Memorise: “A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;” Ecclesiastes 3:4
Read: James 5:1-6
1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
4 Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.
5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.
6 Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.
Bible in one year: Ecclesiastes 11-12, Songs of Solomon 1-3 Malachi 2:17-3:15
AS REVEALED BY PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE IN TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL
1. “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” Ecclesiastes 3:1
2. It is clear from the above scripture that in God’s timetable, there is a time for everything.
3. Life is split into different seasons.
4. There is a time to weep and a time to laugh; there is a time to mourn and a time to dance (Ecclesiastes 3:4).
5. One lesson here is that every man is expected to go through the ups and downs of life.
6. In other words, if you go through a weeping season, you will equally go through a laughing season. If you have experienced a season of mourning, you will also experience a season of dancing. However, if all you experience is the down seasons, something is most likely wrong somewhere.
7. The forces of darkness, together with their human agents, often do what they can to manipulate their victims so that they never experience the good seasons of life.
8. Every evil plot against you that is geared towards separating you from your good seasons shall come to nought in Jesus’ Name!
9. “But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.” Luke 16:25
10. In Luke 16:19-31, the Lord told the story of a rich man and a certain beggar named Lazarus. These two characters experienced different seasons on earth that contrasted greatly with the seasons they found themselves eternally living in after they died. While the rich man enjoyed a good season on earth, he found himself in an unending season of torment in eternity. On the other hand, Lazarus experienced a very bad season while on earth, but he found himself enjoying an unending season of joy in eternity.
11. One crucial lesson here is that if your stay on earth is just to enjoy yourself without giving consideration to having a good relationship with God, be prepared to spend an eternity without God.
12. If you live life without Christ, you will live an eternity separated from God. In other words, how you live today will determine the permanent season you will experience in eternity.
13. What season are you bringing upon yourself for eternity?
14. In our Bible reading, rich men living in so much affluence and engaging in the excesses of the rich were asked to mourn over the evil season that would befall them in time to come.
15. Are you going through a bad season in life? You shall soon enter a new season of joy in Jesus Name.
16. If you are in Christ, that season of Joy will lead to a permanent season of joy in eternity.
17. Thank God for your new season of joy. Hallelujah!
SHORT REFLECTION BY THE LIGHT POINTERS
Devil is a big enemy of God’s creature. Some of his tools in keeping man away from stepping into God’s predestined plan for him or her includes sin, ignorance, laziness, unfaithfulness to mention a few. It is therefore our responsibility to identify his vices and stay away from it with the help of the Holy Spirit. We shall enter into the fullness of God’s plan for us in Jesus name. We are daily refreshed as we study the Open Heavens devotional. May God continually increase Pastor E.A Adeboye in Jesus name.
Take stock of the high and low points of your life this year. What could you have done differently to avoid some of the low points?
1. Deeper, deeper in the love of Jesus
Daily let me go;
Higher, higher in the school of wisdom,
More of grace to know.
O deeper yet, I pray,
And higher every day,
And wiser, blessed Lord,
In Thy precious, holy Word.
2. Deeper, deeper, blessed Holy Spirit,
Take me deeper still,
Till my life is wholly lost in Jesus,
And His perfect will.
3. Deeper, deeper! though it cost hard trials,
Deeper let me go!
Rooted in the holy love of Jesus,
Let me fruitful grow.
4. Deeper, higher, every day in Jesus,
Till all conflict past,
Finds me conqu’ror, and in His own image
Perfected at last.
5. Deeper, deeper in the faith of Jesus,
Holy faith and true;
In His pow’r and soul exulting wisdom
Let me peace pursue.