Wednesday, March 23, 2011

GREAT PROMISES Thursday 24 March

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye


MEMORIZE: “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:4).

READ: 2 Peter 1:3-4

“My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him” (Ps. 62:5). Virtually everyone born into this world has some expectations. There are different categories of expectations ranging from the smallest to the largest. Proverbs 25:19 says, “Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint”. One quality that determines the level of expectation you can have of anyone is faithfulness. Faithfulness in this context refers to reliability, honesty, and truthfulness. If an unreliable person makes you a promise, it would be foolhardy to base all your expectations on such a promise. Sometimes, even when dealing with men or women of integrity, there may be extraneous factors outside their control that makes it difficult for them to deliver on their promises. But while dealing with God, it is a different ball game. Not only does His level of integrity accommodate small expectations, but also great expectations.

Why should you have expectations from God? Because he makes great promises which His level of integrity can ensure. In Isaiah 43:2, God assures us of His divine presence and protection in the midst of storms, floods and fire. These are great promises. Do you know that God is present in your storms? In other words, the presence of a storm is the assurance you need of God’s presence. However, some people refuse to believe God is present just because they cannot feel Him. God’s presence is not measured by your feelings but by His Word. That means, if He said He will be present in a given situation, whether you feel like He is there or not, believe and act like he is there. If need be, He will manifest Himself to you. Once God has promised, you had better believe it. His Word commands the highest level of integrity, dependability and reliability. Similarly, In Isaiah 54:17, God says the weapons that have been cunningly crafted against His own will lose their power. That is another great promise. Never trivialize God’s promises! As long as God cannot be dethroned in Heaven, His World cannot lose its power. Are you effectively holding on to His promises? Holding God’s great promises with levity robs you of its power.

KEY POINT:
God will not promise what He cannot deliver on; all His promises are within His power and ability.

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