MY YEAR OF BOUNTIFUL SOWING AND BOUNTIFUL REAPING

II Corinthians 9:6

Pastor Julius Oladiran OgunkolaThese days, seed sowing and tithing have become subjects of controversies in the print and social media. Notwithstanding, the stand point of “Grace Bible Mission” is that church must teach the truth and must not shy away from kingdom’s principle for fear of having the intentions misrepresented. Pastors are not the author of the Bible and should not keep kingdom’s truth away from people; denying them the opportunity of being blessed. Though, one is aware that this particular teaching has been grossly abused in certain regards, be not deceived, God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that he also reaps – Galatians 6:7. However, Genesis 26 presupposes that sowing had become part of Isaac – drought or no drought. It was not the seed that he sowed in the past that rescued him, it was the one that he sowed during famine that did ....Click here for more

Daily Devotional

For the Week: 2 nd - 8th December 2019


2nd Dec.

Topic: AN ANGEL VISITS ZECHARIAH

Text: Luke1:5-13

“And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.” V. 11

Zechariah being a priest and a righteous man, married to a righteous woman also with a priestly background, one would expect all to be well with him and his household. But, they had no child... The Christian life is not immune from unexpected negative events. It is not always a smooth ride devoid of bumps. The only constant thing which the Christian enjoys is certainty that, "all things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28). Despite this possibly significant setback in their lives, Zachariah still continued to serve God and fulfill his priestly duties. Our circumstances in life as Christians, whether good or bad, should draw us closer to God. We should not allow them to deprive us of quality fellowship with God and quality service for Him. God hears the prayers of his children. To us, the answers may be delayed but God's timing is perfect. He knows what's best for us. John's birth was timed to occur around the same time as Jesus' birth. We need God's help to understand His grand plans for our lives.

Emphasis:

Our circumstances in life as Christians, whether good or bad, should draw us closer to God.

Prayer:

Our God, I believe you answer my prayers; as I wait on you, may your answer meet me at my duty post for you.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

II Corinthians 10 - 13
3rd Dec.

Topic: ZACHARIAH QUESTIONS THE PROMISE

Text: Luke1:14-20

But you have not believed my message, which will come true at the right time. Because you have not believed, you will be unable to speak; you will remain silent until the day my promise to you comes true." V. 20 (GNB)

It is our human nature to have doubts especially when the things we desire take longer than we expect. This is even more so when it seems others around us are having their expectations met and we feel left behind. Medically speaking, Zechariah and his wife, Elizabeth, were not fit to conceive and even if they did, the life of both mother and child will be at risk throughout the pregnancy and at birth. The promise of God through the angel was, humanly speaking, too good to be true. The same applied to the case of Abraham and Sarah. In both cases, God's plan overruled and went beyond human understanding. Our human understanding is quite limited. God's ways are not our ways neither His thoughts our thoughts. In our prayers and supplications, we need our faith to rise above human limitations. We should not expect answers to our prayers if we do not believe (James1: 6, 7). The life of the unborn son as described by the angel was a great challenge. It meant great responsibility on the part of Zechariah and Elizabeth. If parents knew ahead of time what plans God has for each child, maybe they will go the extra mile to ensure these children are brought up accordingly.

Emphasis:

Do away with all your doubts and unbelieves; hold on to God and His Word.

Prayer:

My Lord and my God, I believe; forgive my faithlessness. Help me to trust you.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Galatians 1- 3
4th Dec.

Topic: ELIZABETH CONCEIVES

Text: Luke1:21-25

“And after these days Elisabeth his wife conceived; she hid herself five months.” V.24

God always fulfills His promises. This is enough assurance to hold on to all the promises in His word concerning us. In the case of Zechariah and Elizabeth, it seems the promise of a son was fulfilled in no time. However, for Abraham and Sarah, they still had to wait years longer, even after they receive the promise. God's word is yea and amen which is why the return or second coming of Christ should not be in doubt. It may tarry but it will surely come to pass. Has God given you a specific word concerning your life, health, home, work or finances? Do you still believe Him to fulfill His word? Are you still holding on to that word? Not a word of His goes out without fulfilling the purpose for which it was spoken.

Emphasis:

The Word of God would surely come to pass.

Prayer:

Thank you Lord God for your faithfulness to all your promises despite our faithlessness.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Galatians 4 - 6
5th Dec.

