Yesterday’s message was titled “CHRIST FOR YOU ”. Today’s message is titled “CHRIST WITH YOU” as provided by Pastor E. A. Adeboye in Open Heavens Devotional (Adeboye, 2014). In today’s message, we have been asked to memorise Joshua 1:5: "There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. " Today's reading was taken from Exodus 3:11-12 and the Bible reading in one year is Amos 5 :8 to Amos 9:15 and Psalm 84 (Adeboye, 2014).
Quoted below is the message for today. God bless you richly for your contribution
No man is an island. At one point or the other, you would have done something in partnership with somebody. More often than not, the result of such synergy is geometrically higher than if you do it all alone. Now imagine if your partner is Jesus. This is what ”Christ with you” is all about. It means a partnership between you and Jesus. It indicates you and Jesus doing things together. There are many things for which you need God to be with you, both with respect to things of this world and things of eternal value. If God is with you, there is nothing you cannot achieve.
In the case of Moses, he had every reason to be apprehensive of the idea of having to go back to Egypt to set the people of Israel free from bondage. Obviously, Egypt was a powerful nation in those days. However, he did not have to deliver Israel all by himself, for God had said to him: ’’Certainly I will be with thee” (Exodus 3:12). In that project of yours, in that good but difficult step you want to take, in that God-glorifying but capital-intensive projet that you would like to embark upon, God will be with you. Is there a call of God on your life for an assignment which you consider difficult, fearsome, dangerous or too big for little you? Don't be afraid! All you need is God's assurance that He will be with you, and it shall be done. Just like He was with those before you, God with you in that assignment shall also be to your honour and greatness. Joshua the servant of Moses, who took over the mantle of leadership from Moses, was too little in his own eyes to step into his master's shoes. Yet all that God gave him was the assurance that He would be with him (Joshua 1 :5).
The Lord Jesus Christ while here on earth was doing wonders, healing the sick, delivering the oppressed, all because God (His Father) was with Him (Acts 10:3 8). Let God be with you in your work, family and business. There is however no way God can be with you if your ways do not align with His ways. How can God be with you in your business when you do not follow his ordinance of paying tithes? Christ is ready and more than willing to be your partner but His question to you is this:
”Can two walk together except they be agreed?" Amos 3:3
Today's prayer point is Father, help me to recognise anything in my attitude, habits and relationships that would not allow me to enjoy your abiding presence. Let the ﬁre of Your Word purify me of them.
As we remember the death and ressurrection of our LORD JESUS CHRIST this weekend, I pray that we will carry the presence of the Almighty God more than ever, and as we do, the fire of God will purify all those habits that are not Christ-like in us, Amen.
Happy Easter, God bless you all for your contribution
Adeboye, E. A. (2014) Open Heavens: A Guide to Close Fellowship with God, Volume 14, 2014. Nigeria: Open Heavens Media Limited.