THE GAINS OF PAIN II – Sunday January 13th 2019Memorise: Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: 1stTimothy 1:5Read: Philippians 4:4-9 (KJV)4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
Bible in one year: Matthew 26, Isaiah 10:20-11, Hymnal: Sing hymn 5Message:-“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”Genesis 1:26-27
There are many lessons we can draw from this scripture, first of which is that if man was created in God’s image, and we know that God is pure, it then follows that man was created to be pure. Secondly, man was created to have dominion over all other elements of God’s creation on earth. This means that the earth and its creatures have no capacity to corrupt the purity in man does not allow it. In other words, it is a lie of the devil to suggest that God’s creation can bring forth corruption. Only in the case of abuse can this be possible. Abuse refers to the abnormal use of a thing. A lack of knowledge of the purpose of a thing makes one to use it abnormally. For example, it is abnormal use of wealth and knowledge that makes people recreate the body parts God has blessed them with. Some people even go to the extent of plucking out their teeth, replacing them with precious metals and gems! This is wrong use of their bodies and precious resources. The abuse of God’s creations, which are meant for His glory, has led to the corruption of mankind. This is the reason why God is admonishing us in today’s Bible text to be moderate in our use of all things.
We need to be sincere with ourselves when answering some pertinent questions concerning the characteristic traits of the end-times. As a Christian, is your moderation not becoming questionable, even to unbelievers? Do you still have the consciousness of the Lord’s imminent return? It is doubtful a lot of Christians still have this consciousness in them because a look at their lifestyles tells you that they are no longer thinking of those things that are pure. The Holy Spirit is reminding us in today’s memory verse that the end of God’s commandment is love out of a pure heart. Manifesting God’s type of love will keep us are pure as light. May God help us to live the way He created us to live before the fall in Jesus’ Name. The good news is that the Second Adam, Jesus Christ, has made this possible through His atoning work on the Cross (1st Corinthians 15:20-22). Hallelujah!
Action PointIf you are not living a pure life, surrender your life to Jesus Christtoday so that He can change your impurity into purity through His Blood.ABOUT OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL.
Open Heavens Daily Devotional Lessons was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical Churches in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.