Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;” (Isaiah 54:2).
READ: Isaiah 54:2-3
If you will shine for the Lord, you must not limit His grace in your life. To some people, retirement means ‘nothing else to do’, or simply idleness. That is purely a reactive posture. To proactive retirees however, retirement means having more time to achieve greater heights for the Lord. How do you view retirement? Although God is ready to fill us up with more of His power, some people by their actions and attitudes have decided that they do not need more anointing. There are believers who, when they had no big titles or were ordinary deacons and deaconesses, would pray and fast, and pant after God. But today, because they have moved to senior pastoral levels, they believe they have arrived. They believe, in a matter of time, they will become the General Overseer. If you feel you have arrived, then there is no where else to go. Do you consider yourself to have arrived in your Christian race?
Whenever I travel to America and one of my children offers to take me out for shopping, I would ask them to take me to a bookshop. This is simply because I want to know more. One day, a brother who travelled with me from Nigeria, offered to take me for shopping. I agreed but told him it was at his instance. After picking several books and tapes, I observed he was doing some silent calculations. By the time I looked back again, he had disappeared. The elders say that it is what you love most that will be common among your possessions. What meets your fancy? There are some of us who by virtue of age and providence have attained the level where we do not need new clothes anymore. Some have accumulated enough shoes to last them the next 30 years. Even when there is no more room for clothes and shoes, there should still be room for development of your mind. You have to make God see that you have enlarged the space within you, for Him to fill you up with more of His power. How hungry are you for His filling? How much room is truly used up? Genesis 2:19-20 tells us the incredible level of wisdom Adam operated in. He was so full of God that he could name and thereby affect the destinies of all animals, birds and sea creatures. What have you achieved with what you have? How much time do you devote to knowing more?
List five ways of enlarging your capacity and prayerfully apply them. In addition, on a monthly basis, buy and read between one and three books to grow your mind.
Bible in One year: Psa. 67:69