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Open Heavens Daily Devotional Guide by Pastor E . A Adeboye

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
 
DATE:   FRIDAY 4TH FEBRUARY  2022.
 
THEME:  LIVING IN GLORY I.
 
MEMORISE:
Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. 
 Isaiah 60:1
 
READ: Mark 5:25-34.
25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,

26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,

27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.

28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.

29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.

30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?

31 And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?

32 And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.

33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.

34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.
 
MESSAGE:
It is difficult to describe God’s glory as it is a combination of the great power, splendor and holiness that accompany God’s presence, as well as its effects on man. Glory is one of the major attributes of God; it is a manifestation of His presence. Since man was created in the image of God, glory was originally part of his nature. However, when man embraced sin, the inherent glory of God departed. Romans 3:23 therefore says “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
 
Sin did not only tamper with man’s glory, it wreaked more havoc by also producing shame.
 
A glorious life is so wonderful that Genesis 2:25 said of Adam and Eve, “And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” Though Adam and Eve were physically naked, they were covered with glory- that was why they did not know shame. It was absolutely impossible for them to experience shame. However, in Genesis 3:7-10, after sin entered, fear gripped them; they suddenly discovered they were naked and had to hide due to shame. From the fall of the Garden of Eden to date, every human being who ever lived without being born again, wallowed in the realm of shame. Quite simply, glory is the atmosphere of heaven on earth. Glory is both the beauty and power of God; it was lost at Eden but was regained at Calvary. Jesus came to redeem mankind and give those who accept the hope of glory, according to Romans 5:2.
 
Today’s memory verse tells us to arise and shine because, with the presence of God’s glory, nothing can hinder the rising of a child of God. I therefore pray for you: Today, you will rise and begin to shine, in Jesus’ name.
 
There is nothing glorious about sickness, poverty, a sinful lifestyle, backsliding, bondage, and failure. Children of God must be determined to live above these problems, swimming daily in glory. Today, our Bible reading shows a classic example of a person who encountered Jesus Christ and was relocated from the realm of ‘wallowing in shame’ to that of ‘swimming in glory’. Beloved, come to Jesus today and surrender all to Him so you can also become a candidate for God’s glory (Colossians 1:27).
 
PRAYER POINT:
Father, give me the grace to possess my possession, in Jesus name.
 
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: LEVITICUS 14-16.
  
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE 
 
HYMN 19:  O WORSHIP THE KING ALL GLORIOUS ABOVE.

O worship the King all-glorious above,
O gratefully sing his power and his love:
our shield and defender, the Ancient of Days,
pavilioned in splendor and girded with praise.

O tell of his might and sing of his grace,
whose robe is the light, whose canopy space.
His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,
and dark is his path on the wings of the storm.

Your bountiful care, what tongue can recite?
It breathes in the air, it shines in the light;
it streams from the hills, it descends to the plain,
and sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.

Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
in you do we trust, nor find you to fail.
Your mercies, how tender, how firm to the end,
our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend!

O measureless Might, unchangeable Love,
whom angels delight to worship above!
Your ransomed creation, with glory ablaze,
in true adoration shall sing to your praise!

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