God of Miracles (Part 2)

I would like to introduce today’s post with a personal testimony. A couple of weeks ago, I was in a tight situation, and needed a breakthrough. Running out on options as the deadline approached, I got anxious and impatient, although I waited upon the Lord in prayer and fasting. Regardless of what I had read and the comforting words of the Holy Spirit, another voice kept telling me how impossible what I wanted to get was. Cutting the long story short, God pulled through the last minute, and He did what He alone can do at His own time.

Many stories have been shared about the great and wondrous works of God. Although it may sound mystical or you may perceive it as a myth, God is still in the business of doing miracles. In actual sense, He does it when He wants to do it for you to show forth His Glory. It makes sense if you understand that “God also bore witness both with signs and wonders, and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will” (Hebrews 2:4). It took me a while to wrap my head around this, but upon meditating on the scripture, one can see the truth in it. Let me elaborate on this a little with how God delivers the Israelites from the Egyptians:

2. God delivers the Israelites in Egypt (Exodus 14)

God came through to deliver the Israelites with His mighty hand. The details of the delivery brings forth signs and wonders to the whole world, and all the nations were afraid of the Israelites. It is well known of the ten plagues that God sent on the Egyptians. God hardened the heart of Pharoah, so that He could wrought His mighty and wondrous works for the world to see. Through that experience, God performs one sign as He totally delivers them:

“And once again I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will chase after you. I have planned this in order to display my glory through Pharaoh and his whole army. After this the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord!” So the Israelites camped there as they were told… And I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they will charge in after the Israelites. My great glory will be displayed through Pharaoh and his troops, his chariots, and his charioteers. When my glory is displayed through them, all Egypt will see my glory and know that I am the Lord!””
‭‭Exodus‬ ‭14:4, 17-18‬ ‭NLT‬‬

God opened the Red Sea for the Israelites to walk on bare foot. He was doing that so that His Glory will be seen. He could have done it as soon as the Israelites got to the Red Sea, but He waited. Come to think of it, how would the Egyptians have see His glory through such a wonder? He waited until it seemed the Israelites were trapped and doomed for execution, and then He pulled the strings. All through this episode of events, God had it in His mind to display His Glory.

Never stand in the way of the Glory of God. All things are created and exist for His pleasure and glory. When God performs a miracle for you, its according to His terms and not yours. We feel impatient when we think God should do what we want according to our terms. That’s not how God works. He does what you need at His own terms, so that others will see that He is Sovereign.

Prayer

I thank you Father for the word I have head today. Thank you for assuring me of Your love and commitment to do what I need. I surrender my all unto You and I ask that let Your glory be revealed through my life. Let all men see You through every life´s situations. We thank you Father for an answered prayer. AMEN!

God is just, so He causes rein to fall for both the righteous and the unrighteous. However, God is not just into the miracles He will do for You and the Glory He gets, He is very much interested in having a relationship with you. Yes, the Glory that He wants seen is to make others come into fellowship with Him. The only way to have fellowship with the Father is to come through Christ. If you will confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in Your heart that God raised Him from the dead, then You shall be saved. Today is the hour and time to receive Jesus into your heart and have an eternal place with Him. If you want to do so, say these prayers after me:

Thank you Father for sending your Son Jesus Christ to die for me. I receive Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. Come and live in my heart that I can have fellowship with the Father. AMEN!

If you have said this prayer after me, welcome to the family of believers. Do find a bible believing and Holy Spirit filled church to fellowship with. God bless you and remain a blessing.

StandOut Ministry International.

God of Miracles (Part 1)

We all need a break for all the struggles we face. There are moments in our life where we feel desperate and are hoping that a miracle comes our way. Not knowing what to do and anticipating the worst, we are most often than not left to the mercies of exhaustion and depression. We have known God for so many things: as being faithful, loving, protecting, amongst many other things. There is one other aspect of God I would like to present to us today: GOD IS A GOD OF MIRACLES.

  1. Feeding 5000 men with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fishes (John 6:1-14)

 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.

John 6:12-13 (NIV)

People troop out to come and listen to Jesus teach, and possibly benefit from his healing campaign. After spending long hours with Jesus, it was night time and Jesus started preparing for ow to take care of the people. At his disposal was five loaves of bread and two fishes. Giving thanks to God, Jesus broke the bread and gave it to the disciples to distribute it to the people. The five loaves and two fishes were more than enough to feed the five thousand men (excluding women and children).

Some few questions that came in mind as I was thinking about this miracle:

  • Who was baking the bread? And when did they start kneading the dough?
  • Who was baking the bread and which oven was able to bake all these bread the people ate?
  • Who transported the bread to the people, since they were far from the city to buy bread?
  • And the question continues…

We can ask so many questions, but one striking thing is that God is a God of miracle. Your questions about the impossibility of the miracle you expect does not in any way limit the power of God to do that. God is willing and able to exceedingly and abundantly above what you are thinking or imagining. All you need to do is to trust God. It is not your place to know how God will pull through, your place is to trust God to do it for you.

God is still in the business of stepping in the affairs of men and pulling strings to give His children a break. All we need to do is to trust God and wait! God bless you and remain a blessing as you believe God to do what He alone can do.

Prayers

I thank You Father for your word I have received today. Thank You for assuring me that You are the God of miracles. I pray that You will grant me the grace to wait on you to fulfil every good thing You have started in my life. This and many other blessings I ask in the name of Christ my Lord. AMEN!

If you want to have an experience with this God of Miracles, you need to have a relationship with Him. To have a relationship with Him, you need to go through Christ Jesus. For He alone is the way, the truth and the life, and no one goes to the Father except through Him. If you want to go through Christ to the Father, say these words after me:

I thank you Father for reaching out to me. A wretched sinner as I am, You have sent your Son to die for my sins and give me the opportunity to be part of your family. I receive Jesus as my Lord and personal savior. I want to have fellowship with You as You reveal yourself more unto me. AMEN!

