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OPEN HEAVEN DAILY DEVOTIONAL THURSDAY 14TH MAY 2020: KINGDOM CITIZENSHIP

THEME: KINGDOM CITIZENSHIP (DAILY DEVOTIONAL BY PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE)

MEMORY VERSE: John 3:5

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

BIBLE READING: LUKE 10:25-28

25. And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

26. He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?

27. And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

28. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.









#MESSAGE







In today's memory verse, Nicodemus did not ask Jesus to tell him how he could enter the Kingdom of God; he merely praised Him.

However, Jesus knew that Nicodemus needed to be shown, like us all, how to get to Heaven, so He said

“… verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.“

Jesus knew that any praise that would lead to the Kingdom of God must be packaged in the garment of salvation. He once told His audience:

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 7:21“

Beloved, have you been blown away by the recent wind of liberalism?

Have you been engaging in endless arguments on what is or what is not true about the Kingdom of God and the hope of eternal life?

It will do you no good, some argue that being born again may not be immediately evident forgetting that the Bible says “by their fruits
ye shall know them“(Matthew 7:20).

This confirms that being born again has to be evident.

Jesus queried in Luke 6:46 : And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?.

Our citizenship in the Kingdom of Heaven is based on obedience to the Kingdom constitution – the Bible.

Anyone who says the Bible is outdated is obviously no longer a citizen of the Kingdom.

1 John 3:7 says he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous.

Hence, answering Biblical names or ministerial titles are not requirements for being a Kingdom citizen, rather, regeneration and a new life of holiness in Christ are.

Are you a citizen of the kingdom of God?

PRAYER POINT


Father, please help me to maintain the requirements for Your Kingdoms citizenship. Please, do not cast me out of Your Kingdom in the mighty name of Jesus.



***BIBLE READING IN ONE YEAR: 2 Samuel 13:1-39 , 2 Samuel 14:1-33 , 2 Samuel 15:1-37


HYMNAL


ONWARD, CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS!



1. Onward Christian soldiers!
Marching as to war,
Looking unto Jesus
Who is gone before;
Christ, the royal Master,
Leads against the foe;
Forward into battle,
See, His banners go!

CHORUS
Onward, Christian soldiers!
Marching as to war,
Looking unto Jesus,
Going on before.

2. At the name of Jesus
Satan’s host doth flee;
On then, Christian soldiers,
On to victory!
Hell’s foundations quiver
At the shout of praise:
Brothers, lift your voices,
Loud your anthems raise!

3. Like a mighty army
Moves the Church of God:
Brothers, we are treading
Where the saints have trod;
We are not divided,
All one Body we-
One in hope and doctrine,
One in charity.

4. Crowns and thrones may perish,
Kingdoms rise and wane;
But the Church of Jesus
Constant will remain.
Gates of hell can never
‘Gainst the Church prevail;
We have Christ’s own promise,
Which can never fail.

5. Onward then, ye people!
Join our happy throng;
Blend with ours your voices
In the triumph song.
“Glory, praise and honor
Unto Christ, the King”, –
This through countless ages
Men and angels sing.




READ:

OPEN HEAVEN DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR FRIDAY 15TH MAY 2020: HEAVEN ON EARTH

OPEN HEAVEN DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR WEDNESDAY 13TH MAY 2020: THE VISIONARY CHRISTIAN III

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