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Open Heavens Devotional: DIVINE SUPPORT SYSTEM (PART 2) – Friday, May 11, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper. 2 Chronicles 20:20c

Read: 2 Chronicles 20:20-22

A child should benefit from the support system of its parents. Applied to believers, we benefit from the support system our Father has set up for us through the ministering of angels. I once was with my sister and her husband as a child. One day, before she left for their farm, I asked her for a description of its location, which she gave me. I later went in search of the farm believing it wasn’t far off based on her description. In the course of my search, I lost my way. I did not know how to get to the farm of my way back home, and there was nobody to tell me where I was. Suddenly, I saw a small white dog. I did not know where it came from but it wagged its tail at me and began moving, as if trying to lead me somewhere. I did not follow it. It looked back at me and wagged its tail again. I had a feeling I should follow it. As I followed, I got to my sister’s farm. She asked how I managed to get there. I told her from following a dog. She replied “Which dog?” Sometimes, the angels can take other forms in order to perform their duty. You will receive angelic visitations in Jesus name.

Another support system of the Most High God is His prophets. This is self evident from today’s Bible reading. Whenever God wanted to anoint a king in the time of old, He would send His prophet. Saul was just an ordinary farm boy but because God’s prophet anointed him, he became a king. When an ordinary shepherd boy was anointed by God’s prophet, he too became a king. These prophets do not only anoint, but also prophesy; declaring the mind of God, to give clarity, direction and bring hope to His children. Lastly, one of the most crucial support system a child enjoys from its parent is inheritance. Proverbs 13:22 says:

A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children:

Inheritance is not only in goods and wealth only but also in legacy and character. What legacy are you going to leave behind for your children? Our Lord Jesus Christ obtained the Excellency of His name by inheritance (Hebrews 1:4) and He inherited all things belonging to the Father (John 16:15). He willingly shares this inheritance with us and by Him we have access to an inheritance in the Father which hearts cannot fathom (Ephesians 1:11). This is the basis of our hope in Him.

Study Ephesians 1, 2 & 3 to understand what your inheritance as a child of God is and to exercise your right over this inheritance.
Bible in one year: Exodus 38-40

Open Heavens Devotional: CHOOSING THE CURSED – Thursday, May 10, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law; being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: Galatians 3:13

Read: Exodus 32:19-26

Generational curses have been one major area that has battled a lot people. In some families, certain ailments run throughout the various generations. Jacob placed a curse on Reuben and he also cursed Levi (Genesis 49:5-7). However, in Numbers 3:6-12, God said Levi should be brought near and dedicated to Him in place of actual firstborns. There are different classes of firstborn – those who opened their mother’s womb and those that God chose to be number one irrespective of their position in the biological hierarchy of the family. Earlier, Jacob cursed Levi that he shall be scattered. That curse was operational until one day; Moses went up to meet God on the mountain in Exodus 32:15-28. While he was away the Israelites went into idol worship. On his return, he was angry yet he knew he could not handle the crowd all alone and therefore needed help. So he called out: “Anyone who is on the Lord’s side should come and stand by me”. The children of Levi were the only ones who responded to that call; one tribe out of twelve. When God looked from Heaven, He was impressed and said, “Since the children of Levi had chosen to stand on my side all alone, then I too am on their side even though your father had earlier cursed you”. This happened because God is the God of reciprocity.

One lesson here is that any generational curse can be reversed. That negative condition that affected your grandfather and your father, which is about to affect you does not need to affect you. Your presence in that family should terminate that curse and thereby save others in your family. Also, curses can be broken by your good works and covenant with God. The children of Levi made a covenant with God and for them to become His priests continually; they had to be free from curses. Are you born again? Do you have a working relationship with God? If you do, you don’t have to operate under the curse that affects your family because Jesus Christ has redeemed you from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13). I command a reversal of any curse still operating in your life now in Jesus name.

Take a stock of your extended family and identify any generational curse in operation. Take a practical step to reverse it with good works. 

