Friday April 17th 2020
Memorise: I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. John 10:14
Read: Matthew 7:21-23 (KJV)
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Bible in one year:
Psalm 17, 35, 54 & 63
Sing hymn 13
It is one thing to know God and a completely different matter to be known by God. To know God is highly rewarding.
Daniel 11:32 tells us that “…the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits.” This is true of every character in the Bible who had an intimate knowledge of God like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job, Moses, Deborah, David and the apostle of Jesus Christ.
However, as glorious and beneficial as it is to know God, it is far more glorious and profitable to be known by God. God is the All-knowing creator of all things and He is fully aware of the existence of every living soul. So, when he speak of being known by God, we are not talking of mere awareness, but of close recognition and acknowledgement.
All those who recognised and acknowledged in the Bible were commanded, vouched for and equipped to operate at a supernatural level. In 2nd Timothy 2:19 the Bible says:
“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having the seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”
This is a very strong statement coming from the Almighty God Himself. The foundation of God is the surest reality on earth and in heaven; this foundation is sealed with the knowledge of God about His people. The verse further hinges the condition for attracting the special recognition of God on departing from sin and living a holy life. Every character in the Bible that fulfilled this condition gained God’s confidence and special recognition. It is therefore the knowledge of God about a person that enables such a person to confidently and effectively represent God. 2nd Corinthians 10:18 says “For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.”
The question is, are you known by God?
Father, I want to be known by You as one of your special children, in the mighty name of Jesus.
Open Heavens Daily Devotional Lessons was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical Churches in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.
The Elevation Church (TEC) has been set up by God to develop its members as witnesses of Christ while empowering them to achieve the highest levels of distinction in life, led by Pastor Godman Akinlabi, the church is based in Nigeria with multiple expressions in Lagos.