Open Heaven 10 July 2018: [Tuesday] Daily Devotional By Pastor E. A. Adeboye – There Should be no Gap
THERE SHOULD BE NO GAP – Tuesday July 10th 2018
Memorise: But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest’s palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end. Matthew 26:58
Read: Matthew 26:56-58 (KJV)
Read: Matthew 26:69-75 (KJV)
God is Spirit, and so He does not have physical attributes or possess a form like that of a physical body. For this reason, a “closeness” or “gap” between mankind and God in the real sense of these words is practically untenable.
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The existence of closeness or space between man and God is therefore used as a spiritual term to express the level of relationship that exists between us and God. The Bible speaks of a gap or space between God and man in terms of a break in fellowship between them, otherwise described as backsliding, falling away or straying away from God or godliness (Ezekiel 22:30). It portrays rebellion, betrayal, faithfulness or apostasy. In 2nd Thessalonians 2:3, the Bible teaches that a falling away will precede the second coming of the Lord Jesus. Confirming this, the Spirit of God further spoke on people falling away from the faith in 1st Timothy 4:1:
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;”
The apostasy spoken of here by the Holy Spirit includes giving attention to doctrinal deception, moral insensitivity and departing from the truth in God’s word. The world is obviously in the last days, as we can see these prophecies being fulfilled more than ever before.
Open Heaven 10 July 2018: [Tuesday] Daily Devotional By Pastor E. A. Adeboye There Should be no Gap
Several things can create a gap between God and man: hardship, temptation, lust, doubt, complacency and self-indulgence. Once a gap is allowed to develop, a more devastating outcome will follow. The gap that existed between Peter and Jesus Christ after His arrest eventually led to Peter’s denial of the Master. To maintain a healthy fellowship or relationship with the Lord, we must follow Him closely rather than from afar off. As soon as a gap developed between Peter and Jesus, his status changed from being a member of Christ’s inner circle to being a mere spectator who could only observe things from afar off. Peter lost the privilege of direct communication with Jesus, and he could no longer ask questions or receive directions from the Master.
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What a terrible loss this was! Thankfully, God is able to heal His backsliding children (Hosea 14:4). He is also able to keep them from falling away (Jude 1:1). However, some people argue that although a Christian may stray, he or she can never totally fall away, and so once saved, a person is forever saved. This is a lie of the devil as we have seen in our devotionals for the first two days of this month. Romans 6:1 tells us that if we continue in sin, grace is rendered ineffective. BE WARNED! Maintain a close and healthy relationship with Jesus always.
Father, please grant me grace never to stay from You in Jesus’ Name.
Father, please grant me grace never to stray from You in Jesus’ Name.
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.
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