OPEN HEAVEN DEVOTIONAL… DATE: SATURDAY JULY 23RD 2022 THEME: SEEING GOD FACE TO FACE

OPEN HEAVEN DEVOTIONAL…

DATE: SATURDAY JULY 23RD 2022

THEME: SEEING GOD FACE TO FACE

MEMORISE: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. Revelation 22:4

READ: 1 John 3:2 -10

2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.

7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.

MESSAGE

One day, one glorious day, I will see God face to face. The word of God confirms this to me (1 John 3:2)

I don’t know about you, but I’m eagerly looking forward to that day. According to 1 Timothy 6:16, this God that we are looking forward to seeing dwells in light that no ordinary man can approach. The glory around Him is so great that it is impossible for any man to come close to Him, yet I want to see Him. How will that be possible? This is why the bible says in Ephesians 5:27 that the one who will be the bride of Jesus must be without spot, wrinkle or blemish. Believe me honestly, if you have been thinking you will make it to heaven with those seemingly little occasional sins you permit in your life, you have been deceiving yourself. There will be surprises on that day. Anyone that has just one spot on that day will not be allowed into heaven on that day. This is why the bible says in 1 John :7 that the blood of Jesus cleanses from ALL sins. Not 99%,of sins, but ALL sins.

In 1 Peter 1:15, we see the standard of holiness that God expects from us:

But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conservation;

We are to be holy as He is holy. In other words, the standard of your holiness is not to be that of your Pastor or General Overseer because they may think that some things are tolerable. Your standard of holiness must be as God is holy. In Matthew 5:48, Jesus Christ Himself said you must be perfect as your father in heaven is perfect. You are to be holy that in 1 Thessalonians 5:22, the bible says that you must avoid everything that appears evil. Not just what appears evil, but everything that appears evil must be avoided. God is very serious about you living holy, he doesn’t take it lightly at all. You see, if you are to approach his great glory, you cannot do so with any iota of sin in your life. Ephesians 5:3-4 says you cannot even partake in unholy jokes, so if you find some people jesting and it include some carnality and impurity, you are not to partake in such jests. Do you really want to see God on that day? If you do, then you must live completely holy.

PRAYER POINT

Father, give me the grace to be holy as You are holy.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalm 141-145

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A ADEBOYE

HYMN 14: NEARER MY GOD TO THEE

1. Nearer, my God, to thee,
Nearer to thee!
E’en though it be a cross
That raiseth me.
Still all my song shall be
Nearer, my God, to thee,
Nearer, my God, to thee,
Nearer to thee!

2. Though like the wanderer,
The sun gone down,
Darkness be over me,
My rest a stone,
Yet in my dreams I’d be
Nearer, my God, to thee,
Nearer, my God, to thee,
Nearer to thee!

3. There let the way appear,
Steps unto heav’n;
All that thou sendest me,
In mercy giv’n;
Angels to beckon me
Nearer, my God, to thee,
Nearer, my God, to thee,
Nearer to thee!

4. Then with my waking thoughts
Bright with thy praise,
Out of my stony griefs
Bethel I’ll raise;
So by my woes to be
Nearer, my God, to thee,
Nearer, my God, to thee,
Nearer to thee!

5. Or if, on joyful wing
Cleaving the sky,
Sun, moon, and stars forgot,
Upward I fly,
Still all my song shall be
Nearer, my God, to thee,
Nearer, my God, to thee,
Nearer to thee

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