REAPING SOULS

WINNING EACH DAY DEVOTIONAL
2 Cor 2:14 And thanks be to GOD who ALWAYS causes us to triumph…

June 21, 2017

REAPING SOULS

John 4:36 CEV
Even now the harvest workers are receiving their reward by gathering a harvest that brings eternal life. Then everyone who planted the seed and everyone who harvests the crop will celebrate together.

 
Cyrus McCormick wasn’t just an agriculturist, he was also an industrialist. He was quite good at convincing farmers to buy his own product. He maximized the newly constructed railway lines in America to get his product to the West for sale. McCormick wasn’t just an industrialist, he was also a Christian who had value for the Kingdom.

He believed that God called him to feed the world. The invention of the reaper was going to help him fulfil that vision. The money from the business also helped finance the gospel. His financial input was a major driving force that helped D.L. Moody start his fellowship. He was a consistent giver towards church planting and gave significantly to theological and educational institutions within and outside America that glorified Jesus. Cyrus and his wife Nancy were Kingdom financiers who gave (in today’s parlance) well over 160 million U.S dollars.

In God’s agenda, there are those who preach, those who pray, and those who pay. At the end of the day, everyone celebrates together. On the Perfect Day, everyone is rewarded for their role… and the reward begins here on earth. The best investment is an eternal one, especially when the Rewarder is God, the Eternal One. Reaping souls is a venture for the wise.

 
CONFESSION: In God’s Kingdom, I am an asset and not a liability. I’m a plus to the Body of Christ. I solve problems. I make God famous.

PRAYER: Use me Lord to show someone the way, then enable me to say “my storage is empty and I am available to you”.

FURTHER READING: Dan 12:3, Mk 16:15, Psa 126:5-6.

CULTIVATING THE PRESENCE OF THE SPIRIT

WINNING EACH DAY DEVOTIONAL
2 Cor 2:14 And thanks be to GOD who ALWAYS causes us to triumph…

June 20, 2017

CULTIVATING THE PRESENCE OF THE SPIRIT

Galatians 5:22-23 NLT

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

 

 

Cyrus McCormick initially experienced slow growth in his company. There was even a year he didn’t sell any reaper (1841). That didn’t stop him from going round the country to demonstrate to farmers that his product would make their work easier. Unknown to him, his product was more useful farther into the south where they had bigger farms with a flatter topography. More orders started coming in from outside the town he lived in. He didn’t localize God’s Gift within him.

He kept improving on the harvesting machine (or reaper) he invented. The first reaper could cut grain. The improved version could also bind the grain by itself, using a binder that was invented by a pastor. Later, the machine could cut, bind, thresh and even sack the grains automatically. Improvement was pivotal to his enlargement.

There are gifts of the Spirit and the fruit of the Spirit. The gifts are presents given by the Holy Spirit; the fruit is evidence of His presence. The fruit is produced when you cultivate His presence. You can’t improve your Christian walk without the Holy Spirit. Don’t stop at being born again. Fellowship with God and be more like Him. Notice that it’s ONE fruit of the Spirit. Don’t stop at having some parts while leaving out others. Improve yourself by allowing the work of the Holy Spirit. His inner work produces an outward expression.  By all means, cultivate the presence of the Spirit daily.

 
CONFESSION: The Holy Spirit produces in me love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

PRAYER: Take me deeper in You Lord. Let my life be an expression of your grace.

FURTHER READING: Gal 5, John 14, 15.

FAVOUR ON THE FIELD

WINNING EACH DAY DEVOTIONAL
2 Cor 2:14 And thanks be to GOD who ALWAYS causes us to triumph…

June 19, 2017

FAVOUR ON THE FIELD

John 4:38 MSG
I sent you to harvest a field you never worked. Without lifting a finger, you have walked in on a field worked long and hard by others.

 
Cyrus McCormick is a big name in the history of mechanized farming. He has been called the Father of Modern Agriculture. Perhaps no one was more influential in changing American crop farming than McCormick. His contribution to Agriculture was not in the area of tilling the ground; his focus was on the harvest. He created a harvesting machine that suddenly made harvesting more luxurious and less laborious. His company was worth millions of dollars in his day, which in today’s economy would translate to over $290 million.

The invention of the mechanical reaper did not begin with Cyrus; it started with his father. It was somewhat similar to Abram’s father who started a journey that Abram then completed. Cyrus’ father saw ahead the prospects of having such a machine and patented the idea. He then worked on the project for 28 years without being able to reproduce a marketable machine. His work was the seed for his son’s harvest. Sometimes seeds of evangelism produce much more fruit in the next generation.

