Friday, May 22, 2020

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Now when all the people were baptized, Jesus also was baptized. And while he was praying, the heavens opened.Luke 3:21

THOUGHT OF THE DAY : God opens the heavens for you when you open your heart to Him.

LISTEN : “I am tired, I do not know what else to do. It is like the heaven is closed for me.” Says a man who has laboured for many years with nothing to show for it. A man whose story has changed after many years of fruitless labour heard him and asked, “Friend, are you desperate for open heaven? I am sure you will get it. God desires to open the heaven to His people if they are willing to pursue it.” My dear, I come to you with same message. The truth is, dedication and genuine prayer to God would trigger an “open heaven.” An “open heaven” refers to an unhindered manifestation of God’s own presence and glory in the earth, to bless and touch every aspect of the person or people He wants to bless. God is willing to release an “open heaven” to us if we are prepared for it. “Open heaven” is God’s desire for all believers in Christ Jesus. However, we can hinder “open heaven” if we refuse to walk in tune with God. Our desire for an “open heaven” should be as a result of our hunger to please God through our lives. Beloved, God can open the heaven for you if you can open your heart to Him. You may ask, what should I do to attract an open heaven? Like Jesus Christ, to attract open heaven you must walk by faith and obedience to God; be prayerful and dedicated to Him, have the fear of God and maintain a relationship with God and His people. (see Deut 28:1-2; 1Thess 5:17; Acts 10:9-17; Ezekiel 1:1). My dear, open heaven will give you access to divine revelations, divine secrets, favour, protection, authority, divine provisions and access to the presence of God. Surely, the heaven would be opened to you if you will open your heart to God today. So, dedicate yourself to God; pray and walk in faith, and hunger for His presence and He will throw open the heaven for you. Remember, open heaven is possible with God. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Always fear God and put your trust in Him.
2. Be dedicated to God and be prayerful always.
3. Esteem your relationship with God and determine to be in His presence.
4. Determine to have the fear of God and pursue His will always.

Prayer : Everlasting God, I thank you because you love me so much. Therefore, open the heavens for me and bless me, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection : Where obedience and faith in God are hosted as special guests, ‘open heaven’ will attend as Chairman of the occasion.

Quote : “The heavens cannot be shut on anyone whose life is consumed with obedience, faith and passion for God.”

Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I confess that God is willing to give an open heaven if I am willing to long for it. Therefore, I would pray, obey, serve and dedicate myself to God, amen.

Biblical Fact : Did you know Mathias replaced Judas Iscariot as the Apostle of Christ? (Acts 1:26).

Today In History : May 22, 2015 The Republic of Ireland, long known as a conservative, predominantly Catholic country, becomes the first nation in the world to legalize gay marriage in a public referendum.

Stunning Fact : Did you know paper money was first used in China?

A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. May God bless you and open the heaven for you. Today, every door of favour closed against you is opened, in Jesus’ name, amen.



Friday, May 22, 2020

Bible Verse : And today the LORD has declared you to be his special people as he already promised you so you may keep all his commandments. Deuteronomy 26:18

LISTEN : God is good! He made us members of His family by transforming our lives. My dear, do you know you are very dear to God? Yes! God loves you because you are now a member of His family. As a matter of fact, you are a partaker of His covenant with Abraham. The Israelites became a special people to God by way of God’s covenant with Abraham. (Galatians 3:7). In the same way, we believers in Christ Jesus have been made a special people through the covenant blood of Jesus Christ, and we are now seeds of Abraham. Therefore, never allow anyone or anything to make you feel less of yourself. No matter the circumstance, believe that you are what God says you are. Satan wants you to believe the opposite of God’s good plans for your life. He wants you to doubt God’s promises and ability to provide for you. He wants you to believe that you are rejected and forsaken (Psalms 27:10). He wants you to believe that all hope is lost, and your life is worthless. (Psalms 27:14 ; Psalms 130:5). He wants you to believe that your condition has no solution. He wants you to be depressed and die worrying. My dear, be strong and courageous and declare to yourself that you are very dear to God. The devil knows it, that is why he wants to deceive you. Therefore, you must resist him. You are dear to God, therefore, God will give you a special treat. Jesus Christ has made you special, and the devil cannot destroy you. (1 John 4:4). Henceforth, remember that you are precious to God. Be wise!

Prayer : Almighty God! Your word is true, and your promises are sure. Help me to truly rely on your words at all times, amen.