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Open Heaven 10 November 2019 – Why You Must Be Healed

Topic: Why You Must Be Healed
(Open Heaven 10 November 2019)

Memorise: “Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God?” – Psalm 115:2

Daily Devotional By Pastor E. A. Adeboye

Read: Jeremiah 17:13-16 (KJV)
13 O LORD, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living waters.

14 Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.

15 Behold, they say unto me, Where is the word of the LORD? let it come now.

16 As for me, I have not hastened from being a pastor to follow thee: neither have I desired the woeful day; thou knowest: that which came out of my lips was right before thee.

Bible in One Year: Job 1-4, Joel 1

Open Heaven 10 November 2019 Sunday MESSAGE:
As a witness of the resurrection and saving power of Jesus Christ, I groan in the spirit whenever I see anyone who professes to be a child of God, like myself, suffering under the burden of sickness. I have zero tolerance for sickness in the lives of my children in the faith and fellow believers. This is why we frequently organized meetings where we stir up faith in the heart of believers to receive their healings. We do this for one singular reason expressed in today’s memory verse: we don’t want unbelievers to doubt what we say about our God. Divine healing is proof that He reigns in the affairs of men. Those who don’t believe in our God will believe when HE moves to heal diseases and sicknesses perceived to be incurable, like He did for the lame man at the temple’s gate (Acts 3:1-4:4). God healed him, and that singular miracle created a platform for Peter to preach God’s word, bringing five thousand souls to the Lord. Pastors and preachers of God’s word must desire healing, not only for themselves but also for their ailing congregants, so that God’s word in their mouth will be established. This is why Jeremiah, a prophet of God, cried unto God for healing in today’s Bible reading.

Another reason why you and I must live in perfect health is found in Isaiah 53:5, which says:

“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”

Our healing confirms that Jesus Christ is the Messiah and Saviour of the whole world. Healing is part of the package delivered to us through His work of atonement. When we minister healing to the world in the Name of Jesus, we establish that the word of God we preach is the eternal truth that should be embraced. When people of other faiths are afflicted with seemingly incurable diseases and we tell them of the healing virtue in the Blood of atonement, the healing they receive after believing our message stands their faith in Christ on the firm foundation of God’s power. Such people will treasure their salvation and hold on to their faith to the very end. This is why Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 2:4-5:

“4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”

Let us begin to desire and ask God for the gifts of healing more than ever before, because when we manifest these gifts, our assignment of evangelizing the world will be much easier. Do you desire the gifts of healing? Ask God for it today.

Open Heaven 10 November 2019 Sunday Prayer Point:
Father, heal me and impart the gifts of healing to me today, to the glory of Your Name.

Open Heaven 10 November 2019 Sunday Hymn 8: 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,
Oh, 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;
Oh, bear me safe above,
A ransomed soul!

RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual 10 November 2019 – Patience

RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual 10 November 2019 Lesson 11 – Patience

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TOPIC: Patience

OPENING PRAYER: Father, give me the grace to be patient. (Scroll down for RCCG Sunday School 10 November 2019 HYMN)

BIBLE PASSAGE: Psalms 37:7-9 KJV (RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual 10 November 2019)

7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.

9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.

MEMORY VERSE: “For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.” – Hebrews 10:36 (scroll down for RCCG Sunday School 10 November 2019 HYMN)

LESSON INTRODUCTION:
Patience is the ability to endure difficult circumstances, perseverance in the face of delay, tolerance of provocation without responding in annoyance/anger, enduring trails at expectantly waiting for a promise to be fulfilled (Heb. 10:36). Other words for patience are forbearance, endurance, longsuffering, perseverance, etc. The Bible exhorts believers to run the Christian race with patience (Heb. 12:1) because it is an important virtue (2 Peter 1:5-8) and a component of the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23).

TEXT REVIEW: Psalm 37:7-9

A. The Psalmist highlights some tactical ways of exercising patience as a virtue. Believers are:

i. To rest in the Lord. v.7a

ii. To wait patiently for Him. v.7b.

iii. Not to be bothered ‘because of him who prospereth in his way’. v.7c

Not to be disturbed ‘because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass’. v.7d.

v. …………………………………..v.8a

vi. …………………………………..v.8b

vii. …………………………………..v.8c

b. The consequence of lack of patience is that ……………….v.9a

c. The reward for patience is that ………………….v.9b.

