SOARING BEYOND THE SKY

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY
DEVOTIONAL.
DATE : Wednesday 14 May 2014
THEME : SOARING BEYOND THE
SKY
Memorise:
In the morning sow thy seed, and
in the evening withhold not thine
hand: for thou knowest not
whether shall prosper, either this
or that, or whether they both shall
be alike good.
Ecclesiastes 11:6
Read:
Genesis 26:8-15
8 And it came to pass, when he
had been there a long time, that
Abimelech king of the Philistines
looked out at a window, and saw,
and, behold, Isaac was sporting
with Rebekah his wife.
9 And Abimelech called Isaac, and
said, Behold, of a surety she is thy
wife: and how saidst thou, She is
my sister? And Isaac said unto
him, Because I said, Lest I die for
her.
10 And Abimelech said, What is
this thou hast done unto us? one
of the people might lightly have
lien with thy wife, and thou
shouldest have brought guiltiness
upon us.
11 And Abimelech charged all his
people, saying, He that toucheth
this man or his wife shall surely be
put to death.
12 Then Isaac sowed in that land,
and received in the same year an
hundredfold: and the LORD
blessed him.
13 And the man waxed great, and
went forward, and grew until he
became very great:
14 For he had possession of flocks,
and possession of herds, and great
store of servants: and the
Philistines envied him.
15 For all the wells which his
father’s servants had digged in the
days of Abraham his father, the
Philistines had stopped them, and
filled them with earth.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : GENESIS 29 –
30 and PSALM 105:1-15
Message
You need peace of mind to
succeed in life, business and
ministry. To enjoy peace of mind,
you need to overcome heartache,
worry and anxiety. Forget past
failures, disappointment and
discouragement which can result in
soul sickness. Soul sickness is the
bane of life. Soul sickness is
caused by lust, or as someone
describes it, the natural love to do
evil. It has been argued that the
difference between love and lust is
this: love can always wait to give
while lust can never wait to get.
Human beings have physiological
or body needs. We crave food,
water, sleep, general activity and
sex. Soul sickness occurs when
these needs are not met and we
begin to lust after them, and as a
result, abuse our body. Human
beings also have psychological
needs. These are our desire for
love and acceptance, desire to feel
important, special and useful.
When these desires are not met, or
when they are replaced by lust,
one begins to have soul sickness.
Soul sickness can be traced to
unhealthy or wrong thoughts,
unhealthy emotions (such as anger
as a result of unattained goals),
anxiety (resulting from pursuing
foolish goals), and a sense of guilt
which can be traced to unreached
goals. Demonic influences are also
responsible for soul sickness. Soul
sickness is dangerous. It can result
in rashness, misbehaviour,
neurotic actions, poor
performance, torment,
compromise and unbelief. Other
dangers include physical diseases,
backsliding and death. The solution
to soul sickness is genuine
repentance. Repent of the past and
turn a new leaf. Forget the past
and begin to live according to the
word of God.
Isaac did not allow the failures and
opposition of the past to
determine his action in the
present. The land had experienced
famine, his father’s wells had been
stopped, yet he sowed in the land.
However, it was after he had peace
of mind from the guarantee that
he will not be harmed on account
of his wife that he sowed in Gerar.
Sowing is a big secret of good
success. You need to sow in order
to succeed. Isaac sowed on a
fertile land. To sow and be
successful, you must know the
land and ensure you are sowing on
fertile grounds. Not all lands are
fertile. Some are barren while
some can be counterproductive. In
whose ministry or life are you
sowing your time, money and
material resources? Be guided by
the Holy Spirit on where to sow
your seeds. Sow at the right time.
Sow diligently. Sow prayerfully.
Sow with expectation. Sow with
persistence and faith. When you
sow as expected, God will grant
you a breakthrough. God’s
blessings are the ultimate.
Action Point:
Allow yourself to be guided by the
Holy Spirit on where and how to
sow your seeds.

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