OPEN HEAVEN 25 AUGUST 2019 SUNDAY – GLUTTONY: NOT A CHRISTIAN VIRTUE

OPEN HEAVEN 25 AUGUST 2019 MEMORISE:
And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. – (PROVERBS 23:2)
OPEN HEAVEN 25 AUGUST 2019 READ: 
PROVERBS 23:1-8 (KJV)
1 When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee:  2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.  3 Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.  4 Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.  5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven. 6 Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats:  7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
8 The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words.

OPEN HEAVEN 25 AUGUST 2019 MESSAGE WITH HYMN, PRAYER POINTS, DAILY DECLARATIONS AND BIBLE READING

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Happy Sunday beloved! May your time with the Lord, in His presence bring good tidings to your life and make you a better person, in Jesus’ Name.
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Gluttony is a trait that manifests itself through eating or drinking more than is needful. Indeed, this applies not only to food but to all material things.
This habit is found in people who have given their belly or body free reign over their life, such that they are unable to hold back or restrain themselves whenever food or drink is set before them.
For such people, the Holy Spirit says their god is their belly (Philippians 3:19). Gluttony causes a person to develop a deadly appetite for things that can destroy him or her.
Food can do and has indeed done great damage to the destinies of many people throughout history.
The story of Esau who exchanged his birthright for a meal of red pottage is a case in point. (Genesis 25:29-34). No wonder Hebrews 12:16 says:
Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright”.
From Esau’s story, we see that food can sometimes be used as bait covering the hook of the fishermen. An adage in my native language says;
The rodent is eating free bananas and rejoicing; it does not know that sweet things kills”.
One man who understood the principle enunciated in today’s Bible reading was Daniel.
One arrival in the Babylon as a captive, he determined in his heart not to forget his background and heritage, so he did not allow himself get carried away by the king’s delicacies.
He and three other Hebrews boys decided to discipline themselves in anticipation of a time when their stand in God would be tested and they would no longer have access to the king’s benefits.
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Whatever a man gives to you, he can also take away from you; that is why the source of your daily bread should be God alone. Whenever someone offers you “free lunch”, try and decipher the motive behind the offer before accepting it.
When I was growing up in my father’s house, the attitude and disposition of a person offering us food determined whether we accept it or not. Proverbs 23:6 says:
Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats.
Indeed, it takes self-discipline not to be gluttonous, especially in the time of need. As a rule in life never allow your enemies know when you are hungry’, because they can use your need to get you down.
It is not out of place to assume that Jacob has studied the brother Esau and was only waiting for the perfect opportunity to lure him food. This is one the benefit of life of fasting. The Holy Spirit saying in Proverbs 21:16:
Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.
A word is enough for the wise.
OPEN HEAVEN 25 AUGUST 2019 PRAYER POINT: READ – PRAYER POINTS ON TODAY’S OPEN HEAVENS 25TH AUGUST 2019
Father, I submit my appetite to the restraint of Your Spirit in Jesus’ Name.
OPEN HEAVEN 25 AUGUST 2019 HYMNAL: HYMN 4 – TAKE MY LIFE, AND LET IT BE
1. Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord to Thee;
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.
2. Take my hands, and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love;
Take my feet, and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.
3. Take my voice and let me sing
Always, only, for my King;
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.
4. Take my silver and my gold;
Not a mite would I withhold;
Take my intellect, and use
Every power as Thou shalt choose.
5. Take my will and make it Thine,
It shall be no longer mine:
Take my heart, it is Thine own;
It shall be Thy royal throne.
6. Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store;
Take myself, and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.
OPEN HEAVEN 25 AUGUST 2019 BIBLE IN ONE YEAR 2 SAMUEL 7- 9. EZEKIEL 39:21-40:4
2 SAMUEL 7-9 KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)
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OPEN HEAVEN 24 AUGUST 2019 SATURDAY SONGS OF VICTORY

OPEN HEAVEN 24 AUGUST 2019 MEMORISE:
There is none holy as the Lord: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God. – (1 SAMUEL 2:2)
OPEN HEAVEN 24 AUGUST 2019 READ: EXODUS 15:1-7 (KJV)
1. Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.
2. The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation; he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
3. The LORD is a man of war; the LORD is his name.
4. Pharaoh’s chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea; his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea.
5. The depths have covered them; they sank into the bottom as a stone.
6. Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power; thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy.
7. And in the greatness of thine excellency thou hast overthrown them that rose up against thee; thou sentest forth thy wrath, which consumed them as stubble.

