ACCEPTED TIME II- 08/02/2014
Yesterday’s message was titled “ACCEPTED TIME I”, while today’s message builds on yesterday’s message and is titled “ACCEPTED TIME II” as given by Pastor E. A. Adeboye in Open Heavens Devotional (Adeboye, 2014). In today’s message, we have been asked to memorise John 7:8 “Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet an to this feast; for my time is not yet full come.” and read John 11:39-44. Our Bible in one year for today has been taken from Isaiah 19:16 to Isaiah 23:18 (Adeboye, 2014).
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"God is never too early, and He is never too late. His timetable is set on purpose; the purpose is not only for your sake but also for His. In all things, His name shall be glorified. No doubt, He would have been glorified healing Lazarus of his sickness, but this cannot compare to raising hum from the dead after four days. God works according to His own time-table. His time-table is not necessarily in tune with your own time-table, even when it concerns situations or issues of your life for which you desire His intervention. Being the perfect God that He is, His time-table is the perfect one and not yours. Your case will soon become a testimony that will bring you great joy and celebration; your testimony will also bring great glory to God, in Jesus’ Name. Keep restin in Jesus, keep trusting in Him, and don't shift your focus from Him. You are on the verge of God turning the table in your favour and turning it against your enemies.
The attributes of God's nature such as omnipotence, omnipresence and omniscience are demonstrated in the way His timetable works. His love moves Him to seek the good of His people and to desire their peace, joy, fulfilment, health etc. By His omnipresence and omniscience, He sees and knows all that is going on, even to the smallest detail. Through His omnipotence, He has the ability to effect the required and desirable change — for example, He can make a ninety year old woman conceive a child, as was the case with Sarah. He can bring back to life a decaying corpse, as was the case of Lazarus, the brother of Martha and Mary (John 1 1 :3 9-44). He can also= make a woman to have natural birth after three previous births by caesarean section, as He did for my wife. God, by His omnipotence is even able to bring back lost opportunities, such as in the life of Abraham, who in spite of working out his own plan to fulfil God's purpose for his life, still received the true seed of promise, though his action and expectation should have aborted God's original plan for his life (Genesis 17:16-19). What more can we hope for? When God is at work, the impossible becomes possible, the irreversible becomes reversed, _and the hopeless becomes hopeful. He can (rewrite history with your life. For someone using this Devotional now, your accepted time is now. Your story is changing from a shameful or reproachful one to an enviable one. You will forget quickly the pain and sorrow of your past by the change of events which will occur soon in Jesus’ Name"
Today's action point is to extol God for all His attributes: love, power, faithfulness and others. Tell Him you love and will serve Him with all your heart Then tell Him what you want Him to do for you.
Adeboye, E. A. (2014) Open Heavens: A Guide to Close Fellowship with God, Volume 14, 2014. Nigeria: Open Heavens Media Limited.