Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice” (Ps. 51:8).
READ: Exodus 12:29-32
Apart from using any means or object-birds, fish, lepers, neighbours and even an enemy to accomplish His promise—God controls who hears what. He determines who hears a dirge or a joyful song. In Exodus 12:29-32, God visited the home of every Egyptian, killed their firstborns, and caused them to hear dirge. The whole nation was plunged into mourning in one night. It was a time to wail bitterly. Meanwhile, He caused the Israelites to hear the shout of freedom. This season, your enemies will hear a dirge and they will be forced to let go. Our God is simply awesome. He can compel every house in a city, nation or throughout the world to respond in a particular way. He touched the Egyptians in a way they would never forget; they had no choice but to dance to His will. If God is asking or pleading with you to do something, do not think He is a weakling. The fact that God allows men to exercise their freewill in taking certain crucial decisions, especially in choosing whether to serve Him or not, does not make Him a weakling. If He wants to compel you to be saved, all he has to do is to touch you in a very sensitive area of your life and you would come running, begging for His salvation. Why He does not do so always is because He respects the freewill He has given to us and wants to know how you would use that power. Use it wisely! Even though He is the all-powerful God, He is fully in control of His power.
In 2 kings 7:1-20, in order to bring His promised abundance to pass, God amplified the sound of the feet of four lepers and made the Syrians to hear what caused them to flee for their lives, leaving everything they had. Verse 6 says, “For the Lord had made the host of the Syrians to hear a noise of chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great host: and they said one to another, Lo, the king of Israel hath hired against us the kings of Hittites, and the kings of Egyptians to come upon us”. God used the harmless sauntering of four helpless lepers to make their enemies to hear the attack of those they feared. This season, as you praise and worship God with all your heart, the Lord will cause your oppressors and tormentors to hear the sound of the attack of their oppressors, and they will leave you alone forever in Jesus name.
Father, as I worship You today, cause all my enemies to hear the sound that will put them in perpetual flight.
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