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Open Heaven Wednesday 19 January 2022 Topic: LET THERE BE LIGHT III

Open Heaven Wednesday 19 January 2022

Topic: LET THERE BE LIGHT III

Memorise: For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9

Read: 1 Chronicles 4:9-10

And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow.

10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.

Open Heaven Wednesday 19 January 2022

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Let there be light” could mean “Let the darkness of poverty disappear” so that pure wealth from God may appear the type that does not bring sorrow along with it The Almighty God is the Master Strategist, the Architect-in-Charge of the universe and the Greatest
Builder of all time. Before the universe was put together, God planned it. No one is in this world by accident. He did not create man until all that he needed for his living was put in place. The earth was filled with the darkness of poverty but God fixed it before creating man. I pray that the
Almighty God will deal with the darkness of poverty in your life, in Jesus’ name. The Almighty God told the
children of Israel:

But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he
sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day. Deuteronomy 8:18.

The members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in particular have a covenant of pure wealth with God through our Father-in-the Lord, the founder of the RCCG.
This is why we do not need to go the worldly way to get wealth. Wealth is our trademark because we need it to
carry out our mandate of world evangelisation and missions. The good news is that every child of God can
partake in this covenant of prosperity through faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, according to today’s
memory verse.

Open Heaven Wednesday 19 January 2022
In today’s text we read of a man who realized that poverty is a form of darkness and thus decided not to condone it any longer. He thus prayed against it. This man was Jabez.
The lesson all children of God must learn here is that poverty is not a Christian virtue and so it should be
abhorred with a passion. As a matter of fact, poverty is in direct opposition to our relationship with God who says
the cattle on a thousand hills belong to Him (Psalm 50:10).

May the light of the Almighty God shine upon you today and cause every form of the darkness of poverty to forever flee, in the mighty name of Jesus.

Prayer Point: Father, whatever beautiful plans You have for my life
that the enemies have distorted through thne power of darkness, please restore in Jesus narme.

Open Heaven Wednesday 19 January 2022

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Hymn 12: My Faith Looks Up To Thee

1 My faith looks up to thee,
thou Lamb of Calvary,
Savior divine.
Now hear me while I pray;
take all my guilt away;
O let me from this day
be wholly thine!

2 May thy rich grace impart
strength to my fainting heart;
my zeal inspire!
As thou hast died for me,
oh, may my love to thee
pure, warm, and changeless be,
a living fire!

3 While life’s dark maze I tread,
and griefs around me spread,
be thou my guide.
Bid darkness turn to day,
wipe sorrow’s tears away,
nor let me ever stray
from thee aside.

4 When ends life’s transient dream,
when death’s cold, sullen stream
shall o’er me roll,
blest Savior, then, in love,
fear and distrust remove;
O bear me safe above,
a ransomed soul!

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Bible in one year: Exodus 5-8

Get Ready to read: Open Heaven 18 Tuesday January

Get Ready to read: Open Heaven 18 Tuesday January

Topic: LET THERE BE LIGHT II

Memorise: Who his own self bare
our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. 1 Peter 2:24

Read: Matthew 9:1-7

And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city.

And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.

And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth.

And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?

For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?

But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.

And he arose, and departed to his house.

MESSAGE: Get Ready to read: Open Heaven 18 Tuesday, January

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One of the consequences of sin is sickness.
When the darkness of sin disappears, sickness flees with it. The words “Let there be light” could mean “Let there be healing” because sickness is a
form of darkness. Jesus Christ is the Light, the Remover of sin, as well as the Healer. Our memory verse today
says that we are dead to sin and healed by the stripes of Jesus.

The story in our Bible text confirms that sin, more often than not, causes sickness in mankind. Thus, once the
problem of sin is dealt with, sickness is invariably healed as well. When Jesus saw the man that was sick of the palsy, He knew straightaway that his problem was as a result of sin. Instead of engaging in an exercise in futility like many ministers of God do today, Jesus went straight to the root cause of the man’s sickness sin.
“Son, be of good cheer, thy sins be forgiven thee” Jesus declared. The result is found in the next verse in our text for today after Jesus had declared him forgiven. Jesus said:

But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. And he arose, and departed to his house.
Matthew 9:6-7.

