OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. SATURDAY 6 JUNE 2015. THEME : REPORT, DON’T MURMUR.

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MEMORISE : Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight
against them that fight against me. PSALM 35 : 1.

READ : LUKE 18 : 1 – 8.
1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray,
and not to faint;
2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded
man:
3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge
me of mine adversary.
4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I
fear not God, nor regard man;
5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual
coming she weary me.
6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.
7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him,
though he bear long with them?
8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of
man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 KINGS 11 : 1 – 12 : 15 AND LUKE 3 : 23 – 4 : 13.

One of the sins that God hates so much is the sin of murmuring. During the
mass exodus of the Israelites from Egypt to the Promised Land, the reason
why God destroyed some of them was due to their incessant murmuring. They
kept on murmuring instead of discussing their problems with the One who has
severally demonstrated the capacity to solve them. A reoccurring scene in
their journey is described in Numbers 14 : 1 – 2. The consequence of this
demonstration of faithfulness in God was that He denied them the joy of
making it to the Promised Land. They all died in the wilderness, according to
what they had said against themselves while murmuring. We must be careful of
what we use our mouth to say in times of challenges ( Numbers 14 : 28 ).
When confronted with the challenges of life, we should learn from our Bible
reading and our memory verse what our attitude should be. In our memory
verse, the Psalmist asked God to come to his aid against enemies that fought
against him. He chose the correct Ally for the battle of life he was confronted
with – the One whose Name is the Lord of hosts. He would rather report his
enemies to the Captain of his battle rather than murmur about them. When you
consider the end of David and the posthumous glory accorded him till date, you
will see a man whose Ally was the Almighty God.

Also, the widow in the parable of Jesus did not go to the house of the judge to
murmur. She knew what she wanted: that the judge should fight her cause and
grant her justice. Nobody knows what her adversary did to her; probably the
adversary killed her husband and took their properties away. We are not even
told for how many days, weeks, months or years she had been going to the
judge for justice. But one thing we know is that, she kept on saying to him.
“Avenge me on my adversary” ( Luke 18 : 3 ). The judge had no choice but to
avenge her.

Hear the Lord’s conclusion from this parable in Luke 18 : 7 – 8a :
“And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him,
though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily.”
This is so comforting and reassuring. I therefore urge you to cultivate the
habit of reporting your adversaries to your sure Ally: the All-powerful God.
Don’t engage in murmuring which you think you are praying. My prayer for you
is that the Great God of heaven will avenge you of your adversaries this
season, and you will know peace in Jesus’ Name.

PRAYER POINT :
Father, You are the All-powerful One, arise and avenge me of all my
adversaries in Jesus Name.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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