Thursday, October 3, 2019
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Now when all the people were baptized, Jesus also was baptized. And while he was praying, the heavens opened. Luke 3:21
LISTEN : Are you desiring an open heaven? I’m sure you’ll get it. God desires to open the heaven to His people if they’re willing to pursue it. Dedication and genuine prayer to God will trigger an “open heaven.” An “open heaven” refers to an unhindered manifestation of God’s own presence and glory in the earth, to bless and touch every aspect of the person or people He wants to bless. God is willing to release an “open heaven” to us if we are prepared for it. “Open heaven” is God’s desire for all believers in Christ Jesus. However, we can hinder “open heaven” if we refuse to walk in tune with God. Our desire for an “open heaven” should be as a result of our hunger to please God through our lives. Beloved, God can open the heaven for you if you can open your heart to Him. You may ask, what should I do to attract an open heaven? To attract open heaven you must walk by faith and obedience to God; be prayerful and dedicated to Him, have the fear of God and maintain a relationship with God and His people. (see Deut 28:1-2; 1Thess 5:17; Acts 10:9-17; Ezekiel 1:1; 84:11). My dear, open heaven will give you access to divine revelations, divine secrets, favour, protection, authority, divine provisions ; and access to the presence of God. Surely, the heaven will be opened to you if you will open your heart to God today. So, dedicate yourself to God; pray and walk in faith, and hunger for His presence and He will throw open the heaven for you. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Always fear God and put your trust in Him.
2. Be consistently dedicated to God and always be prayerful.
3. Esteem your relationship with God and determine to be in His presence always.
4. Determine to have the fear of God and pursue His will always.
Prayer : Almighty God, I thank you because you love me so much. Therefore, open the heaven for me and bless me abundantly, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : God desires to open the heaven to His people if they’re willing to long for it.
Quote : “The heaven will surely be opened to those who are willing to open their heart to God.”
Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I confess that God is willing to give an open heaven if I am willing to long for it. Therefore, I will pray, obey, serve and dedicate myself to God, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know God is merciful and also a consuming fire? (Hebrews 12:29) .
Today In History : October 3, 1929 The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes officially changes its name to Yugoslavia.
Stunning Fact : Did you know when baby polar bear cubs are born they cannot see or hear for their first month?
A Word Of Blessing : You’ll make a difference. May God bless you and open the heaven for you. Today, every door of favour closed against you is opened, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Thursday, October 3, 2019
TOPIC : GIVE YOUR HEART TO THE WORD OF GOD
Bible Verse : But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law does he meditate day and night. Psalms 1:2
LISTEN : The word of God is for our good. Those who cherish the word of God are transformed into the image of God. The word of God is a refiner. It brings the best in a person by shaping the character of the person involved. Because God’s word is pure, it purifies anyone who values it. The Bible says thus : “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.” (Psalms 12:6). Yes! The word of God revives, refreshes and reforms people. The Bible says, “The law of the Lord is good, giving new life to the soul: the witness of the Lord is certain, giving wisdom to the foolish” (Psalms 19:7 BBE). Truly, when the word of God is highly esteemed in a person’s life, transformation will occur; a sinner will be changed into a saint, hope will be given to the hopeless, bitterness will be turned to sweetness ; and shame will be turned into glory. Besides, God’s word is a way maker. It gives directions and enable those who esteem it to be successful and prevail in life. God commanded Joshua to highly esteem His word, and therefore assured him of success if he continuously study and meditate in His word. The Bible says thus: “Let this book of the law be ever on your lips and in your thoughts day and night, so that you may keep with care everything in it; then a blessing will be on all your way, and you will do well.” (Joshua 1:8 BBE). Beloved, grow your love for God and His words, and He will make you to succeed. Be wise!
Prayer : Everlasting Father, help me to delight in your word always, amen.