Wednesday 24 April 2013

RCCG Open Heavens Devotional Wednesday 24 April 2013 A DESERTER? By Pastor E. A. Adeboye

Memorise: “And Jesus said unto him, no man having put his hands on the plough and looking back is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62
Read: Luke 9:57-62
Bible in one year:  Leviticus 24-27
Key point: If God has assigned you to a task, that is what He will reward you for. Do it faithfully whether it is easy or difficult
Apart from parasites and loafers, the Commander-in-chief of the’ Heavenly army does hot like deserters. Once you sign into God’s army, there is no looking back. This is why in the armour available for soldiers listed ¡n Epheslans 6:13-17, there Is no armour for our backs. This means, the day you turn your back to the enemy, you are finished. It ¡s against the rule of our warfare; for enemies are not supposed to see your back. This also implies there is no room to chicken out. Considering the size, military might and invincible weaponry available to you as a bona fide member of God’s army, and God’s track record of victories, you have no excuse to throw in the towel. Hence, Luke 9:62 says, “And jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God”
This means, if you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord, stay with Him and don’t go back to the devil or your past self government. This also extends to your service. That ¡s, whatever God has assigned you to do, never stop except He says so. Once in a while, God can move you from one assignment to another, or add to what you are presently doing. However, never move yourself away from an assignment God has given to you.
It is surprising to know how many people leave their primary assignment for a self-assigned task. These too are deserters. Increasingly, money is becoming a major factor in determining what ¡s done, where it is done and how ¡t is done. Although money ¡s important for propagating the Gospel, it should however not take the place of the Holy Spirit. Some people when told to go and evangelise would reply: ‘I don’t have money’. What amount do you need to evangelise to your next door neighbour? There are some churches and ministries who being motivated by gain, decide to relocate or plant parishes only in high-brow areas so as to attract the rich. Remember that Jesus Christ died for the poor also. If your ministry excludes ministering to the poor and need you are a deserter of some sort, and led by something else other than the Holy Spirit. Have you abandoned any assignment God earlier committed into your hands, repent and return today. God ¡s prepared to back you in the task He has given to you, and not in the one you have taken upon yourself.

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