OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. SUNDAY APRIL 17 2016. THEME : ABUNDANT BLESSINGS.

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MEMORISE : Blessing shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. DEUTERONOMY 28 : 3.

READ : DEUTERONOMY 28 : 1 – 2 :

1 : And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:

2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.

‪#‎MESSAGE‬ :

Jesus Christ said; “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” ( Matthew 6 : 33 ).

In other words, there are abundant blessings in the kingdom of God. It goes without saying that there is wisdom in seeking to please God above all other ambitions. The Almighty God revealed the secret of abundant blessings of His people in today’s scriptural reading; abundant blessing is embedded in perfect obedience to the Word of God.

Many people think that the moment they become Kingdom seekers, they will enter into a world of penury. This is the deceit of the devil which has unfortunately been believed through the ages. The devil has succeeded in making many people believe that unless they serve him, they cannot make it in life. He even had the audacity to attempt deceiving Jesus Christ during the temptations in the wilderness, but our Lord defeated him ( Luke 4 : 5 – 7 ).

Beloved, I want to announce to you that there are abundant blessings in our Lord Jesus Christ; my life is a living testimony of this.

Before I gave my life to Christ, I used to borrow money from my own drive to fuel my car two weeks into a new month. It was when I gave my life to Christ that I began to know the true meaning of prosperity. Deuteronomy 8 : 18 says :

“But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.”

The Psalmist says that unless the Lord builds a house, the builders build but in vain ( Psalms 127 : 1 ). Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ also corroborates this when he wrote :

“I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth anything, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.” 1 Corinthians 3 : 6 – 7.

May the abundant blessing from the throne of God be your portion in Jesus’ name.

PRAYER POINT :
Father, please let Your abundant blessings be my portion this season in Jesus’ name.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 2 SAMUEL 12 – 13 AND PROVERBS 11 : 18 – 31.

‪#‎AUTHOR‬ : Pst E. A ADEBOYE.

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 16 2015. THEME : ALL FOR GOOD .

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MEMORISE:
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28
Read: Ephesians 1:3-6
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : PSALM 137-143 and 1 PETER 1:1-12

MESSAGE
The words of today’s Bible reading should bring joy to the heart of every believer in Christ. They reveal that everything about God’s plan for your life has been settled long before the foundation of the world was laid. If this is true, it means that the things you have experienced in the past, all you are currently going through and everything you will experience in the future are no accidents; rather, they are designed to help you fulfil God’s purpose for your life. No wonder Romans 8:28 says:
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
If God has called you to fulfil His plan for your life, everything He allows to come your way, both good and bad, will work in your favour, even though on the surface, they may not appear to be working in your interest. In fact, some situations might appear so contrary and terrible, but in God’s overall plan for your life, they are adding up to something great for you.
Let’s look at the example of Joseph. He was born quite late by his beloved mother, and so he became his father’s favourite son. His father made him a coat of many colours, which was a prophetic connotation of where God was taking him. God gave him a dream for his life, and his envious brothers hated him for it. Joseph’s dream was not just a desire or a goal he set for himself; it was God’s plan for his life. Do you know that some people can be envious of you because of God’s plan for your life? If every believer knew what God had planned for each of them, and accepted His plan, there would be no room for envy. Furthermore, notice that even though God had a great plan for Joseph’s life, he still experienced great troubles. His troubles even started right from home. Nevertheless, if you take a look at his life, you will see how all the experiences of his life helped to take him to God’s destination. If his brothers were not envious of him, they would not have sold him into slavery. If he was not sold into slavery, he would never have become Potiphar’s servant. If he was not Potiphar’s servant, he would never have met Potiphar’s wife. If he had not met Potiphar’s wife, she would never have lied against him. If she had not lied against him, he would not have gone to prison. If he did not go to prison, he would not have met Pharaoh’s imprisoned servants, and if this had not happened, nobody would have recommended him to Pharaoh. Beloved, like Joseph, everything is working out for your good! Go ahead and thank God for this.

PRAYER POINT:
Father, grant me grace to recognise the presence or absence of Your hand in any situation I’m confronted with, in Jesus’ Name.

AUTHOR: PST. E. A. ADEBOYE

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. MONDAY JULY 20 2015. THEME : REGRESSION AND REPRESSION.

