ENTERING INTO PARTNERSHIP

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

May 30, 2017

ENTERING INTO PARTNERSHIP

Philippians 4:14 New Testament for Everyone (NTE)

But you did the right thing by entering into partnership with me in my suffering.

 
Many people have a Facebook account. Actually, “many” is little when we look at the specifics and statistics: There were 1.15 billion mobile daily active users as at December 2016 and more than 1.94 billion monthly active Facebook users in March 2017. While many people know Mark Zuckerberg as the founder, there were co-founders who were Mark’s friends in school: Dustin Moskovitz, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, and Chris Hughes.

Many people know Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft who became the world’s richest man. Bill couldn’t have done it without his partner: Paul Allen. Many people know Steve Jobs, founder of Apple Inc. Steve had a namesake, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne as partners. Apple’s total assets in 2016 was US$321.686 billion, and the company has over 100,000 employees.

Many businesses thrive on partnership. Even the businesses that are founded by one person require many people in order to take lift. To begin with, there’s no such thing as a market without people. Partnership is a godly principle for spreading the gospel. Philippians 4:14 NTE begins with “but” because it’s a continuation of the popular verse, Philippians 4:13 where Paul says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. Paraphrased, Paul then says “(even though) I can do all things…we can achieve more through partnership”. We do the right thing by entering into partnership.

 
CONFESSION: Lord, I’ll partner with You and spread the gospel to the ends of the earth.

PRAYER: Help me Lord to love the things You love. Help me be passionate about making You famous.

FURTHER READING: Phil 4:13-19, Titus 3:14, Gal 6:6.

TRAIN UP A CHILD

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

May 29, 2017

TRAIN UP A CHILD

Proverbs 22:6 MSG

Point your kids in the right direction — when they’re old they won’t be lost. 

 
The Philosophy of Aristotle was written over 2000 years ago, and some of the sayings of Aristotle remain relevant, not because Aristotle was gifted with wise words, nor because he’s one the most influential figures in Western Philosophy, but because those statements are in line with what the Bible teaches. It was he who said: “Give me a child until he is seven and I will show you the man.” Over a thousand years after, a Christian priest by the name St. Francis Xavier put it this way: “Give me the child until he is seven and I’ll give you the man.”

These wise men were simply echoing the words of Proverbs 22:6. In the NIV, it says “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” When training children, they remember your example (action) more readily than your expressions (words). “To bring up a child in the way he should go – travel that way yourself” (Josh Billings). This is because “Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate.” It’s the God-given responsibility of a parent to “train up a child”.

 
CONFESSION: I will faithfully train up my children. I’m equipped with the right exposure. I’m blessed with the wisdom to be a great parent in the 21st century.

PRAYER: As we point children to You Lord, let them grow into all You had in mind when You made them.

FURTHER READING: Deut 4:9, 11:19, Eph 6:4.

CHILDREN ARE PRODUCTS OF GRACE

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

May 28, 2017

CHILDREN ARE PRODUCTS OF GRACE

Genesis 33:5 NOG

When he saw the women and children, Esau asked, “Who are these people here with you?” “The children Elohim has graciously given me, sir,” Jacob answered.

 
God is a God of grace. The Psalmist thought of God as a sun (Psa 84:11). By far the biggest thing in our solar system is the sun — it takes up 99% of the mass in the Solar System. In fact, the sun in Latin is “sol” from which we have “solar system”. Our calendar is based on our movement around the sun. It’s a colossal star, a ball of fire at the centre of the solar system and at its own centre, the temperature is 15 million °C. To understand the sun’s size, think about this: One million earths can fit into the sun. The sun gives light and warmth and is responsible for the earth’s habitable climate. “For the Lord God is a Sun… He gives grace”.

God gives grace. At their emotional reunion, Jacob told Esau that Elohim “graciously” gave him children. This was actually a reference to grace. In the GNV translation it says: “They are the children whom God (out) of his grace hath given thy servant.” Children are gifts of grace. That same verse in the NLV reads: “They are the children whom God, in His loving-favor, has given your servant.” Children are products of grace.

