Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. Genesis 39:2
Read: Acts 10:38-40
Today, some believers are sick because they went into fornication. Since nobody except God and their sin partner were aware, they secretly continued in the sin. Before long, they exchanged divine health for ill-health. When you take the forbidden fruit of sin you become a piece of bread before your enemies. If you are in this situation run to Jesus today and ask for mercy, restoration of your spiritual life and of what the enemy has stolen from your body! Fornication devours everyone who indulges in it, but if you are keeping yourself pure as Joseph did then the Lord will be with you. We observe from the story of Joseph in Genesis 39:1-9 that, prosperity and God’s presence are interrelated. Joseph prospered because God was with him. Show me a man with whom God is with and I will show you a prosperous fellow. Jesus made a success of His life and ministry because God was with Him (Acts 10:38). If you look through the Bible, you will discover that the reason the saints and patriarchs of old succeeded was because God was with them. Is God with you?
At salvation, God comes inside you. But is God with you? God being with you (Emmanuel) speaks of a partnership existing between you and God. It means you and God are jointly doing whatever He assigns you to do. John 5:17 says:
But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.
In other words, they were not working apart but towards the same direction and goal. Can you say you and God are in full agreement in whatsoever you do?
Father, as You were with Joseph and made all he did to prosper, Be with me and turn everything I touch into gold.
Bible in one year: Ezekiel 40-42