Open Heaven 7 December 2019
Topic: WHAT TYPE OF SHEPHERD? Devotional By Pastor E. Adeboye
But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. 2 Timothy 4:5
Read: Acts 20:28-35
Acts 20:28-35 King James Version (KJV)
28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.
32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.
33 I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel.
34 Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.
35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
A careful study of God’s word reveal three categories of shepherds. There are bad shepherds whose defining traits is feeding on the sheep. These are unrepentant agents of the devil, who are actually wolves in sheep’s clothing. The Holy Spirit describe them as ruthless grievous wolves in today’s bible reading, and God’s judgment is declared against them in Jeremiah 23:1-2. The second category of shepherds are those referred to as hireling by the lord (John 10:12-13). Shepherds in this category see their assignment as a form of business though which their daily bread is guaranteed. They have little or commitment to their sheep, and so their productivity is low. Lastly, we have good shepherds, whose lives and attitude to the assignment of overseeing God’s sheep are modelled after the good shepherd Himself. As expressed in John 10:11-14, God has clearly showed his preference and desire for good shepherds.
Has God called you into a spiritual office in His church, or are you in a position where your decisions affect the destiny of many people? God is saying to you today that your call to that office is not for the purpose of accumulating titles or enjoying a privilege position only. You are actually called to serve God. You are called to be a blessing to others by the workings of God’s gift in your life. Today, it is evident that some people are not utilising the spiritual office they occupy for the benefit of God’s kingdom. If you have been called a pastor, your responsibility is to care for the physical and spiritual needs of the church of God you oversee. Are you an evangelist, a preacher or a messenger of the true gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ? You ought to declare the entire counsel of God at all times, knowing well that we live in times when many people are departing from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and various doctrines of the devil. The word of the lord is in your mouth should not be watered down under any circumstances. Also, as a teacher of the word, you have been gifted by the Holy Spirit to explain God’s word in order to build and equip the church. You are to communicate biblical truths effectively to the understanding of your hearers. Are you occupying the office of a prophet? Then, declare the word of the lord to the people with boldness. Spiritual offices are meant to be complement one another in edifying the body of Christ. These offices are meant to work together for the unity of the church, so that God’s people can become well-grounded in the full knowledge of God. Every good shepherd will be handsomely rewarded, because our God does not owe any man (1 Corinthians 15:58). You will not lose your reward in Jesus ’Name. Open Heaven for Today 7 December 2019
Hymnals: Sing Hymn 5
Prayer Point: Open Heaven for Today 7 December 2019
Father, help me to model my service after the Good shepherd, in Jesus’ Name.
Open Heavens Daily Devotional was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the G.O of the … Open Heaven for Today 7 December 2019
Bible in one year: Psalm 88:91, Habakkuk 2:2-20
Habakkuk 2:2-20 King James Version (KJV)
2 And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.
5 Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, he is a proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire as hell, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all people:
6 Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say, Woe to him that increaseth that which is not his! how long? and to him that ladeth himself with thick clay!
7 Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall bite thee, and awake that shall vex thee, and thou shalt be for booties unto them?
8 Because thou hast spoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people shall spoil thee; because of men’s blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.
9 Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil!
10 Thou hast consulted shame to thy house by cutting off many people, and hast sinned against thy soul.
11 For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it.
12 Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and stablisheth a city by iniquity!
13 Behold, is it not of the Lord of hosts that the people shall labour in the very fire, and the people shall weary themselves for very vanity?
14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
15 Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness!
16 Thou art filled with shame for glory: drink thou also, and let thy foreskin be uncovered: the cup of the Lord‘s right hand shall be turned unto thee, and shameful spewing shall be on thy glory.
17 For the violence of Lebanon shall cover thee, and the spoil of beasts, which made them afraid, because of men’s blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.
18 What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols?
19 Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it. Open Heavens Online(Opens in a new browser tab)
20 But the Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.
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