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Open Heavens Devotional: A VOICE IN YOUR FAVOUR Sunday 12 June 2011

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.” (Acts 5:39).

Read: Acts 5 :33-40

In Exodus 2 :5-10 , despite the prevailing death decree hanging over newly born male Israelites, Pharaoh’s daughter favoured baby Moses. Irrespective of your enemy’s negative decrees over your life, God will grant you favour before them this year. One thing we learn from this story is that the purpose of your enemies is to serve as God’s instruments amidst other enemies, to stop them from harming you. This shows that not all enemies are enemies indeed. Some are your potential helpers, domiciled among your staunch enemies. It is my prayer that your helpers within the enemy’s camp will be active in your favour this year.

“And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of water” (Exo. 2: 10). Can you imagine that the same baby Moses that was been hunted down from the palace was returned to the same palace to be raised as a prince? From this we learn that wherever a death sentence was issued against you, a life warrant can also come your way from these. Apart from Moses, one person who experienced this was David. While King Saul sought to kill him with the backing of the army of Israel, his son, Jonathan sought to protect him with all at its disposal. In the name of Jesus, protection shall arise for you where a decree of death or destruction is sent against you. Similarly, among the enemies of the early Church, God raised up a voice to speak for the preservation of the Christian faith. That man was Gamaliel. He was highly regarded in their midst (the Jews). His advice was not something they could easily ignore. He warned them to leave the disciples of Jesus alone lest they found themselves fighting against God. He told them that, time would prove the genuineness or otherwise of the new Christian faith. That was the counsel that restrained them from embarking on a mass massacre of the disciples. In the coven where evil is being planned against you, God will raise for you a voice. Where your enemies are gathered in the four corners of the globe, the Lord will raise for you a voice. God will use somebody they cannot ignore among them to speak for you. It shall be well with you.

PRAYER POINT: Father, where a death sentence has been issued against me, let a life warrant be issued for me from the same stable.

Bible in One year: Heb. 11-13

Open Heavens Devotional: WORRYING IS UNPROFITABLE – Thursday 9 June 2011

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

 

MEMORIZE: “Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?” (Matt. 6:27).

READ: Matthew 6:25-32

Using your mental faculties or mind to worry about things or events, is an abuse of God’s purpose of giving you such great resources. Generally, human beings are concerned about the past, the present and the future. They fear that their negative past can suddenly catch up with them. Concerning the present, people also carry loads of worries. If things are bad, they begin to worry whether there would ever be improvement. If things are good, they fret about continuity. The fellow without a car worries whether he will ever own a car in his life time. When he gets one, his worry becomes whether it will last—will it be stolen or will it be involved in an accident? If any of these happens, would he be able to raise enough money to replace the car? In Matthew 6:25-32, our Lord Jesus Christ commands us not to be worried, fretful or over-anxious about our past or present. Worrying over the past blinds your heart concerning all of God’s past goodness and victories, leaving only fear. Similarly, worrying over the present robs you of the joy of the moment, leaving you with hopelessness, doubt and fear. Verse 27 of our reading clearly tells us that if there is one activity that is totally unprofitable, it is engaging in worry. It takes all your time and in turn delivers you nothing but hypertension. If you channel the time wasted in worrying into praising and worshipping God or some other healthy spiritual activity, you will be close to the solution. Worrying takes you further away from the solution.

For many, another subject of worry is the future. “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof” (Matt. 6:34). Most people worry about the future. What will tomorrow bring? What happens after my retirement? Who will take care of me when I am too old to take care of myself? What is the guarantee that I will reach old age? Is it safe to relax now that my parent have lucrative jobs or hold powerful positions? If I am rich today, is there any guarantee that my wealth will sustain me and my children in the future? Stop worrying about your future! Worrying about the future robs you of joys ahead. It also robs you of hope, fills you with fear and can lead to untimely death. Worrying takes your heart from God and hands it over to your enemy: the spirit of fear. It robs you of your prayer life. Take all those issues that you are mindful of to Jesus and look up to Him for direction and solution.

 

ACTION POINT: Worry, fear and anxiety are Satan’s weapons. Give them no place in your life!

Bible in One year: Heb. 1-4

 

 

Open Heavens Devotional: ALREADY PROVIDED – Wednesday 8 June 2011

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:” (Eph. 1:3).

