OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL TUESDAY 31 MARCH 2015 BY PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE

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TOPIC: PROMPT OBEDIENCE

Memorise: And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer
me first to go and bury my father. But Jesus said unto him, Fellow
me; and let the dead bury their body. Matthew 8:21-22

Read: 1st Samuel 15:22-23,
15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. 
15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

Bible in one year:
Nahum 1-3,
Matthew12:9-32

MESSAGE:
In the service of God, sacrifice is good. God expects all His children
to present their bodies as a living sacrifice to Him. He also expects
our sacrifices to be holy and acceptable (Romans 12:1). However, He
makes it clear that He prefers obedience to sacrifice. Jeremiah 7:23
says,
“But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will
be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways
that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.”
Obedience is the act of doing what one is told to do. In the spiritual
sense, obedience is total submission to the written and spoken word
of God. It is an express but conditional commandment of God. In
Exodus 19:5, God instructed the Israelites to obey His voice:
“Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my
covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all
people for all the earth is mine:”

One distinguishing characteristic of those who are great in the things
of God is prompt obedience. The Bible contains so many stories of
men and women who become great for God as a result of their
obedience to His word. A classical example of a person whose
lifestyle was defined by prompt obedience was Abraham. Other
heroes of obedience include Joseph, Joshua, Ruth, David, Elijah,
Elisha and our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Obedience entails learning (Hebrews 5:8). It involves God taking you
to His own school of theology. Here you are stripped of all knowledge
and pomposity in order to obey God in simple holiness and truth.
Obedience requires sincerity, genuineness and love. True obedience
comes from a heart of love. It is real and not mere eye service.
Obedience requires boldness. It takes boldness for a child of God to
obey him in this world of perversion and outright corruption. It takes
moral courage to live holy and move against the tide of sin. Don’t be
a moral coward. Be bold enough to say “no” to all acts of
unrighteousness. Speak out against sin anywhere you find yourself. A
true Christian is one who is neither ashamed of the gospel nor a
shame to the gospel. You can overcome the fear of man through
reliance on the power of the Holy Spirit. Obedience requires humility.
It takes the grace of God to obey God all the way to the end. Are you
facing persecution because of your obedience to Christ? Don’t give
up! Don’t compromise your stand. Don’t allow yourself to be
distracted from the path of obedience. Obedience must not be done
haphazardly. Disobedience is rebellion, which is likened to witchcraft
(1 st Samuel 15:23).

Action Point
Obey God, obey those who share the truth with you, obey your leader
and obey your body when it needs rest.

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OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL MONDAY 30 MARCH 2015 BY PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE

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TOPIC: GREAT EXPECTATIONS

Memorise: But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard,
neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath
prepared for them that love him. 1 st Corinthians 2:9

Read: John 4:24-34,
4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. 
4:25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. 
4:26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he. 
4:27 And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her? 
4:28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, 
4:29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?  4:30 Then they went out of the city, and came unto him. 
4:31 In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat. 
4:32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. 
4:33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat? 
4:34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

Bible in one year;
Micah 5-7,
Matthew 11:20-12:8

MESSAGE:
The scripture reading of today shows us a marked difference between
the priorities of our Lord Jesus Christ and that of His disciples at a
point in time. Many of us, like the disciples, are often engrossed with
how to meet our physical, psychological and emotional needs. We
are immersed in things which are ephemeral in nature. These include
what to eat, what to drink, where to live, how to be clothed, how to
take care of our immediate and distant families, how to stay health,
how to be wealthy and how to be famous. Jesus assured His
disciples that the Father knew their needs and would provide for them
(Matthew 6:31-32). Moreover, He stressed what should be the
topmost priority of all heaven-bound Christians. Matthew 6:33 says,
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all
these things shall be added unto you.”
Passion for the things of God should be your topmost priority! It is
often said that passionate people make the greatest contributions to
society. Be passionate about the things of God. Seek first the
kingdom of God and His righteousness, and the necessities of daily
life will be provided. Stop chasing shadows. Stop putting the cart
before the horse. It is time to correctly priorities your life and
passions.