Beloved, there are a lot of lessons to learn from today’s reading: One, for ministers of the gospel, we must not
waste our time on praying for the sick who are not ready to let go of their sins. Two, for the sick, they must be
humble enough to admit their sinful living, confess, forsake and totally repent of the sins. Three, Jesus Christ
the Healer is the Forgiver of sins; every man must come to Him for salvation from all calamities, including the darkness of sickness. The assurance is that no matter how hopeless the situation may be, humanly speaking, by His stripes you will be healed. Just ensure that you
have zero tolerance to any spiritual impurity in your body which is the temple of the Almighty God,
according to 1 Corinthians 6:19.

Hymn 5: Have You Been To Jesus

1 Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power?
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 Savior’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?[Chorus]

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 the mansions bright,
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb?[Chorus]

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![Chorus]

Action point: Purge yourself of all sinful habits so that the light of healing may shine upon you as from today.

Bible in one year: Exodus 2-44

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Open Heaven 17 January 2022 TOPIC: LET THERE BE LIGHT

Open Heaven 17 January 2022 TOPIC: LET THERE BE LIGHT

TOPIC: LET THERE BE LIGHT

Memorise: And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. Genesis 1:3

Read: James 1:17

17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

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Let there be light” could mean “Let the darkness of sin disappear” because sin is a terrible form of Darkness. No one can possess the pure light except
from God, the Father of lights. The reason is that man was sold to the darkness of sin as a result of the fall at Eden.
However, God provided salvation for mankind through His only begotten Son Jesus Christ. This is why the Bible Says:
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, lam the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.John 8:12.

The above Scripture simply means that the cure for the darkness of sin is Jesus Christ. Have you been wallowing
in the darkness of sin? This new year can make the difference if you will accept Jesus Christ as your Saviour-
believing in salvation by His blood (Matthew 1:21). You may claim to have Jesus as your Saviour but have you
surrendered to His Lordship? Give the totality of your life to Him today and allow Him to take charge of everything
that concerns you (Matthew 11:28-29). Open Heaven 17 January 2022 TOPIC: LET THERE BE LIGHT

One important thing to do in order to step out of darkness is to confess one’s sins and surrender all to Jesus Christ. The Bible says that if we say we have no sin we are just deceiving Ourselves (1 John 1:8), but if we will swallow our pride, confess and deeide to forsake our sins, God will forgive us meaning that the light of God will evershadow us.

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One sign that indicates we have God’s light in us is when we shine, and we cannot shine with sin dwelling Within
us. We are only able to shine when Jesus rules over our lives. Jesus is the Light and those who live by His standards have His light within them. This is why Jesus Christ instructs genuine disciples to shine the light which they possess (Matthew 5:16).

I pray that the light of God will shine upon your life and there shall be no iota of darkness harassing you anymore in Jesus’ name.

Prayer point: Father please let Your light shine Upon Me and deliver me from the power of the darkness of sin in Jesus name

Hymn 9: I’ve A Message From The Lord, Hallelujah

1 I’ve a message from the Lord, Hallelujah!
The message unto you I’ll give.
’Tis recorded in His Word, Hallelujah!
It is only that you “look and live.”

Refrain:
“Look and live,” my brother, live.
Look to Jesus now and live.
’Tis recorded in His Word, Hallelujah!
It is only that you “look and live.”

