DCLM HIGHER EVERYDAY 24 July 2022 — Limiting God leads to losses
DCLM Higher Everyday 24 July 2022 Devotional by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi — Limiting God leads to losses
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TOPIC: LIMITING GOD LEADS TO LOSSES
BIBLE TEXT: 2 KINGS 7:1-10
1Then Elisha said, Hear ye the word of the LORD; Thus saith the LORD, To morrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria.
2Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God, and said, Behold, if the LORD would make windows in heaven, might this thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof.
3And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die?
4If we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die.
5And they rose up in the twilight, to go unto the camp of the Syrians: and when they were come to the uttermost part of the camp of Syria, behold, there was no man there.
6For the Lord had made the host of the Syrians to hear a noise of chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great host: and they said one to another, Lo, the king of Israel hath hired against us the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of the Egyptians, to come upon us.
7Wherefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents, and their horses, and their asses, even the camp as it was, and fled for their life.
8And when these lepers came to the uttermost part of the camp, they went into one tent, and did eat and drink, and carried thence silver, and gold, and raiment, and went and hid it; and came again, and entered into another tent, and carried thence also, and went and hid it.
9Then they said one to another, We do not well: this day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace: if we tarry till the morning light, some mischief will come upon us: now therefore come, that we may go and tell the king’s household.
10So they came and called unto the porter of the city: and they told them, saying, We came to the camp of the Syrians, and, behold, there was no man there, neither voice of man, but horses tied, and asses tied, and the tents as they were.
MEMORY VERSE: “And the king appointed the lord on whose hand he leaned to have the charge of the gate: and the people trode upon him in the gate, and he died, as the man of God had said, who spake when the king came down to him” (2 KINGS 7:17).
Ernest Angley comments on Psalm 78 that “When you limit God in any way, in any measure, you are in trouble, digging your own grave in many cases.” He goes further to give reasons why the person limiting God will be digging his/her grave. It is the same God that is his/her source of supply. It is only His hand that supplies everything that a man, woman, boy or girl needs. Limiting God is placing constraints upon the move of the Almighty or setting limits to what He can do. It is doubting and ridiculing His omnipotence. Many people still doubt the ability, kindness and generosity of the Almighty God today.
The tragedy that befell the ‘lord’ in the Bible text should be a lesson to all. He lost his life and did not have a taste of the promised miracle supply. He could not control his tongue because his heart was corrupt. If you believe God, He will be your Helper. Pray against the spirit of unbelief. Trust God and be obedient, and you will enjoy His promised blessings.
QUOTE: Pray against the spirit of unbelief.
CHALLENGE: Nothing is impossible to Him that believes God.
PRAYER: Lord, help my unbelief
1. Admit that you are a sinner. "For all [humans] have sinned, and comes short of the glory of God....[and] the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 3:23)
2. Repent now. "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out ...[for] if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness " (Acts 3:19, 1 John 1:9)
3. Believe that God loves you and Jesus died for you. "God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet Sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8)
4. Invite Jesus into your life through prayer of faith. Jesus says, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me" (Revelation 3:20)