Open heavens 2019 Monday 11 February 2019
Open heavens 2019 Sunday 10 February 2019 Daily Devotional by Pastor E A Adeboye – BARGAINING WITH THE DIVINE
Topic: BARGAINING WITH THE DIVINE (Open heavens 2019 Monday 11 February 2019)
Memorise: Genesis 28:22 King James Version (KJV)
22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.
Read: 1 Samuel 1:9-11 King James Version (KJV) Open heavens 2019 Daily Devotional by Pastor E A Adeboye
9 So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the Lord.
10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore.
11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.
Bible in One Year: John 6, Isaiah 37:14-29 Open heavens 2019 Daily Devotional by Pastor E A Adeboye
Open heavens 2019 Monday 11 February 2019 MESSAGE:
Our Heavenly Father is so gracious to us that even though He is omnipotent, He still allows us to bargain with Him when the need arises. Agreements between God and mankind can be broadly classified under three categories: covenants, vows and oaths. Covenants are solemn agreements or promises which are confirmed by sacrifice or the sharing of a meal as a token of the commitment of both parties to uphold the articles of the covenant they have made. An example of this is the covenant between Jesus Christ and His Church, which we invoke through the Lords Supper (1 Corinthians 11:23-27 ).
Speaking on covenants, the Holy Spirit says in Psalms 50:5
“Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”
On the other hand, vows are pledges made to God as part of an appeal for something of great importance. It can also be viewed as a promise to God to do something, with the implication that failure to perform what is promised will result in divine sanctions. The fulfilment of vows is conditioned on the granting of a request. Thirdly, an oath is a binding promise with the invocation of repercussions for failing to fulfil the promise made. The curse or negative consequence will be carried out if the oath is broken.
The Bible does not place any requirement or compulsion on any Christian to enter into a covenant, make a vow or pronounce an oath. They are all voluntary obligations, but once entered into, they are binding and must be kept. Covenants, vows and oaths are often used to measure our seriousness and emphasise our commitment to receive something important from God. In Genesis 28: 20-22, Jacob bargained with God and his request was granted.
In Judges 11: 30-31, Jephthah made a vow unto the Lord and he received immediate answers to his request. Hannah made a vow to God when she needed a child, and God granted her request in a way that put a new song in her mouth (#1Samuel 1:11). Also, Israel as a nation made a vow in Numbers 21:2 for the Lord to grant them victory over their enemy, and God granted their request. At different times and for diverse reasons, Abraham, David, Solomon, Paul and others proved the efficacy of bargaining with God, and none of them was by any means disappointed.
Entering into an agreement with God in order to resolve a difficult issue or in order to get God to move in your favour is highly recommended, but you must not fail to fulfil your promise to Him.
Reflect over the covenant between you and the Lord Jesus Christ; are you living up to the terms of this covenant? Have you fulfilled all your vows to the Lord?
Hymnal: Open heavens 2019 Monday 11 February 2019
Sing Hymn 9: In Christ Alone
“In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.
In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For ev’ry sin on Him was laid—
Here in the death of Christ I live.
There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.
No guilt in life, no fear in death—
This is the pow’r of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow’r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the pow’r of Christ I’ll stand.”
Open heavens 2019 Monday 11 February 2019 Daily Devotional guide was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries. The life of Enoch Adejare Adeboye is a fulfilment of the scriptures in Zechariah 4: 10 which declare, “despise not the days of small beginnings”. Born in 1942 into a humble family in the village of Ifewara, Osun State located in the South-western part of Nigeria Enoch Adeboye often humorously states that his family was so poor that even the poor people called them poor. As a matter of fact, he unashamedly tells his congregation that he never owned shoes until he was eighteen years of age. What he possessed though were physical intangibles such as focus, consistency, diligence, ambition, a brilliant mind and a determination to succeed in life.
In 1956 Enoch Adeboye was admitted into Ilesha Grammar School, Ilesha, Osun State, Western Nigeria and as a youth he discovered a passion for books, and an aptitude for science and in particular the field of Mathematics. This led to an academic journey in the field of Mathematics against incredible odds including but not limited to finances, the Nigerian Civil War and academic politics. By the time he was done, Enoch Adeboye had obtained not only a Bachelors (BSc.) degree in Mathematics from the University of Nigeria, Nnsukka, Nigeria in 1967, but also a Masters (MSc.) Degree in Hydrodynamics and a Doctorate Degree (PhD) in Applied Mathematics, both from the University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria in 1969 and 1975 respectively.
One of the motivations for these academic achievements was Enoch Adeboye’s passionate desire to become the youngest Vice-Chancellor (University President) of any one of the frontline Universities in Nigeria. It did seem that his academic ambition would be realized as his academic career flourished. However, this was not to be as a greater career awaited him in the service of the Lord. In 1967 Enoch Adeboye got married to his beloved wife Foluke Adenike Adeboye (nee Adeyokunnu). Open heavens 2019 Monday 11 February 2019 Daily Devotional by Pastor E A Adeboye – BARGAINING WITH THE DIVINE
OpenHeavens HOW TO CONNECT TO GREAT GRACE
Surrender all to Jesus
Repent from all known sins and ask God for forgiveness through the blood of Jesus
Don’t be afraid to approach the throne of Grace when you need help Hebrews 4:16
Pray for the grace of Giving
Pray without ceasing, Grace does not cover those who cannot pray
Give thanks to God for His Grace upon your life and don’t be ashamed to glorify Him openly
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