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: 4 th - 10th November 2019


11th Nov.

Topic: COMFORT IS FAR FROM ME

Text: Lamentations 1:12-16

“For these things I weep; my eye overflows with water; because the comforter, who should restore my life, is far from me. My children are desolate because the enemy prevailed.” V.16 (NKJV)

The Israelites in today’s exhortation express anguish as a result of their deplorable condition suffered from the devastated effect of war. The siege of Jerusalem is now passed. Those who had been trapped within her walls had died slowly of hunger and disease. When the enemy finally had broken into the city, many had died quickly by the edge of the sword. No doubt the picture captured here is frustrating and demoralising as people in grief face a hopeless situation, in which they feel that no one cares about their situation. When we stray away from God’s presence, what happened to Judah, and to Jerusalem in particular, is a picture of every human being who rejects God’s wonderful plan of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. As Jeremiah watched mournfully over the ravaged Judah and Jerusalem, Christians should also be deeply concerned about the goings-on in our nation and rise up in prayer for God’s powerful intervention in the affairs of the nation. We can avert disaster if we are spiritually pro-active in this respect. Christians should not play “ostrich” in a life and death situation.

Emphasis:

The price of liberty, is as ever, eternal vigilance! Christian be watchful!

Prayer:

May God stop the wickedness of the wicked in our nation.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Acts 13 -15
12th Nov.

Topic: GREAT IS GOD’S FAITHFULNESS

Text: Lamentations 3:19-24

“They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.” V. 23. (NKJV)

Yesterday we saw that one of the needs of man in life is comfort and when it eludes him, his peace will be destabilised. Prophet Jeremiah continued with the lamentation for the calamity and sorrow which the people of Israel were going through. The truth we must all embrace and understand is that life is spiced with its own difficulty, sorrow and tumult. And whenever one is going through these troubling and challenging times, all one has to do is trusting in God's compassion that fails not. God is always compassionate, even, when it appears He has shut up his tender mercies. These rivers of mercy run fully and constantly, but never run dry. Yes; they are new every morning. Every morning we have fresh instances of God's compassion towards us. When our comforts fail, yet God's compassion do not fail. We should also know that great is his faithfulness. Whatever hard things we suffer, we must never entertain any hard thoughts of God, but must still be ready to acknowledge that God is both kind and faithful.

Emphasis:

"God sometimes washes the eyes of His children with tears that they may read aright His providence and His commandments" – Theodore L. Cuyler

Prayer:

Teach me, dear Father, to daily know that you are faithful. Amen.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Acts 16 -18
13th Nov.

Topic: GOD WILL HAVE COMPASSION

Text: Lamentations 3:25 - 33

"Though He causes grief, yet He will show compassion, according to the multitude of His mercies." V. 32. (NKJV)

One thing is sure about God, He is loving and caring. As caring and loving as God is, He will not allow sin or wickedness to thrive without punishment! The people of God can be assured that He does not reject them forever and that He has no pleasure in punishing them. Whereas, punishment is necessary for the transgressor and the disobedient, God’s compassion is shown to His people by an application of pardoning grace through the blood of Christ. By sympathizing with people in their affliction, God delivers and grants them His gracious presence. Much more, He restores to them the joys of His salvation, all of which is not according to their merits but according to His mercies. We should know that God has compassion and comfort in store even for those whom he has, himself grieved. We must be far from thinking that, though God causes grief, we can find succour from the world.

Emphasis:

In all of lives’ travails, believers should rely on God for His compassion

Prayer:

Reveal your almightiness in my life as a present help in life’s challenges.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Acts 19 - 21
14th Nov.

Topic: LIFT HEARTS TO HEAVEN

Text: Lamentations 3:34 - 41

"Let us lift our hearts and hands, to God in heaven." V. 41 (NKJV)

Lifting up hearts and hands, are prayer gestures, and in a way, not ordinary. It is a submissive and penitent way of prayer in supplication and intercession. But the truth is that we should lift up our hearts to God in truth, too. We should come unto God in purity of heart just as a man washes his hands and casts away all filthiness. We should also lift our souls up to God, for there, is the ascendance of petition, prayers and supplication unto Him. In this prayer attitude, we can receive help, mercy and grace to sustain, strengthen and establish us in our sojourn in life. So when we are in affliction, we must look up to God as One who is in the heavens. The Almighty God is infinitely above us, and He has an incontestable sovereignty over all the affairs of our lives. He rules over the heavens and the earth, and unto Him are all principalities and powers subjected, and must submit. We must therefore offer up our prayers unto God, and ask that our best affections and services be acceptable in His altar.

