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OPEN HEAVEN 2023 DEVOTIONAL WAS WRITTEN BY PASTOR E.A. ADEBOYE AND PASTOR MRS. FOLU ADEBOYE OF THE REDEEM CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF GOD (RCCG) NIGERIA.
Open Heaven Devotional, December 24th, 2023
TOPIC; DON’T WRITE THEM OFF
MEMORISE: This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 1 Timothy 1:15
SCRIPTURE READING: 1 Timothy 1:15-16
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 2 John 1; 3 John 1; Jude 1
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. But we never can prove
The delights of His love,
Until all on the altar we lay,
For the favour He shows
And the joy He bestows
Are for them who will trust and obey. [Refrain]
3. 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]
God works in mysterious ways. Sometimes, the people He chooses to be His representatives are people whom others. You may have a family member who is known as the black sheep of the family. Don’t write the fellow off; he or she could be the one God will use to turn things around for the better in the family. Keep praying for them and doing all you can physically to bring them to Christ.
In Mark 5:1-20, the mad man of Gadara was living in tombs with dead people.
His family members and even the entire city had written him off as someone whom no good thing could come out of, but in a day, God turned that mad man to an evangelist.
In Acts 19:11-12, God was using the aprons and handkerchiefs of a former persecutor of Jesus Christ to heal the sick and cast out demons. The sweat of that same man now carried so much power that it could bring deliverance to people.
In Acts 5:14-16, we saw God using the shadow of a failed fisherman to heal the sick.
This God who can turn a mad man to an evangelist, who can so empower a terrorist that the sweat coming from him can heal, who can use the shadow of a failed fisherman to heal the sick is the same yesterday, today and forever. He can do the same for that fellow that everyone has given up on.
I know how far gone in the world I was before the Lord saved my soul. I have always said it that if I were God, I would not have saved Adeboye. I was a chronic sinner, but God saved me and is now using me to do great things. He can do the same for that fellow who people have given up on.
A Muslim convert came to one of our Holy Ghost service during which I said a word came that the garments worn by everyone there were all anointed. He went home rejoicing. One day, he decided to wear the anointed garment for an interview so that he would find favour. On the way, the bus he boarded had an accident and caught fire. All the other passengers got burnt to death. The man had a few burns only on the parts of his body not covered by the garment. Thank God somebody did not give up on him and led him to Christ
Don’t write off anyone.
KEY POINT: Don’t write that family member off; God can still turn him or her around from that poor spiritual state to an elevated one in His Kingdom.
PRAYER OF SALVATION
Please say this prayer.
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 for all my sins. Wash Me Away from All Unrighteousness and Cleanse Me Clean Today. The Bible says if I confess with my mouth that “Jesus is Lord” and believe in my heart that God raised me,
Thank you for saying that prayer. You are in Christ now. Old things have passed away. HALLELUYAH