OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.
SUNDAY JANUARY 24 2016.
THEME: DIVINE TRANSFORMATION II
MEMORISE : And the spirit of the Lord will come upon thee, and thou shall prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man. 1 SAMUEL 10 : 6.
READ : 1 SAMUEL 10 : 1 – 6 :
1 Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because the Lord hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance?
2 When thou art departed from me to day, then thou shalt find two men by Rachel’s sepulchre in the border of Benjamin at Zelzah; and they will say unto thee, The asses which thou wentest to seek are found: and, lo, thy father hath left the care of the asses, and sorroweth for you, saying, What shall I do for my son?
3 Then shalt thou go on forward from thence, and thou shalt come to the plain of Tabor, and there shall meet thee three men going up to God to Bethel, one carrying three kids, and another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a bottle of wine:
4 And they will salute thee, and give thee two loaves of bread; which thou shalt receive of their hands.
5 After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where is the garrison of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass, when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they shall prophesy:
6 And the Spirit of the Lord will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man.
BIBLE IN ON YEAR : DEUTERONOMY 32 : 46 – 34 : 12, JOB 9 : 25 – 10 : 5.
The Almighty God at creation set the natural laws in motion, and they started to function just as He commanded them. For example, the sun rises and sets at the appointed times and so does the moon. However, whenever God decides to showcase His sovereignty, He may decide to suspend these laws and do things as He pleases. He may even decide to bring something out of nothing or make somebody out of nobody. This is what people call ‘a miracle’. My prayer to someone using this devotional today is that a divine transformation will make you somebody where you have been looked upon as nobody in Jesus’ Name.
The story in our Bible reading today reveals a divine transformation in the life of the first king of Israel, King Saul. He was not just anointed as a king; he started to prophesy. The good news is that a better transformation which is equally divine is now available to whoever is willing to surrender his life to Jesus Christ. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5 : 17 :
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away: behold all things are become new.”
As a result of this experience, the believer becomes a very important personality. Apostle Peter called us chosen, royal priesthood and peculiar. Beloved, do you desire divine transformation? There is only one person who can give you this experience; and this is Jesus Christ. The Bible says ;
“He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes..” 1 Samuel 2 : 8.
However, the divine transformation which makes an enemy of God become a friend of this same God, takes some responsibilities. Old things must pass away and the fellow must now live according to the principles of the Kingdom of God. The Bible says ;
“And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.” 1 John 3 : 3.
The reality which King Saul did not pay close attention to might have been responsible for his dethronement. This may also account for the downfall of many children of God, who God transformed and raised to be His ministers, but took the grace of transformation for granted and lost their position both in the ministry and in the Kingdom of God. This will not be your portion in Jesus’ Name.
PRAYER POINT :
Father, please use Your almighty power to give me a pleasant transformation this season in Jesus’ Name.
#AUTHOR : PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE.
Ononowo Ayobami Olusegun
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