Bible in one year: Exodus 35-37

Open Heavens Devotional: GIVE PROBLEMS NO VOICE – Wednesday, May 9, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own baby now dead, when he was about an hundred old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: Romans 4:19

Read: Romans 4:17-19

The patriarchs of old were often times confronted with very frustrating and hopeless situations yet they overcame. Are you in a hopeless situation, is that hopeless situation presently asking, where is your God? You will prevail. One of such patriarchs was Abraham. He waited for about 25 years to see the fulfilment of God’s promise concerning Isaac. Boy! That was no joke. At the age of 75, God made the promise. Even at that time, there was very little that man could do, yet God allowed things to degenerate to a point of total hopelessness – when he was 100 years and his wife 90 years. Abraham’s case was a very bad one. The scripture says his body was no longer responding and so was the womb of his wife. For his expectation to produce result, he refused to allow the prevailing negative circumstances surrounding them to affect him. He knew the problems and limitations he was facing but he gave them no voice.

Some believers are afraid to go for medical check up –particularly a comprehensive type because they do not want to be told they have one sickness or another. That is ignorance. Many believers have died untimely for failing to know their health status so that they can know how to pray on their specific health needs, and how to adjust their lifestyles to live healthier lives. Lack of rest or exercise has led some to an early grave, leaving their assignment incomplete. Abraham knew his health status and that of Sarah; and since there was nothing, humanly speaking, that could be done; he applied his faith and hoped in God. He did not pretend about the problem. He knew that for a couple to have children the man’s body must be with living cells and the wife’s ovary must be alive, but he refused these problems a voice. He used his faith to shut the voice of the deadness of Sarah’s womb and his own dead body. You too can know your health status but shut the voice of any problem with your health through your faith in God. This season, your good expectation shall be granted.

Go for medical check up one or twice a year, preferably a comprehensive one if you can afford it. Pray and take practical steps on the results.
Bible in one year: Exodus 32-34

Open Heavens Devotional: UNHEALTHY REWARDS – Tuesday, May 8, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished. Proverbs 16:5

Read: Proverbs 16:5-6

God is not happy with the proud and He treats them with disdain. Unfortunately, many of God’s children celebrate the proud and treat them with respect and great honour. No! They don’t deserve it!

Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respected not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. Psalms 40:4

God does not expect you to feed the emptiness of the proud fellow or else you may lose the blessing He pronounced above. If we relate with the proud the way we should, they will get the message and retrace their evil steps. How are you relating with the proud today? According to Psalms 31:23, God has lots of reward for the proud fellow but what king of reward is it? It is shame, disgrace, demotion, disappointment and ultimately destruction.

If you are humble, you are at a location that God can easily reach you. But if you are proud, you are so far from God that it becomes difficult for God to reach you.

Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off. Psalms 138:6

Pride keeps the proud at a great distance from God; no wonder God may never hear the voice of the proud. Are you proud? Take it away and bridge the gap between you and God! Proverbs 15:25 says:

The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.

If you want God to establish you, humble yourself in His presence. Everything the proud fellow is doing, including his home, is meant for destruction. It is very dangerous to be the spouse of a proud individual because all the family is labouring for may be destroyed through the pride of the fellow. The proud challenges God to a duel by his or her haughty stance. The devil did it and he fell from grace to grass. If Satan could not survive the repercussion of pride, neither can man. Why are you resisting your Maker? If you are postponing the day of salvation, you are proud. If during a sermon, your mind keeps pointing at those who the sermon should correct other than yourself, you are proud. If you cannot be corrected by your pastor because you are a director of an establishment or because you are very wealthy, you are proud. Repent and adjust today!

