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OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR THURSDAY 28TH JANUARY, 2021: FAITH AND PATIENCE

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR THURSDAY 28TH JANUARY, 2021: FAITH AND PATIENCE

THEME: FAITH AND PATIENCE


MEMORISE:

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

 

READ: Hebrews 11:1-11

1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.

3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.

7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:

10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.


MESSAGE:



The more we trust a person, the more patient become towards them. If they promise to come soon as possible, we will wait for them even more patiently because we know they mean what they say. Romans 10:17 says faith comes by hearing the word of God. Thus, if we would be steadfast in faith, we must constantly fellowship with God's word so that we know Him for who He is.

Faith without patience produces people who start off well but cannot finish strong. Patience without faith produces people who constantly suffer but have no power to change their situation. When Satan whispers to you that God's word is not working, faith says "It is a lie” and strengthens your resolve to wait. Faith has no fear; it knows that God's word has never failed, so it builds patience in you to wait for the word to come to pass. Faith strengthens patience. James 1:3 says:

*“Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”*

Faith and patience, working together, defend and protect your soul. This is why sometimes, God tries your faith so as to build your patience. He knows that just like Job, if both your faith and patience are strong, no matter what the devil brings your way, you will not fall. You need both faith and patience to win the heavenly race, because, it is a marathon and not just a sprint. I got born again over forty-five years ago and it was as if Jesus was coming that same year. Some of those who started the race with me have backslidden now. They had faith, but not patience. When I started seeing some of these people backsliding, I was worried for my own faith, thus I cried to God to help me so that I would finish strong. One day, I was watching the making of a movie in which the lead actor told the director that he was not sure he would be able to win the horse race that was to be a part of the movie. The director responded "You just keep riding; I will make sure you win". God spoke to me through that: He said "You just remain in the race, I will make sure you finish strong". Jude 1:24 says He is the only One who can keep you to the end. I believe God and His word, and that is why, today, I am still standing.


PRAYER POINT:

Father, please keep me until the end. Don't let me fall by the way in the course of my race to Heaven.

 

HYMN 8: HO! MY COMARADES, SEE THE SIGNAL

 

1. Ho, my comrades, see the signal, 

Waving in the sky!

Reinforcements now appearing, 

Victory is nigh.


Refrain:

“Hold the fort, for I am coming,” 

Jesus signals still;

Wave the answer back to Heaven,

 “By Thy grace we will.”

 

2. See the mighty host advancing, 

Satan leading on;

Mighty ones around us falling, 

Courage almost gone!

 

3. See the glorious banner waving! 

Hear the bugle blow;

In our Leader’s Name we triumph 

Over every foe.

 

4. Fierce and long the battle rages, 

But our help is near;

Onward comes our great Commander, 

Cheer, my comrades, cheer!


BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 

Genesis 49 -50

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

THEME: FAITH AND PATIENCE


MEMORISE:

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

 

READ: Hebrews 11:1-11

1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.

3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.

7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:

10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.


MESSAGE:



The more we trust a person, the more patient become towards them. If they promise to come soon as possible, we will wait for them even more patiently because we know they mean what they say. Romans 10:17 says faith comes by hearing the word of God. Thus, if we would be steadfast in faith, we must constantly fellowship with God's word so that we know Him for who He is.

Faith without patience produces people who start off well but cannot finish strong. Patience without faith produces people who constantly suffer but have no power to change their situation. When Satan whispers to you that God's word is not working, faith says "It is a lie” and strengthens your resolve to wait. Faith has no fear; it knows that God's word has never failed, so it builds patience in you to wait for the word to come to pass. Faith strengthens patience. James 1:3 says:

*“Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”*

Faith and patience, working together, defend and protect your soul. This is why sometimes, God tries your faith so as to build your patience. He knows that just like Job, if both your faith and patience are strong, no matter what the devil brings your way, you will not fall. You need both faith and patience to win the heavenly race, because, it is a marathon and not just a sprint. I got born again over forty-five years ago and it was as if Jesus was coming that same year. Some of those who started the race with me have backslidden now. They had faith, but not patience. When I started seeing some of these people backsliding, I was worried for my own faith, thus I cried to God to help me so that I would finish strong. One day, I was watching the making of a movie in which the lead actor told the director that he was not sure he would be able to win the horse race that was to be a part of the movie. The director responded "You just keep riding; I will make sure you win". God spoke to me through that: He said "You just remain in the race, I will make sure you finish strong". Jude 1:24 says He is the only One who can keep you to the end. I believe God and His word, and that is why, today, I am still standing.


PRAYER POINT:

Father, please keep me until the end. Don't let me fall by the way in the course of my race to Heaven.

 

HYMN 8: HO! MY COMARADES, SEE THE SIGNAL

 

1. Ho, my comrades, see the signal, 

Waving in the sky!

Reinforcements now appearing, 

Victory is nigh.


Refrain:

“Hold the fort, for I am coming,” 

Jesus signals still;

Wave the answer back to Heaven,

 “By Thy grace we will.”

 

2. See the mighty host advancing, 

Satan leading on;

Mighty ones around us falling, 

Courage almost gone!

