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Open Heavens Friday January 13 2023 KILL PRIDE
Memorise: 1 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. James 4:6
Read: Proverbs 16:5 Open Heavens January
More often than not, the people who provoke God do so through pride. The most junior staff in an organisation would typically be humble and submissive. However, the day the person begins to feel overly important, he or she will start provoking some people. The moment you become proud, you begin to provoke God. Never forget that no matter how high you go, God is still the Most High. up God usually deals with proud people in two ways. The first way is by recalling such a person suddenly and in a disgraceful manner. In Acts 12:20-24, king Herod’s pride made him consent to being compared to the Most High. This made God order worms to eat him alive. The Lord said, “Oh, you think you are big because you are the Commander-in-Chief of some armies? I have armies that don’t carry guns – ordinary worms”. One moment Herod was sitting on the throne, the next moment, he was being eaten by worms. However, the Lord could also decide to disgrace the fellow openly while preserving his or her life. That is what He did to Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 4:28-37. Nebuchadnezzar was the greatest king of his time. He built a city called Babylon, which had one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. At a point, God saw that he was becoming proud and sent him a warning through a dream. Unfortunately, one year after the message came, he had forgotten it, so God said, “Okay, you think you are big? Go and eat with animals for seven years”. Nobody removed his royal robes from him; he removed them with his own hands. If there is something that must leave your life permanently today, it is pride. Be careful as you rise, so as not to begin to feel like you are overly important. The elders say that when the cockroach falls, nobody hears the sound; when an ant falls, the ground doesn’t tremble, but if an elephant falls, the tremors would be felt both near and far. If God is elevating you, be weary of pride so that it doesn’t become a case of Him raising up an elephant so that when it falls everyone would pay attention, like in the case of Pharaoh (Romans 9:17).
Key Point: If there is something that must leave your life permanently today, it is pride.
Hymn 7 I Am Thine O Lord
Bible in one year: Genesis 42-43
Open Heavens Saturday 14 January 2023
TOPIC: ONLY BY GRACE
Memorise: 1 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should that remain: whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. John 15:16
Read: Romans 9:15-26
Some people think that God is doing great things for them because they deserve it. They think because of all that they do for God, then it is only expected that He would bless them as He does. Believe me honestly, everything that God does, He does for His name’s sake – not for you, but that His name will be glorified (Psalm 106:7-8). Don’t become arrogant, God could use anyone else. There are people who pray, study the Bible and are even more talented than you, but God chose you; you should be grateful for that. In any case, if we were to count iniquity, who will stand? (Psalm 130:3). When people see the things God is doing in The Redeemed Christian Church of God, they think I must be special. The only thing special about me is that God chose me, because even from as far back as when I was a little child, God had promised my Father-in-the Lord that The Redeemed Christian Church of God would go round the world. It had nothing to do with me at all; God just decided to glorify Himself through this Church and it is only by grace that He chose me to be the General Overseer. He could have chosen anyone else. There are people far more qualified than I, but it is by grace that I was chosen. When you see people still drowning in sin, don’t judge them because you are on your way to heaven; rather, pray that God will save them by His grace. It is by His grace that you are not the one on the way to hell. Never forget that it is He who is working something out for His name’s sake. You are only graced to be a recipient of God’s blessings. The people of Israel may have thought that God parted the Red Sea and drowned Pharaoh and his army because they were so special. He did it for His name’s sake. They were only graced to be the ones He did it for. Romans 9:17 testifies to this: For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
Hymn 2 Amazing Grace
Prayer Point: Father, thank You for Your grace over my life. Please don’t let me ever stop enjoying help from Your throne of grace.
Bible in one year: Genesis 44-46
RCCG Open Heavens for today Sunday 15 January 2023
TOPIC: YOU ARE NOTHING WITHOUT HIM
Memorise: I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. John 15:5
Read: Luke 19:29-38
I heard someone preaching recently and he said if God leaves him, there will be little left. I don’t know how come in his case, there would still be anything left; in my case, there would be absolutely nothing left. As for me, I am fully aware that without Him that regularly. God, I am nothing, absolutely nothing and I tell I preached a sermon at the commissioning into ministry of one of my sons about 40 years ago. I told them about the ass that Jesus rode in our Bible reading for today. The ass must have suddenly looked around and seen people laying down their clothes on the ground for him to walk on, with a lot of singing and dancing going on as he passed by. He must have really felt special. However, the moment Jesus got down and left him, he was abandoned. By then he must have been far from home and probably did not even know his way back. He must have passed by humans and instead of rejoicing like before, they most likely chased it away. At best, he would have ended up as a labourer on a farm. Beloved, the moment God leaves you, you are finished. You think you’re smart? Just a little tweak of a professor’s brain and he can become a mad man roaming the streets. When people see me living holy, being humble, obeying God to the letter, it is because I don’t want Him to leave me. I don’t want to look around and discover that He is no longer with me. I don’t want to pray and have Him ignore my prayers. I am imploring you my beloved, don’t do anything that would make God leave you.