2 LESSON OUTLINES

LESSON OUTLINE 1: PATIENCE AS A VIRTUE

A. The Bible teaches us that:

i. Patience produces perseverance and character (James 1:2-4).

ii. We need patience when waiting on answers to come, when bedding deliverance, while waiting to be healed, etc. (Ps. 27:14; Exo. 14:14)

iii. The true test of patience comes when pur rights are violated or treated unfairly (Heb. 12:2-3).

iv. Patience reveals our faith is God’s timing, omnipotence and love (Job 14:14; Ps. 27:14).

v. Patience does not develop overnight. God’s power and good ness are crucial to the development of patience (Col. 1:11).

vi. Our Patience is further developed and strengthened by resting in God’s perfect will and timing, even in the face of evil men who ‘succeed in their ways when they carry out their wicked schemes’ (Ps. 37:7)

B. We see in the Bible many examples of those whose patience characterised their walk with God.

i. James points us to the prophets “as an example of patience in the face of suffering” (James 5:10).

ii. He also refers to Job, whose perseverance was rewarded by what the “Lord finally brought about” (James 5:11).

iii. Abraham, too, waited patiently and “received what was promised” (Heb. 6:15)

iv. Jesus is our model in all things and he demonstrated patient endurance.(Heb.12:2)’

CLASS ACTIVITY 1:
Students should mention Bible characters that demonstrated lack of patience

LESSON OUTLINE 2: BENEFITS OF PATIENCE

The following are the benefits accruable to patience:

i. Patience strengthens and enables us to be more Christ like (Heb. 12:1-2; Ps. 27:14).

ii. Our patience is rewarded in the end because the Lord’s coming is near (James 5:7-8; Lam. 3:25).

To display the patience that is characteristic of Christ, we need:

i. To be thankful to God regardless of the situation (Phil. 4:4; 1 Thess 5:18).

ii. To also seek His purposes and remember His promises of wellness (Rom. 8:28;Heb. 10:23).

iii. To depend on God totally (Rom. 15:5; Col. 1:9-11).

iv. The manifestation of the truth of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23).

CLASS ACTIVITY 2:
Class should discuss the benefits they have derived from being patient from experience.

SUMMARY:
Patience is a virtue that Christian should exhibit. It shows spiritual maturity.

CONCLUSION:
The Christian race requires patience. The purpose is for our faith in Christ to be perfected and entire (James 1:2-4).

EVALUATION:
Teachers should test the knowledge of the students on what makes patience an important Christian virtue.

CLOSING PRAYER:
Father, help me to be patient in all things.

ASSIGNMENT:
Mention five (5) societal issues that can hinder a believer from exercising patience.

 

RCCG Sunday School 10 November 2019 HYMN

  1. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    O how I love Thee well,
    I am happy, it makes me glad
    To rejoice at Thy birth.
  2. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day, Thy friendship suits me well,
    Both young and old will sing Thy song,
    We long for Sunday School.
  3. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    Christ was Thy first teacher,
    The Holy Spirit, great teacher,
    Does manifest in thee.
  4. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    This testimony is sure,
    That God, the Father Almighty,
    Poured His blessing on Thee.
  5. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    Though the sun be so bright,
    Or if the clouds black with rain,
    I’ll be in Sunday School.
  6. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    I rejoice to see Thee,
    Will thou pass over me today?
    Without my being blest?

RCCG Sunday School STUDENT Manual 10 November 2019 – Lesson 11

TOPIC: Patience [RCCG Sunday School STUDENT Manual 10 November 2019]

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MEMORY VERSE: “For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.” – Hebrews 10:36 (scroll down for RCCG Sunday School 3 November 2019 HYMN)

BIBLE PASSAGE: Psalms 37:7-9 KJV (RCCG Sunday School STUDENT Manual 3 November 2019)

7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.

9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.

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LESSON INTRODUCTION:

Patience is the ability to endure difficult circumstances, perseverance in the face of delay, tolerance of provocation without responding in annoyance/anger, enduring trails at expectantly waiting for a promise to be fulfilled (Heb. 10:36). Other words for patience are forbearance, endurance, longsuffering, perseverance, etc. The Bible exhorts believers to run the Christian race with patience (Heb. 12:1) because it is an important virtue (2 Peter 1:5-8) and a component of the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23).

