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Open Heaven 3 October 2023 Topic: Benefits Of Righteousness I
Memory Verse: I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. (Psalm 37:25)
Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 28:1-14 (WEB)
1 It shall happen, if you shall listen diligently to Yahweh your God’s voice, to observe to do all his commandments which I command you today, that Yahweh your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth.
2 All these blessings will come upon you, and overtake you, if you listen to Yahweh your God’s voice.
3 You shall be blessed in the city, and you shall be blessed in the field.
4 You shall be blessed in the fruit of your body, the fruit of your ground, the fruit of your animals, the increase of your livestock, and the young of your flock.
5 Your basket and your kneading trough shall be blessed.
6 You shall be blessed when you come in, and you shall be blessed when you go out.
7 Yahweh will cause your enemies who rise up against you to be struck before you. They will come out against you one way, and will flee before you seven ways.
8 Yahweh will command the blessing on you in your barns, and in all that you put your hand to. He will bless you in the land which Yahweh your God gives you.
9 Yahweh will establish you for a holy people to himself, as he has sworn to you, if you shall keep the commandments of Yahweh your God, and walk in his ways.
10 All the peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by Yahweh’s name, and they will be afraid of you.
11 Yahweh will grant you abundant prosperity in the fruit of your body, in the fruit of your livestock, and in the fruit of your ground, in the land which Yahweh swore to your fathers to give you.
12 Yahweh will open to you his good treasure in the sky, to give the rain of your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You will lend to many nations, and you will not borrow.
13 Yahweh will make you the head, and not the tail. You will be above only, and you will not be beneath, if you listen to the commandments of Yahweh your God which I command you today, to observe and to do,
14 and shall not turn away from any of the words which I command you today, to the right hand or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.
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Today’s Open Heaven 3 October 2023
Isaiah 3:10 says it shall be well with the righteous because there are certain guaranteed blessings that righteous people enjoy.
One of them is in Psalm 34:17: “The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles”.
When you are living a life of holiness, anytime you cry to God, He would answer you speedily. This is as opposed to Isaiah 59:1-2, which says that it’s people’s sins that prevent God from hearing them.
David said clearly in Psalm 66:18: “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me”. If you really want God to start hearing your prayers, then you must begin to live holy henceforth.
The blessings attached to living holy are numerous, as seen in today’s Bible text and memory verse. The children of righteous people are God’s responsibility; He takes care of their needs Himself.
King David shared his observation about this in today’s memory verse. The children of the righteous don’t have to depend on anybody to survive – God Himself makes sure that they don’t lack anything.
This means that the best legacy and inheritance you can leave for your children is a holy lifestyle. This is so because God will ensure that they never lack.
A classic illustration is in 1 Kings 11:11-12. David was a man after God’s heart, and God preserved his son – Solomon because of this.
It is better, however, to teach your children to live holy themselves even when you have gone to be with the Lord, so that their own children too will enjoy the preservation of the Lord.
Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
Hebrews 1:9 Pursue righteousness and hate iniquity, so that you would see the manifestation of God’s glory upon your life and all that concerns you.
Today’s Open Heaven 3 October 2023
Points: Make holiness your lifestyle.
Hymn: Take My Life And Let It Be
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