KEEPING DEATH AT BAY Saturday 29 October
Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death” (Rev. 1:18).
READ: Isaiah 38:1-5
The Creator of death is greater than death, for he created it. As a result, the one to be feared is the Creator and not death itself. Many people have strayed from the narrow path because of the fear of death. For instance, in the time of sickness, when medication and prayers do not bring healing, the fear of death makes some people to yield to satanic alternatives. Yet, in spite of the sacrifices and covenants they enter into with the devil, they still die, ending up in the hands of the enemy. When this happens, they spend their eternity in hell. Now, is it not better to die in that sickness with your faith intact? If you are sick and do not get healed, know that any offer of healing from elsewhere is not worth it. There is no sickness God cannot heal. So, if He says you should come home as a result of that sickness, no devil can heal you. Fight to keep your faith no matter what. The three Hebrew children had this understanding. No wonder when facing Nebuchadnezzar’s furnace, they told him that their God could deliver them. And that even if He chooses to let them in the fire, they will retain their faith. Are you denying the Lord through an act of compromise?
Moreover, the Lord Jesus, the Controller of death, can keep death away from you. Is death targeting you? The Lord will keep it from you. In Isaiah 38:15, when King Hezekiah’s appointment with death came, he cried out to God and the Lord asked death to keep a distance of 15 years from him. Is death so close to you? The Lord shall keep it several years away from you in Jesus name. You shall not die before your time. And like King Hezekiah, when your appointed time comes, you can ask for an extension and it shall be granted. However, you must be born-again. You must have a blossoming relationship with God. You must obey His Word and serve Him with all you have. Above all, you must fear Him and Him alone. No death will come near you when the Controller of death is inside of you. Whenever death comes near you, it will see you carrying His controller and Creator and will keep off.
Every spirit of death sent against me, my family and members of our church keep off and return to sender.
Bible in One year: Rev. 1-3