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MEMORISE: Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. – Matthew 22:37

READ: Matthew 22:35-38 (KJV)

35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,

36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

38 This is the first and great commandment.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 1 Peter

Open Heaven 14 December 2021 MESSAGE:

God wants you to be totally His. The Lord says in Exodus 20:3 “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.” There should be nothing standing between you and God. You shouldn’t also allow anyone, or anything take His place in your life. God must be your all in all.

Beloved, you cannot claim to truly love God with all your heart, soul, and mind if anyone or anything is more important than Him in your life. Jesus Christ described our memory verse today as the “…first and great commandment” (Matthew 22:38). It would hence amount to disobedience if you do not fulfil this commandment and every transgression of God’s commandment is sin (1 John 3:4). This then means that loving God with all our heart, soul and mind is not optional but compulsory for all His children.

You must therefore not set your heart on material things of this life if you would please God. The bible says:

“But they that will be rich fall in to temptation and snare, land into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil; which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” – 1 Timothy 6:9-10

The Lord Jesus Christ further said:

“No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the other, or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” – Matthew 6:24

Acknowledge the supremacy and excellency of the Almighty God – the Lord of the heavens and the earth at all times and in all you do.

Beloved, God desires that you should set your heart, soul and mind on Him alone. This is the only way to be truly godly and to serve Him acceptably. Every form of worldliness will eventually produce sin, therefore, godliness and commitment must become your watchword (1 Timothy 6:6).

May your service be acceptable to Him from today, in Jesus’ name.

Open Heaven 14 December 2021 ACTION POINT:

Determine to love God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind from today.

Open Heaven 14 December 2021 HYMN 14: Jesus My Lord, My God, My All

1. Jesus, my Lord, my God, my All,
hear me, blest Saviour, when I call;
hear me, and from Thy dwelling place
pour down the riches of Thy grace.

Refrain:
Jesus, my Lord, I Thee adore;
O make me love Thee more and more.

2. Jesus, too late I Thee have sought;
how can I love thee as I ought?
And how extol Thy matchless fame,
the glorious beauty of Thy name

3. Jesus, what didst Thou find in me
that Thou hast dealt so lovingly?
How great the joy that Thou hast brought,
so far exceeding hope or thought !

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