Open Heaven 25 April 2018 Wednesday – OBSESSED WITH FASHION?
Open Heaven 25 April 2018 Memorise:And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away. 1st Corinthians 7:31
Read: 1st John 2:15-17 Open Heavens 25 April 2018
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.
Open Heaven 25 April 2018
Bible in one year: Judges 20-21, Hebrews 2:5-3:6
Hymnal: Sing hymn 9
OPEN HEAVEN 25 APRIL 2018 WEDNESDAY DAILY DEVOTIONAL MESSAGE
Open Heavens For Teens and Prayer Points Are Below Today’s Open Heavens. Scroll Down After The Hymn and Read them all together
Fashion is based on culture, and so people’s taste for fashion differs from one culture to another. Every form of culture and its attendant fashion must be subjected to the light of God’s word because they are all creations of mankind. Today’s memory verse reminds us that the fashion of this world is transient. Open Heaven 24 April 2018
Consider the fact that most things that were in vogue ten or twenty years ago are no longer desired today, and yet some people shipwrecked their faith while pursuing them. As Christian pilgrims, transient things should not enslave us. Every by-product of culture that is not in alignment with the tenets of God’s word is dangerous and should therefore be avoided.
Today’s Bible text warns us against being obsessed with fashion. The Christian life is a life of modesty and we must not lose sight of this for anything. Philippians 4:5says,
“Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.”
OPEN HEAVEN 25 APRIL 2018
It is unfortunate that some teachers now teach that moderation is relative. They teach that what is moderation to one person based on his or her level of wealth might not be moderate to some other persons.
Such teachers and those seduced by their teachings choose to ignore that when the Holy Spirit said we should be moderate, He added the clause that our moderation should be apparent to all men and not just to those who belong to our class of wealth.
The Holy Spirit also teaches us to be content with whatever we have (Hebrews 13:5). Furthermore, the Lord said we should beware of covetousness, because a person’s life does not depend on the abundance or variety of goods he or she possesses (Luke 12:15).
Covetousness enslaves people and drives them into being obsessed with fashion. Thankfully, the cure for this is given in 1st Timothy 6:17-18 which says:
“Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate,”
The good thing about the above admonition is that when you have material possessions and you do good with them by distributing to the needy, there is no way these possessions will intoxicate you to the level of abuse.
Sister, what are you doing with a thousand pairs of shoes? They should be distributed to those in need, particularly those of the household of faith.
If you are a hoarders of things, or you are enslaved to fashion, goodliness with contentment is the panacea prescribed by the Holy Spirit for your deliverance (1st Timothy 6:6-8). Willingly submit yourself to His remedy, and you will be free.
Action Point – Open Heavens 25 April 2018
Ask the Lord to deliver you from the enslavement of fashion and give you contentment.
OPEN HEAVEN 25 APRIL 2018 WEDNESDAY HYMN
SING HYMN 9 – THE OLD RUGGED CROSS
On a hill far away stood an old
The emblem of suffering and
And I love that old cross where
the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last l lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it someday for a crown.
O that old rugged cross, so
despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For dear Lamb of God left his
To bear it to dark Calvary.
In that old rugged cross, stained
with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see,
For ‘twas on that old cross Jesus
suffered and died
To pardon and sanctify me.
To that old rugged cross I will ever
Its shame and reproach gladly
Then he’ll call me some day to my
home far away,
Where his glory forever I’ll share.
OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR TEENS
DATE: WEDNESDAY 25TH APRIL 2018
THEME: NO BULLYING
MEMORISE: Thus saith the LORD; Execute ye
judgement and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor:
Please read: Jeremiah 22:3-5
Bullying is the act of intimidating and oppressing
someone because they seem less powerful than
you are. A bully goes around looking for people that are less powerful than them so as to
intimidate and oppress them. The devil is described in 1 Peter 5:8 as a roaring lion, walking
about, seeking whom he may devour.
From this, we see the link between the devil and the
attitude of bullying. Bullying is a devilish attitude.
Jesus said in Mark 12:30-31 that the greatest
commandments are first to love the Lord our God with all our heart and second to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Children of God
always show love to others rather than intimidate and oppress them. If you have been bullying
anyone before, whether with your words, actions or possessions, turn a new leaf today and begin to show the person love. Prove that you are a child of God and not a child of the devil.
On the other hand, if you are a victim of bullying, then you must report the bully to the appropriate
authority. Don’t listen to their threat, report the bully to your parents, teacher or pastor. Don’t be afraid, be bold and report them. Also, you must not hate the bully, pray for him or her to change and God will touch their heart.
A person who bullies another person is a coward
and a child of the devil, such a person does not have the love of Christ in him/her
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
2 Samuel 13-14
1. Is your life a channel of blessing?
Is the love of God flowing through you?
Are you telling the lost of the Savior?
Are you ready His service to do?
Make me a channel of blessing today,
Make me a channel of blessing, I pray;
My life possessing, my service blessing,
Make me a channel of blessing today.
2. Is your life a channel of blessing?
Are you burdened for those that are lost?
Have you urged upon those who are straying
The Savior who died on the cross?
3. Is your life a channel of blessing?
Is it a daily telling for Him?
Have you spoken the word of salvation
To those who are dying in sin?
4. We cannot be channels of blessing
If our lives are not free from known sin;
We will barriers be and a hindrance
To those we are trying to win
Prayer Points on Today’s Open Heavens: (Wednesday, April 25, 2018) – Obsessed With Fashion?
1.Thank you, Father, for the salvation of my soul and for the profound divine wisdom, you dish out to me, daily, through your word.
2.Thank you, Father, for the abundance of your grace that has enabled me to overcome, seemingly intractable challenges of life.
3.Father, in anyway, l have fallen short of your glory, please, have mercy and forgive me, in Jesus’ name.
4.Father, help me not to pursue the transient and temporary things of this world, at the expense of eternal life, in the hereafter, in Jesus’ name.
5.Father, deliver me from the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, in Jesus’ name.
6.Father, please, give me the grace to do your perfect Will, in this crooked and perversed generation, in Jesus’ name.
7.Father, let my adornment and everything that I do in this world be in moderation and in conformity with your word, in Jesus’ name.
8.Father, let me never become enslaved or obsessed by the ephemeral things of this world; and, let every spirit of greed, and covetousness, be destroyed in my life, in Jesus’ name.
9.Father, cloth me with the garment of humility and empower me to put my trust only in you, and not in wealth or riches, in Jesus’ name.
10.Father, empower me to relate and communicate well with people, for the sake of the effective propagation of the gospel of Christ, in Jesus’ name.
11.Father, let every plant you have not planted in the Redeemed Christian Church of God and in the ministry of Pastor E.A. Adeboye, be uprooted, now, in Jesus’ name.
12.Your Personal petitions.
( Philippians 4:6)
13.In Jesus’ name I pray.
(John 14:13-14; 15:16)
14.Thank you Father for answered prayers.
(1 Thessalonians 5:18).