OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR TEENS 20 JANUARY 2019 – IMPERFECT WORKS?
MEMORISE: Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. Matthew 12:33
Read: Revelations 3:1-2
1 AND TO the angel (messenger) of the assembly (church) in Sardis write: These are the words of Him Who has the seven Spirits of God [the sevenfold Holy Spirit] and the seven stars: I know your record and what you are doing; you are supposed to be alive, but [in reality] you are dead.
2 Rouse yourselves and keep awake, and strengthen and invigorate what remains and is on the point of dying; for I have not found a thing that you have done [any work of yours] meeting the requirements of My God or perfect in His sight.
It is one thing to work for God, it’s another thing for you to work perfectly for God, making it possible for your works to be accepted by God.
The church at Sardis which we read about in our Bible reading for today comes to mind here. God didn’t reject them because they were not working, rather, He did because their work was not perfect.
You can attain perfection by working on yourself. This can be done by examining yourself through the word of God.
God told the Church at Sardis that those who were not working perfectly before Him should pay attention to the word that they had heard, they should hold fast to it and make necessary adjustment. It is the Word of God that will expose your imperfections to you. Read – Open Heaven 20 January 2019
Ultimately, only God can help you to work perfectly for Him. Submit to Him and obey all His instructions. Allow the Holy Spirit guide you and God will see you as one of His best workers.
Father, please help me to work perfectly for You in Jesus’ name
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
1. I am Thine 0 Lord, I have heard Thy voice,
And it told Thy love to me;
But I long to rise in the arms of faith
And be closer drawn to Thee.
Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord
To the cross where Thou hast died;
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord,
To Thy precious, bleeding side.
2. Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord,
By the pow’r of grace divine;
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope,
And my will be lost in Thine.
3. Oh, the pure delight of a single hour
That before Thy throne I spend,
When I kneel in prayer, and with Thee, my God
I commune as friend with friend!
4. There are depths of love that I cannot know
Till I cross the narrow sea;
There are heights of joy that I may not reach
Till I rest in peace with Thee.