LESSON OUTLINES

  1. PATIENCE AS A VIRTUE
  2. BENEFITS OF PATIENCE

1. PATIENCE AS A VIRTUE

The Bible teaches us that patience produces perseverance and character (James 1:2-4). We need patience when waiting on answers to come, when bedding deliverance, while waiting to be healed, etc. (Ps. 27:14; Exo. 14:14). The true test of patience comes when pur rights are violated or treated unfairly (Heb. 12:2-3). Patience reveals our faith is God’s timing, omnipotence and love (Job 14:14; Ps. 27:14). Patience does not develop overnight. God’s power and good ness are crucial to the development of patience (Col. 1:11). Our Patience is further developed and strengthened by resting in God’s perfect will and timing, even in the face of evil men who ‘succeed in their ways when they carry out their wicked schemes’ (Ps. 37:7)

We see in the Bible many examples of those whose patience characterised their walk with God. James points us to the prophets “as an example of patience in the face of suffering” (James 5:10). He also refers to Job, whose perseverance was rewarded by what the “Lord finally brought about” (James 5:11). Abraham, too, waited patiently and “received what was promised” (Heb. 6:15). Jesus is our model in all things and he demonstrated patient endurance.

2. BENEFITS OF PATIENCE

Patience strengthens and enables us to be more Christ like (Heb. 12:1-2; Ps. 27:14). Our patience is rewarded in the end because the Lord’s coming is near (James 5:7-8; Lam. 3:25).

To display the patience that is characteristic of Christ, we need to first be thankful to God regardless of the situation (Phil. 4:4; 1 Thess 5:18). Secondly, we should seek His purposes and remember His promises of wellness (Rom. 8:28;Heb. 10:23). Above all, we should totally depend on God (Rom. 15:5; Col. 1:9-11) through the manifestation of the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23).

CONCLUSION: The Christian race requires patience. The purpose is for our faith in Christ to be perfected and entire (James 1:2-4).

QUESTIONS:

  1. How is patience a virtue
  2. What are the benefits of patience?

FOR FURTHER READING:
Monday – James 1:3-4
Tuesday – Psalm 37:7
Wednesday – Colossians 1:11
Thursday – 1 Thess. 5:14
Friday – Psalms 62:1
Saturday – Psalm 130:5-6
Sunday – Eccl. 7:8

ASSIGNMENT: Mention five (5) societal issues that can hinder a believer from exercising patience.

RCCG Sunday School 10 November 2019 HYMN

  1. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    O how I love Thee well,
    I am happy, it makes me glad
    To rejoice at Thy birth.
  2. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day, Thy friendship suits me well,
    Both young and old will sing Thy song,
    We long for Sunday School.
  3. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    Christ was Thy first teacher,
    The Holy Spirit, great teacher,
    Does manifest in thee.
  4. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    This testimony is sure,
    That God, the Father Almighty,
    Poured His blessing on Thee.
  5. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    Though the sun be so bright,
    Or if the clouds black with rain,
    I’ll be in Sunday School.
  6. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    I rejoice to see Thee,
    Will thou pass over me today?
    Without my being blest?

RCCG Teens Teacher’s Manual 10 November 2019 – Giving God All The Glory

RCCG Sunday School Teens Teacher’s Manual 10 November 2019 – Giving God All The Glory (Lesson 11)

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TOPIC: Giving God All The Glory

BIBLE TEXT: John 9:23-25

23 Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him.

24 Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.

25 He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.

Romans 4:20: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;

MEMORY VERSE: “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:” – Psalms 92:1

LESSON AIM: To teach the teens to give all the glory to God.

CENTRAL TRUTH: Always acknowledge God in all you do

RCCG Sunday School STUDENT Manual

INTRODUCTION: It is good to give thanks to God always. Ps. 92:1. This is what God expects from His children. For all He has done, most importantly that He made a way for us to be delivered from the hands of the enemy and from eternal doom by sending His only Begotten Rom to die for us. And through the death of Jesus Christ, we now have access to God. He said we can come boldly before the throne of grace to obtain mercy. Heb. 4:16. This is a good reason to give God praise always.

STUDY GUIDE:
A. How do we give God all the glory?

  1. Acknowledge His omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent nature.
  2. Praise Him always particularly for your achievements.
  3. Always be humble before Him. Be quick to confess and repent of your sins.
  4. Be open and truthful before Him always. Live a complete plain and transparent life.

B. Benefits of giving God all the glory:

  1. It is a commandment and we will reap the blessings of obedience. 1 Thess. 5:18
  2. He will do more.
  3. Our land will yield its increase. Ps. 67:5-6
  4. He will make us shine as light to the world.
  5. We will continually be in His presence because God inhabits the praises of His people. Ps. 22:3
  6. He fights our battles and gives us victory. 2 Chron. 20:21-22.
  7. Ask teenagers to add more to the benefits.

