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Open Heavens Devotional: DON’T ENRICH THE GRAVE – Sunday, June 17, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor advice, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest. Ecclesiastes 9:10

Read: Ecclesiastes 9:4-10

Your focus in life will affect you in time and in eternity. The one who focuses on material things will someday be separated from them when death comes, leaving the fellow with nothing on earth and nothing in the world to come. But the one who focuses on the things from above – a thriving relationship with God, the fruit and gifts of the Holy Spirit, winning several souls to Christ, advancing the work of God’s kingdom etc., will have the rewards awaiting him or her in eternity (Colossians 3:1-3). What are you giving most of your time, intellect and money? Remember you time will be up someday. Some have even lost their salvation to the pursuit of material things which sooner or later will be separated from them.

There is need to always remind yourself that after death there is no room for change anymore. Whatever you do now will be your peak at the point of death. After death, all such activities cease. Any talent you have not developed or utilised before death will go with the body to the grave after death. The cemetery is said to be the richest place on earth because it harbours all the unutilised talents, abilities, and even anointing which have become forever dormant by virtue of being in that location. Elijah served the Lord and transferred a double portion of his anointing to Elisha. The latter served the Lord too but because his servant Gehazi missed it, and the sons of the prophets in their prophetic schools did not pay the price, he went to the grave with his anointing. Any endowment that goes with you to the grave without being used for the benefit of your fellow man is wasted. After death, you will account for such waste. In other words, those abilities, talents to write, sing, win souls, motivate, etc., which you failed to use before death will become eternal exhibits which will be used against you. Has God given you life? Use it to its fullest. Develop all, not just some of God’s gifts in your life and maximally utilize them for His glory. The grave must not receive anything else from you other than a totally emptied body. Don’t enrich the grave!

PRAYER POINT:

Lord, help me to maximally utilize all the divine deposits in me to the extent that the grave will be unable to inherit anything from me when l die.

Bible in One year: Zechariah 7-10

Open Heavens Devotional: TIME & OPPORTUNITIES – Saturday, June 16, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him. Psalms 32:6

Read: Numbers 14: 35-45

Time is an asset given by God to man. However, its illusionary static nature when considered over a short span deceives men. Time is slowly ticking away, quickly converting every second in the present into a thing of the past. How you relate with time will determine whether you will succeed or not. In Numbers 13 and 14, God asked the children of Israel to go and possess the Promised Land, a great opportunity. So they sent 12 spies to check it out and report back to them. Ten of them gave an evil report by stating all they saw physically and concluding that it would be impossible for them to take the land. On the other hand, Caleb and Joshua gave a good report by saying that the problems in the land were no match for the God of Israel. When they revolted against God and His servant Moses, God stepped in and plagued the 10 spies who brought the evil report and they died before the Lord. By the time the congregation realised their error they said they had sinned and were now prepared to go to the Promised Land as earlier instructed by God, but God said it was already too late. Their fate had been sealed! All who left Egypt from age 20 and above were to die in the wilderness without entering the Promise Land. Only the teenagers and children would make it. That is a classical case of missed opportunity in time.

No level of tears could turn the hands of the clock backwards. One lesson here is that the time you perform any assignment for God is very crucial to Him. If God asks you to do something, He also has the time that is right for you to do it. If you choose to do it at a time other than His time, it may not have the same desired impact or the missed opportunities might become irrecoverable or recovering such opportunities might come at a high cost. Whatever God instructs you to do, be in a hurry to do it except He instruct you otherwise. Is the Spirit urging you to pray? Pray now! Please suspend all you are doing and obey, if not, by the time you think you have the time to pray, it might be too late. Some people are sowing their seeds too late. Some prayers are done too late. Some acts of obedience are coming rather too late. Many people are surrendering too late. Don’t be a victim of opportunities lost in time! If you follow divine timing, you will never do anything too late.

KEY POINT:

The devil and the spirit of death, use the illusion of the constancy of time in deceiving those who defer their salvation to a later date thinking they have a lot of time.