 

3. See the glorious banner waving! 

Hear the bugle blow;

In our Leader’s Name we triumph 

Over every foe.

 

4. Fierce and long the battle rages, 

But our help is near;

Onward comes our great Commander, 

Cheer, my comrades, cheer!


BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 

Genesis 49 -50

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

Poem for my students by Dele Abiola

Poem for my students by Dele Abiola

 Poem for my students


Like a Shepherd,

The LORD leads the humble

To the still and clean waters

Satisfying souls till eternity,

Lead me oh Lord.


Like a rock of living springs

Is everlasting arms upholding the just

Never will they be moved

From age to age before foes

They are Shepherd's delight.



Like a sheep in Shepherd's arms,

Guide, protect and provide,

Lead and direct in green pastures

That lack and want be away

Dear Lord I pray.


Composed by Comrade Dele Abiola For the students of A1 Divine College, Osogbo.




 Poem for my students


Like a Shepherd,

The LORD leads the humble

To the still and clean waters

Satisfying souls till eternity,

Lead me oh Lord.


Like a rock of living springs

Is everlasting arms upholding the just

Never will they be moved

From age to age before foes

They are Shepherd's delight.



Like a sheep in Shepherd's arms,

Guide, protect and provide,

Lead and direct in green pastures

That lack and want be away

Dear Lord I pray.


Composed by Comrade Dele Abiola For the students of A1 Divine College, Osogbo.




OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR WEDNESDAY 27TH OF JANUARY, 2021: LIKE A CHILD III

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR WEDNESDAY 27TH OF JANUARY, 2021: LIKE A CHILD III

THEME: LIKE A CHILD III


MEMORISE:

I thought it good to shew the signs and wonders that the high God hath wrought toward me.             Daniel 4:2


READ: Matthew 10:32-33

32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.

33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

 

MESSAGE:


Children are testifiers. If you give a child a gift, he or she would tell everyone about it. Children also boast a lot about their parents and the benefits they get from them. If you have just got a car, it is most likely that your child will want you to take him or her to school in it so as to show off to their friends. If you give a child a gift, if possible, he or she will tell the whole world about it.


Do you tell everyone what God has done for you or are you ashamed to talk about Him in public? Do you share testimonies of His wondrous works that will make others want to serve your God? I tell stories because I cannot help but brag about the things my God has done. These testimonies have encouraged people; some say "If God can do this, then I will serve Him too".


There was a couple who fought every night, so much so that they became a subject of mockery to their neighbours. This went on until someone invited them to The Redeemed Christian Church of God. Both of them gave their lives to Christ and the fighting stopped. That night, their neighbours did not sleep because they were waiting for them to fight as usual; however, they were disappointed. The neighbours watched for some more days until one of them summoned the courage to ask the couple why they had not been fighting. They told him that they had met Jesus at a Church; the neighbour said "Really? I must follow you to that Church". Before long, they introduced all their neighbours to Christ.

 

Your testimony is powerful enough to win souls for Christ. The people of the world brag about their witchdoctors, saying things like "There is no problem this Baba cannot solve, he solved this and that problem" and they end up winning their friends over. Your God is greater than any witchdoctor; indeed,

He created all things, including the witchdoctors. ln Jeremiah 32:27, He says:         

*"•••I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?*

Why then can't you brag about Him too and use your testimonies to win souls for Him? Why not tell someone going through a difficult time that your God can solve that problem? Don't keep quiet about the things God has done for you; use them to win souls to His kingdom.


Action Point:

Make sure you share a testimony of something God did for you recently with an unbeliever today.

 

HYMN 17:

Oh What A Wonderful Wonderful Day

Day I Will Never Forget

After I’d Wandered In Darkness Away

Jesus My Saviour I Met

Oh What A Tender Compassionate Friend

He Met The Need Of My Heart

Shadows Dispelling With Joy I Am Telling

He Made All The Darkness Depart


Chorus:

Heaven Came Down And Glory Filled My Soul

When At The Cross The Savior Made Me Whole

My Sins Were Washed Away

And My Night Was Turned To Day

Heaven Came Down And Glory Filled My Soul


Born Of The Spirit With Life From Above

Into God’s Fam’ly Divine

Justified Fully Thru Calvary’s Love

Oh What A Standing Is Mine

And The Transaction So Quickly Was Made

When As A Sinner I Came

Took Of The Offer Of Grace

He Did Proffer He Saved Me

Oh Praise His Dear Name


Now I’ve A Hope That Will Surely Endure

After The Passing Of Time

I Have A Future In Heaven For Sure

There In Those Mansions Sublime

And It’s Because Of That Wonderful Day

When At The Cross I Believed

Riches Eternal And Blessings Supernal

From His Precious Hand I Received


BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 

Genesis 46-48

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

THEME: LIKE A CHILD III


MEMORISE:

I thought it good to shew the signs and wonders that the high God hath wrought toward me.             Daniel 4:2


READ: Matthew 10:32-33

32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.

33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

 

MESSAGE:


Children are testifiers. If you give a child a gift, he or she would tell everyone about it. Children also boast a lot about their parents and the benefits they get from them. If you have just got a car, it is most likely that your child will want you to take him or her to school in it so as to show off to their friends. If you give a child a gift, if possible, he or she will tell the whole world about it.