READ: Ephesians 1 :3-5

The Lord Jesus Christ is linked with history. The word ‘history’ is a fusion of two words – his and story. Simply put, history is the story of God. History is a play written by God and acted by men. Hence, events on earth are dated according to the years before the birth of Christ (BC.) or after the death of Christ (A.D.) . Without Jesus Christ, the world’s timing will be incomplete. Acts 4 :27-28 says that the crucifixion of Jesus had been pre- ordained. Right from the time of Adam’s fall, it was prophesied that the seed of the woman would bruise the head of the serpent, while the heels of the former would be bruise (Gen. 3 : 14-15). This simply shows that nothing takes God by surprise. Ever before Adam and Eve fell, the all knowing God saw that they would fall into sin, so He arranged for Jesus to come as the Lamb of God who would be slain for the sins of the world. Hence, Revelation 13 :8 says, “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world”. God is a great planner. Before Adam was ever created, God who had known that he would fall made provision to restore men back to Himself.

Just as God had provided for man’s reconciliation and restoration before his fall, so also has God provided for your life on earth ever before you were created. Ephesians 1 :3 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:”. Before you were born, He equally provided all that you would ever need to get to your destination. Sadly, although God’s provision existed before we were born, not everyone has accessed it. Your provisions are in Jesus Christ. What you need to succeed in ministry has already been provided before you came into that ministry. All you need to do is receive His provision through His Word and let Him guide you on how, when, and where to possess your provision. This season, as you engaged in unlimited thanksgiving, you will access your provisions.

PRAYER POINT: Thank God for what He has provided for your success. Ask Him for grace to access them.

Bible in One year: Matt. 26-28

Open Heavens Devotional: COMMITTED LIKE PAUL? Tuesday 7 June 2011

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” (Acts 21 :13).

READ: Acts 21 :8-14

As a bona fide friend, one way of standing by Jesus Christ is to stand by His followers. In the judgement of the nations at Christ’s second advent, the Lord says He would command the sheep nations at His right hand, saying “Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matt. 25:40). If you want to stand by Jesus, look for the less privileged believers to assist. Support them with your substance. Make a difference in their lives. Some people look for the opportunity to assist wealthy believers, probably because they can easily get help from them in return. That is not standing by Christ! Go and help those who cannot help you. Bless those who cannot bless you. Let them testify that their lives became better because you allowed God to use you. Some teenagers require assistance in enrolling for examinations but there is nobody to help. That is why you are there. That is why God gave you surplus so that they can be assisted (Gal. 6 :9-10).

In addition, standing by Christ is attaining the height of commitment to the Kingdom of God, which means, to get to the point of dying for Him. Many people can confess their love for Christ but when it comes to the point of dying for Him, they will simply retreat into their shells. In Acts 21 :11-14 , when it was revealed that Paul was going to be jailed in Jerusalem, the brethren at Caesarea mounted pressure on him not to go there. But what did he say? Verse 13 says, “Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus”. As a missionary, your level of commitment is revealed by the countries, cities and communities you are prepared to go to. Some people always ‘ hear’ God asking them to go to developed countries. They never hear God asking them to go to Muslim countries or war- torn nations. But I should think that, as a missionary, you are totally sold out to the Lord. Do you love Jesus to the point of going to a war zone for the sake of the Gospel? The one who is committed to Jesus is not after comfort. If your commitment to Christ has not reached the point where you see death as a gain (like Paul did in Philippians 1 :20-21) , your claim to having Christ as your friend is questionable.

ACTION POINT: Your level of commitment determines the extent God can use you. Pray for a heart of total commitment.

Bible in One year: Matt 23-25

Open Heavens Devotional: COMMITTED LIKE PAUL? Tuesday 7 June 2011

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” (Acts 21 :13).

READ: Acts 21 :8-14

As a bona fide friend, one way of standing by Jesus Christ is to stand by His followers. In the judgement of the nations at Christ’s second advent, the Lord says He would command the sheep nations at His right hand, saying “Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matt. 25:40). If you want to stand by Jesus, look for the less privileged believers to assist. Support them with your substance. Make a difference in their lives. Some people look for the opportunity to assist wealthy believers, probably because they can easily get help from them in return. That is not standing by Christ! Go and help those who cannot help you. Bless those who cannot bless you. Let them testify that their lives became better because you allowed God to use you. Some teenagers require assistance in enrolling for examinations but there is nobody to help. That is why you are there. That is why God gave you surplus so that they can be assisted (Gal. 6 :9-10).

