CHRIST FOR YOU-17/04/2014
Yesterday’s message was titled “WHERE ARE YOU? ”. Today’s message is titled “CHRIST FOR YOU ” as provided by Pastor E. A. Adeboye in Open Heavens Devotional (Adeboye, 2014). In today’s message, we have been asked to memorise Romans 8:31: "What shall we then say to these thin ? If God be for us, tog: can be against us? " Today's reading was taken from James 4:5-8 and the Bible reading in one year is Amos 1 :1 to Amos 5:17 and Psalm 83 (Adeboye, 2014).
Quoted below is the message for today. God bless you richly for your contribution
"Apart from Christ being in you, another dimension of Christ in relation to you is ”Christ being for you”. The phrase ”for you” in this context signifies approval ofor support for you. The implication of ‘Christ or you‘ is encapsulated in Romans 8:31:
”What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us .?”
I pray that God will give you the revelation of this in your spirit. With Christ for you, you become an unstoppable juggernaut. Every opposition against your forward movement is bulldozed away. It is a great thing when God is for you because anyone trying to curse you would merely be wasting his time. We see this manifested in the life of the children of Israel on their way to the Promised Land. Because God was for them, all attempts to curse them failed. In opposition to their onward journey to the Promised Land, Balak the king of Moab hired Balaam - a prophet, to curse them. God dealt with the prophet by warning him against his mission through the donkey that spoke like a man. Besides this, three consecutive times, at the point of pronouncing curses, God intervened and in fact made Balaam to pronounce blessings upon God's people.
”How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the LORD hath not defied? Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel: according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought!” Numbers 23:8&23
How then do you obtain His support? It is by drawing near to Him. James 4:8 says if you draw near to God, He would also draw near to you. This means that you don't serve Him only with the mouth, but also with your heart. Drawing close to
God means spending quality time in personal fellowship with Him. Fellowshiping with Him means you talk to Him as He talks back to you. Study how a man and woman in courtship get close each other and apply this to your relationship with God. They talk to each other, they share moments of ups and downs together,they parade each other around, they express their feelings of love and dissatisfaction in songs, poems and letters. They study each other's character and they shed relationships not approved of by their partner and several other things. If you apply this principle to your relationship with God, you will be shocked at how real He will become and for sure, He will stand up in your defence just like a man will stand up for his woman if confronted by danger in courtship." Adeboye 2014
Adeboye, E. A. (2014) Open Heavens: A Guide to Close Fellowship with God, Volume 14, 2014. Nigeria: Open Heavens Media Limited.