2 I’ve a message full of love, Hallelujah!
A message, O my friend, for you.
’Tis a message from above, Hallelujah!
Jesus said it, and I know ’tis true. [Refrain]

Open Heaven 17 January 2022 TOPIC: LET THERE BE LIGHT

3 Life is offered unto you. Hallelujah!
Eternal life your soul shall have
If you’ll only look to Him. Hallelujah!
Look to Jesus, who alone can save. [Refrain]

4 I will tell you how I came, Hallelujah!
To Jesus when He made me whole:
’Twas believing on His name, Hallelujah!
I trusted and He saved my soul. [Refrain]

Bible in one year: Genesis 49-Exodus 1

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Today OPEN HEAVENS Sunday 16 January 2022

Today OPEN HEAVENS Sunday 16 January 2022

Topic: RETURNING TO THE HOME CHURCH MODEL

Memorise: Salute the brethren which are in Laodiceea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house. Colossians 4:15

Read: Romans 16:3-5

Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus:

Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.

Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my well-beloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ.

Today OPEN HEAVENS Sunday 16 January 2022

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The Home Church model is the oldest form of worship centres right from the Old Testament days.
It should be recalled that what is now known as Abrahamic faith in at least three notable religions of the world started as a family mode of worship. The Bible tells of how the Abrahamic faith started within the household
of Abraham in Genesis 18:19. lt is equally interesting to note that the New Testament Church was born, it
was within a household at the Upper Room (Acts 1:13). Today OPEN HEAVENS Sunday 16 January 2022
This was where all the earliest apostles were residing when the New Testament Church was inaugurated by the coming of the Holy Ghost.

Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus:…Likewise greet the church that is in their house… Romans 16:3,5.

Therefore, adopting the Home Church model is going back to the basics. The Home Church model has been proven to be beneficial right from the birth of the Church and all the hostility from the world against it. The blessings
accruing from this model are innumerable but we shall mention some of the spiritual ones today.

To start with, putting a Church in your house in the form of a House Fellowship Centre is like putting the Ark of the Covenant there and it brings abundant blessings like in the
case of Obededom in 2 Samuel 6:10-11. Obededom became a national celebrity to the extent that even King David envied him and hurriedly took the Ark away from his household. The good news is that no one can take the Church away from you as long as you allow Jesus to remain in your house. Today OPEN HEAVENS Sunday 16 January 2022

Corporately speaking, the Home Church model enhances all-round growth of the Church. Spiritually, members Of the House Fellowship and by extension, of the Church are
groomed since they would be properly taken care of.
This model discourages the loss of souls in the multitude of the bigger mother-Church. As we can see from the scriptures we reviewed above, the Home Church model is a design from God and we must all return to it.

Beloved, decide to use your home as a sub-unit of a bigger Church today and you would be richly blessed by so doing, in Jesus’ name. Today OPEN HEAVENS Sunday 16 January 2022

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Hymn 14: Nearer, My God To Thee

1 Nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee!
E’en though it be a cross that raiseth me,
still all my song shall be,
nearer, my God, to thee;
nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee!

2 Though like the wanderer, the sun gone down,
darkness be over me, my rest a stone;
yet in my dreams I’d be
nearer, my God, to thee;
nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee!

Today OPEN HEAVENS Sunday 16 January 2022

3 There let the way appear, steps unto heaven;
all that thou sendest me, in mercy given;
angels to beckon me
nearer, my God, to thee;
nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee!

4 Then, with my waking thoughts bright with thy praise,
out of my stony griefs Bethel I’ll raise;
so by my woes to be
nearer, my God, to thee;
nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee!

5 Or if, on joyful wing cleaving the sky,
sun, moon, and stars forgot, upward I fly,
still all my song shall be,
nearer, my God, to thee;
nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee!

Prayer point: Father, please qualify my home as worthy to be a custodian of Your Church, in the mighty name of Jesus.

Bible in one year: Genesis 46-48

RCCG Open Heavens 15 January 2022

RCCG Open Heavens 15 January 2022

Topic: THE GOD OF WONDERS

Todays Open Heaven January 2022

Memorise: Thus saith the Lord,
The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? And
where is the place of my rest? – Isaiah 66:1

Read: John 1:1-3,14

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

The same was in the beginning with God.

