OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL FRIDAY 18TH JUNE 2021

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1 month 1 week ago #12379 by FemiClef
 HUNGER AND THIRST FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS   MEMORISE: Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Matthew 5:6 READ: John 4:31-3431 In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat.32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 1 Samuel 22-24 MESSAGEIt is a common saying that salvation is free. While this is true because no one can pay for the salvation Jesus offers, the reality is that Jesus already paid for it on our behalf. Thus, we would be correct if we say salvation is not free after all. Also, it is not free because recipients too have a token to offer in obtaining eternal life, as we will see today. In Matthew 13:45-46, Jesus describes how precious the Kingdom of God is, by likening it to what a rich man had to sell all his fortune for. In Matthew 5:29-30, Jesus explained how important it is to gain entrance into the Kingdom of God by advising that we do away with anything that would disqualify us from gaining entry into God’s presence, even if it’s eye! Today, some Christians are very careless with matters of Heaven. So many people trivialize sin and the harm it is capable of wreaking on their souls. Revelations 21:8 contains a plain truth about the kingdom of God: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” Jesus calls us into free salvation but He adds in Matthew 11:29 “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” This is the cost of eternal life- meekness. This is why He said “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5). These no doubt are the cost of discipleship that we must pay to access the free salvation that gives eternal life. Beloved, if you desire eternal life, you must bear the cost even though Jesus has paid the supreme price. It is sad that today, some leaders in the Church are encouraging people to be comfortable with sin. They explain away the reality of and teach grace with gross irresponsibility. You must do away with such people. Today is the day of salvation, now is the acceptable time. Make your way right with God now. PRAYER POINTFather, please put in my heart the hunger and thirst for righteousness.     HYMN 27: TAKE MY LIFE AND LET IT BE1. Take my life and let it beConsecrated, Lord, to Thee.Take my moments and my days,Let them flow in endless praise. 2. Take my hands and let them moveAt the impulse of Thy love.Take my feet and let them beSwift and beautiful for Thee. 3. Take my voice and let me sing,Always, only for my King.Take my lips and let them beFilled with messages from Thee. 4. Take my silver and my gold,Not a mite would I withhold.Take my intellect and useEvery pow’r 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 pourAt Thy feet its treasure store.Take myself and I will beEver, only, all for Thee.

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