CHRIST BEFORE YOU-19/04/2014
Yesterday’s message was titled “CHRIST WITH YOU ”. Today’s message is titled “CHRIST BEFORE YOU” as provided by Pastor E. A. Adeboye in Open Heavens Devotional (Adeboye, 2014). In today’s message, we have been asked to memorise Deuteronomy 1:30: The LORD your God which goeth before you, he shall fight for you, according to all that he did for you in Egypt before your eyes. " Today's reading was taken from Romans 8:13-16 and the Bible reading in one year is Obadiah 1, Jonah 1-4 and Psalm 85 (Adeboye, 2014).
Quoted below is today's message for your input.
When the Israelites left Egypt for the Promised Land, God chose their route and led them through the wilderness. He did this by the pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire by night. In spite of their number, the terrible conditions of the wilderness and the opposition of their enemies including giants, they got to their destination by God's guidance. Praise God! The term ”Christ before you” talks about Christ guiding and leading you. The Bible makes it clear that:
’’For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Romans 8:1 4
Beloved, the world is a wilderness and we are on our way to heaven. There are alternate routes in the form of choices and decisions for moving on in life. As a child of God who has a destination, you cannot afford to move on just by any route. You cannot make choices being led by the flesh, by your sight, by your feelings or even just by your mere senses (Proverbs 3:5-7). Remember, not all that glitters is gold. Your adversary, the devil is prowling, seeking a careless and straying child of God to devour (1 Peter 5:8). In Jesus‘ Name, you will not fall prey to him. Many young Christian men and you will not fall prey to him. Many young Christian men and women have run into wrong marital relationships because they allowed themselves to be led by other things apart from God, their Father.
Psalm 114:1-7 reveals that nothing can stand before the presence of our God, be it sea, mountain or hills. With Christ going before you, obstacles will clear out of your way because of the awesome power of His presence. Enemies pitching battles against you also get crushed in the presence of Jehovah, the Man of War (Deuteronomy 1 :30). Now, how do you get Him to lead you? Psalm 25:9 says:
”The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.”
The meek is the one who has the power and ability to fight but refuses to. He is not just gentle, he has all it takes to hit back and to crush, but he refuses to. He is like a tamed horse. The meek is submissive. Do you want to enjoy divine leading so that God can go before you? Then, be prepared to be meek.
Today's prayer point is Father, please in any area I have jumped ahead of you to make choices outside of your leading, be merciful and forgive me. Whasoever pain such action has brought to my life, remove and make me whole in Jesus Name.
Thank you and God bless you richly for your contribution
Adeboye, E. A. (2014) Open Heavens: A Guide to Close Fellowship with God, Volume 14, 2014. Nigeria: Open Heavens Media Limited.