Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “Wherefore he saith, awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light” (Eph. 5:14)
READ: Psalm 1:1-3
When the prodigal son resolved to leave the pigs and return to his father in Luke 15:18, he was simply stepping out of the congregation of the dead. Ephesians 5:14 says, “Wherefore he saith, awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light”. Some people are not dead but asleep. It is dangerous to stay beside those who are asleep because they fail to recognize danger signs or observe what is going on around them; hence the above scriptures compares them with the dead. When you fail to flow with what the Spirit is telling His church at a particular time, you are asleep. When your defences are down and you live like there is no enemy or danger in sight, you are sleeping. Do not keep company with those who are spiritually backward. Do you know some people are yet to receive the light of the Gospel that has shone on certain dark areas in the sixties and seventies? For instance, if you belong to the group of people who believe that financial or material poverty is a necessary condition to making it to Heaven, you are sleeping, probably spiritually dead. It is like somebody clinging tenaciously to the typewriter with all its limitations in the age of computers and internet. Stop limiting yourself! Jesus did not just say ‘pray’, He first said ‘watch’. If you cannot watch, your prayers could be misguided. It takes one who is awake to watch and pray.
On the other hand, some are not sleeping but sitting. They are sitting with scorners, gossipers and those of critical spirit. Don’t sit with such an evil crowd. Some are standing. As good as this may be, do not be kept on same spot. Others are walking. That is some measure of progress but not enough because the King’s business requires haste. The Lord is in a hurry, are you? There are those who are running. Even this is limited. Why run when you can fly? Why fly low when you can soar to the greatest heights? Never be satisfied with your position. Continue to press forward until you leave the earth.
Break off from everything tying you to the same spot today.
Bible in One year: Psa. 52-54