RCCG Open Heavens Devotional Wednesday 20 March 2013
By Pastor E. A. Adeboye
Memorise: “For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, saith the LORD; thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11
Read: Psalms 33:8-12
Bible in one year: Zephaniah 1-3
Action point: There is no place for giving up in god’s plan for His children. Ask that God will give you the strength to fight the fight of faith to the end.
When Elijah arose from sleep and started to eat of the meal from Heaven in I Kings 19:5-8, his hope was on the rise, and he began to say, ‘1 may be down but I shall not end ¡n defeat. It is one thing to fall and rise and another to fall and stay down. For the first category, falling is just a bus stop, and you know, you will have to go through several bus stops to get to your destination. For the second category, falling has become the destination. In life, simply remember that every point you fall or fail is a bus stop, not your destination. That you failed or fell several times does not mean that you cannot be celebrated tomorrow if you overcome. Thirdly, know that you are falling or failing because there is a great destination for your life which is worth all the fight, struggle and suffering. However, no child of destiny will turn his bus stop into his final destination. Are you down? Rise up this moment, dust yourself and continue the march to Heaven.
Anyone who does not go through these trials with the flesh is most likely on another journey, obviously not the one to Heaven. Has your hair been shaven like Samson out of carelessness? Your hair shall grow again (Judges 16:20-22). Or have you been killed and buried with a big stone placed over your tomb like Jesus? Like Jesus, you too shall arise; you shall be brought back to life (Luke 24: 1-7). When the angel came the second time to Elijah with a second meal telling him to rise and eat because of the journey ahead, he then was sure that God was not through with him yet. Sometimes, people write themselves off before God writes them off. If God is not through with you, you cannot afford to give up on Him; else you will be committing great harm against yourself. If you retire yourself from God’s work before your appointed time of retirement, you will face a query in Heaven instead of a commendation. God is not through with you and His counsel for your life will ultimately stand in spite of your circumstances(Psalrn 33:11; Jeremìah 29:11).When Elijah ate the meal, he knew there was hope for a brighter tomorrow. Isaiah 3:10 says your future is very bright. Forget the darkness that is presently surrounding you. According to Proverbs 4:1 8, it will gradually give way to God’s glorious light. Rise up and serve Him. Praise Him, obey Him, knowing that your tomorrow is secured in Jesus.