RCCG Open Heavens Devotional Friday 25 January 2013
BE SEPARATE FROM SIN
By Pastor E. A. Adeboye
Memorise: "Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses" Psalm107:19
Read: Psalm 107: 17-20
Bible in one year: Ephesians 1-3
Key point: Believers who often fall and rise out of sin often fall and rise out of sickness
Sin, sickness and death have a common link. If you read Deuteronomy 28:15-68, you will see a wíde spectrum of problems that sin can cause. May you not partake of these curses in Jesus name; and if sin is already bringing such judgment on you, may the Lord have mercy on you today. If you understand the effect of this link, you will easily understand therefore that if you can keep sin at bay, you will succeed in eradicating the problems associated with sin. When the paralytic man was brought to the Lord in Mark 2:1-12, the Lord met his greatest need by forgiving him his sins. A few minutes later, the one who was carried in by people walked back home on his own, taking his bed along with him. On several occasions, when the sick is brought, all the focus is on receiving healing whereas, his greatest need is to be saved. There are certain ailments that may not be healed until that individual deals with the root cause sin. This also means that if you are sick, the first point of call is to find out if you have sinned or you are living in sin, so that you can immediately repent and ask for forgiveness. There are some ailments that will defy medication until you deal with the problem of sin : in today’s reading, we are told that when men sin, they are afflicted with sickness and they lose appetite for food and come close to death until they cry unto the Lord. There is a user of this Devotional who is very ill. You opened the door to this sickness because you hurt someone who has been doing good to you. All attempts at treating this ailment have not yielded result. If you can sincerely repent, asking God for forgiveness and thereafter go and meet the person you have offended for restitution, the sickness will disappear the way it came. Are you sick? Find out if you are the cause; if you are living in sin, you are likely the cause. Give your life to Jesus today if you are not yet born again, and live ¡n right standing with God from today.