God is called the God of glory in Acts 7:2. There are therefore great
expectations for those who serve the God of glory in holiness and
truth. There is a blessing of divine favour for all who consecrate
themselves to serving God in spirit and truth. It should be noted that
a day of divine favour is better than many years of labour. The
blessing of divine favour is superior to what people ordinarily enjoy. I
pray that you will enjoy the blessing of divine favour with effect from
today in Jesus’ Name. Those who consecrate themselves to serving
God in spirit and truth also receive divine prosperity (Psalm 1:1-3).
God is the only one who blesses without adding sorrows to it. Are you
experiencing sorrow in any area of your life? I pray that God will turn
that sorrow to joy in Jesus’ Name. There is fruitfulness for all who
consecrate themselves to serving God in spirit and truth (Psalm
92:12-14). They also have an assurance of victory have an
assurance of victory over all known and unknown enemies (Psalm
132:18). God will reveal the secret of all your enemies to you. He will
stand by you and fight all your battles for you. He will render your
enemies irreverent and grant you victory over them. Finally, there is
the assurance of making heaven at last for all who consecrate
themselves to serving God in spirit and truth. What is the state of your
consecration and love for God?

Prayer Point
Father, grant me the grace to consecrate myself to serving you in
spirit and truth.

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OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL SUNDAY 29 MARCH 2015 BY PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE

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TOPIC: EMMANUEL

Memorise: Thus saith the LORD of hosts; in those days it shall come
to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the
nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying,
We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.
Zechariah 8:23

Read: Matthew 1:18-25;

Bible in one year:
Micah 1-4,
Matthew 10:40-11:19

MESSAGE:
One reason why the Holy Spirit caused the Gospel of Matthew to be
written is to show that Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament prophesies
concerning the Messiah. One of such prophesies is found in Isaiah
7:14n which says,
“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin
shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
This prophecy was shown to be fulfilled by Jesus in our Bible reading
today. One of the key points of this prophecy is that Jesus will be
referred to as Emmanuel. The name Emmanuel means “God with us”.
There is nothing as good as when God is with a person. God is the
eternal, independent, self- existing Being. He is the Being whose
purpose and actions spring from Himself without any external
influence. God is absolute in dominion and infinitely benevolent. He
alone is the cause of all existence and the upholder of all things.
Numerous benefits accrue from the presence of God. One advantage
of having God with you is that no force, known or unknown can
successfully detract you from fulfilling destiny (Romans 8:31-32)
For you to fully key into the revelation of “God with us”, you need to
understand who God is. God revealed who He is in discrete parts
through His redemptive Names to the saints of old. He said to Moses
in Exodus 6:3:
“And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the
name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known
to them.”
An understanding of His redemptive Names gives us insight into His
personality and allows us to profit from the consciousness that this
personality is with us.

God is the Elshaddai: He is the All-Sufficient One. This means that He
has enough resources to meet all your needs – be it spiritual,
physical, emotional or psychological. Also, God is Jehovah Jireh: the
Great Provider. He has the ability to turn your austerity to prosperity
and poverty to wealth (Philippians 4:19). Another Name for God is
Jehovah Rapha: the Healer. Are you sick? He has the ability to cure
you of all ailments – be it pathological, soul sickness or spiritual
sickness. God is also Jehovah Nissi: He is the Man of War. Are you
facing any battle? The Almighty God has the ability to fight all of your
battles for you and to grant you total victory. Are the enemies of your
life mammoth? Turn to Jehovah Nissi today. Let be your Emmanuel. I
prophesy that you will experience victory in all the battles of your life
in Jesus Name.

Action Point
Consciously carry the presence of God along with you wherever you
go.

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OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL SATURDAY 28 MARCH 2015 BY PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE

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TOPIC: IMPULSIVE PRAISE

Memorise: And Mary said, my soul doth magnify the Lord, And my
spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. Luke 1:46-47

Read: Acts 3:6-9,
3:6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. 
3:7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. 
3:8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. 
3:9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God:

Bible in one year:
Obadiah 1- Jonah 4,
Matthew 10:16-39

MESSAGE:
Praise can be described as a spontaneous outburst of thanksgiving
by a grateful child of God in God’s presence. When a person knows
God and experiences Him intimately, he or she sings to the Lord with
deepest praise! Our God is praiseworthy. He dwells in the praises of
His children. Christ came so that men would be able to praise God in
holiness and truth. The woks of Jesus caused men to rejoice and
praise God. Luke 19:37 reports that:
“And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount
of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and
praise God with a loud voice for all mighty works that they had seen;”
God created us to praise Him. This will be our activity when we are
gathered around His throne in Heaven. No true child of God should
have difficulty thinking of reasons why God deserves his or her
praise. We should enjoy the times we have to praise our Lord, both
privately and publicly. If your life is not filled with praise, it may be
that you have lost your appreciation of God’s mercy upon you.
Please, don’t forget what God has saved you from. Never take for
granted what it means to have the assurance of eternity with God.
Your lifestyle should praise God in holiness and good works. Jesus in
Matthew 5:16 said:
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good
works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Moreover, don’t disregard the spiritual kinship you enjoy with other
believers. Take time to recount the blessings God has poured out
upon you and your family in the midst of God’s people. Jesus in
Hebrew 2:12 declared thus:
“Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren in the midst of the
church will I sing praise unto thee.”

