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: 12 th - 18th August 2019


12th Aug.

Topic: ISAIAH REASSURES KING AHAZ

Text: Isaiah 7:1- 9

ISAIAH REASSURES KING AHAZ – Isaiah 7:1- 9 “And say to him: Take heed, and be quiet; do not fear or be fainthearted for these two stubs of smoking firebrands, for the fierce anger of Rezin and Syria, and the son of Remaliah.” V. 4 (NKJV).

A young man fidgeted as he sat down for his flight. His eyes went back and forth to the aircraft windows. Then he closed his eyes and breathed deeply, trying to calm himself but it didn’t work. As the plane took off, he slowly rocked back and forth. An older woman, observing him from across the aisle put her hand on his shoulder and gently engaged him in a conversation to divert his attention from his stress. She later told him, “We are going to be okay,” and “You are doing well.” These few reassuring words calm the young man such that when they landed three hours later, he said, “Thank you so much for helping me.” Such reassuring words was what king Ahaz needed when Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah plotted evil against him. The Lord sent prophet Isaiah to tell him not to fear nor be faint hearted but to keep calm. The Lord said that the counsel of the enemy shall not stand nor come to pass. Are you being threatened, harassed or stressed by the enemy? Is any situation in your life making you to fidget and be agitated? Receive the word of reassurance from the Lord of Host today. It is well with your soul.

Emphasis:

The “I Am” says do not worry or fret. He will fight your battles for you.

Prayer:

Father, I stand upon the promise of your word and I decree every counsel of the enemy over my life is cancelled in Jesus name. Amen

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Isaiah 42 - 45
13th Aug.

Topic: THE GREAT SIGN

Text: Isaiah 7:10-17

“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” V. 14 (NKJV)

I could remember when road bumps were newly introduced on the high way leading to my place of work, caution signs were erected for motorists to slow down as they approach the bumps. Signs are so significant in pointing us to the probable presence or occurrence of something. King Ahaz did not believe God's promise of deliverance, he would have broken his alliance and called the nation to prayer and praise if he believed. The king however, continued in his unbelief. Realizing the weakness of the king's faith, Isaiah offered to give a sign to encourage him, but Ahaz put on a "pious front" and refused his offer. Knowing that he has secretly allied with Assyria, how could Ahaz honestly ask the Lord for a special sign? Though demanding signs from God can reflect an attitude of doubt rather than faith but ignoring the evidence of the signs that God himself freely offers reflects intentional and stubborn disbelief. God has been gracious to you by showing you signs of His love and concern, reconciliation and mercy, why will you remain obstinate and unrepentant?

Emphasis:

God has given us numerous signs of His great faithfulness that we dare not doubt, reject or ignore.

Prayer:

Lord, help me to put my absolute trust in you. Let Your word be my sure anchor in the face of several waves of pseudo–end-time doctrines

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Isaiah 46 - 49
14th Aug.

Topic: AHAZ REIGNS OVER JUDAH

Text: II Kings 16:1- 8

“In the seventeenth year of Pekah son of Remaliah, Ahaz son of Jotham king of Judah began to reign.” V. 1 (NKJV)

As story beings, we are captivated by stories, particularly those that are connected to us. Stories we write about our families - our ancestors- their values, and their time in history. This enables our children (and theirs) to transcend time and space, to discover or rediscover their history, deepen their roots and provide them with values that can influence their future. Learning the lessons of history may help us not to repeat what went wrong and to admire and emulate what was right. In the seventeenth year of Pekah son of Remaliah, Ahaz son of Jotham king of Judah began to reign. His reign was characterized by a lot of detestable things. Ahaz was the son of Jotham, a good king, and the father of Hezekiah, a very good king, but he himself was not a godly man or even a good man. Instead of discovering and doing the will of God, Ahaz imitated the wicked kings of Israel and even the pagan practices of Assyria. He even adopted the horrible worship practices of the pagans and sacrificed his son to a pagan god, a practice that was clearly prohibited in the Law of Moses (Leviticus 18:21). All we are is the story we leave behind. “Leaving our life story as a spiritual legacy is like talking to seven generations. It is a way of honouring the generations before us and showing respect for the generations to come after us.” The question is, what story is your life writing for others to read?

Emphasis:

As we are remembered for what we have done, what will you be remembered for?

Prayer:

As I write history every day of my life, Lord help me to leave behind spiritual legacies that will impact my generations positively. Amen

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Isaiah 50 - 53
15th Aug.

Topic: THE ASSYRIANS TAKE DAMASCUS

Text: II Kings 16: 9 - 20

“So Ahaz sent messengers to Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria, saying, "I am your servant and your son. Come up and save me from the hand of the king of Syria and from the hand of the king of Israel, who rise up against me.” II Kings 16: 7 (NKJV

There is a saying that he who refuses to serve God will serve something lesser than God. King Ahaz instead of serving the Almighty God voluntary offered to become a slave of the King of Assyria. He refused to trust in the Lord for help and decided to seek help from the king of Assyria in taking over Damascus. He forsook the altar of God and built another altar unto himself, the kind that he copied from Assyria. He robbed the temple of God of its gold, silver and bronze. Also, he plundered the temple of its furniture and gave to the king of Assyria. He removed any distinctive features from within the temple that were offensive to the king of Assyria. Consider the demand of the King of Assyria over his life whereas God was only demanding for his faith to win the battle for him. Rather than looking for help where it doesn’t exist, why not trust in God in whom all power resides. The breath of man is only in his nostrils, the arm of flesh will fail you and the devil himself does not have a free gift. When he gives you one, he demands for two or even more than that. It is only in Christ Jesus that you can find help, grace and mercy for free. Christ has paid the price and you need not pay any price.

