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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 8th, 2023
TOPIC: DON’T WORRY I
MEMORISE: Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. John 14:1
SCRIPTURE READING: Matthew 6:25-34
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Galatians 4-6
HYMN 29: When Peace Like A River Attendeth My Way
1 When peace like a river attendeth my way,
when sorrows like sea billows roll;
whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
“It is well, it is well with my soul.”
Refrain (may be sung after final stanza only):
It is well with my soul;
it is well, it is well with my soul.
2 Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
let this blest assurance control:
that Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
and has shed his own blood for my soul. Refrain
3 My sin oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
my sin, not in part, but the whole,
is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more;
praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul! Refrain
4 O Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
the clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
the trump shall resound and the Lord shall descend;
even so, it is well with my soul. Refrain
In our memory verse for today, the words “Let not your heart be troubled” simply mean “Don’t worry”. Whenever the Bible says “Don’t worry” it means there is something that could cause a person some anxiety.
Whenever you hear God say “Fear not” it means there is something frightening around.
The Bible says in Matthew 6:31 that you should not worry because that is what the heathens do.
If you really have faith in God, if you really believe He loves you, then you should not worry about anything.
The God that feeds the birds in the air is capable of feeding you too. The God that clothes the lilies in the field so beautifully will clothe you too.
If you are sure that He is your Father indeed, then you have no reason to worry.
The son of a billionaire is never worried about what to eat or what to wear.
Your Father is not just a billionaire- all the gold and silver in the world is His (Haggai 2:8).
He promised in John 14:14 that if you ask for anything in His name, He will give it to you; anything means ANYTHING.
While He has promised to give us whatever we ask of Him, we must however, not be lazy. I have discovered that many Christians are lazy. There are jobs I have given to Christians to do and they charge much higher than the normal fee, yet didn’t deliver on time and did the work shabbily.
A similar job given to an unbeliever would not only cost less but would be thoroughly done and delivered within the agreed timeframe.
2 Thessalonians 3:10 says God does not support laziness and anyone who is lazy should not eat.
Anyone who calls himself or herself a Christian and is lazy is not a child of God, and so the Lord is not under any obligation to provide for him or her.
There are many people who sit around all day saying they haven’t found a job, that is why they are not working.
What a lazy attitude!
Get up and find something productive to do with your time.
Look within you; there must be one skill you have that you can use to meet other people’s needs.
If you remain focus and continue to improve yourself, you will definitely begin to have some income from it sooner or later.
Years ago, there was a man who didn’t find a job so he started frying akara (bean cakes) by the road and within months, had bought two motorcycles and was earning income from them.
God has promised to bless the work of your hands (Deuteronomy 28:12), but you must first show Him the work.
KEY POINT: Don’t worry. Believe in God and He will provide all your needs, as long as you are not lazy.
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