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Open Heavens Devotional: KEY OF CONSECRATION – Monday, June 25, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your heart, ye double minded. James 4:8

Read: Philippians 3:7-11

Just like The Door-Jesus, can open all doors, so also can your faith, if only you are linked with The Door and you believe in Him. Apart from The Door and your faith, another key that can open the door to power is the key of consecration. James 4:8 says:

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your heart, ye double minded.

You will notice from this verse that having a close walk with God is reciprocal. God has already taken the first step by sending His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to die for us when we did not know Him. Now He says take a step towards me and l will take step towards you. Man’s stride is short compared to God’s stride. At the end of the day, He is still the One to take the greater step but He wants you to put in that little effort. If you love the Lord, you will sacrifice one thing or the other to prove your love. What effort are you making towards growing in Christ? There is power in consecration. In Philippians 3:7-11, Paul sacrificed all his past gains and achievement just to know Jesus. No wonder Acts 19:11-12 says God performed special miracles through him. Are you consecrated? In past times, people entered covenants such as No Bible No Breakfast, No Soul No Sleep, NO Tithe No Spending, No Prayer No Service, No Forgiveness No Sleep, No Forgiveness No Offering, etc. what is your consecration today?

Another key to open doors is obedience, which God prefers to sacrifice. Obedience entails receiving instructions and complying with them. It is increasingly becoming difficult for Christians to comply with simple instructions. They prefer to adjust instructions to suit their tastes. If you cannot obey God to the letter, certain doors may remain closed to you. Isaiah 1:19 says you must be willing and obedient before you can enjoy the treasures of your land. Have you complied with every instruction the Lord has given you? As you obey Him, doors will open to you in every direction.

ACTION POINT:

Consecration gives direction to your life. Adopt one or more covenants with God as exemplified in the study and make them your daily slogans and practice.

Bible in one year: Psalms 55-57

Open Heavens Devotional: DEATH SEALS FATE – Sunday, June 24, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:15

Read: Luke 16:19-26

It is good to be talented and divinely gifted but the talents, gifts, abilities and anointing that go with you to the grave without being utilised could stand against you as exhibits of disobedience. Are you using your resources effectively? Colossians 4:5 says the time is short so try and redeem it. One reason people dread death is because after death one’s fate is sealed. The story of the rich man and Lazarus illustrates this (Luke 16:19-26). Immediately Lazarus died, his soul was transported by angels to paradise whereas his body was buried without any ceremony. In fact, to many, including the rich man, it was good riddance to bad rubbish. His fate was immediately sealed. He was forever to be in Heaven. No more begging, no more sickness, no more ridicule, no more dogs to lick his wounds. He would forever enjoy the splendour, glory, comfort and abundance of the Most High God. That was a positive eternal seal.

As a believer, it is your duty to rely on God’s grace to live for Christ while you are alive and resist the devil’s advances, offers and temptations until your last breath. A second afterwards, your fate is forever sealed in Heaven. Beloved, are you going through tough times? Are the times even becoming tougher? Are you facing so much pressure to compromise your faith especially because some leaders you looked up to have fallen? Are you thinking of given up? Don’t! Hold on still. It will soon be over! You are at a very crucial stage of your faith, don’t give in to your flesh, the devil or external pressures! Just continue to ask for grace to live victoriously every day. On the other hand, the rich man died and was given a world-class burial but his soul found itself in hell. His fate was sealed. On earth, he did not have time to repent; now he had all the time but no opportunity to repent. If you have opportunity now to repent, by all means create time for it, because a time is coming when you may have all the time but no opportunity. Millions are regretting and acknowledging Christ in hell but all that is futile because their fate is forever sealed. Revelation 20:11-15 says all inhabitants of hell will eventually be moved into an eternal lake of fire!

ACTION POINT:

When death seals the fate of an individual, it is a point of no return. Consider yourself if your fate is positively sealed and take necessary action.

