THE WORD AND DISCIPLESHIP Monday 14 March
Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” (Heb 5:14).
Read: Hebrews 5:11-14
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). The differences between a child and an elder are numerous, some of which are, experience and knowledge made possible by the period of time available to each of them. For a child to attain the status of an elder, he or she would need to be exposed to what the elders have gone through. In the same way, a young convert will need to be spiritually processed before becoming a disciple. Calling yourself a disciple does not make you one. Self-professing disciple abound but Heaven-recognized disciples are in short supply. Are you a disciple ‘indeed’? In addition, you will differentiate a believer from a disciple by what is fed each. While believers are fed with milk, the solid truths of God’s Word are given to disciples. What Heaven owes disciples is truth while it owes believers (especially new converts) milk. If God cannot feed you with strong meat, you are believer, not a disciple.
“But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Heb. 5:14). Paul’s experience with the Jews was not different; there were more spiritual babes than mature Christians then. Today, there are several pastors, church founders and ministers that are not disciples. Also, there are so many earthly certificated people but very few with God’s approval. If you meet a disciple, he will open his storehouse and show you great truths that came by personal revelations from the Holy Spirit. How many things have the Holy Spirit personally taught you? To what extent do you tarry in God’s presence, just asking Him to give you understanding of Scriptures? If you are not able to go beyond the surface meaning of the Bible, you are yet to be a disciple. In addition to these, according to John 8:32, truth makes free. But this takes a process. That means in order to access your freedom, as you seek God, He will gradually release the key (truth) to you in bits and pieces. You don’t, however, stop on receipt of one silver of truth because there are more if you must obtain your total freedom, breakthrough, and blessing. This tells us straightaway that God is not interested in microwave Christianity. Those who want all the answers from God all-at-a-go, may never go far in Kingdom issues. Are you prepared to seek Him until you find Him?
Ask for grace to be processed by Heaven so that you, as a finished product, can be relevant to earth.
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