OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. THURSDAY 14 MAY 2015. THEME : YOU NEED THE DIVINE TOUCH.

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MEMORISE : For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall
be whole. MATTHEW 9 : 21.

READ : MATTHEW 9 : 20 – 22.
20 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve
years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:
21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.
22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of
good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole
from that hour.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 SAMUEL 21 : 10 – 23 : 29 AND MARK 8 : 22 – 9 : 1.

The entrance of sin into this world destroyed so many things about humanity.
It provoked God to pronounce a curse on the ground and banish mankind to a
life of sorrow and pain in Genesis 3 : 16 – 17 :
“Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception;
in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy
husband, and he shall rule over thee. And unto Adam he said, because thou hast
hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I
commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy
sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;”
The unifying theme of God’s pronouncements on Adam and Eve was sorrow.
From that moment onwards, sorrow has been a heritage of humanity. But
praise God, because whatever the Almighty God touches is bound to be good,
irrespective of its initial condition. This is why every man born of a woman
needs the divine touch of God. Only the regeneration of a man’s spirit through
God’s divine touch can put an end to his heritage of sorrow.

In today’s Bible reading, we see a woman in whom the heritage of sorrow
manifested as an issue of blood for twelve years! In Luke 8 : 43, the Bible says
she had spent all she had in seeking healing from physicians to no avail. At this
point in her life, only a divine touch could put an end to her years of agony and
sorrow. Then one day, she came across the Great Physician, Jesus Christ. Her
faith was so strong; she believed in her heart that all she needed from Him was
a passive divine touch. She believed that based on the power in the divine touch,
she did not need an active touch for her to be made whole. This singular act of
faith was commended by Jesus Himself. I pray for someone using this
devotional that your day of deliverance is here in Jesus’ Name. The Almighty
God will touch and perfect everything concerning you in Jesus’ Name.
It is most unfortunate that the divine touch of God is going around the world
today through the power of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, but it is being
rejected in many quarters. No wonder Jesus wept and lamented in Luke 19 : 41
– 42. The woman with the issue of blood recognised the person of Jesus. She
knew her contact with His divinity would solve her problem, and so it was.
Once, again may the Lord touch you today as you yield to Him in Jesus’ Name.

PRAYER POINT :
Father, Please touch me with your mighty power of deliverance today in Jesus
Name.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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