Theme For Open Heavens Devotional January 8 2021 – Mind Your Words
“Don’t let your mouth make you sin. And don’t defend yourself by telling the Temple messenger that the promise you made was a mistake. That would make God angry, and He might wipe out everything you have achieved.”
BIBLE READING: Genesis 35:17-18
17• And it came to pass, when she was in hard labour, that the midwife said unto her, Fear not; thou shalt have this son also.
18• And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin.
A• Sometimes, our emotions overwhelm us so much that we say things we don’t mean to in the heat of the moment.
1• In Today’s Bible Reading, Rachel called her last child ‘a child of sorrow’ because of the intense pain she went through to deliver him.
2• Thank God Jacob changed that name.
3• You need to be very careful of what you say when you are sad!
4• You need to be very careful of what you say when you are excited!
5• You need to be very careful of what you say when you are angry or frustrated!
6• Why? because whatsoever you say may have permanent consequences.
7• Esau sold his birthright to his
brother when he was hungry.
8• Be careful of the agreements you enter into when you are desperate, so that you don’t live to regret them.
B• Samson was head over heels in love with Delilah and because of this, he divulged the secret of his power to her.
1• You may not know it but the devil is
2• He is taking note of your moods and emotions.
3• Once he notices that you always talk without restraint, he will set you up to say the wrong
thing at the wrong time.
4• Judges11:30-31 says:
“And Jephthah vowed a vow unto The Lord, and said, If thou shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands, then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to meet me when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall surely be the Lord’s, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering.”
5• In the passage above, the devil had seen the fear and doubt in Jephthah, so he suggested that Jephthah should promise God a sacrifice of anything he saw
first upon his return without thinking, Jephthah made that promise.
6• On getting home however, the devil arranged for his only daughter to be the one
he saw first.
7• If only he had thought deeply about the vow before saying it!
8• Don’t become a victim of your own words; think carefully before saying anything.
9• If you find yourself at a family function and have the opportunity to
speak to your relative, think carefully before you speak.
10• Don’t assume all your family members are your friends!
C• Remember Joseph was sold by his blood
brothers because of the dreams he shared with them. Genesis 37
5Then Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more. 6He said to them, “Please listen to this dream which I have had; 7for behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and lo, my sheaf rose up and also stood erect; and behold, your sheaves gathered around and bowed down to my sheaf.”
8Then his brothers said to him, “Are you actually going to reign over us? Or are you really going to rule over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his
The Plot against Joseph
18When they saw him from a distance and before he came close to them, they plotted against him to put him to death.
19They said to one another, “Here comes this dreamer!
20“Now then, come and let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; and we will say, ‘A wild beast devoured him.’ Then let us see what will become of his dreams!” 21But Reuben heard this and rescued him out of their hands and said, “Let us not take his life.” 22Reuben further said to them, “Shed no blood. Throw him into this pit that is in the wilderness, but do not lay hands on him”—that he might rescue him out of their hands, to restore him to his father.
23So it came about, when Joseph reached his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his tunic, the varicolored tunic that was on him; 24and they took him and threw him into the pit. Now the pit was empty, without any water in it.
25Then they sat down to eat a meal. And as they raised their eyes and looked, behold, a caravan of Ishmaelites was coming from Gilead, with their camels bearing aromatic gum and balm and myrrh, on their way to bring them down to Egypt. 26Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it for us to kill our brother and cover up his blood?
27“Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.” And his brothers listened to him. 28Then some Midianite traders passed by, so they pulled him up and lifted Joseph out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. Thus they brought Joseph into Egypt.
God will help you to set a divine guard over your mouth this year in The Mighty Name of Jesus. Amen!
Action Point For Open Heavens Devotional January 8 2021
Make it a habit to always think carefully before you talk.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Deuteronomy 5-7
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE•
HYMN: I NEED THEE EVE’RY HOUR.
1. I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.
I need Thee, oh, I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
Oh, bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.
2. I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;
Temptations lose their pow’r when Thou art nigh. Refrain:
3. I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;
Come quickly and abide, or life is vain. Refrain:
4. I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will;
And Thy rich promises in me fulfill. Refrain:
5. I need Thee every hour, most Holy One;
Oh, make me Thine indeed, Thou blessed Son. Refrain: