OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. MONDAY 15 JUNE 2015. THEME : THE BREAD OF STONE.

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MEMORISE : Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy
both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and
the Lord for the body. 1 CORINTHIANS 6 : 13.

READ : MATTHEW 4 : 1 – 4.
1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the
devil.
2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an
hungred.
3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God,
command that these stones be made bread.
4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but
by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 2 KINGS 3 : 1 – 4 : 37 AND LUKE 8 : 4 – 22.

Food is one of the earliest weapons the devil deployed to destroy humanity
( Genesis 3 : 6 ). It’s amazing that he still succeeds in using this weapon to
destroy the destinies of many. He even deployed this weapon against our Lord
Jesus Christ. After our Lord had fasted for forty days and nights, naturally,
He became hungry. The devil, sensing an opportunity, came to Him saying :
“If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.”
Matthew 4 : 3b.

Unlike the first Adam who fell for the enticement of Satan, Jesus overcame the
devil by the word of God (Matthew 4:4). He used the arrow of Deuteronomy 8 :
3 against the devil. Thank God He knew the word; of course, He is the Word of
God. Beloved, the bread of stone when eaten will never digest; so, beware of
the bread of stone in whatever form it presents itself.
The bread of stone can come in any form. For example, after four years of
joblessness as a first-class graduate, the devil may dangle an employment
opportunity at you that require you sleeping with the personnel manager to
secure the position. “Do it just once and get out of the labour market”, the
devil may suggest. It is a bread of stone, don’t fall for it. It may also come in
the form of a government minister or the secretary of a government
establishment luring you to join their occult group to guarantee the steady
flow of contracts. The devil may say “it is just a networking club”. Please
don’t join, because if you do, you may be turning stone to bread to satisfy
your hunger.

Remember the case of Esau. The Bible in Hebrews 11 : 16 – 17 says this about
him :
“Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel
of meat sold his birthright. For ye know how that afterward, when he would
have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of
repentance, through he sought it carefully with tears.”
Your adoption as a child of God guarantees you of meat, it is your birthright.
Don’t allow anybody or any situation to steal that away from you.
The devil will attempt to justify why you need to turn stone to bread to satisfy
your hunger, but remember he is a liar. Such “bread” will never digest in your
stomach; it will produce spiritual ulcer and death. May the Lord be with your
soul as you wait patiently for God’s time and means to meet your needs.

PRAYER POINT :
Father, grant me grace to counter the deceit of the devil whenever he comes
around to tempt me. As Jesus overcame, help me to overcome also.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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