says in 2 Corinthians 10 : 12 :
“For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with
some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves,
and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”

An envious fellow compares his progress with that of his contemporaries, and
if others are seemingly better-off in any area (e.g. family, children,
finances, position, etc), he will be envious. Love does not envy, nor is it
puffed up. An envious fellow cannot wish anything good for the person he or
she is envious of; neither can he or she seek their good. Anyone you envy, you
cannot truly love. Inside the heart of the envious are ill feelings, bad wishes
and negative thoughts towards the person they envy. An envious fellow is also
proud. You cannot be envious and humble at the same time. If you lack love for
somebody, particularly a child of God, it is highly doubtful you are even born-
again ( 1 John 3 : 14 ).

Some Christians not only envy fellow believers, they also envy unbelievers.
What an irony! Today’s Bible reading strictly warns us against envying those
who should envy us. Anyone who does not truly have Jesus is to be pitied,
irrespective of his or her social status, wealth or material possessions. That
fellow is just being fattened like a sheep prepared for slaughter. If you envy
unbelievers, it shows you do not know who you are in Christ. If you know the
eternal judgment that awaits the unbeliever, you will weep for them. If you
find yourself envying a sinner as a result of certain difficulties you are going
through, it only shows that you do not yet understand the Christian faith that
you have signed up to. According to Apostle Paul, envy is a mark of baby
Christians ( 1 Corinthians 3 : 1 – 3 ). But why is envy seen in high places today?
Why are those who should be devoid of envy still battling with it? In any way
you have been a victim of envy, ask for forgiveness and receive grace to
overcome it today.

ACTION POINT :
Consciously lay aside every form of envy in your heart. You have your own
uniqueness and comparative advantage. Take stock of them, and with a
thankful heart, praise God for them.

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OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. TUESDAY 20 OCTOBER 2015. THEME : ANGELS ON ASSIGNMENT.

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MEMORISE : For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all
thy ways. PSALM 91 : 11.

READ : DANIEL 6 : 19 – 22.
19 Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the
den of lions.
20 And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel:
and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy
God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?
21 Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever.
22 My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have
not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also
before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : NUMBERS 30 – 31 AND GALATIANS 2 : 1 – 14.

One of the markers indicating that a life is blessed of God is the receipt of
support from heaven. Such support can be manifested as heavenly bodies
working to advance the objectives of the blessed. When the wise men from the
East were looking for Jesus, and they did not know where He was, it took
stars to guide them there ( Matthew 2 : 1 – 11 ). If God could use the stars to
lead the wise men to Jesus, He can still do so now. The Lord will use the stars
to direct your customers, contracts and favours to you this season in Jesus’
Name! The good thing about this is that whenever God decides to use anything
to assist or direct you, they will not fail you or stop half way, just as the star
successfully led the wise men all the way to Jesus.

Moreover, as the blessed of the Lord, when Heaven supports you, the beings
that live in Heaven, such as angels, are also released to advance your cause.
For instance, when Elijah was hungry, discouraged and depressed, so much so
that he asked God to take his life, it was an angel that God sent to bring him
food ( 1 King 19 : 4 – 8 ). Also, in our Bible reading, when the hungry lions were
ready to pounce on Daniel as their potential prey, it was an angel that came to
seal their mouths for as long as he was in their den. Have you been thrown into
the den of spiritual, physical or financial lions? The Lord will send his angel to
rescue you from harm’s way in Jesus’ Name! The supporting operation of
angels was also manifested when Sennacherib besieged King Hezekiah and his
people ( 2 Kings 19 : 32 – 37 ) ? It was just one angel that God sent to their
rescue, and he single-handedly destroyed 185,000 soldiers in just one night. In
the Name that is above every other name, both seen and unseen forces of
darkness that are mobilised against you and yours from the air, land, sea and
under the earth shall be razed down today by an angel of the Lord! In addition,
it was an angel that warned Joseph in a dream of Herod’s intention to kill the
child Jesus, and the angel told him to escape to Egypt ( Matthew 2 : 13 – 15 ).

After the death of Herod, an angel also informed him in a dream that it was
time to return home, and he directed him on where to go to specifically
( Matthew 2 : 19 – 22 ). Angels are always on assignment to help the blessed. If
you are blessed of God, you can also send angels on assignment to help your
cause. The Holy Spirit revealed this truth about angels in Hebrews 1 : 14 ;
“Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall
be heirs of salvation?”
From today, you shall be a recipient to angelic visitations and guidance in
Jesus’ Name.

ACTION POINT :
Thank God for the angels on assignment over your life, family and church.

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