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: 8 th - 14th July 2019


8th July

Topic: A PROPHET’S PRIVILEGE AND RESPONSIBILITY

Text: Amos 3:3-8

“Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secrets to His servants the prophets.” V. 7. (NKJV)

Can the prophets and God walk together except they have agreed (v.3)? God had been speaking through the prophets unto the recalcitrant Israel to heed God’s words, avoid sin, and escape for their lives. Instead of obeying God and embracing the prophets’ warnings, Israel preferred empty ritual of worship. In our contemporary society, are we not behaving as Israel of old? Has God not been “roaring” as a lion through the prophets that Israel should turn away from her sins? Check your own life too. Just pause a while, and examine yourself. Examine your inner life style. Can God accept your worship with the way you live your life? Will you not be caught in the snares of your own sins unto eternal damnation? The lion of the tribe of Judah is roaring: Repent! Repent!! Repent!!! God would not bring judgment upon a people He had not pre-warned. Your repentance today shall make your worship meaningful and acceptable unto God.

Emphasis:

God of the Old Testament spoke through His prophets and now He speaks to us through His inspired words.

Prayer:

Help me Lord to heed Your instructions and obey Your words.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Psalms 124-127
9th July

Topic: THE DOOM OF SAMARIA

Text: Amos 3: 9 - 4:5

THE DOOM OF SAMARIA - Amos 3: 9 - 4:5 “Hear this word you … who oppress the poor, who crush the needy… He will take you away with fishhooks.” Vs.1, 2 (NKJV)

When Israel encountered Jericho, it was obvious that Jericho would give way and Israel would have opportunity of entering her era of liberty. When the cup of justice of Sodom and Gomorrah became overfilled, it was evident that God would eventually react and over run the cities. While Israel continued in idolatry, contrary to God’s instruction, prophecy revealed that doom was on the way. Jericho was conquered and Israel rejoiced. Truly, Sodom and Gomorrah fell as fire from the Lord consumed them in a doomsday type of destruction. Similarly, in the anal of Jewish history, Israel was defeated and their kings and eminent youths were taken captives. Here, Prophet Amos was relaying the prophecy of God regarding Samaria, Israel’s neighbour. We may note that the people of Samaria had refused to hearken unto Gods instruction - transgression at Bethel, spiritual indiscipline at Gilgal, illicit sacrifices every morning, filthy tithes and thanksgiving with leaven. Are we not experiencing this aforementioned phenomena, both in our nation and the church communities? In what area of your life are you also disobeying God? What is that sin that has become ever green in your life? Turn to God and be obedient to Him.

Emphasis:

Surrender the control of totality of your being to God, and escape God’s wrath.

Prayer:

Lord, I come to You anew! Make me a blessed vessel.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Psalms 128 -133
10th July

Topic: ISRAEL REJECTS CORRECTION

Text: Amos 4:6-13

“I withheld rain from you … yet you have not returned to Me” says the Lord.” Vs. 7,8

God had communicated love and message of hope to Israel over the years but Israel had consistently replied with stubborn indignation. God’s words in today’s passage revealed the many incidences of chastisement that God had made Israel to pass through. Instances such as, lack of food (v. 6), lack of rain that disturbed harvest (v. 7), lack of water (v. 8), tsunami-like scorching wind followed by locust over the green trees (v. 9), Egypt-like pestilence with sword upon the young men’s neck (v.10), destruction of major cities (v.11). Yet, God kept mentioning that “you have not returned unto Me”. In the days of Hosea, the prophet declared too that Israel should return to the Lord in repentance (Hosea 14:1). Oh wanderer, why will you not return to Jesus? Why will your father call and you refuse to answer Him? Don’t roam about in guilt and misery any longer? The Spirit and the Bride say ”Come”. Today is your day of repentance.

Emphasis:

Hearken to the words of correction from God. Listen as He speaks. Return O wanderer to thy home, (lyric from hymnal).

