RCCG Open Heavens Devotional Friday 1 February 2013
By Pastor E. A. Adeboye
Memorise: But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;" 1Peter 2:9
Read: John 4:21-24
Bible in one year: Nehemiah 1-3
Key point: When God calls a worshiper home, it is for the fellow to continue in heaven what he or she has been doing on earth
The wise men who traced Jesus after seeing His first uncommon star were truly wise and we can learn from them. We notice that when they got to where Jesus was, they fell at His feet and worshiped Him (Matthew 2:1 1). These men were worshipers but they worshiped selectively. They knew who to worship. On arrival, they saw Jesus with His mother Mary and worshiped Jesus and not Mary. Today, many people are still worshiping Mary and praying to her so that she can be a mediator between them and God. 1 Timothy 2:5 says, ‘For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” The wise men did not see an uncommon star in Mary the day she was born, so they knew she was human and not divine; therefore everyone who worships her is an idolater. Anyone who makes an image of God the Father, Jesus, the Holy Spirit or Mary or dead saints and bows the knee before them or is worshiping them is violating the first commandment documented in Exodus 20: 1-5. Are you worshiping what you do not know? You are created to be a worshiper of the invisible God. It is either you worship God or you will worship the devil, money or something else. The devotion you fail to give to God will be taken by something else. But if you know how to worship God in truth and in spirit, you will end your race in Heaven. God forbid that it happens that I die by accident and I find myself being locked outside the gates of Heaven, I will begin to worship Him and by the time I would have done so for one or two hours, the Lord will ask: ‘Who locked that fellow out? He belongs here’. Give time to worshiping God. Some people deliberately avoid the time of praise and worship during service and come for the sermon, thinking that worship is not so important. What a great mistake! Excluding worship from your service makes your service incomplete. The time spent in worshiping God is not wasted and cannot be wasted and cannot go without being noticed in Heaven.