Open Heaven Daily Devotional October 21 2022
THEME: The Word III
SCRIPTURE: Preach the word: be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 2 Timothy 4:2
There is the tendency for Christians, especially ministers of God to put the gift of the Spirit before the word of God in their lives. They want people to see the signs because they believe that it authenticates them in their eyes, after all John 4:48 says: “Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe” Such people, therefore, work the gifts more than they preach the word. Any ministry where this is done will not stand the test of time.
Everything you do or say must be based on the word of God and you must project it to everyone you meet. God referred to the people he has sent to you to lead as sheep (John 21:15-17) and they can only be fed to grow with the word of God. 1 Peter 2:2 says: “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:”
In John 6:25-35, when the people were looking for Jesus because He had the power to multiply food, He rebuked them, saying that they should have been looking for the Bread of life – the Word of God, instead. If a person forces a prophecy out when God is not speaking, just because people are expecting one, such a fellow will not last long in the Christian race.
Someone asked me to tell him his future. I asked if he was born again and he said No. I then responded, Your future will not be good because the word of God says that it shall be ill with the wicked (Isaiah 3:11). He then asked, What if I had said I was born again? I said, Then I would have told you that your future will be glorious because the word of God says, Say ye to the righteous, it shall be well with him (Isaiah 3:10).
Everything must be based on the word of God. It is the entrance of God’s word, not the miracles or prophecies, that brings light to the souls that you are ministering to (Psalms 119:130).
If you base your ministry on spiritual gifts rather than the word of God, it will not last. I have been in ministry for over 45 years now. I have seen many ministries rise and then fall, just because of this mistake.
Open Heavens 21 October 2022 Key Points:
Live by the word of God.