OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. THURSDAY 4TH JUNE 2015. THEME : GET RID OF THE AMALEKITES

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MEMORISE: And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee:
for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that
thy whole body should be cast into hell. Matthew 5:29

READ: 1 SAMUEL 15:1-3
1. Samuel also said unto Saul, The LORD sent me to anoint thee to be king over his people,
over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the LORD.
2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel,
how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt.
3 Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy allthat they have, and spare them not;
but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep,camel and ass.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 KINGS 8:12-66 LUKE 2:41-3:6
Who or what is an Amalekite? An Amalekite is a symbolic representation of whosoever or
whatsoever stands as an enemy of God or His plan.In our Bible reading, God opened the book
of remembrance to the page where the wickedness of the Amalekites against His chosen
people was recorded. 1 Samuel 15:2 says:
“Thus saith the Lord of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel,
how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt.”
This should serve as a warning to whoever takes pleasure in doing wickedness to desist from it,
because every deed has its divine recompense. Also, it should serve as a pointer to all children
of God that they have a responsibility to identify and get rid of anyone or anything that
provokes their Heavenly Father to wrath.The Lord commanded King Saul to go and get rid of
the wicked Amalekites, who opposed His goodwill toIsrael, and that he should spare nothing and
no one. Unfortunately, the calamity of disobedience struck,and God got rid of King Saul for
failing to get rid of His enemies. In like manner, the Almighty had earlier commanded Pharaoh
to let His people go so that they may serve Him, but after Pharaoh refused,God got rid of him.
I pray for you today, that those who are opposed to the good plans of God for your life will
be destroyed in Jesus’ Name. Just as God sent Saul to destroy all the Amalekites,
God is telling all His children today to destroy every symbolic Amalekite in their lives.
The Bible in Ephesians 5:3-4 says:
“But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you,
as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not
convenient: but rather giving of thanks.”
As children of God, we must know that there are things that men do which provoke God to anger.
A good child of God will not do what annoys the Father. This is why Jesus in today’s memory verse
said that if your right eye would make you sin, you should pluck it out. It is that serious.
I pray for God’s grace to help you today to get rid of whatever will make the Father reject
you like He rejected Saul, in Jesus’ Name.

ACTION POINT :
Carry out an examination today to see if anything the Bible considers an abomination before God is
present in your life. If you find any, get rid of them without further delay.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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