In addition, standing by Christ is attaining the height of commitment to the Kingdom of God, which means, to get to the point of dying for Him. Many people can confess their love for Christ but when it comes to the point of dying for Him, they will simply retreat into their shells. In Acts 21 :11-14 , when it was revealed that Paul was going to be jailed in Jerusalem, the brethren at Caesarea mounted pressure on him not to go there. But what did he say? Verse 13 says, “Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus”. As a missionary, your level of commitment is revealed by the countries, cities and communities you are prepared to go to. Some people always ‘ hear’ God asking them to go to developed countries. They never hear God asking them to go to Muslim countries or war- torn nations. But I should think that, as a missionary, you are totally sold out to the Lord. Do you love Jesus to the point of going to a war zone for the sake of the Gospel? The one who is committed to Jesus is not after comfort. If your commitment to Christ has not reached the point where you see death as a gain (like Paul did in Philippians 1 :20-21) , your claim to having Christ as your friend is questionable.

ACTION POINT: Your level of commitment determines the extent God can use you. Pray for a heart of total commitment.

Bible in One year: Matt 23-25

Open Heavens Devotional: HEARING WELL? Monday 6 June 2011

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.” (Prov. 20:12).

READ: Proverbs 20:12

God can control what is heard by people. In 2 Kings 7:1-20, He made the Syrian army to hear the sound of a mighty invasion of enemy forces. One lesson here is that there is always a chain of fear except around God. The Israelites were afraid of their enemies—the Syrians who besieged them, while they in turn were afraid of the Hittites and Egyptians. This means that those you fear also have those they fear, who also are afraid of others and so on. When those you fear are attacked by those they fear, you will be free. In fact, you will benefit immensely from their defeat as it happened in Samaria. There will be lots of spoils for you to take home. Ask God to keep your enemies under perpetual harassment, oppression and torment by those they fear, since this will be to your advantage.

While driving around our camp ground in the United States recently, my son, who took me around on the first day of my visit, reminded me of something I earlier told him. Years ago, while driving around the same ground, we came by a particular house and the Lord told me, “Son, that is your house”. I told this son of mine but could not bring myself to tell the white owner lest he pointed his gun at me. After some years, the owner of the house called us and declared his intention to sell the house to me. My son told him I had said so several years earlier. Then the man’s wife asked him, “Why did you not tell us earlier? We have been struggling with the idea to sell or not for so long. At least we could have been saved the trouble”. God’s Word will come to pass in your life no matter how long it has taken.

Besides controlling who hears what, God can also decide whether an individual will hear or not. Proverbs 20:12 says, “The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them”. Apart from making the ear, it is God who makes the ear to hear. Some have ears but cannot hear when God is speaking. The first time I heard a man of God say “Thus says the Lord…”, I asked the fellow beside me: “When did God say what the person prophesying claims He said?” Do you hear Him speaking, or are you in doubt like I once was? The Lord will open your ears to hear His voice. Your ears are not functioning well if you can hear everyone else, but cannot hear the One who made those ears. Are you having problems hearing physically? I command healing to come upon your ears today. You will hear well from now on.

 

PRAYER POINT
Father, keep my oppressors under perpetual harassment, oppression and torment of their oppressors, so that they will abandon their satanic mission against me.

Bible in One year: Matt 20-22

 

 

Open Heavens Devotional: RIGHTS OR MERCY? – Saturday 4 June 2011

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me” (Mk. 10:47).

READ: Mark 10 :46-52

It was when the Israelites cried to God that the Lord heard their cry and decided to send them a savior (Exodus 2 :23-25). In other words, until you cry to God over certain issues, Heaven may not pay attention to the matter. If you cannot cry to God about your predicament, it simply means you are comfortable with it, or that you can still tolerate it. Whatever you can tolerate will continue. When you are tired of a particular negative trend like sickness, it will itself know it’s time to go. For many of God’s people, going by their attitude to unpleasant events in their lives, they obviously have not yet reached breaking point. In Mark 10 :46-52 , erstwhile blind beggar Bartimaeus reached the point of saturation regarding his lack of sight. He pondered if he had the right to demand healing from Jesus and felt qualified. All he could ask for was mercy. He got the Lord’s compassion because he asked right.

