Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.” (Heb. 2:18).
READ: Hebrews 2:14-18
Hebrews 4:14-16 says that because our Lord Jesus Christ has gone through the difficulties, disappointments, sorrow and pains that we go through, He empathizes with us and makes help available. Help is ready for you now! “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16). “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). One reason the Word took a human form was to have personal experience of what human beings go through. The one who was born with a silver spoon and has lived all of his or her life in affluence, will find it difficult to understand the ordinary conversation of the poor. When you tell such a fellow you have no strength because you could not afford your meals for several days, he will be wondering what hunger pangs feel like. Jesus felt hunger pangs while on earth. God the Father and God the Holy Spirit can never be hungry. The Lord was so hungry one day that He saw leafy, blossoming fig tree from a distance and hurried towards it, to pick of its fruit. When He got there, there was no fruit. He was disappointed! He cursed that tree and it dried up (Matt. 21:18-19).
Have you been going through hunger? There has been no food to eat and nothing for the children? Call on Jesus today! He knows what hunger is all about, and He will ask the Father to do something about your situation. Are you going through hunger? Help is coming your way now. Jesus cares so much about you. Moreover, have you ever been tired? He too went through it. In fact, the Lord was so tired that He slept and had to be shaken awake during a storm (Matt. 8:24-36). Are you tired of feeling weak? Call on His name and He will renew your strength. I command strength to come upon your tired body now! What of thirst? He was very thirsty as He hung on the cross (John 19:28). He had been beaten and scourged. He knows what it is to be disgraced, to be punished for doing no wrong. He went through pain and death yet, He came out of it all victorious. Whatever unpleasant situation you are going through today, take courage; the Lord will see you through. You shall overcome because He has overcome
Father, help me that I might put all my experiences to good use.
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