Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly. Psalm 85:8
Read: John 1:1-5, Galatians 1:10-18
Happy New Year and welcome to 2012! Everything on earth has a beginning. How you start an undertaking is very important as it sets the tone for how it will progress and end. My prayer for you is that you may begin this year in such a way as to get the best from it in Jesus name. We learn from Apostle Paul in today’s reading that, one great way to start an assignment is to be taught of God and to receive the word from God, little wonder he made such great impact. Start your year with a Word from God. Every year, God has something to say to you about the New Year. According to Genesis 1:1-3, when God sent His Word, it brought about a world of difference right at the beginning. Do you know that God has something to say about your life, family, ministry, business, academic pursuits and other plans you have for this New Year? Many people plan their year without consulting the One who controls tomorrow; No wonder many of such plans never see the light of the day! If you are ready to listen, God is ready to release the Word that will give meaning to your new year. The question is: Are you ready to wait on Him to receive the Word?
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
It is commonly said, first things first. Taking a step before hearing from God on an issue amounts to putting the cart before the horse. You can imagine the kind of motion that will result from that. This year, do not take any major step in any direction without first hearing from Him. This means, you will acquaint Him with all your plans and programmes through prayer. Tell Him everything and leave out no detail. Seek His guidance on the issues and patiently wait on Him to hear what He will say to you. When you wait as long as it takes to hear from Him on a particular matter, he will speak peace to you.
I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly. Psalm 85:8
Some people think it is a waste of time to wait to hear Him before venturing into anything. No! It is no waste. Rather, it will save you a lot of headaches. Every movement without the Mover’s direction results in inputs without outputs.
Thank God throughout today for being able to enter into this year. If you want a world of change, receive the Word.
Bible in One year: Genesis 1-2