At some point on the cross, Jesus cried, “Father, why hast thou forsaken me” (Matthew 27:46). Think about it: when the whole world turned against Him, He did not mind, but when the Father turned from Key Point: Him, He cried. Even if the whole world turns against you, you are fine as long as God is still on your side. Without God, you are nothing. Don’t ever do anything that could make God leave you. Stay far away from sin.
Bible in one year: Genesis 47-50
Hymn 8 I Need Thee Every Hour
Read today Open Heaven Monday, January 16 2023
TOPIC: RAISING AN ALTAR UNTO GOD
Memorise: The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out. Leviticus 6:13
Read: Genesis 28:11-19
Abraham was a man who raised many altars for God (Genesis 12:7, Genesis 13:4, Genesis 13:18, Genesis 22:9). Little wonder why he had transgenerational blessings. An altar is a meeting place between God and man. In our Bible reading for today, we see how, even when Jacob was unaware that he was at an altar, he saw in a dream that the place was a meeting point between heaven and earth. For example, an altar can be a corner of your room if apartment. you are living in a one-room You could set aside a corner in your room with a commitment to meet with God there regularly. You must treat the place as holy; because that is the altar of the Almighty God. The moment you set aside that place as an altar to God, any time you go there, God would be waiting. When man goes to an altar, he does so to offer sacrifices to God and to worship Him. In Genesis 22:1-14 when God asked Abraham to offer Isaac as a burnt offering, He asked him to go to a particular place, raise an altar there and present a sacrifice. When visiting a great man, because of how much you honour him, you don’t go empty-handed, so why do so when going to meet with the Most High God? Don’t go to God empty handed. If you don’t have anything at all, He will accept a sacrifice of praise (Jeremiah 17:26). When God comes to meet man on the altar, He comes to bless. Psalm 67:5-7 tells us that when praises go up, blessings come down. In Genesis 22:15-18, when Abraham brought Isaac to the altar to be offered, God stopped him and said, “You have done your part, let me do mine, in blessing I will bless You, in multiplying, I will multiply your seed”. God meets with His children during services to bless them, especially those who come with a sacrifice. I raised an altar in a small room inside the first house I lived in the Redemption Camp well over 20 years ago. The house is now called the ‘Open Heavens International Centre’. Since that place was marked out as an altar, up to today, people who go there to pray in faith receive mighty miracles from God that even I find amazing.
Action Point: Identify a specific part of your house or environment that you will mark out as your altar and ensure you meet with God there regularly.
Hymn 16 Praise Him, Praise Him, Jesus Our Blessed Redeemer
Bible in one year: Exodus 1-4
Open Heavens Online today – Tuesday 17 January 2023
TOPIC: THE LIVING SACRIFICE
Memorise: 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Romans 12:1
Read: Matthew 16:24-27
The sacrifice that pleases God the most is your life. You become a living sacrifice the day you surrender your life to Jesus. From the day you genuinely surrender your life to Him, He can send you wherever He wants, set the direction of your life and use you to fulfil His plans. God knows, I never wanted to be a Pastor, talk less of a General Overseer, but I am a living sacrifice. I had wanted to retire at the age of seventy, so that I could then begin to live a normal life-sleep when others sleep, eat when others eat and so on, but God said, “No”. Since I am a living sacrifice, my response was, “Yes, Daddy”. God expects your entire life to be a sacrifice to Him; you are to go wherever He sends you. When He says witness-you witness, sit-you sit, pray-you pray. The moment God knows that He has you as a living sacrifice, whatever other offering you give becomes acceptable because it would be given under His guidance. Some of us, even before coming to Church, have made up our minds on the offering to give. For the fellow who is a living sacrifice, God will tell them what to give. When I became General Overseer, things were hard. We could hardly pay the staff on the church’s payroll and many a time, there would be nothing left to pay the General Overseer. Having left paid employment for full- time ministry after working for the government for several years, I received my gratuity, with plans to save some, invest some in shares and so on. However, since I am a living sacrifice, I asked God, “What do I do with this money?” He responded that I should divide it into three parts and give each to a different ministry while retaining nothing for myself. As painful as this was, I was comforted when He said further, “I will be your source”. When you become a living sacrifice, God will become your source. The day you became a living sacrifice, you became His property, so He will take care of you. Things may be hard at first, but He will make sure that your tomorrow will be all right (Colossians 1:27).
Reflection: Are you a living sacrifice for God? Can He decide to do whatever He pleases with you and all you have?
