Thursday, July 21, 2011

REGAINING LOST GLORY Friday 22 July

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye


MEMORIZE: “For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the LORD; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after” (Jer. 30:17).

READ: Judges 16:22-30

It is common knowledge that there is no glory in defeat. If you have ever been a champion in any game, you would know this. As long as you are the reigning champion, your fans will hail you wherever you go. You will make headlines and your fame will go before you. But the day you are defeated, you lose your title and away goes your glory! The blow that knocks out a champion is hardly seen when it is coming. The fellow will only rise from the ground to discover he is no longer the champion. From that moment, he can no longer lift his head high in the public. In fact, he will do anything to avoid going to such places because of the attendant shame. He has suddenly become an ex-champion. At that moment, his crown, and fame are gone. All his efforts, sacrifices and investments into becoming a champion are gone! May you not be an ex-champion in Jesus name.

In 1 Samuel 17:8-11, Goliath, the champion of the Philistines, asked Israel to produce a champion with whom to duel, and that the one who loses will become a slave to the winner. Defeat is a shameful thing! When our national team goes into contest with another team and wins, the victory resounds. Virtually everybody will want to be at the airport to receive them and drive them around the town or city. But if they lose, they quietly will sneak into town. They will hide their faces. Sometimes, defeat by an opponent causes loss of freedom like in the case of Samson. When a boxing champion has suffered defeat, he would go home alone. After a while, his wounds would heal and his strength will be restored. Then, he could request to watch the video of the match and find out how he was knocked out. He would see his mistakes and shake his head. With a new resolve, he could commence his early morning exercises again. This will continue until he is strong enough to take on another fight. Then he could challenge the new champion. While the new champion will think that he can beat him up again, the ex-champion who had learnt from his mistakes would now emerge as winner. As he stands hands lifted high in the midst of the cheering crowd, with his opponent down on his face, he will feel something beyond expression: it is more than excitement; he will feel the glory! No matter your level of defeat, you can rise again. Get up today and go for your crown! Recover your lost glory!


KEY POINT:
Are you down in defeat? God is giving you special grace to bounce back Accept it today!

Bible in One year: Eccl. 4-6