Monday, July 18, 2011

HOLINESS IS REQUIRED Tuesday 19 July

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye


MEMORIZE: “To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints” (1 Thess. 3:13).

READ: Luke 1:74-75

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Rom. 3:23). Sin separates man from the One who loves him most – God. Each time you sin as a believer, you lose a measure of the glory of God. And if you persist, there will be nothing left. Some Christians who were once saved are totally bereft of Gods glory: no trace of that glory can be found any more. Beware of sin!

Apart from separating you from God, sin is the real culprit responsible for stagnancy, retrogression, sickness, fruitless efforts, etc. The witch or wizard disturbing you is the very sin you still willfully engage in. As long as you obey and please God, no weapon or scheme of witches or wizards would harm you. So if you decide to live holy from today, all the good things you have lost shall be restored. Exodus 15:26 says if only you can obey the Lord, sickness will be far from you. Believe it or not, many sicknesses in a man’s life can be traced to sin. If you ate what He asked you not to eat like Adam and Eve, you will be sick. If you venture where He warned you to keep off from, you will be sick. If you do what He asked you not to, you are simply inviting sickness. In addition, if you engage negative thoughts, worry and anxiety which He forbids, you can have hypertension or some other related illness. Disobedience is therefore the root cause of most ailments. Are you sick? Check yourself and see if there is an area you disobeyed the Lord. Repent and obey Him and you will observe that on rising up from bed in the morning, the sickness would have disappeared. Holiness is the key to restoration of every good thing you have lost. Have you lost anything precious as a result of disobedience? As you settle with the Lord today and begin to obey Him, every good thing you have lost will turn in your direction. They will return. This is your season of restoration. That lost joy is coming back. That means of livelihood that has been snatched shall be restored. The grace of God upon your life that has been grounded shall be revitalized. Straighten your way before the Lord and ensure you abstain from every pollution of the body and soul. Keep yourself pure!


KEY POINT:
God plagued the house of Abimelech because Abraham’s wife was there. Do you know that God still plagues those who have abominations in their house? Medication may be ineffective against such plagues.

Bible in One year:
Num. 31-33