Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.” (Isaiah 41:13).
READ: 1 Samuel; 17:45-51
It is a dangerous thing to tolerate your mockers or internal enemies! When the children of Israel were about to enter Canaan after several years of wandering, the Lord gave them some warnings. He told them to drive out the inhabitants of the land that would be allocated to them according to the size of each tribe. Numbers 33:55 says, “But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell”. If you do not exercise authority over your weakness today, they may eventually take you as their victim. They will bring an individual into severe torture and sorrow. The enemies you spare will become a source of unending grief. That was the experience of the Israelites when they failed to drive out some of their enemies. Moreover, a time comes when God begins to see that fellow as if He is seeing the enemy and as a result, may extend the judgement meant for the enemy on him as well (Num. 33:56). God hates sin but loves the sinner. If you are blood washed and saved, but still continue to nurse a particular sinful habit, by the time God’s judgement falls on that sin, the sinner will be affected. Stop tolerating your weaknesses!
In 2 Kings 2:23-24, another thing Elisha did was to turn towards his mockers and curse them in the name of the Lord. To get rid of your mockers, you need to call on your Ally. Some people take sins as very minor problems which they can fix with just a New Year resolution. Hence, a week, or month into the year, they find themselves back at their place of defeat. Sin is spiritual. To deal with something spiritual, you need a spiritual Ally. When David faced Goliath, he knew that for him to win that battle, he must seek the help of his Ally—The Lord of hosts who has never lost any battle (1 Sam. 17:45-47). Whenever you are fighting a battle you cannot win without your strength, call upon the Lord of hosts. He is the greatest Ally, and is ever accessible to man. In Isaiah 41:10-13, He promises to help you. If you can call on Him today to take away suffering from your life, He will answer. Yet, before He can act on your behalf, you must be tired of that negative condition, and you must invite Him. Is the Lord of hosts involved in your battles?
Lord, today, I hand over all the battles of my life to you. Take charge.
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