[DEVOTIONALS] Open Heavens Daily Devotionals – Wednesday January 17th 2018

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TOPIC: GOD OF ABUNDANCE

 

Memorise: But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

Read: Luke 5:1-7 (KJV)

 

5:1 And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret,

5:2 And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets.

5:3 And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.

5:4 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.

5:5 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.

5:6 And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.

5:7 And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.

 

Bible in one year: Genesis 36-37, Revelation 16, Hymnal: Sing hymn 13

The Lord revealed Himself to us as the God of abundance by declaring these profound words about Himself in Psalm 50:9-10:

“I will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he goats out of thy folds. For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.”

Having experience the reality of this truth, Apostle Paul, in Philippians 4:19, panned those words to bear witness to the Lord’s capacity as the God of abundance:

 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

Through this scripture, the Holy Spirit also reveals to us that Jesus Christ is the channel through whom the abundance of God is made accessible. Why is this so? For you to understand the reason why, you need to know that Jesus Christ is the Living Word through whom all things were created. Hebrews 1:2 says this concerning Him:

“Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;”

This means that the earth and the fullness of it are His handwork – the handwork of the Word who became flesh (John 1:1-14). We can therefore get nothing in this world except through the Owner of it all. The story in our Bible text demonstrates that this material world is indeed at the disposal of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Peter had toiled all night long, but he caught nothing in his fishing net. However, when the God of abundance released His word, there was a great catch.

Beloved, what are those needs that have been bothering your mind? Tell it to Jesus today. He is the God of abundance, and He is capable of meeting you at the points of your need.  When He came into this world, He decided to become poor in your place so that His riches may come to you. The Bible, in 2nd Corinthians 8:9, 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 rich.”

The only situation that can prevent you from benefiting from the self-imposed poverty of the Lord Jesus Christ is your refusal to accept Him as your Lord and Saviour, and your refusal to walk by His principles. I pray for you today that the abundance riches of God in Christ Jesus will be your portion in Jesus’ Name.

Prayer point’

Father, please meet me at the points of my need today according to your riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

 

Sing hymn 13

13    IMMORTAL. INVISIBLE

GOD ONLY WISE

  1. Immortal, invisible, God only

wise,

In light inaccessible hid from our

eyes,

Most blessed, most glorious, the

Ancient of Days

Almighty, victorious, Thy great

name we praise.

  1. Unresting, unhasting, and silent as

light,

Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou

rulest in might;

Thy justice like mountains high

soaring above

Thy clouds which are fountains of

Goodness and love.

  1. To all life Thou givest, to both

great and small;

In all life Thou livest, the true life

of all;

We bloosom and flourish as leaves

on the tree,

And wither and perish, but nought

Changeth Thee.

  1. Great Father of Glory, pure

Father of Light.

Thine angels adore Thee, all

Veiling their sight

All laud we would render, O

help us to see:

‘Tis only the splendor of light

hideth Thee

  1. Immortal, invisible, God only

wise,

In light inaccessible hid from

our eyes,

Most blessed, most glorious, the

Ancient of Days

Almighty, victorious, Thy great

            name we praise.

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