Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God” (Psalm 42:1)
READ: 1 Samuel 16:16-13
“If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work” (2 Tim 2:21). One outstanding thing about God’s choice of leaders is that He does not usually pick the best or most qualified, but the least endowed. In the house of Jesse, with able-bodied men standing before him, God picked a youngster from the backside of the desert. God searches the heart. He saw something in David’s heart which was not in the heart of his elder brothers. If God can use David, God can use you. May he find you relevant in His end-time plan in Jesus name.
I have always yearned to be different. After my conversion to Christ, I told God I did not want to be an ordinary Christian. I wanted to be someone special He could use in an extraordinary way, and this desire came to pass. Do you pant after God like David? Many of us are so materialistic today that if contents of our hearts are emptied, there may be no desire for anything spiritual. What God sees in your heart will determine how and where He will place you in His plan. It is commonly said that like begets like. If your heart is full of thoughts of God, there is no way He will not make room for you. Recently, as I attended a meeting in Spain, my heart rejoiced as I beheld God’s mighty move. Participants from 21 nations attended the programme. In Australia, we experienced the same awesome testimony.
By His grace, I see God fulfilling my desire to be a mighty instrument in His hands. Are you asking: Can God use me to do the miraculous—heal the sick, unstop deaf ears, open the eyes of the blind, raise the dead, etc.? Yes, He can. But the question is: Do you have a heart for God? Also, to what extent do you mind the things of the Spirit? What is more important to you – anointing or material things? Gehazi was faced with similar choices, but he settled for the material. If God searches your heart, what will He find there? Is your heart right with God? Like David, you can be a man after God’s heart if your heart wholly seeks to satisfy and glorify God. What’s in your heart?
The content of your heart can influence external decisions concerning your life. Pray for it to be right.
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