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The Bible teaches that there is a spiritual dimension to every battle of life, even though this is usually not obvious at the onset. Ephesians 6:12 says:
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Although the credentials of our enemy can be intimidating a Christian need not worry because to us, the enemy and his agents are conquered foes.
This is the high standpoint of the Christian faith, and it should be the only ground on which a child of God would confront the devil and his agents.
We are the triumphant Church of Christ! Indeed, the resources and abilities to our wicked foes pale into insignificance when compared to the victory our Lord has won for us and the tremendous power and authority this victory makes available to us.
When we consider all this, it is only appropriate that we sing songs of victory in praise of the one who made us more than conquerors. Glory Hallelujah!
The Bible presents music as a spirit tool that can be used to move God. Whenever God wants to do something really special, He calls for an army of consecrated musical warriors to bombard the strongholds of the enemy with songs of victory.
We have the example of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, who deployed divine warriors to march into battle with musical instruments in their hands and songs of praise in their mouths.
As the army of worshippers praised and exalted God, He arose on their behalf and completely destroyed all their enemies. Describing this great feat, 2 Chronicles 20:22 says:
And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.
Just as God destroyed the enemies of King Jehoshaphat, so He will destroy all your enemies before you today in Jesus’ Name. Songs of praise are songs of victory.
Whenever you sing songs of victory unto God, He always rises to scatter your enemies. Some thirty years ago, we went to Otukpo for a programme with some students, where I planned to speak on divine healing.
It happened that as we began to praise God intensely, the glory of God descended and I forgot every scripture I had written except Luke 1:37.
Suddenly, there were clusters of students kneeling and praying in tongues, who had never even heard of the baptism of the Holy Spirit before.
Other students soon joined them to pray in tongues, and at the end of the day, I could not preach. That is a glimpse of what singing songs of victory can do. God is indeed worthy to be praised!
ACTION POINT:
Sing songs of victory unto God until you bring down His glory
OPEN HEAVEN 24 AUGUST 2019 HYMNAL: HYMN 13 – I AM A VICTOR
1. Yes, I know I am a victor
For the Bible tells me so
God made me more than a conqueror,
Much stronger than all my foes.
CHORUS:
Jesus loves me and I love Him,
Together we rule the world
Christ with me I will overcome
By His Blood, His Name, His Word.
2. Yes, I know I am a victor,
Stronger than demons I am,
To Satan I am a terror
I am free, o yes, I am.
CHORUS:
Jesus loves me and I love Him,
Together we rule the world
Christ with me I will overcome
By His Blood, His Name, His Word.
3. Yes, I know I am a victor,
Stronger than lack, poverty
All my needs Jesus provides for,
I have life abundantly.
CHORUS:
Jesus loves me and I love Him,
Together we rule the world
Christ with me I will overcome
By His Blood, His Name, His Word.
4. Yes, I know I am a victor,
Barrenness no more indeed
Fruitful is the God I live for
All my dreams shall be fulfilled.
CHORUS:
Jesus loves me and I love Him,
Together we rule the world
Christ with me I will overcome
By His Blood, His Name, His Word.
5. Yes, I know I am a victor,
By His strength I shall succeed
No more loss and no more failure
Glory to glory proceed.
CHORUS:
Jesus loves me and I love Him,
Together we rule the world
Christ with me I will overcome
By His Blood, His Name, His Word.
6. Yes, I know I am a victor,
No more sorrow, no despair
Jesus Christ is my own Succour
Tomorrow is joy and cheer.
CHORUS:
Jesus loves me and I love Him,
Together we rule the world
Christ with me I will overcome
By His Blood, His Name, His Word.
7. Yes, I know I am a victor,
Very soon I’ll reign with Him
His promise is my sure anchor
He’s coming to take me home.
CHORUS:
Jesus loves me and I love Him,
Together we rule the world
Christ with me I will overcome
By His Blood, His Name, His Word.
8. Jesus loves me and I love Him,
We rule this world together
As He is so right now I am
Hear me shout Halleluyah.
CHORUS:
Jesus loves me and I love Him,
Together we rule the world
Christ with me I will overcome
By His Blood, His Name, His Word.
9. Jesus loves me Halleluyah,
Hear me shout Halleluyah
Halleluyah, Halleluyah
Glory be to God on high.
CHORUS:
Jesus loves me and I love Him,
Together we rule the world
Christ with me I will overcome
By His Blood, His Name, His Word.
OPEN HEAVEN 24 AUGUST 2019 BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 2 SAMUEL 5-6, EZEKIEL 39:9-20
2 SAMUEL 5-6 KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)
CHAPTER 5
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OPEN HEAVEN 23 AUGUST 2019 FRIDAY – UNRAVELLING DEMONIC ACTIVITIES

OPEN HEAVEN 23 AUGUST 2019 MEMORISE:
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. – (John 10:10)
OPEN HEAVEN 23 AUGUST 2019 READ: MARK 5:1-8 (KJV)
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OPEN HEAVEN 22 AUGUST 2019 THURSDAY – MASTER OF CIRCUMSTANCES?

OPEN HEAVEN 22 AUGUST 2019 MEMORISE:
Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. – (JAMES 5:17 KJV)

OPEN HEAVEN 22 AUGUST 2019 READ: JOSHUA 10:8-14 (KJV)
8 And the Lord said unto Joshua, Fear them not: for I have delivered them into thine hand; there shall not a man of them stand before thee.
9 Joshua therefore came unto them suddenly, and went up from Gilgal all night.
10 And the Lord discomfited them before Israel, and slew them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, and chased them along the way that goeth up to Bethhoron, and smote them to Azekah, and unto Makkedah.
11 And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel, and were in the going down to Bethhoron, that the Lord cast down great stones from heaven upon them unto Azekah, and they died: they were more which died with hailstones than they whom the children of Israel slew with the sword.
12 Then spake Joshua to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.
13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.
14 And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the Lord hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the Lord fought for Israel.

