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Open Heavens Devotional: AMONG THE DEAD? – Sunday, August 26, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise:  The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead. Proverbs 21:16

Read: Ephesians 2:1-3

Knowing your spiritual standing is very important at any point in time. But one challenge is how to judge where you are, whether you are dead, sleeping, sitting, standing, running or flying. Who is a dead fellow? A dead man is one that has no feelings. If your conscience is hardened, you are spiritually dead. There are some pastors who are dead. No matter what they hear like: stop stealing, falsifying church records, committing adultery, etc. they will say, Amen; but when they return to their parishes, they will continue with their evil deeds. This they do because they are dead spiritually. Ephesians 2:1-3 speaks of those who are dead in sins and trespasses. The dead are those who sin and take pleasure in it. They enjoy living in sin which makes them no different from unbelievers.

It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom. Proverbs 10:23.     

The pastor who verbally runs down his senior pastor and sees nothing wrong with it, is dead. It is a dead fellow who will witch-hunt other believers with the motive of replacing them. There is a growing congregation of the dead in the church today. If you want to stay alive, you must avoid them like a plague. Avoid any group in your church that promotes rebellion, gossiping, backbiting, segregation and any other evil. The day God’s wrath will fall on them, if you are with them, you will not be excluded.

If you have no feeling for your brother or sister, your conscience is dead. If you sin or do wrong and you do not feel anything, you are probably not only dead but buried in sin. If you oppress others, particularly your brethren that you were asked to do good to, it is because your conscience is dead or seared with a hot iron. Jesus says let the dead bury their dead. If you are dead, it is people like yourself that will finally nail your spiritual coffin- that is, they will ensure you never rise up again spiritually. This means, if you are part of the congregation of the dead, in order not to be buried by them, run back to Jesus today. Cry out to God to change your heart. Ask for a heart of flesh and make all necessary restitutions. Are you dead? The Lord says to you arise and He will heal your backsliding (Jeremiah 3:22).

PRAYER POINT:

Father, in any way I have become insensitive to your pricks, cause me to arise today.

 

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Open Heavens Devotional: BEYOND UNDERSTANDING! – Thursday, March 22, 2012

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. Isaiah 40:28

Read: Isaiah 40:21-28

God is love. It is commonly assumed that everybody knows who God is but this is not true. Some years ago, while in France, I was opportune to be a guest of the then Nigeria Ambassador to France. He organised a reception for me one evening and invited other ambassadors. At some point, I was asked to bring greetings to those around so I used the opportunity to talk about the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God. At the end of the talk, I made an altar call and about four of the ambassadors received Christ. By the time we began to eat, one of the ambassadors came to me and asked: “What is God?” It was then it dawned on me that I talked about the Son of God without introducing who God is.

Who is God? It is quite difficult to define God, Isaiah 40:28 says there is no searching of His understanding. Our understanding is too minute to fully comprehend who God is. How can you fully understand the one who is love and at the same time a Consuming fire (1 John 4:8, Hebrews 12:29)? From the perspective of love, you would want to embrace or hug the person in question but who would hug a consuming fire? How can you fully comprehend someone who according to 2 Chronicles 6:18 is so massive that the heaven of heavens cannot contain Him? How do you picture someone who sits in heaven while using the earth as His footstool and yet He could be so small that He lives inside of Human beings? 1 John 4:4 says:

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

What can be said of someone who dwells inside millions of His children and at the same time sits on His throne in Heaven and knows everything about everyone everywhere – in Heaven, on earth, in the galaxies and underneath the earth? How can you understand someone who in Psalm 24:10 is called the Ultimate Commander, yet He asks His creatures to command Him when it relates to the works of His hands (Isaiah 45:11)? God is beyond our understanding!

PRAYER POINT:

Lord, reveal Yourself to me. 

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