Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your heart, ye double minded. James 4:8
Read: Philippians 3:7-11
Just like The Door-Jesus, can open all doors, so also can your faith, if only you are linked with The Door and you believe in Him. Apart from The Door and your faith, another key that can open the door to power is the key of consecration. James 4:8 says:
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your heart, ye double minded.
You will notice from this verse that having a close walk with God is reciprocal. God has already taken the first step by sending His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to die for us when we did not know Him. Now He says take a step towards me and l will take step towards you. Man’s stride is short compared to God’s stride. At the end of the day, He is still the One to take the greater step but He wants you to put in that little effort. If you love the Lord, you will sacrifice one thing or the other to prove your love. What effort are you making towards growing in Christ? There is power in consecration. In Philippians 3:7-11, Paul sacrificed all his past gains and achievement just to know Jesus. No wonder Acts 19:11-12 says God performed special miracles through him. Are you consecrated? In past times, people entered covenants such as No Bible No Breakfast, No Soul No Sleep, NO Tithe No Spending, No Prayer No Service, No Forgiveness No Sleep, No Forgiveness No Offering, etc. what is your consecration today?
Another key to open doors is obedience, which God prefers to sacrifice. Obedience entails receiving instructions and complying with them. It is increasingly becoming difficult for Christians to comply with simple instructions. They prefer to adjust instructions to suit their tastes. If you cannot obey God to the letter, certain doors may remain closed to you. Isaiah 1:19 says you must be willing and obedient before you can enjoy the treasures of your land. Have you complied with every instruction the Lord has given you? As you obey Him, doors will open to you in every direction.
Consecration gives direction to your life. Adopt one or more covenants with God as exemplified in the study and make them your daily slogans and practice.
Bible in one year: Psalms 55-57