What right does a secretly sinning believer have to demand for God’s intervention in any area of his or her life? He has lost it! This is why many who should be asking for mercy but are demanding God’s blessing as a matter of right, even when they know they are not in right standing with God, may be experiencing prolonged unanswered prayers. A particular brother was to do Law course some years ago. He ran into several difficulties. His pastor and some others began to intercede on his behalf claiming God’s promises as a matter of right on his behalf but nothing happened. Then one day, after a vigil in their church, the Lord revealed what the brother had been doing secretly. As a result, the pastor changed his prayer to request for mercy. Not long after, respite came and he was able to make headway. Are you still claiming your Kingdom rights when you have defiled your body or displeased God? Sorry, you have temporarily lost your Kingdom benefits. Repent, make restitution where necessary and ask God for mercy. It is when you are living right, and pleasing God that you could stand on your Kingdom rights.

KEY POINT: Effective prayer means knowing how to pray about any given situation-whether to demand for your right or to ask for mercy.

Bible in One year: Matt. 12-15

Open Heavens Devotional- AFRAID LIKE JOB? Friday 3 June 2011

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.” (Job 3:25).

READ: Job 3 :24-26

“To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:” (Col. 1:27). There is hardly anyone on earth without one expectation or another. It is either you anticipate a good outcome or negative one. What is your hope or expectation? Some people expect trouble or the attack of their enemies. When such negative expectations are not adequately curtailed by the power of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God, they become fear. When such a concern moves from the level of minor anxieties into fear, it assumes a higher dimension that appears real or visible even when it is not. Proverbs 10 :24 says, “The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted”. Here we see that both the righteous and the unrighteous have different expectations and God says ‘Amen’ to both.

While the righteous has his good desires met, the wicked sees a manifestation of his worst fears. May God say ‘Amen’ to the fears of your enemies this season! However, believers must be careful about what they desire, hope for or fear. When a believer comes under fear, it could also manifest, like in the case of Job. It was what he had feared that simply manifested (Job 3 :25). Whenever you are in a state of fear, you move from faith to unbelief. At such a point, you spiritually relocate from the congregation of the blessed to the congregation of the unfortunate. What you fear will sometimes manifest. If you fear God alone, you will have definite uncommon experience of Him. If you fear a sickness, it may attack you. The enemy you fear may soon take you into captivity. Job was so obsessed with the thoughts of losing all his wealth that he was hardly at peace. He had no rest of mind. He was disturbed and troubled. He could not enjoy God’s blessing on his life, and with time his fear manifested. What are you worried about? Cast your cares upon Jesus. Worrying and being anxious is not the portion of believers. Why worry when God is there to do the worrying for you? God did not give you your mind and intellect for worrying but for constructive and productive planning, strategic thinking, and for the generation of good ideas.

ACTION POINT: Thoughts progress from worries to fears. Do not allow the evil progression of worry to fear in your life.

Bible in One year: Matt. 8-11

Open Heavens Devotional: JOYS OF HOUSE FELLOWSHIP – Thursday 2 June 2011

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Ps. 16:11).

READ: 1 Samuel 5 :1-5

Whenever we are gathered in small or large groups to honour the Lord, He is present. When we come together in our various house fellowships, God is with us as He has promised: “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matt. 18:20). In every house fellowship, the leader is God’s representative there, enjoying the full backing of the Most High. Even when He is not visible, God stands behind the house fellowship leader, speaking through him, ready to heal, deliver and save. Such a leader becomes God’s voice to reach out to that small group – or church in the house. Never underestimate what God can do through you in a house fellowship centre!

Psalm 16 :11 says, “ Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore”. In every house fellowship meeting, God’s presence is there to release joy to all present. Such joy will be channeled through the house fellowship leader to the members. Being vessel through which the blessings will flow, the house fellowship leader will be the first to be a partaker. It is a great thing to lead a house fellowship! One of the blessings that can flow to members of a house fellowship is prosperity. If you don’t believe it, ask Obededom. He housed the Ark of the Covenant for only three months and it appeared he received the blessings of 30 years! He was so blessed that he was on the national news. In three months, he had a permanent change from a nobody to a man of repute and honour (2 Sam. 6 :9-12). Are you trusting God to change your financial situation? Attend a house fellowship regularly, or make your house available for God’s use as a house fellowship centre. Hold on to God’s promise and blessings will flow to you. Another blessing that can flow to a house fellowship is victory over demons. When God’s Ark of Covenant was brought into the temple of an idol— Dagon, the image fell on its face (1 Sam 5 :15). When put back on its feet the following day, the image not only fell but its head got broken. In the houses of house fellowship leaders this year, no demon will be able to stay or come near. Demons will bow before you and keep their distance.

