Tuesday, April 24, 2012

DON’T DOUBT Wednesday 25 April


Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? Matthew 14:31

Read: Job 19:25-26

If there was someone who knew famine, it was Job. He experienced famine virtually in every area of his life. Different servants came bringing him evil news. At a point, he would hear no more because all that came was evil reports. From one bad news to the other yet, after he seemed to have lost everything, including the support of his wife, he confessed his hope in God’s Word. He said:

For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall l see God: Job 19:25-26

In that unbearable famine situation, Job confessed the Word of God He knew and in finality declared that in spite of everything he was going to see God. God’s Word gives hope and hope breeds faith. He confessed it and he saw good days. He lived extra years to enable him enjoys God’s salvation. In that famine situation, hope in God’s Word and confess the Word. Speak positively about yourself and the situation you are in. the Word will rescue you.

A vital lesson from the famine in Samaria (2 Kings 6:25-30) is that when men speak about a situation nothing positive may happen, but when God speaks, change begins. So instead of repeatedly complaining about a situation, why not speak to God about it and He will bring about change. Do you know that you can change that impossible leader through prayers and not by complaining about him? You can change your wife or husband by praying and not by complaining or nagging. Sharing your burden with the Lord in the place of prayer may be all you need in order to see its end. In addition, doubting God’s word or prophecy can have negative consequences. It may rob the doubter of the blessing. The doubter may see others partake of the blessing without personally benefiting from it. It can also destroy the doubter as seen in 2 Kings 7:17-20 where the minister of finance and economic planning met an untimely death because he doubted God’s Word. Stop doubting God’s Word!

KEY POINT:
Doubt and unbelief are drifts from faith by varying degrees. You cannot enter your promised land by entertaining any of them.
 
Bible in one year: Acts 6-9