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OPEN HEAVENS 2021 Friday July 30
Topic: THE MARKS OF THE LORD JESUS
Memorise: From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. Galatians 6:17
Read: Titus 2:11-15
A mark can be described as an impression, distinguishing trait or quality. Every genuine child of God bears some mark within them that identifies him or her as a child of God.
One distinguishing trait or quality that indicates ownership by the Lord Jesus is holiness which produces faithfulness and other Christian virtues. Everyone belonging to Christ is expected to be holy in order to
exhibit His characteristics. Faithfulness is another hallmark of a Christian carrying the mark of Jesus. This results in our steadfastness in prayer, tithes and offerings, studying the word of God, our marital relationships, general human relations and our service to God. God expects you as His child to be faithful to Him, yourself and others.
Christ came to do the perfect will of God for His life.
Hebrews 10:7 says:
Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
Anything that brings shame or reproach to the name of the Lord is not His will for your life. Are you passionate about the things of God? Do you obey the Bible which is the written word of God?
Love is another mark of the Lord Jesus. John 13:1 says: Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.
Indicators of love include endurance, kindness, selflessness, humility, self-discipline and purity. Love Subdues pride and vain glory; It is not puffed up with Conceit. It is not insolent, neither does it despise others, trample on them, nor treat them with contempt and scorn.
Love is selfless, the complete opposite of selfishness. It Cannot harbour malice, neither can it plan evil.
Holiness and love are two marks of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Do you bear these marks?
OPEN HEAVENS JULY 30, 2021 Hymn 9: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty
Prayer Point: Father, please let the marks of the Lord Jesus be evident in my life, for Your glory.
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OPEN HEAVENS 2021 For 30th and 31 July 2021
OPEN HEAVENS 2021 Saturday July 31
Topic: WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES?
Memorise: But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man which the things God hath prepared for them that love him. 1 Corinthians 2:9
Read: John 4:23-24
The Scriptures present us with a marked difference between the priorities of our Lord Jesus Christ and the concerns of His disciples. Just like His disciples many of us are too bothered with how to meet our physical, psychological and emotional needs, rather than on spiritual things. We immerse ourselves in temporal concerns. Jesus assured His disciples that the Father knew their needs and would always provide for them (Luke 11:11-13). Jesus described what should be the topmost priority of all Heaven-bound Christians in Matthew 6:33:
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
It is often said that passionate people make the greatest contributions to the society. Be passionate about the things of God. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, so that the necessities of daily life will be provided. It is time to reprioritize your life and passion.
God is called the God of glory in Acts 7:2. There is a great expectation for all who serve God in holiness and truth.
Everyone who dedicates themselves to serving God in spirit and in truth will enjoy divine favour (Psalm 5:12). It should be noted that a day of divine favour is better than many years of labour. Divine favour is superior to luck or good fortune. I pray that you will experience divine favour from today, in Jesus’ name.
Heaven-bound Christians are focused on serving God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). Material and worldly possessions are secondary to them, despite God assurance of His provision. There is fruitfulness for all who Consecrate themselves to serving God in spirit and truth.
Psalm 92:12 says:
The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree he shall grow like a cédar in Lebanon.
There is an assurance of victory over all known and unknown enemies for those who serve God in
righteousness. Psalm 132:18 says: His enemies will clothe with shame: But upon himself shall his crown flourish.
Are you consecrated to God? Do you love him? Is the righteousness of God your priority? If your answer to each of these questions is `yes’ blessed are you. If not seek a deeper relationship with the Lord from today and you would be blessed also.
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OPEN HEAVENS JULY 31, 2021 Hymn 11: I Need Thee Evry Hour
Prayer Point: Father, please grant me the grace to consecrate myself unto You. Help me to make righteousness my utmost priority, in Jesus’name.
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