OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. FRIDAY 13 MARCH 2015. THEME : THE PAINS OF DISOBEDIENCE.

lamp-light1MEMORISE : For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as
iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath
also rejected thee from being king. 1 SAMUEL 15 : 23.
READ : 1 SAMUEL 15 : 10 – 11.
10 Then came the word of the LORD unto Samuel, saying,
11 It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from
following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel;
and he cried unto the LORD all night.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : EZEKIEL 47 – 48 AND REVELATION 21 : 9 – 27.
The sin of disobedience is a terrible sin. Nothing hinders the children of God from
fulfilling their purpose in life like disobedience. Disobedience comes in many
shades. It can take the form of refusal to keep to specific instructions,
functioning in an office God has not called you to, courting a wrong relationship
or operating in a place you are not meant to be in at a particular time. No matter
what form it takes, the truth remains that disobedience is a terrible sin in the
sight of the Almighty God. Disobedience compels God to turn blessings into curse,
as we see in the account of Adam and Eve ( Genesis 3 : 17 ). Every act of
disobedience erodes your reservoir of God’s blessings. Nothing destroys a man
faster than the sin of disobedience. That is the reason why you have to check
your life today and take stock of your soul, so that your sky will not be turned
into brass ( Deuteronomy 28 : 23 ). When this happens, instead of favour, you will
experience closed doors.
In 1 Samuel 15 : 1 – 23, King Saul lost his crown because of partial obedience. God
expects full obedience form all His children. He prefers total obedience to partial
obedience. This is one of the reasons why many of us are yet to access the
blessings of God fully. Abraham was called to leave his father’s house behind but
he suffered the consequences of disobedience by taking Lot along with him. Who
are those people the Lord expects you to have dropped but you are still hanging
around? What are those things the Lord has warned you about that you are still
engaging in? These are the things that will deny you the full blessings of God.
Numbers 12 : 8 says Moses was so close to God that he conversed with God mouth
to mouth. But when he was told by God to speak to the Rock and he struck the
rock instead, he was severely punished: he never got to the Promised Land
( Numbers 20 : 12 ). Check your life and find out those things that are capable of
hindering you from becoming the best that God wants you to be. Drop them now
before they make you drop out of the journey to the Promised Land.
Check your life today. If you are experiencing perpetual sorrow, suffering,
disappointment and unfulfilled desires, check and find out the factors responsible.
Don’t pretend to be okay when you know all is not well with you. If you confess
those hidden sins of disobedience, you will surely find mercy, but if you pretend
about it, you will be undoing yourself. Some people keep making effort, yet they
never record any success. Several trials and much efforts do not guarantee
success when disobedience is present.
ACTION POINT :
Examine yourself today and repent from every act of disobedience in your life.
AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.
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