GOD HAS A NEED!
Memorise: Jesus answered and said unto him, if a man loves me, he will keep my words: and my father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. John 14:23
REVELATION 21:1-3 KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)
21 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: ISAIAH 51-53 LUKE 4:38-5:16
Our God is the creator of heaven and earth. ‘The All-sufficient one’ is one of His many Names, and it describes an important attribute of His. As a self-existing spirit, he does not need anything of Himself for sustenance or existence [John 5:26, 1 Timothy 6:16]. it, therefore, seems strange to think that God has a need. Let us ponder on what the elders in heaven are saying in their worship, as revealed in Revelation 4:11: “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all thing are for thy pleasure they are all were created”
From this statement of adoration, God’s need’ can be understood from the perspective of the purpose for which He created all things. He created all things for his own pleasure, and he “This people have I formed for myself: They shall show forth my praise.”
God desire for fellowship is therefore not needed as we understand ‘needs’ but an expression of God’s grace, mercy and love towards humanity [1 Corinthians 1:9].
The essence of the Christian life is to fellowship with God. Everything created before man was not suitable for this purpose because they were not created in his image and so could not relate with Him on an interactive level.
Genesis 5:22-24 contains the fascinating account of Enoch who walked with God in close fellowship, so much so that God took him away with Him. Similarly, Abraham also fellowshipped with God to the extent that he received the distinction of being called the friend of God [2 Chronicles 20:7, James 2:23]. David’s fellowship with God was also exemplary that God testified of him in acts 13: 22, saying: specifically created mankind for the purpose of communion or fellowship.
This truth is reinforced by the words of our Lord in today’s memory verse. The constant fellowship that God had with Adam truth [Genesis 3:8] Several scripture passages speak of a link between the creation of mankind and acts devotion such as praise and worship. Isaiah 43:21 says: “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will.”
As a result of the finished work of redemption by the Lord Jesus Christ, God now makes His permanent abode with us, in the Form of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us [John 14:23, 1 Corinthians 6:19]. Therefore, our fellowship with God is established on the spiritual union we have with Jesus, which will be made perfect when we see him face to face [John 14:20-21]. I pray that everything hindering your fellowship with God will be destroyed today in Jesus Name.
Action Point: Father, please cause my heart to continually hunger for your presence in Jesus Name.
Open Heavens Daily Devotional Lessons was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God