Friday, March 18, 2011

PREVAILING COUNSEL Saturday 19 March

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye


MEMORIZE: “There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand” (Prov. 19:21).

READ: Proverbs 19:20-21

“And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children” (Exo. 2:6). God is simply marvelous and difficult to understand sometimes. Miriam wished that Pharaoh’s daughter never saw her brother because naturally, she would have killed him. But to her great surprise, he found favour before this princess. One lesson from this is that apart from Satan, demons, the world, and our flesh, believers have no permanent enemy. Someone can be an agent of Satan today, working against you; by tomorrow, the fellow can begin to work in your favour. Yes, your greatest enemy can become your strongest supporter. Do you know that your enemies are endowed? If they see you as an enemy, they will channel their resources against you. But the day they begin to see you as a friend, God help anyone who wants to stand in your way! They will fight for you even with their lives! So those of you who pray that your human enemies should die, may indeed be losing your greatest supporters!

Some people think that God must have put some wool over the eyes of this Egyptian princess but that wasn’t so. She recognized that Moses was one of the Hebrew boys over whom there was a death sentence from her father. She knew he should die. Her maidens also knew of this sentence and quite possibly agree he should face it. Yet the princess favoured the one that was condemned to die. This simply tells us that in spite of the fury of the oppressor, God can still have His way over any matter if He wants to. Also, for a child of destiny like you, God can always cause the enemy to bend the rules in your favour. It also shows that no matter what the enemy has decided against you, only God’s counsel will be upheld. Hence, proverbs 19:21 says, “There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand”. God’s counsel is in His Word, and it prevails over every other counsel. What have the enemies agreed upon concerning you? It shall be disappointed and they shall be frustrated this season in Jesus name. According to Isaiah 46:10, God says His counsel will prevail over your life and He will do what He pleases and not what your enemy desires. Yield completely to His will?

PRAYER POINT:
Ask God to frustrate every contrary counsel against you, your family, and your local assembly.

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