Open Heaven 26 July 2018 Thursday – FATHER CHRISTMAS OR GIVER?

Open Heaven 26 July 2018 Thursday – FATHER CHRISTMAS OR GIVER?

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Open Heaven 26 July 2018 Memorise: And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. Luke 15:14

Read: Luke 15:11-16 Open Heaven 26 July 2018

11 And he said, A certain man had two sons:

12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.

13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.

14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.

15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.

16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.

Open Heaven 26 July 2018 – Bible in one year: Nehemiah 4-6, Matthew 8:18-9:8

Hymnal: Sing hymn 4


Message – Open Heaven 26 July 2018

Please click to read – Prayer Points For Today’s Open Heaven 26 July 2018 – Father Christmas or Giver? 

A giver is a person who gives generously to the poor and needy in obedience to the word of God. A giver makes it a point of duty to pay his or her first fruits and tithes, gives offerings and also makes other necessary financial contributions to his or her local church.

Meanwhile, ‘Father Christmas’ is a term used in some parlance to describe an extravagant spender: one who unnecessarily spends a lot of money that he or she cannot afford. A Father Christmas is often typified by exaggerated, excessive or immoderate behaviour and wastefulness which may result in personal harm. Blessings are like talents entrusted to our care by God. He has called us to be givers and wise stewards of His investments in us. God frowns at any form of wasteful or extravagant behaviour in His children. Click to read – Open Heaven 25 July 2018

The word of God guides our attention towards the right kind of open-handedness and generosity of spirit, which reflects love and worship towards God by showing concern for the poor and the less privileged in our society (Proverbs 19:17). I pray that God will bless you so much that you will become a source of blessing to your generation in Jesus’ Name.

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The Bible provides us with some examples of sinful extravagance or wastefulness. A good example is found in our Bible text, where the prodigal son gathered all his inheritance together and left for a far country where he wasted all he had through extravagant spending. In Philippians 3:19, the Holy Spirit admonishes us that those who mind earthly things, whose god is their belly, will end up in destruction. Proverbs 6:26 further tells us that those who lavish their hard-earned money on strange women and cheap girls will eventually become diminished to the value of a piece of bread.

Extravagant or wasteful spending usually leads to poverty. This is what happened to the prodigal son. After he had squandered all his inheritance, he had to take up enjoyment in the worst kind of job in order to survive. I pray that you will never commit any error that will turn your life upside down again in the Name of Jesus. Extravagant and wasteful spending is no substitute for doing what God requires of you (1st Samuel 15:22, Micah 6:7-8).

Without any doubt, God is more interested in Christians who are determined to do their best to meet His requirement of holiness and righteous living. The extravagant spending of an unrepentant sinner in the house of God is at best viewed as an attempt to bribe God, and this is abomination to Him (Proverbs 21:27).

Please click to read – Prayer Points For Today’s Open Heaven 26 July 2018 – Father Christmas or Giver? 

Prayer Point – Open Heaven 26 July 2018

Father, please let my love offerings always be acceptable in Your sight in Jesus’ Name.

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Open Heaven 26 July 2018 Thursday Hymn

Sing hymn 4 – TRUST AND OBEY

When we walk with the Lord in

the light of His Word,

What a glory He sheds on our


While we do His good will, He

abides with us still,

And with all who will trust and




Trust and obey, for there’s no other


To be happy in Jesus, but to trust

and obey.


Not a shadow can rise, not a

cloud in the skies,

But His smile quickly drives it


Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh

or a tear,

Can abide while we trust and



Not a burden we bear, not a

sorrow we share,

But our toil He doth richly


Not a grief or a loss, not a frown

or a cross,

But is blessed if we trust and



But we never can prove the

delights of His love

Until all on the alter we lay;

For the favor He shows, for the

Joy He bestows,

Are from them who will trust and



Then in fellowship sweet we

will sit at His feet,

Or we’ll walk by His side in the


What He says we will do, where

He sends we will go;

Never fear, only trust and obey.


  1. Very factual and inspiring message. God bless Daddy G. O richly and grant me the grace to be responsive in Jesus name Amen

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