OPEN HEAVEN 8 APRIL 2022 MEMORIZE: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; Philippians 3:10
BIBLE READING PHILIPPIANS 3:7-10 OPEN HEAVEN 8 APRIL 2022
7. But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
8. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
9. And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
10. That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
Open Heaven 8 April 2022
Bible Reading In One Year: 2 Samuel 23:1-39, 2 Samuel 24:1-25
MESSAGE: – Open Heaven 8 April 2022 Friday Daily Devotional
In Philippians 3:7-10, Apostle Paul told us several things that he let go of, for just one single purpose: that he might know God. When I was a younger Christian, whenever someone asked if I knew God, my answer was always a big Yes. However, something happened some years ago that made me change that answer from Yes to I am just beginning to know Him.
I have been born again for close to 50 years and up to now, I am still learning more and more about God. There are different levels of knowing God and you can only know Him to the extent of how much of Himself He reveals to you in line with how diligently you seek Him.
In Psalms 103:7 , the Bible says: “He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.”
How well do you want to know God? Are you willing to seek Him so diligently that He would reveal some of His secrets to you? John 15:15 says that God shares deep things with His friends. His friends are those who do His will (John 15:14).
His friends are those who are diligent about seeking Him. They seek Him so diligently that they are ready to let go of several pleasures just to know Him more. If fasting for only three days is too much a price to pay to know God more, then you are not seeking Him diligently. I am talking about fasting and praying when you are not asking Him for anything other than, Lord, I just want to draw closer to you. I am talking about spending hours in personal fellowship.
I am talking about evangelising and doing Gods work as if you are being paid a huge salary for doing it. Those who seek God diligently always do so early (Proverbs 8:17). One thing that determines if you will discover God is how early you seek Him. If you keep postponing your search for deeper things in God, you may never find Him. It is those that seek Him early who will find Him. For them, they put everything else aside just to seek Him. Are you amongst those who are desperate to know God? If so, seek Him diligently. Seek Him early.
KEY POINT – Open Heaven 8 April 2022
Father, please draw me closer to You; I just want to know You more.
Open Heaven 8 April 2022 Friday Hymn
WHEN WE WALK WITH THE LORD
1. When we walk with the Lord
In the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way,
While we do His good will,
He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey,
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey.
2. Not a shadow can rise,
Not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away,
Not a doubt or a fear,
Not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.
3. Not a burden we bear,
Not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay,
Not a grief nor a loss,
Not a frown nor a cross,
But is blest if we trust and obey.
4. But we never can prove
The delights of His love,
Until all on the altar we lay,
For the favour He shows,
And the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.
5. Then in fellowship sweet
We will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way,
What He says we will do,
Where He sends, we will go,
Never fear, only trust and obey.