OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL TUESDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2015 BY PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE

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TOPIC: WHEN PIGS ARE WISER
Memorise: And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the
tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. Mark 5:5

Read: Mark 5:1-13,
1 And they came over unto the other side of the
sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.
2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him
out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,
3 Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind
him, no, not with chains:
4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and
the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken
in pieces: neither could any man tame him.
5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the
tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.
6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,
7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee,
Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou
torment me not.
8 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.
9 And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My
name is Legion: for we are many.
10 And he besought him much that he would not send them away out
of the country.
11 Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of
swine feeding.
12 And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine,
that we may enter into them.
13 And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went
out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a
steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were
choked in the sea.

Bible in one year:
Leviticus 8-9,
1 st Corinthians 6:12-7:16

MESSAGE
It is great to experience deliverance from demons, but it is better to never be
repossessed by them after being delivered. A better option than these is not to
have being possessed by demons at all. If you have never been possessed by
demons all your life, you do not know what God has done for you. These two
things are common to all those who have been possessed before: they suffered
great losses and went through hell. Take for instance the Gadarene demoniac in
our Bible reading: what he would never do to himself in his right senses, he did
while demons were inside him. He cut his body with sharp stones, bled and felt
the pain, and yet he compulsively repeated this often. In other words, the
demons in him told him to hurt his own body as if it was the body of an enemy,
and he obeyed even though he felt the pain. The demons tried to use him to
destroy himself. Do you know that even today, demonic spirits still compel their
victims to destroy themselves? We should not be surprised of this, as Jesus in
John 10:10a already revealed their mission to us:
“The thief cometh not, but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:”

All over the world today, demons of addition gradually lure people into taking
degenerative substances such as cocaine, heroin, Indian hemp, cigarettes,
tobacco powder (snuff), etc. After a while, such people discover that they are
unable to break away from these substances. The aim of these demonic spirits
of addition is to destroy their bodies. In the same manner, these spirits get
people into drinking alcohol, and before long, they become alcoholics. The
operations of the demons of lust follow the same pattern. They get their victims
into immorality, sodomy, lesbianism, and other sexual sins, so as to make them
destroy themselves. 1 st Corinthians 6:19 says:
“What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in
you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”

The objective of these demons is to make their victims destroy their bodies to
the extent that the Holy Spirit will not come near it, not to talk of entering in.
unfortunately, do you know that some people are happy to harbour demons
because of certain benefits they derive from them; for example, practitioners of
witchcraft? The pigs that were at the receiving end of the demons cast out of
the Gadarene demoniac were more sensible than such people. They preferred to
drown rather than to allow demons inhabit them. Are you as wise as these
pigs? If you have any spirit other than the Holy Spirit inside you, you need help
through deliverance.

Action point
Ask God to deliver anyone under the manipulative influence of demons in your
local church.

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OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL MONADY 21 SEPTEMBER 2015 BY PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE

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TOPIC: ENDURING HARDSHIP
Memorise: Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and
shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Matthew 5:11

Read: Matthew 5:10-12,
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for
righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you,
and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven:
for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Bible in one year:
Leviticus 6:8-7:38,
1st Corinthians 5:1-6:11

MESSAGE
The devil knows the glorious tomorrow that awaits every believer in Christ when
they cross the finish line of the Christian race. This is why he fights tooth and
nail to derail us from reaching our goal. He was a part of the heavenly bliss
that will be our reward, but he lost his place due to evil thoughts ( Isaiah
14:12-15 ). He does not want us to taste what he lost; hence he works through
wiles to bring us down ( Ephesians 6:11 ). One of the wiles that Satan uses in
making believers in Christ abandon the Christian race is hardship. Some people
have pulled out of heaven’s marathon before getting to the finish line, due to
their inability to endure hardship. Our Lord Jesus Christ described such people
in Mark 4:17
“And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward,
when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are
offended.”

