VICTIM OF COMFORT?

Open Heavens Daily Devotional
Tuesday 10 December
VICTIM OF COMFORT?
Memory Verse: For Demas hath
forsaken me, having loved this present
world, and is departed unto
Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia,
Titus unto Dalmatia.2 Timothy 4:10
Read: 2 Timothy 4:8-10
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a
crown of righteousness, which the
Lord, the righteous judge, shall give
me at that day: and not to me only,
but unto all them also that love his
appearing.
9 Do thy diligence to come shortly
unto me:
10 For Demas hath forsaken me,
having loved this present world, and is
departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens
to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.
Message
Just as your attention can be arrested
by certain things while undergoing a
physical journey, so also can your
attention be diverted while running the
race to Heaven. One of such things
that can divert heaven-bound citizens
is prosperity. Prosperity can give you
a lot of comfort which can affect your
focus, reduce your consecration and
play down your personal relationship
with God. Prosperity can truncate
one’s journey to heaven if unchecked.
One victim of this was Demas. 2
Timothy 4:10 says,
“For Demas hath forsaken me, having
loved this present world, and is
departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens
to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.”
While other co-labours of Paul were
travelling to different cities of the
world for the work of the Gospel,
Demas – a co-labourer of Paul, fell in
love with the world to such an extent
that he went back to Thessalonica
having been taken captive by worldly
pleasures and amusements. Is your
prosperity gradually pushing you off
the heavenly track? Control it now
before it destroys your soul
completely!
Many years ago, when all some of us
had were two shirts, two trousers and
one pair of shoes, we prayed, loved
the Lord and served Him with all our
hearts and strength. But today, it is a
different ball game. For many who
have now been blessed materially, it
has become a herculean task to give
even a quarter of our time and
strength to God. Some find it
extremely difficult to make sacrifices
for God: everything now operates on
how convenient it is. I remember
when I called church members to join
in a 100-day fast, those from low-
income areas in Lagos such as
Ajegunle, Mushin, etc., immediately
received the announcement with joy,
while on that same day when I went
to make the same announcement in
the high brow areas of Lagos – Ikoyi
and Victoria Island, they were not
happy to receive it, but thank God
they joined. Is the comfort of your
bed, store house and bank account
now negatively affecting your fire?
Watch it and adjust now before you
become its victim.
ActionPoint
Ask God to take you to the level
where nothing would ever affect your
love for Him.

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