Bible in one year: Psalms 52:54

Open Heavens Devotional: HALF-BAKED GENERATION – Saturday, June 23, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Romans 15:4

Read: Romans 15:4-5

If you will become someone great, you must maximise the use of your time resource which is one of the greatest assets available to you. May you not fall victim to opportunities lost in time like the children of Israel! A philosophy I imbibed from my teacher in my primary school days was: “Never leave till tomorrow what you can do today”. Many people sit down and say they are killing time; No, they are killing themselves because time does not die. How effectively are you using your time? Are you fond of procrastinating? This is the time to dust yourself up and begin to run.

Another major challenge we have to be mindful of which can affect our success is the modern day instant gratification culture and tendency to be multitasking in so many things but without depth in anything. In time past, people took their time to do all that was done such as cooking, building, etc. hence they were well done. But today, technology has turned everything into something instant: instant tea! Instant coffee! Instant meal! Instant wife! Instant husband! Instant everything! There is so much rush doing virtually everything that virtually nothing is well done. Things are now half-cooked and half-baked. You now eat half-baked food, live in half-baked houses; marry half-baked wife or husband, raise half-baked children, attend half-baked services and raise half-baked converts. Today, half-baked pastors and leaders adorn our churches and they are giving the body of Christ a lot of problems. Also, senior pastors who should be calling for vigils are now saying they are not necessary. Nobody wants to spend time praying anymore. Claim it now and get it now is now trendy! If the pastor is praying for five minutes, the members would be asking, what is wrong with this fellow? This is an unfortunate trend that every true believer in Christ must overcome. There is no half-baked salvation. It is either you are saved or you are not. God gives attention to details but if you don’t, you cannot flow with Him.

KEY POINT:

Some people rush out of church service which they barely endured and go to spend twice or more of that time on the internet. Consider your ways!

Bible in one year: Colossians 3-4

Open Heavens Devotional: BUILD UP INTERNALLY – Friday, June 22, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

 

Memorise: That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith: that ye, being rooted and grounded in love. Ephesians 3:17

Read: Ephesians 3:17-20

When God decides to bless an individual, it will affect him all round. God can go as far as using the person’s enemy to bless him. We have an example of this in Numbers 23:16-24. Here Balaam was hired to curse. He opened his mouth to curse the children of Israel but blessings came out instead. This is one of God’s benefits to the ones that He loves. He can turn a curse into a blessing depending on who is involved. Every curse against you and your family shall become blessings in Jesus name. Once God blesses you, nobody can reverse it except you. The moment God says you are blessed; things will begin to happen in quick succession. If your work was not prospering, it will begin to prosper, but if you stray from Him, what was easy will become hard. If what you used to do effortlessly is now being done with a lot of struggle, God may be calling for your attention. It is possible you may have strayed from His path. Examine yourself and reconnect as quickly as possible.

Even when you follow Him with all your heart, your prosperity may not come overnight, but be rest assured that it will surely come. Some testimonies are best kept with the testifiers because if they are shared, people will say God is partial. God can bless you beyond measure because His name is Jehovah El-Shaddai. That request you think is too great is nothing to Him. When you fail to ask exactly what you need, thinking you are becoming excessive, you are only acting in doubt. Ephesians 3:20 says:

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.

From this scripture, the working of God in your life is a function of the measure of His presence or power in your life. If you want God to do the impossible for and through you, you must ensure that His presence inside you grows tremendously. Investing in knowing God is not in vain. Ask Him to fill every void in you to a point that only Jesus would be seen in all you say and do.

 

PRAYER POINT:

Pray according to Ephesians 3:17; that your heart may be rooted and grounded in love.

Bible in one year: Colossians 1-2

 

Open Heavens Devotional: MENOPAUSE TO “MENO- PLAY” – Thursday, June 21, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child; for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD. Isaiah 54:1

Read: Isaiah 54:1-4

When God reigns, He reigns alone. He never shares His throne with sickness, Satan or demons. God is light and it is not possible for darkness to rule where the Light is reigning, hence John 1:5 says:

And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

All his life, Bartimaeus was in darkness as a blind man, but the day he came across our God, his darkness gave way to light (Mark 10:46-52). Are you in a state of darkness? Is darkness thriving in your situation as a child of God? In the name of Jesus l command that darkness to give way to the full glow of the light of Jesus in your situation.

