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: 18 th - 24 th March 2019


18th Mar.

Topic: PETER HEALS A CRIPPLED BEGGAR

Text: Acts 3:1-10

“Then Peter said, ‘Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you, In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth walk.’” V. 6 (NIV).

People do sometimes have a hard time seeing the needs of the people around them. We can do a better job of being sensitive to other people’s needs. In today’s text, at the gate of the temple called Beautiful, Peter and John focused their full attention on the lame man and his obvious need. We can become so caught up with the events and circumstances in our own lives that we don’t take the time or expend the energy to focus on someone else’s needs. That is one problem. Another problem is that the needs are so many and so severe that we have learned to tune them out. So we can look right at a person in need, smile benignly (kindly), and walk on without really seeing him or feeling his need. Jesus saw each person as a person, not as a problem or an obstacle or a need. That is what we must do. We must feel the pain of the unemployed man, the single parent, the woman who is caring for a husband dying of an ailment, and parents with a prodigal child. We need to see them as persons whom we can touch with the love of Christ.

Emphasis:

Faithful and committed believers in the Lord Jesus’ Christ can still give something unique and valuable to the afflicted, today.

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, help me to be at my duty post for you at all times, Amen.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Ruth 1- 4
19th Mar.

Topic: PETER’S SERMON IN SOLOMON’S PORCH

Text: Acts 3:11-16

“When Peter saw this, he said to them; Men of Israel, why does this surprise you…?” V. 12 NIV

God used the healing of the crippled beggar at the gate called Beautiful to allow Peter to speak about the resurrected Saviour, Jesus Christ. The Living Bible begins verse 12 thus: “Peter saw his opportunity and addressed the crowd…” This was another great opportunity which Peter had to prove himself as a worth “rock” in the service of the Lord whom he had once denied. He possibly preached to the same group of people whose fear led him to deny Jesus Christ. His sermon to the people did not beg words. He testified that God had truly raised Jesus from the dead. He pointed the people to Jesus who healed the cripple man. How many instances of God’s miraculous intervention in your life and in your church are allowed to slip off by not using them as avenues of testifying about Jesus, which would have enhanced the Mission Work of winning souls for the Lord. Beloved, it’s not too late. You must start to testify to the goodness of the Lord Jesus Christ from today.

Emphasis:

When opportunities to minister uniquely to the needs of others come your way, don’t allow it to slip off. And always remember to give the glory of its success to God.

Prayer:

Lord God, help me from this moment, to have the courage to testify to your goodness wherever I find myself, Amen.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

I Samuel 1- 3
20th Mar.

Topic: PETER CALLS FOR REPENTANCE

Text:Acts Acts 3:17-21

“Repent then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord…” V. 19 (NIV).

Romans 3:9-20 reminds us that “there is none righteous, no not even one!” Sin committed, whether deliberately or ignorantly, therefore, must be repented of. It was great opportunity for Peter who had been empowered by the Holy Spirit to present to the Jews who rushed from the temple to see the wonderful healing of the crippled man at the gate called ‘Beautiful’. Peter reminded the people of the sin they had committed against Jesus. He did not leave them in a state of guilt however; he showed them the way out – they were to repent. He assured them that God would send them a time of refreshing if they would repent. As you share God’s goodness with others, don’t just tell them about the result of sin; also show them the way out of the bondage of sin. Are you in bondage of an unconfessed and unrepented sin? God is willing to forgive you if you are willing and ready to repent of it now. You’ll surely receive a time of refreshing in your life.

Emphasis:

You cannot stay in sin and ask grace to abound (Romans 6:1). Sin must be confessed, repented of, and forsaken.

Prayer:

Thank God for the grace of forgiveness. In a sober reflection, confess any known sin and ask God for forgiveness.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

I Samuel 4- 6
21st Mar.

Topic: JESUS IS THE PROMISED MESSIAH

Text: Acts 3: 22-26

“Anyone who does not listen to Him will be completely cut off from among His people.” V. 22.