Bible in One year: Zechariah 4-6

Open Heavens Devotional: HARDENED BY GOD? – Friday, June 15, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name’s sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed. Isaiah 66:5

Read: Exodus 4:21-23

On the Mount of Transfiguration, God said Jesus Christ is His Son that must be heard (Matthew 17:5). Hearing Him is most important for everyone who comes into this world. Why must you hear Him? It is because He has something to say to you in every area of your life that can be of benefit to you, which you may not yet know. You need to also hear Him because He holds the key to your success in life and ministry. You need to hear Him because being your creator and the creator of the earth; He knows what to do to fix any problem that arises concerning His creation. From today, the Lord will grant you grace to hear Jesus and obey promptly.

Moreover, Jesus must be heard because failing to hear and comply with His instructions can lead to terrible consequences. If you doubt this, ask Pharaoh. God told pharaoh to let His people go but he said he did not recognise the God of the Hebrews. God persisted in His request and Pharaoh persisted in his resistance. At some point, God said since Pharaoh had hardened his heart, he would be divinely assisted to do so the more (Exodus 4:21-23). By the time God hardened Pharaoh’s heart, he became like a robot that was programmed to resist God. As far as God was concerned, Pharaoh had already perished even before he got to the Red Sea. God also instructed King Saul to wipe out the Amalekites but he spared their King and some animals. That disobedience cost him his crown. Many blessings have been lost because of disobedience or partial obedience by those God loves. Whenever you harden your heart, you get into trouble. In Hosea 5:6-9, God said Ephraim shall be desolate because he had earlier hardened his heart by being joined to his idols. God therefore left him alone. May God not leave you alone! Do you take time to hear Him? Do you provoke Him to speak to you? Do you wait on Him, doing nothing else but just waiting on Him in fasting, prayer, worship, praise and thanksgiving? Have you complied with all He has spoken to you? Your response to God’s Word shows the kind of heart you have. What type of heart do you have?

ACTION POINT:

Most victories are lost because we refuse to wait on Him until He speaks to us. Ask for grace to seek Him until you find Him.

Bible in one year: Zechariah 1-3

Open Heavens Devotional: HE REIGNS ALONE – Thursday, June 14, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. Psalms 90:2

Read: 1 Samuel 5:1-5

One remarkable, unchangeable truth about our God is that He is the One ever in charge. He is in charge forever! He has always been in charge and will ever be in charge hence Revelation 1:8 says He is the Alpha and Omega. In Exodus 3:14, He says I AM that I AM. That means He is in charge even right now. Praise God! When we say our God reigneth, it means since no two captains can be in a ship, our God is the One in charge of our ship. When our God is reigning in a life, sickness or disease cannot be ruling there at the same time. A man was brought to Jesus in whose life sickness ruled. He was paralyzed and was carried by four people to where Jesus was. When they could not come anywhere close to the door, they broke through the roof of the house and lowered the man before Lord. Being in charge, Jesus forgave his sins and healed him instantly and that was the end of his paralysis (Mark 2:1-12).

God cannot reign with demons at the same time. Psalms 24:7-10 says God is the Lord of Hosts, the King of Glory, the Lord strong and mighty, the One who controls all the hosts. He is the Commander-in-chief of the Host. He cannot be reigning over a life or situation and one demon or devil will be ruling over the same life or situation. When the Ark of the Covenant of God was brought into the temple of Dagon- an idol, by the following morning, Dagon was seen prostrating before the Ark of God. The temple priests thought it was by mistake so they picked it up and put it to stand in its place. But by the following morning it had fallen down and the neck and hands were broken. As a result that temple became abandoned by its priest! God never shares His reign with anyone. Is God reigning in your life and sickness is thriving there at the same time? Something is wrong somewhere! Is God reigning in your life and demons are tormenting you too? Find out, there must be something wrong somewhere. Everything that is contending with the Most High God in your life shall give way today in Jesus name. God reigns alone.

KEYPOINT:

Jesus reigns but the devil and anything evil rule their subjects. The surest way to prevent the rule of evil in your life is by allowing Jesus to reign there.