DISCUSSION: Discuss how we can give God lory in our day to day activities. John 15:5

CONCLUSION: One thing we must always have at our the back of our minds is that all glory belongs to God. Giving God all the glory simply means that we acknowledge His sovereignty over our lives. We acknowledge Him as our source. Let us not at anytime think we have done anything, for without Him we can do nothing.

DEVOTION FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY: 2 Corinthians 6:11-17 You are to be Holy

MONDAY: 2 Timothy 2:1-10 – Grace in the Lord

TUESDAY: 1 Peter 1:3-10 – Heavenly Inheritance

WEDNESDAY: Matthew 10:32-33 – Confess Christ

THURSDAY: Mark 4:33-38 – Follow Christ

FRIDAY: James 3;16-18 – Don’t provoke the Holy Spirit

SATURDAY: John 17:20-26 – Pray for all Believers

Sunday School Hymn

  1. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    O how I love Thee well,
    I am happy, it makes me glad
    To rejoice at Thy birth.
  2. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    Thy friend friendship suits me well,
    Both young and old will sing Thy song,
    We long for Sunday School.
  3. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    Christ was Thy first teacher,
    The Holy Spirit, great teacher,
    Does manifest in thee.
  4. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    This testimony is sure,
    That God, the Father Almighty,
    Poured His blessing on Thee.
  5. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    Though the sun be so bright,
    Or if the clouds be black with rain,
    I’ll be in Sunday School.
  6. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    I rejoice to see Thee,
    Will thou pass over me today?
    Without my being blest?

Open Heaven 9 November 2019 – The Stubborn Fly

Topic: The Stubborn Fly
(Open Heaven 9 November 2019)

Memorise: “He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.” – Proverbs 29:1

Open heaven devotion

Read: Exodus 14:5-13 (KJV)
5 And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled: and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the people, and they said, Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?

6 And he made ready his chariot, and took his people with him:

7 And he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt, and captains over every one of them.

8 And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel: and the children of Israel went out with an high hand.

9 But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pihahiroth, before Baalzephon.

10 And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD.

11 And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?

12 Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.

13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.

Bible in One Year: Esther 8-10, Hosea 13-14

Open Heaven 9 November 2019 Saturday MESSAGE:
An adage from the Igbos in Eastern Nigeria says, “A stubborn fly follows the corpse into the grave.” This mirrors what the Holy Spirit is saying in today’s memory verse. Unfortunately, there are many people who behave like the proverbial stubborn fly; one example is Pharaoh in today’s Bible reading. After experiencing the power of God through the ten plagues, he still stubbornly decided to chase after the Israelites. Amazingly, he did not learn from the consequences of his stubborn attitude, which had cost him and all other Egyptians their firstborns (Exodus 12:29-30), he also witnessed an event that had never happened before- the parting of the Red Sea. This should have cautioned him against continuing on the path of destruction he was on. However, like the stubborn fly that followed the corpse into the grave, Pharaoh and his hosts went after the children of Israel and they got buried in the belly of the sea. Another sad example of the stubborn fly is Haman, who was after Mordecai’s life (Esther 3-4). Even after his wife and closest friends warned him against going after a man who carried the Abrahamic covenant, he did not listen to them, until he died on the same gallows he had prepared for Mordecai (Esther 6:10-13, Esther 7:8-10).

Beloved, you need to examine your relationship with God today to see if you are like the stubborn fly. Self-examination is a vital tool recommended by the Holy Spirit to prevent us from being buried with the dead corpse of sin and the world. He said in 2 Corinthians 13:5:

“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?”

Have you left your first love, like Demas, and still adamantly refusing to change in spite of the warnings of the Holy Spirit through His ministers and teachers of His word (2 Timothy 4:10)? The Lord is saying to you today in Revelation 2:5:

“Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.”

May the Lord give us hearing ears in Jesus’ Name.

Open Heaven 9 November 2019 Saturday Action Point:
Examine yourself to see where you are becoming lukewarm; repent and ask for the fire of the Holy Spirit to rekindle the love of God in your heart in such areas.

Open Heaven 9 November 2019 Saturday Hymn 12: Deeper, Deeper In The Love Of Jesus
1 Deeper, deeper in the love of Jesus
Daily let me go;
Higher, higher in the school of wisdom,
More of grace to know.

Chorus:
Oh, deeper yet, I pray,
And higher every day,
And wiser, blessed Lord,
In Thy precious, holy Word.

