RCCG Open Heavens Daily Devotional, Thursday, 9th January, 2014
THEME : PROVOKING SIGNS & WONDERS II
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
1 Samuel 17:34-37 "34 And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: 35 And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. 36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. 37 David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee."
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 CORINTHIANS 11:17, 14:25 and PSALM 10:1-11
There is one other very important principle for provoking signs and wonders akin to prayer and worship; this is testifying to the goodness, majesty and wonder-working power of the Almighty God. Some years back, I observed that I could not hear people very well when they talked with me. While they were almost shouting at the top of their voices talking with me, I would say to them “Louder please; speak up”. I later found out that there was a growth in my hearing canals. The doctor who did the check-up advised that I should be ready for urgent medical operation but I told her that I was not ready for the operation. After she left, I told God that I did not want healing but brand new ears. Seven days later, the doctor came back and did another check-up. This time, she found nothing and she could not hold back her amazement at the wonderful works of God. It was a simple matter with the Lord because He only had to replace the old, faulty parts with brand new ones. He will do the same for you today in the Name of Jesus.
A man who had been married but childless for some years listened to this testimony of mine and his faith was provoked. He had been told that he had no sperm count and so his case could not be medically helped. He said to himself, “Since what I have cannot be improved upon medically, let me ask for a total replacement from above.” After prayers during one of our all-night programmes, he got back to his house and dreamed that he saw me walk and smile towards him. He woke up and knew that the Lord had visited him. By the time he was sharing his testimony, the man with no sperm count at all was carrying his own child. I pray that your testimony will be greater than this in Jesus’ Name. Either your testimony or the testimonies of others can provoke faith which in turn will provoke signs and wonders because Romans 10:17 says:
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Because your testimony about what the Lord has done for you is a form of praise, worship and practical show of gratitude, it is very potent in provoking further signs and wonders. I want to encourage you to cultivate the habit of listening to testimonies. These testimonies often provoke miracle-working faith in hearers just like or even more than sermons. The problem with some children of God is that they sometimes feel that time given to testimonies is a waste; hence they don’t pay attention to them. I decree that you are the next to give your testimony in Jesus’ Name.
Cultivate the habit of sharing your testimonies, and your miracles will not only be permanent but will also increase.