OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 23 2015.
THEME : THE WAY OUT.
MEMORISE : Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
MATTHEW 10 : 8.
READ : MATTHEW 10 : 5 – 8.
5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:
6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : LEVITICUS 10 – 11 AND 1 CORINTHIANS 7 : 17 – 40.
Our Lord Jesus Christ has many names and titles. The purpose of these names is to enlighten the eyes of our understanding to the reality of His person. One of such names is The Way. In John 14 : 6, the Lord Jesus revealed this truth about Himself to us :
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
What does the Lord mean when He says He is the Way? If you need to get to a location and you are at a loss on how to get there, the wise thing to do is to ask people at your current location the way out of where you are in order to get to where you wish to go. The Lord Jesus Christ is the Way out of the unpleasant situation you are in presently. He is also the Way into the new location of your choice. The Bible reveals Jesus as the Way out of sickness ( 1Peter 2 : 24 ). In Acts 9 : 32 – 35, Peter visited some believers living in Lydda and met Aeneas who had been bedridden for eight years. He simply introduced him to Jesus Christ, and Aeneas followed the Name of Jesus out of sickness into divine healing and health.
The Name of Jesus is also the Way out of death ( Acts 9 : 40 – 41 ). Our Bible reading shows that the sick, the lepers and the dead can follow the pathway of Jesus out of their circumstances. Anyone who has an appointment with death can be delivered by following the Name of Jesus, because Jesus is the way out of any situation having to do with death. Some 276 sailors, soldiers and prisoners were lost at sea for fourteen days and faced sure death in the hands of a violent hurricane called Euroclydon ( Act 27 : 12 – 44 ).
For fourteen days, their souls were overwhelmed with the fear of death and they could not eat anything. They all would have died but for the presence of Paul who bore the Name of Jesus amongst them. The Lord sent His angel to Paul to show them the way of escape from the clutches of death.
The Lord showed them that their salvation depended on them remaining in their sinking ship which was at the mercy of the winds ( Acts 27 : 31 ) The pathway that goes through Jesus led them through the valley of the shadow of death, and not one soul among them was lost ( Acts 27 : 44 ). Do you have an early appointment with death that agents of darkness have fixed for you? In the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, that appointed with death is cancelled! Has sickness drawn you so close to death? In the Name of Jesus, you shall not die but live! You shall recover in Jesus’ Name.
PRAYER POINT :
Father, quieten every storm that wants to deliver death to my life, family, business or ministry now, in Jesus’ Name.
Ononowo Ayobami Olusegun
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