OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTION – SUNDAY 31ST AUGUST, 2014 – NO FAITH, NO MIRACLES

Sunday August 31, 2014

NO FAITH, NO MIRACLE

Memorise: Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Ephesians 3:20

Read: Mark 10:49-52

49 And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee.
50 And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.
51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.
52 And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.

Message

There are levels or categories of faith. In the scriptures, we see these different categories at work at one point or the other. These categories include the following: No faith (Mark 4:40), little faith (Matthew 6:30), faith as small as a mustard seed (Matthew 17:20), great faith (Matthew 15:21-28), exceeding great faith (Matthew 8:5-13) and the gift of faith from the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:9). Those who want to experience a harvest of miracles are those who are ready to put their faith to work. It is faith that brings about miracles. There was a time in my ministerial life when I had little faith. But God honoured my faith. A woman brought her child to me who had never spoken since the day she was born. I decided therefore to pray for the child. As I said “in Jesus’ name”, the child answered “Amen!” I nearly jumped out of the window because I had never seen such a thing before. God will embarrass you with miracles in Jesus’ Name.

There was an experience in my life that shows that God will never fail when we put our faith in Him. Before my wife and I met the Lord, we had three children through caesarean operation. We decided to stop child-bearing since the doctor had said that my wife could not give birth naturally. We got born-again six years later and started reading the promises of God in the Bible. I read in the Bible that with God nothing shall be impossible and this stuck to my heart. I realised that what the doctor said was impossible can be made possible by the mighty power of God. My doctor friend told me that my wife would bleed to death if she tried to give birth. When the time of her delivery came, she laboured for two days consecutively but the baby did not come out. On the third day, as I was on my way to get food for my wife, the devil threatened: “Stupid man! And you said you have a Ph.D. Your wife will die today and you will see what her relatives will do to you.” Suddenly, a holy anger rose up within me and I said: ‘’Listen devil! If my wife should die tonight, I will get permission from my father-in-the-Lord to preach on Sunday, and the first thing I will say is that there is nothing my God cannot do”. As I said this, this devilish thought disappeared from my mind and the joy of God flooded my heart. As I got to the hospital, I sat inside the car and suddenly heard the cries of the baby. Human words cannot express the joy that came to my heart upon seeing my wife in good health and my baby in joy. The kind of joy that will bring tears to your eyes will happen to you in Jesus’ Name.

Prayer Point: Father, please meet me at the level of my faith, and help my faith to grow.

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SONG OF HEAVEN

Sing To Remember Heaven,

1. Gbo okan mi, bi angeli ti nkorin
Yika orun ati yika aiye
E gbo bi oro orin won ti dun to
Ti nso igbat’se ki y’o si mo.

(Egbe)
Angeli Jesu, angel’ mole
Nwon nkorin ayo pade ero lona

2. B’a si ti nlo, bee l’a si ngo orin won
Wa, arale, Jesu l’o ni k’e wa
L’okunkun ni a ngo orin didun won
Ohun orin won ni nfonahan wa

(Egbe)

3. Ohun Jesu ni a n gbo l’ona rere
Ohun naa ndun b’agogo y’aye ka
Egbegberun awon t’o gbo ni si mbo
Mu won w’odo Re, Olugbala wa

(Egbe)

4. Isimi de, lehin ise on aare
Ojumo mo, lehin okun aye;
Irin ajo pari, f’awon alare
Nwon si ti d’orun ibi isimi:

(Egbe)

5. Ma korin nso eyin angeli rere
E ma korin didun k’a ba ma gbo;
Tit’ao fi nu omije oju wa nu
Ti a’o si ma yo titi lailai.

(Egbe)

 

(ENGLISH VERSION)

1. Hark! hark, my soul! angelic songs are swelling,
O’er earth’s green fields and ocean’s wave-beat shore:
How sweet the truth those blessèd strains are telling
Of that new life when sin shall be no more.

Refrain
Angels of Jesus, angels of light,
Singing to welcome the pilgrims of the night!

2. Darker than night life’s shadows fall around us,
And like benighted men we miss our mark:
God hides Himself, and grace hath scarcely found us,
E’er death finds out his victims in the dark. [Refrain]

3. Far, far away, like bells at evening pealing,
The voice of Jesus sounds o’er land and sea;
And laden souls, by thousands meekly stealing,
Kind Shepherd, turn their weary steps to Thee.

[Refrain]

4. Onward we go, for still we hear them singing,
Come, weary souls, for Jesus bids you come;
And through the dark, its echoes sweetly ringing,
The music of the Gospel leads us home.