PRAYER POINT: Father, breathe afresh on all house fellowship centres and make them locations of your grace, power and glory.

Bible in One year: Matt. 5-7

Open Heavens Devotional: WEAKNESSES AND STRENGHTS – Wednesday 1 June 2011

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all; yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” (1 Cor. 15:10).

READ: 1 Corinthians 15 :9-11

One lesson from the letter of the church at Ephesus in Revelation 2 :1-7 is that every individual, family, local assembly, community or nation has its strengths and weaknesses. Both your strengths and weaknesses should point you back to God. Your strengths or areas of endowment should remind you that you are a beneficiary of divine graces and as a result, you should not think that you are better, wiser or stronger than your neighbor who does not have the same gifts. “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me” (1 Cor. 15 :10). When you ascribe glory to God for your strengths, He will sustain them. In the same way, your weaknesses should point you back to God. Your frailties, shortcomings and weaknesses remind you of the limitations of the flesh which should lead you to God, the only One who is unlimited. No matter how weak you are, you will find solace in God’s strength (2 Cor. 12 :9). As a believer, you must recognize your strengths. God has specially endowed you in certain areas for a purpose.

To optimize your strengths, there is need to find out their purpose and set out to achieve them. It is an irony that many are neglecting their areas of strength. Your area of strength is where you have the highest comparative advantage. This could be by natural endowment. It could also be acquired through training. With such a talent or ability, there is fun and fulfillment doing you work. For instance, in the area of career, there are those who read medicine due to parental wish, or to belong to a social class; whereas their strength lies in journalism or law. Have you discovered your strength? Areas of strengths not identified will be neglected. Once you identify your gifts, do not go to sleep. Natural abilities or gifts that are not cultivated may later cause regret and wastage to the owner. Seek knowledge or education about how you can develop them, and better ways of utilizing them to glorify God and to impact fellow men. On the other hand, in areas of your weaknesses, the challenge is to prayerfully turn them into strengths. With God’s assistance, this is possible. Your weaknesses can become your strongest virtues.

PRAYER POINT Ask God to turn your weakness into strengths

Bible in One year: Matt. 1-4

Open Heavens Devotional: STANDING BY CHRIST – Tuesday 31 May 2011

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.” (2 Cor. 12 :15).

READ: 2 Corinthians 12 :13-16

“HE that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled” (John 3:29).

According to John the Baptist, it is possible to be a friend of the Bridegroom—Jesus Christ. How? By loving and keeping His commandments (John 14 :15). It is not enough to love and obey Him occasionally, that love and obedience must be sustained. If your love for Jesus has dwindled or your obedience is now selective, it is doubtful if you are a friend of the Bridegroom. In John 15 :14 , the Lord Himself said His friends are those who wait on His Word, live by His Word and leave nothing out. If there is an instruction the Lord gave to you which you have failed to obey, it puts your friendship at risk. Can the Lord look at you and call you His friend?

According to the experience of John the Baptist, the friend of the bridegroom stands by him and hears him. Your first duty as a friend of Jesus is to stand by Him. At a most crucial moment of His life, the Lord Jesus Christ took members of His inner circle of friends, Peter, James and John, to the garden of Gethsemane and told them to watch with Him –that is to stand by Him (Matt. 26 :36-40). How can you stand by Him today? In 2 Corinthians 12 :15 , Paul says, “And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved”. From the above scripture, Paul was prepared to sacrifice all he had for the good of the Corinthian church. He was ready to give all He had, not expecting a commensurate level of return. Many a time, we would offer to help those who fail to do so. To stand by the Lord today entails standing by His children—our fellow brethren. It means giving all it takes to make them what God wants them to be. If a brother loses a loved one but has no money to conduct the burial, the others should rally around him, raise the money and cover his nakedness. If a brother gets into trouble—maybe he is arrested, and appears helpless, it is the duty of the other brethren around him to secure his bail through the help of a lawyer. What you do for your brethren is done for the Lord. Have you seen your brother in some need? Did you hide yourself from him? From today, stand by the Lord and the brethren!

