OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. MONDAY JULY 6 2015. THEME : THE PRICE MUST BE PAID.

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MEMORISE : There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days
of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor
forsake thee. JOSHUA 1: 5.

READ : 2 KINGS 6 : 15 – 17.
15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth,
behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his
servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?
16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they
that be with them.
17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may
see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold,
the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 CHRONICLES 20 – 22 AND LUKE 18 : 9 – 34.

After God chose Joshua to succeed Moses, Joshua was afraid, as he wondered
how he could ever fit into Moses’ big shoes. Therefore, God came to reassure
him, calm his fears and promised to be with him. He said to him in Joshua 1 : 5
that :
“There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as
I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”
Thereafter, he had a smooth ride in ministry until the day the children of Israel
fled before Ai. Joshua felt disappointed that God had gone back on His promise,
so he went back to God and asked Him “Lord, I thought You said nobody would be
able to withstand us. How come we are fleeing before a little city like Ai?” God
replied “That is correct, but you are now disconnected from me, and until you
restitute and deal with the sin, I will not continue with you.”

If God will use you for great signs and wonders, you must be prepared to make
instant restitution. God is about to do great exploits, but if you are not
prepared to pay the price, you will be a spectator and not a key player. Have
you stolen God’s money, particularly tithes, first fruits and offerings? Pay
back immediately! Did your members contribute some money for a particular
thing but you diverted it to something else? Restitute! Have you been looking
at the wrong direction? Restitute by facing the direction God wants you to
take.

There is a price to pay to be a minister or vessel of signs and wonders, one of
which is a readiness to operate in both physical and spiritual realms
simultaneously. When you pay this price, you will start seeing the invisible. You
will not only see angels and the heavenly hosts like Elisha’s servant in today’s
Bible reading, you might equally see demons. This should not scare you. When
you can see demons, you will immediately see them in any demon-possessed
individual brought to you, and when you cast them out, you will be able to know
whether they have really gone or are just pretending to have done so. Asking
demons how many they are inside their victim is of no use when the minister
cannot see them. Even if there is just one of them, because you cannot see
him, he can lie to you. How prepared are you to pay the price?

ACTION POINT :
If God’s promise to you is not being fulfilled exactly as He promised it, find out
what you may be doing wrong.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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