Topic: A Matter Of Choice — Wednesday 20, December 2017.
Memorise: Let them shout
for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say
continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the
prosperity of his servant. – Psalm 35:27
Read: Genesis 32:3-6 (KJV)
3 And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother unto the land of Seir, the country of Edom.
4 And he commanded them, saying, Thus shall ye speak unto my lord Esau;
Thy servant Jacob saith thus, I have sojourned with Laban, and stayed
there until now:
5 And I have oxen, and asses, flocks, and menservants, and
womenservants: and I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find grace in
6 And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, We came to thy brother
Esau, and also he cometh to meet thee, and four hundred men with him.
If you measure life by the experiences of some people, you will live far
from your God-given purpose and barely scratch the surface. Some people
are alive but only just surviving from day to day. In Luke 13:11-17,
the woman who was bound for 18 years did not die, but she was merely
surviving and not living. Also, the man with the unclean spirit in Mark 1:23-26
was continually going to church, and yet he was inhabited by an unclean
spirit. It was even in the synagogue that the Lord met him. Although he
was living, he was the captive of a demonic spirit. What of Naaman who
appeared to be a distinguished and successful man, and yet he had a
problem that no man could solve (2 Kings 5:1)?
Just like the individuals in all these examples, many people today are
barely surviving, and are not living life as purposed by God for them.
God not only wants you to live life, He also wants you to enjoy the
abundant life that He gives (John 10:10).
Are you not tired of “managing”, struggling to survive, and living from
hand to mouth? If you are truly tired, the Lord will make a way for
God is interested in the overflow of His blessings upon your life. He
does not just want you to be healed; he also wants His healing virtue to
flow through you to others. He wants you to be free from captivity, and
beyond this, He also wants you to set the captives free. God does not
want you just to be rich but also to lend to nations. He wants you to be
so prosperous that when nations cannot balance their budgets, they will
come and pay you a visit. God wants you to bring great joy to your
family, community, city and nation. However, no matter how much He wants
the overflow for you, He will respect what you want for yourself. He
cannot force an overflow of His blessing on you when you want so little
of it. There are different levels of greatness, and your choice of the
type of life you want for yourself has a role to play in determining how
great you become. Let us see the example of Esau. Yes, he sold his
birthright, but as a seed of Abraham, he was so blessed from the remnant
of blessing pronounced on him that he had 400 bodyguards. How many
bodyguards do ministers, senators, state governors or even presidents
have today? So you would agree that Esau was not doing badly. However,
compared to Jacob his brother, who became a great nation, the difference
is definitely clear. Do you want to merely survive, or do you want to
be truly blessed with the overflowing portion of God’s blessings? The
choice is yours!
Prayer Point: Father, I
am tired of just managing to survive. I choose the overflow of Your
blessings. Please release it to me and my family now.
Hymn 10: There Shall Be Showers Of Blessings
1. There shall be showers of blessing:
This is the promise of love;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
Sent from the Savior above.
Showers of blessing,
Showers of blessing we need:
Mercy-drops round us are falling,
But for the showers we plead.
2. There shall be showers of blessing,
Precious reviving again;
Over the hills and the valleys,
Sound of abundance of rain.
3. There shall be showers of blessing;
Send them upon us, O Lord;
Grant to us now a refreshing,
Come, and now honor Thy Word.
4. There shall be showers of blessing:
Oh, that today they might fall,
Now as to God we’re confessing,
Now as on Jesus we call!
5. There shall be showers of blessing,
If we but trust and obey;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
If we let God have His way.
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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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