Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” (Gal. 7-9).
READ: Galatians 6:7-9
Apart from telling people that our God is the ultimate leader, leaders must teach their members principles of God’s Kingdom, particularly on giving. Some pastors are shy in doing this for fear of having their intentions misrepresented. You are not the author of the Bible. Never keep Kingdom truths from your people or else, you will deny them opportunities of being blessed. Galatians 6:7 say it is what you sow that you will reap. At the time I became the General Overseer of the RCCG, we were among the poorest people on the face of the earth, because we hardly gave offerings in those days. Then, leaders did not want to teach on giving. The truth is that anyone who refuses to give may never be delivered from begging. If you have become a perpetual beggar, check yourself; it could be that you are defaulting in giving. Besides, the most favorable time to give is during a famine. As difficult as it may sound, sow in your famine season. From experience, I can safely say that God is faithful to His Word as long as you act on it.
When we were about to roof the old auditorium, we had N1000 but needed N16,000 more. Meanwhile, the dormitory being built by the area pastors had equally reached roofing level and they needed N1,000. When the pastor came to ask me for the N1000, I virtually chased him out. He ran out having not seen me in such a mood before. But then the Lord asked me to give him the N1000 I had. Reluctantly, I called him back and handed over the money. However, I felt I had returned to square one. While grumbling over this development, the Lord asked me why I was grumbling, that, after all, there were two problems and I was used to solve one of them. Later that day, a woman came from Port-Harcourt saying that after collecting her rent, the Lord asked her to bring it to me. I prayed for her and she left. On opening the envelope, there was N17,000 in it. If I held back the N1000, I may not have received the N17,000 I urgently needed. Are you holding back the seed that can release your harvest? Don’t be myopic! Look beyond your immediate need; see into the great harvest that is awaiting you and sow to release it.
That seed you are about to sow may be what you need to receive your turn around. Sow, again and again.
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