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Wednesday

Open Heavens daily devotional by Pastor E. A. Adeboye (Wednesday 29 November 2017) – Realities of selfishness

Topic: REALITIES OF SELFISHNESS [Wednesday November 29th 2017]
Memorise: For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy. 2nd Timothy 3:2
Read: Mark 12:28-31 (KJV)
12:28 And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?
12:29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
12:31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
Bible in one year: Psalm 73-77, Micah 6:9-7:7, Hymn: Sing hymn 6
MESSAGE:
On the 22nd of this month, we saw that those Christians who always want everything to revolve around them and who always want to be in charge are yet to be broken. Another sign of not being broken is selfishness. The Holy Spirit, speaking through Paul, has forewarned the Church of God that selfishness will be the hallmark of sins committed during the last days. 2nd Timothy 3:2 says,

“For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,”

Selfishness is all about falling in love with oneself to a point where everyone and everything else is second place. The height of selfishness is when you love yourself to the point of idolizing yourself; this is a form of idolatry. The Holy Spirit reveals one class of such people in Philippians 3:19, where He said:

“Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.”

It’s unfortunate that a lot of selfish people are mounting the pulpit of God today, parading themselves as ministers of the gospel. Such people do not serve the God of Heaven, but rather they serve their own stomachs. The goal and desires of selfish people revolve around the mundane things of this world. They can never be heavenly-minded.

Selfishness negates God’s eternal word in Mark 12:30 which says:

“And thou shalt Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”
God says you should love Him with all you have, but selfishness says “No, how can I love you when I have not even loved myself enough.” If you are a lover of self, you will always run into problems with God. To obey divine instructions and commands, you will often be required to displease yourself, and that is what a selfish person cannot do. If you are selfish, you will find it almost impossible to please God. A selfish person will hear messages on tithing but will find it difficult to tithe. Why? He would be calculating what he would lose if he gives up the tithe, and what he stands to gain from keeping these funds. A selfish person has no understanding of spiritual things. Are you controlled by love for God or by selfishness?

Key Point: As a young convert, you are allowed to focus more on yourself in prayer. However, as you grow in the Lord, you are to focus more on others.

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 Church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer's Ministries.

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7 comments:

  1. May God bless his word in our hearts.

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  2. I agree with the key point.





    I don't know if I'm right @KFB but this morning, something dropped in my heart.
    You're doing a very great job sharing the devotional with us and may God bless you richly. But I know the devotional is not a free book, i don't know about the e-copy though and I feel somehow reading thinking i might be doing the wrong thing, i believe the writer sells the book to bless lives as well as to make profit (I'm not sure about anything like i said oo). So, please, i hope we are not doing anything wrong(you sharing, we reading).Just thought to ask.


    Have a blessed day! 😆😆😆

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    1. @sweetheart,you are doing the right thing and kfb is doing the right thing too.The message of God is to bless all and reach the end of the earth.I have my hard copy devotional and on my church WhatsApp group it is been shared too.That does not mean I won't buy the devotional.Remain blessed as you study the daily devotional.

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  3. Selfishness is one the signs of the end time.'For men shall be lovers of their own selves'...Lord ,help me to be selfless

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