OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. SATURDAY 2 MAY 2015. THEME : FROM GRASS TO GRACE.

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MEMORISE : The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of
fools. PROVERBS 3 : 35

READ : ESTHER 8 : 15 – 17.
15 And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue
and white, and with a great crown of gold, and with a garment of fine linen
and purple: and the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad.
16 The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour.
17 And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king’s
commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and
a good day. And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the
Jews fell upon them.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : RUTH 3 – 4 AND MARK 1 : 29 – 2 : 12.

When a man’s way pleases the Lord, He will make his enemies to be at peace
with him. After this, God moves him from grass to grace. This was the
experience of Mordecai in our Bible reading today. There is one condition which
anyone who desires to move from grass to grace must fulfil: such a person
must be wise. The Bible says the wise shall inherit glory ( Proverbs 3 : 35 ). Who
are the wise? The wise are those who fear the Lord rather than man. In Esther
3 : 1 – 2, we read of how a man was trying to play God by having all men bow
before him. Contrary to his expectation, Mordecai would rather worship God
than man, hence, Human hated him. Even as Haman planned the downfall of
Mordecai, the Almighty God was arranging how this God-fearing man would
move from grass to grace. It is wisdom to fear the One you know has the
capability to promote or demote you. This was the wisdom that eluded King
Nebuchadnezzar and he fell from grace to the level of eating grass ( Daniel 4 :
30 – 33 ). Not until after he had learnt not only to reverence God but also to
fear Him did he rise again. It is indeed true that the fear of God is the
beginning of wisdom.

Jesus Christ taught His disciples this principle in Matthew
10 : 28, saying :
“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but
rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
Those who allow the fear of men to push them against the will of God are in
danger of moving from grace to grass. When you learn to fear the Lord, He
takes up any challenge that may be facing you, and beyond your wildest
imagination, He will lift you up. Daniel was another person who feared the
Lord, and God raised him from grass to grace. After being lifted from the den
of lions unhurt, Daniel was promoted in the reign of Darius ( Daniel 6 : 23 –
28 ). Nowadays, Christians hardly exhibit the type of fear that is expected of a
servant to the master. God Himself demanded this type of fear from us who are
His royal priests ( 1Peter 2 : 9 ) in Malachi 1 : 6 :
“A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father ,
where is mine honour? And if I be a master, where is my fear? Saith the LORD
of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have
we despised thy name?”
Beloved, if you want accelerated promotion that will move you from grass to
grace, the secret lies in the fear of God.

PRAYER POINT :
Father, please move me from grass to grace today and let the world see Your
glory in my life.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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