Do you tell everyone what God has done for you or are you ashamed to talk about Him in public? Do you share testimonies of His wondrous works that will make others want to serve your God? I tell stories because I cannot help but brag about the things my God has done. These testimonies have encouraged people; some say "If God can do this, then I will serve Him too".


There was a couple who fought every night, so much so that they became a subject of mockery to their neighbours. This went on until someone invited them to The Redeemed Christian Church of God. Both of them gave their lives to Christ and the fighting stopped. That night, their neighbours did not sleep because they were waiting for them to fight as usual; however, they were disappointed. The neighbours watched for some more days until one of them summoned the courage to ask the couple why they had not been fighting. They told him that they had met Jesus at a Church; the neighbour said "Really? I must follow you to that Church". Before long, they introduced all their neighbours to Christ.

 

Your testimony is powerful enough to win souls for Christ. The people of the world brag about their witchdoctors, saying things like "There is no problem this Baba cannot solve, he solved this and that problem" and they end up winning their friends over. Your God is greater than any witchdoctor; indeed,

He created all things, including the witchdoctors. ln Jeremiah 32:27, He says:         

*"•••I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?*

Why then can't you brag about Him too and use your testimonies to win souls for Him? Why not tell someone going through a difficult time that your God can solve that problem? Don't keep quiet about the things God has done for you; use them to win souls to His kingdom.


Action Point:

Make sure you share a testimony of something God did for you recently with an unbeliever today.

 

HYMN 17:

Oh What A Wonderful Wonderful Day

Day I Will Never Forget

After I’d Wandered In Darkness Away

Jesus My Saviour I Met

Oh What A Tender Compassionate Friend

He Met The Need Of My Heart

Shadows Dispelling With Joy I Am Telling

He Made All The Darkness Depart


Chorus:

Heaven Came Down And Glory Filled My Soul

When At The Cross The Savior Made Me Whole

My Sins Were Washed Away

And My Night Was Turned To Day

Heaven Came Down And Glory Filled My Soul


Born Of The Spirit With Life From Above

Into God’s Fam’ly Divine

Justified Fully Thru Calvary’s Love

Oh What A Standing Is Mine

And The Transaction So Quickly Was Made

When As A Sinner I Came

Took Of The Offer Of Grace

He Did Proffer He Saved Me

Oh Praise His Dear Name


Now I’ve A Hope That Will Surely Endure

After The Passing Of Time

I Have A Future In Heaven For Sure

There In Those Mansions Sublime

And It’s Because Of That Wonderful Day

When At The Cross I Believed

Riches Eternal And Blessings Supernal

From His Precious Hand I Received


BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 

Genesis 46-48

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

NIGERIAN PRESIDENT, MAJOR GEN. MUHAMMADU BUHARI APPOINTS NEW SERVICE CHIEFS

NIGERIAN PRESIDENT, MAJOR GEN. MUHAMMADU BUHARI APPOINTS NEW SERVICE CHIEFS


Nigeria's President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the immediate resignation of the Service Chiefs, and their retirement from service.

According to a statement signed by Femi Adesina who is a Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity), those nvolved are the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

President Buhari thanks the outgoing Service Chiefs for what he calls their “overwhelming achievements in our efforts at bringing enduring peace to our dear country,” wishing them well in their future endeavours.

The new Service Chiefs are: Major-General Leo Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff; Major-General I. Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff; and Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao, Chief of Air Staff.

The President congratulates the new Service Chiefs, and urges them to be loyal and dedicated in the discharge of their responsibilities.


Nigerians from all works of life have for many years been calling for the sack of the service chiefs following the inability of the nation's security apparatus to put an end to the insurgency that has been bedevilling the country for more than a decade on which promises Buhari rode to power in 2015. 


Rather than ending the Boko Haram insurgence, the country hàs witness more killings from another emerging terrorists groups such as FULANI Herdsmen and banditary as well as the military itself inform of Lekki tollgate massacre in Lagos and the Shiites killing in Kaduna among many others.



Nigeria's President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the immediate resignation of the Service Chiefs, and their retirement from service.

According to a statement signed by Femi Adesina who is a Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity), those nvolved are the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

President Buhari thanks the outgoing Service Chiefs for what he calls their “overwhelming achievements in our efforts at bringing enduring peace to our dear country,” wishing them well in their future endeavours.

The new Service Chiefs are: Major-General Leo Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff; Major-General I. Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff; and Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao, Chief of Air Staff.

The President congratulates the new Service Chiefs, and urges them to be loyal and dedicated in the discharge of their responsibilities.


Nigerians from all works of life have for many years been calling for the sack of the service chiefs following the inability of the nation's security apparatus to put an end to the insurgency that has been bedevilling the country for more than a decade on which promises Buhari rode to power in 2015. 


Rather than ending the Boko Haram insurgence, the country hàs witness more killings from another emerging terrorists groups such as FULANI Herdsmen and banditary as well as the military itself inform of Lekki tollgate massacre in Lagos and the Shiites killing in Kaduna among many others.


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