RCCG Open Heavens Devotional Monday 11 March 2013
USEFULNESS OF THE GIFTS
By Pastor E. A. Adeboye
Memorise: “He revealeth the deep and secret things: He knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth in Him” Daniel 2:22
Read: John 4:15-20
Bible in one year: Jonah 1-4
Action point: when the gift of the Spirit is in operation, the word that will hit the sinner below the belt will always be available. Ask god for this gift.
After a long trip, the Lord was weary yet instead of resting, He preached to a Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. John 4:8 says,
“For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.”
Not only was Jesus tired, He was also hungry. It is commonly said that ‘A hungry man is an angry man’. When some people are hungry, you will hardly notice it because of the way they have disciplined their bodies. Yet, there are some people whose bodies will be shaking when they are hungry, due to lack of self-control. The question is, how many Christians can go out to evangelise when they are very hungry? It is easy to do this when you have been able to subdue your body under your spirit man. For our Lord Jesus Christ, unpleasant situations will not allow him miss an opportunity to win souls. Have you ever channeled your hunger towards winning souls? If you have not, the next time you are really hungry, shun the canteen or dining table, go out and look for souls. You will experience the joy that the Lord experienced which surpasses the pleasure from eating. Moreover, another lesson from the story in John 4:2-38 has to do with the place of the miraculous in evangelism. While preaching to the woman at the well, the Lord engaged a gift of the Spirit and revealed to her that she was with a sixth man who was not her husband. With this information, she knew she was dealing with a prophet and she easily accepted the Gospel and went into the city to bring others to Him. You must not rest on your oars until you fully manifest all the gifts of the Spirit. There is one of my Sons who, while preaching to people on a one to one basis, engages the gifts of the Spirit and reveals certain facts that are known only to them, through this, their defenses are destroyed and they submit to the Lord Jesus Christ. In John 8:1 -1 1 , when the woman caught in adultery was dragged before the Lord for judgment, they wanted to start stoning her, but Jesus said the only people that should stone her must be those who have not sinned. At that point, He had keyed into the realm of the Spirit ready to reveal their sins to the public had they cast a stone at her. There are many people who build serious fences around themselves. They hide behind such fences thinking they are smart, to reach such people, all the soul winner needs ¡s the gift of the Spirit to reveal their peculiar state to them and they will submit to God.
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