Open Heavens 2 December 2017: Saturday daily devotional by Pastor E. A. Adeboye – BACKSLIDING: NOT AN OPTION

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BACKSLIDING: NOT AN OPTION – Saturday,
December 2nd 2017
Memorise: Wherefore let him
that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. 1st Corinthians. 10:12
Read: Matthew 27:3-5 (KJV) 

 Then Judas, which had
betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought
again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,

Saying, I have sinned
in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us?
see thou to that.
And he cast down the
pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.


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Bible in one year: Psalm 89 –
92, Nahum 2:1-3:4, Sing Hymn 11
MESSAGE:
One unfortunate thing about backsliding is that backsliders often
fall so slowly that they hardly notice their deteriorating state. By the time
some of them realize how far they have gone, it is rather too late. Are you a
backslider? May the Lord restore you fully to Himself today! According to James 1:14-15,
backsliding is a process that progresses from lust to sin, and ultimately ends
with death. In Luke
22:3-6
, Judas accepted to be paid 30 pieces of silver to betray his
master. He must have thought he was going to make some quick, free money. He
probably believed that nobody would be able to capture Jesus. After all, how
could anyone apprehend the man who calmed the storms by His words? However,
after the plot blew up in his face, he felt so disappointed in himself that he
returned the money and committed suicide by hanging himself. The question is,
why steal or accumulate what you are not going to spend? Do you know that some
people who are stealing, particularly from God, will not be able to spend their
evil loot? Those who steal God’s money to buy a car are only driving a moving
coffin which can claim their lives at any time.
Wherefore let him that thinketh he
standeth take heed lest he fall.”
1st  Corinthians 10:12

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On
the straight and narrow way to Heaven, overconfidence has killed a lot of
people, preventing them from making it to the very end. A case in point is
Samson. His fall from grace, which led eventually to his tragic death, was a
gradual process. From violating little instructions not to eat anything from a
dead animal as a Nazirite, to unwholesome jesting and riddles that made light
of the commandments of God he has broken, to visiting a harlot, and eventually
ending his ministry on Delilah’s laps (Judges 14-16, Numbers 6:1-21). Overconfidence
has brought many people to a pitiable place where they are now. Always remember
that nobody can stand by his or her own power alone, except God helps the fellow.
In fact, we are so weak that we need to always rely on God’s strength to live
the Christian life. Have you ever thought or even boasted that you cannot fall?
You are just like Peter who boasted that he would never deny Christ, but at the
end of the day he denied Him thrice (Matthew 26:31-36). Recognize your weakness and
engage in regular Bible study, prayers and fasting to draw strength from God.
Furthermore, deliberately avoid any appearance of evil that can tempt you, and
break any tie that can lure you back into sin. The Lord will keep you from
falling, and He will restore you if you are already down.
Key Point:
Pray that God will keep genuine Christian leaders across
the globe from falling.
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 Church in the
world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.
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Hymn 11
I HAVE DECIDED TO FOLLOW JESUS
Verse 1:
I have
decided to follow Jesus;
I have
decided to follow Jesus;
I have
decided to follow Jesus;
No turning
back, no turning back.
Verse 2:
Though
none go with me,
I still
will follow;
Though
none go with me,
I still
will follow;
Though
none go with me,
I still
will follow;
No turning
back, no turning back.
Verse 3:
My cross
I’ll carry, till I see Jesus;
My cross
I’ll carry, till I see Jesus;
My cross
I’ll carry, till I see Jesus;
No turning
back, no turning back.
Verse 4:
The world
behind me,
The cross
before me;
The world
behind me, the cross before me;
The world
behind me,
The cross
before me;
No
turning back, no turning back.

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