Open Heavens 13 May 2024 Monday – Old Soldier

Open Heavens 13 May 2024 Monday – Old Soldier

MEMORISE: “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,” Philippians 3:13

READ: Philippians 3:12-15 Open Heavens 13 May 2024

1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

Open Heaven 13 May 2024

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 2 Chronicles 25-28

Open Heavens 13 May 2024

MESSAGE: – Open Heavens 13 May 2024 Monday Daily Devotional

Many people dwell on their past achievements in the kingdom of God. They talk about days they were on fire for God, how they used to pray for long hours, and how they used to win souls for God. Currently, however, you cannot see any sign of that same zeal they talk about in them. These are the kind of people we call ‘old soldier’ where I come from in Nigeria.

An old soldier in the context is someone who used to be very active in the army but who, after a while, became old, unfit and irrelevant. Old soldiers, in this sense, are Christians who used to be virbrant, win souls for God, heal the sick, and perform many wonders in Jesus’ name. However, someone, they started to lose their zeal and became unfit, so that now, when people are talking about zealous Christians, they hardly mention them. Such Christians have moved from hot to cold in the things of God. If this describes you, then you need to retrace your steps and return to your first love.

You need to go back to the days when you put God’s will above your comfort and convenience; the days when the things of this world are not enticing to you and all you cared about was doing the will of God. You need to go back to those days because being an old soldier in the body of Christ is a very dangerous thing. Jesus Christ said in Luke 9:62 that if anyone places his hand on the plough and looks back, he is not fit for the kingdom of God. To God, past glory is gone; what is more relevant to Him is your current spiritual state. In Ezekiel 18:24, He said that if someone has been righteous all his life but turns around and start sinning, if that fellow dies in sin, he or she will be condemned. As far as God is concerned, the path of righteous will shine brighter every day until the perfect day – which is the day he sees Jesus in glory

Like Apostle Paul said in Philippians 3:13, forget those old days of glory and begin to seek God afresh. Make your Bible your best friend more than ever before. Intentionally set out quality time to pray daily. Look for a vibrant fellowship of believers that you can associate with regularly and ensure that your zeal for God’s kingdom keeps growing.

Key Point – Open Heavens 13 May 2024

In the boy of Christ, old soldiers are fallen soldiers. Don’t be one.

Open Heavens 13 May 2024 Monday Hymn

HYMN 12:  Onward Christian soldiers

1 When peace like a river attendeth my way,

when sorrows like sea billows roll;

whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,

“It is well, it is well with my soul.”

Refrain (may be sung after final stanza only):

It is well with my soul;

it is well, it is well with my soul.

2 Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,

let this blest assurance control:

that Christ has regarded my helpless estate,

and has shed his own blood for my soul. Refrain

3 My sin oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!

my sin, not in part, but the whole,

is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more;

praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul! Refrain

4 O Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,

the clouds be rolled back as a scroll;

the trump shall resound and the Lord shall descend;

even so, it is well with my soul. Refrain

That is all for Open Heavens 13 May 2024 Monday, do consider bookmarking this site for your Open heavens daily devotionals, and if you missed yesterday’s Devotional, click to read Open Heavens 12 May 2024 Friday and may the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob continue to keep us all. Open Heavens 13 May 2024 MondayPlease comment and share what you have learnt; you might be a blessing to others.

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