Bible in one year: Exodus 5-7
Hymn 23 Take My Life And Let It Be
Open Heavens Daily For Wednesday 18 January 2023′
TOPIC: SACRIFICES CAN AVERT DISASTERS
Memorise: And David built there an altar unto the LORD, and offered burnt offerings. So the LORD was intreated for the land, and the plague was stayed from Israel. 2 Samuel 24:25
Read: 1 Kings 17:8-16
In our Bible text for today, we read about the widow of Zarephath who had only one meal left. She and her son were going to eat and die. She sacrificed that one meal and she and her son lived on. In Psalm 50:14-15, the Bible says if you offer sacrifices of thanksgiving and pay your vows, God will deliver you in the day of trouble. In 2 Samuel 24:11-25, seventy thousand men had died from a pestilence that arose in Israel due to David conducting a census that displeased God. This was a big disaster and something had to be done immediately to stop it. They had prayed and, although God had stopped the angel that was spreading the plague, He did not recall him; the angel remained at the threshing place of Araunah the Jebusite. This still meant trouble, so David’s seer – Gad decided that they should apply a principle to avert the disaster. And Gad came that day to David, and said unto him, Go up, rear an altar unto the LORD in the threshingfloor of Araunah the Jebusite. 2 Samuel 24:18 When David wanted to make the sacrifice, Araunah tried to give everything needed to him for free, but he refused. He insisted that he had to bear the cost. He gave the sacrifice and the disaster was immediately averted. And David built there an altar unto the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the LORD was intreated for the land, and the plague was stayed from Israel. 2 Samuel 24:25 The funny thing is that many non-Christians know this principle: that, in the face of impending doom or disaster, a really big sacrificial offering can avert it (2 Kings 3:26-27). We as the children of the living God should follow David’s example and be ready to give a sacrificial offering, especially in troubled times. May God help us – the true children of God to apply this principle i
Prayer Point: Father, when a disaster seems to be looming around me, teach me what to do and give me the grace to do it.
Bible in one year: Exodus 8-10
Hymn 19 Rock Of Ages, Cleft For Me
RCCG Open Heaven Devotional Thursday 19 January 2023
TOPIC: LEARN FROM OTHERS
Memorise: It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the LORD all night. 1 Samuel 15:11
Read: 1 Corinthians 10:1-11.
It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the LORD all night. 1 Samuel 15:11
The first time I read the passage above, it was shocking to me that God would repent. I had read passages in the Bible like Ezekiel 33:14-16 where God said if He says to the wicked that he will die, but the wicked changes his ways, then He wouldn’t let him die anymore. However, what is mind-boggling about Saul’s case is that this is a different kind of repentance. Of a truth, Saul was a very humble, diligent and responsible young man before he became king. In 1 Samuel 9:3-4, his father sent him on an errand to search for some missing animals. Saul kept searching and was determined not to return home until he found them. God is the Alpha and Omega (Revelation 1:8), He knows the end from the beginning (Acts 15:18); how can somebody like that repent of the decision He had made? One day, the Lord used the scripture below to provide an answer to my question: Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. 1 Corinthians 10:11 All the stories we read in the Bible, even some of the things happening around us today, are supposed to be lessons to us. One could therefore say that He looks for scapegoats to use to teach others a lesson. Now, there are two questions you should ask yourself from this revelation: first, are you really learning lessons from the examples that God has given you in the Bible and around you? Have you learnt from Judas Iscariot’s case that greed can destroy a person both here and in eternity? Have you learned from Samson that sexual sins will reduce a strong man to a piece of bread (Proverbs 6:26)? Have you learnt from the examples around you?
Reflection: Are you currently indulging in sin? What can you learn from the Bible about the repercussions of that sin?
Bible in one year: Exodus 11-13
Hymn 6 I Am So Glad That Our Father In Heav’n
Open Heaven Devotion 20 January 2023 Pastor E.A Adeboye
TOPIC: SET THE RIGHT EXAMPLE
Memorise: If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and prepared unto every good work. 2 Timothy 2:21
Read: 2 Timothy 2:19-21
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Following our discussion which started yesterday, the second question that you should ask yourself is, “What kind of example am I going to be for those coming behind me?” You see, God can raise somebody and promote him or her greatly, but when the fellow makes a mistake and crashes, he or she becomes an example for others to learn from, so as not to make the same mistake. If you read 1 Corinthians 10:1-11 carefully, you would see that verses 1-4 were dedicated to describing the investments that God had made in the people of Israel, then the rest of the passage goes on to list how many of them became bad examples for those of us coming after. God is making investments in you now, He is making sure that you read and hear certain messages, He is promoting you and doing miracles for you now; what will be the outcome of all these? Will you be used as a good example later in future or a bad one? But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. 1 Corinthians 10:5 The verse above says God was not pleased with many of them. The truth is that not many people will end up as good examples; most will end up as bad ones because only a few will be violent enough to take the Kingdom of God by force (Matthew 11:12). The devil will throw a lot of temptations your way. Some of them will come as harmless suggestions, but you have to be fully ready to submit to the Lord and resist the devil so that he would flee (James 4:7). As we see in our Bible reading of today, purge yourself of all unrighteousness so you can set the right examples for those coming behind you. Ask the Holy Spirit for help. You must never get to a point where you feel you have enough of the Holy Spirit. Only the Holy Spirit can keep you from falling; embrace Him like your life depends on it, because it actually does.
