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TABLE OR FLOOR? Sunday 1 May

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” (Matt. 15:27)

READ: Matthew 15:21-28

“Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come” (Psalm 102:13).
One thing that can differentiate a person from another is the favour of God. It is common for those who are not favoured to envy those who are. For instance, Joseph became the envy of his elder brothers because he was specially loved and spoilt by their father (Gen. 37:4). It is the same with divine favour. However, God does not release His favour just for fun, but for a definite purpose. Therefore, you will discover from the study of Bible characters who have been beneficiaries of God’s favour, that there is a link between divine favour and destiny. In other words, God favours certain people because of where He wants them to get to, or what He wants them to achieve. Matthew 5:45 says…

ANY PROOF OF GOD’S FEAR? Saturday 30 April

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.” (Psalm 111:10).

READ: Proverbs 14:26-27

Apart from learning that no problem lasts forever through the death of the Egyptian king recorded in Exodus 2:23-25, we also learn that only God is eternal. All earthly kings were born one day and would die one day. But the King of kings has no beginning or ending. He was before anything else existed and would continue to exist, without any question, after all is melted and gone. “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen” (1 Tim 1:17). Little wonder He calls Himself the I AM THAT I AM (Exod. 3:14). He is self-existent One. He does not depend on anything or anyone to live, as we humans do. Malachi 3:6 says He is the God that never changes. This means the passing of time never adds to o…

SHARE YOUR TESTIMONY Friday 29 April

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.” (Mark 5:20).

READ: Mark 5:14-20

In Mark 1:40-45, an erstwhile leper went everywhere sharing the testimony of his healing with all sundry, and in the process became a channel of blessing to many. Has God done something in your life? Go and share with others. Never conceal your testimonies because several lives can be transformed through them. You cannot tell the life-long impact of that testimony you are holding!

By the grace of God I am a living witness of the reality of divine healing and health. But it was not so at the time of my conversion. After I got born again, I was down with malaria every two weeks. In those days, I heard pastors preach that because Jesus is the Great Physician, medication was unnecessary. I laughed at them, saying they were looking for someone to kill. I was grateful that they had shown me…

EXPECT ADVERSE WINDS Thursday 28 April

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.” (Matt. 7:25).

READ: Matthew 14:22-25

Apart from Abraham, another Bible character who benefited from great divine promises was Joseph. In Genesis 37:3-11, he saw his brothers bowing to him in a dream. This was followed by another dream in which his whole family, including his father, bowed to him. These were great promises for young Joseph. By a twist of fate, the one who was expecting to occupy a throne and enjoy the obeisance of others was a slave en route Egypt (Gen. 39:15). Later, In Genesis 39:19-23, he found himself in prison. Oh! How he would have wondered: ‘God! What of your promises to me?’ Eventually, after several years, he found himself on the throne of Egypt with his brothers doing obeisance and offering to be his servants. One thing we learn from this is that the one who has God’…

WATCH THAT APPETITE! Wednesday 27 April

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.” (Prov. 23:2).

READ: Proverbs 23:1-3

Storing excessive fat in the body leads to being overweight or obese, which in turn leads to high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, sleep apnea, heart attack, heart failure, arteriosclerosis and other cardiovascular diseases. One major cause of obesity is over-eating or gluttony. Food is good but excessive food is injurious to a good healthy life. Some people cannot stop their mouths whenever they see food. Even when their stomach is full, they still continue to eat especially when ‘free food’ is on offer. They are simply endangering their health! The bottom line is moderation. Proverbs 25:16 says, “Hast thou found honey? Eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it”. We really need restraint when it comes to the quality and quantity of food we consume. Proverbs 24:13 confirms that honey is …

GOD’S TRAINING GROUND Tuesday 26 April

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” (Job 23:10).

READ: Exodus 2:1-4

To be chosen as a Kingdom leader, it is good to possess faith, meekness, obedience, knowledge of God etc. God therefore wants His candidates for ecclesiastical leadership to go through some training. No one is a custodian of all vital leadership traits. This means we may lack one or more qualities we need, to be what we are meant to be. The good news is that through the process of training, such missing traits can be acquired.

God is the best Trainer in the universe. Also, He hardly uses those He has not trained. Before He pushes you into the battlefront, He will first ensure that your fingers have been groomed to fight (Ps. 144:1). Similarly, God is the One who decides the place and duration of your training, vis-à-vis His purpose for your life. However, your input also counts. That is, if you easily cooperate w…

WALKING BY FAITH Monday 25 April

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7).