God consistently renewed His promise of a Messiah to His people from Abraham, through the patriarchs, to the priests, the Kings and later the prophets. Man cannot save himself. There must be a link between God and man, since man had derailed from the Garden of Eden. When Jesus finally came, the people did not recognize Him. Thus they lost an early opportunity of being saved from sin through the direct physical ministry of Jesus. But God gave Israel another chance to know who Jesus is, through Peter’s sermon. Have you shared Jesus with someone who has consistently refused either to listen to you or to make a positive decision about Jesus Christ? Do not give up on him/her. Take another step of faith – represent the saving power of Jesus. The seed you sow this time may germinate in the person’s life.

Emphasis:

Return to the Lord Jesus Christ, the promised Redeemer, and begin to live a purpose-driven life.

Prayer:

God help me to present your Son – the Messiah of mankind to somebody in dear need of Him today in Jesus name, Amen.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

I Samuel 7- 9
22nd Mar.

Topic: THE RISE OF PERSECUTION

Text: – Acts 4:1-4

“They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead.” V. 2.

The Sadducees, while appearing to hold to the law of God, really denied many of its teachings. They rejected many of the truths established in the Bible. And their lives were morally lax and worldly. We can as well compare the hypocrisy of the Sadducees to the attitude of most of the Nigerian political leaders who are pathologically opposed to the truth! They would do anything to suppress the truth and enthrone falsehood. Sometimes. This rear its ugly head in the Church. But Peter and John would rather witness the truth about Jesus Christ than to water down God’s word in other to escape persecution. Despite the rising opposition to the gospel, verse 4 records that many of the people who heard Peter and John’s message believed it. This caused the number of disciples to rise to five thousand (5,000) in a single open-air sermon! Each time you share the gospel of our Lord Jesus with anyone, you do so under a risk of physical and/or spiritual attacks. Whatever risks may be involved in your witnessing, be assured that God is with you, and the seed you sow will never be a waste.

Emphasis:

The preaching of the Word is most times accompanied with persecution(s), but be encouraged, He will never forsake you.

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, empower me with the Holy Spirit, so that I can boldly witness the gospel to perishing souls. Amen.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

I Samuel 10 -12
23rd Mar.

Topic: PETER AND JOHN BEFORE THE COUNCIL

Text: Acts 4:8-12

“…It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom, you crucified but whom God raised from the dead that this man stands before you healed”. V. 10 NIV.

Through the help of the Holy Spirit, Peter spoke boldly before the council. He pointed to them the sin they had committed by crucifying Jesus. Again before the Sadducees, who formed a majority in the council, he testified that Jesus rose from the dead. Can you remember from where Peter started? He first preached to the crippled at the gate called Beautiful, then to the people who witnessed the healing of the crippled man at Solomon’s Porch. In today’s passage, he had yet another opportunity to share the gospel with the highest authority in the land of Israel – The council – Sanhedrin! Don’t lose the slightest opportunities around you to share the gospel with your friend, relations and neighbours. Remember that when you are faithful in little, God will place you over much (Matthew 25:14-30).

Emphasis:

The field of evangelism includes those in the corridors of power. Everyone must hear the gospel.

Prayer:

Grant me Lord, the courage to be faithful in the work of the gospel. Amen.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

I Samuel 13 - 15
24th Mar.

Topic: NO BOASTING IN GOD’S PRESENCE

Text: I Corinthians 1: 26-31

“…so that no one may boast before Him… Therefore it is written: let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.” Vs. 29, 31 NIV.

We were nothing before accepting Christ as our Lord and Saviour. God can do extra-ordinary things through a life that is submitted totally to Him. Today’s passage refers to two groups that can still be found in the Church today. The first group are those who believe that nothing good can come out of ordinary persons. The second group are those who boast about what God has accomplished through them. Paul charged the Corinthian Christians, as he is charging us today, not to boast in anything. In fact, Paul reiterated the fact that no one has any reason to boast, because it was Jesus Christ who made us all acceptable to God. Therefore you have nothing to boast of outside Christ Jesus – your Source. Child of God, to which group do you belong? Do you know that God can use others who are less privileged or opportune than you to accomplish His goals on earth? Whatever He does through you, learn to give God all the glory.

Emphasis:

Let us always return all glory unto God, as instruments of His grace.

Prayer:

Worship God, for being your unfailing source and ask Him to continue to strengthen you for more exploits in His vineyard.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

I Samuel 16 -18