Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Ephesians 2:8
Read: Luke 8:1-3
Occasionally, individuals, families, communities or governments organise special events such as special wedding receptions, state banquets, special awards, etc where entry would strictly be by invitation. At such gatherings, some uninvited guests could manage to gatecrash. At the gate, they would be asked for their pass and in reply they will say they have none but are there in company of someone who has a pass. They may be allowed in purely out of mercy. Like the uninvited guests, believers can only come to the dinner table of the Lord out of sheer mercy. None of us is qualified to dine with the King of kings except by grace. Romans 6:23 says sin kills and all have sinned and are wanting in glory (Romans 3:23). Sin has wages and pays the sinner the wages they will never like. Psalm 107:17-20 says sin produces sickness, affliction, bondage, distress and every evil thing possible. Ono the other hand, holiness births life, health, joy and peace.
A look at exodus 15:26, Deuteronomy 28:1-2, and Deuteronomy 28:11-13, clearly shows that by God’s standard, if you are living a holy life, apart from being repeatedly blessed, your victory is sure and your breakthroughs are bound to come. Conversely, based on the above scriptures, by the standard of God, every sinner deserves to be sick, bound, poor and defeated. Holiness is what guarantees divine health, blessing, victory, promotion, etc. Although not many people qualify for these because they are not holy, but occasionally grace steps in. In John 5:2-14, Jesus first healed the sick before talking about holiness. That is grace! In Luke 8:1-3, He delivered Mary Magdalene first before turning her into a vessel of honour. That is grace! In Luke 5:1-11, Jesus gave Peter his first major breakthrough before asking him to follow Him. We are beneficiaries of His grace. How many of us qualify for the blessings the Lord gives to us? Do you really think you deserve that position you occupy? Or do you think you qualify for an invitation to dine with Him in spite of your short comings? It is grace in action. May His grace never run dry in your life!
Father, never let Your grace run out in my life.
Bible in one year: Numbers 34-36