Topic: HIS NAME IS JOHN

Text: Luke1: 57- 66

“And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John.” V. 60

The people, according to verse 59, were ready to continue with tradition by naming the new child Zechariah. To them, they were doing the right thing. However, this case was different. There had been a major intervention in that aspect. Our traditions and culture define and give us identity. In most cases, they are harmless. However, caution is needed when certain cultural beliefs or activities threaten to overrule God's intent. Good communication between Zechariah and Elizabeth, despite Zachariah’s handicap, was important in asserting God's plan for the new child. If Zechariah had not carried his wife along, there would have been some confusion. Effective communication in the family, church and society prevent confusion, clashes and conflicts. John's birth was special and it was made obvious to everyone around. When God is involved, things often appear as if they were dreams.

Emphasis:

Good communication between couples would prevent confusion in decision making.

Prayer:

Holy Spirit, help us in our marriage life to be one even as you are one with our Lord Jesus.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Ephesians 1-3
6th Dec.

Topic: ZECHARIAH PROPHESIES

Text: Luke1:67-75

“And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied.” V. 67

This prophecy begins with words referring to Jesus Christ, not even Zacharias' son. It was telling what the Messiah was going to perform. With this prophecy, it was again shown that John's ministry was to center around Jesus. This should be the pattern of Christian life and ministry. It is first and foremost about Jesus. Verses 72 and 73 refer to previous prophecies made thousands of years ago by long-dead prophets. A Messiah was coming and He would save his people. This promise was passed down from generation to generation, not to be forgotten or discarded. God's promises concerning a family or a nation may not be fulfilled in the generation that received the promise. It is the duty of each person; family member or citizen, to keep a reminder of the promise to be passed on to the next generation.

Emphasis:

It is important we know the mind of God, prophecies concerning our children.

Prayer:

Give us the right words for our children, loving God!

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Ephesians 4 - 6
7th Dec.

Topic:JOHN WILL GO BEFORE THE LORD

Text: Luke 1: 76-80

“… Thou shall go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways.” V. 76

The prophecy spelt out clearly John's purpose in life. He was to go ahead to prepare the way of the Lord (v.76 cf. Malachi 3:1). There was no misconception, doubt or confusion about what he was supposed to do. He will make preparation for the Lord to come and give his people knowledge of salvation (v.77 cf. Jeremiah 31:34; Mark 1:4). Many people are still uncertain about what God's purposes for their lives are. They keep stumbling through life, trying to figure it out and in the process, they get caught in wrong jobs, wrong friends and environment, etc. In the early years, parents can stand in the gap to find out God's plan for their children and as the children grow, they should be encouraged to seek clarity on the matter themselves. Verse 80, "... till the day of his manifestation to Israel...". Even though he, John, knew his mission, timing was still important. In fulfilling God's mandate on our lives, being in the right place at the right time is important. God does not do things haphazardly, we shouldn't either.

Emphasis:

Watch out and take note of prophetic utterances both in prayers and preaching and wait for God’s time fulfillment.

Prayer:

Help me, Lord, to wait for your time to manifest your calling to the world.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Philippians 1- 4
8th Dec.

Topic: PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD

Text:Isaiah 40:3-11

“The voice of him who cries in the wilderness, prepare the way of Jehovah, make straight a highway in the desert for our God.” V. 3

John the Baptist was the fulfilment of verse 3. Indeed, a path is needed to allow people and nations move towards the Lord. How has the way been made crooked and rough? Isn't it from division in the church, false prophets, wrong doctrines and business-oriented ministries, and so on? How can this be made right? How can people be convinced that there is actually true freedom in Christ? Read verse 9 again and notice God’s command there. What does this mean to you and how will you carry this out in the coming days? (Matthew 28:18-20). First, it is the work of the Holy Spirit, without Him, there is no true conviction. Then, people need to be told. "... to believe, they hear the Word. To hear the Word, one must be sent..." Many voices in the wilderness have to cry out, to proclaim God's love, His sacrifice, mercy and forgiveness and His impending judgement - Voices, who do not cease to remind people of what they need to do to be saved. May we not keep quiet to the detriment of souls, Amen.

Emphasis:

Be God’s agent to prepare people for His coming into their lives and for Jesus’ return.

Prayer:

Here am I, Lord, send me and use me.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Colossians 1- 4