Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” (1 Cor. 6:19).
READ: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Our Lord Jesus Christ is the source of our authority. Hence, He said we can do nothing without Him (John 15:5). So to retain power with God, you must do all it takes to remain connected to the vine (John 15:4). Furthermore, Jesus is the Bridegroom; those He has blood-washed are His 'wife'. In John 3:29, John the Baptist confirms this when He called Him the bridegroom who owns the bride. In the tradition of my people (the Yoruba), it is customary for women to call their husband ‘the owner of my head’. As your husband, Jesus owns you and everything you own. He owns believers individually and also collectively, as a body, the Church (Eph. 5:23). In fact, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says He paid a very costly price to have you. You have been bought; you no longer own yourself. You are supposed to be His slave but He decided to elevate you to the status of His bride. He owns you and everything you will ever acquire on earth. The implication of this is that what you claim to be yours is actually His. Your time, intellect, body parts, spouse, children, wealth, academic certificates, fame and social status, all belong to Him. Why then is it that when the owner of your time or money calls for it, you begin to give excuses why He cannot have use of it?
Conversely, it is great to know that Jesus owns everything pertaining to you. If the devil is targeting your children, they are no longer yours but His, and He will not allow His property to be destroyed by the enemy. Are you worried over certain issues concerning your children? There is no need for that because they are no longer yours but His. Hand the matter over to the Owner and He will fix it. Some years ago, I learnt this firsthand. One of our children who was two years old was sick. The situation persisted in spite of prayers and fasting. After fasting for ten days, we became really desperate. I cried to God asking why he has not healed my son. Then the Lord said, “I have not healed him because he is your son”. I got the message and repented. “Lord please heal Your son. He is no longer mine. I hand him over to you”. Within an hour, the boy was healed. Are you still struggling with what belongs to God? Repent today!
One major stumbling block hindering Kingdom assignments from fulfillment is believers’ ignorance of their being fully owned by Christ.
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