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OPEN HEAVEN DAILY DEVOTIONAL

DATE: MONDAY 23 JANUARY 2017

THEME: AFTER SOWING, DON’T SLEEP

Memorise:

For
as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not
thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that
it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: Isaiah 55:10

Read: Genesis 15:5-18

5
And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and
tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So
shall thy seed be.

6 And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

7 And he said unto him, I am the Lord that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.

8 And he said, Lord God, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?

9
And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she
goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove,
and a young pigeon.

10 And he took unto him all these, and
divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but
the birds divided he not.

11 And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away.

12 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.

13
And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a
stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they
shall afflict them four hundred years;

14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.

15 And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.

16 But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

17
And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark,
behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those
pieces.

18 In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram,
saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt
unto the great river, the river Euphrates:

Message

When
our Lord Jesus Christ walked the earth, in several of His parables, He
used the principles of farming to teach His disciples about how God’s
Kingdom operates. It is therefore important for us to apply the
knowledge of farming principles in our quest to obtain a good harvest
from God’s Kingdom. Isaiah 55:10 gives us some insight in this regard.

“For
as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not
thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that
it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:”

From
this verse of Scripture, we understand that God is the One who gives
seed to the sower. He gives you seed, and He expects you to sow it.
Never eat your seed! Even physical seeds usually taste bitter or
unpalatable to the taste buds because they were not designed to be eaten
in the first place. May God give you the grace to sow all the seeds you
need to sow in order to generate your desired harvests!

Besides
giving the sower seed, God also gives the eater bread. There is food for
the eater and seed for the sower. After sowing, God expects you to
water the seed. Don’t go to sleep after sowing your seed – get ready for
some really hard work. As a farmer’s son, I can tell you a few things
about farming. Before you can even sow, you have to clear the ground and
build heaps. After sowing, you have to do some weeding. As your seed is
germinating, weeds will begin to grow alongside; you have to get rid of
these. While it may be easy to sow, it is not easy to weed. One fellow
can sow on a vast expanse of land, but it will be very difficult for the
same fellow to clear that land all by himself. To obtain a quality
harvest, God expects you to follow sound farming principles. Learn from
the farmer! Not every harvest is meant for the stomach. Some must be
kept aside for the next planting season. After you have sown your seed,
water it with prayer, fasting and thanksgiving. After Abraham offered a
sacrifice to God, he did not go to sleep. He stood there watching,
waiting for God to receive it. While he waited, he saw some birds
descending on his sacrifice in order to destroy it. He drove them away
and thereafter the fire fell. You can weed your spiritual farm after
sowing seeds by living righteously before God. The devil will come
craftily to introduce tares of sin into your life so as to destroy your
harvest. Hence, after sowing, you must remain holy, prayerful, thankful
and completely obedient in order to enter into your harvest.

Key Point:

If you sleep after sowing a seed, your harvest may be a disappointment. Watch over your seed prayerfully.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Mark 15-16 and Isaiah 19:16-20:6

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

HYMN 10: THERE SHALL BE SHOWER OF BLESSING
1. There shall be showers of blessing:
This is the promise of love;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
Sent from the Savior above.

[Chorus]
Showers of blessing,
Showers of blessing we need:
Mercy drops round us are falling,
But for the showers we plead.

2. There shall be showers of blessing–
Precious reviving again;
Over the hills and the valleys,
Sound of abundance of rain.

[Chorus]

3. There shall be showers of blessing:
Send them upon us, O Lord;
Grant to us now a refreshing;
Come, and now honor Thy Word.

[Chorus]

4. There shall be showers of blessing:
Oh, that today they might fall,
Now as to God we’re confessing,
Now as on Jesus we call!

[Chorus]

Prayer Points on Today’s Open Heavens, ( Monday, January 23rd, 2017) – AFTER SOWING DON’T SLEEP

1.Thank you Father, for all the seeds you have put into my hands, to sow, in cash and in kind, into your kingdom.

2.Father, in anyway, l have fallen short of your glory, have mercy and forgive me.

3.Father, give me the grace to cultivate the habit of sowing bountifully, that, l may also, reap bountifully.

4.Father, let all the seeds that l have sown into your kingdom, fall on fertile grounds, and be acceptable unto you.

5.Father,
after sowing, please, give me the grace to weed and water my seeds, by
living holy, being prayerful, thankful and walking in obedience.

6.Father, let me never fall into the temptation of eating the seeds, that come, with the fruits of my harvest, in Jesus’ name.

7.Father, let the seeds that l will sow, into your kingdom, begin to flow into my hands, in Jesus’ name.

8.Father, help me to identify and sow my seeds on good grounds, that will ensure good harvest, in Jesus’ name.

9.Father,
let every plan of Satan to sow tares of sin into my life, in order to
destroy my harvest, be frustrated, in Jesus’ name.

10.Father, contend with, and paralyse, every power, working against my entering into my harvest.

11.I
decree that l shall not labour in vain; l shall not sow, for another to
reapt; and, l shall enjoy the fruits of my labours, in Jesus’ name.

12.Your Personal Petitions. (Phil 4:6)
13.In Jesus name I pray.(John 15:16)
14.Thank you Father for answered prayers. (1 Thes 5:18).
#GodBlessOurNation

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