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Wednesday daily devotional by Pastor E. A. Adeboye (Open Heavens 5 July 2017) – Limited to sweet experiences?

Topic: Limited to sweet experiences? [Wednesday 5, July 2017]
Memorise:
And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of
the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation. 2nd Corinthians 1:7
 
Read: Deuteronomy 8:2-7 (KJV)

8:2 And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy
God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and
to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest
keep his commandments, or no.

 

8:3 And
he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna,
which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make
thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that
proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.
8:4 Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these forty years.
8:5 Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the Lord thy God chasteneth thee.
8:6 Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lordthy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him.
8:7 For the Lord thy
God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of
fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills;
Hebrews 2:9-10 (KJV)
2:9 But
we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the
suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace
of God should taste death for every man.
2:10 For
it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in
bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation
perfect through sufferings.

Bible in one year: 1st Samuel 15-16, Ezekiel 1:1-21, Hymn: Sing hymn 14
 
MESSAGE:
Jesus
is the Great Shepherd and He wants His sheep to eat and drink from that
which He provides for them. If you hunger and thirst after
righteousness, you will be filled. In other words, you will experience
the right growth in the Kingdom when you are receptive, and not
selective of what the Master gives. Every good word of God counts in
helping you grow to become like Jesus. In the Church of God today, under
the guise of “grace” or “liberty” found in the New Testament, a lot of
funny things are happening. Some people choose to read only the New
Testament, and call the Old Testament stale or outdated. Some others
choose to read only specific portions of the Bible that speaks of
blessings, while they never go to the portions on sacrifice and curses.
Some people never want to see passages on tithes and offering and other
forms of giving, believing that offerings do not go to God but to men. Some of such people prefer to
donate their tithes to the poor and needy, rather then to pay it as
tithes in their church. Such tendencies will definitely affect their
growth and hinder them from enjoying God’s full blessings.

“And
Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that
hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife,
or children, or lands for my sake, and the gospel’s, But he shall
receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and
sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life”

Mark 10:29-30
From
the above scripture, we see that the Lord Jesus Christ did not promise
us a life free of hardship. Anyone who goes through life experiencing
only pleasure, abundance and happiness without any moment of sorrow,
sadness, denial, lack or disappointment will not develop a strong, well
balanced character. Such a person will be
vain, will lack compassion for others, and be conceited. God allows us
to go through both the ups and downs of life so that we can truly fit
into His plan for us. A one-sided spiritual diet leads to uneven
spiritual growth. Romans 5:3 says that tribulations helps us develop patience. Hebrews 2:10
tells us that our Lord Jesus Christ Himself was made perfect through
sufferings. How can you then become perfect without undergoing hardship?
1st Peter 4:13
says that when we partake of Christ’s sufferings, we shall also partake
of His glory that shall be revealed. Don’t let anyone deceive you; you
need to take in every truth of God’s word in order to become who you
were created to be. 
 
Key Point: God allows His children to go through difficulties in order to develop their character. 
 
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.

iOpenHeavens is the electronic version of the Hard Copy. The Open
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