God has no business with the proud. Pray that you will not receive the reward of the proud.
Bible in one year: Exodus 28-31

Open Heavens Devotional: FULFILLING HIS PURPOSE? – Monday, May 7, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. Ephesians 1:12

Read: Ephesians 1:3-5

The sun and the moon have their different sphere of influence. Unlike the moon, the light of the sun influences those under it to stay awake and work. It gives life, while the light of the moon –which is a reflection – influences those under it to close shop and sleep. What does your light do – cause drowsiness or alertness? From Genesis 1:26-28, we understand that man was created for a purpose – to dominate everything God had made including the sun, moon and stars. You were created for a purpose, even if you were conceived by mistake, you are not an accident. Were you a product of rape? Even then you still have to fulfil God’s purpose on earth. God needed a particular man a specific woman to come together in order to have you. If your father just impregnated your mother and disappeared, it could just be that he has finished his assignment. Before you were created, God knew you and He knows your worth to Him even when people think you are of no value because you lack education, money, skills or intellect.

God knows you and has ordained you for a purpose from your mother’s womb even without her knowledge or consent (Jeremiah 1:4-5). Physical ordination is only an outward manifestation of what God had already done before your birth. You were born for a great purpose (Jeremiah 29:11) and were chosen by God before the foundations of the earth (Ephesians 1:3-5). You were chosen to be holy, blameless and in love. Anytime you dabble into sin, you contradict the purpose for which you were created. Is your life blameless like Daniel’s? If you find it difficult to do something perfectly, or people always find fault with your work, it could be that the spirit of error is operating in your life. Each time you fail to walk in love towards those who offended you, you contradict God’s purpose of calling you. As seen in our memory verse for today, you were created to glorify God; that your life may praise God. Is your life praising God today? Are you fulfilling God’s purpose for creating you?

Pray that God’s purpose shall stand in every area of your life.
Bible in one year: Exodus 25-27

Open Heavens Devotional: HE IS AT WORK – Sunday, May 6, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Philippians 2:13

Read: Philippians 2:12-14

We understand from 2 Timothy 3:16 that the Bible is a work of God’s inspiration. Some people think that such inspiration ended with the Bible but how wrong they are. Job 32:8 says:

But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.

God inspired King Solomon into his breakthrough and is still inspiring many today. This season, the Lord will inspire you into your blessing in Jesus name. The Shunnamite woman was another beneficiary of God’s inspiration. When she saw the man of God passing by her house in 2 Kings 4:8-17, she invited him to come and eat in her house but he refused. She could have left him with the excuse that she had already tried. But God inspired her not to let him go. So she applied more pressure on him until she finally convinced him to do so. God inspired her not to stop there but to host him regularly, so she told him to always stop by whenever he passed that way. The Lord inspired her to take a further step of building an extension to their house providing minimal furniture for the man of God and she obeyed. Why? It was because God had already made up His mind to give her a child so He had to inspire her on the path to that miracle. When God inspires you to do something, He will keep nudging you until you complete the process and get your miracle.

As Jesus passed by Jericho in Mark 10:46-52, God inspired blind Bartimaeus to find out who was passing by. As a beggar, all he was expected to do was ask for alms from passers-by; but instead of that, he asked for who the crowd was following. The Spirit of God further moved him to begin to cry out: “Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me”. When the crowd shouted him down, God inspired him to shout out the more and he got his miracle. Hence, Philippians 2:13 says:

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good peasure.

You may not know how you took the right step into an opportunity but God is the One at work. This season, the Lord will inspire you to take the right steps to the right place at the right time for that great expectation to be met in Jesus name.

Father, reorder my steps in line with the path to my breakthrough.
Bible in one year: Exodus 21-24

Open Heavens Devotional: DEATH OVERRULED! – Saturday, May 5, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 1 Corinthians 15:55

Read: Isaiah 49:24-26

The most High God being the President of presidents can overrule any earthly president, sickness and situation. He can also overrule death. When the Most High arrived at the tomb of Lazarus, he was already stinking. If there was one victory death was sure of, it was that he had already conquered Lazarus. The Lord did not command death to release Lazarus. He was too high to be discussing with death. He simply asked Lazarus to come (John 11:39-44). When He came in contact with Jairus’s late daughter, all He said was “Little girl, I say to you arise”. At the bedside of the late son of the widow of Nain He said: “Young man, I say to you arise”. Have you been programmed for death by your enemies? I cancel that appointment with death in the name of Jesus Christ. You shall not die. Are you already battling with death on your sick bed? In the name of Jesus Christ, that death is annulled. Receive fresh life now! Every spirit of death sent against your family is overruled now. That barren womb, receive life now! That dying business, receive life now! That business shall boom again. That dull, lifeless brain, be replaced with a brand new brain now in Jesus name.

