Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked” (Ps. 97:10)
READ: Romans 1:29-32
God’s plan for you is total victory over sin, self, Satan and the world. He wants you to overcome in all points that Jesus overcame during His earthly sojourn. One way of identifying someone who truly loves the Lord is by the level of hatred he or she has for evil. If you do not hate evil, it will be difficult for you to overcome it. If you do not hate lying, you will definitely compromise with liars or even engage in lying. Show me a believer who detests sin and I will show you somebody whose love for God can be guaranteed. Your degree of hatred for evil reads on God’s Thermometer of love. To what extent do you love God?
“Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them” (Rom. 1:32). Some people claim to hate evil but they love and frolic with evil doers. 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 says as long as you romance with evil, God cannot be your Father. You cannot condone iniquity and expect to continue in God’s love. If you do not smoke but make smokers very comfortable in your presence, probably by providing them the ash tray to dump their ash, do you love God?
According to today’s reading, all sinners will partake of God’s judgement. Beyond this are those who take pleasure in sinners. Do you make excuse for sin or sinners? Be careful! You could end up where they will end. When you are covering up somebody in sin, or vacate your apartment or give out your car to a friend to use for an evil mission, you stand to end up where that sinner will end. You do not drink or smoke, but giving money to those who do when you know they will most likely spend it on alcohol or cigarettes makes you a collaborator. Some believers openly condemn fetish sacrifices but allow their parents to consult the oracles on their behalf and even take financial responsibility. How can such people be innocent? This is evidence that they do not really love God. In what ways have you been giving sinners the impetus to continue in sin? Repent today. Don’t be a facilitator of sin.
Reflect over the failures of year 2010 and come up with measures to prevent reoccurrence.
Bible in One year: 1 Chron. 27-29