OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE.
DATE: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2022
TOPIC: DIVINE VICTORY OVER PHYSICAL SICKNESS
“But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.” – (Job 1:11)
READ: Job 1:9-12 (KJV)
9. Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?
10. Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
11. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.
12. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.
The principal aim of Satan in attacking you physically is to cause you to deny God.
And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life. But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face. (Job 2:4-5)
Satan wants to make you sick so that you can complain against God and turn your back on Him. He knows if you can turn your back on God, then you will not get all that He has for you in Him. I pray that God will put Satan to shame in your life in Jesus’ name.
In (2 Kings 5:1-14), we see that Satan afflicts people physically to discredit every other thing they might have achieved. Naaman was successful in everything, yet he had an incurable disease that put a ‘but’ on his achievements. In Mark 5:25-34, Satan attacked the woman with the issue of blood so as to waste her resources and reduce her to nothing. Just as God stepped in for Naaman and the woman with the issue of blood, He is going to step in for you now in the name of Jesus Christ.
The story in Mark 2:1-12 tells us about a young man carried by four friends. The devil wants you to be carried from one place to another, but because you are connected to God, you will cease to be a burden to others, in Jesus’ name.
The devil also attacks people physically so that he may tie them down to a spot. In John 5:2-9, there were many sick people waiting for the moving of the pool of Bethesda. They could not move around freely because of the ailments in their bodies. The devil cannot tie you down because he has lost his hold on you. Jesus promised His followers victory over sickness when He defeated the devil. (1 John 3:8) says “… For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”
Sickness is the work of the devil. I pray for you that Jesus will raise you up from your bed of sickness now, in Jesus’ name.
Heavenly Father, I receive healing for my body now, in the name of Jesus.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
HYMN 12 – MY FAITH LOOKS UP TO THEE
1. My faith looks up to Thee,
Thou Lamb of Calvary,
Now hear me while I pray,
Take all my guilt away,
O let me from this day
Be wholly Thine!
2. May Thy rich grace impart
Strength to my fainting heart,
My zeal inspire;
As Thou hast died for me,
O may my love to Thee
Pure, warm and changeless be
A living fire!
3. While life’s dark maze I tread,
And grief around me spread,
Be Thou my guide;
Bid darkness turn to day,
Wipe sorrow’s tears away,
Nor let me ever stray
From Thee aside.
4. When ends life’s transient dream,
When death’s cold sullen stream
Shall o’er me roll;
Blest Saviour, then in love,
Fear and distrust remove;
O bear me safe above,
A ransomed soul.