Open Heaven 14 January 2020 Daily Devotional By Pastor E.A Adeboye – The Poor In Spirit
TOPIC: The Poor In Spirit
“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” – (Matthew 5:3)
READ: Psalm 42:1-2 (KJV)
1. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.
2. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God; when shall I come and appear before God?
MESSAGE: Open Heaven 14 January 2020
To be poor in Spirit does not mean to lack spiritually as many people think. Being poor is a state of mind. When a person is poor in Spirit, the fellow is hungry for the Spirit of God. Our memory verse says:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
To be poor in Spirit means that no matter how much you have grown spiritually, you still pant and yearn for more of God’s Spirit in you. Some people attain certain spiritual heights and begin to call themselves spiritual giants. The moment you start feeling like giant in the things of God, you decline begins. Once, I prayed for thirty-six hours non-stop, taking only bathroom breaks. I was feeling very good, believing that I had attained a great height spiritually.
The next week, God arranged for me to hear of someone who prayed for thirty-two days non-stop. I was humbled. No matter how much you have done, you must still see yourself as a spiritual baby. Only babies depend on their parents for food; once you are a spiritual adult, then you are telling God “Don’t worry, Lord, I can take care of myself” and He will leave you.
Those who are not poor in Spirit enter into the trap of the devil. I remember visiting a country once and my host told me about a great man of God who came to minister sometime in the past. He said the power of God manifested mightily at the crusade so much so that dead persons kilometres away from the programme venue were raised and the sick were healed. Unfortunately, this man of God relaxed and stopped recharging his spiritual batteries. His end was not good at all.
Open Heaven 14 January 2020 – The Poor In Spirit by Pastor E.A Adeboye
You should be panting for His word and presence more than ever before. If you are not growing, then you are dying. If you used to come early to Church, but now go late, your hunger for Him has reduced. If you used to pray for one hour every day when you became born again and you still do same now, where is your growth? You need to get hungry for God.
Reflect deeply and write down ways in which your hunger for God has waned. Begin to make amends from today.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
OPEN HEAVEN 14 JANUARY 2020 HYMNAL: – Hymn 27 – Take my life, and let it be
1. Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord to Thee;
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.
2. Take my hands, and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love;
Take my feet, and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.
3. Take my voice and let me sing
Always, only, for my King;
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.
4. Take my silver and my gold;
Not a mite would I withhold;
Take my intellect, and use
Every power as Thou shalt choose.
5. Take my will and make it Thine,
It shall be no longer mine:
Take my heart, it is Thine own;
It shall be Thy royal throne.
6. Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store;
Take myself, and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.
Open Heaven 14 January 2020 Daily Devotional guide was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.