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[10/3, 10:24 PM] 919063: 🌲🌷 *OPEN HEAVENS* 🌷🌲
*DAILY DEVOTIONAL*
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_DATE: FRIDAY 4TH OCTOBER 2019_

*THEME: SPIRITUAL HEART SURGERY*

*MEMORISE:*
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
Ezekiel 36:26

*Bible Reading: Acts 2:37-42*
37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?

38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call.

40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.

41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

*MESSAGE*
Advancements in science and technology have attained a level where most organs in the human body can be replaced with organs from a donor’s body, through a medical procedure known as a transplant. Nevertheless, long before human beings discovered how to do this, God has been in the business of carrying out transplants, both in the physical body and spiritual being of man. Unlike transplants carried out by man, the Surgeon of heaven uses only brand new parts, custom-made to perfectly meet His patients’ needs. One area of need lies in the fact that mankind is dead in sin. God knew that for us to receive new life through the Blood of Jesus, we would need a new heart. God committed Himself to doing just that in today’s memory verse. Why does man need a heart transplant? The Holy Spirit answers this in Jeremiah 17:9 saying:

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

Everyone who has not laid on the operating table of the heavenly Surgeon possesses a stony heart, which is unreceptive of the things of God. As a result, the seed of God’s word cannot take root in it (Mark 4:5). To benefit from the abundant life available in the new covenant with Jesus Christ, we must surrender ourselves to God for the spiritual heart surgery that replaces our stony heart with a brand new heart of flesh.

Using His surgical knife that leaves no scar, the Surgeon of heaven is ready to work on every sincere patient who comes to Him. God’s surgical knife is His word. Hebrews 4:12 says:

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

We see this instrument at work in today’s Bible reading. When it had finished its work, three thousand souls were saved. How did it achieve this feat? Acts 2:37 says:

“Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?”

God’s word, delivered by Peter, caused the hearts of its hearers to “bleed” as they were convicted of their sins. They experienced godly sorrow, which led to repentance (2 Corinthians 7:10). God also transplanted their stony hearts with brand new hearts of flesh in accordance with the prophecy in Ezekiel 36:26. Beloved, God still performs this spiritual surgery today. Are you wondering how you can be free from sin? Surrender yourself to God for a spiritual heart transplant. Confess your spiritual ailment of sin to God and ask Jesus to transplant your heart with His word, and you shall be made whole.

*PRAYER POINT:*
Father, please give me a heart of flesh in which the seed of Your word grows, in Jesus’ Name.

*BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:*
1 Chronicles 8-10, Daniel 12

*AUTHOR:*
PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

*HYMN 6: HAVE YOU BEEN TO JESUS FOR THE CLEANSING POW’R*
1 Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing pow’r?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

*Chorus:*
Are you washed in the blood,
In the soul-cleansing blood of the Lamb?
Are your garments spotless? Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

2 Are you walking daily by the Saviour’s side?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Do you rest each moment in the Crucified?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

3 When the Bridegroom cometh will your robes be white!
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Will your soul be ready for His presence bright,
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb?

4 Lay aside the garments that are stained with sin,
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb;
There’s a fountain flowing for the soul unclean,
O be washed in the blood of the Lamb.

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[10/4, 5:46 AM] 919063: Daily Bible Inspirations
Hemmed In
by Margaret Michel

“The LORD himself is who goes before you. He will be with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you. Don’t be afraid. Don’t be discouraged.”

Deuteronomy 31:8
Juggling school and work should be considered an art form.

In my personal juggle, an additional ball was thrown into the mix: the real danger of being mugged at the end of the day. After a long day at work and longer night at school, the shortest route home was along the curve of the college’s race track.

The danger was real. Muggers lined the street, lurking in its shadows whenever there was no game scheduled and all lights were off. While struggling for a solution, I considered abandoning higher education or working only part-time.

Anyone who offered to accompany me could not prevent the danger but included themselves in it.

Then it occurred to me to ask God for protection. After all, He promised in today’s verse that He Himself goes before me. He will be with me. He will not fail me nor forsake me.

My prayer switched to a specific request for the protective presence of mighty angels to surround me at every step. I envisioned the heavy metal weights hemmed in at the bottom of my Mom’s drapes. I longed to be so enfolded in the protection of God’s care.

I finished my college years and had heard of others falling prey to the muggers along that street, but praise God, my invisible Guard brought me safely through.

Pray

Holy God,
Please hem me into Your loving care.
Thank You for never failing nor forsaking me.
In Christ’s name I pray, Amen.

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[10/4, 5:47 AM] 919063: Responding to gossip (2)

Friday 4th October 2019

‘Those who…do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.’ James 1:26 NIV

When someone gossips about you, keep this in mind: people tend to accuse in others what theyexcuse in themselves. The story’s told about a husband who suspected his wife of losing her hearing. One night he positioned himself across the room from her as she sat in her favourite chair with her back to him. Very softly he said, ‘Can you hear me?’ When she didn’t answer he moved a little closer and repeated very softly, ‘Can you hear me?’ Still no answer. Then he moved closer and said, ‘Can you hear me?’ Still no answer. Finally he got up behind her chair and said right into her ear, ‘Can you hear me?’ She looked him in the eye and said, ‘For the fourth time, yes!’ Psychologists call this ‘projection’. We tend to project our fears, feelings and problems onto others. But you must not let people do this to you.

Lady Astor, a member of Parliament, was a constant thorn in the side of Winston Churchill, always criticising him. One day the two of them got into a heated conversation and she said, ‘Winston, I don’t like your politics, and I don’t like your moustache.’ He looked at her and said, ‘Madam, I see no earthly reason why you should ever come into contact with either one.’

Jesus’ critics accused him of being demon-possessed. Paul’s critics called him a madman, a fool, and a babbler. And you must not expect different treatment at the hands of the same crowd. So the word for you today is: stay focused and don’t get distracted.

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