OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. WEDNESDAY 13 MAY 2015. THEME : YOU CAN BE REPLACED!

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MEMORISE : Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no
man take thy crown. REVELATION 3 : 11.

READ : ESTHER 7 : 9 – 8 : 2.
And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said before the king, Behold also, the
gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman had made for Mordecai, who had spoken
good for the king, standeth in the house of Haman. Then the king said, Hang
him thereon.
ESTHER 8 : 2.
And the king took off his ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it
unto Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 SAMUEL 20 : 1 – 21 : 9 AND MARK 8 : 1 – 21.

It is great folly to contend with God. This is why I pity those societies that
have become anti-God and are challenging His commandments. God spoke about
such people in Isaiah 45 : 9, saying :
“Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the
potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioned it, What
makest thou? Or thy work, He hath on hands?”
God can enthrone and dethrone at will. He does whatever pleases Him. You are
blessed when God acts positively towards you, but if He decides to move against
you, pray for His mercy. The Bible in Daniel 2 : 21 says :
“And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings and setteth up
kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know
understanding:”

It is a grievous experience when God decides to replace an individual. Haman the
Agagite experience this, and you can see the result in our Bible reading today.
King Ahasuerus promoted Haman above all his fellow princes. However, he
thought it was by his own making that the promotion came. Little did he know
that promotion does not come from the east or west, but from the Almighty
God alone ( Psalm 75 : 6 – 7 ). So, he began to misuse his highly exalted position
to victimise the people of God. He continued to misbehave along this line until
the Almighty God who ordained his promotion decided not only to demote him,
but also to replace him. I pray for you as a child of God, that whosoever is using
his or her position to victimise you shall be replaced in Jesus’ Name.

For God not to replace you, you must learn from those He has replaced. You can
be replaced if you don’t make the best of the position of authority you are
given to serve God’s people. Beware of divine replacement because it can
affect your future generations. Eli was replaced, and his house lost the
priesthood forever. God categorically said that although He was the One who
said Eli’s house would walk before Him as priests forever, He had changed His
mind about this ( 1Samuel 2 : 30 ). Please run away from whatever will make God
replace you. If you have done such things, you must repent quickly before he
removes your candlestick ( Revelation 2 : 5 ).

PRAYER POINT :
Dear Holy Spirit, nudge my heart away from doing anything that will make the
Father replace me in Jesus’ Name.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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