January 15, 2023 Open Heaven | You Are Nothing Without Him
Welcome to RCCG Open Heaven Daily Devotional for Sunday 15th January 2023, written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye. May the Lord bless you as you study!
TOPIC: YOU ARE NOTHING WITHOUT HIM
“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” – (John 15:5)
READ: Luke 19:29-38 (KJV)
Open Heaven Devotional 15th January 2023
I heard someone preaching recently and he said if God leaves him, there will be little left. I don’t know how come in his case, there would still be anything left; in my case, there would be absolutely nothing left. As for me, I am fully aware that without God, I am nothing, absolutely nothing and I tell Him that regularly.
I preached a sermon at the commissioning into ministry of one of my sons about 40 years ago. I told them about the ass that Jesus rode in our Bible reading for today. The ass must have suddenly looked around and seen people laying down their clothes on the ground for him to walk on, with a lot of singing and dancing going on as he passed by. He must have really felt special. However, the moment Jesus got down and left him, he was abandoned. By then he must have been far from home and probably did not even know his way back.
He must have passed by humans and instead of rejoicing like before, they most likely chased it away. At best, he would have ended up as a labourer on a farm. Beloved, the moment God leaves you, you are finished. You think you’re smart? Just a little tweak of a professor’s brain and he can become a mad man roaming the streets. When people see me living holy, being humble, obeying God to the letter, it is because I don’t want Him to leave me. I don’t want to look around and discover that He is no longer with me. I don’t want to pray and have Him ignore my prayers.
I am imploring you my beloved, don’t do anything that would make God leave you. At some point on the cross, Jesus cried, “Father, why hast thou forsaken me” (Matthew 27:46). Think about it: when the whole world turned against Him, He did not mind, but when the Father turned from Him, He cried. Even if the whole world turns against you, you are fine as long as God is still on your side. Without God, you are nothing.
Don’t ever do anything that could make God leave you. Star far away from sin.
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