Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Romans 12:11.

Read: 2 Kings 13:14-19

If you will manifest as more than a conqueror that you are, you must first conquer the Laziness in your life. If you fail to do this, it will surely affect other areas of your life. It is common for a particular weakness in an individual’s character to affect virtually every area of his or her life. For instance, a primary school pupil who finds it difficult to be early to school, will most likely be known as a late comer at secondary and tertiary institutions he goes through. He will also be a late comer at his place of work when he starts working. He will equally find it difficult as a worker to attend the worker’s meeting at 7am on Sunday mornings in church. Even in ministry as a pastor he will do things late. Who knows, he may even get to the gate of Heaven too late and be disqualified from entering. If you have identified lateness as a weakness, start applying corrective measures now before it escalates and affects every area of your life.

Another area of character weakness that must be addressed relates to carelessness. Some people never take anything seriously and in the process they never become what God ordained them to be. We find an example in 2 Kings 13:14-19. Elisha was sick and the king paid him a visit. Since Elisha knew he would die through that illness and he wanted the issue of their enemies settled, he asked the king to take a bow and arrows and fire them through the window prophetically, with his hand upon his to signify how far the enemy would be defeated. After shooting the arrow, the king was asked to strike the ground and he stuck only three times and stopped. Elisha was angry with him saying that three defeats were not enough to have complete victory over the Syrians. Can you believe that even with the correction and rebuke from the man of God, the king did not strike further. In our meetings if l ask the congregation to pray for one hour, some people will pray for 30 minutes and start looking at me as if they never saw me before. Are you resting before the time? It could be very dangerous. In 1 Kings 13:1-24, God sent a young prophet to deliver a message and return without resting on the way. But on his way back he decided to rest and he never got home to tell the rest of the story. How careful are you? How up and doing are you in the things of God?

The anger which robbed Moses of the Promised Land at 120 started in his childhood. Ask that every vice in your life capable of breaking your trip to the Promised Land be uprooted in Jesus name.

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