Bible in one year: Exodus 14-16
Hymn 28 What Can Wash Away My Stain
Prayer Point: Father, don’t let me end up as a bad example to those coming after me.
Online Open Heavens Saturday 21 January 2023
THE TOPIC FOR TODAY’S OPEN HEAVEN IS: FLAMES OF FIRE I
Memorise: And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. Hebrews 1:7
Read: Luke 6:43-45
This teaching series on ‘flames of fire’ is meant for everyone; however, I’ll encourage youths to pay extra attention. There are four basic elements in the world – water, earth, air and fire, each of which is very important to human existence. As important as all these elements are however, it is interesting that God chose to make His ministers flames of fire. Let us discuss some characteristics of fire. The first thing about fire is that it is distinct. When you see fire, you recognise it immediately. In 2 Kings 1:1-8, the king was sick and sent his servants to enquire from some idol worshipers whether he would recover or not, only for them to meet a man on the way who sent them back to the king with a message that he would die. Once the messengers described the man, the king said, “That is Elijah”. Fire is uniquely distinct and you cannot mistake it for anything else. People should be able to see a child of God and say, “This is a child of God”. These days, many people say, “Oh, it’s not about the outward appearance; God is only interested in what is on the inside”. One day while teaching at the Bible College, I brought two oranges-one green and one yellow, and asked the students to identify the ripe one. They all pointed to the yellow one, explaining that, from the way it looked, it was clear that it was the ripe one. Fire has a distinct look; when you see it, you would know it. Don’t believe the lie that God is not interested in your outward appearance – He is. While it is true that He cannot be deceived by your outward appearance as He said in 1 Samuel 16:7, His word says that what you are on the inside will show on the outside. Matthew 23:26 says: Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. You cannot claim, as a minister, that you are a flame of fire when you don’t look it. You cannot claim that you are a child of God, yet dress and look like people of the world. If you need to tell people that you are a child of God before they believe it, you are not yet a flame of fire.
Bible in one year: Exodus 17-20
Hymn 20 Stand Up! Stand Up For Jesus
Key Point: If you need to tell people that you are a child of God before they see you as one, you are not yet a flame of fire.
Open Heaven RCCG Sunday 22 January 2023 E.A Adeboye
TOPIC: FLAMES OF FIRE II
Memorise: And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2
Read: 2 Corinthians 6:14-18
Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment. Exodus 23:2 Fire does not follow trends, it remains the same all the time. Fire is fire. It is not frozen today, liquid tomorrow and vapour the next day; fire is always fire and remains in one state. It does not copy anything or anyone else – it remains in its own state. I remember a time when the custom amongst men of God in Nigeria was to wear a flowing robe – Agbada. It was their way of proclaiming, “We have arrived”. I don’t have anything against the Agbada. It is the traditional attire in many Nigerian cultures and I do wear it now and again. However, I refused to follow the trend of wearing it all the time. One man of God said to me then, “I like you, but I don’t like the way you dress like a hunter” – apparently referring to the conservative French suits I often wear. I told him I was not a hunter, but rather, a soldier of Christ. Fire does not blend in with its environment; rather, it affects it. You must stand apart. You cannot afford to do something simply because others are doing it. Fire does not conform; it is not afraid to stand alone. Fire does not yield to peer pressure. Proverbs 1:10 says when sinners entice you, don’t consent. It doesn’t matter how enticing the new trend is, if it is not in line with the word of God, reject it. In 1 Kings 18:22, Baal was worshipped across the land of Israel but Elijah set himself apart. He did not blend with the others around him because He was fire. It doesn’t matter if everyone is doing what is against God’s will, because you are fire, you cannot join them. 2 amongst unbelievers. Corinthians 6:16-17 urges us to come out from Matthew 5:16 says that we should let our light shine before men, that they may see our good works and glorify our Father in Heaven. How will they see the works of God in you when you are always trying to blend with people who are doing the works of the devil? Open Heavens
Bible in one year: Exodus 21-23
Hymn 23 Take My Life And Let It Be Reflection: Check yourself: have you been following worldly trends?
