Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. James 3:10
Read: James 3: 5-12
Elijah was one Bible character that experienced victory all the way. In 2 Kings 1:9-15, some sets of soldiers came to arrest him but soon realised that they were the ones being arrested. Those who surrendered, he spared but those who refused to surrender, he roasted alive. He was so full of power. Power is good but very dangerous. It is commonly said that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. If you have power, you need lots of restraint lest it turns your victory into defeat. With power of God, you can easily secure victory but you need humility and the fruit of the Spirit to sustain that victory. A minister of God who uses his or her tongue unadvisedly will soon erode the gains of victory earlier obtained. What is the use of power without control? One reason God has not increased His anointing on some of His children or answered some who are petitioning Him for higher levels of anointing is because they cannot handle it, that is to say, they cannot control it.
If you are the type that easily curses your children or wards, if God anoints you, you will not know when you will place a curse on them and it will stick. Pastors who curse members or workers are fast eroding their victories. If you have common sense, you will know that it is wrong to curse anyone who volunteers his or her service to God just because the fellow made a mistake. There are better ways of correcting the fellow but not through a curse. If you are fond of cursing those you should be protecting, something is wrong with you; you should rather be blessing them. In addition, if God’s power in your life makes you proud, or to feel that you are better than your neighbor, you will lose your victory. One attribute God cannot stand is pride. God fights the proud because they compare themselves with Him, so He will want to prove a point that they are nothing without Him. Are you proud of your achievements? You may soon lose them. To keep your victory permanent, handle them with lots of humility, thanksgiving and giving all credits to God alone. God hates the proud: are you proud? Repent today!
If you pray for power, pray doubly for the grace to control it.
Bible in one year: Joshua 19-21