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Thursday daily devotional by Pastor E. A. Adeboye (Open Heavens 20 April 2017) – Backslider-In-Heart II

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Topic: Backslider-In-Heart II [Thursday 20, April 2017]

Memorise: For Demas hath
forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto
Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia. –
2 Timothy 4:10

Read: Judges 14:5-10 (KJV)

5 Then went Samson down, and his father and his mother, to Timnath, and
came to the vineyards of Timnath: and, behold, a young lion roared
against him.

6 And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and he rent him as
he would have rent a kid, and he had nothing in his hand: but he told
not his father or his mother what he had done.

7 And he went down, and talked with the woman; and she pleased Samson well.

8 And after a time he returned to take her, and he turned aside to see
the carcase of the lion: and, behold, there was a swarm of bees and
honey in the carcase of the lion.

9 And he took thereof in his hands, and went on eating, and came to his
father and mother, and he gave them, and they did eat: but he told not
them that he had taken the honey out of the carcase of the lion.

10 So his father went down unto the woman: and Samson made there a feast; for so used the young men to do.

Bible in One Year: Numbers 8-9, Jeremiah 16:14-17:13

MESSAGE:

Yesterday, we established that backsliding is a gradual process that
remains hidden in the heart and only begins to manifest after it had
gotten out of hand. In today’s memory verse, we discover one factor that
brings backsliding: the love of the world. 1 John 2:15-16 says,

15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of
the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the
world.”

The Bible passage reveals the character of the love of this present
world, by which the heart of Demas, a companion of Paul, was stolen away
from the straight and narrow way (2 Timothy 4:10). How far have you
been drawn away from the narrow path which you have been treading on for
so long? Is the relativism philosophy of this present world doing great
damage to the faith which you once had? How far have you been drawn
away by the pleasurable things of life? My prayer for you is that the
fire of the first love you had for Christ will be reignited, and that
you will relate with God and the things of God like when you first
believed in Him in Jesus’ Name.

Taking a closer look at the life of Samson as a case study of the
backslider-in-heart, one lesson we can learn from today’s Bible reading
is that the backslider-in-heart can still be preaching, ministering in
songs, doing all kinds of work of the ministry, and even performing
miracles, which in the process of backsliding. Although Samson was going
down into abomination, when a lion roared against him, he responded
with the same ability of the spirit he always had. Judges 14:6 says:

“And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and he rent him
as he would have rent a kid, and he had nothing in his hand: but he told
not his father or his mother what he had done.”

As if marrying a Philistine was not enough, on his next trip to Timnath,
he went to admire the relics of his conquest, the carcass of a lion he
had killed. Behold, the devil had set up a honeycomb right there in the
carcass of the dead lion to ensnare him, and Samson fell for it; even
though he knew that a Nazirite must not touch the dead body of an animal
(Numbers 6:2-8). Samson’s stomach and taste continued to lead him on his downward slide towards destruction, just as they did to Esau (Hebrews 12:16-17). My prayer for you is that your appetite for the things for the world will not destroy you in Jesus’Name.

Prayer Point: Father, don’t let what I love destroy me, and don’t let me love what would destroy me.


Open Heavens Daily Devotional guide was written by Pastor E.A.
Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God,
one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the
President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.



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