Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (Heb. 12:1)
READ: Hebrews 12:1-2
“And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus” (Mark 10:50). When the Lord sent for Bartimaeus, he realized his garment was a hindrance and had to discard it. He did not allow anything to stop him – not even the garment that had provided warmth to him all along! It takes the mercy of God to overcome the hindrances at the doorstep of your breakthrough. This shows us that the devil could generate hindrances even while we are at the threshold of our breakthrough. Also, the hindrance that stops many from their blessing, is not something from the blues, but something familiar, something they have been used to, probably all their lives. Can you believe that certain doctrines, beliefs and stereotypes are responsible for the lack of progress of many? For instance, when God was about to launch Peter into his next level as Apostle to the Gentile world, he resisted because he had never eaten anything strange or unclean before. Is your upbringing your problem?
A garment could also mean something very close to its wearer. The reason some women have refused to believe in Jesus is because their husbands disallow them. You do not need the approval of anyone before you decide to follow Jesus. Always remember that you shall stand to be judged by God apart from your spouse when you die. What will you tell Him? Those who will maximize God’s mercy are those who will not allow any excuse – no matter how cogent, to rob them of their blessings. What are your reasons for not attending weekly church services? Why do you not spend time with God’s Word or praying and worshipping the Lord daily? What constitutes Bartimaeus’ garment in your life? It must be dropped today! What is not making you to climb up spiritually? Are you tempted to visit pornographic websites on the internet? Avoid it or employ more safety measures. Are you keeping company of those who are very worldly and are gradually influencing you in the ways of the world? Cut them off! Any garment that does not move you closer to the Lord must be dropped today. Ask God for grace to dump it.
Everything that represents Bartimaeus’ garment in my life, Father, help me to drop it now.
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