When you are connected to the Most High God, you do not fear death or his agents –armed robbers, hired assassins, demons, witches and wizards, accidents, stray bullets, etc. Wherever the agents of death have met to plan your destruction, their evil plan shall boomerang in Jesus name. In this vein, Isaiah 49:24-26 says when God has decided to set a man free and some people team up to stop God’s move, He will cause them to feed on their own flesh and be drunk with their own blood as if drinking sweet wine. In other words, it is who the Most High releases that death can take. Anyone He has not released to death cannot be killed. The Lord has not released you to death and so you shall not die. Since the Spirit of God dwells in you, He shall quicken every part of your body to life now. Receive life now! It is well with you.

Rejoice and thank God for giving you victory over death.

Bible in one year: Exodus 18-20

Open Heavens Devotional: DIVINE SUPPORT SYSTEM (PART 1) – Friday, May 4, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. Psalms 91:11

Read: Psalms 91:10-13

When a child is born, what happen to the child depend on the available support system. Princes and Princesses benefit from the servants of their father. The stronger the support system, the more fortified that child is for success in life. Within our Father’s support system are angels. Psalms 91:10-13 says it is the duty of our Father’s angels to ensure no harm befalls us. The angels as instructed by God therefore, are our personal bodyguards, going with us wherever we go. If the children of kings are going out, they don’t go alone. If they are going to school, they are chauffeur-driven whereas, children of ordinary people trek even through the woods or bush paths unaided. From this day, you shall go on angelic ride in Jesus name.

There is this testimony a brother shared concerning his trip by air. He said while air borne, the first two engines suddenly stopped. The pilot panicked saying that except something reverses that situation, if the third engine follows suite, the plane would crash. Then the third engine also stopped. The whole place was in pandemonium but there was this child of God sitting by the window. He turned to look through the window on his left and saw a huge angel smiling at him and whispering to him that he was carrying the plane. To the surprise of everybody else the plane landed safely an hour later at the nearest airport. The brother saw the three angels there. Nobody could explain how they managed to land except this brother but he said if he told them what happened, they would not believe. In the Bible when Daniel was thrown into the den of lions, an angel went ahead of him and stopped their mouths. Similarly, when Peter was locked up in prison, an angel came to him, woke him up and led him out. This season, you shall receive the full compliments of the support system of your Father in Jesus name.

Father, let the ministering of angels be more real to me and my family from now on.
Bible in one year: Exodus 14-17

Open Heavens Devotional: MORE THAN CONQUERORS – Thursday, May 3, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. Romans 8:37

Read: Romans 8:36-37

Someone once said the phrase “more than conqueror” could mean that you are greater than the conqueror. He cited the case of a boxer who goes into the ring, fights and defeats his opponents, receives the prize and returns home to handover the prize to his wife. According to this fellow, the wife is the one who is more than a conqueror. Her husband is a conqueror because he endured some beating and bruises, but the wife did not suffer anything yet the prize was given to her on a platter of gold. In the same way, Jesus Christ our Bridegroom engaged the devil in a duel. He was beaten, wounded, spat upon, crucified and thirsted before He won and thereafter handed over the prize to us.

