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New Glory Devotional: DON’T GO BACK TO FAILURE – Monday, September 24, 2012

By Pastor Ayo Agbelusi

Memorise: “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” (1 John 2:16).

Read: John 21: 1-7

There’s no benefit in backsliding. The simple effect of backsliding is reproach and failure. It’s simple channel for the devil to revenge and drag a soul to hell eternally. “And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62). What qualifies you for all you are enjoying at the moment is grace but backsliding can erode all that if care is not taken! Watch your ways!

Where we read in John 21: 1-7, the failure which was once aborted by our Lord Jesus Christ returned to the life of Peter because he considered going back to fishing more profitable than the calling and assignment of heaven. Maybe you heart is equally drifting back or your old friends are beckoning on you. It’s possible you just relocated to another city and you have started living freely without caution. Be careful not to get your soul entangled again to failure and immoral living.

In Luke 5: 5, Peter toiled all night but failed professionally until Jesus came to the scene. It was the miracle of Jesus that translated him from ordinary fisherman to a fisher of men! What a glorious development and promotion! But look at it, after the death of Jesus, he was already on his way back to his former vomit. It’s always very painful to see believers returning to their former lives after they have enjoyed the works and benefits of grace.

Beloved, your yesterday is too small compared to what the future holds for you. Why should you be thinking of returning to your vomit? You have promised to serve the Lord with all your spirit, soul and body. I encourage you to continue fervently in the Lord without looking back. Note this, the enemy of your soul – satan and his demonic angels will never give up on you. That’s why you shouldn’t give up on God!

What you will gain in backsliding is the lost of the present glory and a return to your former failures. Your old friends can never be substitutes to grace and the works of the Holy Spirit. You will be doing yourself more harm by returning to same group of drunkards and fornicators who initially led you into destruction. Thank God for the shed blood of Jesus. Now you are made fat and flourishing. It’s just too late to consider immorality as enjoyment and iniquities as pleasures!

2Pet.2:21 says: “For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.” If backsliding is a choice, then failure and shame will be inevitable. Be careful of the life you lead.

Let it not be said that your soul is beginning to crave those former lifestyles and worldly affairs. Keep moving on, don’t get yourself entangled again with sins and worldly lusts. “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” (1 John 2:16).

Peter failed again at backsliding. He toiled in futility with no result until Jesus delivered him. Maybe you have started to fail again as a result of looking back. The wife of Lot couldn’t see the light of another day because she looked back. You can return to holy living, evangelism, prayers and the study of the word of the Lord. The Lord will keep you from falling and make His face to shine upon you.

Prayer:

Father, please keep my soul from backsliding and preserve me till second appearing of Your Son – Jesus

New Glory Devotional: Do You Truly Believe? Saturday, September 22, 2012

By Pastor Ayo Agbelusi

Memorise: “Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? ” (John 11:40).

Read: John 11: 40-45

Great number of the children of Israel couldn’t get to the promise land because their hearts melted in the wilderness through unbelieve. No man can enjoy the promises of God without believing that His words are true.

“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.” (Hebrews 11:6).

Your knowledge of the word of God compels what you believe. Until there’s a knowing there can never be a believing. It will be difficult for you to believe God’s word for your desired turn around if you are far from God himself. The more you study His words the better your believe system becomes. You can only discover His promises for your destiny when you look through the Word of life daily.

Mary and Martha sent for Jesus because they know He’s able to deliver their brother from that horrible pit of death! What exactly do you believe about the God you serve? Are you merely confessing the word or you are full of assurance of faith that what you confess will certainly come pass? What is that situation in your family, marriage and business that makes you see impossibility instead of victory? Are you seeing failure in place of success? Hear this: “Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? ” (John 11:40). Here Jesus was referring to Himself as the resurrection and life. You can’t believe in the resurrection and life and still be thinking of untimely death.

For a reader of this devotional, it’s your turn to see the glory of God! Your season of undeniable result is here. What is God asking from you? Just Believe! Until you believe, you cannot receive from Him. Take away that doubt, put off those negative thoughts of impossibility, reject the stories of failure and uncertainties that flows all around you. This is your season of the miraculous and your testimonies shall humble your mockers.

“And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.” (Luke 1:45). What God has said is settled. God will not change his mind about blessing you. His words says you are healed. He promised you will not lack you mate, he announced to hell and death that you shall never be barren. All He’s asking you to do is to receive this words with faith and take possession of His purpose for your life. He will surely perform His word concerning you and your family and it shall be well with you.

