You are reading Open Heavens 9 February 2018 Daily Devotional – Pastor E.A Adeboye
Topic: Now That You Are Saved III
Memorise: In your patience possess ye your souls. Luke 21:19
Read: 1st Samuel 13:8-13 (KJV) – Open Heavens 9 February 2018
8 And he tarried seven days, according to the set time that Samuel had appointed: but Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him.
9 And Saul said, Bring hither a burnt offering to me, and peace offerings. And he offered the burnt offering.
10 And it came to pass, that as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might salute him.
11 And Samuel said, What hast thou done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash;
12 Therefore said I, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication unto the Lord: I forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt offering.
13 And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the Lord have established thy kingdom upon Israel forever.
Bible in one year: Exodus 35-36, Romans 12:9-13:7, Hymnal: Sing hymn 15
Message: Open Heavens 9 February 2018 Daily Devotional
In continuation of our reflection of the materials with which we build on the foundation of our Christian faith, today we will be looking at patience and godliness as parts of the building blocks of the Christian life (2nd Peter 1:5-8). Why Patience? Just as knowledge is needed to checkmate the manifestation of misguided virtue, patience is also needed to prevent putting the cart before the horse in our Christian walk. Lack of patience is one of the factors that destroyed King Saul.Open Heaven for today. His Journey on a downward slope started after he impatiently offered a sacrifice to God by himself, thus acting in the office of a priest, instead of waiting for Samuel. When patience is lacking in a child of God, he or she will repeatedly fail the test of faith. The Bible in James 1:3-4 says:
“Knowing this, that the trying of yourfaith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” (Open Heavens 9 February 2018 Daily Devotional)
Beloved, patience is needed if you will successfully journey through the wilderness of this world to your heavenly home just like the heroes of faith. Take heed to those words of the Holy Spirit in Hebrews 6:12:
“That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”
It takes patience for prayers to be answered because you cannot stampede God into answering your prayers (Psalm 40:1). I pray that the Holy Spirit will endow you with the patience that is needed to obtain God’s eternal promises in Jesus’ Name.
In addition, godliness is part of the “DNA” of every child of God, because whoever is born of God has the seed of God in him or her. This is a very important truth you must engrave on the tablet of your heart if you will not be rising and falling into sin. open heavens 8 February 2018. Under the unction of the Holy Spirit, John the Beloved assures us of victory over sin through the seed of God that is implanted in us. 1st John 3:9 says,
“Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”
If you will finish well and strong, please don’t trivialize these fundamental values of the Christian faith which you profess. My prayer for you is that the Lord will cause you to grow into the full stature of Christ in Jesus’ Name.
Prayer Point: Open Heavens 9 February 2018
Father, please help me to run this Christian race with the required patience and godliness.
You are reading Open Heavens 9 February 2018 Daily Devotional was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.