IT’S WHAT YOU TOLERATE

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL

BY

PASTOR E.A. ADEBOYE

TOPIC: IT’S WHAT YOU TOLERATE

DATE:  SUNDAY 18th JUNE 2017

SING HYMN: 4 – THROUGH THE LOVE OF GOD OUR SAVIOUR

 

 

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Memorise:

Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.”

1 Peter 5:9

 

Bible Reading:

Matthew 8:14-15; KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

 

14 And when Jesus was come into Peter’s house, he saw his wife’s mother laid, and sick of a fever.

15 And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.

 

 

 

THE MESSAGE:

When Jesus came to Peter’s house in today’s Bible reading, He met his mother-in-Law down with a fever. He touched her and she was healed instantly, and she then began to attend to their needs. This clearly tells us that Jesus does not tolerate sickness in our bodies. However, the question is, do you tolerate sickness? Some people are tolerant of things they should not accept. Tolerating sickness is telling that sickness that it is welcome in your body. Some people tolerate certain sicknesses that are traced to certain natural conditions. For instance, when a woman is pregnant, people expect her to go through morning sickness. While this is mild for some people, it can be very tough for some others. Nevertheless, if you know your rights as a spiritual Hebrew woman and stand in faith against any form of ill health, you will receive strength to go through pregnancy in good health and not in sickness. To do so, you must be strong in faith and tell sickness that it is not welcome because you have no room or space for it. 1 Timothy 2:15 says,

“Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.”

 

In other words, if you are truly a godly woman, you should not be taken down by the dangers of childbirth that affect ungodly women. Stand in faith and live holy, and your conception and delivery will be most pleasant!

 

In the same vein, some sicknesses are attributed to old age. An elderly man who was still quite active suddenly got up one day and realised he had difficulty walking. He tried some self-medication to no avail, and so he was taken to the hospital. The doctor examined him and told him his sickness was as a result of old age. He was advised to just manage it with certain medicines. There are some people whose eyesight fail them due to old age, even as early as 60 years old. For a child of God, you can stand in faith, resist such sicknesses and enjoy good health all through your life. At 120 years old, when it was time to go to be with the Lord, Moses still retained the strength of his youth (Deuteronomy 34:7). Caleb also retained his strength at 85 years old (Joshua 14:10-11). If you stand in faith, what affects others will not be able to affect you. If you refuse to resist these sicknesses, you will become a victim just like everyone else. The choice is yours.

 

Key Point:

If Jesus has carried your pains and sorrows according to Isaiah 53:4, why are you still accepting to carry them?

 

Bible in one year:

Judges 7-8; Jeremiah 50:17-30

 

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

 

HYMN 4 – THROUGH THE LOVE OF GOD OUR SAVIOUR

 

Verse 1:

Through the love of God, our Saviour,

All will be well;

Free and changeless is His favour,

All will be well;

Precious is the blood that healed us,

Perfect is the grace that sealed us,

Strong the hand stretched out to shield us,

All will be well.

 

Verse 2:

Though we pass through tribulation,

All will be well;

Ours is such a full salvation,

All will be well.

Happy when in God confiding,

Fruitful if in Christ abiding,

Holy through the Spirit’s guiding,

All will be well.

 

Verse 3:

We expect a bright tomorrow;

All will be well;

Faith can sing through days of sorrow,

All will be well;

On our Father’s love relying,

Jesus every need supplying

In our living, in our dying,

  All will be well.

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