Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” (Matt. 10:16)
READ: Matthew 10:16-17
According to Psalm 85:8, God speaks peace to His children and saints. The peace test is a reliable way of determining whether a counsel or move is of God or not. However, when a child of God takes a trip into foolishness, it is either he or she stops hearing from God or will stop hearing God’s peaceful counsel. Why? When in sin, you are classed with the wicked and Isaiah 57:21 says, “There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked”. If God is no longer speaking peace to you, something is wrong. Trace the cause and make your ways right. On the other hand, if you are currently enjoying God’s peace, stay out of foolishness! If, however, the Prince of Peace has not been accepted into your life, you may not benefit from the peace and goodwill He brought to the earth (Luke 2:8-14). Receive Him into your heart as Lord and personal savior today!
Another attribute of God’s wisdom is gentleness. Matthew 10:16 says, “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise a serpents, and harmless as doves”. God wants you to be harmless, and one way of achieving this is through gentleness. Psalm 23:1 says, “The Lord is my shepherd: I shall not want”. Jesus is the Shepherd of sheep, not goats. Goats are so quick to defend themselves, yet they end up in the pot of pepper soup. Sheep are however, defenceless, yet it is difficult to see sheep pepper soup in restaurants. When you are gentle, God himself will defend you, but if you want to show the world that you can defend yourself without His help, He will let you be. Moreover, any counsel that amounts to striving, quarrelling or exchange of words is not of God. If you are known as a troublesome person in your school, workplace or neighbourhood, you are a disgrace to God’s Kingdom.
There are Christian leaders who fight. If you fight or beat up your wife, you are a goat, not a sheep. If virtually everyone avoids you like a plague, you are a goat, not a sheep. If you fight or beat up your husband or deny him sex as a means of punishment for his inability to meet with some financial obligation, you are not behaving like a sheep. Ask yourself: Where did I get this evil nature from? It is obviously not from God!
Lord, let Your Spirit of gentleness operate in my life from this moment on.
Bible in One year: Psa. 91-92