OPEN HEAVEN 22 AUGUST 2019 MESSAGE WITH HYMN, PRAYER POINTS, DAILY DECLARATIONS AND BIBLE READING


A lot of Christians are being buffeted daily by the circumstances of life, even though that is not God’s desire for us.
From Joshua’s story in today’s Bible reading, we see that God’s plan for us is to live as masters over every circumstance that life throws at us in this world.
Circumstances are those factors that determines the cause of event around us, and they can be natural or spiritual in nature.
To live as a master of circumstances is to exercise authority over events or situations of life and the factors which control them.
The Bible emphasises the fact that God is sovereign over all of creation. In other words, He has absolute authority and control over everything in heaven and earth.
Yet, He has delegated a limited degree of control over His creation to mankind. Through this delegated authority, man has gained tremendous knowledge of the universe over time and this has giving him greater level of control over situations and circumstances of life.
Without a doubt, man has made giant strides and acquired advanced knowledge in several fields of human endeavor.

RCCG OPEN HEAVENS 22ND AUGUST 2019 THURSDAY

However, because of this achievement, a greater part of humanity assumes that they are masters of the universe and are therefore in charge of things. How wrong they are! Daniel 4:35 says,
And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?
From this Bible passage, it is clear that God is unquestionably in charge. He does as He pleases in the distribution of His mercy, blessings and favour.
He gives strength, and makes great, promote and gives knowledge and wisdom, all at His pleasure. The Lord controls the hearts of kings and He also controls times and seasons.
He deposes kings and installs others in their place. He is the source of every element in creation, the fountain of life and the fountain of goodness from whom all blessings flow.
All hail the true Master of the universe, the Redeemer of mankind and the Savior of the whole world! Our God can empower anyone He likes to become a master of circumstances of life.
He gave Joshua the power to control the sun and the moon; He gave His prophets the power to see into the future and control rain from heaven at will; He gave the apostles power to heal the sick and raise the dead, and He also gave them authority over demonic powers and natural elements of life.
This same God is ready to give you power and authority over all circumstances of life today if you are ready to become a willing tool in His hand. Are you ready to surrender your all to Him?
OPEN HEAVEN 22 AUGUST 2019 PRAYER POINT: READ – PRAYER POINTS ON TODAY’S OPEN HEAVENS 22 AUGUST 2019 THURSDAY
Father, demonstrate Yourself as the Master of the universe through my life in Jesus’ Name.
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1. Yes, I know I am a victor
For the Bible tells me so
God made me more than a conqueror,
Much stronger than all my foes.
CHORUS:
Jesus loves me and I love Him,
Together we rule the world
Christ with me I will overcome
By His Blood, His Name, His Word.
2. Yes, I know I am a victor,
Stronger than demons I am,
To Satan I am a terror
I am free, o yes, I am.
CHORUS:
Jesus loves me and I love Him,
Together we rule the world
Christ with me I will overcome
By His Blood, His Name, His Word.
3. Yes, I know I am a victor,
Stronger than lack, poverty
All my needs Jesus provides for,
I have life abundantly.
CHORUS:
Jesus loves me and I love Him,
Together we rule the world
Christ with me I will overcome
By His Blood, His Name, His Word.
4. Yes, I know I am a victor,
Barrenness no more indeed
Fruitful is the God I live for
All my dreams shall be fulfilled.
CHORUS:
Jesus loves me and I love Him,
Together we rule the world
Christ with me I will overcome
By His Blood, His Name, His Word.
5. Yes, I know I am a victor,
By His strength I shall succeed
No more loss and no more failure
Glory to glory proceed.
CHORUS:
Jesus loves me and I love Him,
Together we rule the world
Christ with me I will overcome
By His Blood, His Name, His Word.
6. Yes, I know I am a victor,
No more sorrow, no despair
Jesus Christ is my own Succour
Tomorrow is joy and cheer.
CHORUS:
Jesus loves me and I love Him,
Together we rule the world
Christ with me I will overcome
By His Blood, His Name, His Word.
7. Yes, I know I am a victor,
Very soon I’ll reign with Him
His promise is my sure anchor
He’s coming to take me home.
CHORUS:
Jesus loves me and I love Him,
Together we rule the world
Christ with me I will overcome
By His Blood, His Name, His Word.
8. Jesus loves me and I love Him,
We rule this world together
As He is so right now I am
Hear me shout Halleluyah.
CHORUS:
Jesus loves me and I love Him,
Together we rule the world
Christ with me I will overcome
By His Blood, His Name, His Word.
9. Jesus loves me Halleluyah,
Hear me shout Halleluyah
Halleluyah, Halleluyah
Glory be to God on high.
CHORUS:
Jesus loves me and I love Him,
Together we rule the world
Christ with me I will overcome
By His Blood, His Name, His Word.
OPEN HEAVEN 22 AUGUST 2019 BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 2 SAMUEL 1-2, EZEKIEL 38:1-16
CHAPTER 1
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