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OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL DATE: MONDAY JANUARY 23RD 2023

OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL

DATE: MONDAY JANUARY 23RD 2023

THEME: FLAMES OF FIRE III

MEMORISE: Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Matthew 5:15

READ: Mark 16:15 -20

15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

MESSAGE

Fire cannot be ignored; it always affects its environment. Wherever fire is, everyone around there feels it’s heat and whatever comes in contact with it would either be consumed or become fire too. If there is little fire somewhere and you throw some sheets of paper at it, they will catch fire themselves. I am charging all believers today. It is okay when you have just come into a school to say, “Oh, we are surrounded by sinners” but after three months, it would be a shame if they are all still sinners. How can you be in an office for three years with everybody there remaining the same? Fire compels everything around it to become like it. If you have not been preaching the gospel not the people around you,nowhere is your heat? Why have you gone so cold?

In I Kings 18:36-39, when Elijah demonstrated that he is fire, the whole nation fell on their faces and said, “Your God is God”. In Acts 16:25-34, when Paul and Silas were thrown into jail, by the time Paul and Silas had demonstrated that they are fire, the jailer humbled himself and said, “Tell me what l must do to be saved”. I pray you will receive the ability to demonstrate the power of God in your environment now in Jesus’ name. Shining your light would, however, require personal sacrifices. You must spend time praying and dwelling in the presence of Gid. You would need to fast and study your Bible regularly.

Don’t shy away from opportunity to show that you are fire. When a classmate tells you they are not feeling fine, don’t suggest medication, lay hands on them and pray for their healing. By the time the fellow gets healed, he or she would spread the news to others and before you know it, you would have won your faculty over to the Lord. Is there any of your colleagues who is looking up to God for the fruit of the womb? See it as an opportunity to,preach Christ to your entire off pace. Pray for the fellow and assure them that they will carry their babies in nine months. When God does the miracle, everyone will know that your God is real and they will bow to Him.

ACTION POINT

Ensure that everyone who come in contact with you hears the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Exodus 24-27

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A ADEBOYE

HYMN 1: ALL TO JESUS I SURRENDER

1 All to Jesus, I surrender

All to Thee I freely give

I will ever love and trust

You In Your presence daily live

Refrain

I surrender all, I surrender all

All to Thee, my blessed Savior

I surrender all

2 All to Jesus, I surrender Lord,

I give myself to Thee

Fill me with Your love and power

Let Your blessing fall on me

Refrain

3All to Jesus I surrender

Now I feel the sacred flame

O the joy of full salvation a

Glory, glory, to Your name

Refrain

I surrender all, I surrender all

All to Thee, my blessed Savior

I surrender all (I surrender all)

I surrender all, I surrender all

All to Thee, my blessed Savior

I surrender all (all to Thee, my blessed)

All to Thee, my blessed Savior

I surrender all