RCCG Open Heavens Devotional Sunday 24 March 2013
BEWARE OF DRAIN PIPES!
By Pastor E. A. Adeboye
MEMORISE: Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people. (Acts 23 : 5).
READ: Leviticus 6 : 1 – 6.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : Job 28 – 31.
KEY POINT : Pending restitution is a drain pipe through which efforts that should give you increase are wasted. The more of it you have, the more wasted and drained you will be.
Restitution is the act of restoring what was fraudulently taken, it also involves presenting the truth about the lies earlier told concerning a given situation. It is a way to straighten crooked paths.
Restitution is for the good of the one doing it. Having a pending restitution can actually get you grounded. Many years ago, on my way to the University of Ibadan for a Bible study, we drove into a fuel (gas) station to refuel. The following morning as we were about to leave, the car started but it refused to move. After several efforts, we got a mechanic who checked and said there was water in the carburettor. The fuel we bought was a mixture of petrol (gas) and water. He said we would have to drop the fuel tank and separate the fuel ( gas ) from the water before the car would move. This illustrates restitution. As long as water is mixed with your fuel, you are spiritually grounded. Your engine may start but the car would not move from its current location.
Another analogy is something called a treadmill which keeps going round. If you stand on it, you will have the impression that you are moving forward but in actual terms, you are still at the same spot. Refusing to restitute places you on a spiritual treadmill, there will be lots of motion, noise, activity and effort but no displacement.
Pending restitutions have swallowed the labour of many brethren but they are out there looking for the witch or wizard or even an ancestor they think is responsible, rather than looking inwards. If you have remained for so long on the same spot, or you have made so much effort without commensurate results, pause a while and check your life to find out if there is an area where you have failed to restitute. If you find such, ask God for forgiveness and go ahead and restitute. People procrastinate a lot concerning restitution and in the process, some have died without settling them, thereby facing the likelihood of missing Heaven. Do that restitution today! Tomorrow may either be too late or may not even come for that fellow.