Thursday, June 2, 2011

AFRAID LIKE JOB? Friday 3 June

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye


MEMORIZE: “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.” (Job 3:25).

READ: Job 3:24-26

“To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:” (Col. 1:27).
There is hardly anyone on earth without one expectation or another. It is either you anticipate a good outcome or negative one. What is your hope or expectation? Some people expect trouble or the attack of their enemies. When such negative expectations are not adequately curtailed by the power of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God, they become fear. When such a concern moves from the level of minor anxieties into fear, it assumes a higher dimension that appears real or visible even when it is not. Proverbs 10:24 says, “The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted”. Here we see that both the righteous and the unrighteous have different expectations and God says ‘Amen’ to both. While the righteous has his good desires met, the wicked sees a manifestation of his worst fears. May God say ‘Amen’ to the fears of your enemies this season!

However, believers must be careful about what they desire, hope for or fear. When a believer comes under fear, it could also manifest, like in the case of Job. It was what he had feared that simply manifested (Job 3:25). Whenever you are in a state of fear, you move from faith to unbelief. At such a point, you spiritually relocate from the congregation of the blessed to the congregation of the unfortunate. What you fear will sometimes manifest. If you fear God alone, you will have definite uncommon experience of Him. If you fear a sickness, it may attack you. The enemy you fear may soon take you into captivity. Job was so obsessed with the thoughts of losing all his wealth that he was hardly at peace. He had no rest of mind. He was disturbed and troubled. He could not enjoy God’s blessing on his life, and with time his fear manifested. What are you worried about? Cast your cares upon Jesus. Worrying and being anxious is not the portion of believers. Why worry when God is there to do the worrying for you? God did not give you your mind and intellect for worrying but for constructive and productive planning, strategic thinking, and for the generation of good ideas.


ACTION POINT
Thoughts progress from worries to fears. Do not allow the evil progression of worry to fear in your life.

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