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: 17 th - 23rd June 2019


17th June

Topic: ELIJAH IS SENT TO AHAB

Text: I Kings 18:1- 6

“And it came to pass after many days that the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third year, saying, go show thyself unto Ahab…” V. 1.

An adage says, “A person who sends you on an errand should be feared rather than the one to whom you are sent.” But this adage would be more appropriate if the sender were God. He is the Almighty, the Omnipotent and the Creator of the universe. The mighty angels run swiftly at His command to fight or deliver. If we really know who He is, when He says “I am with you” we can confidently go to anywhere and to any one He sends us, without looking back. God sent Elijah to Ahab the evil king. His wife was passionately wicked that she slew the prophets of God That notwithstanding, in obedience to God’s command, Elijah went to present himself to Ahab. God wants to send the rain of His salvation on people today. Are we ready to face the Ahabs and the Jezebels of our time as Elijah did? In Mark 16:15, the Lord Jesus says “…Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” If we fail to honour His command, we are disobedient, no matter the excuses. Could it be that we don’t really know Him who has sent us that we are feet-dragging? We have nothing to fear, because the One who is sending us is faithful to His promises and He is with us. (Matthew 28:18, 20).

Emphasis:

Seek to know God intimately, to speak for God fearlessly wherever He sends you.

Prayer:

God of Elijah, fill me with boldness to go to anywhere you send me in Jesus’ name.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Psalms 45 - 48
18th June

Topic: ELIJAH MEETS AND CHALLENGES AHAB

Text: I Kings 18: 7-19

“And he answered, I have not troubled Israel, but thou and thy father’s house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim.” V.18.

There are always challenges concerning the Kingdom of God on earth, and God is looking for a faithful bondservant of His, to stand in the gap. In this text, hitherto, Elijah had been intimidated by the wicked exploits of Jezebel, but now Elijah is “ready” for Ahab. Something must have informed his renewed boldness before he could send Obadiah, the king’s house governor to - “go, tell thy lord, behold, Elijah is here.” Elijah was confident of God’s presence with him. This, Obadiah himself recognized as he fell on his face before Elijah. The presence of Ahab and all the prophets of Baal could no longer intimidate him because he was a man of prayer and power (James 5:17, 18). Evil could have continued to thrive in the land if not for Elijah who stood up to challenge its perpetrators. As Christians, we claim to have a powerful God. And truly He is. However, Idol worshipping, immoralities, corruption in the political, religious and our systems are holding sway in our nation. It is our responsibility to rise up in God’s power and presence, to challenge the wicked forces around us. By this, they would be dragged to the mountain of decision, and so, be constrained to confess the lordship of Christ.

Emphasis:

Consistency at the place of prayer with the Lord, makes you fire-brand to confront and correct the evil of the day.

Prayer:

In Your secret place, Most High God, I choose to dwell, empower me to be your spokesperson, in Jesus’ name.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Psalms 49 - 52
19th June

Topic: ELIJAH AND THE PROPHETS OF BAAL

Text:I Kings 17:1-7

“…I, even I only, remain a prophets of the LORD; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men.” V. 22.

A young herbalist destroyed himself recently because of false confidence he had in his charm. One man came to him to secure a charm that will protect him against gunshot bullets. After putting on the charm, the herbalists confidently asked the client to shoot him with a gun. But unfortunately, the man died as a result of the gunshot. The Prophets of Baal were so much confident in their gods that when Elijah asked them to invoke the powers of their gods to supply fire, all of them responded and said, “It is well spoken” with the hope that Baal cannot fail them. But they were gravely disappointed, as they called on the name of Baal from morning till noon, but without any voice. One of our songs states - “I have a God who never fails…” All other powers like that of Baal can fail and do fail. Those who trust in them will always be disappointed. If you are on the Lord’s side, this God of Elijah that never fails is your God. You can trust Him without any fear of disappointment or failure. The Bible says, whosoever believes in Him will not be put to shame.

Emphasis:

Sooner or later, the Power of this world will bring shame and disappointment, but God’s power is the ultimate power and it never fails.

Prayer:

Father Lord, let not my heart wanders away from You to any other source of power in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Psalms 53 - 56
20th June

Topic: CHOOSE WHOM YOU WILL SERVE

Text: Joshua 24:14-18

“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; …” V.15.

One of the privileges that man has above other creatures is freedom of choice. A lot of choices are therefore made in a single day. It is important to note that the quality of your choices determines the quality of your life. The most significant of all choices is the choice of whom you will serve in life – either the true God, the Maker of Heaven and earth, your Creator or the false gods. These are the two who are contending, today, for our devotion and service – the world and God (I John 2:15). As the world has its demands and rewards, so God has His, too. Some people go to places of worship today, only to be more confused and doubtful. They are just like the people in the days of Joshua and Elijah. They are trying to combine worshiping both the world and God. Joshua issued an alert that both cannot be served. Our Lord Jesus says “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other…” (Matthew 6:24). This means, what we build in obedience to one, we cast down in obedience to the other. Elijah said “How long will you waver between two opinions? (I Kings 18:21). Joshua said “choose you this day whom ye will serve” (v.15). Have you made your choice? It is personal and voluntary. Joshua said as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD”. What is your choice? God or Mammon? Christ or Belial, light or darkness. Always remember that eternal destiny of a soul depends on his choices.

