Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.” (Acts 5:39).
Read: Acts 5:33-40
In Exodus 2:5-10, despite the prevailing death decree hanging over newly born male Israelites, Pharaoh’s daughter favoured baby Moses. Irrespective of your enemy’s negative decrees over your life, God will grant you favour before them this year. One thing we learn from this story is that the purpose of your enemies is to serve as God’s instruments amidst other enemies, to stop them from harming you. This shows that not all enemies are enemies indeed. Some are your potential helpers, domiciled among your staunch enemies. It is my prayer that your helpers within the enemy’s camp will be active in your favour this year.
“And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of water” (Exo. 2:10). Can you imagine that the same baby Moses that was been hunted down from the palace was returned to the same palace to be raised as a prince? From this we learn that wherever a death sentence was issued against you, a life warrant can also come your way from these. Apart from Moses, one person who experienced this was David. While King Saul sought to kill him with the backing of the army of Israel, his son, Jonathan sought to protect him with all at its disposal. In the name of Jesus, protection shall arise for you where a decree of death or destruction is sent against you. Similarly, among the enemies of the early Church, God raised up a voice to speak for the preservation of the Christian faith. That man was Gamaliel. He was highly regarded in their midst (the Jews). His advice was not something they could easily ignore. He warned them to leave the disciples of Jesus alone lest they found themselves fighting against God. He told them that, time would prove the genuineness or otherwise of the new Christian faith. That was the counsel that restrained them from embarking on a mass massacre of the disciples. In the coven where evil is being planned against you, God will raise for you a voice. Where your enemies are gathered in the four corners of the globe, the Lord will raise for you a voice. God will use somebody they cannot ignore among them to speak for you. It shall be well with you.
Father, where a death sentence has been issued against me, let a life warrant be issued for me from the same stable.
Bible in One year: Heb. 11-13