The theme for Open Heaven Daily Devotional November 25 2023 is When God Purifies 2.”
SCRIPTURE: “Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.” Daniel 4:37.
Following yesterday’s study, the second kind of fire God uses to purify His children is the fire of affliction.
Let us take Job, for example. When you look at Job 30:1, you will be shocked to discover that Job had that little contamination called Pride.
After he lost everything, he discovered that God has a way of making a fellow humble by fire.
God used the fire of affliction to remove pride from his life. Some people have asked me why I am always saying ‘Yes, Sir’ and ‘Yes, Ma’am’ to everybody.
I wasn’t like that before. I was one of the proudest persons you could ever meet – even though I was poor, but God taught me a lesson that settled the issue of pride in my life forever.
When I got born again, one of the greatest blessings I received from God early on was the ability to hear Him.
I was also the interpreter for the General Superintendent of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
One day, for whatever reason, one of the Pastors came to me and asked me to interpret for him during his ministration. I felt offended.
“Who does this man think he is? Doesn’t he know that I am the General Superintendent’s interpreter?” I interpreted quite all right, but I was very upset.
After the Service, as I was going to my car, I heard God say clearly, “So you are now too big to interpret for my servant”.
I stopped hearing from Him and everything became silent. As soon as the devil discovered that I was no longer hearing from God, he tormented me.
I prayed, wept and fasted, but God was silent all through. Believe me, honestly, it is better not to have heard from God at all than for Him to stop speaking to you.
God will not leave you alone, in Jesus’ name. The period God stopped talking was a terrible time for me.
In desperation, I told Him, “Lord, I make a covenant with You: if I am going to offend you tomorrow, take me away today”. And then He started to speak to me again.
Thus, when you see me saying “Yes, Sir” to the driver or the cleaner, it is because fire burnt pride out of me.
If God is to use you, one way or another, He will have to Purify you because only those pure in heart will see Him on the last day.
Open Heaven For Today 25 November 2023: Prayer Point
Father, if there is any impurity in me that I am refusing to let go easily, please take it away by force, in Jesus’ name.