Wednesday, July 6, 2011

HEAVEN UPLIFTS Thursday 7 July

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye


MEMORIZE: “He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.” (John 3:31)

READ: John 3:30-31

The supremacy of Heaven over earth is not contestable. Every heavenly product is of greater value than its earthly counterpart. There is nothing inferior in the heavenly planet. Everything there—gold, diamond, precious stones—is at its finest, while the remnants find their way to earth.

In life, you can either get a blessing from Heaven or from the earth. When God sent the first Adam, he was of earth and he failed God. But when He sent the last Adam, He came as a quickening Spirit from Heaven and He succeeded (1 Cor. 15:45-47). This is why Colossians 3:1-2 says if you have truly experienced the new birth, you should desire heavenly things. If after several years of being in the faith, your desires are still on how to acquire earthly things at the expense of true heavenly values and possessions, your Christian growth is in doubt.

Until you have the new birth and your spirit man is recreated in the womb of the Holy Ghost, you cannot gain supremacy over situations, circumstances and demonic forces. If you have Jesus the Lord of Heaven inside you, that gives you an edge of superiority. You are no more limited to the earth like any ordinary earthly citizen; you are now of heavenly citizenship. It affects your lifestyle, language etc. The one whose hope is on the earth speaks only of the earth, and everything he does is earth-bound. His or her hope starts and ends with the earth. That fellow is limited! 1 Corinthians 15:19 says, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable”. The best, earth can deliver to those who look up to her is misery. If all your calculations revolve round the earth, you sure need an encounter with Heaven. If your hope is fixed on the Lord of Heaven, it shall manifest. Have you contacted Heaven by receiving Jesus Christ into your heart as Lord and personal Saviour? If you have not done so, go ahead and do so today, then focus on Heaven in order to receive all that God has for you.


ACTION POINT:
He who looks to the earth will soon run out of provision; he who looks to Heaven will never lack. Lift up your eyes unto the hill.

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