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Daily Devotional: Thursday, August 19 - The Speed of Sacrifice

“The power of the Lord came on Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.” — 1 Kings 18:46

I was researching on the web for information about athletics a few years ago while preparing for a speaking engagement on the theme of “Divine Acceleration.” I came across a very interesting article by Zig Ziegler, the founder of Motion DNA, a Scottsdale, Arizona, company that tests and researches the bio-mechanics of athletes. In his article, he gave some basic mechanical principles that should be considered for proper running form. One of the principles said, “Never run with tightly clenched fists. This will tighten you up and slow you down.”

This principle is as authentic in a spiritual race as it is in the natural. Tightfisted people never enjoy speed in the Kingdom.

Stinginess is the reason why many are stagnant in their journey in life. It takes open-handedness to open certain doors. Proverbs 18:16 (NLT) says, “Giving a gift can open doors; it gives access to important people.” When a man’s hand is closed in giving, his Heaven is closed for blessing. Financial speed is impossible with a tightly clenched fist; as long as a man’s hand is tightly closed, his destiny will be tightened up and his fulfillment speed will be impaired.

What do you do when there are needs in the House of God? What is your response when there is a call to support God’s work? Do you see ministering to His people as a blessing or as a burden? All these present someone with an opportunity to gain speed in the Spirit.

Many of us like the story of how Elijah outran Ahab’s chariot (1 Kings 18:46), but don’t forget that before this occasion, Elijah built an altar and offered sacrifice to the Lord. Elijah’s speed was aided by his sacrifice.

I pray every yoke of stagnation over your life is broken right now in Jesus’ name. I pray the hand of the Lord comes upon you afresh and I pray you gain speed by the power of your sacrifice. I pray you overtake those who have left you behind in Jesus’ name.

— Rotimi Oluwaseyitan

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