Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. 2 Peter 3:14

Read: 1 Kings 19:19-21

Lazy people love to sleep. Proverbs 19:15 says slothfulness casts the slothful into deep sleep. As good as sleep is, it is bad to sleep when you should be working. If you find yourself given to much sleep, watch it, slothfulness might be creeping into your life. The slothful can sleep at any given time. God hates laziness with a passion. If you are lazy, you will not be in God’s good books. You will not enjoy God’s favour if you are lazy. In spite of the volume of work available in the Kingdom, God has no assignment for the lazy unless they first deliver themselves from laziness. God shops around for the hardworking. In today’s reading, God saw Elisha very busy in his farm and told Elijah to call him and God was not disappointed.

Are you a hardworking teacher? God has a place for you. Are you a goal-getting industrialist? God is looking for you. Are you a very conscientious trader, labourer or cleaner? God has a place for you. God is looking for the hardworking. If you are a hardworking fellow, you are a bit like God because God is very hardworking. He achieved so much in six days before He took a rest on the seventh (Genesis 1 & 2). If you are an achiever, a creative person or someone who can stay up at night to work, God has a place for you. If you have not received Jesus Christ as Lord and personal Saviour, do so today because no matter how hardworking you are, if there is sin in your life, it will disqualify you from being used of God. How hardworking are you? Laziness is the bane of the Christian faith today. But as we step into thresholds of the last days, God is searching for those who will turn the world upside down, who will conquer cities for Christ, and those who will be prepared to pay any price just to please God. How do you handle the assignment given to you in God’s house? Do you face it with the spirit of perfection or with nonchalance?

The greatest threats to effective evangelization of the world today are fear and laziness. If you cannot conqueror these two enemies, you are going nowhere.
Bible in one year: 1 Samuel 8-10

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