The expectations you had when you entered the Christian faith matter a lot. The
Christian faith is not a bed of roses. The way of the cross that leads to Heaven
is not a path laden with gold and easy to take. If anyone tells you that once you
believe in Jesus, all your problems will disappear and everything will always go
well, you are being deceived. The day you signed up as a believer in Christ, the
die was cast and the battle line was drawn between you and the kingdom of
darkness. From that day, you become a sworn enemy of the forces of darkness.
They will surely attack you and try to make you feel miserable.
You are expected to endure hardness as a good soldier of Christ ( 2nd Timothy
2:3 ). The inability to endure difficult and trying times makes one a bad soldier
of the cross. Even when God blesses you, He still leaves room for you to be
persecuted, tried and ridiculed. Your faith in Christ may be tested through lack,
hunger, unanswered prayers, false accusations, ill health, and so on. Jesus in
our Bible reading taught that if you can take persecution, being reviled by men
and false accusation in good faith, you are blessed and on the path to Heaven.
On the other hand, if you easily get offended by these, if nothing is done to
correct your attitude, you may become derailed from the faith. Are you offended
in Christ? Towards the end of his stay on earth, John the Baptist began to
doubt if the same Person he had declared to be the Son of God was the true
Messiah ( Matthew 11:2-6 ). In His reply to John’s questions, the Lord told him
not to be offended in Him. It is a good thing to suffer persecution for your faith
in Christ. Never get to the point of being offended in Him.

Prayer Point
Father, let patience have its perfect work in my life, so that I will be wanting
in nothing.

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OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL SUNDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 2015 BY PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE

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TOPIC: THE BEGINNING OF BEGINNINGS
Memorise: I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the
Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. Revelation
1:8

Read: John 1:1-3,
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was
with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing
made that was made.

Bible in one year:
Leviticus 4:13-6:7,
1st Corinthians 4

MESSAGE
The Almighty God is so great, mighty, powerful, glorious and all-knowing that
He is unlimited, unlike mortal men. He has access to the past, present and
future of every event. Jesus in Revelation 1:8 decleared:
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which
is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”

The word “Alpha” in this declaration refers to the beginning of beginnings. When
everything began, it was in His presence. John 1:2 says the Word was in the
beginning with God. He was there when everything was formed, and as a result,
He can trace the historical links of everything to where it all started. He is still
in control of the past, so He can interfere with it in order to give you a better
tomorrow. He knows exactly how things will turn out; hence it is best to always
stick with His decisions. Before He gives counsel on any matter, He looks at the
situation from the angles of the past, present and future, within the context of
His purpose of your life. This is why those who factor His decisions into their
lives are wise ( Proverbs 3:5-7 ). Even if something goes wrong with such a
decision down the line, because He is involved, and all the power and resources
available in the universe belong to Him, He will tinker with things and get them
to work in your favour ( Romans 8:28 ). How often do you let Him into your
decisions?

In the sphere of human existence, today is a product of yesterday. If you are a
professional today, it is because you spent time being trained in school
yesterday. If you have graduated from the university with a first-class honours
degree, it is because you invested quality time into studying. If you are doing
mental jobs as a cleaner or messenger, it is most likely because of your lack of
access to an education or because you did not invest enough time in schooling.
If you are suffering today, it is most likely as a result of what you did or did not
do in the past. This is why you should be very careful with what you do today.
Also, have tomorrow in view before taking that decision today. Thirdly, get
connected with the only One who can go into your past to help your present.
Do you know the Alpha and Omega? Are you connected with the Beginning of
beginnings?

Prayer point
Father, go into my past and correct any error working against me today, and
make my tomorrow great

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OPEN HEAVEN DEVOTIONAL SATURDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2015 BY PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE

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TOPIC: DESTINIES CAN CHANGE
Memorise: Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into
his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. Hebrews 4:1

Read: Hebrews 3:15-19 ,
15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his
voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.
16 For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that
came out of Egypt by Moses.
17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them
that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?
18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but
to them that believed not?
19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
Bible in one year: Leviticus 1:1-4:12, 1st Corinthians 3

MESSAGE
One of the privileges that being in Christ grants to you is that your present
situation and your past life cannot hinder your God-given destiny. God has
decided your destination even before you were born. Because you are a child of
destiny, you will get to your destination in Jesus’ Name. Nevertheless, you need
to know that your destiny can be changed by God or by your attitude. God had
to change His plan for eternal priestly succession, which He has earlier
promised Eli and his household. Ponder on what God said to Eli in 1st Samuel
2:30:
“Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the
house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the LORD saith,
Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise
me shall be lightly esteemed.”
May God never change His plan for your life, family and ministry in Jesus’
Name!

