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Open Heavens Devotional | 24th April, 2022 — Follow Jesus Closely 1

Open Heavens Devotional | 24th April, 2022 — Follow Jesus Closely 1

Open Heavens Devotional | 24th April, 2022 — Follow Jesus Closely 1

Open Heavens Devotional | 24th April, 2022 — Follow Jesus Closely 1

Read On this page today Open Heaven Devotional 24th April, 2022 By Pastor EA Adeboye Brought to you by Kingdomsermons

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MEMORISE: “And Peter followed him afar off, even into the palace of the high priest: and he sat with the servants, and warmed himself at the fire.” – (Mark 14:54)

BIBLE READING: Mark 14:50-72 (KJV)

MESSAGE: Open Heavens Devotional | 24th April, 2022 — Follow Jesus Closely 1

Many churchgoers these days are merely paying lip service when they call themselves Christians. If you were to really check, you would discover that instead of carrying their cross to follow Jesus closely, many are only following Him from afar. The moment things get a little bit tough, they deny Him. Peter was an ardent follower of Christ; he was also very vocal about his beliefs, thus he was the last person one would have expected would deny Christ. We need to really enquire about what happened that day in Mark 14.

And Peter followed him afar off, even into the palace of the high priest: and he sat with the servants, and warmed himself at the fire. – (Mark 14:54)

Open Heavens Devotional | 24th April, 2022 — Follow Jesus Closely 1

Take note of the first clause in the passage above – Peter followed Jesus from afar. How closely are you following Jesus now? So many Christians are following Jesus from afar, hence they deny Him over and over again. Peter had boasted of how impossible it was for him to deny Jesus in Mark 14:27-31, but in Mark 14:54, he followed Jesus from afar and ended up denying Him. Why did he follow Jesus from afar? This is because he did not want to be associated with the persecutions of Jesus Christ. Are you also running away from the persecutions of Jesus? You don’t talk like a Christian in the office because you don’t want anyone to tag you with Christ. You go for business meetings and even though you are prompted by the Holy Spirit to pray before the meeting starts, you subdue the prompting because you don’t want the people you are meeting with to know how seriously you take God. You don’t preach the gospel to those you interact with daily because you don’t want them to start calling you a Christian fanatic.

Open Heavens Devotional | 24th April, 2022 — Follow Jesus Closely 1

When you let them know from the onset that you are a child of God, there are deals and suggestions that they would never bring your way. On the other hand, if you are following Jesus from afar, they will bring those temptations to you because they have never known you to be serious about your faith. In Church, when you are engulfed in the presence of God and boasting that you will never deny Him like Peter did, ask yourself, “When I get out there in the world, would I be following Christ closely or would I be following Him from afar?”a

Open Heaven 24th April 2022 Key Point:

The only way you will not deny Jesus is if you are following Him closely and everyone can easily associate you with Him.

Open Heaven 24th April 2022 HYMN

Hymn 28 – When we walk with the Lord

1 When we walk with the Lord
in the light of his word,
what a glory he sheds on our way!
While we do his good will,
he abides with us still,
and with all who will trust and obey.

Refrain:
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

2 Not a burden we bear,
not a sorrow we share,
but our toil he doth richly repay;
not a grief or a loss,
not a frown or a cross,
but is blest if we trust and obey.

3 But we never can prove
the delights of his love
until all on the altar we lay;
for the favor he shows,
for the joy he bestows,
are for them who will trust and obey.

4 Then in fellowship sweet
we will sit at his feet,
or we’ll walk by his side in the way;
what he says we will do,
where he sends we will go;
never fear, only trust and obey.

Prayer Of Salvation

Thank you for reading Devotional Here Today On Kingdom Sermons, You are encouraged to please give your life to the LORD JESUS CHRIST if you have not done that before.

Say This Prayer

Dear God,
I come to You in the Name of Jesus. I admit that I am not right with You, and I want to be right with You. I ask You to forgive me of all my sins. The Bible says if I confess with my mouth that “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in my heart that God raised.

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