[Refrain]

5. Rest comes at length: though life be long and dreary,
The day must dawn, and darksome night be past;
Faith’s journeys end in welcome to the weary,
And Heaven, the heart’s true home, will come at last.

[Refrain]

6. Cheer up, my soul! faith’s moonbeams softly glisten
Upon the breast of life’s most troubled sea,
And it will cheer thy drooping heart to listen
To those brave songs which angels mean for thee.

[Refrain]

7. Angels, sing on, your faithful watches keeping;
Sing us sweet fragments of the songs above,
Till morning’s joy shall end the night of weeping,
And life’s long shadows break in cloudless love.

[Refrain]

(Source: The Cyber Hymnal #2157)

GOD BLESS YOU AS YOU SING.

THANKS BE TO GOD FOR A FRIEND, BRO. OLAJIDE MICHAEL, THAT SENT ME THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE VERSION OF THE SONG. GOD BLESS YOU SIR.

RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL MANUAL

RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL: August 24, 2014

THE MILLENIUM REIGN

MEMORY VERSE: “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.” – Revelation 20:6.

BIBLE PASSAGE: REVELATION 20:1-10

INTRODUCTION: Today, we want to study about the Millennial Reign of Christ otherwise known as thousand years reign. This is a glorious kingdom of Christ on earth after His return from the Armageddon and before the new earth and the new heaven. During this one thousand years reign, Satan will be bound with chains in the bottomless pit. May the Holy Spirit teach and bless us as we study in Jesus Name. Amen.

OUTLINES

1. THE NATURE OF THE MILLENNIUM
2. THE BLESSING OF THE MILLENNIUM

THE NATURE OF THE MILLENIUM

The Millennium is the regeneration, Matthew 19:28. The times of restitution of all things – Acts 3:21, that is the restoration to the original state, as spoken by the prophets – 2 Samuel 7:16. During this period, Christ will be manifested in His kingdom. He will from Heaven descend with the raptured saints and angels upon Mount Olives, which is before Jerusalem Revelations 19:11-17. Canaan will be taken of an everlasting possession by Christ according to God’s Covenant with Abraham – Genesis 17:8, Galatians 3:16.

Christ will be manifested to take possession of David’s kingdom according to God’s covenant with David – 2 Samuel 7:8-16; Acts 2:29-32. Christ will be manifested as king of righteousness – Isaiah 32:1; King of Israel-John 12:13, King of kings – Revelations 19:16 and King over all the earth – Zechariah 14:9; Philippians 2:10. He will be revealed as the mighty God and the Son -Isaiah 9:6; Psalm 134:3; Amos 9:14-15.

THE BLESSING OF THE MILLENNIUM

The blessings are numerous and they include:-
1. Theocratic Government where God is the ruler through Jesus Christ The Apostles and the Saints from Adam to the millennium shall reign with Him. Isaiah 2:2-4; Daniel 2:44-45, Matthew 25:31-40; Revelations 2: 26-27.
2. Peace in the entire kingdom because the Prince of peace is reigning. Isaiah 9:6-7, Psalm 2:9; Isaiah 2: 4; Micah 4:3; Isaiah 11:6-9
3. Crime-free society. Psalm 2: 9-12, Jeremiah 31: 33-34.
4. Global knowledge of the Lord in the hearts of men as the waters cover the sea. Isaiah 11:9; Jeremiah 31:33-34.
5. No more desert. All lands shall flourish and blossom. Isaiah 35:1-2, Amos 9:13; Isaiah 49:9.
6. Divine health for all. Isaiah 35:5-6, Jeremiah 30: 17, Isaiah 33:34.
7. Increased life span. Isaiah 65:20; Zechariah 8:4.
8. Noticeable change in the wild – life or animal kingdom. Isaiah 11:6,8:9.

CONCLUSION

“Thine kingdom come and thine will be done on earth as in heaven” is included in the Lord’s prayer. As true Christians, this should equally be our utmost aspiration. Pray to God today to qualify to reign with Christ in His kingdom.Amen.

Questions

1. What is the nature of the millennial reign?
2. Mention some blessings of the millennial reign.

Blessed Week with the Holy Spirit

MONDAY: Matthew 24:44 – Be prepared.
TUESDAY: 1 Corinthians 1:7 – Wait for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
WEDNESDAY: Rev.7:14 – Let the blood of Jesus Christ wash you clean.
THURSDAY: Rev.2.4 – Accept Christ and hold tight to your first love.
FRIDAY: Romans8:17-18 If we suffer with Him, we shall also be glorified with Him.
SATURDAY: 1 Thess. 4:17- The saints shall ever be with the Lord.
SUNDAY: Matthew 5:11-12 – Great is your reward if you endure to the end.