Being more than conquerors could also connote someone that has scored multiple victories from several battles or wars. There are several enemies that accost us in the battles of life. One such enemies is generational curses. This is a curse pronounced on someone from a family even before his birth and it keeps affecting descendants of that family. For instance, in Genesis 49:1-4, Jacob pronounced a curse on Reuben that he will never excel and this affected his lineage years after. Some people are still suffering from a similar curse. In spite of all their talents, natural endowments and qualifications, they never get to the top. It is not because they are not making enough effort; in real terms, they are making more than enough effort, yet certain forces, in response to earlier curses frustrate them or make it impossible for them to move to higher levels. Generational curses must not be allowed in your life. In the Name that is above every other name, generational curses operating in your life shall come to nothing in Jesus name. The family of Eli that should have produced priests forever became one of beggars through a divine curse (1 Samuel 2:30-34). Gehazi was also cursed with leprosy together with his generation (2 Kings 5:20-27). Are you seeing signs of generational curses in your life? Ask God to destroy it today. Also find out if there is anything you are doing that makes such a curse to continue so that you can stop it.

A believer is an agent of change. If what affects unbelievers in your lineage affects you, it shows you have not fully appropriated Christ’s victory on the Cross.
Bible in one year: Exodus 11-13

Open Heavens Devotional: BE HOPEFUL – Wednesday, May 2, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God. Psalms 146:5

Read: Psalms 146:3-7

In the midst of hopelessness, God commands you to be hopeful.

Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Matthew 6:30.

But sometimes, you may ask yourself if it is worth it hoping against hope. Yes, it is worth it if your hope is anchored on the Creator of Heaven and earth. In Luke 5:1-5, Peter was in the pit of hopelessness having exhausted all his wisdom, business expertise and strength without having anything to show for it. He was already calling it quits when the Master of the universe stepped in and told him to hope for a catch of fishes from the same water that was unproductive throughout the night. One lesson from this is that God uses different methods to meet the needs of His children. In 2 Kings 8:1-2, the Lord asked the woman facing famine to relocate elsewhere with her household, but in the case of Peter, He asked him to make another effort in the same river; and both cases yielded good results.

When some people meet with difficulties in a particular business, they abandon it for another. This may not necessarily be the best thing to do. Even when it appears hopeless, just grab God’s Word concerning the situation, obey and wait for the result. To solve a particular problem or challenge, it is not necessarily the number of attempts made that matters, but who is aiding your attempt. Peter had tried so many times without a catch that night but the only attempt he made that had the backing of the Lord delivered to him a harvest beyond expectations. The major challenge believers going through the path of hopelessness face is that unlike Peter, they lack the Word from God on their situation. When there is nothing from God on an issue, the state of hopelessness will be worse. But if God has spoken a word on the matter, the case is as good as closed in your favour. Are you in a hopeless situation? Take time to read and study the Bible, asking God to give you a word for that situation. God always has something to say about your situation but are you ready to hear it?

Whatever happens, never give up your hope for a better tomorrow. Life without hope is not worth living.
Bible in one year: Exodus 8-10

Open Heavens Devotional: CONTENDING WITH GOD – Tuesday, May 1, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom. Proverbs 13:10

Read: James 4:6-7

Apart from impure thoughts and cravings of the body, another area you must exert your victory over the flesh is pride. As stated in the memory verse, a proud person is always in contention – fighting with those he thinks he is better than; such a fellow will do everything to show that he is better than them. The proud is always in competition with those who appear better off, just to prove a point that he or she is superior. In doing this, the proud will make derogatory statements about such people and cut them to size just to show that he knows it better or can do it better. The proud finds it difficult to acknowledge the sincere work or effort of others because he thinks such will displace him from being on top. The proud sees himself or herself as number one in all things. Apart from contending with men, the proud also contends with God. Anyone who is proud or haughty and is speaking so much about God is only a pretender. By reason of their contention with God, they have enthroned self as number one in their lives, making God their running mate. Are you finding it difficult to recognise the efforts of those that are better than you in certain areas? You are simply proud.