All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Message: Open Heavens For Saturday 15 January 2022

The word ‘wonder could be rightly considered as an apt description of God. Our God is full of wonders. At creation we saw how God brought
order out of a chaotic situation. The Bible says:

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.
And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light and there was light.
Genesis 1:2-3.

The above Scripture gives assurance of peace to anyone who would come to God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
In our memory verse today, we read that God is so magnificent that the entire heaven is His throne while, as
large as the earth is, it is merely His footstool. This is to tell us that no matter how big our challenges are, God is bigger than them all, as a songwriter affirms. RCCG Open Heavens 15 January 2022

Another area of the wonders of God is found in our Bible text of today. God is an eternal Personality playing different roles. He is the Word with God and at the same time He is God. In a nutshell, God is the Word and the
Word is God. The implication of this reality is that whoever trivializes the Word of God trivializes God Himself. Jesus Christ said, “It is the spirit that quickeneth; he flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto
you, they are spirit, and they are life” John 6:63).
Moreover, because the Word is powerful, if we abide in him, our lives would be transformed and we would be
Victorious. The Centurion in Matthew 8:5-13 understood this and took advantage of his knowledge of this truth when he requested that Jesus Christ should merely speak the Word to his servant’s situation for healing.

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The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. Matthew 8:8.

The God of wonders is alive to deal with your situation and give you pleasant wonders as we journey through year 2022. Go ahead and praise the God of wonders right now. RCCG Open Heavens 15 January 2022

Hymn 16: O God our help in ages past

1 O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
our shelter from the stormy blast,
and our eternal home:

2 Under the shadow of your throne
your saints have dwelt secure;
sufficient is your arm alone,
and our defense is sure.

3 Before the hills in order stood,
or earth received its frame,
from everlasting you are God,
to endless years the same.

4 A thousand ages in your sight
are like an evening gone,
short as the watch that ends the night
before the rising sun.

5 Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
soon bears us all away;
we fly forgotten, as a dream
dies at the op’ning day.

6 O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
still be our guard while troubles last,
and our eternal home!

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Prayer point: Father, please perform Your wonders in my life today, in Jesus’name.

Bible in one year: Genesis 43-45

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Today’s Open Heavens Friday 14 January 2022

Today’s Open Heavens Friday 14 January 2022

TOPIC: LESSONS FROM ELISHA III

Memorise: But godliness with contentment is great gain. 1 Timothy 6:6

Read: 1 Timothy 6:1-6

1 Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.

And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.

If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;

He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,

Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

But godliness with contentment is great gain.

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Today, we shall look at some more lessons we can draw from the life and times of prophet Elisha. The first one is based on today’s memory verse, which says, “But godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Timothy 6:6). Elisha was a contented man of God. He understood true prosperity according to Proverbs 23:5 which says that worldly riches are temporary and fly away as an eagle toward heaven. Elisha had total consecration and was not given to materialism. This was attested to by his refusal to exchange his double anointing for the gift brought by Naaman after the latter was healed of leprosy (2 Kings 5:16,26). One striking virtue of Elisha that we must imbibe is his heart of sincere service. This was so obvious that it was well known in Israel. Little wonder that when King Jehoshaphat was looking for a genuine prophet to consult, one of his servants testified of Elisha thus:

But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the Lord, that we may enquire of the Lord by him? And one of the king of Israel’s servants answered and said, Here is Elisha the son of Shaphat, which poured water on the hands of Elisha. 2 Kings 3:11

Elisha was forward-looking. He didn’t allow the present to blur the view of his future. He left a lucrative farming business to become a famous national prophet. Many are so short-sighted, like Esau who sold his birthright for a plate of pottage (Genesis 25:29-35). The cumulative virtues of Elisha made him become a man of a double-portion anointing. He performed miracles – double of what his master Elijah performed. For example, he raised two dead people whereas his master raised one. May the Lord make us disciples of a double-portion anointing, so that we may do greater works than Christ did, in Jesus’ name (John 14:12)

Today’s Open Heavens Friday 14 January 2022

Bible in one year: Genesis 41-42

Hymn 13: My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less

1 My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

Refrain:
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand:
all other ground is sinking sand;
all other ground is sinking sand.

