Open Heaven For March 1, 2023 TOPIC – The Source Of Good And Perfect Gifts
MEMORISE: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” – James 1:17 (KJV)
READ: Luke 6:38 (KJV)
38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Deuteronomy 26-27
Everything you see on earth originates from God – even those that were manufactured by man. This means that God is in control of all resources on earth. Psalm 24:1 says, “The earth is the LORD’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein”. Whatever anyone has was given to him or her by God. That uncle you are depending on to help pay your school fees is only a vessel in the hands of God; he is not your provider. If your hope is in him and he were to lose his source of livelihood tomorrow what would you do? Man cannot be depended on at all; only God can provide for you in any situation or circumstance.
Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. – Jeremiah 17:5
Every good and perfect gift comes from God (James 1:17). Put your trust in Him for the provision of all your needs and you will see Him meeting them one after the other. Before you seek help from any human being, ask God. Talk to Him and let Him be the One to direct you to whoever He has ordained to help you. David understood this, so he said, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2).
What do you need to do to keep enjoying the provision of God? Be generous. If you are stingy, remember that you will receive in the same measure you give. Jesus taught us in Luke 6:38 that when you give, men will in turn, give unto you. In other words, do not expect to receive if you don’t give. This principle is simple and easy to understand. Give to the poor (Psalm 41:1), to them that are of the household of God (Galatians 6:10), to the Lord (Proverbs 3:9-10).
Remember, God is your only source and giving according to His will opens up avenues to receive good and perfect gifts from Him.
When you have a need, look to God and not man, for provision.
HYMN 5: Blessed Assurance
1 Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Saviour all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Saviour all the day long.
2 Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight,
Angels descending, bring from above;
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.
3 Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Saviour am happy and blessed,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.
HAPPY NEW MONTH!
Open Heavens 2023 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. The Open Heavens devotional application is available across all mobile platforms and operating systems: iOS, Android, Blackberry, Nokia, Windows Mobile and PC. Open Heaven for Today 2023