Monday, 1 July 2013

RCCG OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTION MONDAY 1st JULY, 2013 HEAVENLY HOME COMING BY PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

Memorise:We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:8

Read: 2 Kings 13:20
Bible in one year: Psalm 25 – 27

Death is a sure event that is bound to happen. It strikes with no regard to the status of its victim. The earlier we realise the certainty of death, the better for us as it brings us freedom. When a believer dies, people will be hit with sorrow, including ministers of God. Is this not ironical? Are we not the ones preaching that Heaven is far better than the earth? So why are we sorrowful when one of God's beloved has gone home? Or how else will they go home? Are they going to ride a bicycle there? Oh, we want to go there by the rapture: fine, but do you know the exact date for the rapture? 2 Corinthians 5:8 says,
"We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord."
Yet, we don't want to be absent from the body through death but we want to be in the physical presence of the Lord. What an irony! If you take time to study Revelation 21, you will have a good picture of Heaven - golden streets, no night, no sunlight, the temperature is supernaturally regulated, everlasting joy, etc. If you truly want to get to Heaven, you should be prepared to know more about one method of passage into it - death. 1 lost my fear of death from my mother's experience. Death separates the dead from the living and from other things they had been close to.
Unfortunately, today, many people are still living in deception - still holding to old stereotypes about death and eternity. Some, including highly educated people, still believe in reincarnation - that when they die, they will return to this world as a baby, Some believe if they commit suicide for a religious cause, that they will go to Heaven. But they will find themselves in hell. You have no right to stop the life you did not start. You are God's property and if you dare take your life, you will end up in eternal hell. You cannot kill a human being like yourself in the name of religion and think you will ever get to Heaven. Which heaven? God's judgment will take its full course, the sad news for suicide bombers is that while they terminate their lives arid go to eternal hell, those who sent and paid them on that mission would still be living, and may give their lives to Christ and end up in Heaven.

Action Point: Pray for prisoners on death row that they will have a contact with God. You can also create the time to visit the prison and preach to them.

RCCG OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTION SUNDAY 30th JUNE, 2013 ANY CREDIT WITH GOD? BY PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

Memorise: Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah. Psalm 20:3

Read: Acts 9:36-42
Bible in one year: Isaiah 13 – 15

When the son of the rich Shunammite woman died in 2 Kings 4:18-26, she laid him on the bed that she had provided for the man of God. It was another way of telling God: 'Lord, I have some deposits in my heavenly account: it is time to make a withdrawal.' She did not request for the child in the first place; it came as interest on her investment. Do you have a deposit with God which you can draw from in times of crisis? It is wisdom to have such a deposit because at very crucial moments in the life of the depositor, your investment will speak for you. At such times, you may not be the one to speak for yourself.
Psalm 20:1 – 3 says God will remember your offering in the day of trouble. This refers to regular offerings. But do you have a solid deposit with God? Dorcas did. In Acts 9:36-42, when she died, everybody protested - Not Dorcas! When some people die, people would say may their soul rest in peace, but when some others die, people will lead a protest march to God, saying there must have been some kind of mistake. Check it; such people whose cases are protested most likely had deposits with God. As people protested Dorcas' death, they sent for Peter and began to show him reasons she cannot just go now. So the Lord was forced to ask her to return to earth to continue her good work. If you die today, how many people will miss you? To test this, travel for one month and see how many people will ask you where you have been. If on your return people just say good morning to you, then it is likely that when you die, you may go unnoticed to such people. While on board a ship in one of his trips, there was a terrible storm that put the lives of all that were onboard in danger for over two weeks. In the midst of this, an angel visited Paul and God said to him that because of his credit with God, both his life and the lives of those with him would be saved (Acts 27:13-24). Do you have credit with God?

Key Point: From today, begin to build your Heavenly credit for future benefits.

