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OPEN HEAVEN 2023 DEVOTIONAL WAS WRITTEN BY PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE, PASTOR MRS FOLU ADEBOYE OF THE REDEEM CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF GOD (RCCG) NIGERIA.
Open Heaven Devotional, 22nd Of May 2023
TOPIC: CHECK YOUR FRIENDS
MEMORISE: He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: But a companion of fools shall be destroyed. Proverbs 13:20
SCRIPTURE READING: PROVERBS 1:10-19
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: NEHEMIAH 4-7
You should do a thorough check on your friends to see if they are headed for heaven.
There are some people who should clearly be avoided, while others may look good on the outside but deep inside, are not who they pretend to be. You need to stay away from such friends.
There are some character flaws you should look out for and ensure you do not keep people who have such as friends.
For example, if your friend’s temper runs hot, stay away from him or her, so you don’t learn his or her ways and ensnare your soul (Proverbs 22:24-25).
Many years ago, I was working as a teacher and befriended a colleague who was from the same part of the country as I.
I however, didn’t know much about him. One day on our way to Ibadan for a teachers’ programme, we got off the lorry in Ile-Ife, where we would board another to Ibadan.
This friend of mine then said he wanted to say hello to a chief nearby and asked me to come along. I did, after all, we were friends.
We got there, he knocked on a door and was asked a strange question from inside, “Is it a fish or a crab?” My friend answered and said, “One fish and one crab”.
We were let in, but as we left, I began to wonder what this strange statement meant.
When we arrived in Ibadan, he said he wanted to visit another fellow.
I followed him, he knocked at the door and was asked, “Who is that, a goat or a sheep?” My friend answered, “One goat, one sheep”. By now, I was seriously troubled.
I got home and asked the elders what the statements meant. They said, knowingly, “Ah, where did you hear that?” That was the end of my friendship with that fellow.
Up to today, I don’t understand what those statements really meant, but I didn’t have to be told that they were occultic and dangerous.
Check your friends, be watchful and careful. The Bible says evil communication corrupts good manners (1 Corinthians 15:33).
The Romans used to say, “As bad apples spoil good ones, so do bad friends spoil good boys”. Before today is out, do a thorough check on all your friends.
If there are some that are not living a holy life, preach the word of God to them and if they refuse to change, please separate yourself from such persons immediately.
KEY POINT: Your friends are an indication of the influences that determine who you will become. Make and retain only godly friends.
OPEN HEAVEN HYMN 30: WHEN WE WALK WITH THE LORD
1 When we walk with the Lord
in the light of his word,
what a glory he sheds on our way!
While we do his good will,
he abides with us still,
and with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
2 Not a burden we bear,
not a sorrow we share,
but our toil he doth richly repay;
not a grief or a loss,
not a frown or a cross,
but is blest if we trust and obey. [Refrain]
3 But we never can prove
the delights of his love
until all on the altar we lay;
for the favor he shows,
for the joy he bestows,
are for them who will trust and obey. [Refrain]
4 Then in fellowship sweet
we will sit at his feet,
or we’ll walk by his side in the way;
what he says we will do,
where he sends we will go;
never fear, only trust and obey. [Refrain]
PRAYER OF SALVATION
Please say this pray
I come to You Lord Jesus. I admit that I am a sinner, and I want to be right with You. I ask You to forgive me of all my sins. Wash me away from all unrighteousness and clease me clean Today. The Bible says if I confess with my mouth that “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in my heart that God raised.
Thank you for saying that prayer, you are in CHRIST now, Old things have passed AWAY………….HALLELUYAH