OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.
SUNDAY 26 JANUARY 2014
THEME : THE NECESSITY OF THE MIRACULOUS.
MEMORISE : Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people. Psalm 77 : 14.
READ : JOHN 2 : 9 – 11.
9 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,
10 And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.
11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR :
HEBREWS 5 : 10, 8 : 13; PSALM 24.
Miracles are desperately needed in the world today as multitudes have found themselves in situations that require divine intervention. Have you ever wondered what would have happened if there were no miracles in the world? Of course, many lives would have been destroyed. Thank God, we serve a miracle-working God. In Psalm 136 : 4 the Bible calls Him the God that does wonders. Wherever God finds human needs, He manifests His power to perform miracles, signs and wonders if invited. There is no need on the face of the earth that God cannot meet. It was the miraculous deed of Jesus that saved the bridegroom in the story of John 2 from life-time shame when the wine finished half-way into his reception party. People have asked: Why do we need miracles? The answer is very simple. To live without miracles is to live at the average or below average level. It is very dangerous to be at the average level. It is unfortunate that most Christians have decided to live and die averagely. You don’t need miracles, if all you want to be is an average achiever. However, if you make up your mind to be outstanding, you need the miracles of God to achieve your desires in this hostile world.
You need to grasp the meaning of average for you to better understand the necessity for the miraculous. When you survey the entire spectrum of wealth, you will discover that there are various categories. At one extreme, you will find the Poor who can never make ends meet. Next to the poor is the Comfortable. He is the one who makes ends meet but has no savings. After this comes the Rich. In this category you have people whose needs are met with added luxury of some savings. Next to the rich are the Wealthy. How can we identify the wealthy? Such people do not only have some savings, but they are so rich that they can afford to put their surplus in fixed deposits. At the extreme end of the spectrum of wealth are the Flourishing. This group of people are so rich that they can lend to nations. Based on this spectrum, average is defined by the rich. God is willing to take many of us to the realm of the flourishing if we believe in miracles ( Psalm 92 : 12 – 14 ). God’s plan for your life is to make you fat and flourishing. However, when you look at the situation of man since the fall in the Garden of Eden, you will clearly see the necessity of the miraculous in returning man to God’s original plan. This plan is expressed in the fact that God had prepared all that man would need before man’s creation ( Genesis 1 : 28 ). I pray that the miracle that will lift you from the level of the average to the level of the flourishing will come your way this season in Jesus’ Name.
ACTION POINT :
Like Jabez, pray that God would bless you, enlarge your coast and cause you to flourish.
AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.
In God I Trust
Ononowo Ayobami Olusegun