RCCG Open Heavens Devotional Thursday 24 January 2013
ITEM OF SETTLEMENT
By Pastor E. A. Adeboye
Memorise: "And it came to pass afterward, that David's heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul's skirt" 1Samuel 24:5
Read: 1Samuel 24:1-7
Bible in one year: 1Samuel 17-20
Action point: the most dangerous people to offend are people who believe in Jesus Christ. either now or later, you will surely pay dearly for what you did against them.
Prayer is very powerful. In Zechariab 1 :15 God said something that would amaze anyone:
“And I am very sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease: for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction.”
When the children of lsrael sinned against God, the Lord was slightly displeased with them, so to teach them a lesson, He allowed the heathens to invade and destroy their cities. But when prayer was engaged on their behalf, God suddenly became grossly displeased with the same heathen who dealt with His people. Their triumph, jubilation and life of pleasure began to stir up God’s judgement on them. This means that ¡f you can pray, those who were used in judging you may be in for a shocker: the Almighty God will suddenly turn against them and judge them because of what they did to you. Have you been a victim of agents of darkness because of disobedience, but have now fully reconciled with God, the Lord will be jealous for your sake and turn against your enemies. As you pray to God this season, the Lord will level your enemies. You will look for them but they will be nowhere to be found.
Another lesson here is that any quarrel between God and His children is short-lived. An enemy may take advantage of such rift to torment God’s children and may seem to get away with it, but ¡t is only temporal. In the long run, that enemy will become the item of settlement between God and His children. It ¡s dangerous to touch the anointed of God, even when the fellow has sinned against God! God will always defend His anointing on His anointed. One Bible character who had a good understanding of this was King David. He was on the run for his life for so long until one day, he found himself ¡n a vantage position; he could kill his oppressor where he was sleeping. David’s men jumped up and heaved a sigh of relief, saying that they could just kill him and return home from their endless flight. But David refused to kill his brother - turned enemy. Do not easily speak against, hurt or violate any genuinely anointed of God irrespective of his or her present spiritual standing. If you disgrace a man of God who has done wrong, beware because one day, you will face the God of that man of God and Fie will have more than a pound of flesh.