OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. WEDNESDAY 6 MAY 2015. THEME : POWER IN THE SPOKEN WORD.

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MEMORISE : The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou
shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be
healed. MATTHEW 8 : 8.

READ : MATTHEW 8 : 8 – 13.
8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest
come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this
man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my
servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I
say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall
sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.
12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there
shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so
be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 SAMUEL 8 – 9 AND MARK 4 : 21 – 41.

There is power in the spoken Word of God, and this power produces unspeakable
wonders. In fact, the entire universe was formed by the spoken Word of God
( 2Peter 3 : 5 ). Hence, we must give more earnest heed to the spoken Word of
God emanating from genuine men of God. Many people have missed their
miracles because they mistook the Word of God for the words of a pastor. They
fail to realise that God will not come down to speak His word, but He speaks
through His genuine servants. The onus is now on whoever wants God’s Word
to perform wonders in his or her life to identify genuine ministers of God
through whom God speaks. The Bible in 2Chronicles 20 : 20b says :
“Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets,
so shall ye prosper.”
How then do you identify a word as being genuinely spoken by God through His
servants? The written word, which is the Bible, authenticates and must align
with the spoken word ( John 16 : 13, Galatians 1 : 8 ). After you have
ascertained that the source of a spoken word is clean, and that the word is
directly from God, it is your responsibility to believe it. Only then will you
receive the miracle you so much desire from God, as it is written in Psalm 107 :
20 :
“He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their
destructions.”

Without controversy, there is power in the word of God as spoken by His
genuine ministers. However, this power can have a positive or negative effect.
We must therefore comport ourselves with wisdom so that the spoken word
does not affect us negatively. The spoken word of God which came to the widow
of Zarephath through Elijah in 1Kings 17 : 14 is a case in point; it says :
“For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste,
neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon
the earth.”
We see the power in this spoken word, working positively in 1King 17 : 16 :
“And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according
to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah.”
Elijah also spoke concerning the shameful death of the wicked King Ahab in
1King 21 : 19 and the wonder-working power of the spoken word produced the
negative effect of Ahab’s death in 1Kings 22 : 38.

PRAYER POINT :
Father, grant me grace to live my life in such a way that it will attract the
positive wonders of Your spoken Word.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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