 
Bible in one year: 2 & 3 John, Jude

Open Heavens Devotional: CLEAN SWEEP – Wednesday, June 13, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. Isaiah 41:13

Read: Isaiah 41: 10-13

God cannot tolerate the abuse of power. When you use the anointing meant to repair and build up lives to destroy lives, it amounts to abuse of power. There are some men of God who have become so intolerant of their wives. When they started, they were nobody but today God has lifted them. Suddenly, they realize their wife is not educated, pretty or modern enough for their self-styled ministry. They will pick up quarrels at the slightest provocation. Since they cannot divorce, they will begin to use their tongue to condemn, devalue and pronounce death on such wives hoping that with their anointed tongues they can kill their spouse and then get married to some particular dynamic sister they have seen. This is wickedness of the highest order. God says He will be the witness between husband and wife (Malachi 2:14). Every evil pronouncement on your spouse is cancelled. If you do not repent, such evil wishes will return to you. Embrace your wife and treat her like a queen and all will be well with you.

It must be noted that God does not fight half-heartedly. Psalms 68:1-3 says when God arises, all His enemies will be scattered. Isaiah 41:10-13 says when you seek for those God has scattered; it will be a futile search. When God decides to fight, there will be nothing left – no trace of the enemy. When the fire of God roasts His enemies, you cannot even recognize them by the ashes. It is only a fool that will provoke God to fight him or her. If you walk with Him in total obedience and love, you will provoke Him to fight your enemies. But never let Him fight you. Believers who fail to tithe correctly are calling on God to fight them. If you are proud or disobedient, you are inviting Him to fight you. God does not fight the enemies of those who disobey Him because they are classed together in the same camp. Are you messing up and God is looking at you with mercy yet you take His mercy for granted? You are joking with fire! Repent today and make peace with Him. Be in His good books so that good things will fall to you and you will be kept from His judgment.

PRAYER POINT:

Father, let nothing ever pitch me against You for the rest of my life.

 
Bible in one year: 1 John 3-5

Open Heavens Devotional: UNDER AUTHORITY – Tuesday, June 12, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed. Luke 7:7

Read: Luke 7:1-10

One person who understood authority and order is the Centurion of Luke 7:1-10. When he met Jesus and asked of Him healing for his sick servant, he asked the Lord not to bother coming to his house as he was not worthy of such honour. He only requested a word from Jesus to heal his servant where he was. By this, the centurion was saying he recognised the link between Jesus and His Father hence a word of command from Jesus would be like His Father was the One dishing it out. Being a soldier under Caesar, the centurion could issue orders to soldiers under him and they would obey, not because of him, but because of his master Caesar.

From this encounter the Centurion had with Jesus, it is glaring that what you know will determine the extent you can go. You can never go above your knowledge. But it is not just what you know but acting out what you know. Many people have knowledge but they never apply it. The knowledge that is not applied is useless to the one who has it. To what extent have you applied your knowledge of God’s Word to change your situation? What you don’t know brings a limitation into your life. The more ignorant you are, the more limited you will be and the less value anybody can derive from you. Show me a man that people get blessed from whenever he takes a sermon, talk or exhortation, and l will show you a man who pays a price to acquire knowledge. To what extent are you seeking knowledge today? In addition, that link between the Father and Jesus is extended to us. That is, when you command demons, sicknesses and problems and they obey, it is not because of your powerful, baritone voice, your dressing or even your make up; it is because of the authority that is backing you- the authority of Jesus. When you cast out devils, they will say: “Imagine this little rat who was born just yesterday issuing orders to us! Anyway, we have to obey or else be roasted by the Consuming Fire”. This is why you must never break your link with Jesus.

KEY POINT:

It takes you being under God’s authority to operate by His authority.

Bible in one year: 1 John 1-2

Open Heavens Devotional: THE DOOR SHALL OPEN – Monday, June 11, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

 
Memorise: I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. John 10:9.

