THE BLESSING OF THE LORD - 01/02/2014
In yesterday’s message, titled “WHERE ARE YOU?”, you will agree with me that God is using this forum to touch lives. Thank God for everyone that contributed and for all the prayers. I pray that God will continue prove Himself Mighty in our lives in Jesus Name. Today’s topic is titled “THE BLESSING OF THE LORD” as given by Pastor E. A Adeboye in Open Heavens Devotional (Adeboye, 2014). In today’s message, we have been asked to memorise Proverbs 10:22: “The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.” and read 1 Kings 17:8-16. Our Bible in one year for today has been taken from 1 John1-4 and Psalm 30 (Adeboye, 2014).
The message is quoted below for our usual discussion. God bless you as you make your contribution to this forum
“A human king sometime ago asked: what should be done for the one in whom I have delight (Esther 3:3)? At the end of the day, the fortune of that fellow in whom King Ahasuerus had delight was turned around. This fellow was Mordecai; his story is a confirmation of 1 Samuel 2:7. The King of kings has all the power and can turn any situation around no matter how seemingly hopeless it is. Time is not a limitation for Him, therefore He can do it within the shortest period, just as He did in the situation of Samaria (2 Kings 7:1-14). He will do much more for you in Jesus‘ Name. The Lord loves to demonstrate His glory by decorating his own people with blessings. Sometimes in order to make it outstanding, he allows the situation of his beloved to become “hopeless” before intervening; this was the case with Lazarus.
The Bible says that Jesus loved Lazarus, yet when it was reported to him that Lazarus was sick, one would expect that He would rush down immediately to heal him, and by so doing, demonstrate to the people how He really loved him. Instead, Jesus waited another three days, and did not get there until the case had completely gotten hopeless - the point where the dead body of his friend (Lazarus) had started decomposing. He did all this in a bid to show how great God is and to make the testimony thick. Do you love God, do you make him number one in your life and yet there is a challenge in your life that seems to have defied solution? Maybe it is even getting worse. I have good news for you: this season, the Lord will step into the situation and make you a star by the time He is through with you.
Note that, following his being raised from the dead, Lazarus of Bethany became an insignia of the greatness of God. He became a wonder. Of course, God would not do this for just anybody, it is for the one whom He loves. However the one He loves must be a lover of God himself.
”I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.” Proverbs 8:17
A lover of God would want to be in the presence of God first thing in the day. Jesus loved his Father when he was here, and so a great while before the day dawns, before others were up he would visit with his Father (Mark 1:35). How often do you do this?”
The prayer point for today as given by Pastor E. A. Adeboye (Adeboye, 2014) is that God will bless you and even more than that, make you a blessing.
I pray for every reader of today’s devotional that as the Almighty God raised Lazarus from the dead and made him an insignia of His greatness, He will give us an overflowing transformation that will announce His greatness to the whole world through us, Amen
Wishing you a happy new month. Happy overflow!!!
Adeboye, E. A. (2014) . Open Heavens: A Guide to Close Fellowship with God, Volume 14, 2014. Nigeria: Open Heavens Media Limited.