[1/19, 5:28 AM] 919063: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: SUNDAY 19TH JANUARY 2020
THEME: A PURE HEART.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8
READ: Psalm 24:3-6
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.
6 This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.
To be pure means to be of only one form, to be completely undiluted. God expects your heart to be pure that nothing aside from Him can be found in it. This is standard for all children of God. Jesus, during His earthly ministry spoke about His purity in John 14:30 thus:
“Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.”
Your heart is the most delicate part of your body. The quality of your spirit is dependent on the content of your heart that is why Jesus said in Matthew 15:11:
“Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.”
And according to Matthew 12:34, it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks.
You need to guard your heart with all diligence and keep it pure at all times (Proverbs 4:23). Keep it pure against malice, immoral thoughts, evil scheming and the like. It is what you expose the heart to that determines how it will be. If you keep enjoying worldly songs and movies, your heart would be filled with the culture of the world. If you keep having dirty conversations, your heart would harbor dirty images.
The word of God is the cleanser of the heart. David said in Psalm 119:11: “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
The more of God’s word you study and consume, the purer your heart will be. Jesus said in John 17:17:
“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”
A sanctified fellow is someone with a pure heart and this is impossible without the word of God. Believe me, if you don’t do regular in-depth Bible study, it will be difficult if not impossible for you to have a pure heart.
How often do you perform an in-depth personal Bible Study? Draw up a personal Bible Study plan today if you don’t have one and ask the Holy Spirit to teach and guide you as you commit to it.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Genesis 22-24
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 30: WHEN WE WALK WITH THE LORD.
When we walk with the Lord
In the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way;
While we do His good will,
He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey,
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey.
2 Not a shadow can rise,
Not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear,
Not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.
3 Not a burden we bear,
Not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss,
Not a frown or a cross,
But is blest if we trust and obey.
4 But we never can prove
The delights of His love,
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows,
And the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.
5 Then in fellowship sweet
We will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do;
Where He sends, we will go,
Never fear, only trust and obey.
[1/19, 5:28 AM] 919063: A humble offering
Sunday 19th January 2020
‘The Lord respected Abel and his offering: but he did not respect Cain.’ Genesis 4:4-5 NKJV
Cain cultivated the ground, planted the seed, gathered the harvest and offered God the fruits of his labours. He thought God would be impressed, and that he would feel obligated to bless him. But that’s not how it works! Abel, on the other hand, told God something like, ‘I did nothing. You created the lamb I’m offering. I’m just giving you back what’s yours, and asking you to bless it.’ And God did!
You can tell a lot about somebody by how they approach God. Some of us act like God owes us something. Others among us are so impressed with our spiritual status and accomplishments that we feel the need to approach him with lofty phraseology and high-sounding ‘thees’ and ‘thous’. But God isn’t impressed, so let’s get real! ‘The Lord respected Abel and his offering’ (Genesis 4:4 NKJV). That’s because unlike his brother, Abel wasn’t seeking credit for anything. He wanted God to have all the glory. That’s the kind of offering that moves God’s heart and invites his richest blessing upon our lives.
So what are you offering God today? Your achievements? Your denominational credentials? Your self-reliance? Your shallow emotion? If you are, don’t bother! The only thing he asks is that you humbly open your heart and let him recreate you in the likeness of Jesus. When you do that, something wonderful happens. By downplaying your own self-interests and giving God an acceptable offering, not only will he receive and respect it, he will bless you and equip you to bless others too. That’s how it works!
[1/19, 5:28 AM] 919063: *DAILY MANNA*
_*SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, 2020*_
TOPIC: *HEAD OR TAIL, GOD WINS*
TEXT: *Nehemiah 6:15,16*.
_*“And it came to pass, that when all our enemies heard thereof, and all the heathen that were about us saw these things, they were much cast down in their own eyes: for they perceived that this work was wrought of our God.”*_ – (Nehemiah 6:16)
A most foolish and perilous thing to do is to resist or fight the Almighty God. Gamaliel, the celebrated doctor of the law and Pharisee at the time of the persecution of the early church, gave a very brilliant advice to his comrades at the supreme council of the Jewish people. *“…Refrain from these men, and let them alone”* he said, *“for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God”* (Acts 5:38,39).
Such counsel would have been served Sanballat, Tobiah and their fellow settlers in Samaria who vehemently opposed the rebuilding of Jerusalem after the Exile. At least, they would have spared the time and trouble expended in attacking Nehemiah and his team of committed builders in a bid to stop the work. At the end of the day, their intrigues landed them in utter frustration. When they saw that despite their sinister schemes, *“the wall was finished”* within a space of fifty-two days, it became clear to them that *“this work was wrought of our God.”* No one can successfully resist God.
The idea of resisting God’s will did not start or stop with the case of Sanballat and his cohorts. It has been so from the earliest of times. The people of Noah’s time tried it and got wiped out by a mighty deluge. When men decided to frustrate God’s plan of population dispersion by building the Tower of Babel, God foiled their ambition by confounding their language. Pharaoh realized belatedly that he could not detain Israel whose freedom God had decreed. The spread of the gospel by the early church could not be stopped by detractors and persecutors.
God is the ultimate winner. This truth should cheer everyone that walks and wars on the side of God. Has the Lord given you an assignment or a vision? Be sure that the pit of hell will raise enemies that will challenge it. Be assured also that if you keep at it, God will win.
*THOUGHT FOR THE DAY*:
All the armaments of the world put together can never thwart God’s plan.
*THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR*:
[1/19, 7:01 AM] 919063: Have No Fears
Sunday, January 19th
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome PhD DSc DD
And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last (Revelation 1:17).
When you study the Scriptures, you find that always, God tells us, “Fear not”; be it morning, noon or night; irrespective of what you hear or the symptoms you might be feeling, He doesn’t want fear in your heart. That’s because He knows all things; He knows the future and can see that nothing is set against you or could harm you. He’s the eternal God and lives in eternity. He sees the end from the beginning.
Therefore, even when you seem troubled about something and want Him to act right away, He’s unruffled and never in a hurry, because He already saw that you prevailed. Your future is history to Him. When you study the story of Abraham, you’d observe the Lord giving him the history of his future; He said to him, “…a father of many nations have I made thee” (Genesis 17:5). At this time, Abraham had no child; but in the mind of God, it was already a settled fact. His future was history to God.
It’s the same with you today. Have no fears, because He’s seen everything and knows there’s nothing in front of you that’s capable of defeating or destroying you. Nothing! It makes no difference where you are or where you live in this world; there’re no limitations on your path. All God wants is that you follow His Word. His Word guarantees your victory, prosperity and success. His Word is your weapon against all adversary and adversity.
His Word is the sword of the Spirit. If you’d live by His Word, and keep it in your mouth, nothing can stop you. Therefore, take away the limits. Say to yourself, “All limitations are gone from my mind! I can, and would be all that God wants me to be. I’M A SUCCESS!” Glory to God!
I’m bold and very courageous! The Word of God is producing in me what it talks about and I rise above all the limiting systems of the world. I have an extraordinary capacity to contemplate, think, envision and see endless possibilities; and no situation or difficulty can deter me, because I’ve been set on a perpetual journey of advancement, upliftment and promotion. Glory to God!
“Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. 7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.”
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
1 John 4:4
“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
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