RCCG OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTION SATURDAY 29th JUNE, 2013 HE IS OUR SEAL BY PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

Memorise: In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise. Ephesians 1:13

Read: Ephesians 1:11-14
Bible in one year: Isaiah 10-12

The Holy Spirit guides you into all truth and sets you free. The greatest amnesty you can ever receive is from Him. Besides all these, John 16:13 says the Holy Spirit will show you things to come. He is a revealer of future events. There is hardly anyone who does not want to know tomorrow. Quite a number of people have ensnared themselves while seeking information about their future. Yet, they keep a distance from the One who can tell them of tomorrow. Unlike agents of darkness who can foretell by the spirit of divination, but provide destructive solutions to problems, the Holy Spirit guides His own into future events and provides appropriate solutions to problems identified. How much of the future that is revealed to you is a function of your closeness to the Holy Spirit. How close are you to the Revealer of secrets?
John 16:14 says one major role of the Holy Spirit is to see that Jesus Christ is glorified in all He does through and in His church. He is the Source of divine power according to Acts 1:8, so if you really want raw, unadulterated power, go to the Holy Ghost. Ephesians 1:13 says He is the one who seals believers in Christ. Beloved, there is a seal over your life and that is the promised Holy Spirit. When there is an unpleasant event in the life of God's children, the Holy Spirit effectively plays the role of a Comforter. While the best mortals can do is to sympathise, it is the Holy Spirit who knows exactly the level of hurt we aregoing through and who also knows the best way to provide comfort. Are you hurting presently? Is there something amiss that is causing sorrow in your heart? Look up to the Holy Spirit today and He will comfort you. Take heart beloved, it is well with you. That pain shall give way to joy. Are you weeping? Dry up your tears right now because the Lord is saying to a User of this Devotional,
"Sing O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD."
Isaiah 54:1
Youshall laugh last. It is well with you.

Action Point: Spend 30 minutes thanking the Holy Spirit for being your seal and comforter.

RCCG OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTION FRIDAY 28th JUNE, 2013 DIVINE JAIL BREAK BY PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

Memorise: And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed.  Acts 16:26

Read: Acts 16:24-33
Bible in one year: Isaiah 7-9

God's personal visit to His children who are in bonds liberates their hands from whatever cuffs had them bound. Beyond the hands, the legs of the visited will also be loosed and freed to make progress; so that the enemy who had him tied down will no longer be able to catch up with him. In Acts 3:1-8, when the King of kings visited the lame man at the front of the Beautiful Gate, he did not only walk but he started to leap. Have your legs been incapacitated owing to poor health? They shall receive strength and become whole. At other times, your legs may be physically fit but they may be chained like it happened to Paul and Silas in Acts 16:24-33. After they received the beating of their lives for delivering a lady from the oppressive spirit of divination, they were taken to prison and tucked into the inner ward to prevent escape. Yet, they did not stop there; they tied them with chains and tucked and locked their feet in stocks. In other words, the enemies tried to block every possible avenue of escape. Now the jailor could safely go to sleep. As tired as they were, with their bodies bleeding from the wounds earlier inflicted on them before they were brought to the prison house, they felt they must immediately contact their Headquarters in Heaven and invite the King of Glory to personally visit them in that prison. They began to engage in high praises at midnight and that night, the Lord came on a visit. An earthquake accompanied His visit and the foundation of the prison house shifted out of place, all locked doors were flung open, the chains on all the prisoners got broken and their feet were set free from the stocks. When God decides to visit that prison where the enemies have caged you, He can orchestrate a jail break. This season, the Lord will visit that prison that is housing you, your family as well as your destiny and there shall be a divine jail break in the name of Jesus.

Key Point: When a man breaks and escapes from jail, it is a crime. But when God breaks a jail and releases its prisoners, nobody can prosecute Him.

Thursday, 27 June 2013

RCCG OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTION THURSDAY 27th JUNE, 2013 BLIND TO YOUR FAULTS? BY PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

Memorise: Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth. John 9:41

Read: John 9:40–41
Bible in one year: Isaiah 4 – 6 

Zechariah 3:1-7relays an incident where Joshua the high priest stood to offer some sacrifice but he was clothed with filthy garment and Satan stood at his right hand to resist him. This tells us that whenever we are not properly clothed in God's righteousness and we want to offer something - an offering or sacrifice to God, there will surely be some formidable resistance from the kingdom of darkness. The filth on Joshua's garment gave Satan legal right to withstand his offering. From this we also learn that not all sacrifices are acceptable to God. Some sacrifices are rejected, some are accepted while some others are contested. Mind how you are clothed before you go to offer anything before God!
Meanwhile, it took another prophet - Zechariah to reveal the state of the high priest. Joshua was arrayed in filthy garments but he did not even notice it. Revelation 3:14-18 says that it is possible to be blind and think you have the best of sight. People have illusions about their present state. This is very dangerous - to think you are rich, successful and progressive whereas the opposite is the case. Ironically, many reject such a message and see it as being sent to someone else other than themselves, this is rather unfortunate. Going by what the Lord told the Pharisees in John 9:40–41, it takes the blind fellow to admit his state of blindness before he can receive help from the Lord. As long as you think you are okay, you will never be better than what you are. It is your feeling of "inadequacy that would drive you on your knees to request divine assistance. In addition, we see a crowd to whom the high priest was ministering; who saw the priest in filthy garment but none of them could point it out to him. TWs means that people see what the leader may not see but they need to inform the leader or help him with love. Some leaders never give their associates or members the opportunity to correct them in love, probably because they present a front as if all is well, or that they know everything, Hebrews 12:1 tells us of the cloud of witnesses in Heaven who are keeping tabs on what we are doing. They see what we don't see but someday, we shall unite with them in heaven: will you be there on that day?

