Thursday, October 20, 2016
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : And Jacob, awaking from his sleep, said, Truly, the Lord is in this place and I was not conscious of it.- Genesis 28 : 16 ( BBE ).
LISTEN : Spiritual insensitivity has often characterised the lives of countless christians today. They find it difficult to feel God or understand His presence in their lives and the world at large. They seems to demonstrate spiritual deadness in their walk with God. They’re in church but doesn’t feel God’s presence. They’re members of God’s family but are ignorant of that fact. The word of God they’ve received over the years until now hasn’t taken away their old nature; because they don’t feel God they don’t revere Him. Without feeling the presence of God you can’t revere Him. Jacob, while running away from his enraged brother Esau, stopped at a place in the night to rest. In the dream of the night he saw a ladder that reached up to heaven, and angels descending and ascending to heaven; and there God assured to be with him. When he woke up, he was greatly afraid, but he acknowledged the highly revered presence of God. He said, “… Surely the LORD is in this place, but I did not realize it!”(Genesis 28 : 16). When God opened his eyes to His presence he became sensitive to His appearance. Beloved, are you insensitive to God’s presence? Are you spiritually insensitive? You may ask, what does it mean to be spiritually insensitive? It means to have a hard heart or a heart of unbelief towards God; to live without paying attention to the tricks of the devil through the so-called pleasures of sin: to live without feeling the presence and leading of God (Hebrews 3 : 12, 13 ); unable to discern spiritual things.
Beloved, is your life characterised by this definition? If so it’s time to change your life. Remember that being conscious of God’s presence with us is a leading feature of the character of all His saints under every dispensation. God through His presence kindles desires after Himself; He helps and strengthens even the wayward in heart; through His presence we learn how near He is to us, and we rejoice to learn it. By it we learn to delight ourselves in Him and He gives us our hearts desires. Beloved, henceforth begin to feel God. He’s near you, don’t be insensitive to His presence anymore. When Jacob was running away to exile because of his brother Esau, he thought it was all over with him, but never knew that God was with him even in the trouble until God showed Himself and gave him a wonderful promise to protect and bless him. It’s obvious that no man will perceive God, wherever he may be, unless he knows that God has made a promise to be with him and is able by faith to look to the fulfilment of it. In Jacob’s case God said, “I will be with you wherever you go, and I will not leave you.”(Genesis 28 : 13 – 15). Beloved, , haven’t you heard the same? Has He not promised you His presence? Can’t you begin to feel God in all circumstances and places around you? If you always remembered that God was where you are, what reverence would it inspire when you are in His house, in the place particularly and specially set apart for His service! Oh, may we with one voice say, “Surely God is in this place.” And it will give us awe when we come into His immediate presence!
Having read today’s devotional, what are you expected to do?
1. Deal with spiritual insensitivity in your life by acknowledging God’s presence.
2. Don’t live without feeling God in your life; remember, life will be lost in eternity when it’s wastefully spent here on earth.
3. Always count on God’s promises and regularly remember them, just trust in God even when you can’t feel or trace Him
4. Don’t allowed the heart of unbelief grow in you, deal with it as quickly as possible.
Daily Task : Learn to feel God. He’s near you, don’t be insensitive to His presence anymore. When you approach Him, know that He exist and His blessings are for people of faith.
Daily Reflection : No man will perceive God, wherever he may be, unless he knows that God has made a promise to be with him and is able by faith to look to the fulfilment of it.
Prayer : Almighty God, I bless your name today because you’re God, create in me spiritual understanding and sensitivity; help me to live in line with your will in Jesus’ name, amen.
Prophetic Word : Today, I prophesy over your life, may God open your eyes to see and feel His presence; henceforth, you’ll not be spiritually insensitive in Jesus’ name.