Theme For Open Heavens Devotional June 30 2020 – NO RELATIONSHIP.
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. “Ephesians 5:11
BIBLE READING: 2 Corinthians 6:14-18
14• Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness?
15• And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
16• And what agreement hath The Temple of God with idols? For ye are The Temple of The Living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be Their God, and they shall be My People.
17• Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith The Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
18• And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
A. Many people especially the youth have fallen into temptations that initially appeared like opportunities.
1• These temptations often come in the form of employment opportunities with attractive salary packages, juicy offers of marriage, wonderful business opportunities or an open invitation to travel abroad and so on.
2• Many of these irresistible offers camouflage terrible vices like prostitution, drug trafficking, gangsterism, forgery, cultism, impersonation and the like.
3• God is calling out to you today: ignore the devil’s offer and have no relationship with satanic agents.
4• Christians must know that the devil’s offer is nothing but well packaged temptation.
5• Beware of entering any satanic agency and be extra careful with their seemingly attractive but sinful propositions.
6• Temptation is the pressure to yield to influence that can lead one away from God and into sin.
7• However, falling for the devil’s trick to disobey God usually has devastating consequences as evidenced by the fall of humanity in Genesis 3:1-7.
8• Genesis 3:1-7 “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which The LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
9• And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
10• And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.”
B. There are other examples of temptation in the Bible but the mother of them all is that of Jesus Christ as recorded in Matthew 4:1-11.
1• Matthew 4:1-11 “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, He was afterward an hungred. 2• And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be The Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But JESÚS answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
3• Then the devil taketh Him up into The Holy City, and setteth Him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be The Son of God, cast Thyself down: for it is written, He shall give His Angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time Thou dash Thy Foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt The Lord Thy God.
4• Again, the devil taketh Him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth Him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto Him, All these things will I give Thee, if Thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship The Lord Thy God, and Him only shalt Thou serve.
5• Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.”
C. To avoid having any relationship with sin and the devil, Matthew 26:41 says “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation…..”
1• WATCHFULNESS begins with the admonition of Proverbs 4:23 to “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
2• This is what Romans 12:2 referred to as “….the renewing of your mind”
3• Which is best done by filling your heart with The Undiluted Word of God.
4• The next level of WATCHFULNESS is found in James 1:26 that cautions us to keep our mouth bridled in order not to sin with our tongue.
5• Finally, 1 Peter 4:7 says: “But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.”
PRAYER For Open Heavens Devotional June 30 2020
Father, Please expose every move of the devil against me, In The Mighty Name of Jesus. Amen 🙏!
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Obadiah 1
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN: I AM A VICTOR.
1• Yes, I know I am a victor
For the Bible tells me so
God made me more than a conqueror
Much stronger than all my foes
Jesus loves me and I love Him
Together we rule the world
Christ with me I will overcome
By His Blood, His Name, His Word
2• Yes, I know I am a victor
Stronger than demons I am
To Satan I am a terror
I am free, o yes, I am
3• Yes, I know I am a victor
Stronger than lack, poverty
All my needs Jesus provides for
I have life abundantly
4• Yes, I know I am a victor
Barrenness no more indeed
Fruitful is the God I live for
All my dreams shall be fulfilled
5• Yes, I know I am a victor
By His strength I shall succeed
No more loss and no more failure
Glory to glory proceed
6• Yes, I know I am a victor
No more sorrow, no despair
Jesus Christ is my own Succour
Tomorrow is joy and cheer
7• Yes, I know I am a victor
Very soon I’ll reign with Him
His promise is my sure anchor
He’s coming to take me home
8• Jesus loves me and I love Him
We rule this world together
As He is so right now I am
Hear me shout Halleluyah
9• Jesus loves me Halleluyah
Hear me shout Halleluyah
Glory be to God on high
EMMANUEL=GOD WITH US!