Prayer Point: Oh Lord, expose any faults and weaknesses to me and grant me the grace to make amends.

RCCG OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTION WEDNESDAY 26th JUNE, 2013 POWER IN THE BLOOD BY PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

Memorise: And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.Revelation 12:11

Read: Revelation 12:10–11
Bible in one year: Isaiah 1 – 3

The Word of God works in all situations when the user has satisfied every requirement. If you are making a request and you are at the same time living in sin, particularly in secret sin, your sinful state can negatively impact on your prayers. Similarly, when you engage the enemy, and you want to use the word of God as a weapon, quote it correctly or it may not work for you. Satan knows the letters of the word from Genesis to Revelation, so the enemy knows whenever you misquote scriptures and can take advantage of that. In Matthew 4:1-11, when Jesus came face to face with the devil in the wilderness, He engaged the sword of the Spirit saying, 'it is written.' How often do you engage the sword of the Spirit? How correctly do you quote scripture when engaged in warfare?
Moreover, the third weapon available to soldiers in God's army is the blood of Jesus. Revelation 12:11 says,
"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death,"
If only you can see into the spiritual realm, then you will appreciate the power in the blood of Jesus. An ex-agent of darkness, who was very active for the devil until her conversion to Christ, once said that the blood of Jesus is spiritually very acidic. If there is one weapon the kingdom of darkness avoids more than a plague, it is the blood. If you can imagine what harm physical acid can cause to the human body, then you may have a little glimpse of the power in the blood of Jesus. She said when they plant different objects at certain road junctions to cause accidents; they return to the scene after such accidents to drain the blood of their victims to their blood banks, which they subsequently serve as wine. But when some believers begin to pray and plead the blood of Jesus on their local, national and international blood banks, the blood in their blood banks becomes contaminated, acidic and completely undrinkable. They will have to throw away such blood and for that period, they will be very weak as they begin their search for fresh blood. Arise and cover yourself, family and everything you have with the blood of Jesus. Also plead the blood upon all blood banks - both physical and satanic.

Action Point: Apply the blood of Jesus on yourself, family, ministry and plans every day. Attack the enemy with the blood of Jesus.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

RCCG OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTION TUESDAY 25th JUNE, 2013 DIVINE PARTNERSHIP BY PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

Memorise: For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.Isaiah 41:13

Read: Isaiah41:10-13
Bible in one year: Galatians 4-6

Besides divine compassion, dwelling with the Lord also assures you of divine goodness. This was the experience of David when he said assuredly that goodness and mercy will always accompany him for the rest of his life, because he will dwell in God's presence continually (Psalm23:6). Beloved, if you must be fruitful, you need both mercy and goodness. Why? Mercy makes you have what you don't deserve. If you read Romans9:15-16, you will find that God reserves the right to choose to be merciful or compassionate to whom He will. Consequentially, the one who wins the race is not necessarily the one who is more determined or has the fastest feet, but the one who has God's mercy backing him or her. Those you probably envy because they are recording a greater success in life or ministry are not necessarily wiser, stronger or holier than you, but just that they are enjoying the mercy of God that you do not enjoy. From today, you shall be a beneficiary of God's mercy.
This season if there is just one person who will be singled out for an undeserved blessing, it will be you. There is a user of this Devotional who has laboured conscientiously for years with nothing to show for it.By God's divine hand of mercy, a favour is coming your way this season which nobody can stop, and which you cannot resist. When it comes to pass, just remember to share the testimony and give thanks to God in the assembly of His people. In addition, when you abide in Christ, you have a share in a divine partnership. Any force or person who says you will not succeed, God will deal with such a force or fellow in accordance with Romans8:31. That is why Isaiah 41:10-13 says you have no reason to fear; if God says He will help you, believe it: He will. When Peter accepted to partner with Jesus in Luke5:1-7, when he got to his wits end in his career, the Lord supplied what he lacked and he took a catch he had never taken all his fishing years. Let the Lord into your boat and accept His divine partnership and your limitation will be your starting point.

Key Point: God upholds His partners with His victorious right hand.

RCCG OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL MONDAY 24th OF JUNE 2013, A SURE EVENT By Pastor E. A. Adeboye

Memorise: In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. Genesis 3:19

Read: Genesis 3:17-19
Bible in one year: Galatians 1-3

It is important to keep eternity in view as you live on the earth. Another reason people fear death is because death seals fate. Once you die, your fate is sealed. Job 7:9-10 says once a man dies, he cannot come back to his earthly home anymore. In Luke 16:19-31, the Lord told a story of a rich man and a poor beggar who lived at a particular time in life. At some point, they both died. While the fate of the rich man was sealed in hell, that of the poor man was sealed in Heaven. If you are born-again and you die righteous, your fate is sealed in Heaven, but if you die in your sins, your fate is sealed in hell. 1 Corinthians 10:12 says,
"Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall" As long as you are alive, no matter how strong in the Lord you may be, there is still the possibility of falling. Be careful!
Death is sometimes referred to as the reminder. Why? It reminds us of our origin. It reminds us that we are dust. According to Genesis 3:17-19, we were taken out of dust and to dust will our bodies return. Not many people would Iike to hear that their beautiful body will return to dust one day. Death reminds us that we are not on earth forever but temporarily, hence we are called pilgrims (Hebrews 11:13; 1 Peter 2:11). The world is some kind of bridge we are trying to cross. Death reminds us of the coming judgment (Hebrews 9:27). You would be amazed to know that some men of God fear death more than other people because it has no regards for the anointing. In 1 Samuel 25:1, we read that Samuel - the king maker, king remover and prophet of Israel died with all his anointing. Saul - the first king of Israel also died (1 Samuel 31:6). Do you know that death does not regard the command not to touch God's anointed? If you doubt this ask Elisha. In spite of the double portion anointing he possessed yet he still died (2 Kings 13:20). Death does not regard who you are - whether General Superintendent or General Overseer, Pastor, Prophet, etc. It will strike at its appointed date. Knowing death will surely occur, how prepared are you for its coming?


key point: Ignoring an event that is bound to happen is the height of foolishness

RCCG OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTION SATURDAY 22nd of JUNE, 2013 OF BONDAGE AND LIBERTY BY PASTOR E.A. ADEBOYE.

Memorise: Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty
2 Corinthians 3:17


Read: Ecclesiastes 2:1-12
Bible in one year: James 1 – 2

John 16:13 says if you are a friend of the Holy Spirit, He will keep you informed of the truth. It will be difficult for people to pull wool over your eyes. In addition to this, He will expose the truth of God's Word to you. It is the revelation of the truth that makes free. This implies that, if you are a friend of the Spirit, He will bring you out of bondage and ensure you walk in liberty. No wonder 2 Corinthians 3:17 says,
"Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty,''
The greatest need of the one in captivity is the Holy Spirit. Are you in a demonic bondage? You need the Holy Spirit. Are you in prison - both spiritual and physical? Be filled with the Spirit. Draw close to Him. Love and serve Him within that prison situation and before long you will be spiritually liberated. As you continue to walk with the Spirit, the physical prison walls will not be able to contain you. The truth is that you cannot have a close walk with the Holy Spirit and remain bound. Do you know that those who were criminals and are presently serving a prison sentence, but have now received Christ and are fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit, are actually free? If men say you are bound but God says you are free, who would you believe?
Everybody desires freedom. Whether you are in a physical prison or not, you want to live at liberty. Do you know that the most enslaved people are not those inside the four walls of a prison but those outside? In their quest to be free to do whatever they like, many have become terrible slaves of their carnal desires. An individual who has no self control is in bondage. Take Solomon for instance. He received unprecedented blessings from God, but a time came that he became so obsessed with carnal things that whatever his eyes liked, he acquired. What bondage! No wonder he ended up with 1000 women! The physical prison is there to help the convict have a rethink about life and to help them find Jesus. As you receive Jesus, develop your relationship with the Holy Spirit and win souls to Christ. Are you in a prison? The Spirit of God will bring you out in Jesus name.

Prayer Point: Father, in whatever bondage I have found myself, as I walk with the Holy Spirit this season, set me free.