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Open Heaven 17 October 2023 Topic: Are You A Fresh Or Stale Christian?

Memory Verse: And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:3)

Bible Reading: Matthew 18:1-6 (WEB)

1 In that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?”

2 Jesus called a little child to himself, and set him in the middle of them

3 and said, “Most certainly I tell you, unless you turn and become as little children, you will in no way enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.

4 Whoever therefore humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.

5 Whoever receives one such little child in my name receives me,

6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble, it would be better for him if a huge millstone were hung around his neck and that he were sunk in the depths of the sea.

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Today’s Open Heaven 17 October 2023

When there is an evangelistic outreach, the most beautiful part of the Scripture is usually preached so that unbelievers in attendance can be won for Jesus.

The preacher would typically tell the congregation that when they come to Jesus Christ, they would find healing, deliverance,

freedom, promotion and so on, and indeed, all these are true. Once they give their lives to Christ, they become fresh Christians.

Fresh Christians are however, required to remain fresh at all times, just as we see in our Bible reading today.

Yes, new converts are baby Christians who should grow into spiritual maturity, but they must never lose their freshness in Christ as they constantly renew their minds (Romans 12:2).

There are many distinct characteristics of fresh Christians. The very first thing is an insatiable hunger to know the word of God (1 Peter 2:2).

People who just genuinely gave their lives to Christ don’t go late for fellowship. They even usually sit in front where there would be no distractions because they just have this strong desire for the word of God.

Unfortunately, you see many people who have been born again for a long time forgetting this desire they once had.

When you mature, you are supposed to advance to strong meat, but many fail to do this and rather become stale though they usually claim they have become mature.

A Christian becomes stale when he or she stops feeding on the word of God daily. Beloved, if you no longer spend quality time studying your Bible daily, you are becoming a stale Christian.

Unless that hunger returns and you begin to feed on the word of God daily again, you are a dying Christian.

Another distinct characteristic of fresh Christians is that they cannot stop talking about Jesus. They are not ashamed of Christ at all.

A Christian who has become stale however, will see himself or herself as too big to preach the gospel to everyone, forgetting Jesus’ command in Mark 16:15 and His warning in Matthew 10:33.

Freshness or staleness in Christ is not determined by how long you have been born again, but by your attitude towards the things of God.

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Today’s Open Heaven 17 October 2023

Points: When was the last time you won a soul for Christ?

Hymn: Onward Christian Soldiers!

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