OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: TUESDAY 30TH MARCH 2021.
THEME: DO NOT DESPISE PROPHECIES I.
Despise not prophesyings. 1 Thessalonians 5:20
READ: Amos 3:6-8
6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done it?
7 Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
8 The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy?
When a prophesy comes – I mean a genuine prophecy, it is because the person prophesying has received some insight into the future. God may give a person a prophesy directly or through someone else; whichever the case, He always has a reason for revealing the future. However, If the person despise the prophesy, he or she may never see its fulfilment.
God sends us prophecies for different reasons. Sometimes, it is merely for our information; however, there are times when we are required to act on it.
Sometime ago, there were two major candidates running for the office of the President in Nigeria and both were Muslims. During a meeting of the Nigerian Pentecostal Preachers, the matter was raised as to who we should encourage Christians in Nigeria to vote for. When asked for my opinion, I said “God has already told me the result of the election. God said the fellow who will win the election will be the loser and the one who will lose the election will be the winner.” So, I didn’t bother my members as to who to vote for and when things eventually began to play out in the country, I was relaxed because I already had the information ahead of time.
However, for some other prophecies, God requires that you act on them. Sometimes He reveals the plans of the devil and you need to pray to cancel them. There was a woman who relayed a dream in which her husband (who had just travelled) was brought back in a coffin. I asked if her husband was born again, and she said ‘yes’ so I prayed with her that the husband would not die. A few days later, I saw an obituary in the newspaper and the man who had died had the same surname as this sister. On enquiry, I discovered that it was another member of her husband’s family who had died; the fellow wasn’t born again. Death had planned to take her husband, God however exposed the plan in her dream, we prayed, and the husband lived.
Imagine if she had despised the warning from God. ls there anything God has told or shown you recently that you need to pray against? You had better pray today so as destroy the plans of the enemy.
If you are a child of God and you do not hear from Him, ask Him to start speaking to you from today (1 Corinthians 12:31). However, if you are not yet His child, give your life to Him now so He can begin to speak to you also.
Father, help me to always hear from You and to know what You would have me do In Jesus’ name.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Numbers 12-13
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 11: I NEED THEE EVERY HOUR.
I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.
I need Thee, oh, I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
Oh, bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.
I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;
Temptations lose their pow’r when Thou art nigh.
I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;
Come quickly and abide, or life is vain.
I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will;
And Thy rich promises in me fulfill.
I need Thee every hour, most Holy One;
Oh, make me Thine indeed, Thou blessed Son.
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