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Open heaven

OPEN HEAVEN DAILY DEVOTIONAL...
DATE : WEDNESDAY 14 DECEMBER 2016
THEME : PROOF OF LOVE
Memorise :
Greater love hath no man than this, that a
man lay down his life for his friends. John
15:13
Read : John 21:15-19
15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to
Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou
me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea,
Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith
unto him, Feed my lambs.
16 He saith to him again the second time,
Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He
saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I
love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon,
son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was
grieved because he said unto him the third
time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him,
Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest
that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed
my sheep.
18 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou
wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and
walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when
thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy
hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry
thee whither thou wouldest not.
19 This spake he, signifying by what death he
should glorify God. And when he had spoken
this, he saith unto him, Follow me.
Message
The Bible teaches Christians to love God. The
Bible also teaches that such love should be
expressed in worship and practical service.
One of the most important lessons that the
Bible teaches on love is that love is
unconditional, and that the ultimate test of
love is sacrifice. Therefore, any declaration of
love that is devoid of sacrifice is questionable.
The Bible strongly in agreement with the fact
that Love is sacrificial.'For God so loved the
world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have everlasting life.' When you are
genuinely in love, making sacrifices for the
one you love will be a thing of pleasure and
not a burden. Jacob was in love with Rachel
and asked her father what he must do to
marry her.
Rachel's father told him to serve for seven
years and he willingly did so. Because of love,
seven years were like seven days to him. When
he was delivered, he yet agreed to serve
another seven years for his heartthrob
( Genesis 29:18-28). No price is too much to
pay for the one you love. If you truly love your
wife, you will pay the price of faithfulness in
the midst of pressure to be unfaithful to her in
your work place, or even in the ministry. Some
husbands are yet to demonstrate their love for
their wives by sacrificially giving to her. If
your relationship with your wife is all about
convenience- you do things for her only when
it is convenient, then you owe your wife big
time. Wives of such husbands should demand
of their husbands the debt of sacrifice.
Sacrifice helps to gauge your Love for God.
We can say God loves us exceedingly because
He was prepared to part with His only
begotten son. If you say you love God, you will
be ready, like Paul was, to spend and be spent
for Him. Some questions I often asked people
are; can you serve the Lord for 14yrs without
pay? Can you serve the Lord on the rural
areas with no social amenities? Can you serve
under an uneducated man of God when you
are well educated? Can you leave certainty for
uncertainty in the name of vision and
revelation? What do you have to show for your
love for God? Where is the Sacrifice in
relationship with the Lord?
Prayer Point :
Father, please help me to fully appreciate
Your sacrificial love to me.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : Leviticus 1-3 and
Psalms 119:113-128
AUTHOR : Pst E. A ADEBOYE

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Open heaven

OPEN HEAVEN DAILY DEVOTIONAL...
DATE : WEDNESDAY 14 DECEMBER 2016
THEME : PROOF OF LOVE
Memorise :
Greater love hath no man than this, that a
man lay down his life for his friends. John
15:13
Read : John 21:15-19
15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to
Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou
me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea,
Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith
unto him, Feed my lambs.
16 He saith to him again the second time,
Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He
saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I
love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon,
son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was
grieved because he said unto him the third
time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him,
Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest
that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed
my sheep.
18 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou
wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and
walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when
thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy
hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry
thee whither thou wouldest not.
19 This spake he, signifying by what death he
should glorify God. And when he had spoken
this, he saith unto him, Follow me.
Message
The Bible teaches Christians to love God. The
Bible also teaches that such love should be
expressed in worship and practical service.
One of the most important lessons that the
Bible teaches on love is that love is
unconditional, and that the ultimate test of
love is sacrifice. Therefore, any declaration of
love that is devoid of sacrifice is questionable.
The Bible strongly in agreement with the fact
that Love is sacrificial.'For God so loved the
world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have everlasting life.' When you are
genuinely in love, making sacrifices for the
one you love will be a thing of pleasure and
not a burden. Jacob was in love with Rachel
and asked her father what he must do to
marry her.
Rachel's father told him to serve for seven
years and he willingly did so. Because of love,
seven years were like seven days to him. When
he was delivered, he yet agreed to serve
another seven years for his heartthrob
( Genesis 29:18-28). No price is too much to
pay for the one you love. If you truly love your
wife, you will pay the price of faithfulness in
the midst of pressure to be unfaithful to her in
your work place, or even in the ministry. Some
husbands are yet to demonstrate their love for
their wives by sacrificially giving to her. If
your relationship with your wife is all about
convenience- you do things for her only when
it is convenient, then you owe your wife big
time. Wives of such husbands should demand
of their husbands the debt of sacrifice.
Sacrifice helps to gauge your Love for God.
We can say God loves us exceedingly because
He was prepared to part with His only
begotten son. If you say you love God, you will
be ready, like Paul was, to spend and be spent
for Him. Some questions I often asked people
are; can you serve the Lord for 14yrs without
pay? Can you serve the Lord on the rural
areas with no social amenities? Can you serve
under an uneducated man of God when you
are well educated? Can you leave certainty for
uncertainty in the name of vision and
revelation? What do you have to show for your
love for God? Where is the Sacrifice in
relationship with the Lord?
Prayer Point :
Father, please help me to fully appreciate
Your sacrificial love to me.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : Leviticus 1-3 and
Psalms 119:113-128
AUTHOR : Pst E. A ADEBOYE

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