Emphasis:

Lifting up of hands and gazing up unto God in Heaven are penitent and submissive prayer attitudes

Prayer:

Dear Lord, I lift up my hands and my heart to you in prayer, hear me as I call.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Acts 22 - 23
15th Nov.

Topic: GOD HEARD MY PLEA

Text:Lamentations 3:49 - 57

"I called on Your name, O Lord, from the lowest pit. You have heard my voice:" V. 55 – 56 (NKJV)

We may observe throughout this chapter the struggle of Prophet Jeremiah between sense and faith, and also fear and hope. All at some points, he complains and then comforts himself, yet drops his comforts and returns again to his complaints. In these verses he concludes with some sort of comfort. When the Israelites were in the low dungeon, as free among the dead, they called upon God's name. Their weeping did not hinder praying. Though, you may be cast into ever so low a dungeon, you will from there find a way of access to God in the highest heavens. We can easily remember Jonah out of the whale's belly, and that God is faithful to His word. He will hear and respond to your crying and wailing. The prophet did not just stop but he petitioned God for further audience. He says “hide not thy ear”. God's having heard our voice when we cried to him, even out of the low dungeon, is an encouragement for us to hope that He will not at any time hide his ear. Observe how he regards prayer as his breathing. For in prayer we breathe towards God, and we also breathe after him. Though we be but weak in prayer, cannot cry aloud, but only breathe in groaning that cannot be uttered, yet we shall not be neglected if we be sincere. Prayer is the breath of the new man, sucking in the air of mercy in petitions and returning it in praises; it is both the evidence and the maintenance of the spiritual life.

Emphasis:

God's having heard our voice when we cried to him, even out of the low dungeon, is an encouragement for us to hope that He will not at any time hide his ear.

Prayer:

King of Glory, I know that my faintest cry You will hear.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Acts 24 - 26
16th Nov.

Topic:RESTORE US

Text: Lamentations 5:15 - 22

“Turn us back to You, O Lord, and we will be restored; Renew our days as of old." V. 21

We have, since the beginning of the week, been considering the sorrow, anguish and horror of waywardness as well as the punishment met on the children of Israel. But it is heart-warming that this book is ending in restoration and hope. The Israelites had complained that God had forsaken and forgotten them, and that, their prayer is not answered. This implies an acknowledgment that the cause of their alienation was their fault. God never leaves anyone till such a person leaves God. If therefore He turns them to Himself as a way of duty, no doubt, He will quickly return to them in a way of mercy. They prayed to God in acknowledgment of their own weakness and inability to turn by themselves. There is in our nature a proneness to backslide from God, but no disposition to return to Him till his grace works in us both to will and to do. They also prayed for restoring mercy. If God by His grace renew our hearts, then we will enjoy His favour, grace and help. Those that repent, and do their first works, shall rejoice, and recover. Their first comfort is that God’s mercy to his people have been ever of old and therefore they may hope. Even then, when He seems to have forsaken and forgotten them, the mercy which was from everlasting will be to everlasting.

Emphasis:

There is in our nature a proneness to backslide from God, but there will be no disposition to return to Him till His grace works in us both to will and to do.

Prayer:

Father, help me to completely turn to you.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Acts 27- 28
17th Nov.

Topic: SOW IN TEARS, REAP IN JOY

Text:Psalm 126:1- 6

“Those who sow in tears, shall reap in joy." V. 5 (NKJV)

The setting in verses 5 and 6, is agricultural. After the land had been neglected for so long, it would almost be impossible to work it. The planting would be difficult, persistence would however, bring a harvest. The sowing with tears, in this context, signifies what someone does to help in advancing God's Kingdom. What happens in the physical sowing and reaping, always come to pass in the spiritual world of soul-winning. Believers who sow the seed of good work, are sure to reap in joy. This truth is expressed in general form. Let us illustrate this idea even in business life. An enterprise which begins with some difficulties will be crowned with success, if the owner is unrelenting. This is also applicable to all efforts of labour, be it farming; academics and soul-winning. In order to reap a harvest of seed-sowing, there is need for zeal, persistence and sacrifice. Therefore, as you go out today, let this exhortation give you the encouragement and assurance. Let this be in your sub-conscious as you push through in your activities - “I will reap in joy”.

Emphasis:

“Those who sow in tears, shall reap in joy." (v. 5)

Prayer:

Dear Father, my tears shall be replaced with songs of joy. Amen.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Romans 1- 3