RCCG Open Heavens Devotional Friday 5 April 2013
PAINS OF EX-CHAMPIONS-2
By Pastor E. A. Adeboye
Memorise: “but I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection; lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway” 1Corinthians 9:27
Read: Psalm 79:9-10
Bible in one year: Isaiah 28-30
Prayer point: Father, you said I shall be the head only. Let me never be an ex-champion in Jeus name.
When Samson lost his saviour, he was thrown ¡nto darkness and became a slave of the people he once terrorized. Have you been casting out devils and setting the captives free? Then you must never lose your worth or else, the same demons you dealt with will he waiting to have their pound of flesh. 1f you must know something about the devil, it ¡s that he has no love and so he cannot forgive. The best way to overcome his attacks and reprisal attacks ¡s to remain a champion on the side of Jesus Christ. It ¡s very important you maintain your position. Take a cue from football: When the Nigerian national football team the Green Eagles were victorious over their opponents, they were renamed as the Golden Eagles and their praise was on the lips of virtually everyone. But when they eventually lost out, instead of a heroic arrival, nobody knew when they entered Nigeria. Whenever you are tempted, be it ¡n the secret or in the open, always remember that you are a champion, and that ¡t is very distasteful to be an ex-champion. In Hebrews
11 :25, we learn that at best you can enjoy the pleasure of sin only for a moment, yet the shame that follows can be beyond your lifetime. Besides the shame, what of the ridicule of being called an ex-champion? Do you know that ex-champions face the exact opposite of what the’ went through while still champions? How? While still the reigning champions, many of them try to avoid going through public places because of their popularity. There are even those who disguise themselves before appearing in public as people will not allow them to be themselves. That is on the positive side. On the other side, if such a champion is defeated and becomes an ex-champion, to avoid being ridiculed, he will also begin to hide from the public. One question ex-champions are asked is: Where is now your God? In Psalm 79:9-10, David told God never to allow the world ask him this question. In other words he as saving he did not want to be an ex-champion. It you prayed in the past and sicknesses and demons took their leave, but now you say the same prayer and sicknesses and demons refuse to leave, ask yourself what has gone wrong: where Is the presence of the Spirit in your life? Do everything possible to remain the champion that you are.