Reflections by Pastor Biodun Segun, Pastor with RCCG,Treasure House, Hemel-Hempstead, UK from the Open Heavens Devotional written by Pastor E. A. Adeboye, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
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By Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
Read: Matthew 11:28-30
Moses was ready to reject any promotion, progress or prosperity that was not backed up by God’s presence. Do everything you need to do and pay every price you need to pay for God to be with and remain with you. There are a whole lot of benefits from His presence.
And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. And he said unto him, if thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence. Exodus 33:14-15
Also, in Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus promises rest to those who come to Him. This rest is an all-encompassing rest. Are you burdened with a particular care? Is it turning your hairs grey before the time? What you need is the divine presence, for there is rest for you in God’s presence. If God is with you, it will show in the level of rest you enjoy. You cannot have Him with you and you remain troubled. Do you need true rest in every area of your life and ministry? Ask for God’s presence as never before.
Another benefit of God’s presence is that it is a mark of God’s favour (Exodus 33:16). Is God with you? Oh how favoured you are! In addition, God’s presence with you is a mark of Heaven’s recognition. In Exodus 33:17, God told Moses: “I know you by name”. Every Born-again Christian ought to enjoy this level of intimacy with God, for Paul writing to the church at Galatia said:
But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? Galatians 4:9
Does God address you by name? Another benefit is that, it is those that carry God’s presence that God will show His glory. If God is with you, be prepared to see what eyes have not seen. Moses saw the glory of God and you too can. Ask for His ever-abiding, tangible presence from today.
In every area I am troubled or disturbed, Father, give me rest today through Your presence.
Bible in One year: Genesis 30-32
By Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.” (Matt. 18:19)
READ: Acts 2:1-4
Unity is a powerful force in the universe. However, uniting against God, His Word or His children causes God to arise in defence of His Name. This is the other side of power of unity. Barring this, unity can accomplish almost anything on the face of the earth. In Genesis 11:5-6, God said that if the people of the earth were left with one language and as united as they were in building the city and tower, they will be unstoppable. The united are unstoppable. Unity is a powerful tool for achieving plans and purposes. But if operated in righteousness within the Christian fold, it is even more powerful. “Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven” (Matt. 18:19). Where unity is exhibited correctly, God is involved. Those who are coming together would have a common purpose and they will call on the Almighty God. To operate the power of unity, there must be at least two people. These must share of the same faith in Christ. The subject of agreement must not conflict with God’s will or Word. And they must call on God in faith until they see result.
Unity is power. The united are adorned with exploits. They achieve what others cannot. If you are united in your family or church, you will be able to achieve what others cannot. Your family or church will stand out. The death sentence on the Jews in the days of Esther was reversed by the power of unity. Where there is unity, promises will easily be fulfilled. This was the case with the Early Church (Acts 2:1-4). Nehemiah was able to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem through the power of unity that existed among those who worked with him (Neh. 2:18). It is unity that turns a crowd or group of people into a team. The acronym TEAM stands for: Together Everyone Achieves More. For true unity to exist in the church, there is need to forgive and release from our hearts those who have hurt us. We must accept God’s Word as the basis of our union. We must be tolerant of the views of others and be prepared to sacrifice ours. We must jointly have a God-glorifying goal and corporately call on the Lord.
Unity de-emphasizes individuals but emphasizes the group. Unity moves everybody up and forward with very little effort from individual members of the group. Unity is the cheapest and fastest way of progress. Make unity in Christ one of your goals.
Bible in One year: Gen. 27-29
By Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children” (Hosea 4:6)
READ: John 17:1-4
“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3). The greatest thing in life is knowing God. If all your energy, time and resources are channelled towards knowing the Lord, it is worth it. There are several benefits from knowing Him. According to the above verse, knowing Him is foundational to receiving eternal life. In other words, anyone that does not know Him cannot access eternal life. Such a person can have limited earthly life and thereafter be thrown into Hell.
Another benefit of knowing Him is that it opens you to supernatural knowledge (Psalm 103:7). While the Israelites were seeing miracles, Moses was seeing the making of miracles. God took him to His factory and he saw the ingredients of mixing miracles. Knowing God will always make a difference between the ordinary and the extraordinary. Similarly, knowing Him guarantees your freedom. John 8:32 says, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”. You may acquire all kinds of knowledge but until you receive the knowledge of Jesus Christ, you will remain in bondage. The much of Him you know is the extent your freedom is guaranteed.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children” (Hosea 4:6). From this scripture, it is evident that the knowledge of God provides several benefits: It prevents destruction, provides divine acceptance and Heaven’s seal of approval over your ministry; and makes God to remember your children always. If you must remain in ministry, you must know Him. If it will be well with your family, you must know Him. Knowing Him is a matter of life and death. Daniel 11:32 says the knowledge of God produces strength, courage and ushers a person into the realm of the miraculous. It is wisdom to know Him. It is greater wisdom to dig deep and draw nearer in a bid to know Him more. Do you know Him? How much of Jesus Christ do you know? Irrespective of what you have known of Him, there is yet a depth you have not yet tasted, a height you have not yet attained and a width you have not comprehended. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you today and everyday.
Father, reveal yourself to me and grant unto me the strength that comes from the knowledge of you.
Bible in One year: John 1-3