 
CONFESSION: By grace, our children are taught of the Lord and great is their peace. By grace, they’re exceptional in the earth.

PRAYER: Lord God, thank You for not withholding anything good from me. Thank you for godly children, a heritage from You.

FURTHER READING: Psa 113:9, Mat 21:15-16, 2 Tim 3:14-15.

CHILDREN ARE GOD’S BEST GIFT

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

May 27, 2017

CHILDREN ARE GOD’S BEST GIFT

Psalm 127:3 MSG

Don’t you see that children are God’s best gift? the fruit of the womb his generous legacy?

 
Ever heard the saying: “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth”? It means that you shouldn’t look for faults in a gift you received. In other words, don’t be an ungrateful receiver. Hundreds of years ago, people would have easily understood the expression. It was common to give horses as a gift to a loved one. Looking into the mouth of a horse to observe the teeth was a way of telling the age of the horse.

Just like humans, horses have teeth with different shapes and also start with milk teeth, which give way later to permanent teeth. As a horse grows older, the teeth start pointing forward away from the muzzle. With age, the angle of the jaw and teeth gradually becomes oblique. You could say that the horse looks like it needs braces, rather than bit and bridle! It would be rude to look into the mouth of a gift horse as if you were buying it.

Children are gifts from God. More than that, they are God’s BEST gift. We have babies only because we received them. They run around, rearrange (more like scatter) the house, make noise when they play, but we’ve got to be grateful for their presence. Their presence is a present. God won’t withhold His best from His own. Whether you have them yet or not, thank God for the gift of children. Children are God’s best gift.

 
CONFESSION: I receive godly seed. My children are mighty upon the earth. The generation of the upright shall be blessed. I declare that my children and their children are blessed.

PRAYER: Lord, I receive grace to be a faithful parent who brings up children in the knowledge of the Lord. Thank You for blessing our home.

FURTHER READING: Psa 128:3, 112:2, Mat 19:14.

Happy Children’s Day! 

THAT I MAY KNOW HIM

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

May 26, 2017

THAT I MAY KNOW HIM

Philippians 3:10a AMP

And this, so that I may know Him [experientially, becoming more thoroughly acquainted with Him, understanding the remarkable wonders of His Person more completely] and [in that same way experience] the power of His resurrection [which overflows and is active in believers]

 
The most recent annual top 100 footballers poll by the Guardian was taken in December 2016. It placed Cristiano Ronaldo as the best footballer, with Lionel Messi in second place. Predictably enough, it stirred again the controversy – without a closure – about who’s better, Ronaldo or Messi. Every fan seems to be sure that their position is the right one, and the middle ground is sparsely populated.

Messi is the only player in human history to do a lot of things, and he even appears in the Guinness Book of records. Who’s the only player in history who scored over 40 club goals in 8 consecutive seasons? Messi. Who holds the Guinness World Records title for the most official goals in a calendar year? Messi (91 goals in 2012!) Who’s the first footballer that scored against all teams in a professional league? You’re right: Messi.

Ronaldo is the first and only football player in human history that has scored 60 or more goals in a calendar year…wait for it…FOUR times (with magical moments from 2011 to 2014). He is the only player that has scored over 50 goals in six different (consecutive) seasons. Time and time again, he’s been crowned the best of them all. Whoever you cast your vote for, one thing is clear: these players KNOW football. In the same way, Apostle Paul’s desire and drive was to KNOW Jesus. Winners in the Christian field of play are those who have an insatiable hunger to know Christ.

 
CONFESSION: I will know Jesus more and more in my experience. I’m becoming more thoroughly acquainted with Him. I will understand the remarkable wonders of His Person more completely.

PRAYER: Take me deeper in love with You. Jesus hold me close in Your embrace.

FURTHER READING: Dan 11:32, 2 Tim 2:15, Eph 1:15-17.

Resident Pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, Kwara.