Read Today’s Open Heaven By Pastor Adeboye Monday 23 January 2023
TOPIC: FLAMES OF FIRE III
Memorise: Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Matthew 5:15
Read: Mark 16:15-20
Fire cannot be ignored; it always affects its environment. Wherever fire is, everyone around there feels it’s heat and whatever comes in contact with it would either be consumed or become fire too. If there is a little fire somewhere and you throw some sheets of paper at it, they will catch fire themselves. I am charging all believers today. It is okay when you have just come into a school to say, “Oh, we are surrounded by sinners” but after three months, it would be a shame if they are all still sinners. How can you be in an office for three years with everybody there remaining the same? Fire compels everything around it to become like it. If you have not been preaching the gospel to the people around you, where is your heat? Why have you gone so cold? In 1 Kings 18:36-39, when Elijah demonstrated that he is fire, the whole nation fell on their faces and said, “Your God is God”. In Acts 16:25-34, when Paul and Silas were thrown into jail, by the time they had demonstrated that they are fire, the jailer humbled himself and said, “Tell me what I must do to be saved”. I pray you will receive the ability to demonstrate the power of God in your environment now, in Jesus’ name. Shining your light would, however, require some personal sacrifices. You must spend time praying and dwelling in the presence of God. You would need to fast and study your Bible regularly. Don’t shy away from any opportunity to show that you are fire. When a classmate tells you they are not feeling fine, don’t suggest medication; lay hands on them and pray for their healing. By the time the fellow gets healed, he or she would spread the news to others and before you know it, you would have won your faculty over to the Lord. Is there any of your colleagues who is looking up to God for the fruit of the womb? See it as an opportunity to preach Christ to your entire office. Pray for the fellow and assure them that they will carry their babies in nine months. When God does the miracle, everyone will know that your God is real and they will bow to Him.
Action Point: Ensure that everyone who comes in contact with you hears the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Bible in one year: Exodus 24-27
Hymn 1 All Hail The Power Of Jesus’ Name
Topic For Today Open Heaven Tuesday 24 January 2023 FLAMES OF FIRE IV
Devotional Topic: FLAMES OF FIRE IV
Memorise: Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. Proverbs 27:17
Read: Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Open Heavens
RCCG Open Heaven Message
Fire is very generous. If you have one hundred candles to light, all you have to do is light one of them and that one candle can be used to light the remaining 99. Fire lights up other materials that have the potential to carry it. Fire is always looking out for good materials that are flammable. In Deuteronomy 34:9, when Moses saw that Joshua was a good material, he imparted the Spirit of Wisdom into him. When Elijah saw that Elisha was a good material, he gave him a double portion of his power. Who are the good materials that you have noticed around you people with potential to do exploits for God, if only they could be mentored correctly? Get close to them and heat them up for God. You don’t know how far that good material around you will burn for God if only you can bring him or her close enough to get some heat from you. I don’t understand how some men of God try to quench the fire of others. Fire does not compete with itself. When fire meets fire, they join forces to impact the environment even more. Is there someone else who carries fire around you? Put denomination aside and join forces to advance the Kingdom of God. Individually there are some obstacles that your fire may be too small to overcome, but when you come together, you can bring down very high mountains. When one fire seems to be going down, the moment it comes in contact with another, the new one rekindles it and makes it burn more. It amazes me that sometimes when children of God see another child of God cold, they would rejoice and say they are ‘minding their own business’ rather than getting closer to the person and helping to rekindle his or her fire so that the person can burn even more for God. going Fire burns better when it is in contact with other fires. You and other fires around you will burn better if you come together from time to time to rekindle one another. This is why you find pastors coming together to form associations, so that everyone can ensure that nobody’s fire goes down. Believe me honestly, you will burn better if you don’t look away when you notice that the fire of someone else is going down.
Hymn 12 Onward, Christian Soldiers! Open Heavens
Key Point: Fire is generous and burns better when in contact with other fires.
Bible in one year: Exodus 28-30
RCCG Open Heaven Devotional Wednesday 25 January 2023
TOPIC FOR TODAY: FLAMES OF FIRE V
Memorise: Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus. Acts 21:13 Open Heavens
Read: Acts 21:4-13
Fire is relentless; once it starts, it could take over its entire surroundings if not well controlled. It just keeps going, clearing off anything that is on its path. As we see in our Bible reading today, Paul did not allow anything at all to discourage him from working for God. In another instance (Acts 13:6-12), Paul was trying to preach to a governor, but Elymas, the sorcerer, tried to convince the man not to accept the gospel. Paul did not get discouraged; he struck the sorcerer with blindness, got him out of the way and won the governor for Christ. Fire is never afraid of whatever stands in its path. I remember when we first went to the town of Ede in Nigeria to hold a crusade. There were indications of resistance in the spirit realm, but we put our faith in God and were not discouraged. As the programme was starting, it began to rain very heavily. I wasn’t bothered; as long as it was rain and not fire falling, I decided we would continue the programme. Suddenly, as the choir was about to step on the stage, it collapsed. There was a brother there who owned a tipper. I told him to drive the tipper into the crusade ground, and it became our stage. We went ahead to hold the programme despite all the challenges we faced. Don’t be discouraged by all those who are trying to stand in the way of the assignments God has committed into your hands; keep going. If they refuse to move out of your way, they will be consumed in Jesus’ name. Be relentless in your pursuit of Kingdom goals. Don’t let lack of funds stop you from doing what you want to do for God. Get going; God will provide the funds when you move.