Just as God can change His mind concerning a promise He made to an
individual or family, He can also change His mind concerning a promise He
made to a nation. In Numbers 14:26-32, God changed His mind concerning a
generation of the children of Israel. God had brought them to the borders of the
Promised Land, in readiness to completely fulfil the promise He had made to
their fathers over 400 years before they were born. But amazingly, they refused
to enter in. they did not believe that God could complete the process He had
started. God therefore changed His mind concerning them because of their
unbelief ( Hebrews 3:19 ). God told them that they would not enter into their
destiny; rather, they would die in the wilderness, their children, whom they
thought would never enter the Promised Land, were the same ones God now
said He would take into the land. May God never change His good plans
concerning your nation in Jesus’ Name! Unbelief is a terrible thing! Every time
you fail to believe that God can do what He has promised to do, you tie God’s
hands and push Him to dump the promise He made to you. Unbelief is a slap
on God’s face. It is understandable why they cannot believe God in their current
state. However, the moment you receive Jesus, you are supposed to become a
believer. God is not happy when believers who have experienced His ability over
time, demonstrate unbelief in Him. In any way you are in unbelief, repent fast
and pull out of it!

Prayer Point
Father, in any way my deeds have affected Your plan for my life, have mercy
on me, and let Your original plan for my life be fulfilled.

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OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL FRIDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2015 BY PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE

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TOPIC :POPULARITY CAN EBB
Memorise: There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the
LORD. Proverbs 21:30

Read: Numbers 16:1-3,
16:1 Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of
Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab,
and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men:
16:2 And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel,
two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the
congregation, men of renown:
16:3 And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against
Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all
the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the L ORD is among
them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of
the L ORD ?

Bible in one year:
Exodus 39-40,
1st Corinthians 2

MESSAGE
Every race has its rules. Crossing the finish line without following the rules will
bring you no reward. Service to God in His vineyard also fellows this principle.
Some leaders who have gone ahead of us in the service of God messed up and
ended up where they did not bargain for. This is why to avoid ending up like
they did, we must learn from their experience. Korah, Dathan and Abiram were
powerful leaders under Pastor Moses in the wilderness, but they erred and met
with terrible judgment. That shall not be your portion in Jesus’ Name! From the
narrative about them in Numbers 16, we learn that we should focus on the
assignment God has given to everyone of us. 1st Corinthians 7:20 makes it
clear that everyone should mind their calling.
“Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.”

Adding to what God has given you might actually be a distraction to your
original calling. If you want God to increase the scope of your assignment, or if
you desire to be promoted in the things of the Kingdom, the right approach is to
draw closer to the Holy Spirit, tell Him about your godly desires, satisfy God’s
laid down conditions for experiencing an uplift and wait to hear from the Lord.
Using the methods of the flesh to gain ascendancy can only uplift the flesh. It
takes the Spirit to lift you up in spiritual things. It is important to note that not
everyone occupying a top ecclesiastical leadership position got there by the
Spirit. Allow God to judge and reward them accordingly, but do not repeat their
mistakes.

Moreover, another lesson from the rebellion of Korah, Dathan and Abiram is that
using your growing popularity to work against the will of God can totally erode
it. The 250 princes involved in this sad story were very popular in the
wilderness, having been selected out of the general populace into the position of
leadership. They were honoured and famous for as long as they played their
roles within the scope of their divine assignment. But the moment they decided
to partner with rebellious folks, honour gave way to shame, and their popularity
turned to disfavour. Are you a leader in the church or in any enterprise? Praise
God! Are you becoming very popular by virtue of your position and the
opportunities you have access to as a leader? Praise God! However, be very
careful! Never use your popularity against God’s people or God’s Word. If you
do, it will surely backfire and you will not be proud of what you will get in
return.

Key Point
The essence and power of any influence, resource, ability or endowment you
use against God will be eroded, and such acts will backfire on you.

