Open Heaven Daily Devotional By Pastor E.A Adeboye – FROM ABOVE OR FROM ABROAD? – 29 January, 2019.
Memorise: My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:2
Read: Psalm 121:1-8 (KJV)
1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
8 The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
Bible in one year: Luke 8, Isaiah 28:1-13, Hymnal: Sing hymn 8
Some people miss their blessing, breakthrough or victory in life because their attention is focused on the wrong thing.
For pilgrims heading towards the template in Jerusalem, distractions was not an option, which is why they sang the song of Psalms 121. through this song, they declared what their attention was focused on, saying in Psalm 121:1-2:
“I will lift up my eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.”
To seek help from above is to seek help from the God of heaven. He alone can guarantee that you will not be disappointed, because only He has all the power in the whole universe and never sleeps nor slumbers. On the other hand, to seek help from abroad means seeking help from man or human institutions. More often than not, the promised help of man fails and causes those who relied on it great heartbreak and shame. I have learnt to trust God for all the help I need in the ministry that God has committed into my hands, and also for my personal and domestic needs.
In fact, it is an ordinance in our church that we will not seek help from man; rather, we consider Jesus to be our unfailing Source. In the Redeemed Christian Church of God, our help comes from above, and I am happy to announce to you today that Jesus has never failed us. Years ago, I was confronted by some journalists in Britain on how the Festival of Life we hold there was being funded. I boldly told them that God supplies our needs through my children in Africa without any recourse to the British economy, and God has being faithful in doing this.
Beloved, I want to encourage you to look up to God for that miracle you are expecting – be it provision, victory, healing or whatever. Be like David who boldly declared in Psalm 23:1:
“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.”
He will not fail you, because He is God not man. Underneath you are the everlasting arms that guarantee your victory. King Hezekiah knew this, and so he focused his attention and faith on what only God could do to save him and Judah (2nd Chronicles 32:7-8). Are you a head of government of a nation putting your trust in “world powers” for territorial or economic protection? Remember that power belongs to God alone. Therefore, put your trust in the God ofIsrael and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will help you, and you will not be put to shame in Jesus’ Name.
Father, I put my trust in You; please don’t let me ever be put to shame.
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