STOP CRYING!

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.
MONDAY JANUARY 18 2016.
THEME: WEEP NOT: A DIVINE
COMMAND.
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MEMORISE : Rejoice evermore
1 THESSALONIANS 5 : 16.
READ : LUKE 7 : 12 – 15 :
12 Now when he came nigh to the
gate of the city, behold, there was a
dead man carried out, the only son of
his mother, and she was a widow: and
much people of the city was with her.
13 And when the Lord saw her, he had
compassion on her, and said unto
her, weep not.
14 And he came and touched the bier:
and they that bare him stood still.
And he said, Young man, I say unto
thee, Arise.
15 And he that was dead sat up, and
began to speak. And he delivered him
to his mother.

Message:
At times, children of God lose the
import of God’s command, which
invariably is for our good if we do not
take it as a suggestion but as a
command. Positively, one of such
commands is one of the shortest
verses in the New Testament; “Rejoice
evermore.”
In today’s Bible reading, we were
given a command; “Weep Not”. This
command is easier read than obeyed,
but then, it should be obeyed. A
widow lost her only son and Jesus
Christ commanded her not to weep!
This command came before the action
that justified it in that situation. To
someone reading this devotional,
Jesus is telling you; “weep not”
because He will intervene in that
situation which is causing you to
weep. One terrible thing about
weeping is that it does not solve the
problem at hand. So, why engage in
what will not change the situation?
Once again I say, “Weep not”. Jesus
Christ who asks you not to weep
knows what He is going to do about
that situation, like in the case of the
widow of Nain. The Bible says that
Jesus came and touched the coffin
that was bearing the dead young man
and commanded life to come back to
the lifeless body. Death then
immediately released the soul of the
young man at the command of the
One whose Name is the Resurrection
and the Life.
Weeping could be very detrimental to
those who indulged in it. Apart from
being a deviant behaviour against a
divine command, it blurs your vision
and reasoning. Also, weeping,
particularly when God has spoken
against it, is an indirect way of
protesting against God’s word. It is
equal to murmuring which is also
rebellious. The Bible assuredly says :
“Weeping may endure for a night; but
joy cometh in the morning.” Psalms
30 : 5.
Blessed are we, if we believe this
scripture. In addition, the Bible says
that weeping blurred Mary
Magdalene’s vision on the
resurrection morning so much that
she mistook Jesus Christ for a
gardener!
“Jesus said unto her, Woman, why
weepest thou? Whom seekest thou?
She, supposing Him to be the
gardener, saith unto Him, Sir, if thou
have borne Him hence, tell me where
thou hast laid Him, and I will take
Him away.” John 20 : 15.
An antidote for weeping is the reading
of God’s Word concerning His
promises to us in time of trouble.
Another one is high praises to God
who specializes in reversing the
irreversible. The Bible says that when
David was distressed at Ziglag
because his wives and children had
been taken away by raiders, he
appealed to God for consolation, and
he was not only consoled, but was
also assured of the reversal of the
unpleasant situation. Beloved, trust
the Lord for the reversal of that
seemingly unpleasant situation in
your life and that of your loved ones
and you will laugh last.

PRAYER POINT :
Father, please wipe away all tears
from my eyes by removing those
situations that cause me to weep
today.

AUTHOR : PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE.

HYMN:
What a friend we have in Jesus

What a friend we have in Jesus,
all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
all because we do not carry
everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged;
take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful
who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden,
cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge;
take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In his arms he’ll take and shield thee
thou wilt find a solace there.

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