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VICTIM OF COMFORT? details logo Open Heavens - Tuesday, December 10, 2013
by Pastor E.A Adeboye

Just as your attention can be arrested by certain things while undergoing a physical journey, so also can you attention be diverted while running the race to Heaven. One of such things that can divert Heaven-bound citizens is prosperity. Prosperity can give you a lot of comfort which can affect your focus, reduce your consecration and play down your personal relationship with God. Prosperity can truncate ones journey to heaven if unchecked. One victim of this was Demas. 2 Timothy 4:10 says,
For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.
While other co-labours of Paul were travelling to different cities of the world for the work of the Gospel, Demas-a co-labourer of Paul, fell in love with the world to such an extent that he went back to Thessalonica having been taken captive by worldly pleasures and amusements. Is your prosperity gradually pushing you off the heavenly track? Control it now before it destroys your soul completely!

Many years ago, when all some of us had were two shirts, two trousers and one pair of shoes, we prayed, loved the Lord and served Him with all our hearts and strength. But today, it is a different ball game. For many who have now been blessed materially, it has become a herculean task to give even a quarter of our time and strength to God. Some find it extremely difficult to make sacrifices for God: everything now operates on how convenient it is. I remember when I called church members to join in a 100-day fast, those from low-income areas in Lagos such as Ajegunle, Mushin, etc., immediately received the announcement with joy, while on that same day when I went to make the same announcement in the high brow areas of Lagos Ikoyi and Victoria Island, they were not happy to receive it, but thank God they joined. Is the comfort of your bed, storehouse and bank account now negatively affecting your fire? Watch it and adjust now before you become its victim.

For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.
2 Timothy 4:10
2 Timothy 4:8-10

Bible in one year:
Job 11-13

Action point:
Ask God to take you to the level where nothing would ever affect your love for Him.


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