RCCG Open Heavens Devotional Wednesday16 May 2013
STANDING BECAUSE OF OTHERS
By Pastor E. A. Adeboye
Memorise: “It is good neither to eat flesh nor to drink wine; nor anything whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak” Romans 14:21
Read: Romans 14:15-21
Bible in one year: Psalms 10-12
Action point: Pray that every Christian leader with sizeable following will not err from the right path. Also ask that those that have erred and are misleading others will return to the right path.
A divine champion represents his God, nation and family. Your success or otherwise as a representative affects those you represent. This ¡s exemplified by football competitions where two competing nations are each represented by a team of 11 players. If any team wins, the country that they represent ¡s said to have won, likewise ¡f they fail, their country has failed. in 1 Samuel 17:51, when the champion of the Philistines died, the rest of the Philistine army took to their heels. Their high hopes and expectations disappeared when they lost their champion. Just one man died and a whole nation fled. When the enemies captured Samson in Judges 16:23-24, they said their god had delivered him into their hands. In other words, there was an invisible contest between their god and Samson’s God and the former defeated the latter. As a minister or child of God, you represent the Most High God. As a result, every time you fail, you could cause people to say your God has failed. The truths enunciated above have certain implications for believers today. The first ¡s that your victory or defeat goes far beyond you. There are too many people waiting to see the end of your trial of faith. If you quit or fail, you may be sending the wrong signals to spectators whose spiritual lives depend on it. Also, when confronted with a battle, let your desire to win be for your God and not necessarily for yourself. If your expected victory is tied up with God, it will come easily because He will put His weight behind it. Another implication here is that leaders as divine champions must be very careful so as not to fall. Why? First for the sake of their own soul and for the stability of the faith of those they are leading. This ¡s why it ¡s advisable to avoid anything that can lead your members and young converts astray, even when you have a legitimate right to ¡t. This means as a divine champion, you put God first and think of others before yourself. How have OU been faring as a divine champion?