2 Corinthians 8:9 (KJV), “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.”
Ben found today’s text interesting because he was from a poor home. He had read this verse so many times that he knew it by heart. Sadly though, his situation did not change; he sometimes had what looked like a “breakthrough” but things returned to the way they were.
Many Christians are like Ben. They have come to put their faith in Jesus Christ and on that basis claimed the blessings on the pages of the scriptures only to be disappointed because although they claimed such promised blessings by faith (the best way they knew faith) those things were not made manifest in their lives.
For this reason, many have resulted in ungodly means such as bribery, cheating, stealing, etc, just to have a “good” living and some have turned away from following God. But what might be wrong? Are the blessings not for all believers?
This devotional will deal with one of the major reasons why many Christians experience this unwanted result.
Obadiah 1:17 (KJV), “But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions”.
According to Obadiah, deliverance and holiness are the criteria for possessing one’s possessions in God. Deliverance alone will not do it, it has to be deliverance and holiness, it is at the point of holiness that many Christians fail and because they are not living a holy life, they are refused their possessions.
Go into today knowing that faith in Jesus qualifies you for the blessings by bringing you deliverance. However, it is deliverance plus holiness that ensures possessing your possessions.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to live holy all my days.
—Dr. Emmanuel James
Bible in one year: Genesis 32-35
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