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MEMORISE : And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant
vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. ISAIAH 65 : 21.

READ : JUDGES 6 : 1 – 6.
1 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD
delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years.
2 And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel: and because of the Midianites
the children of Israel made them the dens which are in the mountains, and
caves, and strong holds.
3 And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the
Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them;
4 And they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth,
till thou come unto Gaza, and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor
ox, nor ass.
5 For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came as
grasshoppers for multitude; for both they and their camels were without
number: and they entered into the land to destroy it.
6 And Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites; and the
children of Israel cried unto the LORD.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 2 CHRONICLES 25 : 14 – 28 : 4 AND JOHN 1 : 1 – 28.

A man’s state of progress can be classified into seven basic categories; one of
which is regression. The state of regression is that in which mean forces
beyond one’s control continuously push one backward. An example of this is the
woman with the issue of blood ( Mark 5 : 25 – 34 ). She went through a lot in
the process of seeking help from different doctors. She spent all she had but
instead of getting better, she grew worse, because unseen forces kept on
pushing her backward. Have you found yourself in a similar situation, where
every effort you put in to take you forward moves you backward, or where
every effort you put in to improve your lot only complicates matters? The Lord
will step into your situation today and deliver you. Every regressive force
working against your life, health, progress or destiny is terminated today in
Jesus’ Name.

Another state of progress is repression. This refers to a state in which
negative forces push a person down and try to hold him or her down,
frustrating every attempt to move up. This can manifest in the hearing of
voices that lead one to the other side of progress. In Judges 6:3-6, the
children of Israel encountered repression from a particular group of people
who decided to afflict them. Whenever the Israelites were sowing in the fields,
this group of people pretended not to notice. They never stopped them from
exerting their energy or from expending their time and money on their farms.
But as soon as their crops were harvested, they swarmed in like locusts and
destroyed everything. Thereafter, the Israelites will have to start all over
again, after which these enemies would again waste or destroy their harvest
in a vicious cycle. When I was very young, there was a very notorious thief
who gained so much notoriety that musicians waxed a song about him. His name
was Anikura. The lyrics of the song said : “Anikura won’t ask you not to trade.
He won’t ask you not to gain, but he will ensure that you do not take the
gain.” This epitomises repression! If you are in a state of repression, you will
continue to work for devourers and never benefit from your labours. Are you a
victim of repression? Do you labour and yet you are unable to enter into your
harvest? That repressive force is paralysed today in Jesus’ Name. Jesus sets
you free from repression! You will eat from your labours from now on in Jesus’
Name.

PRAYER POINT :
Father, today, let your fire consume every force working against me and
trying to stop me from taking the good harvest of my labours, in Jesus’ Name!

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. SUNDAY JULY 19 2015. THEME : CALLED UNTO HOLINESS.

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MEMORISE : But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you,
do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you,
and persecute you; MATTHEW 5 : 44.

READ : MATTHEW 5 : 43 – 48.
43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate
thine enemy.
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good
to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and
persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh
his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on
the unjust.
46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the
publicans the same?
47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not
even the publicans so?
48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 2 CHRONICLES 23 : 16 – 25 : 13 AND LUKE 24 : 36 – 53.

The call to salvation is a call to holiness. The day you were invited to receive
Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, you were automatically called to a life of
holiness. The Bible in 1 Thessalonians 4 : 7 says :
“For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness”
Have you responded to this call? The reason why many Christian leaders are
heading for Hell today is because they have not answered the call to holiness.
This ingredient is so indispensable to the Christian faith that having salvation
without holiness is like leaving the substance and taking the chaff that can be
easily blown away. Without sanctification, the salvation experience may not
know stability. The accounts for the rising-and-falling syndrome being
experienced by many Christians. When you are sanctified after receiving Christ
into your heart, your faith in Christ is given the strong roots it needs. Hence,
when the winds of affliction, temptation, persecution and other challenges of
life blow, your faith in Christ will be unshaken, because it is deeply rooted.
While the experience of salvation is akin to cruising in God’s shallow waters,
experiencing sanctification is like launching out into the deep oceans of God’s
nature. You need this experience!