2 When darkness veils his lovely face,
I rest on his unchanging grace;
in every high and stormy gale,
my anchor holds within the veil. [Refrain]

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3 His oath, his covenant, his blood,
support me in the whelming flood;
when all around my soul gives way,
he then is all my hope and stay. [Refrain]

4 When he shall come with trumpet sound,
O may I then in him be found:
dressed in his righteousness alone,
faultless to stand before the throne. [Refrain]

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Prayer Point: Father, please give me a heart of genuine service and fill me with the Holy Spirit so I can do exploits for You, in the mighty name of Jesus.

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Day 13 January Open Heaven 2022 LESSONS FROM ELISHA II

Open Heaven 2022 Thursday January 13 LESSONS FROM ELISHA II

Memorise: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. Mark 10:44

Read: 2 Kings 3:11-12

11 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the Lord, that we may enquire of the Lord by him? And one of the king of Israel’s servants answered and said, Here is Elisha the son of Shaphat, which poured water on the hands of Elijah.

12 And Jehoshaphat said, The word of the Lord is with him. So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.

Message Day 13 January Open Heaven 2022 LESSONS FROM ELISHA II

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Another quality which qualified Elisha for uncommon greatness is his devotion to serving the servant of God, Elijah. The Bible stated that Elisha poured water on Elijah’s hand (2 Kings 3.11). From this, it is clear that there are many blessings reserved for those who serve God’s servants. The Bible says: He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. Matthew 10:41. You can serve a man of God without getting paid directly however, when that man of God says to you ‘God bless you’, he is not just paying you compliments. A casual ‘God bless you’ from a friend does not carry the power that the same words from a man of God would. The words “God bless you’ from a man of God are loaded with prophetic blessings. You must therefore be ready to do something that will qualify you for a divine blessing. When you serve a man of God, a simple “God bless you’ will load you with tremendous miracles. Sometime ago, one of my sons-in-the-lord shared a testimony of how he was mightily blessed simply for driving me during one of my visits to the United States of America. He said of me “When he was finally leaving, he simply said ‘God bless you’. To the glory of God, I passed my exams in flying colours, got a new job and prospered tremendously”. When Elijah asked to know what Elisha wanted, the latter had only one answer: A double portion of the power of Elijah. Elisha asked for what he would use for God’s work, and as we see in our Bible reading today, God blessed him so much that kings were seeking his help. The Bible Say’s “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). You are not ready for uncommon greatness until you have settled the issue of your involvement in and commitment to Kingdom business. May the Lord give you the grace to work for Him and with His anointed ministers selflessly from today, in Jesus name. Day 13 January Open Heaven 2022

Action Point: Think of what you can do to cand the lanters of cod’s Kingdom on earth today and move into immediate

Bible in one year: Genesis 38-40

Hymn 8 I’m Pressing On The Upward Way

1 I’m pressing on the upward way,
New heights I’m gaining ev’ry day;
Still praying as I’m onward bound,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”

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Refrain:
Lord, lift me up, and let me stand
By faith, on heaven’s tableland;
A higher plane than I have found,
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.

2 My heart has no desire to stay
Where doubts arise and fears dismay;
Though some may dwell where these abound,
My prayer, my aim, is higher ground. [Refrain]

3 I want to live above the world,
Though Satan’s darts at me are hurled;
For faith has caught a joyful sound,
The song of saints on higher ground. [Refrain]

4 I want to scale the utmost height,
And catch a gleam of glory bright;
But still I’ll pray till heav’n I’ve found,
“Lord, lead me on to higher ground.” [Refrain]

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Online Open Heavens 12 January 2022

Online Open Heavens 12 January 2022

TOPIC: LESSONS FROM ELISHA I

Memorise: Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings, he shall not stand before en men Proverbs 22:29

Read: 1 Kings 19:15-21

15 And the Lord said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria:

16 And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room.

17 And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay.

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18 Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.

