OPEN HEAVEN 17 NOVEMBER 2023 FRIDAY: ALL ROUND PURITY
OPEN HEAVEN 17 NOVEMBER 2023 MEMORISE: Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8
OPEN HEAVEN 17 NOVEMBER 2023 BIBLE TEXT Matthew 23:25-33
25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.
28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,
30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.
31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.
32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.
33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
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Daily Confession: I confess Today and everyday that God’s transformative agenda is active in my life, bringing me into His marvelous light, cleansing me from all unrighteousness, and empowering me to walk in daily purity and closeness with Him, in the most powerful name of Jesus, Son of the Living God. Somebody shout Hallelujah!
OPEN HEAVEN 17 NOVEMBER 2023 MESSAGE
Our memory verse today says those that are pure in heart are blessed and they will see God.
What this scripture is saying is that if your purity is not on the inside, you cannot make heaven.
Some people will probably jump at that and say, “What matters is the inside, not the outside.”
That is untrue because whatever is on the inside will also show on the outside.
When somebody is mad, he is mad on the inside, but the evidence is seen on the outside.
Many years ago, when we had just started the Redeemed Christian Bible College, I brought some Americans to teach the students, but they began to teach my people that I was too harsh and legalistic.
They said God is only interested in what is inside the heart, not outside.
When I heard this, I knew I was in trouble and sought the face of God for wisdom to handle the situation.
Thankfully, He inspired me to buy two oranges of the same size and present to the students One was yellow and the other green.
I asked them to choose one and they all chose the yellow one.
I asked why and they said it would be sweeter than the green one.
I asked them how they came to that conclusion as we had not cut it open; they said the outside shows what is inside. The message was passed.
The Bible says in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 that in the last days, there will be many people who will have a form of godliness.
You may talk and dress like a Christian, but those things don’t make you one.
Christianity is being like Jesus from the inside out. Your heart must yearn to be more and more like Him. You must avoid sin in order to please God.
It is when your heart is aligned with Christ that every other thing on the outside begins to fall in place.
You must study God’s word daily with the intention of getting to know more and more of Him.
Spend quality time with Him in prayers and worship.
Tell Him you want to have an intimate relationship with Him that will change you from the inside out and you would see Him reveal Himself to you like never before.
Your purity must start from within you, but it should also reflect on the outside.
OPEN HEAVEN 17 NOVEMBER 2023 KEY POINT
Father, please help me to be pure inside and outside.
OPEN HEAVEN 17 NOVEMBER 2023 HYMN
RCCG HYMN 10: In Christ Alone
1 In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
Here in the love of Christ I stand.
2 In Christ alone, who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe.
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save:
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied –
For every sin on Him was laid;
Here in the death of Christ I live.
3 There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious day
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine –
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.
4 No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand:
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.
OPEN HEAVEN 17 NOVEMBER 2023 BIBLE IN ONE YEAR; Acts 14-15
Author: Pastor E. A. Adeboye