Sunday, January 4, 2015

Open Heavens Devotional for Sunday January 4, 2015: THE POWER TO BECOME


Memorise: But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them but believe on his name: 

- John 1:12

Read: 1 Samuel 16:11-13
11 And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither.
12 And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he.
13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.

In 1 Samuel 2:8, we read of what the Almighty God can make out of the life of an ordinary person. He gives the power to become. The power comes to an individual by the spirit of God.
When the power of the Holy Spirit comes in contact with an ordinary person, that fellow ceases to be ordinary and becomes extraordinary. However, before the gift of the Holy Spirit can come upon an individual, he or she must possess some qualities that would bring about such empowerment. Before God can entrust you with His power, He would have ascertained that you would make good use of it. God gives His power for the purpose of expanding His kingdom on earth (Acts 1:8).

David was given the power to become a deliverance minister through the instrumentality of the anointing. What spiritual work can anyone do without the anointing? Absolute nothing! Some people do not know the essence of the anointing; they think being ordained is just for the conferment of titles such as deacon, deaconess, pastors, bishops etc. No! The primary essence of being ordained is to impart the anointing that destroys yokes. Such yokes are first destroyed in the life of the anointed. The anointing equips a person for spiritual assignments that are primarily geared towards the destruction of the kingdom of the devil.

One of my sons described the need for the anointing this way: “When an engineer does his engineering work in a secular organisation, he does not need the anointing. However, when that same engineer becomes engaged in the service of the church, he needs the anointing to succeed. This is so because the devil knows he now works to pull down his kingdom through the medium of the Church.” An electronics engineer in the media department of a living church organisation or in a Christian media house definitely needs the Holy spirit’s anointing to succeed in making the gospel heard either through the pulpit or on television screens. This is the reason why every skilled worker of the church, including financial managers, need to be born-again, sanctified and Holy Spirit filled if they would not end up becoming like Judas Iscariot. This will make them obtain power to become unstoppable and indestructible vessels of honour in the household of faith.

Action Point: Purge yourself of all sinful habits so that you may be prepared unto every good work as a vessel of honour (2 Timothy 2:21).

Bible in One Year: Isaiah 9:8-11:16; Acts 3


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