Friday, December 23, 2011

OIL BATH? Saturday 24 December


Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” (Jer. 1:5).

READ: Jeremiah 1:4-5

“So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen” (Matt. 20:16). The chosen is on a higher level than the called. Not everyone who is called will be chosen but everyone who is chosen has been called. When the Lord invited His disciples to meet Him on the mountain in Mark 3:13-15, they were all called. However, only a few of them were ordained [chosen], twelve to be precise. One thing to note here about the chosen few is that they were not chosen after their biological birth or the new-birth experience. Ephesians 1:3-4 says their divine selection predates their physical existence, back to a period before God laid the foundations of the earth. There is very little anyone can do about a choice God made before the foundations of the world. So, you were not chosen because of your eloquence, stature or effort. If God has chosen you before the world began, you must truly be unique.

“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” (Jer. 1:5). Today, there is much fuss and struggle for physical ordination. What many fail to appreciate, though, is that physical ordination is only a confirmation of an ordination which took place in the spirit realm in ages past. For your ordination to be effective, the spirit ordination must blend with the physical one. Yet, many who lack spiritual ordination still manipulate their way into physical ordination. The oil used for such ordination will be of no significance in their lives. As a result, some who have earthly ordination but lack heavenly ordination will only serve an unholy purpose that will end up destroying them. My father-in the Lord, Pa. Akindayomi, the Founder of the RCCG, visited Jerusalem in 1975. While praying that first night the Lord told him his successor has arrived. I joined the church in 1973. The Lord told him to ordain me immediately he returns to Nigeria. It was not the custom of the church to ordain someone who has just joined the Church, so he secretly ordained me. The one he ordained before me had been in Church for fifteen years. The oil is not the ordination. Gallons of oil may be poured over your head but if God has not ordained you, it will amount to an oil bath. Has God ordained you?

KEY POINT
If Heaven ordains you, one way or another, in God’s set time, the earth will equally ordain you.
 
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