Prayer:

Father, give me the grace to believe You totally and never to accept the dictates of the devil over the issues of my destiny.

Open Heavens Devotional: GLORY AND SACRIFICE – Wednesday, September 5, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasure of sin for a season; Hebrews 11:25

Read: Hebrews 11:24-27

The one who has not fully made up his mind about his relationship with God, might be tempted to compromise the Gospel message or the specific errand he or she is asked to deliver to the affluent in society when given the opportunity to stand before them. When compromise sets in, the glory departs.  Compromise is a great deflector of God’s glory. When you stand before kings to tell them the truth, even when they do not like to hear the truth, God increases His glory upon your life. There are several children of God who stood before kings in Bible days and they never compromised: Young David, Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, Daniel and Paul, all stood before kings without compromising. In fact, Daniel was very outstanding. He remained in the corridors of power for a very long time. Successive kings found him so invaluable that they retained him so as to give credibility and add value to their kingdoms. There is a user of this Devotional who will soon stand before kings. God is giving you the opportunity to stand before kings. But when this comes to pass, do not be intimidated, and do not change your message. Speak the truth and God will uphold you.

Can God send you to a place of pleasure or a dangerous zone without you compromising? If money or self gratification is uppermost in your heart, you will surely forget your main reason for going. It was dangerous for Moses to accept God’s call to go and meet Pharaoh. That errand could have cost him his life, yet he went. He made a choice that could hurt him. What were gains to him, he counted as loss, just like Paul. It was a great honour to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter – a prince, yet he told people to stop calling him that. In other words, he despised the title that would have opened doors to him everywhere he went in Egypt, but rather chose to suffer with endangered species (the Israelites). He preferred the reproaches of Christ greater treasures compared to the sinful pleasures of Egypt. No wonder he carried God’s glory to the extent that people could not look at his shinning face. What sacrifice have you made to earn the glory of God you are asking for? Paul gave up his academic achievements just to be a carrier of higher levels of glory. Without sacrifice, you can never climb high on the glory ladder.

ACTION POINT:

It is faithfulness that keeps you uncompromising in the midst of pressures. Ask for grace to remain faithful wherever you are.

 

Bible in one year: Daniel 4-6

Open Heavens Devotional: MAXIMISE THE GLORY! – Wednesday, August 29, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. 1 Corinthians 15:41

Read: 1 Corinthians 15:40-41    

God’s call is not for fun or frivolity. God has definite purpose for calling you. It is important you acknowledge why He saved and called you because God does not just pour down His glory on people, He does so to assist you in fulfilling His call upon your life. As you respond and totally submit to that call, He will move you from one level of glory to another. According to 1 Corinthians 15:40-41, God has different glory moulds for different things He created. The bodies of angels are different from human bodies and both have their different glories. Even among lights, there are different levels of glory. Among believers in Christ, the story is not different. Believers radiate varying levels of glory due to number of reasons such as: the type of calling on that believer, the price paid to maximise that calling, the level of holiness or obedience the believer operates, prayer life, Bible study life, worship, praise and thanksgiving life, the degree of pleasing God, etc. You can be a carrier of God’s higher levels of glory if only you are ready to pay the price.

God does not expect you to deviate from your primary calling as this will not only lead to failure but also make you unable to maximise God’s glory in your life. Moses was called primarily to lead the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage into their promised land. In doing this, the Lord sent him to Pharaoh to ask him to release God’s people. This assignment was both dangerous and tempting. It is possible for somebody like Moses who was brought from the bush and made to stand before the king to compromise because of affluence associated with the palace. Many church leaders and Christian workers today who were given the opportunity to minister to the top brass of the society, have compromised on the message or errand they were sent. They found it difficult to tell the truth because they wanted to remain in favour with those in authority. No wonder they cannot optimise God’s glory! If God sends you to the crème de la crème in the society, you owe the truth of God’s Word. In wisdom deliver to them the Gospel message and where possible make an alter call. God wants you as His witness before panels, committees, kings and the leaders of the society. Be a true witness! Don’t change your message!

KEY POINT:

Jesus died for all classes of people. If you have opportunity to reach any of these classes, you are privileged; do it with all your might!

