Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. Hebrews 1:9
Read: 1 Kings 18:36-38
Holiness is very important and key to being anointed. The secret of Elijah’s success in ministry was holiness and total obedience. He did not know how to argue with God and that is holiness. Today, many believers are still at loggerheads with the King of glory. When God wants them to sit, they say they want to stand. When He asks that offerings should be given cheerfully, they do it grudgingly. Do you know that the way you offer your gift before God has a way of affecting what you receive? If you give grudgingly, you will receive in like measure. The moment I discovered the need to live a holy life, my life took a positive and easy turn. Are you totally obedient to God?
Elijah was untouchable to his enemies because of the anointing. Those who tried to touch him were roasted alive (2 Kings 1:10). In addition, he had unusual strength. There was no record of him being sick, not even for once because he was holy and the anointing of God was upon him. His needs were supernaturally met. At some point, birds brought him food; later, a widow and at another time, an angel brought him food. Besides, his prayers were answered by fire (1 Kings 18:36-38). His prayer on mount Camel was for less than two minutes yet, the fire fell. His words were decrees. In 1 Kings 17:1, he said there would be no rain, and it was so. He could easily hear from God (1 Kings 17:2; 1 Kings 18:1). It is a beautiful thing to hear from God. You don’t have to be a prophet to hear Him. Another thing I like about Elijah is that he did not taste death (2 Kings 2:9-12). Holiness prepares you for the rapture and for Heaven. If only you can live a holy life and totally obey God, you can experience God’s mighty moves in your life.
Father, from today, let holiness and total obedience be my lifestyle.
Bible in one year: Job 1-4