RCCG Open Heavens Devotional Thursday 9 May 2013
INVITING YOUR SUBSTITUTE?
By Pastor E. A. Adeboye
Memorise: “And the Lord said unto Samuel, How long will thou mourn for Saul seeing that I have rejected him from reigning over Israel. Fill thy horn with oil, and go; I will send thee to Jesse, the Bethlehemite; for I have provided Me a king among his sons.” 1Samuel 16:1
Read: 1Samuel 15:10-14
Bible in one year: 1Peter 1-2
Prayer point: If you are pleasing God with the assignment He gave you and men decide to chase you out, and God allows them, God will give you something else that is far better that will make them green with envy.
If God should open your eyes to know who could possibly replace you, you will be seriously humbled. Some servants or subordinates that you are Looking down upon today may unknown to them, be your replacements should you fail. You will be shocked that they could do a far better job of the assignments and even succeed where you failed because one way or another, they have been understudying you and learning from your strengths and weaknesses. Has God given you an assignment? Do not joke with it! Strive never to fail God because He has some substitute waiting. This is one thing than keeps me humble having resolved never to be replaced until I finish my course. For this reason also, I will never do anything that will make God to replace me. What about you? If you used to win several souls to the Lord when you newly began the Christian race, but today you do not have time for Gods most important activities; are you not creating room for your replacement? God sent King Saul to completely destroy the Amalekites but he thought he was smart, and decided to eat what was forbidden. Today, some believers and leaders are eating their tithes and that of others, and they think they are smart. No! They are not! Some ministers of God are sparing the Agag they should have destroyed and explaining ¡t away. Some pastors have not only committed adultery, but are keeping a steady immoral relationship with female workers or even wives of members. Why will
God not replace them? Look at your life: what are you doing to provoke God to replace you? Immediately return to Him with fasting and prayer. Make relevant restitutions now and begin to serve, worship and praise Him as you have never done. Beloved, consciously give God reasons why you should not be replaced by a substitute through your new height of love, obedience and service. Some people can never be replaced because of their level of commitment to God. You too can be one of them.