ACTION POINT: Your ability to stand by Christ is determined by how much you stand by fellow believers in times of need or distress. Ask for the grace to stand by Christ always.

Bible in One year: Col. 3-4

Open Heavens Devotional: GOD CONTROLS WHAT IS HEARD – Monday 30 May 2011

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice” (Ps. 51:8).

READ: Exodus 12 :29-32

Apart from using any means or object-birds, fish, lepers, neighbours and even an enemy to accomplish His promise— God controls who hears what. He determines who hears a dirge or a joyful song. In Exodus 12 :29-32 , God visited the home of every Egyptian, killed their firstborns, and caused them to hear dirge. The whole nation was plunged into mourning in one night. It was a time to wail bitterly. Meanwhile, He caused the Israelites to hear the shout of freedom. This season, your enemies will hear a dirge and they will be forced to let go. Our God is simply awesome. He can compel every house in a city, nation or throughout the world to respond in a particular way. He touched the Egyptians in a way they would never forget; they had no choice but to dance to His will. If God is asking or pleading with you to do something, do not think He is a weakling. The fact that God allows men to exercise their freewill in taking certain crucial decisions, especially in choosing whether to serve Him or not, does not make Him a weakling. If He wants to compel you to be saved, all he has to do is to touch you in a very sensitive area of your life and you would come running, begging for His salvation. Why He does not do so always is because He respects the freewill He has given to us and wants to know how you would use that power. Use it wisely! Even though He is the all-powerful God, He is fully in control of His power.

In 2 kings 7 :1-20 , in order to bring His promised abundance to pass, God amplified the sound of the feet of four lepers and made the Syrians to hear what caused them to flee for their lives, leaving everything they had. Verse 6 says, “For the Lord had made the host of the Syrians to hear a noise of chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great host: and they said one to another, Lo, the king of Israel hath hired against us the kings of Hittites, and the kings of Egyptians to come upon us”. God used the harmless sauntering of four helpless lepers to make their enemies to hear the attack of those they feared. This season, as you praise and worship God with all your heart, the Lord will cause your oppressors and tormentors to hear the sound of the attack of their oppressors, and they will leave you alone forever in Jesus name.

PRAYER POINT: Father, as I worship You today, cause all my enemies to hear the sound that will put them in perpetual flight.

Bible in One year: Col. 1-2

Open Heavens Devotional: PRISONER TO COMPTROLLER – Sunday 29 May 2011

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “For thou art the glory of their strength: and in thy favour our horn shall be exalted.” (Psalm 89:17).

READ: Genesis 39 :20-23

Divine favour is so powerful that it can give speed to your answers as well as deliver several answers to a single request. It is my prayer that from today, you will be a beneficiary of this uncommon favour in Jesus name. Moreover, lowly placed staff of various organizations should know that divine favour can change the official status of a slave into that of a Managing Director. In Genesis 39 :25 , Joseph, a poor slave boy who was sold to the family of Potiphar, through favour became the overseer over his Master’s house. It got to a point that his master trusted him to the extent of not taking stock of what he had; He left everything in Joseph’s care. The favour of God can make a nobody to become somebody. Are you presently occupying the lowest rung in your place of work, ministry or family? Do not be worried. Simply ask for God’s favour to relocate you. Things will turn around for your good this season.

If we look at the life of Joseph recoded in Genesis 39 :20-23 , we see another possibility of divine favour: its ability to turn a prisoner into the comptroller of prisons. The system of this world allows so much of injustice; hence, you will find the innocents who deserve to be promoted or commended, remanded in prisons. Are you languishing in prison or jail for a crime you did not commit? You are not the first to go through it. Joseph was in prison for a crime he never committed. However, when God’s favour beamed on him, he became the chief warder. All prisoners took instructions from him. The chief warder became jobless. By God’s favour that is being released upon you today, you will move from prisoner to warder; you will move from being dominated to being in-charge. Lastly, one lesson we must learn from Joseph is that some people carry the grace that makes their bosses redundant. In the prison, he made the prison comptroller redundant. And by the time he became the prime minister of Egypt, he made Pharaoh redundant. When you have someone like Joseph as your assistant, you can go to sleep and be assured that everything is fine. Ask for men like Joseph as your helpers. On the other hand, you can be like Joseph and give your superiors rest.

