Tuesday, August 16, 2011

TRULY BLESSED? Wednesday 17 August

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye


MEMORIZE: “Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.” (Ps. 35:27).

READ: Luke 5:1-7

There are different categories of blessings, depending on their sizes and how enduring they can be. Some blessings are barely enough for the recipient, while some are so much that it would take the assistance of neighbours to carry them. There are also boat-sinking blessings like the one Peter experienced in today’s reading. May you experience a boat-sinking catch of God’s blessings this season in Jesus name.

Taking a look at the spectrum of wealth, there are several possibilities. At the lowest rung is the category of the poor. These have needs and wants just like everyone else but can barely afford to meet them. They may not have what to eat or what to wear. They may also not have shelter over their heads, and as such may look for somewhere to sleep—under overhead bridges, bus-stops and in open. The Scriptures say that no matter what happens, this category will always coexist with the rich. May your name be relocated from this category of the poor to the highest rung in Jesus name. The next level is the category of survivors. In a city like Lagos, they are tagged ‘Book me down’. They may be engaged in some job but due to insufficient wages, their money would be spent before the middle of the month. As a survival strategy, they will go to buy foodstuffs on credit and ask the seller to list their names among debtors. The survivors live from hand to mouth. Are you in this category? A positive change is coming your way this season!

The next level on the spectrum on wealth is the comfortable. These people’s income and salaries conveniently meet their monthly needs, and a little left over which they can save. You may think that all is well with them until they have a crisis. At such times, they should spend their little reserves and then be faced with lack, which demotes them to lower rungs on the spectrum of wealth. Without a moment of crisis, this is not a bad level. But can you prevent an emergency? Nobody can tell when there will be an emergency regarding health breakdown, fire outbreak, natural disasters, or even extended family demands. If you belong to any of the above classes, ask God to take you higher.


PRAYER POINT

Father, this season, move me to the higher levels of the spectrum of wealth and terminate poverty in my life.

Bible in One year: 2 Kgs. 18-22