19 So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.

20 And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow thee. And he said unto him, Go back again: for what have I done to thee?

21 And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave unto the people, and they did eat. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him.

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We can learn many lessons from the life and times of Elisha- the successor to the great Prophet Elijah. In the next few days, we shall consider some of these lessons, and we will start with ‘diligence’ today. For example, we see that Elisha – a prosperous farmer’s son, was working alongside his father’s employees when Elijah met him. He could have refrained from joining the workers, but he worked with them because he was a diligent man. To excel physically in your endeavours, you must be diligent (Proverbs 22:19); likewise, to excel spiritually, you must seek the Lord diligently (Hebrews 11:6). Another lesson we can learn from Elisha is ‘good leadership’. As successful as he was, he was on the field with hirelings, ploughing in his father’s farm (1 Kings 19:19). He was a leader by example — not a sit- at-home leader who issues commands while he himself would not lift a finger to do anything. To lead is to serve, according to the injunction of our Lord Jesus Christ in Matthew 20:27. He was diligently doing his business when he received the call to the office of a prophet. Children of God should not be idling away in the name of a call that could be for a set time – they must be found busy doing legitimate business because the Lord does not call the mediocre. Moreover, Elisha did not allow his call to becloud his obligation of honour to his father. He went to honour his father before resuming at his divine post as a son of a prophet (1 Kings 19:20). This conforms with the Scripture that says, “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee” (Exodus 20:12). Online Open Heavens 12 January 2022

It is a dangerous thing to fail in honouring our parents under the guise of either our new-found faith or calling in the ministry. I will forever be grateful to God who gave me the opportunity to honour my mother while she was still alive and I received a lifetime blessing from her. Beloved, let us take note of these lessons as we continue to examine the life and times of Elisha the prophet.Online Open Heavens 12 January 2022

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Action Point: Take time to study Prophet Elisha on your own and it eill surprise you how many lessons the Holy Spirit will teach you

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BIBLE Bible in one year Genesis 35-37

Hymn 3 Deeper, Deeper In The Love Of Jesus

Open Heaven 11 January 202 TOPIC: THE BLESSINGS OF COMMITMENT

Open Heaven 11 January 202 TOPIC: THE BLESSINGS OF COMMITMENT

TOPIC: THE BLESSINGS OF COMMITMENT

Memorise: My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have done no hurt. Daniel 6:22

Read: Daniel 6:1-22

It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom;

And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage.

Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.

Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.

Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.

Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever.

All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions.

Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.

Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.

10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

11 Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.

12 Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king’s decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered and said, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.

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13 Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day.

14 Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him.

15 Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, That no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be changed.

16 Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.

17 And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel.

18 Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him.

19 Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions.

20 And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?

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21 Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever.

22 My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.

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Yesterday  CLICK HERE we discussed the price of commitment and noted that, as high as the price of commitment to Kingdom projects may be, it is highly rewarding. Today we shall dwell further on this and I pray that we would be spurred unto greater commitment to godliness and Kingdom business in Jesus’ name.  Our text today is a classic example of the blessings of commitment, especially to godliness. King Darius was deceived into signing a deadly document that forbade everyone to pray to God or any other person asides the king himself, for thirty days. The perpetrators of this deceit knew Daniel was committed to praying to God and they sought to implicate him with the law. Darius later realized that he had been misguided into signing a death warrant for Daniel, whom he obviously admired and respected. Daniel continued to pray to God despite the law, and as expected, he was thrown into the den of lions. Darius could not sleep that night, and as soon as it was morning, he ran to the den of lions to confirm the authenticity of the power of God and whether God had rewarded Daniel for his commitment to Him. The Bible says:  And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions? Daniel 6:20.

