Sunday, April 10, 2011

IT’S NOT AN EASY RIDE Monday 11 April

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye


MEMORIZE: “And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise” (Heb. 6:15).

READ: 1 Samuel 16:11-13

When God makes you a promise, expect contrary winds and conditions from the adversary geared towards making you give up on that promise. Many believers erroneously expect a smooth ride from a promise to its fulfillment. There is no such thing as an easy ride as long as your adversary the devil, his demons, your flesh and the world are still very much around. Any promise you fail to fight for may never be realized. After God promised to liberate the Israelites from a 430-year-long slavery, they met with resistance. Pharaoh was the most formidable. He questioned God’s authority and finally refused to let the Israelites out of his hold. It took several plagues, climaxing in the death of Pharaoh’s firstborn and all the firstborns of the Egyptians and their animals to let them go. Finally, in Exodus 19:17-19, the Israelites were beside the mountain where God wanted them to worship Him. It may take some time, hold on to God’s promise. Difficulties may come, still hold on. Eventually, that promise of God will come to pass.

Another Bible character God made a mighty promise to was David. One day, while busy enjoying himself at the backside of the desert, a messenger came to this shepherd boy telling him he was urgently needed at home to be anointed as king (1 Sam. 16:11-13). But instead of being enthroned after the anointing, he found himself dodging the king’s javelin at the palace. He would have asked himself: ‘Was I anointed to die by the hand of the king I was supposed to replace?’ Thereafter, in 1 Samuel 22:1-2, he relocated to a cave living with a group of vagabonds who made him their captain. At this time, Satan would have been having a good laugh and saying to the demons: ‘We shall see how he can ever become king, may be king of vagabonds and animals’. Do you know that Satan laughs when he appears to be making headways in frustrating God’s promise for your life? In spite of Satan’s laugh, in 2 Samuel 2:1-4, a day came when David was appointed king over Judah. David celebrated that appointment because, after all, it was better than being the king of hooligans. Then in 2 Samuel 5:1-5, he was anointed king over Israel. Yet, God said He was not yet through with him. Note in Mark 10:46-52, when Bartimeaus heard that Jesus was passing by, he called him the son of David. God took a shepherd boy and made him the father of the King of kings. Is God’s promise for you, your family, or church looking far-fetched? Hold on! It will surely come to pass. Wait as long as it takes.


KEY POINT
God’s pathway is the sure way to your destiny

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