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Open Heavens: True Consecration 2 by Pastor E.A Adeboye

Friday July 3rd 2020
Memorise: Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. 2nd Corinthians 6:17

Read: Romans 12:1-2 (KJV)
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. You May Also like: Open Heaven – Ingredients of perfection by Pastor E.A Adeboye
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Bible in one year:
2nd Kings 9-11,
Hymn sing hymn 8

Message:
Consecration to Christ means that you are completely immersed in Him. True consecration is really lacking these days. Many people are holding on to Jesus with one hand and the world with the other. How do you explain a Christian who claims to have given his life to Christ but consults a witch doctor over a negative situation that has lingered for long?

A consecrated fellow may go through a lot of suffering for the Lord, but he will count it all Joy as long as God is still with him. Paul was so consecrated that even when God warned him about being apprehended if he went to preach to the Jews, he still went (Acts 21:11). He was so consecrated that he declared publicly:

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.”
Galatians 2:20

I once saw someone on Dove Television saying that, in the past, the only thing Christians cared about was being used of God, but these days, people are more interested in how they can use God. Many Christian sisters compromise their faith because they want to get married; many wear revealing clothes to attract men, some attend ungodly gatherings with the hope of finding their future spouse there, while some even have sex before marriage so as not to lose the man.

There was this female missionary in a hostile community who was abducted and handcuffed early on her wedding day. Instead of crying, she smiled, kissed the handcuffs and said “Lord, I didn’t know I was so special that You didn’t want to share me with anyone else. How beautiful is Your wedding ring to me.” She was so consecrated that instead of seeing a failed wedding ceremony, she saw the handcuff as a ring, symbolic of her divine union with Christ.

Reflection
Are you genuinely consecrated unto the Lord? Do you yearn only for His will to be done? Are you willing to go through sufferings for His name sake?
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.

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