Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional 20 July 2021 By Dr. D.K Olukoya – The Widow Of Zarephath
TOPIC: The Widow Of Zarephath (Mountain Of Fire and Miracle Ministries, MFM Devotional 20 July 2021)
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalms 119
FIRE SCRIPTURE: 2 Corinthians 9:6-11
6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.
10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)
11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.
MEMORY VERSE: “And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.” – Matthew 10:42
No one has ever become poor by giving.
PRAISE WORSHIP: Take a worship song as led by the Holy Spirit
PROPHETIC WORD FOR TODAY:
AS YOU PLACE YOUR TRUST IN THE LORD, YOU WILL NOT LACK GOOD THINGS IN YOUR LIFE, IN THE NAME OF JESUS.
The widow of Zarephath did not only step out in faith, she also gave all she had. Imagine what she and her son were passing through when Elijah met her and came up with his request. She was a widow and also a victim of a widespread famine. She faced the reality of her death with her son. She was there at the city gate gathering sticks to prepare her last and final meal with her son and then die.
Assuming you find yourself in such situation and a stranger just walked up to you to make such a demand that Elijah made, what would have been your reaction and response? What this widow did showed something about her: she was an unselfish or generous giver. All what God asked from you before the miraculous, is your response of faith (1 Kings 17:11-12a). When God asks you to give, He gives a promise: “Give and it shall be given unto you” (Luke 6:38).
The instruction was for her to provide water and bread for the prophet first. She obeyed and got the miracle of continuous flow of flour and oil (1 Kings 17:11-13). Take God at His word. Give Him your best and you will never lack. You will always receive much more than you give in return (Luke 6:38).
If you give, it will not just come back to you, but it will be given with bonus and blessings. Generosity begets generosity (Malachi 3:10-11). God promised that when you give, you will not only enjoy the promises here on earth but also a future life with Him. Jesus told the disciples that anyone who gives up something valuable for His sake will be repaid a hundred times over in his life (Mark 10:29-30). The widow gave Elijah a single meal and God gave her three years of food back. Whatever you give to God is not a loss but an investment. God will surely multiply it back to you.
Giving is an act of faith. God’s grace is extended to you all the time when you give. Beloved, learn valuable lessons from the widow of Zarephath and emulate her! Give your life to God first and your other gifts will be acceptable to Him and rewarded by Him.
- Lord, give me the spirit of obedience to Your word, in the name of Jesus Christ.
- Lord, prosper me in all good things I lay my hand upon in life, in the name of Jesus Christ.
- Holy Spirit, teach me the wisdom of giving and receiving, in the name of Jesus Christ.
- I open up my life to the spirit of generosity, in the name of Jesus Christ.
- O Lord, water my giving and make me fruitful, in the name of Jesus Christ.
- Powers attacking my staff of bread, die now, in the name of Jesus Christ.
- O Lord, make me a living and acceptable sacrifice unto You, in the name of Jesus Christ.
MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE is a daily devotional by Dr. D.K Olukoya (General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries, Worldwide)
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