OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: FRIDAY, 1ST APRIL, 2022
THEME: THERE IS HOPE
For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion. Ecclesiastes 9:4
READ: JOB 14:7 -9
7. For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.
8. Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground;
9. Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.
One of the major things I have come to learn in my decades of walking with Christ is that there is no hopeless situation with God.
It does not matter how bad the circumstances are, my God can reverse the seemingly irreversible. In 2 Kings 4:1-7, the Bible tells us of a woman who was so poor and deep in debt that her creditors only hope of recovering their money was to sell her sons.
However, in just one day, God turned her story around and she not only had enough to pay off her debt, she also had money to live on for the rest of her life. It doesn’t matter how poor you are now; I decree: God will prosper you, in Jesus’ name.
Your problem may be one of sickness. There is no one so sick that God cannot heal, I was in Ireland a few years ago when a Pastor brought a handkerchief to me to pray on. The lady he wanted to lay the handkerchief on was in the hospital and the doctors had said that she only had a 0.01% chance of surviving. I prayed on the handkerchief and the Pastor took it to her. My God then took the 0.01% chance of survival the doctor had mentioned and used it to give her a 100% healing. Beloved, it does not matter what report the doctors have given concerning you; as long as you can read this or listen to someone else read it to you, I decree that you are healed in Jesus’ name.
In the Redeemed Christian Church of God, we have witnessed several miraculous conceptions and childbirths. In some cases, the women were over sixty years old and some had been declared by medical doctors as unfit to conceive and deliver children. Sarah was 90 years old when she had Isaac. It doesn’t matter how old you are now, those who called you barren will soon be attending the naming ceremony of your children, in Jesus’ name.
God says in Jeremiah 32:27
*”Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?”*
The question is *“Do you believe that He can do it?”* James 1:5-7 says whoever comes to ask God for anything without having faith should not expect that he will receive answers to his prayers. A song writer once sang, *“Don’t give up on God because He won’t give up on you”*. There is hope that all things will turn around for your good if you keep your faith active and live according to God’s will.
Do something today that will really show God that you believe He can turn your situation around for the better.
*BIBLE IN ONE YEAR*
1 Samuel 31 – 2 Samuel 2
Pastor E. A. Adeboye
*HYMN 12: MY FAITH LOOKS UP TO THEE*
1. My faith looks up to thee,
thou Lamb of Calvary,
Now hear me while I pray;
take all my guilt away;
O let me from this day
be wholly thine!
2. May thy rich grace impart
strength to my fainting heart;
my zeal inspire!
As thou hast died for me,
oh, may my love to thee
pure, warm, and changeless be,
a living fire!
3. While life’s dark maze I tread,
and griefs around me spread,
be thou my guide.
Bid darkness turn to day,
wipe sorrow’s tears away,
nor let me ever stray
from thee aside.
4. When ends life’s transient dream,
when death’s cold, sullen stream
shall o’er me roll,
blest Savior, then, in love,
fear and distrust remove;
O bear me safe above,
a ransomed soul!