Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “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: Psalm 85:8-11
“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits without partiality, and without hypocrisy” (James 3:17).
James 1:17 says all good and perfect gifts come from God. Godly wisdom is one of such. One outstanding trait of godly wisdom is purity. Being the first to be listed shows that purity is God’s priority. Matthew 5:8 says it is only the pure in heart that will see God. Purity means absence of contamination. God wants you perfect like He is (Matt. 5:48). If God would demand perfection from Abraham during the Old Testament , why will you expect something less in the time of grace (Gen. 17:1)? Any advice that contains the slightest element of impurity cannot be godly wisdom. Any counsel a counsellor gives you that negates the Word of God must be discarded. If God is leading you in a matter, it must be in agreement with His Written Word. Any suggestion, in the name of wisdom, that requires you to compromise your faith at some point, is not of God. Reject it with all vehemence!
Another attribute of God’s wisdom is peace. God’s counsel comes with peace to His children. “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). One veritable test to ascertain whether a message, counsel or decision you are about to take is of God or not, is to find out whether it gives peace or not. God ministers peace to His faithful children. Even when He is leading you into a wilderness experience where you will be required to go through the fire or waters for several years, the way the Holy Spirit will speak or present it to you, you will not be afraid or agitated. His counsel is peaceful. If you are leaving right before God and someone brings a ‘message from God’ that brings fear, worry and anxiety, there is a good chance the person is wrong. The only person to be feared is God. When you begin to fear your enemies, you cannot at the same time fear God. As you take that crucial decision after much prayer, look deep down and examine the true state of your heart. If you are troubled about it, it may most likely be the wrong decision. If you have the Prince of Peace in you, the words that come out of you will equally give peace.
If after intense prayers you lack inner peace concerning a decision you are about to make, you probably should not go ahead.
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