Open Heaven 5 June 2023 -No Holiness, No Miracles
MEMORISE: Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all fitliness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 2 Corinthians 7:1
BIBLE READING: EPHESIANS 5:1-5 (KJV)
1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
Some people query God for not answering their prayers because they have been praying for so long. This has made them conclude that God is not real. The problem however, is not with Him; after all many other people receive answers to prayers from Him daily. If there is a problem at all, it is likely to be from the fellow who is praying.
Isaiah 59:1-2 tells us that God can always hear us but our sins separate and hide our faces from Him. If He doesn’t hear your prayer at all, how is He going to answer? How can you continue in sin and expect grace to abound? The Bible’s response to that is, “God forbid” (Romans 6:1- 2).
Some people sow in Church and get no harvest, then they turn around to say that God’s word is not true, whereas the issue may be that God rejected their offering because of their sins (Proverbs 15:8). He must first accept you before He can accept your offering.
A lady attended one of our programmes because she had heard that Pastor Adeboye has a special anointing for making the barren fruitful after praying for them. She met with me and I prayed for her. While praying for her, I laid my hand upon her and she fell. When she came around, she rejoiced that she had fallen under the anointing and was sure her miracle was on the way.
A year later, she came back with a query because she had not given birth. I was already thinking that maybe God wanted to give her a second touch when all of a sudden, I heard God say, “Ask her how many boyfriends she has”. If I hadn’t known the voice of God, I wouldn’t have asked because she was a highly placed person in the society. I managed to ask her and she said she had six boyfriends! I was shocked. How can you expect a baby from God when you are keeping six boyfriends apart from your husband? How would she have known the real father?
Many people want a miracle, whereas what they are really asking for is magic. God is Holy and He is a miracle worker, not a magician like the devil. Begin to live holy from today so that when you call on God, you can rest assured that He will answer you.
REFLECTION: Holiness is the master key to getting God’s attention.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: JOB 39-42
Thank you for studying today’s Open Heaven – No Holiness, No Miracles – written by Pastor Enoch Adeboye
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Open Heaven 5 June 2023