Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Open Heavens Devotional: VALUE GIVER – Wednesday, July 25, 2012 By Pastor E.A. Adeboye


Memorise: And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. Colossians 1:18
Bible in one year: 1 Kings 1-4
If we study the lives of those who in Bible times carried the glory of God, we will understand their secrets. We can partake of the same glory by using these secrets. However, it must be stated here that the glory the Lord made available to New Testament saints by His blood far surpasses the entire glory of the Old Testament as  the Old was only a shadow of and a fore runner of the New. Yet many of us are yet to manifest the glory of the Old Testament, how much more the New Testament. May you partake of this latter House glory in Jesus name.
An outstanding carrier of His glory under the Old Covenant was Moses. But how did it all begin? Exodus 3:1-6 says it all started with a personal encounter with the Lord. For every true carrier of God’s glory, there must be a day in his or her life that the fellow personally encountered the Lord. This is more than your parents dedicating you to the Lord while you were still a babe. It is beyond a family or community decision. Personal conversion to Christ is sacrosanct and foundational to partaking in God’s glory. Some years ago, a particular “man of God” rose with predictions for each year. He became quite popular. One day, he was interviewed by the press on how he started up till his point of fame. While perusing his comments, it was observed that there was no mention of a day in his life which he gave his life to Christ. He claimed to have had certain gifts right from the womb which brought him to his current level. Going by God’s Word, he has not started. There are yet many people who are presiding over churches today and preach salvation messages because it is in vogue, but have never received Jesus Christ as their Lord and personal Saviour. They have not started. In God’s Kingdom, you cannot skip a very foundational experience like salvation and think you can be relevant. All you will do will be without record and without reward. Do all the good in this world and all you get for each is a zero. Jesus is the only One that can add value to any life. Receive Him today!
KEY POINT:
John 1:9 says Jesus gives light to all who comes into the world. Anyone who has not received Him will spend his or her years in darkness.