Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the LORD’s anointed, and be guiltless?” (1 Sam. 26:9).
READ: 2 Samuel 6:20-23
Apart from sin and breaking God’s order on the Holy Communion, another cause of sickness among believers is the wrong use of tongue—particularly in speaking against the anointed of God. In Numbers 12:1-16, Miriam and Aaron were not happy that Moses married an Ethiopian woman. That became a subject of discussion to the extent that they began to say unprintable things about their younger brother who was the leader of the nation. Though Moses refrained from taking up issues with the leaders of the revolt who were his own siblings, God did something about it. God’s response brought about the worst disease outbreak of their day—leprosy, upon Miriam. But for Moses’ intercession, the leader of the Israeli women in the wilderness could have died a leper! If God’s reaction in verse 8 is anything to go by, you must handle God’s anointed with care. You must be afraid to speak against, gossip about, or instigate people against a truly anointed servant of God. And if you hurt God’s anointed, even if he or she refuses to do something about it, God will defend His anointing on His anointed!
Many people have pegged their progress and contracted different types of diseases that defy prayers and medication because they have spoken against the Lord’s anointed. Even when God’s anointed does wrong or errs, do not make the fellow a subject of gossip; it is dangerous to do so. Do you know that gossiping about men of God is a fast way of losing God’s unction and power? If after spending hours in God’s presence, fellowshipping and basking in His glory, you talk down your pastor, the result will be that all you gathered for several hours will leak out in a matter of minutes! Barrenness became a permanent feature in the life of Michal, David’s wife, because she spoke against her husband who was God’s anointed. God will not spare relations who violate His anointed! For wrong use of her tongue against her husband, Michal became one of the few women who started and ended up barren. Wives, stop speaking against your husbands! Children, stop speaking against your parents, particularly when they are servants of God! You can get your fingers burnt!
Some mouths attract sickness others attract healings. What does your mouth attract?
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