The God of Daniel – the Lion of the tribe of Judah had delivered him from the jaws of the lions. Daniel replied, confirming the reward of commitment to godliness:

Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live forever. My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions mouths, that they have not hurt me; forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt. Daniel 6:21-22.

May you also reap the benefits and rewards of commitment to the Almighty God and His Kingdom’s business, in the mighty name of Jesus. Open Heaven 11 January 202 TOPIC: THE BLESSINGS OF COMMITMENT

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Prayer Point: Father, please reward my commitment to Your Kingdom’s business, in Jesus name.

Bible in one year: Genesis 32-34

Hymn 12 My Faith Looks Up To Thee

1 My faith looks up to thee,
thou Lamb of Calvary,
Savior divine.
Now hear me while I pray;
take all my guilt away;
O let me from this day
be wholly thine!

2 May thy rich grace impart
strength to my fainting heart;
my zeal inspire!
As thou hast died for me,
oh, may my love to thee
pure, warm, and changeless be,
a living fire!

3 While life’s dark maze I tread,
and griefs around me spread,
be thou my guide.
Bid darkness turn to day,
wipe sorrow’s tears away,
nor let me ever stray
from thee aside.

4 When ends life’s transient dream,
when death’s cold, sullen stream
shall o’er me roll,
blest Savior, then, in love,
fear and distrust remove;
O bear me safe above,
a ransomed soul!

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Open Heaven For 10 January 2022

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TOPIC: THE PRICE OF COMMITMENT

Memorise: And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. Luke 9:23

Read: Matthew 22:35-40

35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,

36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

38 This is the first and great commandment.

39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Open Heaven For 10 January 2022

A brother was discussing with me about how he had decided to be very committed to Kingdom work. I knew he was just probably trying to impress me, so I set a little test to see how serious he was in his commitment to Kingdom business. I told him the church would need his car for an outreach the next Monday. He protested immediately, saying that he would also need it to transport himself to work. I then told him that he had no idea what total commitment to God and His Kingdom’s business was. It was then I pointed out to him that we had already made provision for all the vehicles we would need for the outreach. I told him further that I had just wanted to test the genuineness of his claim of commitment to God.  In our Bible reading today, our Lord Jesus Christ based our commitment as His disciples on a great pillar called love- love for our Father in heaven and love for our neighbours. Our commitment to love goes a long way to fulfilling the eternal and universal law. Love is, however, so costly that even our Father in heaven paid a great price to demonstrate it to the whole world for the purpose of our salvation.  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. John 3:16.  In the same vein, when we are committed to loving our neighbours, many things will happen positively in our world. Firstly, keeping the commandments of God would be very easy. Our love for God will make us refrain from annoying Him through sin. David wrote: “I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word” (Psalm 119:101). Holiness is the price we all must pay to be a part of the Kingdom of God. Furthermore, our commitment to holiness may be very costly as we must be ready to pay the price of persecution according to 2 Timothy 3:12. To be a disciple and a friend of Jesus for that matter demands a price, according to our memory verse today. The good news however, is that a hundredfold- reward is guaranteed, according to Mark 10:30. Beloved, are you committed to soul-winning, giving to Kingdom projects and godliness? I congratulate you if you are because you will not miss your reward, in the name of Jesus. Open Heaven For 10 January 2022

Prayer Point: Father, please help me to increase my commitment to godliness and Kingdom projects, in Jesus’ name.

Bible in one year: Genesis 30-31

Hymn 1 All To Jesus I Surrender

1 All to Jesus I surrender,
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.

Refrain:
I surrender all, I surrender all;
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.

2 All to Jesus I surrender,
Make me, Savior, wholly Thine;
Let me feel Thy Holy Spirit,
Truly know that Thou art mine. [Refrain]

3 All to Jesus I surrender,
Lord, I give myself to Thee;
Fill me with Thy love and power,
Let Thy blessing fall on me. [Refrain]

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