Open Heavens 6 January 2024 Saturday – New Year Resolution 5
MEMORISE: “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.” Psalm 118:8
READ: Jeremiah 17:5-8 Open Heavens 5 January 2024
5 Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord.
6 For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.
7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.
8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
Open Heavens 6 January 2024
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Genesis 21-23
MESSAGE – Open Heavens 6 January 2024 Saturday Daily Devotional
My fifth resolution is that this year, I am going to be very deliberate about putting all my trust in God, and none in man. I will do so because God said, “Vain is the help of man” (Psalm 60:11). You may have discovered that several of the people you thought will help you have let you down, but there is a God who never fails, and He will not fail you this year. I went to my village in the 1980s after I had just become the General Overseer of the RCCG, and someone said to me,
“Now that you are the General Overseer, you will need a befitting house to host dignitaries that may have cause to visit you here, especially when you have one ceremony or the other”.
I agreed with him, and he said he would help me to build the house. He told me that he produces blocks, so he will supply me with all the blocks I’ll need to build the house, and I can pay him for them whenever I can afford to. I believed God was behind it all, and I was very happy.
Beloved, when somebody offers you help, check first with God to be sure it’s from Him. I built the house, and the very day I roofed it, he asked me to pay for all the blocks he had supplied. I was shocked. This man had said that I could pay anytime I had the money. I had just roofed the house and hadn’t even put doors or windows! Deep within me, I was sorrowful.
I said to God,
“Lord, you know I have never done anything that I cannot handle; it was this man who lured me into this. Please have mercy on me, don’t let me be put to shame.”
I prayed all night and fell asleep at my desk. When I woke up, there was a man standing at my doorstep. He said he came all the way from the north, and that God told him to give me an envelope. I collected the envelope, prayed for him, and he left. After he left, I opened the envelope; it was the exact amount that I was owing! There is a God who is the ever-present help in times of trouble. This year, He is ready to help you, but you must put all your trust in Him.
Reflection – Open Heavens 6 January 2024
When you have a problem, who do you ask for help, God or man? Your answer shows whom you trust more.
Open Heavens 6 January 2024 Saturday Hymn
HYMN 30:– 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. 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. [Refrain]
3. 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. [Refrain]