HOPE AND ABILITY Thursday 8 December
Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent” (1 Sam. 15:29).
READ: Jeremiah 32:26-27
God controls hope because He is in control of tomorrow. His name is Faithful and True, He will not break any promise He has made to you. This is why you should, like the psalmist, hope in Him. Let Him be the foundation of all your expectations (Psalm 42:5). When you hope in God, He will cause life to arise out of hopelessness. Instead of being downcast and depressed, your heath will spring forth.
Another reason God controls hope is because He can do the impossible. Ideally, the kind of promise you make to people would be determined by your level of resources and ability, except you are engaging in self-deceit. If you are earning N5000 monthly, it would be foolhardy to promise to give somebody a gift that runs into millions of dollars. When somebody makes you a promise, before you jump up to celebrate, find out if the fellow has the resources. God can promise you anything because He has resources far beyond what He promised you. When God told my father-in-the-Lord and the founder of the RCCG, Pa Akindayomi, that He would start a church that will go all over the world through him, God did not forget the several limitations of Papa, one of which was that he was an illiterate. God had seen all your limitations before making you that outstanding, almost incredible promise. When God Himself makes a promise, He will fulfil it.
When the RCCG started, there were only 12 members. Who would believe that a worldwide vision could be given to an illiterate in a remote corner of Nigeria? In Luke 1:37, we are told that it is only when God is involved that everything is possible and nothing shall be impossible. As long as you stay connected to God, daily please Him and obey Him, He will make good on the promise He made to you. In Jeremiah 32:27, God challenges everyone and asks: ‘Is anything hard for me, the God of all flesh?’ God does not have difficulties in doing whatever He wants to do. Are you allowing Him to have His way in your life? God’s promises to you shall come to pass with ease as long as you cooperate with Him. To what extent are you yielding to His commands today?
The ease with which God kept smaller promises made to you, is the same ease with which He will fulfil the bigger ones. Believe Him for something big.
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