Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13
READ: Acts 4:12-14
God’s presence is perceivable. Its effect can be so strong that people around you will notice it. The presence of God with Joseph was noticed by his master (Genesis 39:3). When God is with you, people will know. You cannot feign God’s presence for long. When Samson lost the presence of God and was awakened from sleep, he shook himself and did his usual exercises and gymnastics, yet God was nowhere to be found (Judges 16:19-20). God is not in the superficial activities. It is either He is with you or He is not. And if you claim He is with you, why is it that those around you cannot notice Him in your life? Whatever is covering God’s presence in your life shall be consumed by fire. When people know that God is with you, they will be very careful about what they do to you or with you.
The effect of God’s presence was also perceivable in the life of Peter and John after a miracle took place in the early church. A popular lame man of over 40 years was healed. This news was all over town and being grieved by it, the religious leaders of their day arrested Peter and John. As they cross-examined them, they realised they could not speak Queen’s English. They were uneducated in the things of men but they also realised that they had been schooled by Jesus. At this time, the Lord had ascended, yet, the unbelieving temple leaders could testify that they had been with Jesus. In other words, they were carriers of His presence. You can be a carrier of His presence irrespective of your academic, social or financial status. Can it be said by people around that you had been with Jesus? When last did you tarry in His presence for hours, days weeks or months?
Father, from today, let it be visible that I have been with you. Make me a carrier of Your uncommon presence.
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