Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.” (Psalm 105:15)

READ: Acts 12:20-23

Hebrews 9:27 says that every human being, no matter how highly placed, has an appointment with death. If there is one thing influential and affluent people have always wanted, it is to change this appointment and live forever. Some have paid very dearly in the pursuit of this goal, yet they died. Everyone that wants you terminated shall be terminated long before you. You shall outlive your enemies! Moreover, although there is a set date for the death of your enemies, that date could be fast-forwarded. That is, they could hasten their day of appointment with death by touching God’s anointed. Any unbeliever who is planning your death will make Heaven review his or her appointment with death forward. By touching God’s servant, intercessions on that fellow’s behalf can be voided, leaving him or her without mercy. Consequently, the slightest error would be used by Heaven to hasten his appointment with death.

One victim of this was King Herod. In Acts 12:1, Herod beheaded James. This kind of death was seen as disgrace among synagogue leaders in those days. He did this to score political points with the Jews. When the move was applauded, he planned to kill Peter also. God sent an angel to rescue Peter but unknown to Herod, his record was brought before God for a review. Then one day, as he stood on the podium, well-dressed in his royal attire, he made an excellent oratory which made his guests—the people of Tyre and Sidon to give him a standing ovation. To further flatter him, they said he spoke like a god. That minute, God asked an angel to strike him dead. From the height of honour, Herod descended into the worst level of disgrace. As he fell down and his aides swarmed on him to attend to him, they immediately ran back as thousands of worms began to wriggle out and in his pores. In minutes, all that was left of Herod was skeleton! He died the most shameful death they ever knew! Herod was supposed to live longer but he cut his life short by touching God’s anointed. Are you touching God’s anointed? Are you a believer maltreating a fellow believer in Christ? You may just be fast-forwarding your appointment with death! Repent and restitute today!

Father, in any way I have fast-forwarded my appointment with death, have mercy and move it backward in Jesus name.

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