OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL DATE: SATURDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER 2019 – HEAVEN’S TESTIMONIAL

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OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL

DATE: SATURDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER 2019

THEME: HEAVEN’S TESTIMONIAL

MEMORISE:
For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. 2 Peter 1:17

READ: Numbers 12:4-10

12:4 And the LORD spake suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, Come out ye three unto the tabernacle of the congregation. And they three came out. 12:5 And the LORD came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth. 12:6 And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. 12:7 My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house. 12:8 With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses? 12:9 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them; and he departed. 12:10 And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous.

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MESSAGE

When you observe the extent some people go to just to receive the commendation of men, you cannot but pity their lack of understanding. In whatever area of service you find yourself, please recognise that your service should be rendered as unto the Lord (Ephesians 6:7). With this mind-set, your focus will be set on heaven’s testimonial about you and not what people think. Noah was a man who received a great testimonial from heaven, according to Genesis 6:9 which says:

“These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.”

What a great testimony this is! No wonder he found grace in the sight of God and was spared the destruction that came on the earth through the great flood (Genesis 6:7-8). It was the grace of God that qualified Noah to be adjudged righteous and perfect. I personally consider this to be a form of divine approval. The whole world may approve of you but if God disapproves of you, it is a disaster. It is just like an individual who was unanimously voted into power by his countrymen, only to die before he was sworn in. How unfortunate!

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Another person who got a testimonial from heaven was Moses. When his spiritual leadership was called into question by his siblings, God Himself declared His approval of Moses (Numbers 12:6-8). Those who truly belong to God do not need to devise schemes to obtain people’s approval, because the God they represent will announce them to the whole world in His own peculiar way. Our Lord said in John 10:37-38:

“If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.”

Anyone who wants heaven’s approval must do the works of God, and the greatest of these works is the winning of lost souls. Jesus was all out to do His Father’s bidding and God Himself testified of Him, saying in Matthew 17:5c:

“This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.”

Based on this testimonial, the whole world is still hearing Jesus today. This affirmation also gave His disciples the assurance that His words were not cunningly devised fables (2 Peter 1:16-17). Beloved, seek the testimonial of heaven today and your struggles to make it in life will become a thing if the past.

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PRAYER POINT:
Father, testify to Your grace on my life so that the whole world may know that I belong to You.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
2 Kings 21-22, Daniel 9:3-15

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

HYMN 10: I HAVE DECIDED TO FOLLOW JESUS

1. I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
No turning back, no turning back.

2. The world behind me, the cross before me;
The world behind me, the cross before me;
The world behind me, the cross before me;
No turning back, no turning back.

3. Though none go with me, I still will follow;
Though none go with me, I still will follow;
Though none go with me, I still will follow
No turning back, no turning back.

4. My cross I’ll carry, till I see Jesus;
My cross I’ll carry, till I see Jesus;
My cross I’ll carry, till I see Jesus;
No turning back, no turning back.

5. Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
No turning back, no turning back.

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