OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL
DATE: WEDNESDAY AUGUST 24TH 2022
THEME: ANTIDOTE TO SICKNESSES AND DISEASES
MEMORISE: And when they did mete it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating. Exodus 16:18
READ: Exodus 16:16 -20
16 This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded, Gather of it every man according to his eating, an omer for every man, according to the number of your persons; take ye every man for them which are in his tents.
17 And the children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less.
18 And when they did mete it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating.
19 And Moses said, Let no man leave of it till the morning.
20 Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto Moses; but some of them left of it until the morning, and it bred worms, and stank: and Moses was wroth with them.
There are many sicknesses and diseases in the world today that were not there in the days of our forefathers. This can be traced primarily to the difference in food consumption between those olden days and now. In those days, they didn’t have canned foods as they never tried to preserve anything through artificial means. Their bodies were strong and healthy because they got their food fresh from the farm as there were no freezers. These days, we want to minimize the number of times we go shopping. We want to be hungry this moment and have our food ready in five minutes, hence the increase in junk food and the use of microwave ovens. These things come at a cost to our health and vitality.
I am 80 years old now and still as strong as l was a couple of decades ago. Yes, no doubt, the Lord has been keeping me strong. I on the other hand too have not been consuming what will kill my body.
If you want to stay strong and healthy, stop eating frozen and junk foods when Jesus was teaching His disciple in Matthew 6:11, He told them to pray thus, “Give us this day our daily bread”, not our weekly bread, not our monthly bread. As much as you can, get your food for the day fresh from the Source.
All frozen foods and canned foods you see are being preserved with chemicals that are dangerous to your health. Have a small garden or flower pots somewhere around your house where you can plant some vegetables so that you can get fresh whenever you want.
In the days of old, our fathers did not have as many sickness as we have now because they did not have cars, neither did they have air conditioners. They breathed in fresh air and cool themselves with it. These days some people move from air-conditioned homes to air-conditioned cars to air-conditioned offices. You are still young why can’t you stay outdoors just for a little while every day to take in fresh air and vitamin D in the morning? If you start exercising your body and eating right, you will begin to feel the improvement in your health right away.
Going forward, be deliberate about eating right and exercising your body.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Jeremiah 6-9
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A ADEBOYE
HYMN 2: CONQUERORS AND OVERCOMERS NOW WE ARE
1 Conquerors and overcomers now are we,
Thro’ the precious blood of Christ we’ve victory,
If the Lord be for us, we can never fail;
Nothing ‘gainst his mighty pow’r can e’er prevail.
Conquerors are we, thro’ the blood, thro’ the blood;
God will give us victory, thro’ the blood, thro’ the blood,
Thro’ the Lamb for sinners slain,
Yet who lives and reigns again,
More than conquerors are we,
More than conquerors are we.
2 In the name of Israel’s God we’ll onward press,
Overcoming sin and all unrighteousness;
Not to us, but unto him the praise shall be,
For salvation and for blood-bought victory. [Refrain]
3 Unto him that overcometh shall be giv’n
Here to eat of hidden manna sent from heav’n;
Over yonder he the victor’s palm shall bear,
And a robe of white, and golden crown shall wear. [Refrain].