Open Heaven 19 February 2023 TOPIC: God Can Transform You
MEMORISE: “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” – Isaiah 1:18 (KJV)
READ: Hebrews 8:10, Ezekiel 36:26 (KJV)
10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Numbers 30-32
When you look at the story of Saul of Tarsus who later became known as Paul the Apostle, he himself said in 1 Timothy 1:15:
This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
In 2 Corinthians 11:5 he however, said:
For I suppose I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles.
God moved him from being the chief of sinners all the way to being compared to the very chiefest of Apostles. Today’s message is primarily for someone who has been struggling with one sin or the other; God can transform you so greatly that you would become one of the saints of your generation.
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. – Ezekiel 36:26-27
What you need for that transformation to take place is to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Once the Holy Spirit is within you, you will become a whole new person. Study your Bible regularly; His sanctification power is in the word (John 17:17), spend time beholding the face of the Lord by praying without ceasing and meditating on the word of God.
2 Corinthians 3:18 says:
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
If you do all these things consistently, you will soon discover that those sins that so easily beset you (Hebrews 12:1) will become history.
If you invest your time in studying the Bible and praying, you will be empowered to live holy.
HYMN 2: Amazing Grace
1 Amazing grace! How sweet the sound!
That saved a wretch like me!
I was once lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.
2 Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
‘Tis grace that brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
3 The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
He will my Shield and Portion be,
As long as life endures.
4 Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.
5 The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.
6 When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise,
Than when we’d first begun.
Also Read: RCCG Sunday School Teacher Manual 19 February 2023: The Power Of Choice