OPEN HEAVEN FOR TEENS 31 JULY 2022 SUNDAY: ONE MORE HIT
OPEN HEAVEN FOR TEENS 31 JULY 2022 MEMORIZE: I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13
OPEN HEAVEN FOR TEENS 31 JULY 2022 BIBLE READING 2 KINGS 13:14-19
14. Now Elisha was fallen sick of his sickness whereof he died. And Joash the king of Israel came down unto him, and wept over his face, and said, O my father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof.
15. And Elisha said unto him, Take bow and arrows. And he took unto him bow and arrows.
16. And he said to the king of Israel, Put thine hand upon the bow. And he put his hand upon it: and Elisha put his hands upon the king’s hands.
17. And he said, Open the window eastward. And he opened it. Then Elisha said, Shoot. And he shot. And he said, The arrow of the LORD’s deliverance, and the arrow of deliverance from Syria: for thou shalt smite the Syrians in Aphek, till thou have consumed them.
18. And he said, Take the arrows. And he took them. And he said unto the king of Israel, Smite upon the ground. And he smote thrice, and stayed.
19. And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice.
Adults Version: Open Heaven 31 July 2022
OPEN HEAVEN FOR TEENS 31 JULY 2022 MESSAGE
Years ago, we contracted the digging of our well in my hometown to a Hausa man. Unknown to us, the land sat on a huge rock so the man dug for many days without reaching water, then he returned my money.
Thereafter, we got another person who also didn’t hit water but the third person we called hit it within an hour. Apparently, the second person gave up when he almost hit water.
In today’s reading, prophet Elisha instructed the king to shoot his arrows into the open air before making a prophetic declaration. Thereafter, he asked the king to hit the arrows against the floor and he did but stopped at the third strike. This sealed his fate as he did not get total victory over the enemy because he only hit thrice.
This is the case with some young people who give up on their dreams or ambitions when faced with challenges or obstacles. They allow the spirit of doubt or public opinion to rob them of their God given vision.
Giving up on your dreams is dangerous because the more you try, the closer you are to achieving your dreams. Be more determined to reach your goals. Let nothing deter you from pursuing your dreams. If you failed before you can still succeed, as long as you try again.
OPEN HEAVEN FOR TEENS 31 JULY 2022 KEY POINT
Pray more, study more, work harder and persevere until you hit the mark.
OPEN HEAVEN FOR TEENS 31 JULY 2022 HYMN
I’M PRESSING ON THE UPWARD WAY
1. I’m pressing on the upward way,
New heights I’m gaining every day;
Still praying as I onward bound,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher
Lord, lift me up and let me stand,
By faith on heaven’s table-land;
Where love and joy and light abound,
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.
2. My heart has no desire to stay,
Where doubts arise and fears dismay;
Though some may dwell where
My constant aim is higher ground.
3. Beyond the mist I fain would rise,
To rest beneath unclouded skies,
Above earth’s turmoil peace is found
By those who dwell on higher ground.
4. I long to scale the utmost height,
Though rough the way, and hard the fight,
My song while climbing shall resound
Lord lead me on to higher ground.
5. Lord lead me up the mountain side,
I dare not climb without my Guide;
And heaven gained, I’ll gaze around,
With grateful heart from higher ground.
OPEN HEAVEN FOR TEENS 31 JULY 2022 BIBLE READING IN ONE YEAR: ROMANS 1:1-32, PSALMS 62-64