OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. THURSDAY 19 MARCH 2015. THEME : SATAN’S ATTACK OR THE LORD CHASTENING?

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MEMORISE : For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son
whom he receiveth. HEBREWS 12 : 6.

READ : HEBREWS 12 : 4 – 6.
4. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto
children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when
thou art rebuked of him:
6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he
receiveth.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : DANIEL 9 – 10 AND MATHEW 4 : 23 – 5 : 20.

Christians are spiritual soldiers. We engage in constant warfare against
principalities, powers and wicked spiritual forces that operate in high places.
Ephesians 6 : 12 says that :
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against
powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual
wickedness in high places.”
There is a tendency among Christians to view anything unpleasant that
happens to them as emanating from spiritual warfare. When difficult
situations arise, many immediately ask God to remove their distress. It is
worth nothing that not all problems we face as believers have something to do
with the devil or the spiritual warfare we are engaed in. In Galatians 6 : 7, the
scripture says :
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall
he also reap.”
Some hardship, difficulties and unpleasant happenings arise as a result of
sin,disobedience, pride or other shortcomings that call for disciplinary action
from our Heavenly Father. Sin frequently attracts purnishment. Sin can be
described as transgression or non-conformity to the law of God in our inward
or outward conduct of life, whether by omission or commission. The Bible
Indicates that sin justly deserves purnishment and that it calls down the
righteous judgement of God( Romans 6 : 23 ). Various kinds of sins are
mentioned in the Scriptures. These include presumptuous sin, secret or hidden
sin and sin against Holy Ghost.

Presumptuous sins refers to defiant acts of sin. These are sins committed on
the basis of assumption. Some people steal, tell lies, commit fornication or
adultery, forge documents or engage in other evil acts. When such people are
confronted with God’s view on their waywardness and its implications, they
argue that God Understands. They assume that God is too holy and kind to send
a sinner to hell-fire. Presumptuous sin is dangerous. God is God of both Love
and judgment. ( 1 john 4 : 8, Hebrew 10 : 31 ). King David wisely prayed that
God should keep him from presumptuous sins( Psalm 19 : 13 ). Secret sins are
sins which escape the notice of the soul. Many people commit sin without been
conscious of it. These also attract divine judgement and chastisement. What
such people need is repentance and deliverance. David also prayed that God
should cleanse him from secret sins ( Psalm 19 : 12 ). last but not the least is
the sin against Holy Ghost or what is referred to as ” sin unto death” ( Mathew
12 : 31 – 32, 1 John 5 : 16 ). This is a willful rejection of grace. Are you facing
unpleasant happenings? Look inward. God’s expectation from chastising is
repentance.

ACTION POINT :
Examine yourself to see if there is any presumptuous or hidden sin in your life.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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