As you contemplate the boundless love and mercy God has shown
you, you will want to sing praises to His holy Name. Impulsive
praises is spontaneous. It is involuntary and not pre-meditated. Here
you can sing praises to God or mention His redemptive Names. Here
you praises to God because you are overwhelmed by His greatness,
loving-kindness and goodness to you. Impulsive praise is credible
praise. It does not have to be manipulated or orchestrated. It is a real
and personal expression of a grateful heart and wonder-filled life that
has encountered the Holy God. This is what God expects from you.

Key Point
Sincere praise is the spontaneous response of one who meditates on
the greatest and goodness of Lord.

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OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL FRIDAY 27 MARCH 2015 BY PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE

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TOPIC: THE MARKS OF THE LORD JESUS

Memorise: From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my
body the marks of the Lord Jesus. Galatians 6:17

Read: 1st Timothy 6:11-14,
6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. 
6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. 
6:13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; 
6:14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: 

Bible in one year:
Amos 7:9;
Matthew 9:27-10:15

MESSAGE:
A mark can be described as an impression, a distinguishing trait or
quality. Marks indicate characteristics or symbols used for
identification or indication of ownership. All heaven-bound Christians
are children of God and by implication, belong to Christ (Mark 9:41,
Romans 8:16). What are the marks of the Lord Jesus?

One distinguishing trait or quality that indicates one’s ownership by
the Lord Jesus is faithfulness. Everyone belonging to Christ is
expected to be faithful in prayer, in tithes and offerings, in studying
the word of God, in their marital relationship, general human relations
and in service to God. Are you a child of God? Be faithful to God,
yourself and others. Your faithfulness allows God to reveals greater
insights to you. Faithfulness beings opportunities to you that are not
given to the unfaithful. God takes pleasure in answering prayers that
come from a faithful heart. Another mark of the Lord Jesus is
obedience to the will of God. Christ came to fulfil God’s perfect will for
His life. Hebrews 10:7 says,
“Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of
me,) to do thy will, O God.”
Are you living according to God’s perfect will for your life? Anything
that brings shame or reproach to the Name of God is not God’s will
for you. Are you involved in a business deal where it is required that
you tell lies, engage in immorality and cut corners? That business
venture should be reviewed. It is probably not God’s perfect will for
your life. As a spouse, are you obedient to the will of God in your
marriage through fidelity, submission and love?

Affiliated to obedience is love. Love is another mark of the Lord
Jesus. John 13:1 says,
“Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that His
hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the
Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them
unto the end.”
God is love. The love of God is what indicates that you belong to
Christ. You should be able to demonstrate true love of God and man.
Love is a benevolent disposition of the mind towards fellow-
Christians, growing out of sincere and fervent devotion to God.
Indicators of love include kindness, selflessness, humility, self-
discipline and purity. Love can endure evil, injury and provocation
without being filled with resentment, indignation or revenge. Love is
benevolent, bountiful, courteous, and obliging. Love suppresses envy:
it is not grieved by the good of others. Finally, love controls and
restrains passions. Do you bear in you the marks of the Lord Jesus?

Prayer point
Father, I submit myself to the Lordship of Jesus Christ; let His marks
be seen in my life.

