FAITH IS ESSENTIAL Tuesday 19 April
Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “Now the just shall live by faith: But if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him” (Heb. 10:38).
READ: Hebrews 10:35-38
Apart from obedience and knowledge of God, another quality Heaven looks out for in appointing leaders is meekness. According to 1 Samuel 15:17, this quality was in King Saul before his appointment as the first king of Israel. Unfortunately, because he could not sustain the virtue, it cost him his throne. Are you meek? If you must be relevant in Kingdom leadership, you must be meek. One way of identifying a meek fellow is by looking at how teachable the fellow is. Are you teachable? Are you willing to learn even from your subordinates? The disciples the Lord called to leadership had this virtue. Some people find it difficult to obey God’s Word. So, they split the Bible into two halves: one half for reading and obeying and the other half is for reading only. That mean their hearts are only opened to portions they like, while they close the same heart to portions they hate. If some people had their way, they would have expunged certain portions of Scriptures. If you feel that way, it is because you are not meek. The heart of a meek fellow is open to God’s Word—from Genesis to Revelation. Does God’s Word have a free course in your heart?
In addition to this, a person with the potential for Kingdom leadership must have faith. This quality is most crucial as its presence is vital in every facet of life and ministry. Like the disciples, it takes faith to receive the Word of God and act upon it, for it to produce your desired outcome. My faith in God made me to leave the city of Lagos to reside in the jungle of the Redemption Camp many years ago. When God said it, I believed the word and took a step of faith in relocating. Today, this same location is fast becoming a city! In Genesis 12, Abraham set out for a location God was yet to disclose due to his faith. Most people would prefer to be told where exactly to go before they decide whether to go or not. Faith, however, will cause the faithful to step forward, even when the destination is unclear. Do you know that in the course of serving God, situations could arise where only faith is required to go through it? Fine, you want to lead God’s people, but do you have the faith such an important task requires?
ASK God to increase the faith level in the leaders of the body of Christ. Lord, increase my faith daily.
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