OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. MONDAY 6 APRIL 2015. THEME : WEAPONS OF THE MIGHTY.

lamp-light1 MEMORISE : Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us,
which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
COLOSSIANS 2 : 14.

READ : JOHN 3 : 1 – 5.
1 THERE was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that
thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou
doest, except God be with him.
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a
man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he
enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of
water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : ZECHARIAH 9 – 11 AND MATHEW 15 : 1 – 31.

God is a specialist in using people who the world has rejected. He picks up those
who have been written off, polishes them and turns them into great warriors
of His kingdom. This is to let you know that it is not over with you yet. As long
as you know whose report to believe, those who have written you off have
made their greatest mistake. The name of Rahab, the harlot whose
prostitution business was located where all eyes could see, was included in the
genealogy of Jesus (Matthew 1:5-6). Uriah’s wife, an adulteress, was also
mentioned. This is to let you know that God has a purpose for each and every
one of us. His purpose can only come to pass when we accept the Lordship of
Jesus. The moment Jesus comes into your life, He blots out the handwriting of
the past. Your past becomes past and the former sinner becomes a saint.
David as a weapon of the Almighty God went and picked five smooth stones when
he was to confront Goliath. Not five regular stones but smooth ones. Anyone
who will become a weapon of the Almighty cannot afford to be ordinary. God will
not use ordinary Christians but smooth ones. It is interesting to note that
when Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were thrown into the fiery furnace, the
fire refused to burn them because they were special children ( Daniel 3 : 16 –
25 ). They were smooth weapons of the Almighty God. Joseph refused the lures
of the wife of Potiphar because he was a smooth stone. He said he could not
compromise and sin against God ( Genesis 39 : 9 ). This statement landed him in
prison, yet God was waiting for him there. Colossians 3 : 5 – 6 says this :
“Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication,
uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness,
which is idolatry: For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the
children of disobedience:”

As a weapon of the Mighty, you should be able to control your body. Anyone who
wants to operate under the anointing of the Most High God must not only love
righteousness, but must hate iniquity. To deal with the Goliaths of this world,
you need to become a smooth stone. If you discipline yourself enough to be a
weapon of the Almighty, the enemy will always fail against you. Allow the
Almighty to help you pass through fire. God is interested in you and wants to
bless you. He wants to use you for His glory. If you permit Him, He will do it.
He can use the fire of the Holy Spirit to burn away any dross from your life so
that what remains is pure and smooth.

PRAYER POINT :
Father, I submit myself for purification by the fire of your Spirit; use me for
your glory.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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