Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure” (1 Timothy 5:22).
READ: Joshua 1:5-9
Before appointing the 12 apostles, the Lord Jesus Christ first took the time to know them personally. He did not appoint them from the blues. Before you recommend or appoint someone to occupy an ecclesiastical position, be sure you know the fellow to some good degree. It is dangerous to appoint those you know little or nothing about. 1Timothy 5:22 says, “Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure”. If you hurry over leadership issues, you will most likely be affected by the error of those appointed. Wrong or faulty appointments therefore do not exonerate the one who made the appointment; hence, the need to be extremely careful. How careful are you in appointing leaders?
A look at John 17:6-8 shows that you need more than submission to become a Kingdom leader. Two additional qualities that Christ’s disciples possessed here are the ability to keep God’s Word and their knowledge of Christ. Hence, Joshua 1:8 links obedience to God’s Word with success in life and ministry. If you truly want to succeed in life or ministry, you cannot afford to toy with God’s commands. People may take you for a fool when you stick with God’s standards yet, unknown to them, you are paving your way into unequalled prosperity. Similarly, Daniel 11:32 establishes a link between the knowledge of God and exploits. The level of signs, wonders and miracles that can exude from your life and ministry will depend to a large extent on how much of God you know. If you say you know God, yet you are still afraid of the devil, situations, unpleasant circumstances, problems and the treats of men, that knowledge of God is questionable or suspect. Your knowledge of God cannot be hidden for too long because sooner or later, something will happen that will necessitate its use. If you are spiritually weak or feeble, it is an evidence of a lack of sufficient knowledge of God. Boldness emanates from knowing God. If you know God to some extent, you will have understanding. You will know your rights and privileges in God’s Kingdom. The more you learn about God, the more you will understand how to fit into His plan. How intimate or how deep is your knowledge of God?
It is not enough to claim to know God. Let us see that knowledge reflect in the way you handle situations.
Bible in One year: Rom. 12-16