OPEN HEAVENS TUESDAY 29TH MARCH, 2022.*THEME: PROOF OF DOMINION - II*
You will live by your sword, and you will serve your brother. But when you decide to break free, you will shake his yoke from your neck.”
READ: Genesis 27:37-40
37 Isaac said to Esau, “I have made Jacob your master and have declared that all his brothers will be his servants. I have guaranteed him an abundance of grain and wine—what is left for me to give you, my son?”
38 Esau pleaded, “But do you have only one blessing? Oh my father, bless me, too!” Then Esau broke down and wept.
39 Finally, his father, Isaac, said to him, “You will live away from the richness of the earth, and away from the dew of the heaven above.
40 You will live by your sword, and you will serve your brother. But when you decide to break free, you will shake his yoke from your neck.”
We discussed fruitfulness as a proof of dominion yesterday. Today we shall look at various means by which we can be fruitful and have dominion. Hard work is one of the major means of fruitfulness.
The Bible says, "The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want" (Proverbs 21:5). Laziness is not a Christian virtue. As a matter of fact, the Bible says "...this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat"
(2 Thessalonians 3:10).
Diligence is so potent that it can be rightly said that nothing shall be impossible for the diligent.
Dominion through diligence destroyed the yoke of Jacob on the neck of his careless brother, Esau. Even after he had lost his blessing to Jacob, Esau insisted that the father should give him the leftover of the blessings which his brother took from him.
On Jacob's return journey to his father's house, he was met with Esau who already had dominion. It is interesting to read that the man who got the blessing through crooked means was trembling before the one he had cheated of it.
And he passed over before them, and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother. And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and wept.
The wives and children of Jacob came in succession to greet and bow before Esau.
When Jacob tried to bribe his way into having peace with his brother the second time, the brother said he did not need Jacob's wealth. This is because he himself was already blessed to the extent that he had a personal army of four hundred men. (Genesis 33:8-11). Esau told Jacob he had enough; this was from a leftover blessing.
Diligence indeed leads to greatness, which in turn leads to dominion. Commit to being diligent in all you do (Ecclesiastes 9:10) and you will indeed have dominion.
Father, please less the work of my hands and let me have dominion through Your blessings, in Jesus name.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 1 Samuel 20-22
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 16: O GOD OUR HELP IN AGES PAST.
1 O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
our shelter from the stormy blast,
and our eternal home:
2 Under the shadow of your throne
your saints have dwelt secure;
sufficient is your arm alone,
and our defense is sure.
3 Before the hills in order stood,
or earth received its frame,
from everlasting you are God,
to endless years the same.
4 A thousand ages in your sight
are like an evening gone,
short as the watch that ends the night
before the rising sun.
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