Open Heaven 12 May 2018 – Decision-Making I
And if it seems evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom you will serve ; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood , or the gods of the amorites , in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house we will serve the LORD. Joshua 24:15
Open Heaven 12 May 2018 Bible Reading
11 And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters: why will ye go with me? are there yet any more sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?
12 Turn again, my daughters, go your way; for I am too old to have an husband. If I should say, I have hope, if I should have an husband also to night, and should also bear sons;
13 Would ye tarry for them till they were grown? would ye stay for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for it grieveth me much for your sakes that the hand of the Lord is gone out against me.
14 And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her.
15 And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law.
16 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:
17 Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.
18 When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.
Open Heaven 12 May 2018 Message
Are you presently in any of life’s crossroads? God expects that your decisions would be the end result of a process of reflection on the available choices before you, informed and sustained by a concern to please Him.
You therefore need guidance from the Holy Spirit before making up your mind on any issue, especially the difficult ones. Our loving Father has provided assistance for our decision-making process through the Holy Spirit, the Scriptures, individuals and the natural world around us. Open Heaven 13 May 2018
In Joshua chapter 24, the All-knowing God knew that the Israelites would soon have to make the conscious decision of either serving Him or the gods of the nations around them. He therefore presented His case on why the should serve Him by reminding them of how He brought Abraham their Father out of his native land, across the river, into the Promised Land.
He future recounted how He delivered them from slavery in Egypt and took them through the wilderness with miracle, signs and wonders attending every aspect of their journey. The Lord then announced to them that if they found it difficult to serve Him wholeheartedly after everything He had done for them, they were free to choose whom they would serve. However, Joshua immediately answered for himself that he and his family would serve the Lord
Why would God give his people the option of serving other gods? The truth of the matter is, our God’s leadership is not authoritarian or forceful. He will tell you his rules and regulations, and make his position on issues very clear.
He will also reveal what awaits you in the future based on the choices you make today. You can be sure that He would allow you to have your way, and He will also give you the opportunity to exercise your free will.
However, you must be ready to accept the repercussions of your choices and take responsibility for your actions at the end of it all. If you are a good student of the Bible you would observe that each time someone acted contrary to God’s word, they always suffer terribly for it. Open Heaven 11 May 2018
For example contrary to God’s warning, Is real decided to have a king instead of letting God lead them through His Prophets. They turned deaf ears to God’s warning in 1 Samuel 8:18 and they suffered terribly for it in the hands of Solomon and the succeeding kings. Open Heaven 10 May 2018
Rather than act in defiance to God’s instructions, it is always better to heed to His counsel. Be ready to reason with God in His word and through prayers, and you will be rewarded with divine directions that wills lead to your breakthrough (Isaiah 1:18)
Open Heaven 12 May 2018 Prayer point
Father, please help me to always act according to your will and to remain in your favor in Jesus’ Name
Bible in one year : 1 Samuel 29-31, Jame 5
Open Heaven 12 May 2018 Hymn 5
The Great Physician now is near,The sympathizing Jesus;He speaks the drooping heart to cheer,Oh, hear the voice of Jesus!Sweetest note in seraphRefrain:Sweetest name on mortal tongue;Sweetest carol ever sung:Jesus, blessed Jesus!2 Your many sins are all forgiv’n,Oh, hear the voice of Jesus;The veil ’twixt you and God is riven,Redemption wrought by Jesus.3 All glory to the dying Lamb!I now believe in Jesus;I love the blessed Savior’s name,I love the name of Jesus.4 His name dispels my guilt and fear,No other name but Jesus;Oh, how my soul delights to hearThe charming name of Jesus!