When you are sanctified, you will have control over your emotions. If you have
been battling with lust and sexual sins, ask God for a sanctified heart and you
will overcome. Do you know that many leaders still have problems with anger?
When they are angry, they can destroy just about anything. They become filled
with rage and behave irrationally. What they need is sanctification. When you
are holy, you are not easily provoked. In fact, after several failed deliberate
attempts to make you angry, people will wonder whether you can ever get
annoyed. If you are sanctified, you will find it impossible to cheat anyone, how
much more your fellow Christian brother. With a sanctified heart, you will
easily forgive your persecutors like Stephen and Jesus did. You will make
excuses for those who fall below your expectations. You will have grace to love
the unlovable, and pray for those who spitefully use you. When Jesus gave the
instruction in today’s reading, He was actually calling us to holiness. Have you
accepted this call? Have you received a new heart?

PRAYER POINT :
Father, as I renew my mind with Your Word, sanctify me wholly that I may live
to please You

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. SATURDAY JULY 18 2015. THEME : ASCENDING GOD’S HILL.

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MEMORISE : Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his
holy place? PSALM 24 : 3.

READ : PSALM 24 : 3 – 5.
3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?
4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul
unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
5 He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God
of his salvation.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 2 CHRONICLES 21 : 1 – 23 : 15 AND LUKE 24 : 13 – 35.

The anointing plays very important roles in the actualisation of destiny in the
life of the anointed. These roles include:
facilitating and accelerating connection of the anointed to destiny helpers,
causing destiny helpers to see the anointed in favourable light, and compelling
destiny helpers to deliver
the help ordained by God to the anointed. May the anointing play these and
many more roles in your life and in your
family in Jesus’ Name.

Moreover, the anointing helps you to ascend the hill of the Lord, which is not
an easy thing to do. In other words, the
anointing simplifies kingdom tasks and responsibilities. In our Bible reading,
David asked this question: who qualifies
to ascend the hill of the Lord? The Holy Ghost gave him the answer in Psalm 24 :
4 :
“He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifed up his soul
unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.”
After Saul was anointed as king by Samuel, he was told to ascend the hill of God
( 1 Samuel 10 : 5 ). The anointing had qualified the unqualified. Where only
priests and prophets cold go, Saul was allowed to go. This season, the
anointing
will grant you access into areas you were not allowed to enter in Jesus’Name.
From the experience of Saul in 1 Samuel 10 : 10, we understand that when the
anointing comes, the manifestation of the Holy Spirit also comes. Oil is a
symbol
of the Holy Spirit. Whenever God is anointing an individual through His
servant, He releases the power of His Spirit to actualise the purpose of that
anointing; but whenever God is not behind the anointing of an individual,
although the oil may be poured on the head, the power of the Holy Spirit will
not be released. The manifestation of the Holy Spirit opens the doorway to the
gifts of the Spirit and the supernatural.

People were amazed that Saul who was not a Prophet was prophesying like the
prophets. When the anointing comes
upon you, you will begin to operate in the things of the Spirit. His gifts will
begin to operate in the things of the spirit. His gifts will begin to manifest
through you, and many people will be surprised. If there is one thing you need
to ask for after you become born-again, it is for more and more of the
anointing of the Holy Spirit.

PRAYER POINT :
Father, give me more of your power, and fill me with more of your Spirit.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. FRIDAY JULY 17 2015. THEME : BREAKING LIMITATIONS.

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MEMORISE : Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too
hard for me? JEREMIAH 32 : 27.

READ : ISAIAH 40 : 6 – 8.
6 The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all
the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:
7 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD
bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.
8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand
for ever.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 2 CHRONICLES 18 : 28 – 20 : 37 AND LUKE 23 : 44 – 24 : 12.

Your ability to perform well depends largely on the power and resources
available to you. Every human being will be faced with the reality of
insufficient resources in the face of a pressing need at one point or the other.
Hence, economists advise us to forgo certain alternatives, and draw up a scale
of preference on our needs. Man’s limitations have caused the introduction of
certain words and phrases into our vocabulary, such as: impossible, cannot, too
late, irreversible, etc. All these reflect our state of human limitation and
incapacity. Even God recognises man’s limitations. Psalm 103 : 14 says :
“For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.”
Our natural frailty and limitation is exposed in today’s Bible reading, where
man is described as grass that withers easily. Also, Bildad the Shuhite describes
man as a frail worm in Jobs 25 : 6 :
“How much less man, that is a worm? And the son of man, which is a worm?”
It is therefore evident that as long as we are confined within our natural
sphere, human beings remain seriously limited.
However, God is not limited. He declared in Jeremiah 32 : 27 thus :
“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for
me?”