2 Deeper, deeper, blessed Holy Spirit,
Take me deeper still,
Till my life is wholly lost in Jesus,
And His perfect will.

3 Deeper, deeper! though it cost hard trials,
Deeper let me go!
Rooted in the holy love of Jesus,
Let me fruitful grow.

4 Deeper, higher, every day in Jesus,
Till all conflict past,
Finds me conqu’ror, and in His own image
Perfected at last.

5 Deeper, deeper in the faith of Jesus,
Holy faith and true;
In His pow’r and soul exulting wisdom
Let me peace pursue.

Open Heaven 5 November 2019 – Learn to be Joyful

Topic: Learn to be Joyful
(Open Heaven 5 November 2019)

Memorise: “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” – Romans 14:17

Daily Devotional By Pastor E. A. Adeboye

Read: Luke 2:9-14 (KJV)
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Bible in One Year: Nehemiah 10-11, Hosea 9

Open Heaven 5 November 2019 Tuesday MESSAGE:
Today’s memory verse clearly shows that continuous sadness has no place in the kingdom of God. As a matter of fact, being melancholic all year-round is not a Christian virtue. There is a song we used to sing in the past, and we need to remind ourselves of it today, it is a song in the Yoruba language, which being interpreted goes thus:

“My joy always abounds, My joy always abounds sorrow belongs to the camp of the devil; My joy always abounds”

The angels who announced the birth of our Lord brought joy from heaven to our sorrow-ridden earth. From the abundance of joy in heaven, they proclaimed joy to the world. Only those who are joyful can be comfortable in heaven; melancholic people will not fit in there. Our Lord wants us to be joyous irrespective of what the situation is around us, because our joy is not derived from what is happening in the world. For this reason, in John 16:22-24, He said to us:

“22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. 23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. 24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”

One lesson I would like to draw your attention to in this scripture is that Jesus Christ knows what heaven is like, and He wants us to have a taste of heaven here on earth. Unfortunately, some people specialize in making other people sad by their wicked acts, or through diabolical means such as witchcraft, sorcery and other forms of spiritual wickedness in high places. They must be pitied because ultimately, they can never know joy in this world, neither will there be a place for them in the kingdom of God.

If you are currently living in sorrow, the Lord wants to bring you out of it before a broken spirit sends you to an early grave (Proverbs 17:22). God wants your joy to be full, and that’s why He said you should ask Him in faith for whatever you need. The joy we possess as Christians comes from the joy of our salvation. We must guard this jealously and pray for its restoration whenever we err (Psalm 51:12). We can learn to joyful by bringing joy to others. In other words, when you put smiles on the faces of people, you will also smile. Happiness is not far from those who make others happy, and joy symbolizes the presence of heaven in a place. Receive abundant joy today in Jesus’ Name!

Open Heaven 5 November 2019 Tuesday Key Point:
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. (Proverb 17:22).

Open Heaven 5 November 2019 Tuesday Hymn 5: Let Others See Jesus In You
1.While passing thro’ this world of sin,
and others your life shall view,
Be clean and pure without, within;
Let others see Jesus in you.

Chorus:
Let others see Jesus in you,
Let others see Jesus in you.
Keep telling the story, be faithful and true;
Let others see Jesus in you.

2.Your life’s a book before their eyes,
They’re reading it thro’ and thro’
Say, does it point them to the skis,
Do others see Jesus in you?

3.Then live for Christ both day and night,
Be faithful, be brave and true,
and lead the lost to life and Christ.
Let others see Jesus in you.

Open Heaven 4 November 2019 – Hidden Blessings of Marriage

Topic: Hidden Blessings of Marriage
(Open Heaven 4 November 2019)

Memorise: “How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them, and the LORD had shut them up?” – Deuteronomy 32:30

Open heaven devotion

Read: Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (KJV)
9 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.

10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.

11 Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?

12 And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Bible in One Year: Nehemiah 9, Hosea 8

Open Heaven 4 November 2019 Monday MESSAGE:
There are certain blessings attached to marriage which we may be ignorant of except the Holy Spirit reveals them to us. One of such hidden blessings is revealed in today’s memory verse and Bible reading. From these scriptures, God’s verdict is that two are better than one, and according to Ecclesiastes 4:9, the reason is:

“…because they have a good reward for their labour.”

This indicates that divorce is not the correct solution for marriages that are challenged, because divorce robs couples of maximum victory and rewards. Speaking further on the benefits of companionship derived from marriage, the Holy Spirit explains in Ecclesiastes 4:10:

“For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.”

