Open Heavens Devotional.
Saturday 7th January, 2017.
TOPIC: BE THOU PERFECT.
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
– Matthew 5:48.
Read: Genesis 17:1-9 (KJV).
when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram,
and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou
2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.
3 And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,
4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.
5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.
6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.
I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after
thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto
thee, and to thy seed after thee.
8 And I will give unto thee, and to
thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land
of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.
9 And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations.
are many misconceptions about God’s demand for perfection. These
misconceptions have led some people to erroneously conclude that
perfection is an unrealistic aim in the Christian walk, and should
therefore be abandoned. To debunk this line of thought, our Lord Jesus
Christ in today’s memory verse re-echoes His Father’s demand for our
perfection. My prayer is that the power of God will come upon you today,
and you will begin to live in perfection as God demands in Jesus’ Name.
Why do people see God’s demand for our perfection as being
unattainable? It’s because they think that perfection is to be attained
by our strength. However, the truth of the matter is this: if man did
not create himself but came to existence through the power and wisdom of
God, by this same wisdom and power, God will help him to meet His
demands. The problem with such people is unbelief. For this reason, the
Bible in Hebrews 11:6 says:
“But without faith it is impossible
to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and
that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
breeds disobedience. The case of the first man and woman shows this.
They fell into imperfection through their unbelief in the efficacy and
infallibility of God’s word! This is in contrast to Abraham, of whom God
also demanded perfection, who responded to God’s demand in faith. This
is why the Scripture say this about him:
“Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”
– Galatians 3:6.
God’s point of view, perfection is total obedience to His instructions
in faith. You are perfect if you obey what God asks you to do, even if
it seems illogical or is politically incorrect. Obedience in faith
brings justification, which is the key to perfection.
Do you find
yourself in a state of unbelief? Are you one of those who don’t believe
perfection is attainable? If you are, you must pray today like the man
whose child was tormented by the devils in Mark 9:24:
“And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.”
Spirit of Jesus Christ helps us into perfection. Therefore, accept
Jesus today and ask Him to give you His Spirit, and His Spirit will make