Don’t let disappointments and betrayals weigh you down; encourage yourself in the Lord and keep moving (1 Samuel 30:6). Over the years, so many things have stood in my way – including man-made laws. If those who decide to obstruct me remain in my way, no problem; whatever casualties will result from that will not be my fault. You must be relentless if you really want to be what God has called you to be. You must never let anything stop you.
Key Point: Fire is relentless.
Bible in one year: Exodus 31-34
Hymn 20 Stand Up! Stand Up For Jesus
Open Heaven Thursday January 26 2023
TOPIC: FOR AN APPOINTED TIME
Memorise: For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Habakkuk 2:3
Read: Habakkuk 2:2-438
MESSAGE Open Heavens
The Bible says in Proverbs 13:12, “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.” You may have really been hoping for something, but have not gotten it yet and your heart is beginning to feel sick. Beloved, summon up strength and keep hope alive. Habakkuk 2:3 says that every vision is for an appointed time. Your appointed time will soon come in the name of Jesus. While waiting for their appointed time, many people do things that put a dent in their testimonies. In Genesis 16:2, Sarah asked Abraham to have an extra marital affair with her maid so that the young girl could have a child for him. Sarah gave up hope and compromised. She later regretted it when her appointed time came and she now had her own child. In Genesis 21:10, she told Abraham to send the maid away with her son. Beyond that, I’m sure when she looks down from heaven now and sees some of the seeds of that maid attacking her own seeds, she would wish she had kept hope alive. While waiting for your appointed time, just ensure that you are obeying every instruction of God to the letter, whether it makes sense or not. Many years ago, we were offered the chance to buy all 40 acres of a serene campground called the “Youth Camp”, for N100,000. That was a lot of money back then. I gathered my people together and we prayed quoting the Scripture: Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you. Joshua 1:3 We put off our shoes and walked round that camp ground praying and confessing that it was ours, by faith. Not long afterwards, another ministry heard that the property was available for sale and they promptly paid for it. Our hopes were dashed, but I encouraged myself in the Lord and kept hope alive. Before long, God led us to where the Redemption Camp is situated, though then it was notorious for being a home for highway robbers and big snakes. We trusted in the Lord and purchased the first parcel of land that has grown to become Redemption City today. The Redemption City now sits on an expanse of land far greater than what we had earlier wanted to purchase. Thank God that we kept hope alive for our appointed time.
Bible in one year: Exodus 35-37
Hymn 21 Standing On The Promises Of Christ My King Open Heavens
Key Point: O Your appointed time is coming; don’t give up.
RCCG OPEN HEAVENS TODAY Friday January 27 2023
TOPIC: THE LAW OF HARVEST
Memorise: For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk; the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up. Hosea 8:7
Read: Genesis 27:18-23, Genesis 37:26-35
The law of harvest states that you will reap much more than whatever you sow. This is why you must be careful of the kind of seeds you sow, because when harvest comes, it is always much more than the seed. In our Bible readings for today, we see Jacob sowing a seed in the first passage and then reaping the harvest in the second. In the first passage, he deceived his father in order to get the blessing and so his children also deceived him that Joseph their brother was dead. Genesis 37:35 says: “And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said, For I will go down into the grave unto my son mourning Thus his father wept for him.” Many a time, the harvest of your seeds comes when you are too old to do anything about it. Everything you do now is a seed and the harvest will come back to you when you may not have as much energy as you do now. I thank God for some of the seeds I sowed as a young man because I am now reaping the harvests. In 1961, as a 19 year-old, I gave some money to a poor, sick old man – a neighbor, so he could get some medicine. The man said to me that someday, I would be travelling abroad as often as people go the market. I laughed at that prophecy because in my village in those days, if anyone was returning from a trip abroad, the entire village would not go to the farm that day. The hunters would come out and shoot their guns in celebration of the person and everyone would be rejoicing. At that time, there were only 2 people who had gone abroad in my village, and they studied there for a number of years. Now this man was saying that I would be going often. It appeared funny, but I had sown the seed. Today, by God’s grace, that prophecy has been fulfilled. Beloved, pay attention to every opportunity you have to sow a good seed. On the other hand, always check your actions to be sure that you are not sowing bad seeds that you will regret when the harvest comes.
Bible in one year: Exodus 38-40
Key Point: Be very intentional about the seeds you sow today because they will come back in multiple folds tomorrow.
