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Open Heaven For Today 2024 Saturday Daily Devotional By Pastor E. A. Adeboye – Follow-Up Is Key To God

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TOPIC: Follow-Up Is Key To God

MEMORISE: “Therefore thus saith the Lord God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the Lord.” – Jeremiah 23:2 (KJV)

READ: Jeremiah 23:1-8 (KJV)

1 Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! Saith the Lord.

2 Therefore thus saith the Lord God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the Lord.

3 And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds, they shall be fruitful and increase.

4 And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the Lord.

5 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch and a King shall reign and prosper and execute judgment and justice in the earth.

6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, The Lord Our Righteousness.

7 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that they shall no more say, The Lord liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;

8 But, The Lord liveth, which brought up and led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their land.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Numbers 7

Open Heaven For Today 2024 MESSAGE

In our Bible reading for today, you will see God’s mind about follow-up and that He doesn’t take follow-up lightly at all. He said pastors, including anyone God has put in charge of others, should feed the sheep. When they fail to do so, they are invariably scattering the sheep, and there are woes in store for such persons. He said in verses 7 and 8 that He doesn’t just want to be known as the God who brought His children out of Egypt (the bondage of the enemy) but as the Lord who brought His children out of bondage and brought them to their land (Zion or Heaven).

God is never satisfied with you just preaching to sinners. Beyond encouraging them to confess their sins and give their lives to Christ, He is more interested in you following them up until they see Him in glory. Learn from the apostles of old; after Paul had won souls in a place, he would stay with them for a while to ensure that they become grounded in the faith (Acts 18:11, Acts 19:10, Acts 28:29-32). Even after he left, he would keep sending them letters to strengthen them even more. Those are the origins of the letters we read in the Scriptures today and support us to date. He also often made time to visit them so that they may be further established (Romans 1:11). In Acts 15:36, the Bible says:

And some days after, Paul said unto Barnabas, Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the LORD, and see how they do.

Relating this to modern times, after you have won a soul, get their contact details to keep calling them and sending text messages to strengthen them. It would be best to visit them to see how they are faring. Visit the local assembly they attend to see if they have joined the workforce there and if they are fervently serving God. Allow them to ask you questions about their walk with God. New converts always have many questions to ask; be there to answer them and explain the Scriptures to them. Don’t leave them to become prey to the devil; follow them up so well until they are fully established in Christ.

KEY POINT:

God wants you to follow up on souls and ensure they abide in the kingdom.

HYMN 20 – Stand Up! Stand Up For Jesus

1 Stand up! Stand up for Jesus!
Ye soldiers of the cross;
Lift high His royal banner,
It must not suffer loss:
From vict’ry unto vict’ry
His army shall He lead,
Till every foe is vanquished
And Christ is Lord indeed.
Stand up for Jesus
Ye soldiers of the cross;
Lift high His royal banner,
It must not; it must not suffer loss.

2 Stand up! Stand up for Jesus!
The trumpet calls to obey;
Forth to the mighty conflict
On this glorious day.
Ye that are men, now serve Him
Against unnumbered foes;
Let courage rise with danger.
And strength to strength oppose.

3 Stand up! Stand up for Jesus!
Stand in His strength alone;
The arm of flesh will fail you;
Ye dare not trust your own.
Put on the Gospel armor,
And, watching unto prayer,
Where duty calls, or danger,
I’ve never wanted to be there.

4 Stand up! Stand up for Jesus!
The strife will not be long:
This day, the noise of battle,
The next the victor’s song;
To him, that overcometh
A crown of life shall be;
He, with the King of Glory,
Shall reign eternally

Open Heavens 2024 Daily Devotional guide was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical churches in the world, and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries. The Open Heavens devotional application is available across all mobile platforms and operating systems: iOS, Android, Blackberry, Nokia, Windows Mobile, and PC. Open Heaven for Today 2024

Ambydennis Notice Board: Until you are born again, God’s abiding presence will never be with you. It would be best if you were born again to enjoy continuous victory. Please say the displayed prayer below in faith:

Lord Jesus, come into my life. I accept You as my Lord and Personal Saviour. I believe in my heart. You died and rose from the dead to save me. Thank You, Lord, for keeping me, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

If you just prayed the prayer of salvation online, please send your testimonies and prayer request to [email protected], +234-1-8447340, +234-0-709821311


Open Heaven For Today 2024 Friday Daily Devotional By Pastor E. A. Adeboye – Harvest Requires Labour

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TOPIC: Harvest Requires Labour

MEMORISE: “Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few;” – Matthew 9:37 (KJV)

READ: Matthew 9:36-38 (KJV)

36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them because they fainted and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.

37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few;

38 Pray ye, therefore, the Lord of the harvest, that he will send laborers into his harvest.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Numbers 5-6

Open Heaven For Today 2024 MESSAGE

If God will ever use you to harvest souls into His kingdom, you must be hardworking. This is because harvesting requires way more labor than sowing. Farmers will tell you that sowing is hard work; if you are going to sow on a large farm, you will work hard. However, reaping involves more hard work. This is because there is a time limit for harvesting. If your fruits will rot and aren’t harvested within the time limit, the harvest of souls that God has prepared in this end-time revival is excellent, and we have limited time. I pray that God will give you the grace to bring the harvest in Jesus’ name.

When Peter cast his net into the sea in Luke 5:1-10, he did it alone without help, but when the harvest came, he realized that he needed more effort to bring it in. Proverbs 12:27 says that the lazy man will not roast the meat he caught while hunting. Do you know what that means? It takes hard work to track and more challenging work to prepare what was seen so it will not rot. God will not waste His anointing on a man who will win souls and not follow them up.

