RCCG Open Heavens Devotional Sunday 16 June 2013
VICTORY OVER STORMS
By Pastor E. A. Adeboye
Memorise: Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. Psalm 34:19
Read: Mark 4:35-41
Bible in one year: Exodus 25-41
Key point: Just as the problems are bound to come, because you have Jesus, you too are bound to overcome. It is a balanced equation
In 2 Kings 4:18-26, we read of how a rich benevolent woman, who sowed so much into the life of a man of God, had her barrenness broken, and of how that son later died but was raised back to life. One lesson we learn here is that the fact that you have God does not mean that there will be no crisis in your life. Problems are part of life for everyone irrespective of religious beliefs. If anyone tells you that the moment you become a Christian there will be no more problems, the fellow is lying to you. That you were saved means that you have escaped from Satan’s prison. A Nigerian proverb says “It ¡s right for a slave to escape, and also right for the slave owner to pursue his slave”. The difference between a Christian and a non- Christian here is that in times of storms, you already have the Prince of Peace with you. With just a word from Him, the storm will cease. Psalm 34:19 says,
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all”.
Some believers think that if you are in God’s will or if you obey God’s instructions - for instance in taking a particular individual as your spouse in marriage, you will never have issues. This is not true. The truth is: when problems come on account of obeying God, you can confidently return to Him and ask Him to take care of it. In John 16:33, jesus says in spite of your trouble be joyful because F-lis victory over the world will secure your victory over that situation. If you look carefully at Isaiah 43:2, you will understand that we must go through fires and rivers. If God will use you for His greater purpose and glory, then you must be prepared to go through not only the rivers, but also the fire, but there will be no reason to fear because He will be with you. The fire will not consume you but it wi Il be an instrument of purifying you. Jesus was in the same boat with l-lis disciples and yet the storm arose (Mark 4:34—41) That He is in your boat does not insure you against storms but that your boat will never sink. The Prince of Peace is with you. Your victory is certain.