Open Heaven 12 June 2018 [Tuesday] – Another Gehazi
Open Heaven 12 June 2018 Memorise:
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils : freely ye have received, freely give. Matthew 10:18
Open Heaven 12 June 2018 Bible Reading 2nd Kings 5:20-27
20 Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said to himself, “My master was too easy on Naaman, this Aramean, by not accepting from him what he brought. As surely as the Lord lives, I will run after him and get something from him.”
21 So Gehazi hurried after Naaman. When Naaman saw him running toward him, he got down from the chariot to meet him. “Is everything all right?” he asked.
22 “Everything is all right,” Gehazi answered. “My master sent me to say, ‘Two young men from the company of the prophets have just come to me from the hill country of Ephraim. Please give them a talent of silver and two sets of clothing.’”
23 “By all means, take two talents,” said Naaman. He urged Gehazi to accept them, and then tied up the two talents of silver in two bags, with two sets of clothing. He gave them to two of his servants, and they carried them ahead of Gehazi.
24 When Gehazi came to the hill, he took the things from the servants and put them away in the house. He sent the men away and they left.
25 When he went in and stood before his master, Elisha asked him, “Where have you been, Gehazi?”
“Your servant didn’t go anywhere,” Gehazi answered.
26 But Elisha said to him, “Was not my spirit with you when the man got down from his chariot to meet you? Is this the time to take money or to accept clothes—or olive groves and vineyards, or flocks and herds, or male and female slaves?
27 Naaman’s leprosy will cling to you and to your descendants forever.” Then Gehazi went from Elisha’s presence and his skin was leprous—it had become as white as snow.
Open Heaven 12 June 2018 Bible in one year 2nd Kings 7-8 and Acts 9:23-43
Message – Open Heaven 12 June 2018 [Tuesday]
Being endowed with spiritual gifts comes with great responsibility and the need for accountability. Grave consequence are also attached to their misuse. For this reason, every child of God needs to be very careful not to take undue advantage of the gifts of the Holy Spirit deposited in them by God. Our Lord Jesus Christ knew that man was susceptible to abusing the power of God, and so he warned his disciples against merchandising the free gift of God (Matthew 10:18).
He sternly told them that what they had received freely mist also be freely given out. It is a fearful thing to turn the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us into objects of merchandise traded for money, favours or gifts. This so what Simon tried to do when he offered money to Peter to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost operating in Peter’s life. Acts 8:18-19 says:
“When Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given , he offered them money , saying, give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.”
Knowing the implication of this act , Apostle Peter rebuked him sharply and advised him to desist from such diabolical ways. Unfortunately, this is the attitude of some people concerning the ministry of the gospel today. Open Heaven 11 June 2018
Today’s Bible reading speaks about a potential mighty prophet of God who denied himself the opportunity of receiving multiple portions of Elijah’s anointing, all because he loved material possessions. 2Kings 5:20
” But Gehazi , the servant of Elisha the man of God, said , Behold, my master has spared Naaman this Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought: but, as the Lord liveth, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him.”
The astonishing part of the above scripture is that Gehazi was not the vessel through whom Naaman was healed! In spire of this fact , he was still hell-bent on getting some form of reward for the miracle Naaman had received. In the same vein no minister of God can perform any miracle. Jesus is the only miracle worker, and all Christians are vessels through whom this miracles are performed. Therefore, taking advantage of his works through his spirit in us is fraudulent and diabolic.
Open Heaven 12 June 2018
We must be very careful so that we do not become victims of the grave consequence of such acts of covetousness like Gehazi. The good Lord will bless you in his own way and in his own time as you surrender yourself for His use in Jesus’ Name.
Prayer Point – Open Heaven 12 June 2018
Father, I don’t want to be another Gehazi; please help me to know when to receive and when to reject gifts as I minister before you in Jesus’ Name
Open Heaven 12 June 2018 Hymn
Sing Hymn 12
How sweet the Name of Jesus sounds
In a believer’s ear!
It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds,
And drives away his fear.
It makes the wounded spirit whole,
And calms the troubled breast;
’Tis manna to the hungry soul,
And to the weary, rest.
Jesus! My Shepherd, Husband, Friend,
O Prophet, Priest and King,
My Lord, my Life, my Way, my End,
Accept the praise I bring.
Weak is the effort of my heart,
And cold my warmest thought;
But when I see Thee as Thou art,
I’ll praise Thee as I ought.
Till then I would Thy love proclaim
With every fleeting breath,
And may the music of Thy Name
Refresh my soul in death!