Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. Ephesians 1:12
Read: Ephesians 1:3-5
The sun and the moon have their different sphere of influence. Unlike the moon, the light of the sun influences those under it to stay awake and work. It gives life, while the light of the moon –which is a reflection – influences those under it to close shop and sleep. What does your light do – cause drowsiness or alertness? From Genesis 1:26-28, we understand that man was created for a purpose – to dominate everything God had made including the sun, moon and stars. You were created for a purpose, even if you were conceived by mistake, you are not an accident. Were you a product of rape? Even then you still have to fulfil God’s purpose on earth. God needed a particular man a specific woman to come together in order to have you. If your father just impregnated your mother and disappeared, it could just be that he has finished his assignment. Before you were created, God knew you and He knows your worth to Him even when people think you are of no value because you lack education, money, skills or intellect.
God knows you and has ordained you for a purpose from your mother’s womb even without her knowledge or consent (Jeremiah 1:4-5). Physical ordination is only an outward manifestation of what God had already done before your birth. You were born for a great purpose (Jeremiah 29:11) and were chosen by God before the foundations of the earth (Ephesians 1:3-5). You were chosen to be holy, blameless and in love. Anytime you dabble into sin, you contradict the purpose for which you were created. Is your life blameless like Daniel’s? If you find it difficult to do something perfectly, or people always find fault with your work, it could be that the spirit of error is operating in your life. Each time you fail to walk in love towards those who offended you, you contradict God’s purpose of calling you. As seen in our memory verse for today, you were created to glorify God; that your life may praise God. Is your life praising God today? Are you fulfilling God’s purpose for creating you?
Pray that God’s purpose shall stand in every area of your life.
Bible in one year: Exodus 25-27