Since He owns the Heavens and the earth and everything in them, and because
He has all power, He is able to do all things. He does not accommodate limiting
words in His vocabulary like men do. How then can we break the yoke of
limitation in our lives? It is by being connected to the only One who cannot be
limited. When such a link is in place, whatever cannot limit God cannot limit
you. What cannot stop God cannot stop you. This is because you have become a
partaker of the divine nature ( 2 Peter 1 : 4 ). But you must renew your mind
to walk in this reality. To this end, it is necessary to re-examine your
vocabulary and delete all limiting words from it. You are what you think; your
mindset determines your reality. Many people who had the potential of reaching
great heights in their lifetime were stopped by their wrong belief system and
limited mindset. You would be amazed to know that what witchcraft cannot
stop cannot be stopped by the limiting thoughts you hold about yourself.
Beloved, from now on, do not limit yourself. Rather, believe everything God
says about you and confess it. Speak God’s Word over that impossible
situations, and you shall see it change to conform to your confessions.

PRAYER POINT :
Father, in everyway, I have limited myself, I release myself from it today in
Jesus Name.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. THURSDAY JULY 16 2015. THEME : POSITIONED FOR GENERATIONAL BLESSING.

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MEMORISE : There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the
righteous. PSALM 14 : 5.

READ : GENESIS 48 : 13 – 19.
13 And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel’s left
hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel’s right hand, and brought
them near unto him.
14 And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim’s head, who
was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands
wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn.
15 And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and
Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day.
16 The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be
named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them
grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.
17 And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of
Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father’s hand, to remove it from
Ephraim’s head unto Manasseh’s head.
18 And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the first
born; put thy right hand upon his head.
19 And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall
become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall
be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 2 CHRONICLES 16 : 1 – 18 : 27 AND LUKE 23 : 18 – 43.

Shortly before Israel’s death, Joseph his son visited him with his two sons.
When it was time to bless the boys, he positioned Manasseh his firstborn to
come under his father’s right hand, while Ephraim would come under the left.
He knew the implication of position and blessing. But when Israel stretched his
hands to bless the boys, he crossed his hands, placing his right hand on the
younger and his left hand on the older. Joseph protested but Israel insisted.
Let us draw out a few lessons from this passage. The first of these is that
after a period of service comes a time of reward. Hence, John the beloved
warns in 2 John 8 that :
“Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but
that we receive a full reward.”

It is therefore possible to labour for something and never get the reward.
There will always be a time to reap after sowing. Hence, you need to be very
careful what you sow, because the harvest is always around the corner.
Another lesson from today’s Bible passage is that after a long stretch of
service, there comes a time for the impartation of generational blessings. That
is, after serving God for several years, a time comes when the blessing that
transcends you will be delivered to your children. This can only be done if you
have brought up your children in the way of the Lord. Generational blessings
come from God. It is more than just a right; it is a reward for quality and
consistent service. Psalm 23 : 30 says :
“A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.”

When the time comes for a generational blessing to be transferred to your
children and your grandchildren, may they not be found wanting in Jesus’
Name. The implication of this is that whatever effort you put into God’s
Kingdom is duly recorded, and that for all your efforts in God’s kingdom, a
reward awaits your children. This is why you cannot afford to get tired of
loving, serving, pleasing and sacrificing to God. Such efforts help to lay a solid
foundation for your children’s future. To what extent are you preparing your
children for their tomorrow? Abraham served God and it created a higher
platform for Isaac. Isaac also served the Lord and Israel rode on the pedestal.
Israel continued from there and Joseph was given a soft landing. Joseph loved
the Lord and it affected his sons positively. What kind of blessing will be
transferred to your children through your service?

KEY POINT :
Whether your children will have a smooth ride to destiny or not depends on your
relationship with God today.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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