RCCG Open Heavens Devotional Wednesday 17 April 2013
NO PARASITES OR LOAFERS
By Pastor E. A. Adeboye
Memorise: “And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.” Luke 3:9
Read: John 15:1-2
Bible in one year: Leviticus 1-4
Action point: Pray that God will change every loafer or parasite in your local assembly into dedicated soldiers in Christ.
Anyone who wants to be a soldier must be prepared go through the worst of terrains, and must be prepared to endure all kinds of difficulties that may come his way such as hunger, exposure to extreme weather, hostilities, separation from comforts, family and loved ones, and even be prepared to die on the battle field. Usually, while courting potential recruits, the difficult parts will be withheld and the fellow will be fed with the good sides - cheap or free food, clothing, travel at government expense and respect if not fear from civilians. By the time the recruit signs on, and gets to the barracks, he would be taken through rigorous training. Some may not be able to endure the training so they will leave the army. Similarly, in the army of God, you must be ready to go through serious difficulties and self-denials and to face the enemies on a head-on collision course.
“Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” 2Timothy 2:3
God’s army ¡s an extremely disciplined one with defined order, structure and government, every recruit must aware of this. The first thing to note here is that Commander-in-chief of the heavenly army is highly intolerant of parasites. Parasites are those who want enjoy the benefits of the Kingdom without contributing their quota. They like the rights and privileges but fail committed to the obligations. According to John 15:1-2, such parasites will be forcefully taken out. Similarly there is no place for loafers - those who claim to be part of the army but are not ready to make commitment to the Commander in-chief. Are you a child of God but you are doing nothing for the advancement of the kingdom? You are a loafer. A loafer gives more of his or her time to move about and engage in activities that are unimportant and unprofitable. According to Luke 3:9, loafers shall be cut down and end up in hell. That shall not be your portion in Jesus name. Are you a parasite or loafer? It you go from one Gospel church to another in the name of receiving prayers but when it comes to being committed to the church building project or meeting a need in the church, you move to another church, you are a parasite! God does not tolerate parasites in His army.
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