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OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL THURSDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2015 BY PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE

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TOPIC: RECEIVED DIVINE INSTRUCTIONS
Memorise: Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words
in thine heart. Job 22:22

Read: Job 22:21-24 ,
21 Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace:
thereby good shall come unto thee.
22 Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words
in thine heart.
23 If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put
away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.
24 Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the
stones of the brooks.

Bible in one year:
Exodus 37:38,
1 st Corinthians 1

MESSAGE
Due to the advent of sin and the activities of our adversary, we are faced with
different challenges of life from day to day. The loss of assets and of persons
dear to us is one of those challenges which our adversary, the devil, throws at
us to destabilise us and ultimately make us lose our faith. But thank God that
provision has been made in the package of salvation for the recovery of those
things which we may have lost. Do you desire to recover what you have lost?
Stop crying about it and encourage yourself in the Lord. A time of loss is a time
to seek the face of God in prayer. After David and his men suffered a major loss,
he wept, but he didn’t stop there. He encouraged himself in the Lord and
sought God’s face in prayer ( 1st Samuel 29:3-8 ). Although God is a very
present help in the time of trouble, it is only those who seek Him that will find
Him ( Proverbs 8:17 ). Based on his life experiences, the Psalmist confirms this in
Psalm 34:10:
“The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall
not want any good thing.”

Have you lost any good things? Seek God’s face from today. Separate yourself
to spend time with God alone. For the duration of that period, let God be your
only focus. Pour out your heart to Him and meditate on His word. Praise and
worship Him in spirit and in truth. Be quiet in His presence to hear what He has
to say to you. Have you been seeking God’s face after suffering a loss?
It is important to receive instructions from God after suffering a loss. He alone
can fully tell how a loss occurred. Where what we lost can be found and how
best to recover it. Unfortunately, people seldom fellow God’s instructions. May
people adhere to traffic rules, especially in developed countries, because they do
not want sanctions. Similarly, most people fellow the instructions in the user’s
manual of their gadgets; but when it comes to God’s instructions, people take
what appeals to them and discard the rest. Beloved, receive all of God’s
instructions because they will lead you to the path of success, victory and joy.
Instructions from God can come to you through a variety of ways. God can
instruct you by directly speaking to you. He can also do so through His
servants, especially through the word of knowledge in programmes such as our
monthly Holy Ghost Service. God can send you instructions while you fellowship
with other brethren in church. It could be during praise and worship, the choir
ministration, prayer time or through the sermon. This is why it is important not
to neglect fellowshipping with the brethren. How attentive are you to receive
instructions from God while in His presence?

Prayer Point
Father, my heart is open to receive Your instructions that will turn my life
around for good.

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OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL WEDNESDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 2015 BY PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE

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TOPIC: THE REAL FIX YOU NEED!
Memorise: Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am
God, and there is none else. Isaiah 45:22

Read: Isaiah 45:20-25,
20 Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together,
ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the
wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save.
21 Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath
declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I
the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there
is none beside me.
22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and
there is none else.
23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness,
and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall
swear.
24 Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even
to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be
ashamed.
25 In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.

Bible in one year:
Exodus 35-36,
Romans 16

MESSAGE
In an attempt to fill the void created by the absence of God in some people’s
lives, they find themselves using mind-bending substances. This is very
rampant in societies that have replaced God with government. In admission of
their failure to achieve this folly in the lives of men, some of them now allow the
free use of these substances. What they fail to realise is that without Jesus
Christ, you can never be complete ( Colossians 2:10 ). Nothing else can take His
place. The effects of mind-bending drugs such as marijuana or cocaine can
never fill His space in the heart. If you take any of these, it will only take you
“high” into a world of hallucination: an unreal world that Satan creates for you
while the effects of these drugs last, but afterwards, he drops you far below
where he took you from, leaving you feeling deeply depressed, dissatisfied,
empty and naked.

