Friday, August 5, 2011

GOD, NOT IMPERSONAL Saturday 6 August

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye


MEMORIZE: “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18).

READ: Isaiah 1:15-18

Part of defining your identity is knowing that you are not an animal. Any time you behave like an animal, you breach the law of kinds and you will not get away with it. In the Scriptures, certain people are described by their peculiar characteristics as displayed in animals. For instance, goats are used to refer to obstinate people and unrepentant sinners. Dogs on the other hand represent fornicators, agent of darkness and wicked sinners. Anytime a human being behaves like an animal, the fellow loses his or her honour as a human being.

In addition to this, you must know that you are not just a number. Although there are about six billion people on earth never accept that you are only one of them. Today, growing computer and technological development is increasingly replacing human beings with machines. As a result, there is a drift towards seeing people as numbers or figures and no longer as human beings. To this end, cards with numbers are now common symbols of people. In spite of this, never see yourself as only a digit of one computer work, because you are unique and individually recognized, provided for and loved by the Almighty God. Even where computers and high-tech gadgets have made transactions so impersonal, you still have a God who craves your personal attention, and He is ready to attend to you personally, for there is no one else in the universe like you.

For this reason, God invites you to come and reason with Him. “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18). Can you imagine that at a time when secular business wants to deal with you so impersonally and out of convenience, God still wants to relate with you personally? Why? You are His treasured possession. He created you and He knows your true worth, even when you yourself and others do not know it. God does not want His investments in you to be wasted. If you have not reasoned with God to the point of surrendering your life to Him, you are wasting God’s investment. God loves you, not just everybody. He loves you in particular and He wants to start and sustain a personal relationship with you. Confess your sins, ask for His forgiveness and receive Jesus into your heart today.


PRAYER POINT
Father, thank You for making me who I am and not just a statistic

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