Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. James 1:14
Read: Romans 8:35-39
In His letter to the church in Sardis, after stating their terrible state, the Lord stated that there were a few of them who were undefiled who would walk with Him.
Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. Revelation 3:4.
As horrible as Sardis was, there were a few people who held on to their faith in Christ. One revelation you need to hold unto from this is that: your faith in Christ can triumph even in the most sinful era ever possible to man. No matter the temptations or levels of corruption around you; no matter the pressure you are faced with; if you hold on to your faith in Christ, you will be a victor. This also shows that when many fall in the midst of trials, temptations and pressures, it is not because the grace of God has grown weaker or that God has become powerless or unfaithful to His promises, but because the one in the middle of it all chooses to give in to sin. You are the only one that can separate yourself from His love, not the contrary forces.
This was also the submission of Paul in today’s reading. He says he is persuaded that nothing can separate us from Christ. What is separating you from His love today? Is that excuse acceptable by God? If your excuse for wanting to join your peers, co-workers,co- students, or other people in your community to violate God’s Word is in Paul’s list, then you have no excuse. Today, it is common place for pastors to sleep with church members and pretend as if all is well. Even if all pastors fall victim of this practice, you should not be one of them. Like a prominent man of God wrote: “Others may but I cannot”. You can be different. You can stand out for good. You can be among the faithful few in your family, neighbourhood, community or nation. Don’t give up your faith even for a second! Stay in Christ!
The excuse you give for failing God is the exhibit Satan needs to nail you.
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