Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
READ: Matthew 11:28-30
“For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Cor. 6:20). As a believer in Christ, you have been fully purchased by Him—together with all you have and will ever have. In other words, you are completely sold with nothing left to yourself. One reason many believers will not want to hear this truth is because they know that if they accept it, it means God can ask for everything at any point in time. Yes. If He asks, give it all back to Him. Until you get to the point where you no longer have any sacred cows in your life, you have not truly made Him your Lord. Is Jesus Christ truly your Lord?
“And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18). Many ministers of God become hypertensive in a bid to build God’s church. Since when did you replace Him as the builder of His church? Why won’t you have problems when you take up God’s part of the Divine assignment? Let God build His church. One thing that has kept me from high blood pressure in spite of the several challenges I have faced and still face in ministry; is the realization that God has not abdicated His role as builder of His church. Many years ago, after occupying the office of the General Overseer for two years, I stood before the mirror and saw my hair turning grey. “Lord, what is happening to me? I am under 40 years, yet my hair is all grey?” He replied, “It is because you are carrying the burden that is not yours”. Boy, I worried so much in those early days! The Lord further told me, “You are only a camouflage—the one people can see. I am the one doing the work behind the scene. It is not your church but mine”. After that experience, I relaxed and let Him take over His responsibility of building His church. There are people who are still struggling with God over spiritual responsibilities. There is no way you can successfully play God’s part when you do not know what He knows or have what He has. In Matthew 11:28-30, While Jesus takes over the heavy burdens, he leaves you with an easy yoke. Human strength is so small that they can only cope with very light spiritual burdens. Cast your ministry cares upon Him and trust in Him and He will take full control. You have your role and God has His. If you can mind your role, and let Him mind His, ministry will be stress free.
Pray that God will open new doors to reach the unreached people. Lord, let Heaven back up all Nigeria’s anti-graft agencies and efforts until corruption become a taboo in Nigeria.
Bible in One year: Ezek. 31-33