Wednesday, November 23, 2011

HOPE: WHAT FOUNDATION? Thursday 24 November

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised” (Heb. 11:11)

READ: Genesis 50:24-26

Hope is a bridge between now and the future. It is the link between your present unpleasant state and your glorious future expectation. The future in hope can be the next second, hour, day or circle of life. Occasionally, the future in hope may take several years. This is why it is important for your hope to be rooted in God’s Word or promise. If a man makes you a promise that could take several years before it come to pass, the chances of fulfilling that promise are slimmer. But if God makes you a promise, even when it takes several years, God remains committed to His promise as long as you remain in good standing before Him. Let us take the example of Joseph. He dreamt and saw his brothers bowing to him when he was a teenager (Gen. 37:5-11). But this dream was not fulfilled until genesis 50:18; it says, “And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants”. That took several years! Similarly, shortly before his death, Joseph got his brothers to take an oath that they would exhume his bones after God visits them in Egypt. He clearly told them that God would visit them and they shall go to possess the Promise Land as originally promised to Abraham (Gen. 50:24-26). He had hope of having his bones buried in the Promise Land. It came to Pass several years later (Exodus 13:19). Any hope that is rooted in God’s promise will be fulfilled, the years notwithstanding.

In 1979, I went with my father-in-the-Lord, Pa Akindayomi to Tusla, USA for a Kenneth Hagin Camp meeting. After the week long programme, we decided to worship in a nearby church where nobody knew us. As usual, the pastor was preaching in American accent and pacing up and down, when suddenly he stopped by papa and began to prophesy that what God had told him many years ago will soon come to pass. Since papa did not understand English, he asked what the man said. I was his interpreter so when we got back to the hotel room, I told him and he began to weep that God was about to fulfill His promise concerning the church after 25 years! Today, the RCCG is in more than 117 nations and we have the Redemption Camp in Nigeria, America, and South Africa. Every promise God made to you shall come to pass. However, always consider the foundation of your hope.

ACTION POINT:
Pray that God would fulfil His promises concerning you, your family and your local assembly.
Bible in One year: 1 Chron. 20-23