OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. MONDAY JULY 20 2015. THEME : REGRESSION AND REPRESSION.

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MEMORISE : And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant
vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. ISAIAH 65 : 21.

READ : JUDGES 6 : 1 – 6.
1 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD
delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years.
2 And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel: and because of the Midianites
the children of Israel made them the dens which are in the mountains, and
caves, and strong holds.
3 And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the
Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them;
4 And they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth,
till thou come unto Gaza, and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor
ox, nor ass.
5 For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came as
grasshoppers for multitude; for both they and their camels were without
number: and they entered into the land to destroy it.
6 And Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites; and the
children of Israel cried unto the LORD.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 2 CHRONICLES 25 : 14 – 28 : 4 AND JOHN 1 : 1 – 28.

A man’s state of progress can be classified into seven basic categories; one of
which is regression. The state of regression is that in which mean forces
beyond one’s control continuously push one backward. An example of this is the
woman with the issue of blood ( Mark 5 : 25 – 34 ). She went through a lot in
the process of seeking help from different doctors. She spent all she had but
instead of getting better, she grew worse, because unseen forces kept on
pushing her backward. Have you found yourself in a similar situation, where
every effort you put in to take you forward moves you backward, or where
every effort you put in to improve your lot only complicates matters? The Lord
will step into your situation today and deliver you. Every regressive force
working against your life, health, progress or destiny is terminated today in
Jesus’ Name.

Another state of progress is repression. This refers to a state in which
negative forces push a person down and try to hold him or her down,
frustrating every attempt to move up. This can manifest in the hearing of
voices that lead one to the other side of progress. In Judges 6:3-6, the
children of Israel encountered repression from a particular group of people
who decided to afflict them. Whenever the Israelites were sowing in the fields,
this group of people pretended not to notice. They never stopped them from
exerting their energy or from expending their time and money on their farms.
But as soon as their crops were harvested, they swarmed in like locusts and
destroyed everything. Thereafter, the Israelites will have to start all over
again, after which these enemies would again waste or destroy their harvest
in a vicious cycle. When I was very young, there was a very notorious thief
who gained so much notoriety that musicians waxed a song about him. His name
was Anikura. The lyrics of the song said : “Anikura won’t ask you not to trade.
He won’t ask you not to gain, but he will ensure that you do not take the
gain.” This epitomises repression! If you are in a state of repression, you will
continue to work for devourers and never benefit from your labours. Are you a
victim of repression? Do you labour and yet you are unable to enter into your
harvest? That repressive force is paralysed today in Jesus’ Name. Jesus sets
you free from repression! You will eat from your labours from now on in Jesus’
Name.

PRAYER POINT :
Father, today, let your fire consume every force working against me and
trying to stop me from taking the good harvest of my labours, in Jesus’ Name!

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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