Sunday, February 18, 2018
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months until the harvest?’ Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes and see the fields, that they are white for harvest already. John 4 : 35
LISTEN: Naturally, after planting season comes harvest. Harvest is the season when crops are gathered from the fields, or the activity of gathering crops. The harvest here is evangelism and soul winning. We are to gather people who should be saved to God not crops. Harvest may be delayed or hastened depending on the situation surrounding what is to be harvested. So, because of the reality of hell and the uncertainties of life, soul winning and evangelism ought to be carried out with utmost urgency because people die and go to hell everyday. Death is to life what flood is to crops; and where there is no urgency to a critical situation, what could be saved could be lost. We harvest to gain from what was planted. In the same way, Jesus Christ through His precious blood sowed the seed of life by the gospel. His sacrificial death on the cross was the seed planted to reap mankind to God. Therefore, we are to go to all parts of the world to bring harvest of souls through the gospel to Him. Christ Jesus is the sower and we are fellow labourers with Him. (2Corinthians 6 : 1). But until we have His mind of urgency towards the gospel and love for the unsaved, we will neglect them (unsaved) to perish in their ignorance and eventually end in hell. Beloved, how serious have you been with the gospel lately? Do you know that the gospel demands urgency? Therefore, if you are saved please preach the gospel; if you are unsaved accept the gospel, for a good reward awaits every obedient and faithful soul winner and lover of the gospel of the Kingdom. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Be urgent with the gospel of Christ because it demands urgency.
2. Strive to fulfill your Christian obligation to the gospel of Christ no matter what.
3. Labour painstakingly for the gospel of Christ, knowing that your reward awaits you.
4. Preach the gospel and stop all forms of procrastination and lazy attitude to it.
Daily Prayer: Almighty God, I thank you because Jesus died to save me through the gospel. Therefore, help me to spread the gospel to others, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Task: Beloved, Joyfully preach the gospel of Christ at all times and do not be satisfied until you have done the will of God.
Daily Reflection: Until we have Jesus’s mind of urgency towards the gospel and love for the unsaved, we will neglect them to perish in their ignorance and eventually end in hell.
Daily Quote: “Death is to life what flood is to crops; and where there is no urgency to a critical situation, what could be saved could be lost.”
Today In History: February 18, 1907 600,000 tons of grain are sent to Russia to relieve the famine there.
Say This: Today, I confess that Jesus Christ died to save me from the power of death. Therefore, I will spread the message of His death and promise of eternal life, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may the Lord bless you. May the Lord save you from the power of death and enable you to preach the gospel of the kingdom to the unsaved, in Jesus’ name.
Stunning Fact: Did you know Mount Everest is 8.9km (5.5 miles) high?