Read: John 10:7-9

 
To enter into a house or a car, it is expected that you use the door. Any other mode of entry is seen as illegal and makes its user a criminal of some sort. What then is a door? A door is the boundary between in and out. When the door is shut, those who are inside stay indoors while those who are outside stay out. In Matthew 25:1-12, Jesus tells us the parable of the 10 virgins. As soon as the bridegroom arrived, the wise virgins went in with him and the door was shut. It is only when a door is open that those inside can go out and those outside can come in. The door needs to open so that all your blessings can come in, and every plant God has not planted in your life can go out. There may be several other doors but Jesus Christ is the Door. He is the door that grants you access. He makes entry into any area possible. In Exodus 14:15-28, God instructed the Israelites to move forward when they stood before the red sea. Confused, they looked up to Him, as they did, the Door opened a door through the red sea for them. Are you at a point of decision, not knowing whether to go forward or backward? Have you reached a point you consider your wits end and know no where else to go? The Door will open up a door for you today.

 

When the Door met the man who was born lame in Acts 3:1-8, He opened the door of progress to him and the man began to make tremendous progress. There is also a door of healing. According to Exodus 15:26, anyone who needs healing can pass through the Door- Jesus. Promotion also has a door. If that door is not opened to you, you will remain where you have been. If men fail to open this door to you, you can meet the Door and go through Him. In 1 Samuel 16:11-13, we read of David. This youth never in his wildest dreams thought he could be a king as there had never been one from his family before. Yet, because he was linked with the Door, the door of promotion was opened to him. What door is refusing to open to you presently? Through the influence of the Door, it shall open to you this season.

 

PRAYER POINT:

Ask the Door to give you access into the areas or realms you have found difficult to enter.

 

Bible in one year: Psalms 25-27

 

Open Heavens Devotional: SEPARATION – Sunday, June 10, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. 1 Corinthians 15:26.

Read: 1 Corinthians 15:25-28

Death is the enemy of every living soul but one day, it shall cease to be relevant. 1 Corinthians 15:26 says:

The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. 

An African proverb says: “The one who is dead has paid all debts but the living has one more debt to pay”. Generally, people fear death. They will do everything possible to keep this thief from completing its mission in their lives. But what you fear so much becomes your master or even your god. What you fear ends up taking you into its bondage. An employee who dreads a sack will do everything possible to please his employer, even to the point of displeasing God sometimes. As a result of the level of fear people have towards death, they have become enslaved to it. Many are in bondage because of fear. Hebrews 2:14-15 says Jesus tasted death for all of us so that in the process, He might liberate us from this bondage. The fear of death has led many people into all kinds of covenants and satanic cults. 1 John 4:18 says fear torments its victim on a continuous basis. The day you stop being afraid of death, you have secured your freedom.

Why do people fear death so much? It is because it brings about permanent separation from people, places and things. Whenever you travel to some distant location, there is a temporary separation from your family, house, car, etc, but as soon as you are back, that separation is over. According to 1 Corinthians 7:39, death separates husband and wife permanently. In 2 Samuel 12:15-23, when the product of David’s adulterous affair died, David stopped fasting, washed himself and ate his food saying that the child was no longer going to return to him. When somebody dies, he is separated from his house and his bed; no matter how rich he was or how much he liked his bed, he will be moved to the mortuary (Luke 12:16-21). There are earthly things with limited life-span and there are things of eternal value (1 Corinthians 9:24-25). Death may separate you from loved ones, places and things but if you have anything of eternal value, they will remain with you forever. This is why you should focus more on building up your heavenly reserves. In any case, how prepared are you for death or the rapture?

KEY POINT:

If death was to come calling now, would you have anything of Eternal value to look forward to in Heaven?

Bible in one year: Psalms 22-24

Open Heavens Devotional: CELEBRATORY MEAL – Saturday, June 9, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: And l, if l be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. John 12:32.

Read: John12:31-33

There are different types of meals. Meals are usually eaten day to day to survive. But there are meals taken to mark an important occasion such as marriage, house warming, child’s naming or office promotion. Such meals are celebratory meals. This type of meal is not taken every day but once in a while, as occasion demands. The Holy Communion falls within this class. It is a celebratory meal. It is no ordinary meal. To take an ordinary meal, the whole family could sit at the dinning table at home to eat family sized bread and drink some wine. We do not have to embark on a journey just to take a regular meal. But the communion meal is worth travelling for.

