RCCG Open Heavens Devotional Thursday 14 March 2013
CHANGE YOUR METHOD
By Pastor E. A. Adeboye
Memorise: “Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.” Zechariah 4:6
Read: Numberss 20:7-12
Bible in one year: Hosea 8-10
Action point: Prayerfully list 5 different ways of doing what you normally do, taking time of time requirements and cost implications, and adopt the best alternative.
To get the best from God, you need to know when to make your requests. When you have the opportunity to access God’s mighty presence, explore it to the fullest. A wise believer will optimise every opportunity from God because time is short. Moreover, because of the brevity of time, we should reorder our priorities and move from the unimportant and less urgent matters to the most important and urgent issues. In the same vein, efforts should be made to treat the important but not urgent issues so that they do not end up putting you under avoidable pressure tomorrow. Everything you needed to do which was ignored because it was not urgent, will become urgent at some point, and could cost you much more. Besides this, Luke 9:57-62 tells us that sometimes, an individual, family or group may have to go through self-denial in order to please God. Whenever there is a clash of interest between God’s and yours, just let God have His way.
As we advance in years and become older, our days on earth reduce while our strength begins to give way. As a result of this, there Is need to derive easier and quicker legitimate means of achieving goals. Take Moses as an example. In Exodus 1 7:1 6, God asked him to smite the rock for water to come out, while in Numbers 20:71 2, to achieve the same miraculous result, God asked him to speak to the rock. Although, either way, God can perform the same miracle, yet it is definitely easier to speak to the rock than to strike the rock. When you strike the rock, you exert more energy. Also, the one who is striking a rock will feel some formidable resistance. If you keep meeting with resistance while doing what you routinely do, find out better, easier and more productive alternatives. The difference between speaking to and striking the rock is comparable with using human strength and the strength of the Holy Spirit. Beloved your human strength is largely limited in the things of God: hence you need to wait more on the Lord so as to use His strength to do His work. That way, you get quicker results and you are less stressed. To effectively key into this, find out how you have been working, and the level of result it has been producing so that you can prayerfully consider what to do extra or component to be changed for you to get better results.