WORKING OUT AN ALTERNATIVE?

Open Heaven of Tuesday 31st
December 2013.
WORKING OUT AN ALTERNATIVE?
Memorise: He staggered not at the
promise of God through unbelief;
but was strong in faith, giving glory
to God; Romans 4:20
Read: Genesis 16:1-4
Now Sarai Abram’s wife bare him
no children: and she had an
handmaid, an Egyptian, whose
name was Hagar. Genesis 16:1
And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold
now, the LORD hath restrained me
from bearing: I pray thee, go in
unto my maid; it may be that I may
obtain children by her. And Abram
hearkened to the voice of Sarai.
Genesis 16:2
And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar
her maid the Egyptian, after Abram
had dwelt ten years in the land of
Canaan, and gave her to her
husband Abram to be his wife.
Genesis 16:3
And he went in unto Hagar, and she
conceived: and when she saw that
she had conceived, her mistress was
despised in her eyes. Genesis 16:4
Bible in one year: Genesis 23-26
Message
In this uncommon race that we
have enlisted in, if you rest
prematurely, or take your eyes off
the daystar we are following, you
will be distracted. Another thing
that can diver your attention is
opening your mouth prematurely
to reveal your secret to
‘sympathetic friends’. Never share a
testimony until it is complete.
Sometimes people have shared how
years after a fruitless search for a
job, they have eventually been
called for an interview and that
they are now awaiting their letter
of appointment. When the enemy
hears this, he or she may begin to
manipulate situations,
circumstances and those capable of
influencing the decision. Such
people may lose out in shame
eventually.
Moreover, if you are truly
determined to make it to Heaven,
even though you have diverted at
some point, you can be restored by
the mercies of God. After Abraham
had waited for many years for God’s
promise to be fulfilled, his wife
came with a diversion: she asked
them to help God by offering him
her slave. From the time Abraham
diverted to the bondwoman, God
went into silence for 13 years. But
being a merciful God, after that
period, God restored him again and
from that moment, Abraham and
God walked together in sweet
harmony. The Lord who restored
Abraham will restore you in any
area you have diverted from His
plan and purpose. Some people are
becoming weary over the delay in
the fulfillment of a particular
promise. As a result some are
dabbling into sin and trying out
other alternatives. A head usher of
several years standing could no
long bear his wife inability to have
a child, so he packed up the
marriage and went for a divorce.
Thereafter, he took another lady as
wife and moved to another Gospel
church. Years after, the second lady
could also not have a baby. Would
he divorce her too and go for a
third? Beloved, when you go for an
alternative, it shows you do not
really trust in God. Believers who
say they are heading for Heaven are
now complicating their lives by
getting themselves diverted out of
impatience. Stay firm in God and He
will sort you out.
ACTION POINT
Thank God for seeing the end of this
year. Pray that God will safely bring
you into 2014 with grace and
power.

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