Open Heavens Daily Devotional by Pastor E.A Adeboye

Wednesday 29 October 2014
THE EAGLE AMBASSADORS

Memorise: Isaiah 40:31
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their
strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall
walk, and not faint.

Read: Isaiah 40:28–31

Message:
God has favourites. Certain animals are viewed as
God’s favourites because of the way they were used
in describing His character in the Bible. For
example, the lion: our Lord is described as the Lion
of the tribe of Judah in Revelation 5:5. Another is
the eagle: God in Exodus 19:4, used the eagle to
describe His character of protecting His own. There
is much to learn from the eagle. Because the eagle
is the king of birds, it has many characteristics that
distinguish it from other ordinary birds. A study of
some of these characteristics will enable us know
how we ought to comport ourselves, manifest what
we have been created to be, do what we have been
called to do, and have what Jesus Christ died to
give to us. We need to learn about the eagle
because all children of God are expected to be
ambassadors with royal traits like that of the eagle.
Our royalty is described in 1 Peter 2:9, which says:
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood,
an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should
shew forth the praises of him who hath called you
out of darkness into his marvellous light:”
A thorough study of the eagle reveals that eagles
flock together and fly alone. As the saying goes,
“birds of same feather flock together”. We as
heaven-bound Christians must associate with our
kind (Psalm 1:1-3). We must keep company with
genuine believers (Hebrews 10:25). We must also
tarry in the presence of God in worship, praise and
through all manner of prayers (Luke 6:12). The
eagle flies alone. Be separate, as commanded in 2
Corinthians 6:14-18. You cannot afford to do things
the way unbelievers or careless Christians do them.
The eagle has a long range vision. An eagle is
capable of seeing from afar, both its prey and its
enemies (like the serpent, trying to sneak into its
nest to steal eggs or kill its young ones). This
strong vision of the eagle keeps the enemy away.
We as eagle ambassadors must be vigilant and not
allow the enemy to sneak into our lives. We must
get rid of the little foxes that spoil our vine – the
little foxes of unbelief, sorrow, depression and all
such things. We must practice peace, joy and
righteousness. We must not allow the enemy to
infiltrate our homes, finances, relationship, health
and spiritual well-being (1 Peter 5:8). We must
steadfastly resist the devil at all times (James 4:7).
Additionally, an eagle tests before trusting. A female
eagle chooses her mate with care. Christian leaders
have a lot to learn here. We must be prayerful and
exercise great care in choosing our partners and
subordinates.

Key Point:
Eagles are peculiar birds. A heaven-bound Christian
is God’s favourite and should be unique.

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Open Heavens Daily Devotional by Pastor E.A Adeboye

Saturday October 25th 2014
CLOSING THE DOOR AGAINST EVIL
 Memorise:  Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Luke 10:19
Read: Isaiah 49:25–26

The world is full of evil. Just listen to the news today and you will hear all manner of stories of horrors such as armed-robbery, looting, kidnapping, betrayal, persecution, terrorism, ritual killing, cannibalism and a host of others. There is hardly a nation on earth where heinous crimes are not committed on a daily basis. Evil is manifested in different shades and colours. Some are violent, crude and horrific while others are subtle, mild and deceptive. They may be emotional or psychological; physical or spiritual. Evil is perpetrated at domestic, community, local and international levels. The situation is perplexing. Peace is a scarce commodity nowadays. Many people live in fear, torment, horror and anxiety. However, for a heaven-bound Christian, the story is not one of hopelessness. We have reasons to rejoice because there is light at the end of the tunnel, Colossians 2:15 says: “And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”
Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ paid the supreme price for our peace. His death, resurrection and ascension to heaven were all geared towards our peace. Through His death and resurrection, He obtained permanent victory over the devil and his cohorts. The author of all evil is the devil. He is assisted by principalities and powers. Since Christ has destroyed the devil (Hebrews 2:14), and has triumphed over principalities and powers, the easiest way for a person to close the door against evil is by surrendering his or her life to Jesus. Be born-again. Jesus is more than enough to take care of your fears and anxieties. You can also close the door against evil when you abstain from all appearances of evil. Evil has the tendency to boomerang. Those who do evil, end up attracting evil to themselves. To close the door against evil therefore, do good to others. Be good and kind to members of your family, relatives, friends and acquaintances. Be kind, even to those who persecute you and perpetrate evil against you. There is a user of this devotional, who has been betrayed severally by friends and loved ones. You can close the door to all the evil in your life by forgiving all your offenders and being nice to them. Many people are living under a curse. The good news is that the anointing destroys curses. You can also close the door against evil through aggressive prayers. Pray aggressively against witchcraft attack and destiny destroyers.

Action Point: Close the door against all evil by putting on the whole armour of God and confronting evil headlong. Begin today. God bless you as you share!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!