Wednesday daily devotion by Pastor E. A. Adeboye – Ask For Permission!

Topic: Ask For Permission! [Wednesday July 29, 2015]

One commandment that God gave to the children of Israel in the wilderness,
which is still very

relevant to us today, is the commandment not to steal (Exodus 20:15). Stealing
can occur physically, in the realm of the soul and spiritually.

Physical stealing
can further be classified as stealing from man and stealing from God (Malachi 3:8).

To steal is to take another person’s property without
their consent or approval, particularly
with the intention of not returning it. As a growing child, teenager or youth,
if you take your parent’s money without their consent, you are a thief. Some
youths will say “Whatever belongs to my father belongs to me. I should be
free to take any of his things whenever I like.” No sir! Your parents have
plans for all that they have. Taking their things without their approval can destabilise
some of those plans.

It can also inflict pain, sorrow and untold hardship on your parents. A child
who is well brought up will ask his or her parents for what they want and give
them the opportunity to approve or deny the request. The right rule to live by
is: anything your parents are not ready to give you must not be taken. If you take it, you are a thief and not better than any robber out there.

Reuben, Jacob’s firstborn, slept with Bilhah his
father’s concubine on his father’s bed (Genesis 35:22). According to their
tradition, after his father’s death, he could have inherited her as the
firstborn, but he could not wait for his time. Jacob kept quiet about this when
he heard it. Reuben did not realise that Jacob knew, and he did not restitute. Eventually, when it was time to receive
the generational
blessing, Reuben was cursed and his destiny was thwarted. (Genesis 49:3-4). A
curse awaits children who steal from their parents. 
Zechariah 5:3 says:
“Then said he unto me, This is the curse that goeth forth over the face of
the whole earth: for
every one that stealeth shall be cut off as on this side according to it; and
every one that sweareth shall be cut off as on that side according to it.”
Even the prodigal son knew well enough to ask for his
share of his father’s property before spending it (Luke 15:12). Today, some
children either neglect their parents or fast-track their death so that they
can have faster access to their wealth.

Doing such is murder and robbery! No doubt, the
blessing will surely turn into a curse.
Children, as long as you live with your parents, totally submit to them like
Jesus did. Never take
anything that belongs to them without their willing consent.
Also, do not threaten them to accede your request.

MEMORISE:  Thou shalt not steal.  Exodus 20:15.

READ: Genesis 49:3-4.
3. Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength,
the excellency of
dignity, and the excellency of power:
4.Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to thy
father’s bed; then
defiledst thou it: he went up to my couch.

Return all that you have taken without the consent of the rightful owners from

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : EZRA  8:24-10:44 AND JOHN 6:25-51.
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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