Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they were accursed: neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed from among you. Joshua 7:12
Read: Joshua 7:1-12
God calls the weak and foolish so that He can demonstrate His power through them (1 Corinthians 1:27-28). The more you relate to Him as weak and foolish, by being completely obedient to His commands, the more He will use you for His glory. It is however worth knowing that, He who called can also recall. If you fail Him, He reserves the right to recall you. Eli suffered this fate. After God had promised that his house will continually stand before Him, God beat a retreat in 1 Samuel 2:30. He said. “Be it far from me” because they failed to keep their part of the bargain.
Similarly, when God called Joshua to step into the shoes of Moses, He promised to be with him and that no man would be able to withstand him (Joshua 1:5). But much later, when somebody touched what belonged to God, He withdrew from them and they became prey to the weakest of their enemies. Joshua realized this and fell on his face and asked what was wrong and why God had suddenly withdrawn from them. God replied that because they had done what He warned them against, He would no more go with them except they performed restitution of that which was illegally taken (Joshua 7:1-12). In our day, there are some mighty men of God who earned great names for themselves, but at some point, they commercialised the anointing and God withdrew from them. They may still be doing all the acrobatics on stage like Samson after losing his hair. They may still have great oratory prowess. They may even dress more powerfully and back themselves up with a powerful media ministry but unknown to their viewers, listeners and congregations, the anointing has left; it’s now all sweat. You know that if a fan is turned off, the blades will still continue to rotate for a while in spite of the disconnect with the power source. Is there a disconnect between you and your Source? Have you noticed that you are no longer hearing from God as before? Do you feel He has withdrawn? Go back to Him as a matter of urgency and seek His face asking for mercy. Be prepared to do whatever He says you should.
Examine yourself to find out any possible disconnect from God and ask for a reconnect.
Bible in one year: John 11-13