Psalms 73:6 says some people are compassed with pride. This implies that it is possible for pride to be visibly glaring in the life of someone that is full of it. You can be clothed in pride just as you can be clothed in humility. You can identify a proud person from his or her looks, carriage, dressing, speech, behaviour, giving, prayer, Christian service, work, attitude, etc. Unfortunately, Isaiah 13:11 says the same reason that makes the proud fellow haughty is the reason that will make him fall. Every proud individual is headed for a fall and proud people end up being destroyed (Proverbs 16:18). Some people are proud but they don’t know it. If you exalt yourself by your words and conduct, you shall be abased (Matthew 23:12). James 4:6 speaks of something quite frightening: It says God resists the proud which confirms that God is always contending with the proud. Is there pride in your heart? Ask God for forgiveness and to uproot every trace of it from your life today.

The humble is more powerful than the proud because whereas the humble has access to unlimited grace, the proud may not access an iota of grace.
Bible in one year: Exodus 5-7

Open Heavens Devotional: SUN OR MOON? – Monday, April 30, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. Genesis 1:16

Read: Genesis 1:14-18

Before God created you, He knew He was going to make somebody called you with all your antecedents.

Know unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world. Acts 15:18

This is possible only because He is the Alpha and Omega. Revelation 1:8 says:

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

In other words, He is the eternal past, the present and the eternal future. Existence in its totality is wrapped up in Him. Everything meets together in Him hence, Colossians 1:17 says:

And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Moreover, our God is a God of purpose and order. For instance, in Genesis1:16-18, He created the sun to rule the day and the moon to rule the night. Do you know God did not make a mistake in arranging it in that order? The sun was assigned day while the moon was appointed night. Everything on earth revolves around light. If you follow the creation story carefully, you will observe that before God started creating anything, He first said: “Let there be light”.  He wanted to see what He was doing. As He continued, He made more lights- sun, moon and stars, no wonder God is light. The sun was assigned the day so that it can help people perform effectively. When you see the moon, if you were not thinking of sleeping before, you will desire to retire to bed. Some dull lights have a way of causing you to sleep while some other lights stir you into greater consciousness. That is one purpose of the sun. The sun is an encourager. When it is shinning, you are encouraged to do your work. If you are at home and there is power outrage at night, it will take great courage for you to still read or engage in activities. But immediately power is restored, you will be encouraged to work. The sun enables everyone under it see clearly. The sun inspires. Nothing can be hidden under the sun as it exposes everything. The sun affects everything under its influence. Jesus said you are the light of the world and therefore, you should affect everyone under your dominion for good. How are you shinning forth? Like the sun or like the moon.

Lord, since you are the Sun of righteousness, help me to shine like you.
Bible in one year: Leviticus 11-13

Open Heavens Devotional: DIVINE INSPIRATION – Sunday, April 29, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding. Job 32:8

Read: Job 32:7-9

Our God is not only great but He is also merciful, gracious, slow to anger and rich in mercy (Psalms 103:8). When He stands, the earth trembles. Romans 9:10-15 says He decides who to extend mercy to and who to deny His mercy and nobody can query Him. He does as He pleases. When Peter and Judas were to go through tough trials of faith, He prayed for the former but told the latter to go ahead with His evil plot (Luke 21:21-33).

From 2 Samuel 12:24-25 I believe that when Solomon was born, God loved him and as a result, God determined to make him great. That was why God prompted him to do what nobody else had done so that He could have a reason to give him a level of wisdom that nobody else had got. When the God of grace is about to be gracious to an individual, to give no room for Him to be accused of being partial, He would inspire the fellow to do what nobody else had done before so that He can give the fellow what He has never given to anyone before. That way, people will say it was what you did that provoked God’s action. It is all about His grace!

I once met a man who was so inspired. The first time l went to a meeting in Tulsa, USA, when it was time to give a special offering for the Bible College, this man stood up and asked for permission to speak. He challenged us that whatever we all gave would be the offering he and his wife would give. There were 17,000 of us in the meeting so we thought he was nuts to think he can out give us. At the end, a total offering of $3 million dollars was announced. And he asked, “Is this all you can do?” after the programme, I went to ask him his secret and he said five years earlier, he started a business with $500 dollars but told God that instead of tithing, he will take 10 percent and give God 90 percent of his profits. Within five years, his business grew from $500 to $50 million. Who inspired him to do so? It was God. Ask God for a divine inspiration that will trigger your breakthroughs today!

