Tuesday, January 11, 2011

USING THE DOWNTRODDEN Wednesday 12 January

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;” (1 Cor. 1:27).

READ: 1 Samuel 22:1-2

The content of the heart has a way of determining whether an individual will be used by God, and the extent to which he will be used. David’s heart sought after God to a point that God sought and found him (Ps. 42:1). Is your heart panting after God today? He will discover you in Jesus name. Moreover, God takes pleasure in using unpopular and insignificant people. Are you treated with disdain as if you were the remnant of planet earth? Rejoice! You are the type of person God likes to use. “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;” (1 Cor. 1:27). It is not by mistake God chose you. It was deliberate. Your choice was strategic; God left those who were better qualified for you. He did this to score a point and to make a great statement with your life. May the Lord score a huge point and make a big statement with your life from today!

When God chose Elijah in 1Kings 17, his family was so insignificant that no mention was made of his father’s name. Yet, God wrought great things through him. Are you from an unknown background? By the time the Lord is through with you, you will come to limelight. Similarly, God used a housemaid to link a General with his miracle healing (2 Kings 5:1-14), He can also use houseboys. In 1 kings 17:8-16, a penniless, one-meal-left widow was used to feed God’s servant during a period of famine. The beautiful thing is that the destitute or impoverished person, who allows God to use him or her, will definitely have a taste of what’s on the other side of poverty—abundance!

Are you poor, weak or uneducated? God can use you for His glory. In addition, God can use anyone that is distressed, indebted, dissatisfied or neglected. When such a category of men came to David, he was able to make army generals and war veterans of them. What are the burdens in your life that make you think God cannot use you? Come to Jesus today, drop the problems at His feet and take your rest (Matt. 11:28). Immediately, you will take on His easy yoke and begin to change your world. You were created to impact your world! Are you allowing your challenges limit you?

KEY POINT:
Do not allow your challenges to limit you.

Bible in One year: 1Cor. 7-9