Emphasis:

The rewards that the world offers are temporal let the reality of Heaven and hell influence your choice.

Prayer:

O Lord my God, I choose to serve You all the days of my life, help me till the end, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Psalms 57- 60
21st May

Topic: ELIJAH’S TRIUMPH FOR GOD

Text: I Kings 18:30-40

“And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, He is God.” V. 39.

Following the utter disappointment and failure from the false gods, The worshipers of Baal cried, cut themselves with stones but they still received no response. Then the true God was tried and proved. One with God indeed is a majority. With four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal – what a large number of confused prophets - but that did not terrify the man who took his stand for the true God. Elijah, though seemed alone here as the prophet of God, in the real sense he was not alone. The God he stood for, was standing by him not only to defend him but also to prove Himself alive and mighty. Elijah called the people to gather around him. He wanted to make sure that they were in position to observe his actions carefully so that they could serve as credible witnesses. When we, as children of light, are surrounded by worldly people, this should not cause any panic. This is just an opportunity to show forth the supremacy of light over the darkness. The light of a candle stick is enough to triumph over a whole room of darkness. When the altar of our heart is well prepared with a living faith, just a spark of prayer will surely bring the ignition. And the true God will prove Himself as the faith in Him triumphs!

Emphasis:

God is always ready to prove Himself strong in our lives, if only we are ready to stand for Him in faith.

Prayer:

Almighty God, when You want to manifest Your glory, fully prepare me to be a vessel unto honour in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Psalms 61- 64
22nd June

Topic: THE DROUGHT ENDS

Text: I Kings 18:41-46

“And it came to pass in the meanwhile, that the heaven was black with clouds and winds, and there was a great rain.” V. 45.

Are you going through a kind of drought situation, today? The word of God to you is - Surely and very soon, the drought shall be over, in Jesus’ name! According to the book of James 5:17, 18, before the drought of three and half years ended, Elijah prayed. His prayer for rain is referred to in verses 42-45. But before his prayer could stop the drought, it is pertinent to consider some prominent features of his prayer. First, it was the prayer of a righteous man. If you want your prayer to avail much, you must not live in unrighteousness. Psalm 66:18 says “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me”. The second feature is, it was the prayer of a man of like passions with us. This means that we are not to think that Elijah was a “Perfect man.” We can remember how he betrayed fear and unbelief in his flight impatience and discontent in the desert. Yet his prayers availed much. Let us therefore, though afflicted with infirmities and stained with many sins of ignorance and imperfection, come boldly to the throne of grace. Lastly, it was a fervent prayer. He prayed earnestly. Our prayer should not just be of formal lukewarm petitions. God wants us to mean what we say when we are praying. As we do, God is faithful to change our situation for good.

Emphasis:

At the prayer of Elijah, the heavens re-open, our prayer can draw down the rain of God’s mercy and power, and that all may believe in Him.

Prayer:

Grant unto me the anointing for a prevailing prayer today in Jesus name, Amen.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Psalms 65 - 68
23rd June

Topic: ELIJAH FLEES, THEN MEETS GOD

Text: I Kings 19:1-9

It is a grievous mistake to consider some “men of God” as superhuman beings. The focal text today reveals that, it is God in these men that performs the extra-ordinary works we see them perform. Apart from God, they are men with weaknesses. This knowledge should serve enough reason to pray for our leaders, whether in the church or in our country. In the previous exhortation, we read how Elijah prayed and fire fell from Heaven and consumed everything including stones and dust!. In the text today, the same man of God runs for his dear life at the threat of a woman. He was scared to the point of asking God to take his life. Is this a demonstration of lack of faith or a heart full of fear? God met him where he slept, at the point of his weakness. God in His infinite mercy came, with a touch of an angel with these gentle words: “Arise and eat” A well prepared meal in the wilderness for a wearying but faithful servant. Elijah did not refuse the offer as it came the first and second time. Truly, God indeed gives more grace (James 6). And Elijah went in the strength of this meal forty days and forty nights, unto Horeb, the mount of God (verse 8). Are you in need of encouragement as a child or servant of God? Humbly present yourself to Him, He gives more grace.

Emphasis:

God understands our weaknesses, and is ready to help us. He did it for Elijah.

Prayer:

Pray for yourself, pray for all servants of God who are fearful, for the needed grace.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Psalms 69 -71