Hymn 26 There Shall Be Showers Of Blessing
Read Saturday Open Heavens January 28 2023
TOPIC: JUST ONE MISTAKE
Memorise: Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. 2 Corinthians 2:11
Read: 2 Samuel 11:1-27
MESSAGE Open Heavens
Many Christians think they can fall and rise as they like. I have always said that injuries can heal, but the scars will remain. You may commit a sin and God forgives you, but the consequence of that sin may live with you for the rest of your life and even outlive you. Just one mistake can cause serious problems for even your children yet unborn. In Genesis 16:2, Sarah arranged for Abraham to have an affair with her maid and today, the world is paying for that single mistake. In Genesis 25:29-34, Esau made a single mistake. He despised his birthright just once and by the time we get to Genesis 27:30-40, the Bible says he came in just as his brother was stepping out after collecting the blessing. He begged for a remnant blessing and his father assured him that he would prosper, living by the sword, but that he would serve his brother. This happened because of just one mistake. In 2 Samuel 11, David made a mistake which gave birth to several others. The mistake was that he was relaxing at a time when kings typically went to war. He then saw what he wouldn’t ordinarily have seen – a beautiful lady taking her bath. You should ask, “Why was David looking into another man’s compound?” If you give the devil an inch, he wouldn’t just take a mile, but rather, he’ll go for your eternity. Before long, the lady was in his bed. She got pregnant and to hide it, he had her husband killed. God sent a prophet to tell David that the sword would never depart from his home. Even today, the sword has not departed from Israel. It all started with one single mistake of relaxing when he should have been at war. Some Christians think it is harmless to be sleeping when they should be praying. Before they wake the next day, the devil would have sown tares in their field and they would begin to struggle. The unfortunate thing is that they think the struggle is normal and continue in it rather than get up and pray when they should. Beloved, do not be ignorant of the devices of the enemy who is going round seeking who to devour (1 Peter 5:8). All he needs is one mistake. Do not give it to him.
Bible in one year: Leviticus 1-4 Open Heavens
Hymn 23 Take My Life And Let It Be
Key Point: O If you give the devil an inch, he wouldn’t just take a mile, but rather, he’ll go for your eternity.
Flatimes Open Heaven Sunday 29 January 2023
TOPIC: PRAY FOR POPULAR PASTORS
Memorise: Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is saith the my fellow, LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones. Zechariah 13:7
Read: 2 Corinthians 1:11-14
Pastors are considered popular when they have many people following them as they follow Jesus Christ. These followers can be called the pastors’ sheep. The devil understands the principle in our memory verse for today, so these popular pastors are usually major targets for him. He knows that if he can get them to fall and even spoil their reputation, their sheep would scatter and he can begin to feast on them. This is why, instead of joining people to criticise popular Pastors, you should be praying for them. If you don’t support what they are doing and you do not have direct access to them, talk to their employer (God) about it, rather than joining the devil to pull them down. In 2 Samuel 11:3-4, when David sent for Bathsheba to have an illicit affair with her, she consented because he was the king. There was a huge gap between the king and her husband who was an ordinary soldier. It may surprise you to know that there are some women who consider it a privilege to have illicit affairs with Bishops, General Overseers, Apostles, Senior Pastors and so on. Yes, it is a sin, but the devil has blinded their hearts so much that they now see it as prestigious. That is why you need to pray for them. Don’t assume that they don’t need your prayers. fact, the more their influence, the more prayers they In need. You also need to pray for popular Pastors because every now and then, they step into dangerous territories to preach the gospel. Some of them travel through dangerous roads and go to volatile regions to share the gospel of Christ. Some of them also have to relate with the high and mighty in the society, so they need boldness to tell the truth without compromise. With the boldness and wisdom needed to draw the high and mighty closer to God, imagine the impact it would have on their leadership and spheres of influence. Believe me honestly, when you pray for them, you are praying for the Body of Christ at large and God will bless you for it.
Bible in one year: Leviticus 5-7
Hymn 8 Sweet Hour Of
Prayer Action Point: Commit to praying daily and diligently for pastors from today.
Open Heaven Devotional for 30 January 2023
TOPIC: BEWARE OF GOD’S PERMISSIVE WILL
Memorise: Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumbling block of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them? Ezekiel 14:3
Read: Numbers 22:12-225
OPEN HEAVEN MESSAGE
Many a time when we have a plan, we present it to God and He says, “No way”. We then say, “I know how to twist God’s hand”. We begin to fast, pray, seek His face and then finally, we come round and say, “Lord, what about that plan?” He could then say, “Go ahead”. You had better not go anywhere. As children of God, it is our duty to obey Him promptly and completely at all times. In our Bible reading for today, a king asked Prophet Balaam to curse Israel. Balaam asked God and He said, “No”. The king then sent some other people to tell Balaam that he would promote and enrich him if he would curse Israel. Balaam then decided to check back with God and the Lord said, “Okay, if you want to go, go”. On the way, God sent an angel to block his way. It was Balaam’s donkey that saw the angel; the Prophet, blinded by greed, couldn’t even see what a donkey could. Whenever you are so interested in something that you manage to ‘twist God’s hand’ to permit you to have it, you would be blinded by it and may run into serious trouble because of your inability to see clearly and objectively. If you do a little research to trace the history of Balaam, you would see that he ended up dying by the sword. One area where Christians often pursue God’s permissive will is in marriage and many of them have regretted it afterwards. The fact that God allowed Hagar to give birth when Abraham went in unto her while Sarah was considered barren does not mean that the latter was the one through whom God’s covenant with Abraham would come to pass (Genesis 17:21). It doesn’t matter how good the permissive will looks, you better go for God’s express will. Sister, that young man you like may be more financially secure than the one God says you should choose; don’t be fooled by today, God knows tomorrow, and He is instructing you based on that knowledge. Ask the Lord to reveal His express will to you, because the end may be bitter. if you ‘twist His arm’ so you can have things your way
Hymn 30 When We Walk With The Lord
Open Heavens Key Point: O Don’t go to God insisting on your own plan; He may permit it, but you may regret it.
