OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL…
DATE : SATURDAY 9 JANUARY 2016
THEME : THE SCRET OF DIVINE BLESSINGS
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth
in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much
fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. John 15:5
Read : DEUTERONOMY 7:12-18
12 Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to
these judgments, and keep, and do them, that the
LORD thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant
and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers:
13 And he will love thee, and bless thee, and
multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy
womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy
wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the
flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto
thy fathers to give thee.
14 Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there
shall not be male or female barren among you, or
among your cattle.
15 And the LORD will take away from thee all
sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of
Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay
them upon all them that hate thee.
16 And thou shalt consume all the people which the
LORD thy God shall deliver thee; thine eye shall
have no pity upon them: neither shalt thou serve
their gods; for that will be a snare unto thee.
17 If thou shalt say in thine heart, These nations
are more than I; how can I dispossess them?
18 Thou shalt not be afraid of them: but shalt well
remember what the LORD thy God did unto Pharaoh,
and unto all Egypt;
When God said,”Let us make man in our image,
after our likeness”, little could an uninformed
person know that this goes with a lot of
responsibilities. For instance, by this divine
decision, man is made responsible for his actions
and inactions because he is a god. This is the
reason why man, consciously or unconsciously
takes his life in his hands and works out his own
well-being, even to a fault, and Jesus Christ warned
us against this extremism.
“Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we
eat? Or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall
we be clothed? (For after all these things do the
Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth
that ye have need of all these things.But seek ye
first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and
all these things shall be added unto you.” Mathew
The Scripture above reveals the secret of divine
blessings. Although man is a responsible carrier of
God’s image, however, he is dependent on the God
who image he is carrying. At the creation of man,
when man lived in accordance with Gods
Instruction, he lived in all-round abundance,
because God bestowed His blessings upon him and
his wife. With little effort, man got great harvests.
Therefore, man must live according to the dictates
of God to enjoy divine blessings. Jesus Christ, the
incarnate of the Almighty God pointed this out in our
memory verse today.
For us to be divinely blessed, we must make Jesus
Christ our Lord; we must be born again; that is, we
must admit what scripture says in Romans 3:23:”
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of
God” and quickly do something about it. What we
must do is to repent according to the admonition of
” Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your
sins may be blotted out, when the times of
refreshing shall come from the presence of the
Lord”. Acts 3:19
It is high time all men, particularly the children of
God, understood the secret of divine blessing; that
is, abiding in the son of living God, the True Vine.
Let us stop be anxious of what we want to become.
The Bible says:
” For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he
became poor, that ye through his poverty might be
2nd Corinthians 8:9
With His benevolent act which was climaxed at the
cross, we are abundantly blessed without any
addition of sorrow ( Proverbs 10:22 ).
Prayer Point :
Father, please open my eyes to see the secret of
divine blessings and let me align myself with it.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : NUMBERS 34-36 and JOB
AUTHOR : Pst E. A ADEBOYE