The context of the story in John 4 is about evangelism on the one hand. However, to get the best of God’s Word, we can’t limit its interpretation to one direction. Today’s verse eloquently speaks of a dispensation of favour. It’s undeserved, unmerited and unquantifiable. Others in previous generations, people in sundry times, worked long and hard but you showed up as a harvester. It’s your season of favour on the field!

 
CONFESSION: There are revelational realities I will walk into in this season. Without lifting a finger, I step into a field of grace.

PRAYER: God’s grace to me will not be in vain. I will work with grace and get outstanding results in Jesus’ name.

FURTHER READING: Psa 102:13, Isa 40:1, John 1:16 AMP.

THE BEST FATHER EVER

WINNING EACH DAY DEVOTIONAL
2 Cor 2:14 And thanks be to GOD who ALWAYS causes us to triumph…

June 18, 2017

THE BEST FATHER EVER 

Psalm 103:13 NLT
The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.

 
It was a beautiful day to be at Boca Raton Elementary School. Skylar Johnson had prepared for this day. She mounted the stage ready for the task of spelling words at the school’s spelling bee. The moderator was a tall black man who told her to spell “sergeant”, to which the fourth grader correctly said: “s-e-r-g-e-a-n-t”. He then asked her if she knew any sergeant. For Skylar, that was an easier question because “yes”, her dad was a sergeant.

A beautiful day was about to become a PERFECT Day. Skylar had prepared for this day, but not for what happened next. After she mentioned that her dad was a sergeant, a uniformed soldier walked unto the stage. His name, Therron Johnson. It was her dad. He had been planning the surprise from Iraq, relating with her class teachers in Florida for a month but even he couldn’t hold back his tears as he embraced Skyler. Afterwards, he surprised Skyler’s brother in his school. Skyler said: “ When I’m with him, it’s perfect.”

One of the revelations of God is that He is our Father. When Jesus gave us a template for prayer, His first words were “Our Father”. The Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry “Abba Father!” As our Father, God is responsible and reliable, willing and able to take care of us. God isn’t simply “God, the Father”, he’s also “God our Father”. The world’s best father is the One who made the world. God lives forever and He is the best father ever.

 
CONFESSION: God is my Father; I represent His goodness. God is my Source; I reflect His glory. God is my Shepherd, I shall not want.

PRAYER: Thank You Father for loving me before making me. Thank You for Your daily dose of steadfast love.

FURTHER READING: Gal 4:6, Rom 8:15, Mark 14:36.

FATHERS AND FAMILY

WINNING EACH DAY DEVOTIONAL
2 Cor 2:14 And thanks be to GOD who ALWAYS causes us to triumph…

June 17, 2017

FATHERS AND FAMILY

Genesis 18:19 NLT
I have singled him out so that he will direct his sons and their families to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just. Then I will do for Abraham all that I have promised.
Diamond Bank Plc. is a Nigerian company that functions as a financial service provider. The bank seeks to take the customer experience “Beyond Banking”. The areas served are beyond Nigeria, and it is reputed to be the first Nigerian bank to operate in neighbouring Francophone countries. It also serves the United Kingdom. It was the first bank in Africa to be incorporated into the Professional Securities Market of the London Stock Exchange.

Diamond Bank was founded in the 90s by Paschal Dozie, a businessman with an astute knack for investments. His son, Uzoma Dozie, is a trained chemist whose interest in the banking industry was an offshoot of his father’s huge influence. Uzoma took over the leadership of the company three years ago.

First City Monument Bank is another Nigerian bank with a smooth transition from father to son. It is reported to be the first Nigerian bank to kick off without government or foreign support. Many other businesses around the world, including some Fortune 500 companies are passed from parents to their children. In God’s economy, a father leaves an inheritance and also a deposit of grace, prosperity and also posterity. The most important thing to give children has more value than money: it’s the knowledge of God. That’s why God singled Abraham out; that’s what He expects of a father in a godly family.

 

CONFESSION: My family is fresh and flourishing. I receive the grace to play my role in the family. My family life produces fruits that please God.

PRAYER: God give us Christian homes; homes where the father is responsible, resourceful and righteous.

FURTHER READING: Eph 6:4, Col 3:21, Prov 13:22.

Resident Pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, Kwara.