Sunday, September 11, 2011

DESTINY TIES Monday 12 September


Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul” (1 Sam. 18:3).

READ: 1 Samuel 18:1-5

Although one person’s destiny is different from another’s, however, sometimes destinies are interlinked. This occurs in a symbiotic relationship where those with such heavenly ties will mutually benefit from each other. An example of this is Elijah and Elisha. Their destinies were intertwined. Until Elijah threw his mantle on Elisha, the latter had thought he was born to be a farmer. But after the mantle came on him, everything changed. His goal, vision for life and dreams changed. Suddenly, he realized he was born to be a prophet. Some people have had to carry me like an egg after they realized that their destinies were tied up with mine. It is very important not to detach from the one with whom your destiny is tied. That fellow is your helper and is sent your way not by your choice, but by divine choice. Allow the plan of God concerning that tie between you and the fellow to be fully realized.

Two other Bible characters who had common destiny ties were David and Jonathan. According to 1 Samuel 18:3-4, the first day they met, they both realized they had something in common. They loved each other dearly. Jonathan stripped himself of virtually all that he had and gave them to David. Their love was so strong and they mutually benefited from it. However, Jonathan made a mistake by separating himself from David (1 Sam. 20:1-42). After they entered into a covenant, instead of following David, Jonathan returned to the palace. That was why the day his wicked father died, he too died. When you have identified the one you have a destiny tie with, do everything possible never to be detached from the fellow. Destiny ties affect ministries and even families. In some homes, because the destinies of the couples are tied, God begins to bless the man for the sake of the woman. Before long, the man who lived from hand to mouth starts to live in affluence. At some point, the man may begin to feel that his wife is not sophisticated enough. As a result, he may throw her out and marry another. Then things begin to take downward turn. Whatever happens, stay with your lawfully wedded spouse. God will perfect the purpose of your union. Marriage is meant for life and God hates divorce.

PRAYER POINT:
Father, let all those who share destiny ties with me come into my life and propel me towards my destiny.
 
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