Open Heaven 5 November 2023

Open Heaven 5 November 2023 Topic: While Men Slept II

Memory Verse: And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave off the seven locks of his head; and she began to afflict him, anad his strength went from him. (Judges 16:19)

Bible Reading: Judges 16:19-22 (WEB)

19 She made him sleep on her knees; and she called for a man and shaved off the seven locks of his head; and she began to afflict him, and his strength went from him. 

20 She said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!”

He awoke out of his sleep, and said, “I will go out as at other times, and shake myself free.” But he didn’t know that Yahweh had departed from him. 

21 The Philistines laid hold on him and put out his eyes; and they brought him down to Gaza and bound him with fetters of bronze; and he ground at the mill in the prison. 

22 However, the hair of his head began to grow again after he was shaved.

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Today’s Open Heaven 5 November 2023

The sleeping state of a man is a state when he is unaware of his surroundings and unable to change things around him.

The enemies usually exploit this time to do evil. When a person sleeps spiritually, the devil would use that opportunity to steal from the fellow and destroy valuable things in his or her life.

During one of our conventions some years ago, there was a heavy rain and one of my children came to me and said, “Daddy what happened? You were supposed to be on the mountain praying”.

I said, “I fell asleep; it was the rain that woke me up”. At first, when I awoke and saw the rain, I asked God, “Daddy, how could this be?” He replied,

“I allowed it to rain because the crowd coming tonight will be much, so I need to cool the place down in readiness for them”.

While I was asleep, the Devil was hoping the rain would discourage people from coming for the programme however, he did not know that God would make it favour us.

Believe it or not, as long as you are a Christian, the devil will fight you and if he finds you asleep spiritually,

he will seek to devour you. If however, you are awake, you can resist him and he will flee from you. That is why we are warned in 1 Peter 5:8 to be vigilant.

Stay awake so you can fight the enemy off. In Judges 16:19, it was while Samson was sleeping in the lap of a harlot that his supernatural strength was taken from him.

It is important to note that when the devil wants to make a person sleep, he would provide things to please his or her flesh and this closes the person’s spiritual eyes.

Sometimes, the devil uses money or career opportunities that take people away from their first love.

That is why, no matter how good things get, you must always spiritually alert. The reason I still go out on prayer walks at night, even at my age, is to avoid sleeping off.

Sometimes, you need to get up and go somewhere uncomfortable so you can pray. Don’t allow the pleasures of this world drive you away from the presence of your Father in heaven.

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Today’s Open Heaven 5 November 2023

Points: Spiritual sleep gives the devil an opportunity to fight and defeat a person. Be spiritually alert always.

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