Emphasis:

You can find help in Christ, stop running helter skelter.

Prayer:

On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Isaiah 54 - 57
16th Aug.

Topic: AHAZ’S APOSTASY LEADS TO DEFEAT –

Text: II Chronicles 28:1-8.

“Therefore the Lord his God delivered him into the hand of the king of Syria. They defeated him, and carried away a great multitude of them as captives, and brought them to Damascus. Then he was also delivered into the hand of the king of Israel, who defeated him with a great slaughter.” V. 5 (NKJV).

Apostasy is the formal disaffiliation from, abandonment or renunciation of a religion by a person. It can also be defined as embracing an opinion that is contrary to one’s belief. King Ahaz abandoned God and followed after other small gods. He was involved in several outrageous practices and abominable things which were detestable .The outcome was not palatable as seen in our text today. He suffered defeat from all around him, even his own brethren took him captive. To fully identify and combat apostasy, it is important that Christians understand its various forms and the traits that characterize its doctrine. (i) A falling away from the key and true doctrines of the bible into heretical teachings that proclaim to be real Christian doctrine and (ii). A complete renunciation of the Christian faith, which results in a full abandonment of Christ. The book of Jude warns us about the danger of apostasy. We are to earnestly contend for the faith. Apostasy can be subtle, gradually creeping in if we are not careful. The danger of abandoning God is defeat both now and in the life after.

Emphasis:

“Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall”.

Prayer:

Lord uphold me to the very end so I do not fall from the Faith.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Isaiah 58 - 60
17th Aug.

Topic: INTERVENTION OF ODED

Text: II Chronicles 28: 9 -15.

“But a prophet of the Lord was there, whose name was Oded; and he went out before the army that came to Samaria, and said to them: "Look, because the Lord God of your fathers was angry with Judah, He has delivered them into your hand; but you have killed them in a rage that reaches up to heaven.” V. 9 (NKJV).

Emergency services are meant for the aid and rescue of people from life- or property-threatening cases. A woman after being hit by an okada rider was rushed to the hospital by this emergency service provider. If not for their quick intervention, the woman would have become a history. Oded the prophet was the emergency service provider that God used to rescue Judah after the massacre. The Lord raised up a prophet in Israel who warned the Samaritan army that by taking these people of Judah as prisoners, Israel was breaking God's law and inviting God's judgment. After all, the people of Judah and the people of Samaria were part of one family, the family of Abraham. Yes, God was angry with Judah, but there was danger He would become angry at Israel for the way they treated Judah. After Oded's message, some of the leaders in Israel stood and affirmed what he had said and urged the army not to sin against the Lord and their brothers and sisters. A remarkable thing happened: the people accepted God's message, repented, and changed their treatment of the prisoners. The Israelites not only fed and clothed them, and gave special help to the injured and feeble, but the soldiers even returned the loot they had taken from Judah. God’s anger at our wrong doings is not for our destruction but that we might come running back to him with a repentant heart. Nigeria, at cross-road needs to avert God’s anger by turning from her wicked ways and you are the first to turn.

Emphasis:

It is whom the father loves that He chastises, therefore cross-examine your life

Prayer:

Just as I am without one plea But that thy blood was shed for me. And that thou bidst me come to thee O Lamb of God, I come

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Isaiah 61- 63
18th Aug.

Topic: INVASION OF JUDAH AND AHAZ’S DEATH

Text: II Chronicles 28: 16-27

“For again the Edomites had come, attacked Judah, and carried away captives.” V.17 (NKJV)

Many people believe they have it all figured out once they are well connected and can arrange and pre- arrange things to their favour. But sometimes it just doesn’t turn out the way they planned it. King Ahaz trusted in the arm of flesh and put his trust in the army of Assyria instead of the living Lord, and this cost him direly. Indeed the end of King Ahaz wasn’t palatable at all. He died and was not buried in the tomb of the kings of Israel. He caused a great havoc to Judah. Judah was taken captive and the entire nation ravaged. Those he looked up to were the ruin of him and of all Israel. To trust in the arm of flesh is to stand on a time bomb about to explode. The outcome of such trust is disappointment, failure, sorrow and the likes as we see in the life of King Ahaz. Trusting in man is vanity. You can imagine, these days, people don’t belief they can get any tangible thing done without human prop, is that your belief too?

Emphasis:

“Their sorrows shall be multiplied who hasten after another god;”

Prayer:

May I remember to always put You into reckoning in my life’s endeavours, oh Lord.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Isaiah 64 - 66