Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Pet. 2:9)
READ: Acts 5:14-16
God has different purposes for calling and using His people. For instance, the purpose for which He created Peter was to show the world that in His hands, a nobody can become so anointed that his shadow would heal (Acts 5:4-16). Peter never went to school. He even confessed that it was difficult for him to understand Paul’s writings. Yet, if his shirt mistakenly touched the sick, there would be instant healing. Not many educated people would be comfortable with that. This is not to say that God cannot use the highly educated. He took Paul with his outstanding academic credentials, wore him like a garment, and began to use him. God can use you whether educated or not. What is more important is what you want the world to know about God, through His manifestation in your life.
What do you want to be remembered for after leaving planet earth? You have the opportunity of determining it now. As for me, I want God to reveal His holiness through me. If you take a look at God’s Generals of our day, you will find that each of them exudes an aspect of God’s attributes. For instance, He created Oral Roberts to reveal His healing power to the world. From his sick bed where he was dying of tuberculosis, God healed him and began to use him to heal others. Even at the point of his death and in a coma, Roberts was taken to the Oral Roberts Teaching Hospital and the doctors put his hand on a woman who had just been operated on but was dying. Immediately his hand touched the woman, the bleeding stopped and she was healed.
Similarly, why did he create Kenneth Hagin? It was to reveal faith to the world. Sometimes you may almost think that all he knows is Mark 11:23. Personally, I want His holiness to show forth through me because of its key role in everything. If you are holy, faith is simplified. Also, God’s blessing will pursue and overtake you (Deut. 28:1). In addition, Deuteronomy 28:1-7 says, with holiness, you may not be required to fight your enemies by yourself. Holiness opens the door of Heaven. I don’t want to labour in vain. I want to see Him on the last day. Hebrews 12:14 says without holiness, no one can see Him. What do you want God to reveal of Himself through your life?
Consider the cloud of witness in Heaven and the present-day Kingdom Generals, and then prayerfully decide your area of specialization in God’s work.
Bible in One year: Acts 5:14-16