Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.” (1 Cor. 9:25).
READ: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
In Revelation 2:18-29, God spoke angrily about Jezebel. Why? She used three powerful weapons against the children of God, namely: food, sex and money. These are still part of Satan’s tools today. The reason some people refuse to accept Christ as Lord and Saviour is because of what they will eat. Some people love beer, alcohol, and cigarette so much that they prefer to ignore Christ in order to continue such sinful and unhealthy habits. Even for some who have received Christ, the reason they cannot serve God, pray at night and fast is because they worship their stomach. They do everything possible to avoid hunger. Whenever they feel the slightest hunger pang, they grab food. They have forgotten that 1 Corinthians 6:13 says both the belly and food will perish some day. If the reason you cannot pray at night is because of eating heavy food late or over eating, you are still a victim of Satan’s old trick. If you have truly decided to follow Christ, it will show in what, how and where you eat.
Another old trick of the devil that Jezebel used was sex. Ordinarily, sex is good as long as it is practised within the context of marriage, and meets with standards of decency. But rather than wait for the right time, many youths have become victims of premarital sex. Apart from this, there is so much abuse of the gift of sex that today men sleep with men, women with women, man or woman with animals, etc. Even between married couples, abuses such as oral sex, anal sex, masturbation, pornography are rife. If you have become a victim of these, run to Jesus for deliverance today as you are in great danger.
In addition, Jezebel used the old satanic tool of money. Everyone wants to be wealthy. If you have tasted poverty, you would almost do anything to avoid it. The devil knows this; hence he offers people several get-rich-quick schemes which end up engulfing the recipient in hell. Are you already accepting Satan’s offer of wealth? Turn it down now or else you will pay with your life and still burn in hell. One common feature in all three—food, sex and money—is that there is need for lots of self-control or restrain. If you will not fall a victim of any of these satanic booby traps, you must develop the fruit of the Spirit called self-control or temperance.
Self-control is another indicator of Christian maturity. Ask God for grace to be temperate in all things.
Bible in One year: Jer. 24-26