The ideas that will make me to provoke an uncommon blessing. Father give it to me.

Bible in one year: Acts 19-20

Open Heavens Devotional: THE MOST HIGH – Saturday, April 28, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Psalms 91:1

Read: Psalms 91:1-3

It is important to meditate on the awesomeness of our God. When you catch the revelation of how great our God is, your problems will pale in comparison. Besides being King of kings and Lord of lords, our God is also the Most High because Philippians 2:9 says He was given a name that is above every other name. If you have a problem that is identified by a name, it is below the name of Jesus and therefore will be solved at the application of the name of Jesus. His throne is also above every other throne because it is in the Heaven of Heavens far above all principalities and powers. In addition, His army is larger and stronger than any other army know to men and spirits. He controls all the hosts both in Heaven and on earth. He is so powerful that His influence extends to all spheres, whether Heaven, earth or underneath the earth.

Having understood that He is the Most High, there are several underlying truths that we can tap into. One of these is that, He has the last say. If you have a case in court and you are declared guilty at the magistrate court, you can go to the court of appeal to seek redress. From here you can go on to the Supreme Court. If a guilty verdict is maintained at the Supreme Court, then there is trouble. The only one who can save you from such situation is the president. But there is someone who is higher than the president of nations. When Moses asked Pharaoh to release Israel from Egypt, the latter denied knowing Him. But by the time the Lord was through with him, he had to send them packing by night. Is anyone sitting on your benefits? That fellow shall let you go this season. The most High can overrule the verdict of presidents. Psalms 33:10-11 says God rubbishes the counsel of the heathen while His counsel stands forever. It does not matter what your enemies are deciding concerning you; simply cancel them and replace them with God’s counsel. The Most High can also overrule sickness and diseases. In Mark 2:1-12, the man that was brought through the roof was carried in wearing the toga of impossibility but Jesus overruled the sickness and he returned home healed.

Lord, every negative decree against my destiny, turn it around now for my good.

Bible in one year: Acts 15-18

Open Heavens Devotional: HE PROTECTS – Friday 27 April 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Psalms 91:7

Read: Psalms 121:3-8

What a father does goes a long way in affecting the life of a child. Our Heavenly Father does not only neutralize weapons designed against His children, He also protects them from harm. In the 50’s while l was still very young, we had mining activities going on in my village and the roads were very narrow. Nigeria was still under colonial rule then. Normally, white men came in a jeep to collect the gold that the miners got. They were so powerful in those days that the villagers believed that if they killed your child, you have to tell them “thank you” so that you will not be sent to prison. For this reason they were dreaded. One day, my sister and l were returning from the farm when we suddenly heard the sound of a jeep coming at top speed. My sister immediately grabbed my hand and we both jumped out of its way, landing in an empty mine. We barely escaped the jeep but before we could have a sigh of relief, we found ourselves before a snake. Because our Father can preserve lives, I lived to tell the story.

Jeremiah 32:27 says because He is the God of all flesh, there is nothing He cannot do. He controls all humans and animals. Is the enemy tormenting your life using a particular animal-snake, cat, wall gecko, owl, rat or any bewitched bird? The God of all flesh will frustrate that enemy today. Luke 1:37 says all things are possible with Him. Sometime ago, a child less than two months old was brought to me. The parents said he had a hole in the heart and doctors were set to perform an operation on it. Perplexed, I asked; “what kind of situation is this?” just before l prayed, God reminded me that He can do anything. So l told the Lord to either close up the hole or give the child a brand new heart. A week later, I was told the child had become normal. Praise God! In Luke 10:19, you have been empowered over snakes and scorpions – demonic agents and their activities. God will protect you and defend everything that is yours this season. Have those around you given up hope for your survival? The Lord will intervene and make a way for you. Call on Jesus today!

Father, in accordance with Psalms 121:7, preserve me, my family and my church from every evil.

Bible in one year: Acts 13-14

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