Sunday, 8 May 2016
Open Heavens 8 May 2016: Sunday daily devotional by Pastor E. A. Adeboye – It Shall be Well
Topic: It Shall be Well [Sunday 8, May 2016]
Memorise: For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. – Psalms 30:5
Read: Revelation 21:1-7 (KJV)
1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
Bible in One Year: 2 Kings 4:38-6:23, Proverbs 21:16-29
It shall be well is a futuristic statement. It speaks about something that will happen later, a speculation about the future state of a man. God appointed ministers of the Gospel as stewards of His mysteries. These ministers are saddled with the responsibility of rightly dividing the Word of truth, and distributing to everyone the right dose at the right time. It is also their duty to try to separate the precious from the vile, And to be God’s mouthpiece in all situations. In addition, they are commissioned to operate as God’s ambassador in this world by delivering every message according to the mind of God, as documented in the Holy Bible. It is in this respect that prophet Isaiah spoke in Isaiah 3:10-11:
“10 Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. 11 Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.”
This passage reveals that there are two classes of people in the world – the righteous and the wicked. No matter how diverse men are, they all must fall under one of these categories. Consequently, the Bible classifies the people that are born again, sanctified and living in obedience to the Word of God as righteous, and everyone that refuses to accept Jesus as Lord and savior as wicked. Therefore, no matter how wealthy, educated and morally upright a person is, without Christ, they are wicked. Wickedness in this case is tantamount to the rejection of the work of salvation and the offer of peace and reconciliation freely extended to humanity. We may then say that the righteous are those who have been renewed in the spirit of their mind, and are following after biblical holiness. On the other hand, the wicked are those who are still in a carnal unregenerate state, unable to please God because of fleshly lusts. Ecclesiastes 8:12 says:
“Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him:”
It is obvious from these passages that God has decided to make the righteous the focus of His love, favour, and blessings. God is saying in spite of the negative circumstances around you presently, the present economic situation around the world, and the precarious political environment, it shall be well with the righteous. This is good news; however, it requires very serious consideration to decide where we belong. To which of these classes do you belong? Are you consciously living in obedience to God or are you living contrary to the Word of God? Answer these questions honestly and make a serious self-assessment of your life. As you do this, I declare that it shall be well with you in Jesus’ name.
Prayer Point: Father, please give me the grace to live in Your righteousness daily in Jesus’ name.
Open Heavens Daily Devotional guide was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer's Ministries.
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