Bible in one year: Hosea 5-7

Open Heavens Devotional: CROWNED WITH GLORY – Friday, March 30, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Psalm 8:5

Read: Psalm 8:4-5

The royalty a child of God is born into is an eternal one because our Father has an unchangeable Kingdom. When I was in primary school, we studied a subject called civics. During that subject period they could ask: Who is the minister of education and finance and you would give their names. But today, if you ask your child, who is the minister of education? That child may ask you: for which year? Because they change portfolio so often this days, particularly in a country like Nigeria. But in the Kingdom of God, if God makes you a minister or governor, it is forever! Praise God! Our Father also is the Great Physician according to Exodus 15:26 hence, all He needs do is speak and we are healed. Psalm 107:20 says He removes sicknesses just by the word of His mouth. Are you sick in your body, spirit, soul, finances, family or mind? Receive your healing now. You are healed by His stripes in Jesus name.

Psalm 24:7-10 describes our Father as the King of Glory. This is the reason He crowns His children with glory as stated in Psalm 8:4-5. Do you want to radiate that glory that will show forth your heavenly royalty to the world? All you need to do is to make your Father happy. Find time to always be in His glorious presence, feast on His Word, praise and worship Him and as you do these, before long, the glory that is on your Father will also be seen in your life. God’s glory can become a crown on your head. When God crowns you with glory, nobody – demon or circumstance – will treat you less than your royalty demands. It is then the enemies that come against you will accept their place under your feet (Luke 10:19). Whenever you go into His presence and spend quality time fellowshipping with Him, know that before you leave, He will crown you with glory! Never let any day go by without you wearing your crown!

PRAYER POINT:
Father, each day I come into Your presence, let Your crown of glory be evident in my life.
 
Bible in one year: Mark 13-16

Open Heavens Devotional: ENCOUNTERING HIS GLORY – Tuesday, January 3, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. Isaiah 6:5

READ: Isaiah 6:1-5

God is a God of glory. He is surrounded with glory beyond man’s comprehension or description. The angels of God bask in that glory as they stand in His presence.

And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. Isaiah 6:3

His glory is so strong that the Seraphim who are assigned to stand before God cover their faces and feet in honour of Him. When Isaiah had a revelation of God’s glory, he saw his filthiness probably for the first time. This is one thing God’s glory does: it reveals your true state to you. You might have thought you were the most righteous believer in your church. You might have weighed yourself using certain yardsticks and given yourself a pat on the back. But the day you encounter God’s glory, you will see yourself as you are. In His presence, ill motives, poor ministerial considerations, defective service and gifts are exposed. This is one reason you must encounter His glory.

When Israel’s national prophet through whom the coming of the Lord was revealed, examined himself under God’s glory, all he could see was his wretchedness. He cried out, “Woe is me”. God’s glory reveals your true position. It shows you where you are lacking. God’s glory humbles you. Are you full of yourself, your achievements and what you know? It only shows that you have not truly encountered His glory. Are you unable to identify your areas of weakness? You have not yet tasted of God’s glory. But you might say, ‘I regularly attend church, I praise and worship God. Have I not experienced His glory by so doing?’ The truth is that what most believers experience is a trickle of His glorious presence, which brings tears to some eyes, cold shivers to some, fear to some others, while some others are slain in the spirit. When the fullness of His glory comes down in an assembly, people will not be able to move; even the priest will be helpless as God Himself takes over. May you encounter a greater dimension of His glory this year in Jesus name.

PRAYER POINT:

Father, show me Your glory, that everything about me and around me may pale in comparison.

Bible in one year: Gen 6-9

Open Heavens Devotional: GREATER GLORY – Saturday, November 19, 2011

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matt. 3:17)

READ: John 11:1-11

Another lesson from 1 Kings 17:17-24 is that there is beauty in delayed miracles. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end”. When your time of favour comes, God makes all things beautiful. One way He does this is by deliberately refraining from intervening in that situation until it get appears impossible. Then, God steps in. Jesus knew when His friend Lazarus was sick and in need of healing. Yet, He did not have the permission of His Father to go and heal him. But after his death, He got His Father’s nod to go and resurrect him (John 11:1-11).

There is a great difference between healing the sick and raising the dead. When someone is sick, every effort towards the recovery of the fellow is aimed at preventing death. This is because human beings are not empowered to reverse death. But God has power over death, and He has equally empowered those who believe in Him with the same power. When the sick is healed, God is glorified. But when the dead is raise to life, God’s name is even more glorified. The testimony of the healing of the sick may spread to a few people, sometimes, it may not be shared at all; but the testimony of the dead being raised to life travels fast and very far. The one raised to life remains a reference point long after the one who was healed is forgotten. The one who is healed may still easily forget God. Today, many who have been healed have gone back to serving Satan or their flesh. But the one who is raised to life has a far greater loyalty, love and devotion to the One who brought him or her back to life. Healing of the sick stirs faith in the hearers, but raising of the dead stirs even a greater level of faith in God. If God does not want to bring solution to your problem when it is simple, it could be because He wants to prove a point with your life. Unfortunately, many believers do everything to rob God of that glory through impatience. If your blessings are delayed by God, it will work something better for you.

