Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children” (Hosea 4:6)
READ: John 17:1-4
“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3). The greatest thing in life is knowing God. If all your energy, time and resources are channelled towards knowing the Lord, it is worth it. There are several benefits from knowing Him. According to the above verse, knowing Him is foundational to receiving eternal life. In other words, anyone that does not know Him cannot access eternal life. Such a person can have limited earthly life and thereafter be thrown into Hell.
Another benefit of knowing Him is that it opens you to supernatural knowledge (Psalm 103:7). While the Israelites were seeing miracles, Moses was seeing the making of miracles. God took him to His factory and he saw the ingredients of mixing miracles. Knowing God will always make a difference between the ordinary and the extraordinary. Similarly, knowing Him guarantees your freedom. John 8:32 says, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”. You may acquire all kinds of knowledge but until you receive the knowledge of Jesus Christ, you will remain in bondage. The much of Him you know is the extent your freedom is guaranteed.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children” (Hosea 4:6). From this scripture, it is evident that the knowledge of God provides several benefits: It prevents destruction, provides divine acceptance and Heaven’s seal of approval over your ministry; and makes God to remember your children always. If you must remain in ministry, you must know Him. If it will be well with your family, you must know Him. Knowing Him is a matter of life and death. Daniel 11:32 says the knowledge of God produces strength, courage and ushers a person into the realm of the miraculous. It is wisdom to know Him. It is greater wisdom to dig deep and draw nearer in a bid to know Him more. Do you know Him? How much of Jesus Christ do you know? Irrespective of what you have known of Him, there is yet a depth you have not yet tasted, a height you have not yet attained and a width you have not comprehended. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you today and everyday.
Father, reveal yourself to me and grant unto me the strength that comes from the knowledge of you.
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