A HEART OF FLESH Wednesday 18 January
Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26
Read: Ezekiel 36:25-27
Several years ago, when the founder of The Redeemed Christian Church of God was still alive, I travelled from Ilesa to Lagos (South west Nigeria) and decided to pay him a visit. I lived somewhere in Surulere, Lagos State. While driving towards my destination, I suddenly recalled that I must not go empty-handed to my father in the Lord. So I bought some oranges on the way and presented them to him. Possibly because of his love for me, he decided to take them immediately. As he did so, he noted that the oranges were sweet and asked if I bought them on my way. I answered yes, but soon realised he meant whether I bought them while travelling from Ilesa to Lagos. Immediately, my heart started condemning me that I lied. Initially, I resisted its promptings by saying it did not matter where I bought them as long as Baba enjoyed them. But would this heart of flesh stop? When I had no peace, I cleared my throat and confessed to him that I bought them at Surulere not Ilesa, Baba looked at me and said, “Holy Spirit”.
In another instance, while I was still a lecturer at the University of Lagos, I wrote a private letter and wanted to insert it into an official envelop but my heart stopped me. Even when I asked, “How much does an envelope cost anyway?” the voice asked me rather to go and buy my own. How alive or sensitive is your heart? When you arrive at your office at 9:00am but record 7:30am, does your heart prick you? When you take your spouse’s money with the intention of not informing him or her, does your heart prick you? When you ask or receive gratification (bribe) for official duties you perform, does your heart prick you?
Father, circumcise my heart and make it yielded to the voice of your Spirit.
Bible in one year: Deuteronomy 7-9