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OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL THURSDAY 26 MARCH 2015 BY PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE

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TOPIC: ENJOYING LONGEVITY

Memorise: For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is
profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and
of that which is to come. 1 st Timothy 4:8

Read: 1st Thessalonians 5:23-24,
5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 
5:24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

Bible in one year:
Amos 4:6-6:14,
Matthew 9:9-26

MESSAGE:
Every rational being wishes to be healthy, wealthy, fulfilled and enjoy
longevity. The desire to live long and be healthy is scriptural. Psalm
91:16 says,
“With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.”
Man is a tripartite being. The Bible teaches that man consists of the
spirit, soul and body. God is interested in our good health (3 rd John
1:2). He desires for us to be sound and complete in our spirit, soul
and body. The working of wholeness in man starts in his spirit. It
begins when God touches our spirit by the Holy Ghost (1 st
Corinthians 12:3). Has your spirit been touched by Holy Spirit? The
first miracle God does is to liberate man’s spirit from sin. He justifies
us from sin and reconnects our spirit man to Himself (1 st Corinthians
6:11). He then continually bears witness with our spirit that we are
God’s children (Romans 8:16). After releasing our spirit from sin, the
Holy Spirit works is His way to our soul to heal and restore it. The
soul of man is the seat of his emotions, intellect and will. The soul is
the dwelling place of healthy and unhealthy emotions. It is thus
possible for the soul to be healthy or sick.

The human body is that part of man which is aware and interacts
with the tangible, empirical world. The whole body of man is built
around a bony framework of skeleton and consists of a great number
of different parts. The human body consists primarily of cells, which
together form tissues, which form organs, which work together as
system to carry out specific functions. It is worth nothing that healthy
living guarantees longevity. To enjoy longevity, you need to eat
proper balanced diets. Experts in nutrition teach that our foods can be
classified into two classes. One class consists of fruit and vegetables.
The other class consists of fats, starch and proteins. A proper
balance of these two classes of food will provide good health and
long life. An improper balance will bring poor health, sickness and
can result in early death. Fruits and vegetables provide vitamins and
minerals. Proteins supply building blocks for the body. Fats and
starch supply heat and energy to the body. According to many heath
books, we should eat about 75% fruits and vegetables, while 25%
should be protein, fats and starch. This 75:25 ratio should form the
basis of the daily diet of every living person. To obtain and maintain
good health, you must eat foods that contain generous amounts of
vitamins and minerals. Foods low in vitamins and minerals lead to
poor heath, ailments, suffering and death. Enjoying longevity in good
health is however not limited to the food you eat. Your state of mind
and pattern of life can either accelerate or slow down the aging
process. These also affect your good health. In addition, learn to
exercise your body. Don’t forget: “bodily exercise profiteth little.”

Action Point
Take stock of how you are treating your body; adjust your nutrition
and lifestyle if necessary.

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OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL WEDNESDAY 25 MARCH 2015 BY PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE

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TOPIC: RENEWING THE MIND

Memorise: And be not confronted to this world: but be ye
transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is
that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2

Read: 1 st Corinthians 2:9-14,
2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 
2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 
2:11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 
2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 
2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 
2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Bible in one year:
Amos 1:1-4:5,
Matthew 8:18-9:8

MESSAGE:
One striking things about holiness is that it is what makes God who
He is. If a human being was asked this question: “Who is God?”, you
might get answer like: God is love, God is powerful, God is merciful,
God is faithful etc. But if angels or celestial beings were asked this
same question, they would chorus: God is Holy! The theme of the
songs of celestial beings in heaven is the holiness of God (Isaiah
6:2-3, Revelation 4:8). Do you belong to God? Then be prepared to
live holy. Why? God’s people are a holy temple to Him (1 st
Corinthians 3:17). We are called to a holy priesthood (1 st Peter 2:5),
and we were described as holy brethren (Hebrews 3:1). The Father
chose His own, so that they might be holy (Ephesians 1:4). This is
the reason why Jesus died for us (Ephesians 5:25-27). The Holy
Spirit was given, so that through the renewing of our minds, we might
be holy (Titus 3:5, 2 nd Corinthians 3:18). The Holy Spirit renews our
mind by convincing us and making us accepting what God’s Word
says about us or about a subject-matter. This is critical because
your mind controls your actions. The Word of God is spiritual; only
the Holy Spirit can bring the mind of a state of conformity with its
contents (1 st Corinthians 2:14).

