TRAINING PRECEDES MANIFESTATION Sunday31 July
Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.” (Psalm 103:7).
READ: Matthew 3:1-6
In your preparation for ministry, God can use human elements to impact into you what He had already deposited in them. This is the first phase of your training. On the other hand, God can also be the one to do the training. This takes place under the second phase of your training. During this latter phase, the trainee is separated to God. When alone with God, the trainee is exposed to deeper truths, Kingdom secrets, as well as deeper experiences with God. Before embarking on their public ministry, both John the Baptist and our Lord Jesus Christ had to undergo a wilderness experience where they were alone with God. The Bible is silent about the early years of Elijah. However, it is most likely he too, like others, succeeded in ministry because he was trained by God.
Looking at the life of Elijah, we learn that God can prepare the instruments for greater exploits in total secrecy. There are people around us who are undergoing divine training without the knowledge of anyone else. One thing is certain: after your preparation comes your manifestation. 1 Kings 17: 1 says, “And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word”. Have you been undergoing a period of secret preparation? You shall manifest in Jesus name. It is in the place of training that you become acquainted with God and His ways. “He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.” (Psalm 103:7). Before the miraculous acts spring forth, you must first be acquainted with His ways. Not many people like to go through God’s training because of challenges they may go through; yet they want o see themselves flowing in the miraculous. It does not operate that way. Just like secular businesses and government train their staff on special training pogrammes for greater efficiency and effectiveness, so also must you be trained in order to become more effective in ministry. The more training courses you take, the better equipped you are for Kingdom assignments. Are you sufficiently trained to cope with your spiritual assignment?
Lord, I am willing. Prepare me for the assignment You have for me. Thank God for the past Holy Ghost Conventions and all He has done Pray, for His uncommon presence in this year’s Convention.
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