STAY WITHIN THE HEDGE Sunday 18 December

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?” Job 1:9

READ: Job 1:9-10

Another thing we learn from the Lord’s Prayer for the disciples in John 17:15 is that evil is prevalent all over the world. Some people erroneously believe that if they can avoid the village and dwell in the city, they would be free from evil. Demons are in operation everywhere. Evil exists among the educated as well as in illiterate communities. Job’s encounter with evil simply tells us never to underestimate the extent of evil the devil is capable of. Job was obviously the wealthiest man in his days. He was not necessarily a rural dweller, yet, when Satan was allowed by God to touch him, he lost his business empire, children and health in quick succession. This is why we should pray for the protection of all our leaders.

To be victorious in life, you must be acquainted with the power of God and that of your enemy. True protection for your business, wealth, family, servants and your life itself, rests in God. Until God allowed Satan to afflict Job, Satan found God’s wall of protection over him and all he had impenetrable. There is a hedge of protection around the righteous. The enemies cannot successfully attack you without God’s permission, if you are living right before God. There have been several attempts by the agents of darkness against my life and ministry that God frustrated. A young man once came to testify of how he was sent on a mission to harm me at the Redemption Camp but God frustrated him on several occasions. Thereafter, he gave up on his sinister assignment and surrendered to the Lord. Whenever the devil has opportunity to attack the saints, he goes the whole hog. You will be shocked at the level of destruction he is capable of within a very brief period he is given. This is why believers and particularly leaders must not toy with sin, even for a second. Do not say you want to toy with sin for some minutes and thereafter repent. At the time of sinning, the hedge will be broken and you may be open to terrible attacks of the enemy that you may never recover from. How often do you pray for the protection of your leaders? Are you operating within your safe limits?

Father, by Your power and outstretched arm, keep our leaders in the Body of Christ out of the reach of the enemy.
Bible in One year: Psa. 89-90

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