Holiness simply means obeying God totally and consecrating yourself
to do His will from the heart. It is difficult to do God’s will without
knowing His mind. The Bible, which is the word of God, is a
compendium of God’s will. It is easy to know the mind of God and to
renew your own mind when you meditate on the word of God. This
meditation should however be a daily affair. It is imperative for every
child of God to study and meditate on God’s word. Merely reading the
word of God is different from studying and serious meditation.
Studying is an application of the mental faculties to the acquisition of
knowledge. It entails a careful examination or analysis of the Bible –
its promises, commandments, warnings, blessings, questions and
answers. Meditation on God’s word denotes focusing one’s thoughts
on it, reflecting on and pondering over it. In Joshua 1:8, Joshua was
instructed to meditate on the word of God day and night because
constant meditation leads to good success. This happens
progressively. First, meditate on God’s word on daily basis. Second,
be observant enough to obey it unconditionally. Doing this will assure
you of good success; i.e. full-blown success that is holistic, covering
every imaginable area of life (spirit, soul and body). Renewing your
mind makes it possible to discern what the perfect will of God is
(Romans 12:2). Do you desire to know the perfect will of God for
every aspect of your life? Renew your mind through constant studying
and mediation on the word of God. Keep God’s Word in your heart,
allow it to permeate your entire being through the Holy Spirit and act
on it.

Prayer Point
Dear Holy Spirit, as I ponder on God’s word, help my mind to accept
the truth of what it says.

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OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL TUESDAY 24 MARCH 2015 BY PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE

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TOPIC: ATTITUDES TO WORSHIP

Memorise: God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship
him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24

Read: Isaiah 40:12-22,
40:12 Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? 
40:13 Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor hath taught him? 
40:14 With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding? 
40:15 Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing. 
40:16 And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering. 
40:17 All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity. 
40:18 To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?  40:19 The workman melteth a graven image, and the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold, and casteth silver chains. 
40:20 He that is so impoverished that he hath no oblation chooseth a tree that will not rot; he seeketh unto him a cunning workman to prepare a graven image, that shall not be moved. 
40:21 Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth? 
40:22 It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:

Bible in one year:
Joel 1-3,
Matthew 7:24-8:17

MESSAGE:
Prayers involves much more than asking God for our heart desires. It
also involves praises and worship, both of which are very much
related. While praise acknowledges God for what He has done,
worship acknowledges God for who He is. We need to understand
that God expects all creatures to worship Him (Revelations 5:13). No
matter what or who they are, as far as they exist, God expects them
to worship Him.

Pretty much everybody in existence has received something from God
(Acts 17:28). However, only those who acknowledge what they have
received as coming from God can be deemed worshippers. Among
this group of people, there are those who feel contented with what
they have received from God. If you are in this category, praise and
worship God. On the other hand, there are those who feel they have
not received enough from God. These are people who feel God has
done much but not enough for them. Such people believe they need
more blessings from the Lord, and some even feel that God has not
done enough to warrant their praises. Its among this category of
people you will find those who compare their wealth and other
tangible achievements with that of those they think are more
privileged than themselves. More often then not, people who engaged
in such comparisons concluded that God has not been fair to them.
No matter how little you think the goodness of the Lord is in your life,
it is imperative that you praise and worship Him.

Many people feel as though God has done nothing for them. In their
opinion, God is not good at all. This kind of feeling is wrong and
dangerous. If the devil is ministering to you that God is not good at
all, resist the devil and worship God for who He is. It is easy to fall
into this state when you are afflicted. A classical example of someone
who did this is job. Job was a man who worshipped God in prosperity
(Job 1:5) and he also worshipped God in the midst of satanic
affiliations. Job 1:20-21 says,
“Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell
down upon the ground, and worshipped, And said, Naked came I out
of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD
gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the
LORD.”
Note that Job still worshipped God at the end of his trials (Job
42:1-5). Worshipped characterises vessels unto honour. Are you a
vessel unto honour? If your answer is yes, go ahead and worship
God, whatever your situation might be.

Prayer Point
Father, grant me the grace to worship you, no matter what I am
going through.

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OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL MONDAY 23 MARCH 2015 BY PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE

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TOPIC: KEYS TO ANSWERED PRAYER

Memorised: O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh
come. Psalm 65:2

Read: Matthew 7:7-11,
7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 
7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 
7:9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 
7:10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 
7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

Bible in one year:
Hosea 11:14,
Matthew
7:1-23

MESSAGE:
If Christians can master the art and practice of prayer, this world will
definitely become a battle place to live in for them. Someone
described prayer as a paradox. It is both simple and complex. It is
the simplest form of speech that infant lips can try, and the sublime
strains that reach the Majesty on high. What is prayer? John Bunyan,
while in Bedford Prison, defined prayer as “a sincere, sensible,
affectionate pouring out of the heart or soul to God, through Christ, in
the strength and assistance of the Holy Spirit, for such things as God
had promised according to the Word for the good of the Church, with
submission, in faith, to the will of God.” Our God is a prayer-
answering God. It is God’s will to answer the prayer of His children.
However, He operates on principles. There are conditions which
activate the answering of prayers by God. These I will refer to as keys
to answered prayers. Are you a child of God? It is the desire of your
Father to answer all of your prayers (John 16:23). If your prayers are
not being answered, look inward. Are you employing the appropriate
keys to answered prayers?