READ: Galatians 5:24-26

According to 2 Corinthians 4:18, it takes you downplaying your physical senses to bring your spiritual senses into the limelight. Whatever is seen is temporal. Boy, do men love things that are temporal! If you love cars, houses, lands and other material things, you are not different from any other man. However, if you love the things of the Spirit and place them at the top of your hierarchy of needs, you will stand out. This season, the Lord will help you to value the unseen, eternal things far above the mundane.

In 1 Kings 18:41-45, the prophet of God declared that there was a sound of abundance of rain, right at the peak of a three-year-long famine. 2 Corinthians 5:7 says, “For we walk by faith, not by sight:” In other words, anyone who would rely on sight in his or her walk with God, will not be able to go far with God. In fact, such a fellow may not be a…

SIN AND FAVOUR Sunday 24 April

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, though art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.” (John 5:14).

READ: John 5:2-8, 14

One quality you must possess in order to attract God’s favour is the ability to worship Him. Another indispensable quality of one who seeks divine favor is the ability to surrender all. In Matthew 8:13, the leper laid everything at the feet of the Master and worshipped Him. He surrendered all to Him. Many who claim to have surrendered all to Jesus do not really understand what it means to do so. To surrender your life is to give up everything; to relinquish control. If you have surrendered your life to Jesus, how come you are still the one calling the shots? If you are holding something, and then you surrendered it, it implies it is no more in your custody. Many believers do not surrender their lives; they only loan them out to the Lord for a period. Are you…

SAY NO TO SUICIDE! Saturday 23 April

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “Thou shall not kill” (Exo. 20:13).

READ: Acts 1:16-20

Although there is an appointment with death, it can be fast-forwarded by touching God’s anointed. This season, all agents of darkness plotting your death and down fall, shall go earlier to keep their appointment with death, long before its time in Jesus name. Apart from touching God’s anointed, some people deliberately fast-forward their appointment with death by eating, or drinking, or doing what could terminate their lives. This is suicide, it can either be immediate or come slowly. Such people are following the steps of their mentor-Judas Iscariot. Acts 1:18 says of him, “Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst , and all his bowels gushed out”. Judas was so disappointed with himself after he sold his innocent Master that he allowed spirits of suicide to take control of him. All he had was remorse—jus…

POINTING TO CHRIST Friday 22 April

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corruptly by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” (Dan. 11:32).

READ: Mark 1:40-45

When God moves you from the level of merely being blessed to becoming a blessing, you will be able to affect individuals, communities, cities, nations and the entire world. May God’s blessing on you never be limited to you but flow to others. Scripture gives us some specific ways to impact others. Daniel 11:32 says knowledge of God can promote exploits. If you have received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Personal Saviour, whether recently or over the years, you would have known or experienced God to some degree hence, God wants you to use such a knowledge or experience to benefit His Kingdom and change the lives of those around you. Have you used what you have known about God for the benefit of your neighbours?

Let’s say for instance, you know God as…

FATHER ABRAHAM: HE EARNED IT Thursday 21 April

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;” (Rom. 4:20).

READ: Genesis 15:1-5

Over the ages, promises have been made. Some were kept while others were not. Some were made by men while others were made by God. When an insignificant person makes a big promise, he will need to connect to the inexhaustible and unlimited God in order to bring it into fruition. It takes a great God to make and keep great promises. Every promise the Lord has made to you shall come to pass this season in Jesus name.

One beneficiary of God’s great promises was Abraham. While still battling with barrenness of several years, God called him outside one night and asked him to count the stars. He counted until he lost count and told God there was no way he could count all the stars in the sky. ‘Really? So shall your children be uncountable’, God replied. This was a great promise to a barren man. After …

WHAT WISDOM? Wednesday 20 April

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partially, and without hypocrisy” (James 3:17).

READ: James 3:14-18

“This wisdom descendent not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish” (James 3:15). Today’s reading talks about wisdom. Wisdom is the correct application of knowledge. It could be from God or from the devil. In this passage, the two are contrasted. How can you identify the wisdom of the devil? Any suggestion or action that accommodates bitterness is devilish. No matter how laudable an action plan or step is, the moment bitterness is introduced into it, it turns devilish. In other words, you can have a God-glorifying programme that originated from God; if somewhere along the line the leaven of bitterness enters, God will step aside while the devil takes over. Anything you want to do that is born out of bitterness is not of G…

FAITH IS ESSENTIAL Tuesday 19 April

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “Now the just shall live by faith: But if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him” (Heb. 10:38).