Prayer:

Lord God, deliver me from sin and its consequences, as I cannot face Your wrath.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Psalms 134 -137
11th July

Topic: A CALL TO REPENTANCE

Text: Amos 5:1-15

“Seek good and not evil, so that you may live. And so the Lord … will be with you.” V.14

Here, God called on Israel to seek Him and obey His commandments. A close look at verses 8 -13 show that God, sometimes bring forth destruction unto the unjust, illicit rich men, and the wicked. Three major ills were mentioned in verse 12, which needed to be repented of: (1) afflicting the just; (2) bribe taking, and (3) turning aside the poor at the gate. Even today, God keeps calling with a soft loud voice - “Son, daughter, come unto Me”. Though Israel failed to hearken unto God’s voice, the punishment given out to her was enough a lesson for us. In the words of an old song in an Hymnal:

God calling yet! Shall I not hear

Earth’s pleasure shall still hold dear

Shall life’s passing years all fly

And still my soul in slumber lie

God calling yet! I cannot stay

My heart I yield without delay

Vain world farewell from thee I part

The voice of God has reached my heart

Emphasis:

God’s call, a must to act upon.

Prayer:

God of Mercy, activate your favour upon me, and make me to heed your call.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Psalms 138 - 141
12th July

Topic: THE DAY OF THE LORD

Text: Amos 5:16-20

“… The day of the Lord is darkness and not light.” V. 18

Israel had thought that being a chosen nation, the day of the Lord should be a blessing to them and destruction to their enemies. But lo, it was not so. The day of the Lord meant darkness and not light to the wicked elements in Israel. Alas, it was the enemies of Israel that became the conqueror. Verse 19 of today’s text, even summarized it thus: “as if a man flees from a lion, thanking God that he had escaped, only to meet with a bear.” That is, from one predicament to another; from one calamity to another; from one misfortune to another tragedy. Those who refuse God’s word has no way of escape. There would be no brightness at all in that day. The word of God to all is, “Why not heed God’s call and avoid the approaching misfortune.” A stanza of HOG 559 goes thus: At His call the dead shall awake, from seas from the graves to life; And the might of the earth shall shake and disappear before Him; Thou foolish man, how then shall thou fare that day?

Emphasis:

In fact Satan has deceived you, but thou hearken not to him; And after all are said and done, he welcomes you in his furnace; Thou must think well, the fire is not fit for thee.

Prayer:

Eternal Rock of Ages, guide me through to a safe landing in your shore.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Psalms 142 - 146
13th July

Topic: GOD DESPISES WORSHIP WITHOUT RIGHTEOUSNESS

Text: Amos 5:21-27

“I hate, I despise your feast days. And I will not take delight in your solemn assemblies.” V.1

In a secondary school classroom of about thirty students, there was a meeting amongst the students on what they would give their extremely tough Geography teacher who had promised them a mass failure. After a series of deliberation, they decided to purchase a tyre to replace one on his bicycle. They contributed money and the arrangement was perfected. It turned out that half of the class still failed Geography woefully after the examinations. Unrest erupted and after an investigation, Mr Teacher, though already compromised, still wanted to maintain a little righteousness in his markings. This posture was to the anger of the students and in the process, trouble ensued. This story, though earthly, is about the consequence of mixing integrity with a modicum of compromise. Therefore, he was reported to the principal, who had him sanctioned, and the students were also punished. You cannot be presenting a “holy” worship unto a sacred God even after exercising unrighteousness in all its ramification. Repair your ways. Repent.

Emphasis:

Let justice run down as waters and righteousness as an overflowing stream.

Prayer:

Lord, make me worship you in truth and holiness.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Psalms 147-150
14th July

Topic: CORRUPTION OF THE PRIESTHOOD

Text: Malachi 1:6-14

“To you priests who despise my name … you offered defiled food on My altar…” Vs. 6,7.

Christians do not hold their God in deep reverence as others hold theirs. The religious leaders exhibited disrespect to God who is their Creator, Master and Redeemer. They do not obey God’s laws regarding offerings at the altar. What a sacrilege that the temple leaders offer defiled food on the table of the Lord; they offer blind, lame and sick animals as sacrifices; even stolen items (v.13). You can also ask yourself these questions - Am I not guilty of the same offence today? If God were to assess my offerings, will He accept them? My dancing and lifting of God’s name in praises, though humanly presentable, are they acceptable unto my Maker, who redeemed me? In contemporary Israel, the priests failed God. They were en-messed in corruption of all sorts. We also are guilty of the similar offensive. Now, let us entreat God’s favour so that He may be gracious unto us.

Emphasis:

‘Cursed be the deceiver which hath in his flock a male and voweth and sacrificeth to the Lord what is blemished (14), for God is a great King and His name should be feared among all nations’.

Prayer:

Father, accept my sacrifices of thanksgiving, and make it holy and blessed before You.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Proverbs 1- 3