Any person who uses mind-bending substances will always want to experience
the “high” feeling again and again in a vicious cycle. It is ironic that there is
never a feeling of satisfaction derived from the use of these substances. Rather,
one wrap becomes too small and the fellow moves on to two, three, four or
even five in order to experience the effect that used to be derived from just a
single wrap or shot. It gets to a stage where they now live for hard drugs. At
this point, nothing else matters to them but another wrap or shot All along,
each use of those substances lead the user into madness.
No hard drug satisfies, but Jesus Christ does. He is the “hard drug” that can fix
your life once and for all. Take one shot of Jesus Christ and He will take you
truly high and keep you there. One wrap of Jesus will give you a bit of the
heavenly experience that will increase every passing day as you fellowship with
Him. Have you received Jesus into your life? Are you a drug addict? Do you
need a fix every now and then? All you need is Jesus! He satisfies. He will
quench your thirst for inordinate things. Receive Him into your heart and it shall
be well with you. Your life will receive the transformation you need. Are you
addicted to drugs and other mind-bending substances? Have you made effort
to stop their use but could not stop? In the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,
you are set free today! That habit holding you bound is broken now! I command
every demon of addiction to release you now! You are liberated from their grip
in Jesus’ Name. Submit yourself to the environment of accountability in a
church to strengthen your resolve never to go back.

Action point
Reach out to drug addicts for Christ or lend a helping hand to ministers
dedicated to their salvation and rehabilitation.

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OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL TUESDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 2015 BY PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE

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TOPIC: AFRAID OF YOUR MIRROW IMAGE?
Memorise: For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a door, he is like unto a
man beholding his natural face in a glass: James 1:23
Read: James 1:22-25,
22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only,
deceiving your own selves.
23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man
beholding his natural face in a glass:
24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth
what manner of man he was.
25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he
being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in
his deed.

Bible in one year:
Exodus 33:34,
Romans 15:14-33

MESSAGE
The word of God is very central to our life as believers. In the very last
admonition of Moses to the children of Israel, He said the word of God is their
very life ( Deuteronomy 32:46-47 ). For believers in Christ today, the word of God
is also our life, because it is through it that we are born-again, as revealed in
1st Peter 1:23 :
“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of
God, which liveth and abideth forever.”
After we are born-again, the word of God performs several functions in our life.
One aspect of these functions which is rather interesting is that it works as our
mirror. A mirror shows the reflection of the one using it. A man may hold an
opinion of himself for a long period, but when he has the opportunity to look in
a mirror, he will see himself as he is. In this age of flattery and political
correctness, you may be shocked by the time you compare what you see in a
mirror before you, to people’s assessment for your person. Why is this so? We
live in a time when it has become very difficult for people to call a shade a
shade. They prefer to tell you what you want to hear. They are prepared to
flatter you and say those things that can keep them in your good books,
particularly if they hope to curry your favour. If the friends you surround yourself
with cannot point out your faults when you go wrong, change them. If you
don’t, they will lead you astray.

Unlike men who will flatter you, the word of God tells you who or what you are
without fear or favour. When you stand before the perfect law of liberty, you will
see yourself exactly how God sees you. The word of God will reveal the stains in
your garment of salvation and show you the wrinkles on your robe of
righteousness. One reason why people avoid hearing, reading or studying the
Bible is because they are afraid of seeing their true picture. They want to
continue to live under self-deception. Some other people look at the mirror of
God’s word, see their stains, dents and imperfections, and yet they refuse to do
anything about it. This is the height of foolishness! If God’s word cannot
correct you, what else can? The Bible in James 1:21 says:
“Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive
with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.”
Receive God’s verdict about you in His word today, and stop trying to justify
yourself.

Action Point:
Every time you look into the Bible and you see something amiss in your robe of
righteousness, immediately

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OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL MONDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2015 BY PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE

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TOPIC: THE RIGHT ROOT
Memorise: And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time:
afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake,
immediately they are offended. Mark 4:17
Read: Mark 4:16-17,
16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony
ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with
gladness;
17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward,
when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are
offended.

