Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.” (Psalm 18:2).
READ: Psalm 18:1-6
God does not like enemies rejoicing over His children. When they do, He is provoked and steps into the situation. After Samson was tied and delivered to his enemies, they began to celebrate. Their rejoicing was short-lived. The Spirit of God came mightily on him, and he broke the ropes with which he was tied, grabbed the jawbone of an ass that had been strategically positioned there, and in no time a thousand enemies were dead. From today, your enemies will not rejoice over you. In Isaiah 41:10-14, God says He will help you. For emphasis, He repeated His promise to help you thrice. He says by the time he is through with your enemies, they would disappear into thin air. Those troubling you today will soon meet their waterloo. You will look for them and not find them. If you are born-again and living right before God, your enemies automatically become God’s enemies. Those fighting you will soon discover that they are fighting God. Nobody can fight with God. When God arises, all His enemies will scatter. God will arise on your behalf today.
Moreover, let us look at the instrument Samson employed against his enemies. It was the jawbone, not the leg bone or hand bone. The jawbone is the controller of the mouth. You may not have the jawbone of an ass, but you have your own weapon—your mouth. Two veritable ways by which you could provoke God to arise on your behalf are by praise and prayer. When you pray, God will send an angel to give you your miracle, but when you praise Him extraordinarily, He will arise on your behalf and step into your situation Himself. It is common among party goers to make an impression. Some may even borrow clothes and go there with their whole salary. By the time the musician begins to eulogize them and call them by big titles, they would be moved to spray all their money on the musician. When you begin to call God by His names and titles, and from your heart coin more epithets to lionise Him, God will arise for you. One reason David could not be killed by his enemies, was because he knew how to call God by special names—“my Lord, my strength, my rock, my fortress”, etc. You can call up the Almighty God to arise on your behalf today!
Father, arise and scatter all the enemies of true progress in Nigeria.
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