Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” (Col. 3:16).
READ: Colossians 3:15-17
One thing a believer who truly wants to make it to Heaven must never do, is to become his own worst enemy. Proverbs 6:27-28 says, “Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?” When a man offers a sister a contract, promotion or an opportunity with the intention of sleeping with her; it will be foolishness to accept it. When a church member offers you a gift with the intention of silencing you, controlling your sermons or entering an unholy relationship with you, do not take it. Many victims of such pitfalls saw themselves sliding but did nothing to prevent their fall.
Apart from keeping a distance from sin, another way of identifying a wise fellow is by what is stored up inside him or her. “Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction” (Prov. 10:14). Your heart is a storehouse but you must be careful what is stored inside you. Some people do not care what they take in but you should. Why? Garbage in, garbage out. What you are capable of giving out is a function of what you took in. According to Romans 1:21-32, those who do not want to be filled with the knowledge of God will end up being filled with spiritual garbage. The knowledge of God and junk cannot stay in the same place. What are you getting filled with? “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Is. 40:31). It is the wise one that waits on the Lord. What happens when you wait on him? You begin to lay up knowledge about Him. It is the knowledge you lay up about Him that helps you to mount up. You cannot mount up without increasing in the knowledge of God. Apostle Paul had a good understanding of this, hence he taught us to pray that we “…might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;” (Col. 1:9). He also encourage that we should know the love of Christ to the point of being filled with all of God’s fullness (Eph. 3:19). A wise believer is full of God’s Word (Col. 3:16). Such a fellow thinks on those things that glorify God. What are you filled with—filth or faith?
Fill yourself with the Word daily
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