Open Heaven Daily Devotional: Tuesday, 31st August 2021 – The Countdown Has Begun!
MEMORISE: The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. – Romans 13:12
READ: Romans 13:11-14 (KJV)
11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
The Countdown Has Begun!
One of the revelations God gave to us about last year was that the earth would convulse like a sick child. Barely a few days after this revelation, the world began to experience the ‘convulsion’, which came as the COVID-19 pandemic, amongst other issues.
The word of God is so accurate in its prediction of the last days, yet many ignore it. Being politically correct has been given prominence over the word of God.
It is saddening to see things that would have received outright condemnation some years ago now being considered normal, or even fashionable. A good example is homosexuality, which is currently enjoying public recognition and approval even amongst world leaders today. Indeed, the more developed nations are now threatening other nations that would not do the same. There are ever increasing levels of selfishness everywhere, so much so that, even amongst leaders, a few people enrich themselves while impoverishing the masses. Domestic crime has taken another turn-husbands taking the lives of their wives and vice versa.
Knowledge is also increasing at a very fast pace, giving rise to changing trends in technology. This in itself affects human behaviour so greatly that these new technologies tempt people to commit sinful and perverted acts.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,” – 2 Timothy 3:1-2
You will not be a victim of the end time calamities, in Jesus’ name. The spiritual and moral decay of the present day will not catch up with you, in Jesus’ name. The Bible says we are kept by the power of God (1 Peter 1:5). All these signs show the fast approaching second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. You must therefore live every moment in earnest expectation of Christ (Titus 2:11-14) and as one of the five wise virgins (Matthew 25:1-9). You must have no time for idleness, but be busy serving the Lord, winning souls and living holy. You must be prayerful also – interceding for your family members and others who are yet to surrender their lives to the lordship of Jesus.
Beloved, the second coming of Jesus Christ is at hand. Will you be ready? The countdown has begun!
Check your commitment to Jesus and pray to God in the light of our memory verse for today.
HYMN 26: To God Be The Glory Great Things He Hath Done
1. To God be the glory, great things he has done!
So loved he the world that he gave us his Son;
who yielded his life in atonement for sin,
and opened the life gate that all may go in.
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
Let the earth hear his voice!
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father through Jesus the Son:
and give him the glory! Great things he has done!
2. perfect redemption, the purchase of blood!
To every believer the promise of God;
the vilest offender who truly believes,
that moment from Jesus a pardon receives.
3. Great things he has taught us, great things he has done,
and great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
but purer and higher, the greater will be
our wonder, our rapture, when Jesus we see.
4. The Church is surrounded by storm clouds today,
and many have wandered down heresy’s way.
But firmly we hold to the faith we’ve received
and know it’s in Jesus that we have believed.
5. And so we acclaim him our King and our Lord
who here on the throne of his altar adored,
has shared his new life so that we all might live
and go out to others his love now to give.
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