OPEN HEAVENS THURSDAY 5TH MAY, 2022 THEME: STRENGTH OF TWO OR THREE*
Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
READ: Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12
9 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.
10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.
11 Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?
12 And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
There is power in numbers. By God's standard and according to today's Bible reading, two individuals have an advantage over one.
We also see this in our memory verse today, where Jesus told us (His followers) that when as little as just two of us come together to ask God for something, He will,perform it (Matthew 18:19). This shows us that the Lord wants us to be united as He assures us that whatever we ask of Him in agreement shall be done.
We all need partners to work for success in our Christian race. God provided a partner for Moses in the person of Aaron his brother (Exodus 4:10-17). Hur, another minister under Moses, aided him in his Intercessory prayer for Israel's victory in their war with the Amalekites (Exodus 17:8-13).
Some Christians are ignorant of the spiritual aid they can get from their fellow believers. During a crisis, we need partners, as in case of David's encounter with a descendant of giants.
It was Abishai - David 's aide, who killed the giant that would have slain David. No one knows the rank of Abishai in the army, yet he was David's rescuer on that terrible day of the battle 2 (Samuel 21:15-17).
In the Bible reading of today, the word of God expressly tells us the benefits of the numerical strength of a people. This is why l always emphasize the numerical growth of the Church.
The benefits of the numerical strength of the Church cannot be overemphasized. A project is more easily accomplished by 200 people than with just 20.
This also reveals the benefit of marriage. A lot of blessings accrue to holy matrimony and this is why the Bible says two are better than one (Ecclesiastes 4:9).
Another major benefit of coming together as Christians is the privilege to enjoy the presence of the Lord.
Jesus Christ promised in Matthew 18:20 that wherever two or three persons are gathered in His name, He will fellowship with them. Beloved, let us endeavour to encourage communal Christian living and mutual support -the benefits are indeed numerous (Psalm 133:1-2).
The church should encourage corporate social responsibility that enhances unity and power.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 2 Chronicles 1-4
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A ADEBOYE
HYMN 2: CONQUERORS AND OVECOMERS NOW ARE WE.
1 Conquerors And Overcomers Now Are We,
Through The Precious Blood Of Christ We’ve Victory
If The Lord Be For Us We Can Never Fail,
Nothing Against His Mighty Power Can Ever Prevail.
Conquerors Are We, Through The Blood Of Jesus
God Will Give Us Victory, Through The Blood Of Jesus
Through The Lamb For Sinners Slain,
Yet Who Lives And Reigns Again,
More Than Conquerors Are We,
More Than Conquerors Are We.
2 In The Name Of Israel’s God We’ll Onward Press,
Overcoming Sin And All Unrighteousness;
Not To Us But Unto Him The Praise Shall Be,
For Salvation And For Blood Bought Victory.
3 Unto Him That Overcome Shall Be Given,
Here To Eat Of Hidden Manna Sent From Heaven,
Over Yonder He The Victors Palm Shall Bear,
And A Robe Of White, And Golden Crown Shall Wear.
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