READ: Hebrews 10:35-38

Apart from obedience and knowledge of God, another quality Heaven looks out for in appointing leaders is meekness. According to 1 Samuel 15:17, this quality was in King Saul before his appointment as the first king of Israel. Unfortunately, because he could not sustain the virtue, it cost him his throne. Are you meek? If you must be relevant in Kingdom leadership, you must be meek. One way of identifying a meek fellow is by looking at how teachable the fellow is. Are you teachable? Are you willing to learn even from your subordinates? The disciples the Lord called to leadership had this virtue. Some people find it difficult to obey God’s Word. So, they split the Bible into two halves: one half for reading and obeying and the other half is for reading only. That mean their hearts are only opened to…

PLAY DOWN PHYSICAL SENSES Monday 18 April

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Cor. 4:18).

READ: 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Israel was going through one of their driest seasons in history. There was no rain for over three years at a stretch. It was one of their most trying moments. In the midst of hopelessness and oblivion, a prophet of God suddenly rose up and said: “I hear the sound of abundance of rain” (1 Kg. 18:41-45). If you were to check the skyline, you would not see the slightest sign of rain. However, 2Chronicles 20:20 says your ability to believe God’s prophet is what brings prosperity. Our God is no talkative. Usually He will speak once on any subject. If He speaks twice on the same subject, it means it is serious. Anytime He is speaking on a matter for the third time, you will be sure it is critical. And if He speaks on a …

CANDIDATES FOR FAVOUR Sunday 17 April

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.” (Ps. 22:3).

READ: Matthew 8:1-3

Prayer is an indispensable weapon for every believer. One thing your day of favour should meet you doing is praying. The day that your prayer collides with your time of favour, you may not need to repeat that particular prayer request anymore because the answer will surface. May your prayers collide with your time of favour this season!

Another important step to take during your time of favour is to praise God. Psalm 22:3 says, “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel”. If your time of favour comes and it meets you praising and worshipping God, you can be certain your desire is granted. Many people start with praises, but when Heaven delays its response, their song gradually changes from praise to uncertainty. If nothing positive happens soon, it further degenerates into a song of complaints. If this is uncheck…

FAST FORWARDING DEATH? Saturday 16 April

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.” (Psalm 105:15)

READ: Acts 12:20-23

Hebrews 9:27 says that every human being, no matter how highly placed, has an appointment with death. If there is one thing influential and affluent people have always wanted, it is to change this appointment and live forever. Some have paid very dearly in the pursuit of this goal, yet they died. Everyone that wants you terminated shall be terminated long before you. You shall outlive your enemies! Moreover, although there is a set date for the death of your enemies, that date could be fast-forwarded. That is, they could hasten their day of appointment with death by touching God’s anointed. Any unbeliever who is planning your death will make Heaven review his or her appointment with death forward. By touching God’s servant, intercessions on that fellow’s behalf can be voided, leaving him or her without mercy. Consequently, the slightes…

BEING A BLESSING Friday 15 April

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them” (Acts 8:5).

READ: Acts 8:5-8

It is one thing to be blessed and another to be a blessing. God starts by blessing His own but wants them to end up being a blessing to others. In Deuteronomy 28:1-12, there is a list of blessings that pertain to the one who has moved from just being blessed to being a blessing. There is an abundance of blessings that you will be running from, yet they will continue to pursue you; enemies who attack you will scatter and flee in seven different directions. In addition, it says you will lend to nations. Until you reach the level where countries are taking loans from you, you are yet to know true wealth. According to Leviticus 25:7-49, at such a level of wealth, if your relatives sell some of their property because of poverty, you would go and buy it back and return it to them. Or if they become so impoverished to a point of sell…

GOD OR MEDICAL REPORT? Thursday 14 April

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.” (Psalm 33:9).

READ: Psalm 33:8-9

God’s Word has integrity. God and His Word cannot be separated. Whatever He says has the power of coming into being. God can promise you anything because He has more than enough resources and the willingness to deliver it. Once he has spoken a word of promise, hold fast unto it, not minding whether it looks feasible or not. Over a period of time, it will surely come to pass. Some people have gradually slipped into error as they believe that they are far below God’s promise because of His inability. That’s not true! God can never promise what He cannot do. So, if he has made you a promise, remain in the place of faith and it will be fulfilled. What are your expectations for yourself, family, church, academics and ministry this season? They shall be granted to you in Jesus name.