KEY POINT:

God is pleased with some of His children but well pleased with a few of them. Does your life give God glory or greater glory?

Bible in One year: 1 Chron. 4-6

Open Heavens Devotional: GLORY AND CHARACTER – Tuesday 21 June 2011

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?” (Ps. 8:4).

READ: Psalm 8:4-5

Colossians 1:27 says “…Christ in you the hope of glory”. It did not say the presence of Christ in your life gives you the assurance of glory. In other words, it is possible to have all of God’s gifts and still not end gloriously. Spiritual gifts without good character traits will only lead to shame. A woman who is gifted and beautiful but is lacking in character may most likely turn out to be a whore. Similarly, a man who is powerful, intelligent and highly gifted but is lacking character may end up in prison. If you doubt this, ask Samson. He was gifted and had tremendous power but became a prisoner to his captors and died blind, in his prime. If you are gifted but lacking in character, it will be difficult for you to produce glory, but very easy to produce shame.

Take for instance, Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Before the fall, they were both naked but did not even notice it because God crowned them with glory and honour (Gen. 2:25). When God covers you with His glory, there will be no room for shame. No wonder the Psalmist wondered why God was paying so much attention to man (Ps. 8:45). Before man’s sinful career, Adam wore Heaven’s designer wear – glory. Adam knew true abundance. Imagine, God planted a garden which according to Bible scholars, is about the size of Lagos State (Nigeria) and he was put in charge. He could eat any of its fruits except one. Adam lived in that first earthly paradise and had tremendous rest. He also had so much strength. He could work without getting tired. Besides, he had tremendous wisdom. When God brought the various animals to him during this most remarkable naming ceremony in the Garden, his wisdom was unparalleled! He named them one after the other without repeating himself. His brain surpassed that of any professor of Zoology. When you are clothed in God’s glory, you can access uncommon wisdom that will make you to stand out. Do you know that even today, there are people who are carrying this glory who are being instructed by the unction of the Spirit (1 Jn. 2:20, 27)? What is more important to you – the gifts of the Holy Spirit or the fruit of the Holy Spirit? Ask for the grace to develop your Christian character through the fruit of the Spirit in you.

PRAYER POINT: Father, fill me with the Holy Spirit and help me develop the fruit of the Spirit in my life.

Bible in One year: Exod. 38-40

Open Heavens Devotional: THE HOPE OF GLORY Friday 6 May 2011

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

 

MEMORIZE: “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).

READ: Colossians 1:26-28

“Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings” (Isaiah 3:10).

Are you a child of God, living right and pleasing God? If yes, do know for certain that it shall be well with you. Your future shall be glorious. It may be rough now but you shall end well. Why? It is because you have Jesus. Colossians 1:27 says, “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:”. The Lord Jesus is the Hope of glory. In him is the height of glory. In Him are all riches you can ever imagine. Having Him and sustaining Him in you means that one day, the abundant riches that He has will be evident in your life. This is why if asked to choose between riches, honour, fame, power on one side, and Jesus Christ on the other side, the wisest choice would be Jesus Christ. As long as He abides in you, what He has—His glory, splendor, riches, fame, power, wisdom, etc. will definitely reflect in your life. This season, the Hope of glory will radiate in your life.

One implication of Jesus as the Hope of glory is that there is hope for the hopeless. Have you lost hope of making it out of that prison? As long as you have Jesus, there is hope for you. Are you thinking that that perennial sickness is permanent? No! As long as you have the Hope of glory, there is hope for you. Jesus is the Hope of glory manifest to destroy anything opposed to glory in your life. God created you to radiate His glory. Every glory-taker or glory-eater in your life shall be subdued this season. That situation causing shame, disgrace, failure or disappointment in your life shall be mopped up by the King of glory. To cause His glory to manifest in your life, provoke it by engaging in activities that give Him glory. Worship Him in spirit and in truth regularly. Win lots of souls to Him monthly. Engage your time to study His Word privately. Sow into His Kingdom by supporting parish-based projects. Pay your tithes, offerings and vows, and live a sin-free life.

 

PRAYER POINT:
Pray: Every glory-taker in my life, be destroyed by fire.

Bible in One year: Judg. 16-18.

 

 

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