Thursday, 28 February 2013

Open Heavens Devotion Thursday 28 February 2013 NOW OR NEVER! by Pastor E. A. Adeboye

MEMORY VERSE - John 9 vs 4 : I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
Read: 2 Corinthians 6:1-2
Bible in one year: Kings 16-19

On earth, certain things are urgent and as a result, must be attended to immediately. Among such things are kingdom assignments. When God gives you an assignment to do, the realisation of the brevity of life should compel you to hasten its performance. 1 Samuel 21:8 says the king's business demands haste. If the errands of earthly kings require haste, how much more that of the King of kings. While on earth, the Lord Jesus never wasted time while attending to His Father's business, hence He said in John 9:4:

"I must work the work of Him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work "

You can hear the sense of urgency in the voice of the Master. Souls must be saved now not tomorrow. You must give now. That tithe must be paid now: That convert must be visited now. That praying and fasting must be done now. Working with a sense of time means operating a NOW philosophy, just like it is done in Heaven. In the Heavenly planet, you do not have a tomorrow appointment but a now appointment.

"For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation"
2 Corinthians 6:2 Certain heavenly priorities cannot wait for earth's time schedule. Everything has its appointed time and season (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Anything done outside its season may be completely void of its supposed benefits. The sou! you fail to win to Christ this moment, may be called home to face an eternity without Christ the next moment. If God asks you to meet the need of somebody now but you choose to meet the need later, somebody else could have been brought in to satisfy that need. Even if the need has not been met, it might have lost its urgency. Giving or obeying at your own time instead of God's right time, may completely rubbish your efforts. Whatever you have to do for the Lord, do it now. If you can serve the Lord, let it be now. If you want to give for God's work, let it be now. If there is a soul that should be saved, preach to the fellow today. Never move to the next day what you can do for the Lord today. As much as possible, let time serve you and not the other way round
Action point: Draw up a list of things you should do before you die or before the rapture takes place. Go ahead and do them now!

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