RCCG OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR OCTOBER 3, 2022 (EXPOSING DEMONIC OPERATIONS 2)
TOPIC: EXPOSING DEMONIC OPERATIONS 2
“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God; for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.” – (Psalm 42:11)
READ: 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 (KJV)
3. Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
4. Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
5. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
Another operation of the devil is what is called depression. Depression is not just sadness. The word ‘depress’ can be simply described as ‘to push down’. When someone is depressed, he won’t be able to pull himself together to do anything. The devil makes a person depressed by manipulating the fellow’s perspective of things. He continually whispers lies into the fellow’s ears to make them see the situation as bigger and worse than it actually is.
If however, you let God show you the path of life, you will always experience fulness of joy in His presence (Psalm 16:11).
The best solution to depression is hearing the voice of God. When the devil starts making you feel depressed, get into God’s presence and don’t leave until you hear His voice. Psalm 119:130 says the entrance of His word brings light. As His word enters your spirit, it sheds light on that thing that the devil was using to press you down. You suddenly see that what you called a mountain was just a stepping-stone. Read your Bible and begin to pray in the Spirit. Soon, you will begin to feel a kind of joy that cannot be explained.
God’s presence also brings rest from all troubles. Exodus 33:14 says;
And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.
God Himself is calling on you to seek His face when you are troubled. He is yearning for fellowship with you. When you don’t have fellowship with God, the devil gets the opportunity to press you down with his own voice. Your confession must be like that of the Psalmist in Psalm 27:8;
When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.
In Jeremiah 29:13, God says you will seek Him and find Him when you seek Him with all your heart. As you surrender to seeking God with all your heart from today, depression is banished from your life in Jesus’ name.
Father, drown every voice of the devil in my ears and amplify Your voice in my heart, in Jesus’ name.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
Nahum 3 – Habakkuk 3
HYMN 2 – CONQUERORS AND OVERCOMERS NOW ARE WE
1. Conquerors and overcomers now are we,
Thro’ the precious blood of Christ we’ve victory
If the Lord be for us, we can never fail,
Nothing ‘gainst His mighty pow’r can e’er prevail.
Conquerors are we, thro’ the blood, thro’ the blood,
God will give us victory, thro’ the blood, thro’ the blood
Thro’ the Lamb for sinners slain,
Yet who lives and reigns again,
More than conquerors are we,
More than conquerors are we.
2. In the name of Israel’s God we’ll onward press,
Overcoming sin and all unrighteousness;
Not to us, but unto Him the praise shall be,
For salvation and for blood-bought victory.
3. Unto him that overcometh shall be giv’n,
Here to eat of hidden manna sent from heav’n,
Over yonder he the victor’s palm shall bear,
And a robe of white, and golden crown shall wear.
Open Heaven 3 October 2022 || Pastor E.A. Adeboye