Soul winning is more accessible than following up with new converts until they mature in Christ. This is why some people prefer the work of the evangelist to that of a pastor. The evangelist gets on a podium, preaches the gospel of salvation, makes an altar call, and leaves after that, going to the pastor to do the hard work of training the new converts, setting them in systems that will help them grow spiritually, answering all their questions, and teaching them regularly until they can stand on their feet. In a time of revival, you must be ready to do the work of both an evangelist and an actor. John 15:16 says that you must win souls and ensure they abide, implying that they never return to the devil.

As painful as it is, giving birth is still easier than taking care of a baby until adulthood. Parents will tell you that the work of a mother over her children never ends. Are you ready to nurture new converts till they make it to heaven? If you answer yes, God will find you helpful for His work.

KEY POINT

Put more effort into the follow-up of souls till they are mature and are on the sure path to heaven.

HYMN 4 – To The Work! To work! We Are Servants Of God

1 To the work! To the work! we are servants of God,
Let us follow the path that our Master has trod;
With the might of His power, our strength to renew,
Let us do by His grace what He calls us to do.
Work for Him by His grace;
Work thru Him for His praise;
Work with Him all the days;
And work in Him in many ways.

2 To the work! To the work! let the hungry be fed;
To the fountain of life, let the thirsty be led;
In the cross and its vict’ry, our glory shall be,
While we herald the tidings, “Salvation is free!”

3 To the work! To the work! in the strength of the Lord,
By the power of His Name, with the light of His Word,
All the slaves of the darkness of Satan were set free
And His riches of grace in His glory we’ll see.

Open Heavens 2024 Daily Devotional guide was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical churches in the world, and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries. The Open Heavens devotional application is available across all mobile platforms and operating systems: iOS, Android, Blackberry, Nokia, Windows Mobile, and PC. Open Heaven for Today 2024

Ambydennis Notice Board: Until you are born again, God’s abiding presence will never be with you. It would be best if you were born again to enjoy continuous victory. Please say the displayed prayer below in faith:

Lord Jesus, come into my life. I accept You as my Lord and Personal Saviour. I believe in my heart. You died and rose from the dead to save me. Thank You, Lord, for keeping me, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

If you just prayed the prayer of salvation online, please send your testimonies and prayer request to [email protected], +234-1-8447340, +234-0-709821311


Open Heaven For Today 2024 Thursday Daily Devotional By Pastor E. A. Adeboye – What Kind Of Vessel?

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TOPIC: What Kind Of Vessel?

MEMORISE: “So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,” – Matthew 13:49 (KJV)

READ: 2 Timothy 2:15-21 (KJV)

15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom are Hymenaeus and Philetus;

18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.

19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ departs from iniquity.

20 But in a great house, there are vessels of gold and silver, but also wood and the earth; some to honor, and some to dishonor.

21 If a man pages hi, him these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, honored, meet for the Master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Numbers 3-4

Open Heaven For Today 2024 MESSAGE

In today’s Bible reading, the various kinds of vessels found in a great man’s house were identified. It says you will find some vessels unto honor and some unto dishonor. This may make you wonder why the great man keeps vessels unto dishonor in his house. Why doesn’t he throw them away? This is the same question that many ask when they consider the body of Christ today. They say, “Why does God not kill all fake pastors? Why does He not expose all those using His name to amass wealth and fame for themselves?” The answer to that is in Matthew 13:24-30. Verses 29 and 30, in particular, say:

But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest, I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

Our God does not act rashly; He does everything for a reason. There are some fake pastors that some genuine Christians believe to be real. If God destroys such pastors, it could affect the faith of those following them. As such, the tares would have been gathered, but the wheat would have unfortunately been rooted up with them. Don’t worry about the mixed multitude in the church; God is coming to separate the wheat from the tares, and there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when He does.

If you claim to be a Christian, yet you are bringing dishonor to the Lord, you better change now. If such a person refuses to change, that is not a problem. The fire that will consume them is getting hotter every day. Such a person can keep enjoying the benefits of being called a Christian for now, however, God is coming with the reward for such deceivers, and on that day, He will take no apologies.

Beloved, if you are one of such deceivers, it is in your best interest to genuinely repent now, forsake your sinful ways, and truly surrender your life to Jesus Christ. It is the only way to escape the judgment coming for all those vessels unto dishonor.

REFLECTION

What kind of vessel are you in the Master’s house?

HYMN 23 – Take My Life, And Let It Be

1 Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise,
Let them flow in endless praise.

2 Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love;
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee,
Swift and beautiful for Thee.

3 Take my voice, and let me sing
Always, only, for my King;
Take my lips, and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee,
Filled with messages from Thee.

4 Take my silver and my gold;
Not a mite would I withhold;
Take my intellect and use
Every power as Thou shalt choose,
Every power as Thou shalt choose.

5 Take my will, and make it Thine;
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart; it is Thine own;
It shall be Thy royal throne,
It shall be Thy royal throne.

6 Take my love; my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet is treasure-store.
Take me, and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee,
Ever, only, all for Thee.

Open Heavens 2024 Daily Devotional guide was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical churches in the world, and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries. The Open Heavens devotional application is available across all mobile platforms and operating systems: iOS, Android, Blackberry, Nokia, Windows Mobile, and PC. Open Heaven for Today 2024

Ambydennis Notice Board: Until you are born again, God’s abiding presence will never be with you. It would be best if you were born again to enjoy continuous victory. Please say the displayed prayer below in faith:

Lord Jesus, come into my life. I accept You as my Lord and Personal Saviour. I believe in my heart. You died and rose from the dead to save me. Thank You, Lord, for keeping me, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

If you just prayed the prayer of salvation online, please send your testimonies and prayer request to [email protected], +234-1-8447340, +234-0-709821311