MY YEAR OF ALL ROUND PROTECTION

Psalm 91: 1 & 7

Pastor Julius Oladiran OgunkolaThe very spirit of this age is one of tension, and with the crises in world affairs constantly intensifying, we are reminded that Jesus said, “Men’s hearts will fail them from (for) fear, and expectations of those things which are coming on the earth – Luke 21:26. There is no doubt, we are living in the closing days of time and the cost of uncertainty, fear, worry, and anxiety is rising. We are in the days when many people are confused, oppressed, depressed, and anxious. There is the fear of war; travel; natural disasters and general insecurity, so that (and) people don’t know whom to trust. All these contribute to high rate of domestic accidents, work hazards, psychosomatic illnesses, divorce, suicide, juvenile delinquency, cultism and other social vices. The one thing people greatly fear is physical harm that may eventually lead to disability or death. And, in the face of social ills such as armed-robbery, banditry, high-jacking, human-trafficking, kidnapping, abduction, ritual killing and ransom-taking, Christians can rest in God’s Word, even in the face of all sorts of threats, against their wellbeing. Christians have God’s Word for protection, and they have immeasurable joy of claiming God’s promises for protection, knowing that safety is of the Lord. This year, as Christians, you should always cover yourself with the blood of Jesus and wrap yourself up with Psalm 91, with particular emphasis on verses 1 and 7. You are to daily affirm as follows – ....Click here for more

Daily Devotional

For the Week: 24th Februray - 1st March 2020


24th Feb.

Topic: THEY WERE TENT-MAKERS

Text: AActs 18:1-10

“And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers.” V. 3.

One of the factors that make up a happy home is unity between husband and wife. Aquila and Priscila were dynamic couples engaged in the same vocation as partners. The fact that they worked together as tent-makers speaks much about their unity of purpose. The book of Amos asks a rhetoric, “Can two walk together, except they have agreed?” (Amos 3:3). Two dimensions are very significant in our walk with God. They are, agreement which brings about purposeful living, and diligence, which attracts divine blessings (Proverbs 10:4). The home and the larger family, the church, make demand upon us continually, to live in unity and also be diligent. There is no room for the indolent in God’s family. God says,”… if any would not work, neither should he eat” (II Thessalonians 3:10). Aquila and Priscilla were not only tent makers, they were also law abiding citizens (v.2). They are as such, reliable potential vessels for the Lord. Little wonder, Paul was able to identify with them. Note that responsible persons flow with those who are purposefully engaged, and law-abiding.

Emphasis:

Be purposefully engaged and live in unity as couples.

Prayer:

Help me Lord, to be dynamic and purposefully engaged, at home and in the Kingdom.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Deuteronomy 13-15
25th Feb.

Topic: AQUILA AND PRISCILLA TEACH APOLLOS

Text: Acts 18:24-28

“And began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.” V. 26 (KJV).

No doubt, Paul’s life as an evangelist, teacher and encourager, had rubbed off on Aquila and Priscilla, while staying with them, that they have become invaluable assets for God. The same tentmakers in previous devotional have, today, become teachers of the word of God. Considering the intimidating credentials of Apollo, who was a notable Alexandrian and knowledgeable in the scriptures (vs.24, 25), Aquila and Priscilla could have possibly been put off from further enlightening him in the word of God. This couple was not driven by assumption. As careful observers, they discovered a gap in the spiritual life of Apollo, and rose to fill up the gap (v.) Most times, today, we do assume that believers who have experienced salvation grace have attained enough level of spiritual growth. What we see in most cases, may be just a facade. The humble life of Apollo is also noteworthy. He subjected himself to the teaching of Aquila and Priscilla, and became better equipped for ministry. He was therefore recommended to the believers in Achaia. We cannot afford to jettison other people’s opinions on biblical teachings, as long as they are inspired by the spirit of God.

Emphasis:

If you have been equipped for the work of the Kingdom, equip others for kingdom exploits.

Prayer:

Father Lord, help me to not over-estimate myself above correction and teachings from your words and fellow believers.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Deuteronomy 16-18
26th Feb.

Topic: THEY RISKED THEIR NECKS

Text: Romans 16:1-5

“Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.” V. 4 (KJV).

To live in God’s will, we are to remember in a special way those who have encouraged us. As Paul closes out his letter to the Romans, in the chapter before us, he demonstrates this principle beautifully in a series of greetings. He extended personal greetings to 28 specific individuals, mentioning 26 of them by name. Four of them are in today’s scripture passage, and these include Aquila and Priscilla. Special reference is also made of those who hazarded their lives for the sake of Paul (v.4). Today, pause a little, and reflect on those who had, one way or the other, supported your ministry. And in the process incurring heavy costs. They may be single persons or married couples. It is easy to forget those who have ministered to us in special ways. Paul has shown us a better way. That is, appreciating them. The form of this loving expression may vary, from culture to culture, but whatever form is used, it is to be sincere and holy.

Emphasis:

Do not forget those who had supported your ministry in special ways. Appreciate them. It is a high quality model of encouragement.

