Open Heaven 27 April 2023
MEMORISE: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16 (KJV)
BIBLE READING: Mark 16:15-18
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.
The Lord Jesus Christ said all commandments from God could be summarised into two: One, you must love God with all your heart, soul and mind, and two, love your neighbour as yourself (Matthew 22:37-40). It is however easy to say, “I love God” with your mouth but what will really show your love for God is your obedience to all His commandments (John 14:15). You also cannot say you love your neighbour without showing it in your actions.
All followers of Christ have been commissioned to preach the gospel to all creatures (Mark 16:15) so, if you truly love God and your neighbours, everything you do will be to tell them about Jesus. We are enjoying Christ now because somebody told us about Him.
We were taught that Jesus is the burden-bearer (Matthew 11:28) Many of us came to Jesus because of our burdens. Nothing could have dragged me to that little building they were calling the headquarters of The Redeemed Christian Church of God but a big problem. Someone invited me to the church and said, “The Lord Jesus will carry your burden”. I never would have imagined myself worshipping in a small church built with wood, rather than a cathedral, if not for the burden I had.
Tell your friends that God is the great provider. Philippians 4:19 says, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus”. Tell your friends that Jesus Christ is the great enabler. He can help you and grant you all round success because you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13).
As far as God is concerned, there are no two ways. You either love Him or hate Him. If you love Him, you will love your neighbours and tell them all you know about Jesus.
KEY POINT: Lord, please grant me the grace and enablement to witness effectively for You at all times, in Jesus’ name.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 2 Kings 24-25
Thank you for studying today’s Open Heaven – Are You a Witness? – written by Pastor Enoch Adeboye
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Open Heaven 27 April 2023