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: 9 th - 15th September 2019


9th Sept.

Topic: MANASSEH DID MUCH EVIL

Text: II Chronicles 33:1-16

“But did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD…” V. 2

The prosperity and success as exemplified in the life of godly people is enough reason to follow suit in doing good. Manasseh should have seen it in the life of his father how good it is to serve the Lord, but he chose to follow the abominable ways of the heathen. A child of God who tries to be worldly will soon be worthless in the sight of God. God condemns the sinful imitation of worldly people and customs. You as a child of God also have enough good examples to follow. Paul said “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ” (I Corinthians. 11:1) this means you have the examples of the Saints with good testimony. Above all, Jesus said “For I have given you an example that ye should do as I have done…” Your deeds can never be evil in God’s sight if I and you follow the examples of God’s Living Word and follow the instructions of God’s written word. In relating to other people, always follow your mind, and so long as your mind line up with that of God, you can never go wrong. The Bible says, the integrity of a man will preserve him.

Emphasis:

Whatever position or place you find yourself, let the word of God direct your steps.

Prayer:

O Lord, make me totally free from worldliness in Jesus’ name, Amen

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Ezekiel 25 - 28
10th Sept.

Topic: MANASSEH REPENTS AND IS RESTORED

Text: II Chronicles 33:7-13

“And when he was in affliction, he besought the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his father.” V. 12.

“SIN”, the same thing that drove out Adam, and Eve from the Garden of Eden, removed King Manasseh from his palace such that he was carried away with hook in his nose to Babylon. Sin is never a right choice for any man! The evil that it causes and the loss it brings, proves this to be true. Many people like Manasseh deliberately chose to live contrary to the will of God and think they can go scot-free from it. But the consequence has always been grievous and regrettable. What affliction are you going through? What loses have you suffered in the recent times? Examine your ways today. You may need to make your way right before God. No matter how terrible your sins may be, the mercy of God is far greater. If God could forgive a man like Manasseh, and restored back his kingdom to him, He will forgive you of all your transgressions and restore all you have lost as a result of sin and its consequences.

Emphasis:

Repentance goes before restoration therefore, repent and be fully restored.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, deliver me from sin and its consequences, Amen.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Ezekiel 29 - 32
11th Sept.

Topic: SOLOMON’S PRAYER

Text: II Chronicles 6:36-42

“Then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling place, their prayer and their supplications, and maintain their cause…” V. 39.

In yesterday’s text, we saw how Manasseh besought God in his affliction. And, it was neither the length of his prayer nor the accuracy of its presentation that brought him out of the sorrowful condition, but genuine repentance. Whenever we want to pray, we must remember that no prayer can do what God is not pleased to do. The content of Solomon’s Prayer shows that there are important steps we must consider as we desire God’s mercy, grace and salvation. They are - Take time to think to discover your faults vs. 37; Confess your sins verse 37b “saying we have sinned, we have done amiss; and dealt wickedly;’ To Genuinely repent v. 38. Solomon knew that it is after all these that God can be pleased to hear from heaven, the prayer of the afflicted. Do you consider yourself a lover of prayer? Today you are admonished to follow the patterns of the saints, and we have numerous examples in the Scriptures.

Emphasis:

The prayer is an effort in futility if it is void of right relationship with God that answers.

Prayer:

Gracious Lord, help me to do away with anything that will hinder the answer to my prayers in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Ezekiel 33 - 36
12th Sept.

Topic: IF MY PEOPLE WILL PRAY

Text: II Chronicles 7:11-16

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face.”…V.14

You know you have truly been given access into a particular room when the key to entrance is delivered into your hands. God, who is rich in mercy wishes that we enter into abundance of grace through our access to Him in prayer. In the lesson today, we will realize that God has given the key to His people to tap into the heavenly grace and privileges. Therefore, if people desire His blessings, healing, restoration and deliverance, they are there for us to take, in God. We however need the key. This key is prayer that goes with humility. Pride and prayer are not good friends. As someone who tries to open the door with bare hands troubles himself, so is he who prays with a heart full of pride. For “God resists the proud but gives grace unto the humble” (James 4: 6). When our soul is in need of God’s forgiveness and our land in need of His healing, we can access His throne with the key presented to us today. As we use it, we will discover how faithful and merciful our God is.

