Open Heavens – Saturday 22 February

THE RELIABLE GOD.

MEMORISE : For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.
Proverbs 23 : 18.

READ : LUKE 2 : 25 – 32.

25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.

26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.

27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,

28 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,

29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:

30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,

31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;

32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : JEREMIAH 1:1-3 : 5 ; PSALM 44 : 1 – 8.

Message
One of the divine attributes of God is Truth. He revealed himself as the Truth in John 14 : 6. He is truth personified. It is impossible to expect God to lie or to be deceitful ( Titus 1 : 2 ). The Bible reading for today tells of an occasion after the birth of Jesus, where He was brought to the temple for dedication. Simeon, a devout man had been told by the Holy Spirit that he would not die until he had seen Jesus born. Just as he was promised, at the exact point in time Jesus was brought to the Temple as a babe, this man turned up. From his statements, this singular event was all that was left for his life to be fulfilled as purposed by God, and it came true exactly as he was told. Has the Lord made any promise to you at any time before? Be rest assured that He will surely bring it to fulfilment in due season no matter what may be.

Besides a personal promise specifically made to you at any definite time, the Bible is full of several promises that God has put in His word to take care of His people and their needs. As a child of God you would do yourself a world of good to avail yourself of this great privilege. Just like the Psalmist said in Psalm 23:5, the table of the Lord is full of all menus to satisfy all needs. It’s a pity that many children of God suffer needlessly when they have a Father that not only has the ability to solve any problem, but is also faithful and willing to do it for them.

Nevertheless, it requires that you release your faith when expecting God’s promises to be fulfilled in any area of your life.

“But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” James 1: 6 – 8

Another thing you must be ready to do is to pray. When it comes to prayer, many children of God are lazy, preferring that some other person do the praying on their behalf. Actually, there is nothing wrong in praying for one another, but when you choose to live your Christian life entirely dependent on other people’s prayers, definitely you cannot get the best of what the faith promises and therefore cannot amount to much before God and man. Obviously, no person with the mind of Christ should be willing to settle for such a base life.

ACTION POINT :
Search the Scriptures for promises of God on answer to prayer, healing, deliverance, victory over sin, victory over enemies, divine promotion and financial breakthrough.

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