OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: SATURDAY 1ST JANUARY 2022.
THEME: THE BEGINNING OF MONTHS.
This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. Exodus 12:2
READ: Joel 2:23-27.
23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.
24 And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.
25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.
26 And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.
27 And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.
The Lord has helped us to pass over into a glorious new year. Let somebody shout hallelujah! The topic of our devotional today is very prophetic and I join my faith with yours to decree that this month shall be unto you the beginning of great and mighty miracles in your life in the mighty name of Jesus. As seen in our memory verse today, God is telling us that this is a beginning of months we shall not forget for good in a hurry. It is the beginning of freedom from all bondage, sorrow, poverty, sickness, failure and eternal perdition for those who have given their lives to Christ.
God describes the period of the first Passover which was followed by the deliverance of the children of Israel as the beginning of months. Beloved, you have not started to live until you are totally free from bondage. In spite of the fact that the children of Israel had lived for over 400years in bondage, the month of their deliverance was described by God as the actual month that counted! What did they do to obtain the freedom that announced the counting of their existence? They applied the blood of the lamb as they were instructed to do. This was a similitude of the blood of Jesus that was to be shed for our deliverance from all forms of bondage. The Bible says:
“For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” Hebrews 9:13-14
I congratulate fellow child of God all over the world and pray that nothing would rob us of our freedom in Christ throughout this year and beyond, in Jesus’ name. As we read in the Bible reading today, may the blessings of the Lord fill our lives to overflow in Jesus’ name. If however, you are yet to give your life to Jesus, I encourage you to do so today so that you may be free from the bondage of the devil. The blood of Jesus is still very much accessible through faith; just confess you sins, repent of them and be cleansed by the blood of Jesus (1 John 1:7-9). It shall be well with you. Happy New Year, in Jesus’ name.
Lord, I thank You for sustaining me throughout 2021 and for bringing me into another year. Please let this year indeed mark the beginning of outstanding miracles in my life, in Jesus’ name.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: GENESIS 1-3.
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 15: NOW THANK WE ALL OUR GOD.
1. Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, in Whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.
2. Oh, may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us;
And keep us in His grace, and guide us when perplexed;
And guard us through all ills in this world, till the next!
3. All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given,
The Son, and Him Who reigns with Them in highest Heaven—
The one eternal God, Whom earth and Heav’n adore;
For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.