Why is the Communion meal special? It is special because the Holy Communion is a celebration of victory- victory over sin. 1 John 1:7 says the Blood cleanses us from all sins. When you take the wine, you are indirectly saying, Thank God my sins are gone. The Holy Communion is also a celebration of victory over sickness. As you eat the bread, you are equally saying, Thank God for healing all my sickness and diseases because His body was broken for me. The stripes that broke the body of Jesus delivered healing to us. As you drink the wine, you celebrate victory over the devil because Revelation 12:11 says they overcame the devil by the blood of the lamb. Similarly, when you take the blood you celebrate your victory over bondage. Imagine the termination of over 400 years of slavery in Egypt by one meal! If you take this meal and you remain under satanic bondage, something is wrong somewhere. In addition, when you partake of the Holy Communion, you celebrate your victory over stagnation because He said in John 12:32, if He is lifted from the earth to the cross, He will draw men to himself. His crucifixion has brought about your promotion. As you eat the bread, remember that since He has been lifted high, you too have been lifted above stagnation. That is why your delayed promotion has no choice but to come to you this season

PRAYER POINT:

Father, thank you for the victories you have given me through the body and blood of Jesus Christ.

Bible in One year: Psalms 19-21

Open Heavens Devotional: SAY NO TO STINGINESS! – Friday, June 8, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it. Proverbs 11:26.

Read: Proverbs 11:24-26

It is a terrible thing to be a miser. The miser stands between those he or she is sent to and their blessing. When God blesses the fellow because of those around him, their blessing will end up with him, whereas the supposed beneficiaries will continue to petition Heaven for their provision and God would say, “But l have released their blessings to so and so”. If God wants to use you as a channel to bless others but you convert their blessings into yours, you are a thief, a robber, an oppressor and a wicked fellow. That act of wickedness may shut the doors of blessings against you. There are many brethren who are still having in their custody items God had instructed them to give to their pastors, missionaries, or some needy persons. Some are still sitting on the money meant for others. Has God instructed or prompted you to give something- clothes, shoe, specific amount of money, a job opportunity, some time of intercession, a car, a house, etc. to somebody? From that moment the item ceased to be yours. It is now another person’s property in your custody just like tithe is God’s money in your custody. If you fail to release the item(s) to the owner(s), you are only inviting curses and devourers.

If you are tight-fisted, it will affect your today and tomorrow. It will also affect your children and even generations after you. If you find it difficult to give, you can’t be helped. A pastor that cannot give will turn his congregation into church of misers. If such a pastor wants to raise funds for a project and he cannot give for the same purpose, many who should give may follow his bad precedent. Ask God to deliver you from the spirit of stinginess. Ask for the grace to give. Are you a giver? Do not rest on your oars! You can give more to trigger greater blessings. You can out-give others. You can move from 10 to 20, 30, 50, or even 90 percent on tithing and see how God will embarrass you. Strive to lead when it comes to giving. Give generously and cheerfully. Give regularly. Give to God’s servants even when they are not ministering to you. Just be a blessing.

KEYPOINT:

If you by faith reverse the order of tithing from 10 percent to 90, God will reverse the order of blessing you from the ordinary to the extraordinary.

Bible in one year: Psalms 16-18

Open Heavens Devotional: SEASONS OF LIFE – Thursday, June 7, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. Genesis 8:22

Read: Psalms 16:5-8

According to John 9:4, in everyone’s life, there is a day season and a night season. The former is ruled by the sun while the latter is ruled by the moon. In the life of believers, the Sun of Righteousness is ready to rule your day season hence He instructs believers to be ready to do their best during the day. Even the Lord acknowledges the difficulty of working in the night. If you will be a king in Heaven and occupy one of the thrones there, you must learn to work in your day season. The average day season starts from childhood to about 59. Your night season starts from 60 years. If you are below 60, make haste to do the bidding of the Lord. Ensure you fulfill His purpose for your life. If you are 60 and above but have not done much, ask God to have mercy on you and turn your night season into day. He did that for Moses, who at the age of 80 when he should be retiring, God commissioned him. He even served for 40 years up till 120 years. He could have continued but for anger. If Moses could achieve so much for God in ministry at that age, you too can. In fact, you can do much more.

