OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL: LOVING GOD TRULY



OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL

DATE: FRIDAY FEBRUARY 3 2023

THEME: LOVING GOD TRULY

MEMORISE:

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
1 John 5:3

READ:
Luke 16:13

13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

MESSAGE:

In our Bible reading for today, Jesus Christ made it clear that you either love God or mammon; it is not possible to love the two at the same time. Loving God one hundred percent takes care of the second commandment which says, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ because in John 4:20, the Bible says, “lf a man say, l love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?”

If you love Jesus, God will love you specially in return and He will dwell with you (John 14:23). Romans 8:28 says, “All things work together for good to them that love God.” Irrespective of whatever may be happening; it will end up for your good, because according to Romans 8:37, you will be more than a conqueror. If you fight without God, you are bound to lose. If you fight and ask for God’s support, you’ll win but may have some scars. If God does the fighting for you, He will win on your behalf and hand over the victory to you. That is what makes you more than a conqueror.

John 15:14 says, “Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever l command you”. Obey God’s commandments if you truly love Him. You can also show that you love Him by giving. In 1 Kings 3:3-4, the Bible says that Solomon loved the Lord and thus sacrificed unto Him.

An evangelist went to Ghana when it was still called the Gold Coast. He met a woman who was so poor that she had only one dress that she wore every day. She gave her life to Christ and one day, she dropped a gold coin into the offering basket. The evangelist asked, “Looking at you, l’m suspecting you stole this gold coin from your master”. The woman said “No, l didn’t steal; l sold myself as a slave and this is the payment made to me. That indeed is a great demonstration of truly loving God.

Do you truly love God?

KEY POINT:

The proof of your love for God lies in your obedience to His word and commitment to Kingdom projects.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
Leviticus 19-21

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A ADEBOYE

HYMN 31
WONDERFUL STORY OF LOVE

1 Wonderful story of love!
Tell it to me again;
Wonderful story of love!
Wake the immortal strain.
Angels with rapture announce it,
Shepherds with wonder receive it;
Sinner, O won’t you believe it?
Wonderful story of love!

Refrain:

Wonderful! Wonderful!
Wonderful story, Wonderful story of love!

2 Wonderful story of love!
Though you are far away;
Wonderful story of love!
Still he doth call today.
Calling from Calvary’s mountain,
Down from the crystal bright fountain,
E’en from the dawn of creation;
Wonderful story of love!

[Refrain]

3 Wonderful story of love!
Jesus provides a rest;
Wonderful story of love!
For all the pure and blest;
Rest in those mansions above us,
With those who’ve gone on before us,
Singing the rapturous chorus;
Wonderful story of love!

[Refrain].

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