Thursday, February 17, 2011

YOU CAN PROVOKE GOD Friday 18 February

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE:
“The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.” (Lam. 3:25)

READ: 2 Kings 3:14-16

Another cause of spiritual famine is over familiarity with God and His Word. Some people, particularly leaders in the Christian community, have become so familiar with God’s Word that they no longer take it seriously. If this continues, spiritual famine is inevitable. Are you ignoring divine communication? It shows you are over familiar with God or His Word. When some people hear too many of ‘Thus says the Lord’, they are never moved even when such comes from God’s genuine prophet. “And I have put my word in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people” (Isaiah 51:16). God does not send His Word just for fun but for a specific purpose. If God’s purpose for sending His Word to you is not achieved, it means you are not taking it seriously, and this may trigger a spiritual famine. Are you frustrating God’s promises in your life? Are there pending divine instructions you have not complied with? How precious is God’s Word to you?

Yet another possible cause of spiritual famine is inability to provoke the required Word. This borders on laziness. In 2 Kings 3:14-16, when Elisha was unable to hear from God because he was upset with the king of Israel, he got a singer to lead in praise and worship and thereafter, the Word of the Lord came. In Matthew 4:4, our Lord Jesus talks of the ‘proceeding’ Word that is needed for the moment. The one who fails to pay the price to hear the Word that can change his or her life may face a spiritual famine. If God is not willing to speak, but you are desperate enough, you can do certain things to get His attention and thereby provoke him to release what you need. If you can worship Him in Spirit and in truth, and it comes from your heart, you can get His attention. If you can please Him by winning several souls to Him, He can be provoked. If you can give sacrificially, a gift that is worthy of Heaven’s record concerning you, He may be provoked. Think of what you can do to provoke God and do it. You can get God’s attention if you pay the price. As you determine today to reach out to God, He will answer you.

ACTION POINT
Provoke God to fight your battles.

Bible in One year: Josh. 16-18