Open Heavens Daily Devotional – Cornered By God’s Mercy (Wednesday 20th February 2019)

Memorize: “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” – 1 Timothy 1:15
Read: Acts 22:1-10 (KJV)

1 Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defence which I make now unto you.

2 (And when they heard that he spake in the Hebrew tongue to them, they kept the more silence: and he saith,)

3 I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day.

4 And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women.

5 As also the high priest doth bear me witness, and all the estate of the elders: from whom also I received letters unto the brethren, and went to Damascus, to bring them which were there bound unto Jerusalem, for to be punished.

6 And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me.

7 And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

8 And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.

9 And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me.

10 And I said, What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said unto me, Arise, and go into Damascus; and there it shall be told thee of all things which are appointed for thee to do.

Message:

6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. – Philippians 2:6-8

The above verse beautifully captures the extent of Christ’s sacrifice in order to bring salvation to all of mankind. Even though He was God, he brought Himself low for the purpose of extending His mercy to all sinners, irrespective of how much evil they had done. Speaking under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in Luke 1:78-79, Zechariah described Christ’s coming as salvation brought to us through the tender mercy of God:

78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, 79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

This salvation did not come to us as a reward for any good deeds on our part: rather, it is a gift given to us by God’s mercy, through the spotless righteousness of Christ. When a sinner realizes that he or she is in a hopeless situation, condemned to eternal death and in incapable of doing anything to change the situation, and he or she comes in faith to receive a new beginning from Jesus Christ, the merciful Saviour, this person is ushered into a new covenant with God. One of the articles of this new covenant which begins to work in the life of such a fellow is described in Hebrew 8:12, which says:

“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.”

How marvelous is the mercy of our God to wash away our past into the sea of forgetfulness!

Open Heavens Daily Devotional – Flee All Appearances of Evil (Tuesday 19th February 2019)

Salvation is the exclusive prerogative of God alone; there is no human effort involved in securing it. So then, it is not of him that wills, nor of him that runs, but of God who shows mercy (Romans 9:16). God has worked out everything in our favour through Jesus Christ His Son. He has shown us His mercy by granting us salvation, making it available for all mankind, irrespective of race, color, language or culture. The least you can do to express your gratitude to Him is to accept His love and mercy today by giving your life to Jesus, proclaiming Him as your Lord and Saviour. When you do this, He will give you peace, joy and eternal life.

Action Point:
Express your gratitude for the mercy of God you have received by telling someone about it today.

Bible in One Year
Acts 1-2
Isaiah 43:14-44:5

Hymn
Sing Hymn 6

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

THE REDEEMED CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF GOD

DIRECTORATE OF PRAYER
2019 FORTY NINE DAYS FASTING & PRAYER GUIDE

DAY 41: PRAYER AGAINST TERRORISM AND EXTREMISMS-Text; Isa 21:15-17
Terrorism has become a household name in most countries nowadays. Taking Life has become
so rampant at just no cause.All manner of criminalities are also joined that has make most
communities a no go area. Let the Lord intervene, things should not continue this way.

1. Praise and worship
2. Thank God for a new day and for the salvation of your soul
3. Oh Lord fight our battles against the evil of terrorism, insurgencies and extremisms
4. My father cause the wickedness of Boko Haram fighting in Nigeria and against your church
to suffer major setbacks this year
5. Father; You are the man of war, let the sword of the wicked overturn to begin to fight
against themselves 2 Chronicles 20:1-30
6. Jesus, you are the prince of peace; please send peace like a river on all nations of the
world John 14:27
7. Father expose the works of evil, disgrace their acts and frustrate their plans
8. O God our father; bring to an end the incessant killings of Herdsmen, Boko Haram,
Kidnappers, Robbers in Nigeria
9. Father expose those in government and military that are fueling the fire of terrorism in
Nigeria and other nations of the world
10. Father protect your church from these gates of hell Matt 16:18

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