RCCG Open Heavens Devotional Sunday 28 April 2013
COMMITTED TO UNBROKEN LINK
By Pastor E. A. Adeboye
Memorise: If a man abideth not in Me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.” John 15:6
Read: Genesis 39:7-12
Bible in one year: Luke 10-13
Key point: Why believers toy with sin is because they see it differently from how God sees it. Ask that you will see sin the way God sees it as from today.
1f you want to sec the power of God ¡n your life and I ministry, then work on your commitment. The commitment of some people does not go beyond lips service as their heart ¡s saying something else. When the Lord met sonic of such people - Scribes and Pharisees in Matthew 15:1-9, He told them what God had said about them and the ed of that kind of commitment. Verse 8 says,
“This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoured, me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.”
It is possible to confess closeness to God and to eulogize God while the heart is saying a different thing. If your heart strays whenever you claim to praise or worship God, you are left with just lips praise. Praise from the lips that is not connected with the heart does not go beyond the ceiling. Jesus says everyone whose commitment to God is limited to the lips, is wasting time worshiping God. This applies also to service. Every service you do that ¡s not from a heart of commitment ¡s only a waste of time.
How do you identify someone who is committed to God? And in what area can one be committed to God today? The one who is committed to God will be identified by a commitment to an unbroken link with his or her Source - Jesus Christ. John 15:6 says,
‘‘If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and ¡s withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.”
All of Satan’s temptations are summarily targeted at breaking you from the Vine. If the kingdom of darkness succeeds ¡n doing this, you will lose all you have received from God and become vulnerable to their plans. Sister, see beyond that man who ¡s trying to lure you into immorality: the devil’s real purpose is to separate you from Christ, to make you an enemy of your strongest Ally. One person who knew this well was Joseph. When God favoured him and he became the chief of servants In Potiphar’s house, Satan decided to work through his masters wife to severe him from his source. He realized this and took to his heels. He preferred to go to prison for a crime he did not commit, than to have his freedom but be cut off from his source. Joseph saw sin as a great wickedness to the One who has been so good to him. Joseph is a true example of somebody whose commitment to his source 1S not shaken no matter the circumstances. Are you committed to your Source? How Jealously are you guarding your salvation? How do you see sin?
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