Likewise, it is not possible for God to reign and sorrow rule over your life simultaneously because Psalms 61:11 says your joy is full in His presence. In Luke 7:11-15, a widow lost her son and was full of sorrow and grief, but when she contacted our God, her sorrow turned into her greatest joy. What is that sorrow that is challenging the fullness of your joy today? In the name of Jesus, sorrow, pack your load and go now! In addition, our God cannot reign with failure at the same time because He is the Almighty (Psalms 91:11). After Peter failed all night long, our God entered his boat and failure was terminated permanently. Have you been battling with failure at school or work? An end has come to failure in your life today! Also Our God and barrenness cannot reign together since Our God can raise children from stones. A 50 year old sister who had never been pregnant before, missed her period and after examination by the doctors, she was told she had attained menopause. Nine months later, menopause became “meno-play” and she delivered a baby. At age 90, when God told Sarah her menopause will become “meno-play” she laughed but her laughter did not stop, because she kept laughing after the baby came (Genesis 18:9-15). Are you trusting God for a baby but the doctors have said menopause has set in? Do not worry, it is only a pause and if you press that button, it will begin to play again. The Lord is pressing the button and that pause is released into play today. Nine months from today you shall embrace your baby!

PRAYER POINT:

Every good development in my life currently experiencing a pause, Father, press the “play” button today.

Bible in one year: Philemon 1, Titus 1-3

Open Heavens Devotional: LOVE & MERCY ARE SEEDS – Wednesday, June 20, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh. Proverbs 11:17

Read: Psalms 103:11-13

God is abundant in love and his love is wonderful. There is a generic love of God and the special love of God. John 3:16 speaks of the generic love of God for mankind. Every man born into this world is a recipient of this love, whether this love is accepted and appreciated is a personal matter for individuals. It is this generic love that makes Him send his sun and rain on all men- good and evil. Our Lord Jesus spoke about this love in Matthew 5:43-45. This love is not dependent on the action of the other party neither does it demand reciprocity. Beyond the generic love however is the special love of God. To partake of His special love, you must first acknowledge His generic love and accept its gift as outlined in John 3:16. This love can only be accessed by loving and believing in Jesus who is the recipient of His special love.

For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that l came out from God. John 16:27    

His special love therefore is conditional and demands reciprocity. He said in Proverbs 8:17

I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall fine me.

The more God’s favourites love God, the more God loves them in return. Are you a recipient of His general love or a partaker of His special love? How much do you love God? Do you rise up early or at midnight to seek His face, praise and fellowship with Him? May you reap His superfluous love this season.

God also gives mercy. God’s mercy is great towards those who fear Him. Psalms 103:11 says:

For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

This means, the level of mercy you enjoy from God is a function of your fear of Him. Believers who do not fear God will not receive much of His mercy. If you truly fear and love Him, he can extend His mercy even beyond you (1 Chronicles 17:11-13). In addition, Matthew 5:7 says mercy follows the law of reciprocity. When you show mercy, you will have a harvest of mercy. If you fail to show mercy to others, you may soon run out of mercy yourself. Proverbs 11:17 says if you show mercy to others, you are only doing yourself a world of good. That means each time you refuse to be merciful to your neighbour, you hurt yourself. How merciful are you?

KEY POINT:

If you get more of judgements than mercy, it is most likely because you are indebted in mercy. Sow mercy to all who have hurt you.

Bible in one year: 1 Timothy 4-6

Open Heavens Devotional: SEEING IS NOT ENOUGH – Tuesday, June 19, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

 

Memorise: The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. Psalms 145:18

 

Read: Psalms 145:17-19

 

In 2 Kings 2:12-14, we read that Elisha “saw”. Earlier, Elijah had told him that if he could see him when he is being taken up to Heaven, only then will his hard request be granted (2 kings 2:9). Vision plays an important role in the life of anyone who wants to achieve in life. Proverbs 29:18 says those who lack it cannot avoid destruction. Today, so many people go to Israel on pilgrimage without seeing anything. Some go for sight-seeing and not for spiritual experiences. Proverbs 20:12 says it is God who made the seeing eyes because not everyone who has eyes can see. Ten people can look at a particular object and be seeing different things depending on their point of focus. May you see what God wants you to see in every situation in Jesus name. Through the eyes of faith, you can see the invisible. You can see the car you are expecting, the spouse you are believing God for or the baby you are still looking up to God for. You can see a glorious future and a better life for yourself using the eyes of faith. It is how far you can see that will determine how much you will get. Elisha “saw” and he received. What are seeing?