Take stock of your achievements in the Kingdom. Has God specifically told you what He wants you to do? Have you done those things exceptionally well? God deserves the highest quality of service from His children. Is there anything left undone? Is there any aspect of the work you have done that needs to be improved upon? If you were sitting for an examination, and have finished but you still have some time left, you would most likely go over the questions and the answers you provided to be sure you have not goofed. You can apply the same to your work for God. You can make necessary corrections while you can. Ensure you render quality services to the Lord. Offer sacrificial services too. Do everything you can just to please the Master.

PRAYER POINTS:

Lord, may l never be found wanting in my divine assignments and grant me grace to complete them in their season.

Bible in one year: Psalms 13-15

Open Heavens Devotional: PATIENCE: A VIRTUE – Wednesday, June 6, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. James 1:3

Read: James 1:3-4

Patience is an indispensable virtue for all believers in Christ. In the first place, the race we are called into can only be run through patience because it is a marathon. (Hebrew 12:1) Also, there is hardly any promise of God that can be fulfilled in the life of believers without the combination of faith and patience (Hebrew 6:12). As indispensable as faith is to a Christian, so also is patience. No wonder it is part of the fruit of the spirit- longsuffering (Galatians 5:22). Do you know that when your faith is being tried, God uses that trial to generate patience in you (James 1:3)? This implies that the longer the period of trial, the greater your level of patience. But, when you fail to handle a particular trial of faith the way you should, it will not generate the level of patience that it should. For this reason, many who have gone through trials and complained throughout, grumbled against God, saw God as the opposition or even dropped in their personal obedience or commitment to God, ended up with little or no increase in patience.

If you have a lot of patience, you are rich. Like faith, patience is needed in virtually every area. According to today’s reading, patience has a divine assignment to perform in our lives that will make us perfect. There is no perfection without patience and without perfection you cannot see God. So to see God, you need patience. Patience can attract God’s mercy to qualify the unqualified. We see this in the case of the Syrophenician woman who approached the Lord for the deliverance of her daughter. Even when the Lord ignored her and she was virtually called a “dog”, she persisted in the presence of the Lord. At last, her patience qualified her for the miracle her demographics had disqualified her from (Mark 7:25-30). How much patience do you have? Some leaders brag about how impatient they are without knowing how impoverished that makes them. Ask God for the grace to build more deposits of patience until you are rich in patience and it shows.

ACTION POINT:

Until patience has its full impact in your life, you cannot be what you were meant to be. Ask that God will make you perfect through patience.

Bible in one year: Psalms 10-12

Open Heavens Devotional: UNSERIOUSNESS – Tuesday, June 5, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Romans 12:11.

Read: 2 Kings 13:14-19

If you will manifest as more than a conqueror that you are, you must first conquer the laziness in your life. If you fail to do this, it will surely affect other areas of your life. It is common for a particular weakness in an individual’s character to affect virtually every area of his or her life. For instance, a primary school pupil who finds it difficult to be early to school, will most likely be known as a late comer at secondary and tertiary institutions he goes through. He will also be a late comer at his place of work when he starts working. He will equally find it difficult as a worker to attend the worker’s meeting at 7am on Sunday mornings in church. Even in ministry as a pastor he will do things late. Who knows, he may even get to the gate of Heaven too late and be disqualified from entering. If you have identified lateness as a weakness, start applying corrective measures now before it escalates and affects every area of your life.

Another area of character weakness that must be addressed relates to carelessness. Some people never take anything seriously and in the process they never become what God ordained them to be. We find an example in 2 Kings 13:14-19. Elisha was sick and the king paid him a visit. Since Elisha knew he would die through that illness and he wanted the issue of their enemies settled, he asked the king to take a bow and arrows and fire them through the window prophetically, with his hand upon his to signify how far the enemy would be defeated. After shooting the arrow, the king was asked to strike the ground and he stuck only three times and stopped. Elisha was angry with him saying that three defeats were not enough to have complete victory over the Syrians. Can you believe that even with the correction and rebuke from the man of God, the king did not strike further. In our meetings if l ask the congregation to pray for one hour, some people will pray for 30 minutes and start looking at me as if they never saw me before. Are you resting before the time? It could be very dangerous. In 1 Kings 13:1-24, God sent a young prophet to deliver a message and return without resting on the way. But on his way back he decided to rest and he never got home to tell the rest of the story. How careful are you? How up and doing are you in the things of God?