There was this spiritual daughter of mine who has been tru…

FOOLISHNESS CAUSES SICKNESS Wednesday 13 April

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.” (Ps. 107:17).

READ: Psalm 107:17-19

Not eating right and ignorance of the causes of sickness can lead one into sickness. For instance, if you do not know that sharing needles or razor blades with others can be an avenue for transmitting the HIV/AIDS virus, you may continue to do so and in the process, contract it. There are many people who contracted the virus from such media and not out of sexual activity. In addition, foolishness is a major cause of sickness among believers. If after acquiring the relevant knowledge or information on the causes of sicknesses, you fail to apply that knowledge appropriately and become a victim of that sickness, it is due to foolishness. The nonchalant attitude of many Christians has given them the sickness that sin could not deliver to them.

If, after being warned against sharing needles and razor blades, one st…

VITAL KEYS OF LEADERSHIP Tuesday 12 April

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure” (1 Timothy 5:22).

READ: Joshua 1:5-9

Before appointing the 12 apostles, the Lord Jesus Christ first took the time to know them personally. He did not appoint them from the blues. Before you recommend or appoint someone to occupy an ecclesiastical position, be sure you know the fellow to some good degree. It is dangerous to appoint those you know little or nothing about. 1Timothy 5:22 says, “Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure”. If you hurry over leadership issues, you will most likely be affected by the error of those appointed. Wrong or faulty appointments therefore do not exonerate the one who made the appointment; hence, the need to be extremely careful. How careful are you in appointing leaders?

A look at John 17:6-8 shows that you need more than submission to become a Kingdom leader. T…

IT’S NOT AN EASY RIDE Monday 11 April

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise” (Heb. 6:15).

READ: 1 Samuel 16:11-13

When God makes you a promise, expect contrary winds and conditions from the adversary geared towards making you give up on that promise. Many believers erroneously expect a smooth ride from a promise to its fulfillment. There is no such thing as an easy ride as long as your adversary the devil, his demons, your flesh and the world are still very much around. Any promise you fail to fight for may never be realized. After God promised to liberate the Israelites from a 430-year-long slavery, they met with resistance. Pharaoh was the most formidable. He questioned God’s authority and finally refused to let the Israelites out of his hold. It took several plagues, climaxing in the death of Pharaoh’s firstborn and all the firstborns of the Egyptians and their animals to let them go. Finally, in Exodus 19:17-19, the Israelites were beside…

MORE THAN A ROD Sunday 10 April

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod” (Exodus 4:2).

READ: Exodus 4:1-5

Sacrificial giving is an appropriate thing to do during your time of favour. Yet, it is not limited to money as being popularly taught among preachers today. While the widow of Mark 12:41-44 gave all her money, the widow of Zarephath gave all her food. In the same vein, Jephthah gave his only child to God while Abraham gave his only son Isaac to. David was not left out as he gave all his heart to God while the young boy in one of Jesus crusades parted with his only meal. Stephen and Jesus Christ on the other hand gave their lives. These all have something in common—sacrifice, although the degree varies from one individual to another. If all these people could win in the ‘giving contest’ you may need to ask: ‘what can I give?’. You have precious resources highly valued by God which you can give. You can sacrificially offer …

PROBLEMS ARE TIMED Saturday 9 April

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.” (Prov. 23:18).

READ: Proverbs 23:17-18

“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:16). The truth is that many of us have wasted so much time and lost several opportunities that God has given to us, either as unbelievers or after we met the Lord. What time we have left is short; hence, we need to redeem it. This means, while giving no room for further wastage, we should also try to accomplish more than we could possibly do within the normal 24 hours. May the Lord help you to recover your lost time in Jesus name.

“And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage” (Exodus 2:23). After holding the Israelites in slavery for many years, the Egyptian king died. This means that no problem lasts forever. I…

BETTER THAN BEING BLESSED Friday 8 April

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:” (Gen. 12:2).

READ: Genesis 12:1-3

A state of being truly blessed is when you receive blessings with no curse to negate them. The presence of a curse in one’s blessing can gradually erode all of one’s gains and put that fellow in the same state with the cursed. That shall not be your portion in Jesus name. When you are blessed, not only will your efforts be crowned with great harvest, but lost opportunities will also be restored (Joel 2:23-27). The blessings on the blessed have a way of attracting lost blessings and opportunities. This is why the so-called losses of the blessed are only temporary. In the process of time, they are recovered. It is my prayer that you will be so blessed to the point of recovering lost opportunities of several years this season.