Emphasis:

Prayer is the key that opens the doors and releases God’s power; but if you pray, don’t be proud.

Prayer:

I humble myself before You O great God, visit my life with Your hand of power in Jesus’ name, Amen

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Ezekiel 37- 40
13th Sept.

Topic: MANASSEH SACRIFICE TO GOD

Text: II Chronicles 33:14-20

“And he repaired the altar of the LORD, and Sacrificed thereon’ peace offerings and thanks offering, and commanded Judah to serve the LORD of Israel.” V. 16.

Repairing the altar is a very good starting point when sacrifice is to be made unto God. The Lord’s altar in the life of many is in total disarray. The fire of God’s love is no more burning. Worldliness has crept in. Love for money and material things together with immorality are the remaining ashes left on the altar. In a condition of an altar like this, no sacrifice is expected until the altar is repaired. It is good to attend the church’s weekly meetings regularly, paying tithes and offerings, participating in cleaning the church surroundings, and being a worker in any department of the church. These sacrifices are required and good, but they only become meaningful as one’s heart is renewed. (Romans 12:1b). Just as Manasseh did, you may need to repair the altar of your life so that it can have positive influences in the Kingdom, as you serve the true God (v.16). There is a challenge for the user of this devotional to repair the family altar and stoke-up the Church’s Altar.

Emphasis:

Turn away from any known wicked ways so that your sacrifice will not be an abomination to the Lord.

Prayer:

O Saviour, see if there be some wicked ways in me; cleanse me from such, in Jesus’ name.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Ezekiel 41- 44
14th Sept.

Topic: A PUBLICAN PRAYER IS HEARD

Text: Luke 18:9-14

“And the Publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.” V. 13.

Blessed are the humble, for God will always take delight in listening to their prayers. But the pride of the proud is the pit of his destruction. The publican in the Lord’s parable today, acknowledges his unworthiness and insufficiency, so he looks unto God; the All-sufficient and the merciful God. There is nothing a man could have or be that can make him not in need of God’s mercy. This is the mistake of the proud Pharisee in our text today, who went home disappointed. Any time you are going into the presence of God, don’t forget to put off the garment of self-righteousness, self-confidence and self-exaltation, so you may be heard from heaven.

Emphasis:

Humility attracts God’s attention in the place of prayer.

Prayer:

Lord God, destroy the seed of pride in me, that I may be heard, each time I call upon your name, in the place of prayer. Amen.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Ezekiel 45 - 48
15th Sept.

Topic: REPENTANCE THAT LEADS TO SALVATION

Text: II Corinthians 7:5 -13a

“For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of…” V.10.

There is no room for pretense, only genuine repentance leads to Salvation. Many people who claimed to have repented of their sins, did so, not really in genuineness of mind and conviction. Some may do so because of the consequence of their sins, while others may still be indecisive as a result of lack of inner conviction. Before there could be genuine repentance, there must first be a godly sorrow. For Paul, repentance from sin and faith in Christ are human responsibilities. Repentance needs to be done with godly sorrow and only this kind of sorrow works genuine repentance. Genuine repentance, produces the following results: (1) Conversion, (2) Carefulness (3) Holiness (4) Indignation against sin (5) Godly fear, and (6) Zeal towards good works. Have you truly repented from your sins? As repentance goes before forgiveness, so also Salvation occurs when forgiveness is obtained.

Emphasis:

“Repent, so that your sins may be wiped out…”

Prayer:

Father anywhere the gospel is preached today, let there be genuine repentance in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Daniel 1- 3