SIGNS AND WONDERS II

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.
SUNDAY 5 JANUARY 2014
THEME : SIGNS & WONDERS II
MEMORISE :
Then said Jesus unto him,
Except ye see signs and wonders, ye
will not
believe. John 4 : 48.
READ : MARK 2 : 1 – 12.
1 And again he entered into
Capernaum after
some days; and it was noised that
he was in
the house.
2 And straightway many were
gathered
together, insomuch that there was
no room
to receive them, no, not so much as
about
the door: and he preached the word
unto
them.
3 And they come unto him, bringing
one sick
of the palsy, which was borne of
four.
4 And when they could not come
nigh unto
him for the press, they uncovered
the roof
where he was: and when they had
broken it
up, they let down the bed wherein
the sick of
the palsy lay.
5 When Jesus saw their faith, he
said unto
the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be
forgiven thee.
6 But there were certain of the
scribes sitting
there, and reasoning in their hearts,
7 Why doth this man thus speak
blasphemies? who can forgive sins
but God
only?
8 And immediately when Jesus
perceived in
his spirit that they so reasoned
within
themselves, he said unto them, Why
reason
ye these things in your hearts?
9 Whether is it easier to say to the
sick of the
palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or
to say,
Arise, and take up thy bed, and
walk?
10 But that ye may know that the
Son of
man hath power on earth to forgive
sins, (he
saith to the sick of the palsy,)
11 I say unto thee, Arise, and take
up thy
bed, and go thy way into thine
house.
12 And immediately he arose, took
up the
bed, and went forth before them
all;
insomuch that they were all
amazed, and
glorified God, saying, We never saw
it on this
fashion..
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : ROMANS 13 : 7
– 16 : 27, PSALM 7.
MESSAGE
When our Lord walked the earth,
the people
wanted Him to prove that He was
the
Messiah through a sign. Beyond His
heart
penetrating sermons, they wanted
to see a
sign from Him by which they would
believe
He came from God.
“Then said Jesus unto him, Except
ye see
signs and wonders, ye will not
believe.”
John 4 : 48
Jesus in the above passage made it
clear
that people would not believe
except they
see signs and wonders. For several
years,
my mother-in-law did not want to
hear
anything about the gospel. We tried
our best
to convert her to no avail.
Meanwhile, my
wife had gone through three
caesarean
sections before we got born-again.
When we
gave our lives to Christ, we read
Luke 1 : 37
which says,
“For with God nothing shall be
impossible.”
My wife got pregnant again and
had a big
baby without a caesarean section.
When my
mother-in-law saw this, she said
“because
of what the Lord has done, I
surrender to the
gospel.” I decree concerning you
that,
because of the signs and wonders
the Lord
shall perform in your life, all the
members of
your family shall be converted to
the gospel
in Jesus’ Name.
In Mark 2 : 1 – 12, we have the
story of a
bedridden man healed at the
command of
Jesus. Witnesses of this miracle
wondered at
the marvellous display of God’s
power. After
I had my child which the doctors
said could
only be delivered through a
caesarean
section on a Friday night. The next
day
being a Saturday, I had a preaching
engagement with doctors at the
Lagos
University Teaching Hospital (LUTH)
in
Nigeria. I was so full of joy over the
wonder
of the Friday night that I could not
sleep. At
that meeting, I shared my
testimony that my
wife, who in the past had
undergone three
caesarean sections, and who the
doctors
had said couldn’t deliver any more
children,
was delivered of a big baby
naturally by the
intervention of God. All of them
opened their
mouths for about two minutes. The
miracle
that would make people open their
mouths
shall happen to you this season in
Jesus’
Name. When they finally recovered
from the
shock of my testimony, a scientist
amongst
them said: “nothing is proved and
acceptable in science except it can
be
repeated to get the same result.”
Four years
later, my wife gave birth to another
baby boy,
much bigger than the previous one.
I decree
in the Name that is above every
other name,
that God will do something new in
your life
as you read this devotional today,
in Jesus’
Name.
ACTION POINT :
Exercise your faith in God through
Jesus
Christ on a particular situation that
seems impossible – believing that
God will do it and He will perform it.

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