Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: And he said unto him, if thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence. Exodus 33:15
Read: Exodus 33:13-16
If you must prosper, you cannot ignore having God’s presence. The presence of God brings prosperity like nothing else. Joseph prospered because of God’s presence (Genesis 39:2), and so did all the saints before us. Even the Lord Jesus Christ needed God’s presence in order to succeed in life and ministry (Acts 10:38). Beloved, you cannot do without God’s presence. Do you really want to prosper in life and ministry? Then what you need more than anything else is God’s presence in your life. When you are born again, you have the presence of God inside of you in some measure. But as you cultivate His friendship, relate with Him daily, praise and worship Him, feed on His Word and obey Him, that presence grows. You need the presence of God to deal with enemies and every situation or challenge that comes your way. The problems you can solve will be determined by the amount of God’s presence upon you. What level of God’s presence are you carrying?
One person who knew the value of God’s presence was Moses. As long as God was with him: he could stretch his hands over the Red Sea and God would put a highway in the sea, he could smite the nation of Egypt with plagues of judgement, he could cause his rod to swallow the magic wands of the sorcerers of Egypt. In today’s reading, we see Moses frantically asking for God’s presence. Never seek a position that God has not given to you because God will not honour what He has not commanded with His presence. If you dethrone others so that you can take their place, you have just dug a pit for yourself. God’s presence cannot go with you there. Lobbying for positions may deliver your desire, but without God. Moses was not ready to go up without the assurance of divine presence. When God’s presence goes with you, it means you are favoured of God. Is God with you in all you do? Or do you do things with your own solo effort?
Father, anything that will take Your presence away from me, take it out of my life.
Bible in one year: Hebrews 11-13