Helping each other out in times of need is another great blessing of marriage. This was part of God’s design when He established marriage as an institution. When God was going to create a companion for Adam, He stated His reason for this, saying in Genesis 2:18:

“…It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.”

Man needed a companion in the form of a kind-minded person who could help him fulfil his God-given assignment. I’m left in awe whenever I consider the wife God blessed me with, long before I knew His plans to use me in reaching the world with the Gospel. Indeed, He knows the end from the beginning, and so He makes everything beautiful in His own time (Ecclesiastes 3:11). As a beneficiary of God’s blessing in marriage, I make bold to say that only a person who is blessed with a God-given spouse can cope with the hazardous challenges of being a minister of God.

Couples should do everything possible to stay together because God honours their unity by fighting their battles for them. However, this unity must be of a godly sort, and not like that which existed between Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5). Couples should key into the power of the Lord’s promise in Matthew 18:19, which says:

“Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.”

This is another valid reason why couples should fear God and not offend Him. He is the author of marriage, who created it for couples to receive maximum blessings from Him. Beloved, whatever it may cost you, keep your marriage intact, because there are great blessings attached to holy matrimony.

Open Heaven 4 November 2019 Monday Prayer Point:
Father, give us the days of heaven on earth in our homes, in Jesus’ Name.

Open Heaven 4 November 2019 Monday Hymn 16: God Give Us Christian Homes.
God give us Christian homes!
Homes where the Bible is loved and taught,
Homes where the Master’s will is sought,
Homes crowned with beauty Your love has wrought;
God give us Christian homes;
God give us Christian homes!
God give us Christian homes!
Homes where the father is true and strong,
Homes that are free from the blight of wrong,
Homes that are joyous with love and song;
God give us Christian homes;
God give us Christian homes!
God give us Christian homes!
Homes where the mother, in caring quest,
Strives to show others Your way is best,
Homes where the Lord is an honored guest;
God give us Christian homes;
God give us Christian homes!
God give us Christian homes!
Homes where the children are led to know
Christ in His beauty who loves them so,
Homes where the altar fires burn and glow;
God give us Christian homes;
God give us Christian homes!

Open Heaven 3 November 2019 – Fortifying your Victory

Topic: Fortifying your Victory
(Open Heaven 3 November 2019)

Memorise: “Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.” – Revelation 3:11

Open Heaven 1 July 2019 Monday Daily Devotional

Read: Ephesians 6:10-18 (KJV)
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Bible in One Year: Nehemiah 7-8, Hosea 7

Open Heaven 3 November 2019 Sunday MESSAGE:
Yesterday, we considered how to enforce the victory bequeathed to us by our Lord Jesus Christ through His death and resurrection. Today, we shall be learning how to fortify this victory, so that it is not stolen from us.

“10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” – Ephesians 6:10-11

This scripture holds the key to how we fortify our victory in Christ, by commanding us to be strong in the Lord. This is not a piece of advice but an express command given by the Holy Spirit. Beloved, to fortify your victory in Christ, you must be strengthened by the power that comes through having a relationship with the Lord. God does not want His children to be weaklings, which is why He often told the commanders of the army of Israel to be strong and courageous. He said to Joshua 1:9:

“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”

Courage is a necessary ingredient for fortifying our victory. During one of our Solemn Assembly services in 2018, I showed my children the video clip of a goat being bullied by a cow. In a turn of events, the small goat put the cow to flight, because it courageously resisted the cow. We can learn from this goat’s courage and persistence.

Apart from being strong in the Lord, we are further commanded in Ephesians 6:10-11 to put on the whole armour of God. What is the whole armour of God? The Holy Spirit articulates this in today’s Bible reading. The armour of God comprises of many components with distinctive uses. These include the belt of truth and the breastplate of righteousness. The good news is that Jesus Christ is The Truth, just as He is our Righteousness. In other words, making Him our Ally is great wisdom that fortifies our victory. Our armour also includes boots for preaching the gospel of peace everywhere. Unfortunately, many Christians and Churches are neglecting this aspect of our divine armour. Consequently, those we failed to preach to yesterday are the ones terrorizing us today. May the Lord forgive us our sin of neglecting to preach the gospel. The shield of faith and the helmet of salvation are other parts of God’s armour. Doubt and unbelief rob us of our victory in Christ, hence the need for faith. Our salvation is shipwrecked when we fail to live a holy life. How well are you fortifying your victory in Christ today?

