Open Heaven Devotional 19 October 2022 : TOPIC – The Word I
MEMORISE: “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” – Joshua 1:8 (KJV)
READ: Jeremiah 15:16 (KJV)
16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Mark 1-3
For the next few days, we will be studying just a few of the benefits we can enjoy from the word of God. Please don’t miss any of the lessons in this series. I pray the Lord will open our eyes and draw us into a deeper understanding of His word in Jesus’ name.
Our Bible reading today says the word of God brings joy and comfort to a depressed soul. By reading the Bible with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit for interpretation, the realisation that you are called by God’s name will come into your heart to remove depression and replace it with joy and rejoicing.
Let us picture an unemployed and depressed young man who suddenly discovers that the president of his country is his father and also that the man has been looking for him. Immediately this young man realises that his surname is about to change to that of the president, every bit of depression and sorrow will disappear from him.
When you read God’s word, you will see in it that you are called by the same name as the Lord God of hosts! He has carefully placed pointers all around the Scriptures to the fact that you are His child and everything that answers to Him answers to you too. This realisation alone is enough to bring joy into the heart of anyone, no matter the challenge they are faced with.
When you find the word of God and ‘eat’ it, it will bring you joy. You don’t find something without searching. You cannot get anything from the word of God if you do not dig deep into it. You have to search for the treasure in each passage. You have to ask the Holy Spirit to expound His word in your heart. When you have found the word, you will chew and grind that word of God by meditating on it deeply. Then you will digest it by believing it in your heart so much that it becomes your reality. Until what you found in the word of God becomes your reality, joy and rejoicing cannot come into your heart.
If you make it a habit to find and eat the word of God daily, joy will never cease from your heart again.
HYMN 3: Deeper, Deeper In The Love Of Jesus
1 Deeper, deeper in the love of Jesus
Daily let me go;
Higher, higher in the school of wisdom,
More of grace to know.
O deeper yet I pray,
And higher ev’ry day,
And wiser, blessed, Lord,
In Thy precious, holy word.
2 Deeper, deeper! blessed Holy Spirit,
Take me deeper still,
Till my life is wholly lost in Jesus
And His perfect will.
3 Deeper, deeper! tho’ it cost hard trials,
Deeper let me go!
Rooted in the holy love of Jesus,
Let me fruitful grow.
4 Deeper, higher ev’ry day in Jesus,
Till all conflict past,
Finds me conqu’ror, and in His own image
Perfected at last.
Open Heavens 2022 Daily Devotional guide was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries. The Open Heavens devotional application is available across all mobile platforms and operating systems: iOS, Android, Blackberry, Nokia, Windows Mobile and PC. Open Heaven for Today 2022