Open Heavens 13 May 2017: Saturday daily devotional by Pastor E. A. Adeboye – Forbid Extension!
Topic: Forbid Extension! [Saturday 13, May 2017]
Memorise: But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. – 1 Peter 5:10
Read: Genesis 15:10-15 (KJV)
10 And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not.
11 And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away.
12 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.
13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;
14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.
15 And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.
Bible in One Year: Deuteronomy 18-20, Jeremiah 30:10-24, Hymn: Sing hymn 4
One assurance you have as a believer is that the boat of your life and endeavours cannot sink. Be assured that every storm, contrary wind and wave that is working against you is only for an appointed time. The Holy Spirit made this clear in 1 Peter 5:10 when He said,
“But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.”
Beloved, don’t believe the lie of the devil that things will continue to get worse. They will not! Don’t believe that the unpleasant situation you find yourself in will persist. It will not! Every pain, sorrow or distress is for a set time and it will definitely expire. After its expiration, the imperfect shall be perfected, the unstable shall be established, the weak shall be strengthened and there shall be divine settlement. These shall be your portion from now in Jesus’ Name!
However, sometimes, the devil attempts to extend the period of a trial of faith beyond what was originally sanctioned by God. This is why we need to know God’s will concerning a situation and thereafter stand on it. You need to know your kingdom rights and insist on receiving them. The devil is rightly called a thief in John 10:10. He steals what does not belong to him. Any ground you fail to conquer in the Kingdom will be lost to the enemy’s camp. Any promise of God you do not know and lay claim to shall be lost to the enemy. How much of God’s promises and prophecies do you know? How many of them have you laid claim to? Do you know that God can allow you go through a trial of faith situation for three years, but if you fail to know the exact duration or are not sensitive enough, the devil can take advantage of that situation and prolong the hardship? This was the case in today’s reading. God spoke of Abraham’s descendants going into slavery in a strange land for a period of 400 years and thereafter they would come out with great wealth; but do you know that by the time the Israelites were delivered, they had spent an extra 30 years in slavery (Exodus 12:40)! Even today, many believers have allowed the devil to enjoy extra time afflicting them. They have moved from the preset trial period to a period of satanic affliction, thinking they are still going through the God-ordained trial of faith. How can you check this? Ask God. Seek His face over it. Use all the weapons you have as a Christian: the Name of Jesus, the Blood of Jesus, the promises of God and a life of holiness to combat that unpleasant situation. If the situation stops, it means your trial is over.
Prayer Point: Every Satanic extension to my “trial of faith” period is terminated now in Jesus’ Name.
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Juliane Koepcke pictured after returning to her native Germany
This is the incredible story of a teenager who walked away from the wreckage of a plane after falling nearly two miles to Earth.
Juliane Koepcke was travelling with her mother Mariato to be reunited with her father and was the only survivor of the crash.
The pair were flying from Peru’s capital Lima to the city of Pucallpa in the Amazonian rainforest when their plane hit a storm.
The German family lived in Peru, where Hans-Wilhelm and Maria, both zoologists, worked at a research outpost in the rainforest.
She later returned to the scene of the crash as an adult
Hours before the flight, 17-year-old Juliane had been at her high school graduation on Christmas Eve 1971.
As LANSA flight 508 flew through the thunderstorm, the plane with 91 people on board was battered by severe turbulence.
“I don’t like this,” her mum said as they were rocked around in bad turbulence. Luggage, including Christmas presents, bounced around the cabin.
Juliane Koepcke, right, pictured in 1972, about four months after the crash that killed everyone else on board
Within moments, lightning struck the Lockheed L-188A Electra and caused a fire.
“My mother and I held hands but we were unable to speak. Other passengers began to cry and weep and scream,” Juliane told the BBC in 2012.
“After about 10 minutes, I saw a very bright light on the outer engine on the left.
“My mother said very calmly: ‘That is the end, it’s all over’. Those were the last words I ever heard from her.”
Later, Juliane would learn the American-built turboprop plane, with its small, rigid wings, wasn’t designed to withstand extreme turbulence.
As the fire took hold, a wing broke off and the plane began to disintegrate, plunging into a nose-first free fall towards the jungle below.
All 86 passengers and six crew were likely doomed. Some people got sucked out of the plane as it broke apart mid-air.
“I heard the incredibly loud motor and people screaming and then the plane fell extremely steeply,” Juliane told VICE in 2010.
“And then it was calm – incredibly calm compared with the noise before that. I could only hear the wind in my ears. I was still attached to my seat.
“My mother and the man sitting by the aisle had both been propelled out of their seats. I was freefalling, that’s what I registered for sure. I was in a tailspin.”
Juliane was living in Peru, where her parents both worked
After a terrifying free fall of about 9700 feet the teenager landed on the floor of the Amazon jungle.
It has been suggested the row of seats Juliane was strapped to, which were empty on either side of her, slowed her fall enough for her to survive it.
It also likely broke her fall when she hit the ground. When she landed she blacked out and woke up the next morning.
“I had a serious concussion, so I couldn’t sit up. My eye was swollen,” Juliane told VICE of the moment she woke up.
“I was lying underneath my seat and I wasn’t strapped in anymore.
“I could see a bit of the forest but also a bit of the sky. I knew that I had survived a plane crash. The concussion and the shock only let me realise basic facts.
“I didn’t really think about myself. I was more concerned about where my mother was.”
Juliane and her mother were flying in a Lockheed Electra similar to the one picture
It took Juliane half a day to find the strength to get up and walk around.
She had a broken collarbone, a strained vertebrae, a partially fractured shin, a cut on her arm and a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Because of the sudden change in pressure when she was ripped out of the plane, the capillaries in her eyes popped, making her look like “a zombie from a movie”, she said.
But she was able to walk around in search of help, surviving off a bag of lollies she found among the wreckage.
She was familiar with the Amazonian jungle, thanks to the work of her parents followed the survival instruction advice given by her father to follow the river.
On the fourth day, she came across crash victims but was unable to find her mother’s body.
Juliane continued looking for help, staying close to the riverbank, battling against the harsh heat and rain.
At one point, she realised flies had laid eggs in the wound in her arm, causing dozens of maggots to hatch underneath her skin and eat a hole through it.
Dr Juliane Koepcke pictured in 2013
After 10 days, she came across a motor boat on the river and a barrel of diesel fuel.
She used the fuel to disinfect the wound and kill off most of the maggots.
She also found a small shack, where she took shelter where some local workers found her, 11 days after the crash.
They gave her food, helped treat her wounds, and took her to a hospital where she was finally reunited with her father.
“He could barely talk and in the first moment we just held each other,” Juliane told the BBC.
“For the next few days, he frantically searched for news of my mother. On 12 January they found her body.
“Later I found out that she also survived the crash but was badly injured and she couldn’t move. She died several days later. I dread to think what her last days were like.”
Peruvian investigators found the crash to be caused by “intentional flight into hazardous weather conditions”, perhaps due to the pressure to keep up with busy schedules during the Christmas holidays despite the dangerous weather conditions.
“Of course I had nightmares for a long time, for years, and of course the grief about my mother’s death and that of the other people came back again and again,” Juliane told VICE.
“The thought – why was I the only survivor? It haunts me. It always will.”
Source: The Sun UK
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