OPEN HEAVENS MONDAY 28TH MARCH, 2022.*THEME:PROOF OF DOMINION - I*
You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.
READ: John 15:1- 8
1. “I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener.
2 He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.
3 You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you.
4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.
5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.
6 Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned.
7 But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!
8 When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.
How can we know that someone has dominion?
To prove that you have dominion, you must have something to show for it. Kings are known in their domain by their possessions. In other words, productivity and fruitfulness are proof of dominion.
The story was told of two friends who asked a seer to foretell their future and one was told he would be king while the other was told he would die a pauper. The one who was told that he would become king went home rejoicing and stopped working from that day.
Meanwhile, the other man who was told that he would die a pauper went into the jungle and began to cultivate a farm.
Some years later, there was a terrible famine in the land and as people were scouting around for food, they stumbled upon the huge farmland of this determined young man.
They begged him to give them large supplies of food so that the townspeople would not die of hunger. This man agreed to give them food that would last the period of famine, on one condition.
The condition was that they would make him their king. The people agreed and he was made king. The proof of his dominion as the king was in his ability to feed the people, even in the midst of the famine.
In our memory verse today, our Lord Jesus Christ said that the proof of dominion is fruitfulness.
He stated clearly that when we bear fruit and our fruit abide, God will give unto us whatsoever we ask for in His name (John 15:16). That is dominion.
This is a pointer to the fact that only an achiever could say he or she has dominion. You can only achieve if you have God as your Ally because the Bible says that unless the Lord builds the house, the builders build in vain (Psalm 127:1).
To truly have dominion, connect with the Almighty God today.
Father, please cause me to be fruitful from now on and establish my dominion before the whole world, in the mighty name of Jesus.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
1 Samuel 18-19
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 8: I'M PRESSING ON THE UPWARD WAY.
1 I’m pressing on the upward way,
New heights I’m gaining ev'ry day;
Still praying as I’m onward bound,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”
Lord, lift me up, and let me stand
By faith, on heaven’s tableland;
A higher plane than I have found,
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.
2 My heart has no desire to stay
Where doubts arise and fears dismay;
Though some may dwell where these abound,
My prayer, my aim, is higher ground. [Refrain]
3 I want to live above the world,
Though Satan’s darts at me are hurled;
For faith has caught a joyful sound,
The song of saints on higher ground.
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