Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. Psalms 75:6
Read: 1 Samuel 16:1-13
God neutralises curses and promotes. Nobody will want to lift another person above himself. When somebody is talking about promoting somebody else, it is to a level such that the promoted fellow is still under him. For instance, in Genesis 30:1-5, when Potiphar promoted Joseph and put him in charge of all he had, he still remained a slave. Also, if a human being promotes you, the same fellow may demote you as it happened in Joseph’s case. But when God decided to promote Joseph, He took him above his master to a level where he became a master, while Potiphar became his servant. God’s promotion caused them to switch roles. This season, the Lord will promote you. He will lift you so high that those above you will be placed under you. Similarly, in 1 Samuel 16:1-13, God said He had chosen David from the house of Jesse as king, even when nobody considered him. This is why I am glad God is not a democrat but a sovereign king. If it were by election, no vote would have been recorded in David’s favour. Even his father would not have voted for him, much less his envious brothers. Are people ganging up against your promotion in that office? Fear not! The Most High will bypass them and lift you above them.
In Mark 10:46-52, the outcry of Bartimaeus was quite significant. He cried: “…Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me” (Verse 47). He was saying, “I know you are the King of kings but your father is David. God took David, a shepherd boy, made him king and kept on promoting him until he became the father of the King of kings”. When God decides to promote you, even after you have left planet earth, the promotion will continue. What have you done or are you doing to provoke divine promotion? If you want God to promote you, you must be humble, extremely humble because the extent of your humility will be the height of your accent. You must also love God with all your heart, praise and worship Him, serve Him with everything you have. Pray and place your trust in Him. Also do whatever He says you should and He will lift you up.
Father, lift me to the level no human hand can lift me.
Bible in one year: 2 Peter 1-3