Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed” (Joel 2:27)
READ: Joel 2:25-27
We have studied Jesus Christ as the Super Captain whose sphere of influence spans over all of Heaven, earth, and beneath the earth. He is also captain over failure because Psalm 46:1 says He is the very present help in trouble. Are you in need of help? The Lord will help you today. In Philippians 4:13, Paul testified that since Jesus came into his life, failure became a stranger to him. In the same vein, after Peter failed several times, he brought the matter before the Lord and he became a remarkable success (Luke 5:1-7). This simply tells us that as far as Jesus is concerned, there is no permanent defeat. 1 John 4:4 says Jesus Christ is greater than your external oppressors and as a result they shall bow to His orders.
Moreover, he is introduced to us as “… the Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle” (Ps. 24:7-10). Unlike what many think, Jesus Christ is not a civilian. He is a warrior, yet much more than that, He is the commander-in-chief of the heavenly host. This is why as a child of God; no enemy can knock you down permanently. Where He is, there is no permanent defeat. Have you been defeated in any endeavour? Bring it to the Lord and that defeat will become a sweet victory. He delivers victory to the defeated.
In addition to these, Jesus is captain over barrenness. Where He is, barrenness has to flee. In John 15:15, He says he is the fruitful Vine. He cannot reign over your life while you remain barren. One proof that He is truly in you is that your life will be fruitful. Have you been struggling with spiritual, financial or material barrenness? It has come to an end today! You shall bear fruit. Fruitlessness is an evidence of His absence. Every evidences of His absence in your life and situation shall be destroyed today in Jesus name. Lastly, He is also captain over shame. He is the King of Glory; hence, shame cannot be your portion. In fact, he promised in Joel 2:25-27 that His people shall not be victims of shame. Everything causing shame in your life shall fade into oblivion this season. The Lord will absorb your shame and replace it with His glory.
Everything causing shame in my life, family and ministry, Father, replace it with glory.
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