MINDFUL OF HEAVEN OR EARTH? Thursday 14 July
Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.” (Heb. 11:15).
READ: Hebrews 11:9-10
In John 3:31, John the Baptist said that God is above all. No wonder He is called the Most High (Psalm 91:1) and Higher than the Highest (Eccl. 5:8). Following this line of thought, Philippians 2:9-11 says His Name is above every other name in every plane of existence—both human and spirit. This has several implications. First, it means that God is higher than you, the General Overseer and any level of authority. Since He is higher than everyone, you can report to Him anyone who is higher than you, who is threatening or oppressing you. To this end, you can report those holding the reins of power to God. No matter how high that human mountain or hindrance is, as long as the fellow is mortal, he has a problem. As you report the one who is making life unbearable for you to the Most High God today, He shall arise on your behalf and fight for you.
1 John 2:15-17 warns us against the love of the world. While it is good for God to prosper us, it is however important to remember that the world is only a bridge. You are just passing through it to get to the other side. Never build your house on it. When God blesses you with a house, enjoy it within acceptable limits. Do not get to the point where you become so attached to it that it becomes an idol. If God says He wants to use the house, release it to Him. That is wisdom. If you refuse, remember that He can call you home and still have access to the house. Then He may say: ‘Who is going to enjoy these things now?’ God can separate an individual from the material things of life. He can also separate an individual from his harvest. In Luke 12:16-20, the rich fool was forcefully separated from his harvest. If you are wise, you will hold worldly things with loose hands. Why do you think patriarchs of old lived in tents and lived like a strangers and pilgrims? It is for this same reason: they did not want to be so entangled with the affairs of earth to the extent of missing out of Heaven. Earth’s best could never satisfy them hence, their hearts were fixed on the heavenly planet. But today, the story is different. We are so carried away by few blessings God has given to us that we hardly even think of Heaven. Don’t let Satan replace your heavenly reward with earthly ones!
Pray that believers will daily grow in Heaven consciousness. Ask God to turn around the famine affecting the nations of the world.
Bible in One year: Jer. 13-16