Open Heaven 3 November 2019 Sunday Prayer Point:
Father, strengthen me with Your mighty power, and let me not be robbed of my victory in You.

Open Heaven 3 November 2019 Sunday Hymn 13: Yes, I Know I Am A Victor
1.Yes, I know i am a victor
For the Bible tells me so
God made me more than a conqueror
Much stronger than all my foes.

Chorus:
Jesus loves me and i love him
Together we rule the world
Christ with me I will overcome
By his blood, his Name, his word

2.Yes, I know i am a victor
Stronger than sickness, disease
By his stripes I am superior
Far above infirmities

3.Yes, I know i am a victor
Stronger than demons i am
To satan i am a terror
I am free, o yes, i am

4.Yes, I know i am a victor
Stronger than lack, poverty
All my needs Jesus provides for
I have life abundantly

5.Yes, I know i am a victor
Barrenness no more indeed
Fruitful is the God i live for
All my dreams shall be fulfilled

6.Yes, I know i am a victor
By his strength i shall succeed
No more loss and no more failure
Glory to glory proceed

7.Yes, I know i am a victor
No more sorrow, no despair
Jesus Christ is my own succour
Tomorrow is joy and cheer

8.Yes, I know i am a victor
very soon I’ll reign with him
His promise is my sure anchor
He’s coming to take me home

9.Jesus loves me and i love him
We rule this world together
as He is so right now I am
Hear me shout Halleluyah

Open Heaven 2 November 2019 – Enforcing Your Victory

Topic: Enforcing Your Victory
(Open Heaven 2 November 2019)

Memorise: “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” – Revelation 12:11

Daily Devotional By Pastor E. A. Adeboye

Read: 1 John 5:4-6, 1 Timothy 6:11-12 (KJV)

1 John 5:4-6;
4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.

1 Timothy 6:11-12;

11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

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.

Bible in One Year: Nehemiah 4-6, Hosea 5-6

Open Heaven 2 November 2019 Saturday MESSAGE:
Many people do not know that we need to continually enforce the victory that our Lord Jesus Christ earned for us at Calvary, the Lord bequeathed this victory to us as a gift just as He gave the Promised Land to the Israelites. We are therefore declared to be more than conquerors through Him (Romans 8:37). How then do we enforce this victory over the devil, the world and the flesh? Today’s memory verse provides some answers. We can enforce our victory over the devil by appropriating the Blood of Jesus Christ against him and his kingdom. The devil cannot withstand this when done in faith. Any person who wants to live a victorious life over the forces of darkness must believe in the atoning work that Jesus Christ performed when He offered His life as a sacrifice, He poured out His precious Blood and died a cursed death on the cross of Calvary for the deliverance of mankind ( 1 Peter 1:18-19, Galatians 3:13).

Another way of enforcing our victory is by proclaiming the word of our testimony. The Holy Spirit says in Romans 10:10:

“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

The Hebrew boys activated their deliverance from the fiery furnace by their confessions. They said in Daniel 3:17:

“If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.”

True to the words of their declaration, God delivered them. Just as He did for them, He will also deliver you today in Jesus’ Name. However, you must believe in your heart, and in that faith, confess that you are victorious. You are even victorious over death! The fear of death is one factor that makes people lose their faith and consequently their victory. For this reason, Jesus warned us not to be afraid of those who can kill the body and do nothing else. Rather, we should fear the One who can kill the body and throw the body and soul into hell (Matthew 10:28). This Mighty One is more than able to deliver those who believe in Him and confess Him before physical and spiritual obstacles. The appropriate and effective use of God’s word is another means of enforcing our victory. The Lord Himself used this tool when He was faced with temptation in the wilderness, quoting God’s word appropriately to counter the subtle attacks of the devil (Luke 4:1-13). This is why you must be a good student of the Bible. Till the Lord returns, continue to fight the good fight of faith by enforcing your victory over the devil, the world and the flesh. God bless you.

Open Heaven 2 November 2019 Saturday Action Point:
Enforce the victory Christ earned for you at Calvary against every factor working against His will for your life.

Open Heaven 2 November 2019 Saturday Hymn 13: Yes, I Know I Am A Victor
1.Yes, I know i am a victor
For the Bible tells me so
God made me more than a conqueror
Much stronger than all my foes.