It is so wonderful to be blessed, but being a blessing is…

KEEPING PROMISES Thursday 7 April

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “God is not man that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” (Num. 23:19).

READ: Numbers 23:18-20

Before you hold on to a promise, you should first get to know the person who made it. If a little boy meets you and offers to buy you a car, you will simply assume he is ‘prophesying’. But if a billionaire who has integrity asks you to come and pick your choice car the following week, you will go home celebrating. The One who is making great promises to His own is the One called Jehovah El-Shaddai—the God that is more than enough (Gen. 17:1). His super abundance can swallow up the lack in the lives of all. Psalm 91:1 also refers to Him as the most High and the Almighty God. He is the custodian of power. In fact, He is so powerful that He can raise children out of stones (Matt. 3:9). Are you left with just stones? This wonderfu…

SUFFICIENT GRACE Wednesday 6 April

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” (Rom. 8:35)

READ: Romans 8:35-39

When you look at believers who renounced their faith in Christ for flimsy reasons—“My leader is not a good example of a Christian”, “A fellow believer hurt me in a way I never thought possible”, “My friend is on suspension for a particular act and I am leaving the church in sympathy;” you will wonder if they really loved Christ in the first place. Genuine love does not look at who you are, your size, height or status. Many who claim to love the Lord find it difficult or out of place to say, ‘Jesus is Lord’ or to preach in public for fear of being ridiculed.

The love of Christ is so strong that if you are connected to it, you cannot easily be separated from it. In today’s reading, Paul stated from experience that nothing – persecution, hunger, nakedness, jobles…

SUBMISSION AND LEADERSHIP Tuesday 5 April

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:” (1 Cor. 1:28).

READ: 1 Corinthians 1:26-29

In John 17:6, Jesus said that the leaders He chose were God’s. They were God’s property and in God’s custody before the Lord Jesus asked and they were given Him. This simply tells us that all the leaders we need are in God’s custody. However, it takes asking right to be able to get them. To get leaders at all, you must pray. To get the right leaders, you must pray effectively. The quality of leaders you get is a function of the quality of prayer made. However, since God is the One who assigns leaders in His vineyard in response to the needs or prayers of His church, it therefore follows that if you manipulated your way into your present position, or used fraudulent means to get there, you are surely not one of those that Heaven assigned. You are…

SIMPLY BELIEVE Monday 4 April

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “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,” (Eph. 3:20).

READ: Ephesians 3:20-21

“Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:4).
We can have great expectations because God has given us great promises. According to the above scripture, some promises of God to us are far more than just great. This season, you will be a beneficiary of these wonderful promises in Jesus name. Deuteronomy 7:14 says, “Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle”. God is not a liar. Since the Word has gone out of His mouth, He is committed to fulfilling it. He surely will deploy His every resource at your disposal. This also means that if you are a ch…

GIVING CONTEST Sunday 3 April

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.” (Mark 12:41).

READ: Mark 12:41-44

Besides believing God and obeying His Word, another thing you may be require to do is to give your all. The widow who gave her two mites is an example here. Unfortunately, her giving has been grossly misinterpreted even by preachers to mean ‘giving your least’, when, in context, it means ‘giving your all, even in the time of your greatest need’. One of the most important things to do during your time of favour is to give sacrificially as it will give you access to unlimited blessings. One lesson from today’s passage is that just as the Lord sat to monitor what and how people gave at the end, He gave a verdict on the best giver, so also does God scrutinize every giver and act of giving in churches today. Do you know that at the end of every offering, Heaven picks c…

WASTING OR REDEEMING? Saturday 2 April

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:16).

READ: Ephesians 5:15-16

To effectively utilize your time, there is need to tie-up assignments and tasks against seconds, minutes, hours and days. If you can do this effectively, you will avoid waste and achieve more. This is the logic behind the Psalmist asking us to number our days, not our years (Psalm 90:12). May God answer the prayer of the Psalmist in your life! Waste reduction is a very significant part of effective time management. Across the globe, many people indulge in activities that eat up their time, without getting any good dividend in return. Your time is an asset you must carefully trade with. So, if you spend it on what will not give you good returns, it is a waste. I feel sad when I see people wasting time on the phone. This year is already on the move. No matter the level of anointing in your life, you cannot bring back the hours, days, weeks or months …