Bible in one year:
Exodus 30:22-32:35,
Romans 14:13-15:13

MESSAGE
In a marathon, not everyone who starts the race reaches the finish line. Several
people drop out of the race due to one reason or the other. In the same way,
several people are dropping out of the race to meet Christ the Redeemer on the
last day. The parable of the sower reveals some of the reasons why people will
not get to the finish line of the Christian race. One of such reasons is not being
rooted and grounded in the word of God. Jesus gives further insight into this in
Mark 4:17
“And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward,
when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are
offended.”
The root of a tree is very important to its survival. If you cut down every part of
most trees and leave the roots, the tree will spring up again. All the
nourishment that sustains the fruits, leaves and branches of a tree are received
through its roots. Also, it is the roots that hold the tree when the wind comes
against it. If the roots are few or tiny, the tree will also be limited in its ability
to feed and stay fixed; but if the roots are many, big and strong, the tree will
feed well and endue. Note that every tree has roots whose size is directly
proportional to the size of the tree. It is therefore the size of your root in Christ
that will determine how big you will grow in His kingdom. A heavy wind blew
one rainy day and it caused a big tree located by the roadside to fall. People
marvelled that such a huge tree could be brought down by the wind, but after
they looked closely, they discovered that the roots of this tree did not go deep
enough into the ground, and so the bottom of the tree appeared flat. No wonder
it fell!

In the Christian faith, the root refers to the foundation on which one’s faith in
Jesus is established. If the foundation is bad, it will definitely affect the growth
and stability of the tree. Any fruit produced will have problems if the root is not
the right size or does not go deep enough. Many believers who bungled their
trip to Heaven had a bad foundation in Christ. Either their roots were developed
wrongly, or their roots did not go deep enough. This is why care should be
taken to groom young converts very well through the teaching of the word.
They should be exposed to the sincere, undiluted milk of the word ( 1st Peter
2:2 ). What is the state of your foundation in Christ? Do you have big, Strong
roots that can give you stability until the race ends?

Prayer Point
Father, give me the right roots that will make me grow into a gigantic tree in
your kingdom.

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OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL SUNDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2015 BY PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE

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TOPIC: HE GRAFTS IN
Memorise: Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be
grafted in. Romans 11:19
Read: Romans 11:16-20 ,
16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if
the root be holy, so are the branches.
17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree,
wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of
the olive tree;
18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root,
but the root thee.
19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in.
20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith.
Be not highminded, but fear:

Bible in one year:
Exodus 29:1-30:21,
Romans 13:8-14:12

MESSAGE
Grafting is an agricultural technique used for propagating fruit trees. It involves
cutting a section of the stem of one tree and inserting it into the stock of
another tree. A part of the tree providing the stock must be cut off before
grafting can take place. The technique is used in order to make fruit trees
reproduce true to type. Today’s Bible reading describes our entry into the family
of God as a form of this process. The Almighty God has the power to reverse
the irreversible. In the process of doing this, He can disconnect a person in
order to connect another. Romans 11:17 says that God can take a branch from
a wild olive tree and graft it into a good olive tree, so that instead of the wild
branch producing bitter fruit, it will deliver good fruit. Are you living recklessly
and on your way to Hell? As you repent of your sins today and turn your life
over to Jesus, God will graft you into the Body of Christ, so that your future
that was suppose to end in bitterness will end in sweetness.

The children of Israel were beneficiaries of grafting as an act of God. Seven
powerful nations had inhabited the Promised Land for several years before God
chose that portion of the earth for His children ( Deuteronomy 7:1 ). He decided
to cut off those nations and bring in His Children. This season, the Lord will
displace the current movers and shakers of the most productive sectors of the
world, in order to make room for you in Jesus’ Name.
Another beneficiary of God’s grafting was Esther. She was an orphan who
became a slave when soldiers raided her city and took her captive ( Esther
2:5-7 ). She knew sorrow and was meant to die a slave, but God went into her
future and said, “Yon shall not die a slave but a queen”. For this to take place,
God used Queen Vashti’s mistake to cut her off, so that the slave girl could be
grafted in as queen. Are you a slave or a house-help, wondering if you will die
in that present condition? The Lord who did it for Esther will go into your future
and effect the necessary changes to make you a noteworthy person. Are people
expecting your life to end in misery? No, my God will not let it happen! Your
tomorrow shall be alright. You shall have the type of experience Esther had, and
your end shall be honourable like that of Jabez ( 1 st Chronicles 4:9-10 ). You
shall end well. Are you empty now? You shall end full. God will disappoint all
the expectations of your enemies in Jesus’ Name.

Prayer Point
Father, as I submit myself to You, graft me into greatness today.

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