Open Heaven Daily Devotional By Pastor E.A Adeboye – Men Pleasers – 20th January, 2019.
TOPIC OF OPEN HEAVENS FOR TODAY: “Men Pleasers“
Memorise: The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe. Proverbs 29:25
Read: Matthew 10:28-33(KJV)
28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
Bible in one year: Mark 10:11, Isaiah 18:1-19:15, Hymnal: Sing Hymn 10
There is a trait that God hates so much that many people don’t pay attention to, despite the many examples in the Bible that should deter them from it.
This negative trait manifests itself in the form of trying to please men at the expense of loyalty to the Almighty God. Doing this arouses divine jealousy, and when we provoke God to jealousy, the result can be devastating. When we choose to please men instead of God Almighty, we have made men our gods, and this is contrary to the commandment against idolatry in Exodus 20:3. It is unfortunate that many people do not know this. Some people try to please men because of the fear of what they can do to them. It should not be so with us as believers. Our Lord warns us not to be afraid of men who can only kill the body; rather, we should fear the One who can destroy both the body and soul in hell.
An example of a man who was a “men pleaser” is King Saul. He bungled his throne because of the fear of men. When he was confronted with his blatant disobedience to the Lord’s instructions, he himself admitted in 1st Samuel 15:24:
“And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgression the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.”
OPEN HEAVEN 20 JANUARY 2019: [SUNDAY] DAILY DEVOTIONAL BY PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE – MEN PLEASERS
On the other hand, the three young Hebrews men in Daniel 3:14-26 chose to please God, even in the face of a burning furnace. Although they were furiously thrown into the fire, the fire could not hurt them because the Son of the Living God was already there waiting for them (Daniel 3:25). One thing we can learn from their experience is that even through they got into the fire. Their salvation was already waiting for them in there. We must also learn to endure to end because our ultimate salvation is reserved for us if we stay focused on God. In Matthew 10:22 Jesus said:
“And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.”
Many people practically deny Jesus Christ for different reasons: persecution, fear of ridicule, and for some, because of what they will eat, drink or wear. For these reason, some ladies cannot resist illicit sexual advances, while some men kill for money. In Matthew 10:32-33 Jesus said:
“Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.”
If you therefore desire a glorious future in heaven, you need to take a stand for Jesus, no matter what you may be going through.
Father, please help me to stand, for You, come what may.
Open Heavens Daily Devotional Lessons was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical Churches in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.