OPEN HEAVENS 28 MARCH 2018

OPEN HEAVENS 28 MARCH 2018: THE BELATED OFFERING

Memorise: As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:10

Read: Mark 16:1-7 (KJV)
1 And when the sabbath was past,
Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.

2 And very early in the morning the
first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.

3 And they said among themselves,
Who shall roll us away the stone from
the door of the sepulchre?

4 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.

5 And entering into the sepulchre, they
saw a young man sitting on the right
side, clothed in a long white garment;
and they were affrighted.

6 And he saith unto them, Be not
affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth,
which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they
laid him.

7 But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into
Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he
said unto you.

Bible in one year: Deuteronomy 21:22,
Ephesians 5

A belated offering is a worthy present that is offered a little too late. A perfect example of
this is found in Mark 16:1 :
“And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had brought sweet
spices, that they might come and
anoint him.”

These women had real love for Jesus. They followed Him everywhere He went as part of His disciples, and they catered to His needs. They were there at His crucifixion and even
stayed behind to see where He was buried (Luke 23:55-56) . After observing His burial
place, they combined resources to invest in
preparing sweet spices for the purpose of
anointing His body in the grave. Sadly
enough, it turned out to be a belated offering: a wasted effort that didn’t serve the intended
purpose and a colossal disappointment.

Indeed, it was the news of the resurrected Lord that served as their consolation. As
children of God, we must avoid coming late to the presence of God or delaying our praise, worship and service to God beyond the
appointed time; neither should we offer our vows, first fruits, tithes or special offerings
belatedly.

Many years ago, at the inception of the
Redeemed Camp building project, I told one of my sons of the need to urgently carry out
an assignment that God would want Him to handle. He responded that He would go and pray about it over the weekend and then feed me back. As soon as he walked out of my office, God brought someone else who
accepted the responsibly and immediately went to work, finishing the assignment in
record time.

My son came in early the following week to announce his readiness to do the work. He was dazed when I told him that the project
had been completed by someone else, and he saw the evidence of this.

Open Heavens For Teens 28 March 2018

He learnt his lesson that day and was never allowed such
opportunities slip through his hands since then. I pray that you and your offerings will be acceptable to God in Jesus’ Name. The
terrible thing about a belated offering is that it is always an opportunity lost that may never be regained. Esau carelessly lost the
opportunity of a lifetime, and although he later sought it carefully with tears, it was
impossible to reverse the situation. Hebrews
12:17 says,

“For ye know how that afterward, when
he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it
carefully with tears.”

Please don’t let this be your story. God bless you.

Prayer Points on Today’s Open Heavens: (Wednesday, March 28, 2018) – The Belated Offering

Prayer Point –
Father, restore to me every missed
opportunity of giving that will provoke the release of a breakthrough blessing from You
in Jesus’ Name.

SING HYMN 12 – TAKE MY LIFE,
AND LET IT BE
Take my life, and let it be Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Take my hands, and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love;
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee,
Swift and beautiful for Thee.

Take my voice, and let me sing
Always, only, for my King;
Take my lips, and let them be Filled with messages from Thee, Filled with messages from Thee.

Take my sliver and my gold; Not a mite would I withhold;
Take my intellect, and use Every power as Thou shalt choose Every power as Thou shalt choose.

Take my will, and make it Thine;
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart; it is Thine own;
It shall be Thy royal throne,
It shall be Thy royal throne.

Take my love; my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure-store.
Take myself, and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee,
Ever, only, all for thee

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