Open Heaven Topic:
THE GREATEST ENEMY OF MAN
But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. – 1 Corinthians 9:27 (KJV)
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (NIV)
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.
25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.
27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, Imyself will not be disqualified for the prize.
Open Heaven 5 April 2023 Message
Your biggest enemy is not the devil, neither is it your mother-in-law, witches nor wizards. As a child of God, you know very well that greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4).
The Bible made it clear that you are more than conquerors through Him that loved you (Romans 8:37). Your number one enemy is yourself. The one who is truly victorious is the one who has conquered himself.
When you live according to the dictates of your flesh, you give it permission to destroy you and it is good at doing that. He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
Proverbs 16:32 Samson took down an entire city single-handedly but could not conquer himself. He was so powerful that cities feared him, but in the lap of a woman, he was the weakest of men.
Even a little child knows better than to touch a piece of hot iron that had burned him or her before. In Samson’s case however, he told Delilah a lie about the source of his power and awoke to find that she had used the information against him, yet he did not stay away from her.
He told her another lie and she tried to exploit it and failed again, yet he did not stay away. To make matters worse, he told her the truth at last and ended up grinding corn for the same enemies that used to fear him (Judges 16:6-21).
You may say Samson was a fool, but what about you? Have you been staying away from those sins that easily beset you? When a child of God is really fervent, the devil starts searching out his weakness.
The moment he finds it, he will try to use it as a weapon for that child of God to destroy himself or herself. That is why you must destroy that weakness before the devil uses it against you.
Proverbs 25:28 says, “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls“. Control yourself so that you would be victorious against the attacks of the devil.
Open Heaven Hymn:
Take My Life And Let It Be
Open Heaven Point:
Have you conquered yourself?
Bible in One Year:
2 Samuel 14, 2 Samuel 15, 2 Samuel 16