Wednesday 22 January 2014

RCCG Open Heavens Daily Devotional, Thursday, 23rd January, 2014: NEW LIFE IN JESUS II By Pastor E. A. Adeboye

RCCG Open Heavens Daily Devotional, Thursday, 23rd January, 2014


I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13

Romans 6:12-13

Bible in one year: 
2 Timothy 1-4,  Psalm 22:1-21.

As a born-again Christian, you need to understand and live by the nature of the new creature that you are. This is the key to your victory in this world. One character of your new nature is revealed in Galatians 5:25:
”And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts ”
Once you belong to Jesus Christ by being born-again, your sinful nature has been crucified. Your nature no longer conforms to that which is controlled by the flesh because you are dead to the flesh. This is further clarified in Romans 8:9-10:
“But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man has not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.”
 However it does not end there. Armed with this understanding of who you are, you have to conscientiously by faith enforce this victory over the flesh in your mind. 1 Peter 4:1 says:
”Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; ”
This day-to-day battle of enforcement and resistance will be very ”painful”. The flesh is not going to like your stance; but you must let it know that you are dead to it and it cannot rule you; As a matter of compulsion, make no provision for the flesh . Apart from the flesh being crucified, another character of your new nature is that through Christ, the world is crucified to you and you are crucified to the world (Galatians 6:14). This implies that you are dead to the world. What does this mean? Before we were born-again, we had friends or relations whose company we used to enjoy, people whose opinions mattered a lot to us and influenced us to do lots of things we did not really want to do. Many a times some people are found smoking not because they enjoy smoking,

But because they were worried about their friends’ uncomplimentary remarks about their abstinence from such habits. Therefore when their peers smoke, they join them to smoke even though they know that smoking will send them to their untimely death. However, once you are born-again, armed with the mindset that you are dead to the world, such opinions will no longer matter. It does not matter what they say, you are determined to follow Jesus. You will not perish with the world in Jesus‘ Name.

Prayer point:
Father, thank you for giving me a new life in Christ; please help me to live by this new life till I see you in glory


  1. Thank you for making this devotional accessible through this means. May God bless you real good. Amen.

  2. THank you lord for the priviledge of the knowledge of christ and I pray that I see him in glory.we should also remember that no man or certificate or riches or things of this world is worth making us loose heaven.

  3. My Sister in the Lord, thank you and God bless you for making this daily devotional available through this link. God bless you and increase the annointing upon your life and above all we shall make heaven in Jesus name......amen

  4. This blog is a great blessing. May the Lord account it to you richly. Truly the transition from the old man to the new man is a "painful" process which all true seekers must nonetheless surrender to and experience personally. I surrender all Lord!

  5. Dear Madam,
    Please note that Open Heavens International Center is the sole licensee to to ALL of Pastor E.A Adeboye’s (the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God) gospel works/materials and it is the only body authorized to broadcast/disseminate or publish such materials including the Open Heavens Daily Devotional, by virtue of a Trademark License Agreement between Open Heavens International Center and Pastor E.A Adeboye.

    Kindly note that the "Open Heavens Daily Devotional" is the Intellectual Property of Pastor E. A Adeboye , as such, any unauthorized dissemination/publication of the Devotional on the internet or otherwise, whether for pecuniary gain or not (free of charge) is ILLEGAL.

    Moreover ALL of Pastor E.A Adeboye's works are registered trademarks and by virtue of Section 5 of the Trademarks Act CAP T13, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, your unauthorized continuous use of them constitute an act of infringement contrary to Law.

    To this end, we advise that you desist from posting Open Heavens content anywhere on the Internet or otherwise.

    Thank you for understanding.

    1. This is serious! All claims are valid. Could you kindly overlook! Luke 9:50 And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.

    2. What law sir,the law of God or the law of men.Who is man,where there is God.Then I think you should go apologise to King james for sharing and reproducing the Bible.I thought you guys will be more concerned about the souls that are be won and encouraged.He who is without sins should be the 1st to cast the Son.Did Adeboye send you on this errand?just curious

    3. Sir, did King James give out the Bibles freely? Don't you have to pay to purchase Bibles and other books? Christians are (should be) a law abiding people. Jesus did not come to abolish or turn people against laws. Copyright laws are put in place to protect the interest of the author. And while your spiritual outlook is appreciated, the Bible says "Let everything be done decently and in order." Law abiding citizens make for a better nation.

  6. Thanks everyone for your prayers and encouragement. I will do my best with the total support of the Holy Spirit and Divine grace from the Almighty God, to keep keep it up. I pray that nothing will hinder us from sharing the Gospel till we meet Christ in glory, amen

  7. Psalm 68:11 The Lord gives the word [of power]; the women who bear and publish [the news] are a great host.

  8. I stand on the Word of God according today's memory verse: "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13

  9. Thank God for people like you, His presence shall not depart from In Jesus Name

  10. I am disappointed and disturbed that open heavens (whoever that is) would stoop so low as to resist someone who is clearly only propagating the word of God.

    If you want her to clearly cite the GO as source, say that and leave it at that.

    Comparing this devotional to buying the Bible is simply ridiculous and indicates just how much the Christian community in Nigeria especially has become commercial and materialistic.

    I'll point you to incredible sources like Bible gateway and you version that have made the word of God and countless devotionals available to millions at no cost.

    This is the first time I'm using open heavens in a long time (I don't attend RCCG) but this treatment is already leaving a bad taste in my mouth.

    I hope the Lord will help us all to get our priorities right.... According to the standards of God and not by what the world teaches us.

    Sis. Yetunde, let your hand be strong. But comply with their man-made laws if they continue to resist you... The Bible admonishes us to do that. They probably prefer that people go without hearing the message than forgo their N500.

    God bless you richly.

  11. A more complete and correct response could not be found! Thank you sir.