Open Heaven For Teens 11 September 2021 – A Beneficial Loss
TOPIC: A Beneficial Loss [Open Heaven for Teens 12 September 2021]
MEMORISE: But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city. Hebrews 11:16
READ: Matthew 5:29-30
- And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
- And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Proverbs 21-22, 2 Corinthians 4:1-18
The enjoyment and glory awaiting all who finally make it to heaven is so great and cannot be comprehended by human minds. In today’s Bible reading, Jesus encouraged us to get there. He said if your right hand will hinder you from entering heaven, cut it off. When I was a young believer, I queried God about this. If He loved me, why would He suggest that I cut off my right hand to be with Him? Then He showed me the vision of a man running towards heaven as a multitude was singing joyfully and strolling. By the time he got to the gate of heaven, the huge sliding door was closing. As he entered, the gate finally shut leaving his right hand outside. Then an angel came to him and gave him two options; to go out with his body complete or cut off the right hand so the door can be properly shut. If you were the man, which would you choose?
It is God’s will that all men be saved but some prefer to remain in their sin and this makes the heart of God bleed. If you must make it to heaven, you need to walk in obedience and commitment. Cut off anything or anyone luring you into sin or distracting you from focusing on heaven. This loss will be beneficial to you in eternity.
God, please take away from me anything that’s capable of hindering me from getting to heaven.
HYMNS: In Christ Alone
- In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This Cornerstone; this solid ground;
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm;
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ
- In Christ alone, who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
‘Til on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live, I live.
- There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ
- No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.
Daily Devotional for Teen’s guide 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.