Chorus:
Jesus loves me and i love him
Together we rule the world
Christ with me I will overcome
By his blood, his Name, his word

2.Yes, I know i am a victor
Stronger than sickness, disease
By his stripes I am superior
Far above infirmities

3.Yes, I know i am a victor
Stronger than demons i am
To satan i am a terror
I am free, o yes, i am

4.Yes, I know i am a victor
Stronger than lack, poverty
All my needs Jesus provides for
I have life abundantly

5.Yes, I know i am a victor
Barrenness no more indeed
Fruitful is the God i live for
All my dreams shall be fulfilled

6.Yes, I know i am a victor
By his strength i shall succeed
No more loss and no more failure
Glory to glory proceed

7.Yes, I know i am a victor
No more sorrow, no despair
Jesus Christ is my own succour
Tomorrow is joy and cheer

8.Yes, I know i am a victor
very soon I’ll reign with him
His promise is my sure anchor
He’s coming to take me home

9.Jesus loves me and i love him
We rule this world together
as He is so right now I am
Hear me shout Halleluyah

Open Heaven Devotional 1 November 2019 – Poison to Devourers

Topic: Poison to Devourers
(Open Heaven 1 November 2019)

Memorise: “When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat  my flesh, they stumbled and fell.” – Psalm 27:2

Open heaven devotion

Read: Isaiah 49:24-26 (KupJV)

24 Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?

25 But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.

26 And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.

Bible in One Year: Nehemiah 1-3, Hosea 3-4

Open Heaven 1 November 2019 Friday MESSAGE:
There was once a young brother who believed every word he read from the Bible. Based on the word of God, this brother believed that his blood was too precious to be sucked by any devourer, even mosquitoes, and knocked those who used things like insecticide to rid their rooms of mosquitoes. He even proclaimed that no mosquito dared sucked his blood and live! So, one day, he challenged other brethren to watch what would happen to any mosquito that tried to attack him. He stretched his hand out through the window, exposing it to mosquitoes flying nearby. Immediately, several mosquitoes zoomed in on it and began to suck his blood. However, to everyone’s great surprise, once the mosquitoes drank his blood, they fell down dead. To the natural mind which walks in the realm of doubt and unbelief, this may sound like ridiculous story, but it is true. Indeed, the things of the spirit cannot be grasped by the natural mind because they are spiritually discerned (2 Corinthians 2:14). In the same line of faith as this young brother, the Psalmist says in Psalm 27:2:

“When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.”

Enemies are enemies, irrespective of their nature or origin. They can come against us in the form of human beings, animals, plants or any other things in the created world. That is why God’s promise to us in Isaiah 54:17 is all-encompassing, saying:

“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.”

Based on God’s promises in today’s Bible reading, if you really belong to Him, you will be toxic to devourers of mankind. It is therefore an anomaly for children of God to say that witches are sucking their blood. Beloved, this should not be your experience because every child of God is in a covenant that is founded on the Blood of Jesus (Luke 22:20). As you partake of Jesus’ Blood at the communion table, His blood flows through entire system, making your blood deadly to every blood-sucking demon. To anyone who has been threatened by witches, I advise you run to Jesus Christ today. He will make you poisonous to those who want to devour you. Several years ago, I also felt threatened when witches in my village planned to make me their breakfast, but the Lord delivered me. He can do the same for you if you genuinely belong to Him. Are you one of His?

Open Heaven 1 November 2019 Friday Prayer Point:
Father, please protect me from all devourers, and cause me to live in peace and good health.

Open Heaven 1 November 2019 Friday Hymn 13: Yes, I Know I Am A Victor
1.Yes, I know i am a victor
For the Bible tells me so
God made me more than a conqueror
Much stronger than all my foes.

Chorus:
Jesus loves me and i love him
Together we rule the world
Christ with me I will overcome
By his blood, his Name, his word

2.Yes, I know i am a victor
Stronger than sickness, disease
By his stripes I am superior
Far above infirmities

3.Yes, I know i am a victor
Stronger than demons i am
To satan i am a terror
I am free, o yes, i am

4.Yes, I know i am a victor
Stronger than lack, poverty
All my needs Jesus provides for
I have life abundantly

5.Yes, I know i am a victor
Barrenness no more indeed
Fruitful is the God i live for
All my dreams shall be fulfilled

6.Yes, I know i am a victor
By his strength i shall succeed
No more loss and no more failure
Glory to glory proceed

7.Yes, I know i am a victor
No more sorrow, no despair
Jesus Christ is my own succour
Tomorrow is joy and cheer

8.Yes, I know i am a victor
very soon I’ll reign with him
His promise is my sure anchor
He’s coming to take me home

9.Jesus loves me and i love him
We rule this world together
as He is so right now I am
Hear me shout Halleluyah