Bible in one year: Leviticus 8-10
RCCG Open heaven Daily 31 January 2023
TOPIC: DO YOU KNOW JESUS?
Memorise: Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him Job 13:15
Read: Luke 7:2-10
MESSAGE Open Heavens
How well you know Jesus has a lot to do with what you can get from Him. In Matthew 8:1-3, the Bible says a leper (note that humanly speaking, leprosy was an incurable disease) came unto Him and said, “I know that you can make me clean”. He did not say, “I believe”, He said “I know”. He knew Jesus could heal him without any doubt and he got his miracle. In Mark 5:25-34, the woman with the issue of blood was saying, in essence, “I know that man, I know there is enough anointing in his clothes to take care of my problem”. In Luke 7:2-10, the centurion more or less said, “I know that when you command sickness, it obeys you”. When you know the kind of person you are talking to when you are praying, you can get anything you want. After the successful completion of one of our annual conventions in The Redeemed Christian Church of God, I was extremely tired, so I told my wife and children that I was going to bed and did not want any disturbance. A woman came from the North just around the time I got into the bed and asked my children, “Is Daddy at home?” My children could not lie, so they said “Yes”. “I need to see him” she said. “He is not coming out again today” they replied. “Who is talking about today? Since he is in, no problem; I will stay here until he comes out”. She stayed by the door. They gave her food, but she did not leave that spot. She just sat there by the door. At some point, my wife had to come and wake me up and I reminded her I had said I shouldn’t be disturbed at all. She eventually got me to climb out of the bed to attend to the woman. She requested that I should just touch her head as she was confident that her situation would turn around for good. She knew and she got her miracle. When you go to God, praying in the name of Jesus, do you really know that God hears you? Do you really know that the God who can hear you has the ability to do whatever you are asking Him for? Do you really know that He wants to solve your problem? If you know, then congratulations, because your problems are already over.
Hymn 27 What A Friend We Have In Jesus
Action Point: Approach Cod in prayer now, knowing fully well that He can hear you and solve all your problems. Co ahead and ask Him for whatever you want.
Bible in one year. Leviticus 11-13
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Lessons Learned in the Open Heaven January 2023 Devotional
When life gets tough, it is easy to lose sight of our spiritual goals. We may become so focused on our problems that we forget to turn to God for help and guidance.
Thankfully, every month we have the opportunity to refocus our attention on God during the Open Heaven January 2023 devotional. This month’s devotional, titled “Lessons Learned in the January Devotional,” was written by Pastor EA Adeboye. In it, he shares several powerful lessons that we can all learn from.
One of the most important lessons is that no matter how difficult our circumstances may be, we must never give up on God. When we are struggling, it is natural to feel like He has abandoned us. However, this is not true. God is always with us, even when we cannot see Him at work in our lives.
We hope that this month’s open heavens devotional by Pastor EA Adeboye has been a blessing to you and has helped to strengthen your faith in God. We pray that the Lord will continue to guide you and give you wisdom as you go through life. May He grant all of us favor, joy, peace and success throughout the year! Amen.
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TOPIC: SETTING AND ACHIEVING GOALS 1
Welcome to Open Heavens 1 January 2023
TOPIC: SETTING AND ACHIEVING GOALS II
RCCG Open Heavens 2 January 2023
TOPIC: WHEN GOD BREATHES I
Open Heavens 3 January 2023
TOPIC: WHEN GOD BREATHES II
Today’s Open Heavens 4 January 2023
TOPIC: LEARN FROM THE WORD OF GOD
READ Open Heavens 5 January 2023
TOPIC: PRAYERS FOR THE NEW YEAR
Open Heavens 6 January 2023
TOPIC: PERFECT LOVE
Open Heaven 7 January 2023
TOPIC: JOY UNSPEAKABLE
Todays Open Heavens 8 January 2023
TOPIC: EVERYONE NEEDS GOOD FRIENDS
RCCG Open Heavens 9 January 2023
TOPIC: SOW GOOD SEEDS AHEAD
Open Heavens 10 January 2023