One of such keys in contribution (2 nd Chronicles 7:14). Contribution
described a state of feeling or showing of sorrow and remorse for a
sin or shortcoming. Do you want your prayers answered? Examine
your relationship with the Lord. Are there sins not confessed in your
life? Psalm 66:18 says,
“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:”
Approach God with humility and confess your sins, iniquities and
shortcomings to Him. Repent of them and ask for forgiveness.
Another key to answered prayers is whole-heartedness (Jeremiah
29:13). This has to do with your commitment and intimacy. How
committed are you to the Almighty God and to His work? How
intimate is your relationship with God and His Word? John 15:7 says,
“If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye
will, and it shall be done unto you.”

Do you want all your prayers answered? Be a doer of the word and
not a hearer only. The next key to answered prayers is faith. Faith is
one of the most important factors required for prayers to be answered
(Mark 11:24). How strong is your faith? To receive anything from
God, you must believe that you have received what you asked for and
then you will have it. The forth key to answered prayers is
righteousness (John 9:31). Simply put, righteousness denotes acting
in accordance to the divine nature and being free from the guilt of sin.
A righteous person is morally upright. Such a person abstains from
all appearance of evil. The last (but not the least) key to answered
prayers is that you must ask in order to receive (Matthew 7:7).

Action Point:
Do you have any unanswered prayer? Apply the keys to answered
prayer to it today.

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OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL SUNADAY 22 MARCH 2015 BY PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE

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TOPIC: DO YOU HAVE TRUE LOVE

Memorise: Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things,
eudureth all things. 1 st Corinthians 13:7

Read: 1 st Corinthians 13:1-13,
13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 
13:2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 
13:3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. 
13:4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 
13:5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 
13:6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 
13:7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.  13:8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.  13:9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 
13:10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 
13:11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 
13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 
13:13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

Bible in one year:
Hosea 6:10,
Mathew 6:16-34

MESSAGE:
Our God is wonderful, and He has many wonderful attributes. Some
of these attributes are unique to Him alone. For example, in all of
heaven and earth, God is the only one who is all-knowing, all-
powerful and is present everywhere. However, there are other
attributes which God, as a wonderful Father, shares with His children.
Some of such attributes are holiness, mercy, faithfulness and love.
These attributes are scarce in the character of present-day society.
Just like the Corinthians in the days of Paul, many homes,
communities and churches nowadays are torn apart by contentions,
are divided along party lines and are envious of each other. Such
character proves that the love for God and love towards fellow man is
wanting. Love is paramount to God. Our numerous gifts and abilities
are nothing in the eyes of God without love.
“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one
that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.”
1 st John 4:7
Love should be differentiated from lust. While lust is impatient to get,
love is always eager to give. John 3:16 describes true love:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting
life.”

This is the kind of love God expects from us. True love means have
strong affection or deep tender feelings towards God, towards
yourself and towards others. It means to love the way God loves. It
implies knowing and worshipping God rightly, seeing yourself the way
God sees you and caring for others the way God cares for you.
Without true love, all gifts (however excellent) are useless in the eyes
of God. A person who has outstanding gift such as the divine ability
to speak many languages, the gift of prophecy and understanding all
mysteries and knowledge, and the faith to remove mountains is
nothing without true love. In the like manner, sacrifice, no matter how
expensive, profits nothing without true love (1 st Corinthians 13:3).
Because true love is a commandment of God (1 st John 4:21), you
need it in order to enjoy the blessings of God (Isaiah 1:19). Know also
that without demonstrating true love, it is impossible to make heaven.
True love is praised in 1 st Corinthians 13:4-7. It is slow to anger and
not predisposed to revenge. It is patient and forbearing, good
natured, gentle, tender and affectionate. True love is never harsh or
rude; it is polite and courteous. It is prompt in giving due respect to
superior and in showing respect for their opinions. True love is
humble and unselfish. It does not seek its own happiness to the
injury of others. Do you have true love?

Prayer point
Father, please grant me the grace to demonstrate true love.

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