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OPEN HEAVEN DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR WEDNESDAY 15TH APRIL 2020: RIVERS OF LIVING WATER

THEME: RIVERS OF LIVING WATER (DAILY DEVOTIONAL BY PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE)

MEMORY VERSE: Mark 16:17

And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues.

BIBLE READING: JOHN 7:37-38 (KJV)

37. In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.

38. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.












MESSAGE

Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a spiritual experience that is highly misunderstood in Christendom today. It was prophesied in Joel 2:28:

“And it shall come to pass afterward, That I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.”

It was promised by John the Baptist in Matthew 3:11

“I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after … shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire”.

This was then actualised by Jesus Christ when He said “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you…” (Acts 1:8).

This is the means by which the Holy Spirit initiates Christians into spiritual communion with Jesus Christ, with the evidence of speaking in tongue, and for the purpose of equipping them for God’s service.

Joel 2:28 and Acts 1:8 clearly state that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit gives access to some supernatural gifts and abilities like prophecy, healing and vision.

To receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, one must develop an insatiable hunger and thirst for His infilling (John 7:37-38).

In the scripture above, Jesus said that anyone who believes in Him as the Holy Spirit Baptiser, will become a source of living waters.

He also said that those who drink from Him will never thirst again (John 4:14). Acts 2:38-39 says “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you…”

God provided the Holy Spirit as a means of solving all human problems.

However, we must first repent of all our sins, accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour and then receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence speaking in tongues.

May the living waters flow through you to the whole world in the mighty name Jesus.

PRAYER POINT:

Father, please fill me with the Holy Spirit that Your power may flow through me, in the mighty name of Jesus.


***BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: PSALMS 56, 120, 140-142


HYMNAL:

HYMN 19 – MY HOPE IS BUILT ON NOTHING LESS


1. My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus name.

CHORUS:
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

2. When darkness seems to veil His face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

CHORUS:
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

3. His oath, His covenant, and blood,
Support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.

CHORUS:
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

4. When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found;
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

CHORUS:
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.



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