OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL
DATE: SATURDAY AUGUST 27TH 2022
THEME: YOU ARE SPECIAL
MEMORISE: But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows. Luke 12:7
READ: 1 Peter 1:18 -19
18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
The amount kidnappers ask for as ransom is proportionate with how important their victim is considered. The Bible says that we all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). It also says that those who sin are of their father the devil (John 8:44-45). This means that when God wanted to snatch us from the hands of the devil, he needed to provide a ransom. He is very rich so gold and silver are not a problem to Him at all. However, He deemed gold and silver too cheap to use in paying our ransom because of how special we are. He sees you as so special that He sent His only Begotten Son, His very own Word, to redeem you and me.
The fact that He sent His Son to die so that you may have life, to shed His blood so that the devil cannot drink yours, to take multiple stripes on His body so that you would not be sick should be enough to make you walk around with your head held high because you are very specail.
As long as you are a child of God, you are extremely special. He said in Isaiah 49:16 that He has a tattoo on His palm and that tattoo is your picture.
Behold, l have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me”.
In heaven, there are many angels. One of these angels can kill 185,000 men in one night; that is an ordinary angel. The Bible tells us that there is another category of angels that are strong (Revelation 5:2) – you can imagine how powerful those must be. Then there are the Arc-Angels who stand before Him (Revelation 8:2). He did not decide to adopt any of the angels as His children, leaving them in the position of messengers; however, He loves you so much, He decided to adopt you as His child and the Angels should be your messengers. 1 John 3:1 says:
Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God…
Even if it seems nobody in the world loves or values you, the King of the entire universe loves you with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3) and values you above Angels and all His creations.
You are worth more than all the treasures of this world put together.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Jeremiah 17-20
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A ADEBOYE
HYMN 4: GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS
1 Great is Thy faithfulness,” O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.
“Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!”
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
“Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!
2 Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
3 Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!