Open Heaven 27 September 2020 – Challenged Not Defeated

Open Heaven 27 September 2020: [Sunday] – Challenged Not Defeated

CHALLENGED NOT DEFEATED – Sunday September 27th 2020
Memorise: For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. 2nd Corinthians 4:17
Read: 2nd Corinthians 4:8-12 (KJV)
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
11 For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you.
Open Heaven 27 September 2020 – Challenged Not Defeated
Bible in one year: Nehemiah 8-10, Hymn: Sing hymn 24
“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.”
John 15:18

Open Heaven 27 September 2020 – Challenged Not Defeated

You must be aware that the moment you say yes to Jesus, you have signed up for persecution. By mentioning His name alone, you could developed enemies. Yet, He doesn’t want you to worry because He has overcome the world (John 16:33). If as a Christian, you don’t go through any persecution, you may need to check you salvation. Jesus said:

“Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.”
Luke 6:26

Open Heaven 27 September 2020: [Sunday] – Challenged Not Defeated

Every true Christian will face persecution: at the office, in the family amongst or with strangers. What matters is how you handle it. Some go back to the world because they cannot stand while some others get stronger after going through it. Which category are you in?

Be deliberate about increasing your spiritual strength. Study your Bible more, pray more, be regular at fellowship with the brethren. This is because surely, your spiritual strength will be tested someday (Proverbs 24:10). On such a day, it is how much of God you have in you that will determine your actions.

Open Heaven 27 September 2020 Sunday: Prayer Point

Those who pray in tongues regularly are supernaturally empowered to withstand any form of persecution. This is why Paul did not relent in preaching the gospel despite all the persecution he went through; he remained steadfast. Peter denied Jesus before He was baptized in the Holy Ghost, but as soon as the Holy Ghost came upon him, he endured persecution and described it as a good thing (Acts 5:41).

No matter how much the devil challenges you, do not yield. No matter how much you have been threatened to accept a bribe or manipulate figures, stand strong. As long as you stand with Christ, you would never be defeated. He has already overcome the world.
Prayer Point
Father, give me strength to withstand any persecution that the devil beings my way in the mighty name of Jesus.
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 Churches in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer's Ministries.

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