Prayer:

Lord, help me not to see anything as too much to sacrifice for You, even as I daily live my life for You.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Deuteronomy 19-21
27th Feb.

Topic: THE CHURCH IN THEIR HOME

Text: I Corinthians 16:13-24

“The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.” V. 19 (KJV).

For the past few days, we have been beaming spotlight on the evangelistic lifestyle of Aquila and Priscilla. Today, some attention is being placed on their home. This is a couple that has totally given all for the gospel, even their home. They allowed brethren to fellowship in their home. Before this could take place, we can deduce that their home is habitable for God. It would have been a place where true love exists. We can deduce that they are united for the common pursuit of the gospel. And this is predicated on their inexhaustible love for God and things of God. And above all, we can deduce that this couple is very accommodating. Is your home a place where God dwells? Has your love for God and His things consumed you enough for you to give anything to Him?

Emphasis:

A home or life that will be habitable for God must be one that has been consecrated for Him.

Prayer:

King of Glory, let your kingdom be established in my home and life, and make it a place that You can live.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Deuteronomy 22-25
28th Feb.

Topic: GREET PRISCILLA AND AQUILA

Text: II Timothy 4:16-22

“Salute Priscilla and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus.” V.19

Greeting is one of the ways to initiate, establish and sustain an enduring relationship. In all cultures of the world, the role of greeting in day-to-day living cannot be over-stressed. Also when we have received some kind gestures from someone, appreciation greeting then becomes very essential. Paul understood all these, hence greeting expressions had become characteristic of him in many of his epistles to the churches, and to individuals. Aquila and Priscilla and Onesiphorus had been strong pillars of support during Paul’s evangelistic ministry. They committed their worth and time to the cause of the gospel. It is very crucial we show appreciation to brethren, neighbours, colleagues, and family members, when they have expressed to us some kindness. Taking people’s kindness for granted often discourages them to do more some other time. In the household of faith, especially, it is good we acknowledge and appreciate the labour of love of fellow brethren.

Emphasis:

Let us bear in mind that the greatest commendation we can receive is God’s. Be not dismayed even when men do not acknowledge your selfless efforts.

Prayer:

Father, give me the grace not to be driven by the commendation of men, rather ignite Your tireless Spirit in me to keep labouring for You.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Deuteronomy 26-28
29th Feb.

Topic: MAINTAIN THE UNITY OF THE SPIRIT

Text: Ephesians 4:1-8

“Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” V. 3 (KJV)

As if Apostle Paul had seen ahead what would play out in the body of Christ today, he urged the believers in Ephesus to be united in one spirit. It is popularly said that any house divided against itself shall fall. The task that has been handed over to the church by our Lord Jesus cannot be effectively pursued, if everyone goes his/her own way, or does his/her own thing. Prior to the Pentecost, it was recorded that “they were all with one accord in one place.” This implies that the disciples understood the importance of unity, without which the Holy Spirit would not have come. Now that the spirit has been poured out, do we not count it imperative to sustain the unity that brought about the effective move of the Holy Spirit in the first place? Churches, today, are full of egoistic and self-driven individuals whose passion for God is being undermined by their selfish ambitions. In a situation where everyone wants to have a say in the church, how then can we have unity? In a situation whereby churches keep springing up on a daily basis with the motive of outsmarting one another, how then can we be united by the passion to save the lost? It is paramount for us to close our ranks, bury all interests, and be united for the common goal of changing this polluted world with the gospel of Christ.

Emphasis:

It is every Christian responsibility to maintain unity of the Spirit. This can be achieved through conscious selfless endeavours enabled by His grace.

Prayer:

Lord God, give us Your enabling grace to live in love that we may keep the unity of the Spirit, in the bond of peace.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Deuteronomy 29-31
1st Mar.

Topic: GIFTS FOR EQUIPPING THE SAINTS

Text: Ephesians 4:9-16

“For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” V. 12

I sat down recently in my sitting room, watching some so-called superstars on the television. They just won some international medals for themselves. A thought came to my mind: the kingdom of Satan would be in serious trouble if these superstars had diverted their talents or gifts to edifying God. So it is today. Every believer has deposits of gifts within him or her. Upon discovering these gifts, they are meant to be used to edify God and build others up. Common to our youths today, many are more eager to commercialise their talents, other than using them to motivate others into becoming what God had assigned them to become. Is it not surprising that the first thing that comes to the mind of an average youth who is gifted in speaking and vast in the knowledge of the word of God is to found a church? That accounts for the clusters of churches around with little or no impacts on the society. The essence of your gifts is to serve the Lord and humanity; anything outside these two is inconsequential. Seek the kingdom of God first with your gifts, and you will be amazed by the wonders God will make out of you to the whole wide world.

Emphasis:

If you would please God with your gifts, you need to shift your attention from immediate gains to eternal gains.

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, create the urgency in me to tap the untapped resources in me and appropriate them for your glory.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Deuteronomy 32-34