 

Besides seeing, Elisha cried out. Why? He wanted his departing master to realise that he had seen him. Do you know that if he had not shouted to prove that he had met with the condition earlier set, he would not have received the double portion? In other words, it is not just enough to see it in the spirit realm. Many have seen their fine houses, promotions, spouses, children, or blessings in the spirit realm either through dreams, revelation or through the eyes of faith, yet they never received them in real life because they never cried out in prayer to God for them or confessed them. Your mouth is one of your greatest God-given weapons. How are you using this weapon? If you take it for granted that because God has shown you in a dream or vision therefore that blessing will surely come, you are being presumptuous and may never see it actualised. Many have lost their God-given destiny for failing to cry out. Your shout to God is what makes Him to know that you are in agreement with what He has shown you in the spirit realm. Is your mouth occupied with something that stops you from crying out? Uproot it today and call on the God of Elijah!

 

KEY POINT:

Seeing + (prayer or confession) = answer. Seeing (prayer or confession) =silence.

 

Bible in one year: 1 Timothy 1-3

Open Heavens Devotional: KEY OF FAITH – Monday, June 18, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: And l will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Matthew 16:19

Read: Matthew 16:18-19

Jesus is the Door and as such He can compel all other doors to open willy-nilly. There is a door of breakthrough which comes through Jesus. A man who had been sick for 38 years encountered this Door one day. He had been trying but could not breakthrough into healing. One day, the Door paid him a visit and his breakthrough came. There is also a door of fruitfulness. Genesis 29:31 says Leah was hated by her husband so God opened her womb. On the other hand, the beloved wife Rachel was barren. But later in Genesis 30:22, God remembered Rachael and opened the door to her. Are you barren? The Lord will open the door of fruitfulness to you today!

By the use of keys, doors can either be opened for you by somebody or you could open doors by yourself. God can open a door for you manually or remotely. An example of God manually opening a door can be found in John 9:1-7 where the Lord had to touch the eyes of the blind in order to heal him. He could also order the door opened like He did in the case of erstwhile blind Bartimaeus without any physical contact (Mark 10:46-52) There is a God who can open doors without using keys and they will all obey Him, because He is the original Door. In like manner, you can open a door yourself. If you are given the key to a house, it will be your duty to open it. In Matthew 16:19, the Lord says he gives unto us keys to open doors on earth and in heaven. He went on to specify in Matthew 17:20 that one of these keys was faith. Are you applying the key of faith to unlock those closed doors? Faith is a master key that can be applied to all closed doors and they will open. You can apply the key of faith and the door into fruitfulness will open. Apply the same key and the door into promotion will open. The same key of faith that secured your salvation can also open the door of healing, breakthrough and success; just that many refrain from applying the key to certain doors, hence they are refused access. Apply that key today and see the doors open.

KEY POINT:

The key to unlock that closed door is in your hands. If you do not use it, God would not come down to open the door either.

Bible in one year: Zechariah 11-14

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

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

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

Read: Ecclesiastes 9:4-10

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

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

PRAYER POINT:

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

Bible in One year: Zechariah 7-10

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

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

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

Read: Numbers 14: 35-45

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

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

KEY POINT:

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

Bible in One year: Zechariah 4-6

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

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

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

Read: Exodus 4:21-23

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

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

ACTION POINT:

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

Bible in one year: Zechariah 1-3

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

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

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

Read: 1 Samuel 5:1-5

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

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

KEYPOINT:

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

 
Bible in one year: 2 & 3 John, Jude

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

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

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

Read: Isaiah 41: 10-13

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

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

PRAYER POINT:

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

 
Bible in one year: 1 John 3-5

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

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

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

Read: Luke 7:1-10

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

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

KEY POINT:

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

Bible in one year: 1 John 1-2

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

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

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

Read: John 10:7-9

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

 

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

 

PRAYER POINT:

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

 

Bible in one year: Psalms 25-27

 

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