Topic: Beyond Bargain [Teens’ Open Heavens Monday 12th, February 2018]

Memorise: Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. James 1:15


Read: John 12:1-6

1 Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.

2 There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.

3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

4 Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him,

5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?

6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.


Bible In One Year: Leviticus 14, Matthew 26:55-75


MESSAGE:

Gehazi was being prepared to be a highly anointed man of God, but he was busy chasing after wealth and riches. He got what he wanted, and even beyond it. If you are pursuing wealth, you will get more than you bargained for. It is one thing to acquire wealth, but another to live to spend it. The only blessing that will make you rich without adding sorrow is the blessing that comes from God. If you are stealing, your evil deeds will eventually take its toll on you. Gehazi got the money, but he also got the disease that Naaman was prepared to pay any amount to get rid of.

You can never tell where the act of greed will take you. You can tell the beginning of a sin, but you may not be able to tell its end. Be mindful of your steps. Are you secretly planning to commit sin? Did you say it will only be once and you will never try it again? The truth is, that single act of sin will surely attract others in quick succession and each will come with their repercussions. You cannot effectively hide sin no matter how smart you are.

Key Point: Behind every sin are terrible consequences. For every sin you can avoid, you save yourself, family and generations multitudes of evils.


Hymn 7:

1. I am Thine 0 Lord, I have heard Thy voice,
And it told Thy love to me;
But I long to rise in the arms of faith
And be closer drawn to Thee.

Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord
To the cross where Thou hast died;
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord,
To Thy precious, bleeding side.

2. Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord,
By the pow’r of grace divine;
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope,
And my will be lost in Thine.

3. Oh, the pure delight of a single hour
That before Thy throne I spend,
When I kneel in prayer, and with Thee, my God
I commune as friend with friend!

4. There are depths of love that I cannot know
Till I cross the narrow sea;
There are heights of joy that I may not reach
Till I rest in peace with Thee.

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.


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