ACTION POINT:

The anger which robbed Moses of the Promised Land at 120 started in his childhood. Ask that every vice in your life capable of breaking your trip to the Promised Land be uprooted in Jesus name.

Bible in one year: Psalms 7-9

Open Heavens Devotional: ABUSE OF POWER FORBIDDEN – Monday, June 4, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Matthew 18:6

Read: 2 Samuel 12:1-10

One thing God cannot stand is oppression. He cannot tolerate abuse of power or office. As we know, all power belongs to God (Psalms 62:11; Matthew 28:18). Whatever power you have been given to exercise is simply delegated. Daniel 4:25-26 says God rules in the affairs of men. He is interested in who becomes what and how they use the power God has given to them. In 2 Samuel 12:1-14, when David abused his power by taking another man’s wife and murdering him, God was grossly displeased and judged him by saying that the sword shall never depart from his house. That judgement was a fatal one! It is like saying, because you arranged the death of my innocent servant, in your lineage, the enemies will always have a reason to fight and kill your descendants. The harvest of David’s sin was beyond the normal: it was extraordinary! This tells us that as a believer, you must be afraid of oppression a fellow believer, especially the less privileged. It is even worse if the fellow is very dedicated to God. Why? One offence against him could earn you a generational harvest of the same evil you did-making you no different from Gehazi.

It is a very dangerous thing to abuse one’s authority. The reason God puts you there or allowed you to get there is so that you can positively touch lives, and improve the lot of those under you, be it in government, church or work place. With all his wisdom and wealth, Solomon only succeeded in oppressing the poor Israelites hence after his death, the whole nation went to Rehoboam- Solomon’s son and successor- to ask that he made his father’s yoke on them lighter (1 kings 12:1-4). Is your presence in that position or office bringing smiles to the less privileged brethren?

KEY POINT:

According to Matthew 18:6, drowning is a lighter punishment for oppressors of believers compared with what they will receive for their oppressive acts. Are you an oppressor?

Bible in one year: Psalms 4-6

Open Heavens Devotional: FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE – Sunday, June 3, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 16:17

Read: Matthew 16:13-17

Some years ago, I was invited to preach somewhere for three days. The first day was on faith and the second day was on healing.  So l told the pastor l will speak on restitution on the third day, but he refused. He did not want a message he claimed could scatter the crowd. Stop following the crowd. Stand distinct. Let God look down from Heaven and say, I have one faithful son. In Romans 8:34-39, Apostle Paul says nothing can separate us from God’s Love. True, nothing except you. Knowing Him will definitely cost you something. But how do we know Him? There are primary and secondary ways of knowing Him. John 5:39 says you can know Him by what others have experienced or declared of Him. That is from a secondary source. You should never be content with just what people say about Jesus. Or what they have experienced with Him; get your own encounter with Him! He said in Matthew 11:27 that:

All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

Besides what others have shared about Jesus, you should have a first hand revelation of Him. This is the primary way of knowing Him. You need to experience Him to know Him.

While studying John 15:1-5 some years ago, insights began to come to me. If He is the vine and I am one of the branches connected to the vine, it follows that what is flowing through the vine is also flowing through me. Then it occurred to me that the day I became born again, I had a blood transfusion. The blood flowing in the Lord Jesus is the same flowing in me. To whom will He give revelations? To somebody like John the Beloved who was very intimate with the Lord (John 13:21-26). John was so intimate with the Lord that the other disciples knew it. He became someone the Master could not hide anything from. The day I understood this passage, I asked God to make me like John the Beloved. But He said: “love begets love”. Parents are expected to love their children equally. But do they? They still love one child above others. While the other disciples saw God’s acts and were in awe of Him, John saw God’s ways and touched His humanity. Knowing Him makes all the difference both in time and eternity. Seek to know Him from today. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal Jesus to you.

ACTION POINT:

Ask God to reveal Himself to you like He did to Abraham in Genesis 17:1.

Bible in one year: Psalms 1:3

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