PRAYER POINT: Father, give me helpers like Joseph to take away stress from the assignments You have given to me. Make me like Joseph to my superiors.

Bible in One year: Ezek. 46-48

Open Heavens Devotional: IMPRESSING OTHERS? – Saturday 28 May 2011

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him out of all his troubles.” (Psalm 34:6).

READ: Mark 5 :1-8

Are you sighing because of the problem in your life? The Lord will terminate it this season. In Exodus 2 :23 , the Israelites sighed when they were in bondage. Why? There is an innate desire for freedom in every human being. Even the mad people on our streets want to be free. If there was ever a mad man who never wanted to be free, it was the mad man of Gadara recorded in today’s reading. Yet, when bound with chains, he would break them off in order to be free. He also sought to be free from the demons that possessed him. By the time Jesus asked the demons to leave him and go into a herd of swine nearby, even the swine protested. They chose to die than live with demonic bondage. The fellow who is possessed by demons and does not want to be free is not as wise as the pigs in the story above. Are you under any demonic captivity? I command it to break now. You are set free today in Jesus name. From this moment, you are set free! Go and enjoy your freedom! Apart from sighing, the Israelites cried to God.

It is not enough to sigh if all you have is your voice, then use it. Psalm 34 :6 says God hears the cry of the poor. God has a soft spot for the poor. If you are poor and can cry with your heart unto God, He will answer you. If you have no money, cry unto God. If a problem is about to engulf you, cry to God. In Matthew 14 :23-33 , while the disciples were stuck with a very unfriendly storm mid-sea, the Lord walked on water towards them. They were all afraid of their lives but the Lord came close and told them to fear not. Peter jumped on the water to walk to Jesus but began to sink. He did not keep quiet. He cried out for help, and the Lord came to his rescue. When it is time to pray, especially congregational prayers, some men who need to cry to God because of their predicament, refuse to do so because they do not want sisters to see their tears and take them for weaklings. If you truly have a serious problem, you will not remember who is there or who is not there. You will not be thinking of who to impress. Cry to God today and a change will come.

KEY POINT: Pray from your heart to God

Bible in One year: Ezek. 43-45

Open Heavens Devotional: LORD OVER SHAME – Friday 27 May 2011

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed” (Joel 2:27)

READ: Joel 2 :25-27

We have studied Jesus Christ as the Super Captain whose sphere of influence spans over all of Heaven, earth, and beneath the earth. He is also captain over failure because Psalm 46 :1 says He is the very present help in trouble. Are you in need of help? The Lord will help you today. In Philippians 4 : 13 , Paul testified that since Jesus came into his life, failure became a stranger to him. In the same vein, after Peter failed several times, he brought the matter before the Lord and he became a remarkable success (Luke 5 :1-7). This simply tells us that as far as Jesus is concerned, there is no permanent defeat.

1 John 4 :4 says Jesus Christ is greater than your external oppressors and as a result they shall bow to His orders. Moreover, he is introduced to us as “… the Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle” (Ps. 24:7-10). Unlike what many think, Jesus Christ is not a civilian. He is a warrior, yet much more than that, He is the commander-in-chief of the heavenly host. This is why as a child of God; no enemy can knock you down permanently. Where He is, there is no permanent defeat. Have you been defeated in any endeavour? Bring it to the Lord and that defeat will become a sweet victory. He delivers victory to the defeated. In addition to these, Jesus is captain over barrenness. Where He is, barrenness has to flee. In John 15 :15 , He says he is the fruitful Vine. He cannot reign over your life while you remain barren.

One proof that He is truly in you is that your life will be fruitful. Have you been struggling with spiritual, financial or material barrenness? It has come to an end today! You shall bear fruit. Fruitlessness is an evidence of His absence. Every evidences of His absence in your life and situation shall be destroyed today in Jesus name. Lastly, He is also captain over shame. He is the King of Glory; hence, shame cannot be your portion. In fact, he promised in Joel 2 :25-27 that His people shall not be victims of shame. Everything causing shame in your life shall fade into oblivion this season. The Lord will absorb your shame and replace it with His glory.

PRAYER POINT: Everything causing shame in my life, family and ministry, Father, replace it with glory.

Bible in One year: Ezek. 40-42

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