Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: And the king communed with them; and among them all was found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: therefore stood they before the king. Daniel 1:19
Read: Daniel 1:3-4
Many children of God who entered their promise land did not enter because they were super humans, but because they received divine inspirations and promptings which they simply obeyed. Some others who failed to enter failed because they refused His promptings. May you not neglect the inspiration that will lead you into your breakthrough in Jesus name.
However you need to know that grace chooses who to bless and it is not by chance. In Luke 5:1-7 the Lord got to the lake of Gennesaret and met two boats belonging to two different people. And He chose Peter’s boat. Why? It is because He does not choose lazy people. In God’s Kingdom, there is no room for lazy bones. He will never show mercy to the lazy fellow because his laziness is repulsive to Him.
Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men. Proverbs 22:29
Diligence and hard work are non negotiable for the one who will be relevant in God’s Kingdom. This even extends to the secular world. Today, it is not uncommon to find organisations employing fresh graduates who have a second class upper. Those who have first class will have organisations fight over them where merit counts. Every king needs able assistants. The quality of those that stand before a king tells a lot about the level of the king. A king is known by the quality of advisers operating around him. To stand before the king, you must be diligent. In Daniel 1:3-4, a selection was made of those to stand before the king of Babylon. At the end, verses 19-20 of Daniel 1 says that Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, amd Azariah had no rival. They were ten times better so they stood before the king. To stand before the King of kings, being diligent is not enough; you have to be super diligent. There are some believers with just one talent and God wants to give them more, yet the one they have is not well utilised. With the baptism of the Holy Spirit, how many believers are operating the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit? How many are manifesting the nine dimensions of the fruit of the Spirit? It is all about diligence. Will your present level of works make you stand before kings or even before the King of kings?
Pray that everything it will take you to stand before kings and especially before the King of kings, God will do it in your life. If you have not been baptized in the Holy Spirit after salvation, see your pastor for help.
Bible in one year: 1 Samuel 1-3