OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. DATE: WEDNESDAY 18TH JANUARY 2017.
THEME: HE CONTROLS ACCOMMODATION
In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. John 14:2
Read: John 14:1-3
14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
14:2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
In Genesis 14:17-24, God the Father was revealed to Abraham as the Possessor of heaven and earth. Abraham recieved this revelation, and he set his heart to run with it.
He was ready to forfeit the spoils of war because he was fully persuaded that he would never lack. He could take the risk of starting afresh because he knew the Lord as Possessor of Heaven and earth. The end result was that his wealth was greatly multiplied.
Oh how true it is that the knowledge of God strengthens and births exploits! If you are afraid of poverty or of permanent loss, then you do not yet know the Father as Possessor of heaven and earth. If you afraid of dying small or dying in want, then you have not yet appropriated this revelation of His person in your spirit.
By the grace of God, I have seen this revelation of God as Possessor of heaven and earth work for me.
In 1979, my father-in-the-Lord, together with me and four others visited Tulsa, Oklahoma for a Kenneth Hagin camp meeting for the very first time. We had made no prior hotel reservations because information about the camp meeting came to us quite late. Some people tried to discourage us from going by saying, “How would you go to far away America without a hotel reservation?” But we still resolved to go. Something within me told me that if my Lord has gone to prepare mansions for me in Heaven, He will surely provide a place of accommodation for me in America.
On arrival, someone recieved us at the airport and began to call up different hotels. Even those that were an hour’s drive away were all fully booked, and we also did not have a means of transportation. Suddenly, it was impressed in my heart that we should call the nearest hotel to the venue of the camp meeting, telling them that we were missionaries from Africa and we needed a room.
The brother that recieved us checked the phone book and placed a call. Their response was that they will give us a room! I then told the brother to ask for another room. When we did, they asked us where we said we were from again. We repeated that we were missionaries from Africa. They then agreed to give us two rooms. On reaching the hotel, because I did not want us to share the same room with our father-in-the-Lord, I asked for yet another room. “Where did you say you are from?” I was asked. “We are missionaries from Africa,” I repeated, and the response was I will give you three rooms.”
The Lord will open your eyes to know Him as Possessor of heaven and earth, and He will solve all your accommodation-related problems in Jesus’ Name.
The Son of Man had no place to lay His head, so that you will always have a roof over your head.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE.
HYMN 1: MY FAITH LOOKS UP TO THEE
1: My faith looks up to thee,
Thou Lamb of Calvary,
Now hear me while I pray;
Take all my guilt away.
O let me from this day
Be wholly thine!
2: May thy rich grace impart
Strength to my fainting heart,
My zeal inspire.
As thou hast died for me,
O may my love to thee
Pure, warm, and changeless be,
A living fire!
3: While life’s dark maze I tread
And griefs around me spread,
Be thou my guide;
Bid darkness turn to day,
Wipe sorrow’s tears away,
Nor let me ever stray
From thee aside.
4: When life’s swift race is run,
Death’s cold work almost done,
Be near to me.
Blest Savior, then, in love
Fear and distrust remove.
O bear me safe above,
Redeemed and free!
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