Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.” (Mark 5:20).
READ: Mark 5:14-20
In Mark 1:40-45, an erstwhile leper went everywhere sharing the testimony of his healing with all sundry, and in the process became a channel of blessing to many. Has God done something in your life? Go and share with others. Never conceal your testimonies because several lives can be transformed through them. You cannot tell the life-long impact of that testimony you are holding!
By the grace of God I am a living witness of the reality of divine healing and health. But it was not so at the time of my conversion. After I got born again, I was down with malaria every two weeks. In those days, I heard pastors preach that because Jesus is the Great Physician, medication was unnecessary. I laughed at them, saying they were looking for someone to kill. I was grateful that they had shown me the way to Heaven, but they should not send me there prematurely. In any case, I argued, “How do I know if they are not secretly ingesting medicine in the confines of their homes?”
In our church those days, there was an old man of about 86 years. He used a walking stick and was bent over. He said while in his youth, he contracted a venereal disease which brought about burning sensation whenever he walked straight. Relief only came whenever he stooped. One fateful Sunday morning, this elder stood upright without any aid. I asked what had happened and he promised to share this testimony during the evening service. That evening, I was the first to get to church. Papa said that when he travelled home for a holiday, he began a house-to-house evangelism daily. At some point, the devil said to him, ‘Old man, stop deceiving people: Go and sit down. If your Jesus is so powerful, why has He not healed you?’ On hearing this, holy anger arose within him and he challenged the devil: “Satan, are you laughing at my God?” Immediately, he broke the walking stick and started to walk straight amidst intense pain. Then he said, “If I am going to die, I am ready, but I will never walk bent again, and neither will you, Satan, ever laugh at my God again”. Feeling a wave dizziness, he implored God to not let him die on the street but at home. He continued walking home in pain, sweating profusely. Before he got home, the pain disappeared. When I heard his testimony, I believed it, and from that day on, I resolved to make Jesus my doctor. For more than 35 years now, He has kept me in divine health. Share your testimony like the Gadarene demoniac of Mark 5:1-20 did. You will be amazed at its effect!
KEY POINTList 10 powerful things God has done for you in different areas. Prayerfully select 10 people facing challenges in those areas and share your testimonies with them. Pray for them to have testimonies too.
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