OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL SUNDAY 16TH JULY 2023 – THE ROLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT III
The Topic of Open Heavens for 16th July 2023 Is “The Role of The Holy Spirit III”
MEMORISE: Ephesians 4:30
And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
READ: Jude 21-24
21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:
23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL FOR TODAY
Our memory verse of today reveals another very important role of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer – preserving us unto the day of redemption. ‘The day of redemption’ in the memory verse is talking of the ultimate redemption when we safely arrive in the Kingdom of God. The reason is that there is no eternal assurance that once you are saved, you are forever saved.
There are examples of people who started well but ended badly. For instance, after King Saul was ordained by Samuel, he prophesied and the people asked: “Is Saul also among the prophets?” (1 Samuel 10:11). Unfortunately, after King Saul got into trouble for disobeying divine instructions, he went after a familiar spirit. 1 Samuel 28:7 says: Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her.
And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor. King Saul did this despite the fact that the Bible says in Isaiah 65:24: And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. In John 16:7-14, we see that the Holy Spirit guides us into all – not some – truth. Many things we ought to know about God, our Saviour, ourselves, the written word of God, the devil, the world in which we live and so on are explained to us by the Holy Spirit.
We cannot gain an understanding of God without the Holy Spirit. The word of God would be ordinary literature without the Holy Spirit’s illumination.
The Bible says in John 16:13 that the Holy Spirit will show us things to come. The spiritual decadence in the end-time Church has been foretold by the Holy Spirit (1 Timothy 4:1-2). It is a pity, however, that some children of God are not taking advantage of the Holy Spirit’s guidance to keep us from falling. May you not fall, in Jesus’ name.
Bible in one year: Isaiah 4-8
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