Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him. Exodus 34:30
Read: Exodus 34:29-35
When you spend quality time in God’s presence it will show. This is explicit from the account of Moses in today’s Bible reading. After spending 40 days and nights in God’s presence on Mount Sinai, by the time he descended, his face shone. The Israelites could not look at him eyeball to eyeball anymore. Not only were they not able to stand God’s presence, they could not also face His servant. The problem with leaders today is that they are too busy to stay in and soak themselves in God’s presence. That is why members of their congregation hardly regard them. The face of Moses radiated God’s glory to the extent that even Aaron – his elder brother and mouthpiece, together with the elders were so afraid that they kept their distance from him. Any leader who wants to maintain his respect and honour will always pay the price to be in God’s presence. Do I hear you say, “But I fellowship with God, yet I never carry His presence?” If two people go to the ocean to fetch water, one with a spoon and the other with a tanker, you will hardly notice water on the one with the spoon. But the other fellow will have so much water that every one will notice. Let people notice God in your life!
You would also notice that the presence of God caused a demarcation between Moses and the Israelites. Suddenly, the one they could talk to any how and touch as they liked just before he climbed the mountain, became the one they could not just say what they liked to. They dreaded touching him for fear that what he now carried could cause them harm. When God commanded that His anointed should not be touched or harmed in Psalm 105:15, He expected His anointed to be carriers of His presence to a point where those who would want to harm them would be afraid of doing so. The presence of God in your life can bring about a separation between you and those who would hurt you. Take time to cry to God for His manifest presence in your life from today!
Ask for the anointing that will make you untouchable to your enemies. Thank God for adding another year to my life. Pray that as my years increase, so will God increase me in grace, power, knowledge, wisdom and joy.
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