OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. FRIDAY 30 OCTOBER 2015 THEME : CHOSEN FOR LAUGHTER.

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MEMORISE
said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.
GENESIS 21 : 6.

READ : GENESIS 21 : 1 – 6. :
1 And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he
had spoken.
2 For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of
which God had spoken to him.
3 And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah
bare to him, Isaac.
4 And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac being eight days old, as God had
commanded him.
5 And Abraham was an hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto
him.
6 And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh
with me.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : DEUTERONOMY 12 – 13 AND EPHESIANS 5.

We serve a God that fills the mouth of his chosen with laughter. Some chosen
of the Lord testified of this in Psalms 126 : 2 saying :
“Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then
said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.”

In Genesis 18 :1 – 14, when the Lord visited Abraham and Sarah and ate in their
tent, He promised them that they would have a son in nine months’ time; but
Sarah laughed because her husband was over 99 years old and she herself was
90 years old. She thought that this promise was a joke borne out of how much
the three august visitors enjoyed the meal that she and Abraham had prepared.
God asked why she laughed, but she denied that she laughed. Nine months later,
she gave birth to laughter, and she laughed for the rest of her life ( Genesis
21 : 6 ). Today, God still makes people laugh. When God makes you laugh, your
laughter will be sustained. But how can God make you laugh today? God makes
you laugh when you receive an unexpected divine visitation. It is one thing for
you to pay God a visit, like when you attend a church programme or a special
programme like the Holy Ghost Service; but it is another thing for God to visit
you. It is a beautiful experience when God visits a congregation or group of
people, but it is even lovelier when God picks out an individual in a large
congregation for divine visitation. The Lord will single you out for a divine
visitation this season in Jesus’ Name.

In John 5 : 2 – 9, there was a multitude of sick folks at the pool called
Bethesda, but when Jesus visited there, He went straight for the man who had
been sick for 38 years, healed him and left the place. In like manner, in Mark
10 : 46 – 52, Jesus entered Jericho and passed through it looking for whom to
visit. He saw none in Jericho, but as He was leaving, in the midst of a crowd,
he saw a blind beggar outside the city gate, healed him and continued with His
journey. As Jesus healed these people, He introduced laughter into their lives.
There was no record that either of them was ever sick again. Whatever
criteria He uses to determine candidates for His visitation shall work in your
favour today. Out of the crowd of those who need children, the Lord will visit
you with yours. Out of the crowd of those who need promotion, the Lord will
promote you. Out of the crowd of those who need special anointing, the Lord
will visit you specially today. However, flee from sin, and do only what pleases
Him. Be faithful in your tithes and offerings, and worship Him.

PRAYER POINT :
Father, I have wept for too long; from now on, introduce laughter into my life
and make me laugh forever.

AUTHOR : Pst E. A ADEBOYE.

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