Tuesday, June 7, 2011

ALREADY PROVIDED Wednesday 8 June

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye


MEMORIZE: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:” (Eph. 1:3).

READ: Ephesians 1:3-5

The Lord Jesus Christ is linked with history. The word ‘history’ is a fusion of two words – his and story. Simply put, history is the story of God. History is a play written by God and acted by men. Hence, events on earth are dated according to the years before the birth of Christ (BC.) or after the death of Christ (A.D.). Without Jesus Christ, the world’s timing will be incomplete. Acts 4:27-28 says that the crucifixion of Jesus had been pre-ordained. Right from the time of Adam’s fall, it was prophesied that the seed of the woman would bruise the head of the serpent, while the heels of the former would be bruise (Gen. 3:14-15). This simply shows that nothing takes God by surprise. Ever before Adam and Eve fell, the all knowing God saw that they would fall into sin, so He arranged for Jesus to come as the Lamb of God who would be slain for the sins of the world. Hence, Revelation 13:8 says, “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world”. God is a great planner. Before Adam was ever created, God who had known that he would fall made provision to restore men back to Himself.

Just as God had provided for man’s reconciliation and restoration before his fall, so also has God provided for your life on earth ever before you were created. Ephesians 1:3 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:”. Before you were born, He equally provided all that you would ever need to get to your destination. Sadly, although God’s provision existed before we were born, not everyone has accessed it. Your provisions are in Jesus Christ. What you need to succeed in ministry has already been provided before you came into that ministry. All you need to do is receive His provision through His Word and let Him guide you on how, when, and where to possess your provision. This season, as you engaged in unlimited thanksgiving, you will access your provisions.


PRAYER POINT
Thank God for what He has provided for your success. Ask Him for grace to access them.

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