SIGHING? Monday 3 January

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: “for the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him” (Psalm 12:5).

READ: Psalm 12:4-5

If you do not heed the early warnings from God, you may not survive the handwriting of His judgement when it comes. No minister of God should be turned into a slave of the rich. Let God remain your source and be content with what He has given you. It is then you can look at that influential or wealthy fellow in the eye, and tell him the truth like Daniel did to king Belshazzar (Daniel 5:1-31). In addition; since God is the one who determines promotion, you do not have to sell your body to your boss in order to move to next level. Proverbs 21:1 says, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will”. While several people attempt to influence the king, the real influence over kings is the Almighty God. He has all the hearts of kings. All you have to do is to tell the Lord whose heart you want influenced, and he will turn the fellow’s heart towards that direction. This season, the Lord will cause the heart of kings to favour you in Jesus name.

Moreover, in Exodus 2:23, the children of Israel sighed because of the heavy bondage they were made to bear in Egypt. They reasoned that now that one terrorist king was dead, another one was coming to continue from where he stopped. They must have wondered: ‘When will the oppression end?’ There are some people who at the dawn of a New Year are greeted ‘Happy New Year’, and they can only reply with a sigh. To such people, the New Year has come to continue the negative trend in their lives; hence, they see nothing good about the year. Are you sighing because of a persistent problem or negative trend in your life? Fear not! God is older than your problems and will therefore bring it to an end sooner than you expect. Psalm 90:1-2 says He has existed in eternity past. Anytime you think He is late in intervening in a situation just remember that 1000 years is like a day to him (2 pet. 3:8). And because he is older than your problem, you will see the end of that problem. The Lord is turning your situation around this season. Whatever has made you sigh like the Israelites will make you sing with joy in Jesus name.

PRAYER POINT:

Father, turn my sighing into singing. Go to the foundation of the problems of Nigeria, and let there be earthquake that will put things right.

Bible in one year: Prov. 8-11

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