Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace” (Eccl. 3:8).
READ: 2 Kings 2:23-24
Anything that mocks God in your life must not be tolerated or else, it will move from state of tenancy into permanent residency. Sometimes ago, we were invited to pray for a man with a deadly cough. On reaching there, we asked him, ‘Sir, what exactly do you want us to pray about?’ He replied, ‘Pray that the cough will be going little by little’. From that response, it was obvious that he was not serious about being healed, and I was not ready to waste my effort. Eventually, he died of the cough. The ‘Egyptians’ that you tolerate will kill you. When do you want your mockers to take their leave?
Besides not tolerating mockers, you have to attack them. When some demonized children were mocking Elisha, he refused to tolerate them. He even took a step further by attacking them (2 Kings 2:23-24). But some Christians who have a holier – than-thou attitude would say that the Lord asked us to be as harmless as doves. Yet, Ecclesiastes 3:8 says just as there is a time for peace, so is there a time for war. If you carry the banner of peace when you should bring out your armour for war, you will become a victim – an easy prey for your enemies.
Our Saviour Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God as well as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. There is a time to be a lamb and there is a time to be a lion. When your ‘friend’ is doing all he can to bring you into sin, that is not the time to be a lamb but a lion. When sicknesses have turned you into their headquarters, that is not the time of peace but of war. God is in control of every weapon and in Isaiah 54:17, He says He determines whether the weapon designed against you will work or not. When Samson was taken bound of his enemies in Judges 15:14-15, the Spirit of God came upon him and the Lion in him manifested as he razed down 1000 enemies with the jaw bone of an ass in a moment. Let the Lion in you rise up against every satanic yoke placed on you. Rise up against that age-long ancestral curse operating in your family. Attack the spirit of stagnancy holding back your progress. The Lord will give you victory! Remember that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal and we fight not against flesh and blood. We fight against spiritual wickedness in high places.
List out all things that are mocking God in your life. Come against them one by one in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Bible in One year: Psa. 97-99