Thursday, May 31, 2012

GRACE TO GIVE Friday 1 June


Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: John answered and said, A man can receive nothing except it be given him from heaven. John 3:27

Read: 2 Chronicles1:6-15

Solomon benefited from the Spirit of wisdom. If you were asked what his secret was, you may say he was endowed because he asked for wisdom. But what made God to visit him on that crucial night? It was his offering. In today’s bible reading, Solomon gave a thousand burnt offerings. It was his generosity; he gave what probably nobody ever gave to God before this time. But who gave this young boy the idea to do such a thing? God did and God equally inspired him to ask for wisdom to enable him rule God’s people. That was a most unselfish request when he was given an open cheque to ask for anything. As seen from the memory verse, even the grace to give comes from above.

There are natural misers who are only comfortable when they don’t have to spend. Anytime they intend to give and they hear the slightest discouraging voice, they beat a retreat. There are some people from some parts of Nigeria who are not noted for giving, unless they are touched by the grace from above. There are also people who by their professional training find it difficult to part with money. On the other hand, there are some people who are naturally generous; they are always uncomfortable when not given an opportunity to give. It is a grace that comes from above. God inspired Solomon to give what nobody had ever given so He could use that as the excuse to give him what nobody had ever received. God was behind it all. Are you tight-fisted? Do you find it difficult to give? You need this grace to give. The truth is, as long as you fail to give, you will not be able to receive what is due to you. I once visited a brother intending to bless him with some money. On arrival, he greeted me very well and l greeted him in return. He continued to greet me. He could not even offer a bottle of soft drink or water. I marvelled at his stinginess, greeted him and left with the gift l intended giving him. On the way, l bought soft drink from the money and still had some change. A miser is a big time loser. Are you one?

PRAYER POINT:
The gift I will give that will change my life, Father, grant me The grace never to withhold it.

Bible in one year: 1 Thessalonians 1-3