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Open Heavens Devotional.
Friday 20th January, 2017.


1. On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
the emblem of suffering and shame;
and I love that old cross where the dearest and best
for a world of lost sinners was slain.

So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
and exchange it some day for a crown.

2. O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
has a wondrous attraction for me;
for the dear Lamb of God left his glory above
to bear it to dark Calvary.

3. In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
a wondrous beauty I see,
for ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
to pardon and sanctify me.

4. To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;
its shame and reproach gladly bear;
then he’ll call me some day to my home far away,
where his glory forever I’ll share.

And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
Gen. 6:6.

Read: Genesis 6:1-6
1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that
he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when
the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare
children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of
5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the
earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only
evil continually.
6 And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

God is light, and in Him there is no space for the slightest speck of
darkness (1 John 1:5). Those who profess having His nature cannot
therefore harbour any element of darkness in them! Right from the
beginning, the Lord caused there to be a clear distinction between light
and darkness. After He commanded light to be, the next thing He did was
to separate the light from the darkness, and He gave them distinct
names to avoid any form of confusion (Genesis 1:4-5). Through these
actions, God has established a template for those who profess His name
to be separate from darkness. Just as God called light out of darkness
at the beginning, He has also called us out of the darkness of this
world into His marvellous light (1 Peter 2:9, 2 Corinthians 4:9).

called us out, the next thing He did was to separate us from darkness,
and then He gave us a unique identity (Colossians 1:13). Having done all
these things, this one thing He demands of us: that we remain separate
(2 Corinthians 6:17). As a believer in Christ, you have nothing in
common with unbelievers. Your responsibility to them is to lead them to
the true light. Believers are a kind and unbelievers are another kind (2
Corinthians 6:14-16). When believers begin to mate, fraternise and
fellowship with unbelievers, they violate the law of kinds and evoke
God’s anger.

When there is a cross-breed of goat and dog,
violating the law of kinds, what do you think will be the result? It
will be a beast. The end product is usually strange, detestable and
something abominable. Some people erroneously believe that God
understands cross-breeds. No, He doesn’t. He hates such with despicable
firmness. In ancient times, the devil sowed the idea of cross-breeding.
He caused fallen angels to mate with women, and he polluted the entire
earth with the breed resulting from this aberration; all in an attempt
to block the emergence of the seed of the woman earlier prophesied in
Genesis 3:15. This brought so much grief to God to the extent that He
decided to wipe out the whole human race. Today, when men mate with men
or women mate with women, they violate the law of kinds established by
God and cause Him grief. Also, when a man goes for gender-reassignment
surgery to take on the features of a woman, develop breasts and even
attempt to conceive, he is violating the law of kinds. In what ways are
you violating the law of kinds today? Repent and straighten your crooked
path! Cut off from that unequal yoke so that God can receive you.

Action Point

that advocates of the recent gay rights movement will receive God’s
mercy. Pray that God will open their eyes to the truth of His word, and
that His word will prevail.

Mark 10:11
Isaiah 16:12 – 17:14.

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