Open Heaven For January 8, 2023 TOPIC – Joy Unspeakable
MEMORISE: “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:” – 1 Peter 1:8 (KJV)
READ: 1 Corinthians 2:9 (KJV)
9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Genesis 26-28
Many have heard the term ‘Joy Unspeakable’, but only a few have ever experienced it. That is the kind of joy that overwhelms you so much that even when you want to express it verbally, you would find yourself speechless. Some years ago, we had a programme in a town called Ota in Ogun State, Nigeria. A lady who had been barren for several years came there that day asking for prayers, after her husband’s relatives had threatened to throw her out within the year. There were many people so I didn’t even know who I prayed for. The following year, we were holding another programme somewhere else, with a long queue of those who wanted me to pray for them. Unknown to me, this same lady was there and when it got to her turn, she kept opening her mouth to speak but said nothing. Finally, she was able to utter just one word: “Jesus”.
When she finally was able to speak, she explained that she was that barren woman I had prayed for the previous year. It was then I realized why she had been speechless earlier; she was carrying a baby on her left and another on her right – she had given birth to twins. I pray you will soon experience joy unspeakable, in Jesus’ name.
Our memory verse (1 Peter 1:8) says if you believe in God, then He will make available to you joy unspeakable, full of glory. All you have to do is believe in Him. Believing in Him means that you act according to what you say you believe. James 2:17 says:
Even so faith, If it hath not works, is dead, being alone
Your behaviour must show that you believe in God. Your attitude must reflect your belief in all the promises of God in the Bible. It must be that of one who goes to God believing that whatever he has asked for will be given to him. James 1:6-8 says anyone who comes to God without faith should not even think that he will receive anything from Him. Put all your faith in God and you will experience unspeakable joy as He begins to unfold His glorious plans for you in Jesus’ name.
Father, as I put all my faith in you, let me experience unspeakable joy in all areas of my life in Jesus’ name.
HYMN 4: Be Glad In The Lord And Rejoice
1 Be glad in the Lord and rejoice,
All ye that are upright in heart;
And ye that have made him your choice,
Bid sadness and sorrow depart.
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice!
2 What though in the conflict for right
Your enemies almost prevail,
God’s armies, just hid from your sight,
Are more than the foes which assail.
3 Though darkness surround you by day,
Your sky by the night be o’ercast,
Let nothing your spirit dismay,
But trust till the danger is past.
4 Be glad in the Lord and rejoice,
His praises proclaiming in song;
Acclaim him with trumpet and voice,
The loud hallelujahs prolong.
Open Heavens 2023 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 2023