If you have said these words, welcome to the family of believers. Find a Bible believing and Holy Spirit filled church to be a member of. God bless you for taking this bold step of faith.

StandOut Ministry International.

God of Miracles (Introduction)

After going through a series on pre-requisites for abundance, we will discuss about the God of miracles. God manifests himself in various ways, and undoubtedly He manifests himself as the God of miracles. His every work comes through as miracles unto us. There is no extent to the knowledge of God; He keeps revealing Himself to us. Howbeit, let’s take time to discuss how God reveals Himself as the God of miracles.

This reminds me of a movie I once watched. A young boy found himself on top of a tree, and could not descend. Shouting and crying for help, his father run out to help him out. His father beckoned on him to jump and trust that He will catch him. After contemplating for some few seconds, the young boy thought the distance between his father and him was too far than to trust his father’s suggestion. He then saw a heap of leaves and then decided to jump on it, and he did. Unknown to him, there was a branch of a tree in the heap of leaves. The branch injured his ribs and he almost died.

This story is a reminder that it is God that gives us the abundance. Upon setting ourselves apart for the abundance by discussing the prerequisites of abundance, it is important that we trust God to do what He alone can do (miracles). This is what the Bible says:

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Ephesians 3:20-21 (NKJV)

Don’t fight your way through to get the breakthrough. Trust in the God who has already begun the great work in you. He will accomplish everything that He has started in you. Trust in the Lord and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Prayer

I thank you Father for Your word that I have heard today. Thank you for sustaining me through all I have been through. I pray that You will grant me the grace to continually trust You through all I go through. This and many other blessing I ask in the name of Christ my Lord. AMEN!!!!

If you do not know this man called Jesus, I would like us to have a chance to invite Him into our lives. He is all that we need to survive and be sustained in His will. If you want to receive Jesus as your Lord and savior, kindly say these prayers after me:

I thank you Father for sending Christ Jesus to die for our sins. I receive Christ as my Lord and Savior. Please come into my heart so we can have fellowship together. Thank You for Your presence in my life. AMEN!

If you have said these words after me, kindly find a bible believing and Holy Spirit filled church to fellowship with. May all the grace and peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be your portion as you enjoy the company of other believers. God bless you and remain a blessing.

StandOut Ministry International

Prerequisite for abundance (Part 9)

In one point in our lives, we like to chart our own courses. This was the story of a young man who was due for promotion at his workplace. He had been service as an assistant to the plant manager for well over eight years. He really understood the systems of the company, and was very good at running the plant in the absence of the boss. Although due for a promotion, the plant manager did not want to put in the recommendation for his promotion. He would rather the company hires someone else to be the plant manager of their new branch than sent this young man to the next branch and he will miss his assistant. To the boss, assisting him as the assistance was much better than leaving for another place and possibly do better than He is doing now.

9. Set the full ones away

… Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.

2 Kings 4:4

The prophet Elisha asked her to set aside the full jars of oil. This meant that there should be a clear separation between the matured and the empty ones that still needs filling. There are different capacities for these different positions of jars. Understand that the jars came into the room as empty. But over the period, some of them became full whilst others were still empty. The full ones need are those that have reached to the point where there can be set up for greater responsibilities.

This brings about the concept of division of labor and delegation. As a leader, you stand in the position of influence and managing the resources you have. At every point in your leadership, you must clearly entrust those who are matured with some of the responsibilities that you carry. You may have started the leadership journey with them as empty jars, but then as you build them up through teachings and other leadership trainings, they become full. As a parent, when you spend time to nurture your children and train them in the way they should go, they will become full. When they are matured, try to set them aside and utilize them as full jars and not the empty vessels you knew.

To see the abundance you expect to have, then you must learn to allow those you have trained to take up various responsibilities. It may be difficult at the instant, but you need to still set it aside. God richly bless you and remain a blessing.

Prayer

I thank you Father for Your word that I have heard today. I give you all the glory for it is you alone that I worship. I pray that you will grant me the grace to set aside all the full jars in my life and increase my abundance. Thank you Father in the name of Christ our Lord AMEN!

StandOut Ministry International

Prerequisite for abundance (Part 8)

Two friends, John and Bismark, were given an opportunity to travel for their Master’s degree in Computer engineering in a reputable institution. Getting to their institution, John quickly jumped into his books and focused only on his studies; nothing else mattered. The other friend, Bismark, made time for religious activities, social events, attended parties of friends as well as made time for his books. After their two years of study, they both graduated with honors. However, an opportunity was given for a graduate position in a reputable software company. Going through all the various stages of recruitment, Bismark was given the position. When John asked why he was not chosen, he was told that Bismark’s certificate had some transferable skills the company needed of which he did not have. Bismark had utilized all the resources that were available unto him to get the abundance that He wanted.

8. Utilize all the resources

Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.

2 Kings 4:4b (NIV)

The widow was asked by the prophet Elisha to pour the oil into all the jars and when each one is full, she should set it aside. The empty jars were her potential and capacity to get the abundance. As we learnt in the past series, the amount of empty jars she could get determined how much abundance she could get. After getting those jars, irrespective of the number, she should fill all of them with the little oil that she had. She was to make good use of all her resources that were available unto her.

Many of us waste the resources on things that are not very productive. We waste our time, money and other precious resources on things that does not help us achieve the purpose that God has called us into. There are some who are utilizing it for ‘good’ things, like reading, studying, amongst other things. However, they are utilizing it outside the intended purpose that it was meant for. The widow could have been filling the jars with water instead of oil, and that would not have yielded the abundance it was intended for.

Let us avoid wastages in the use of the resources, especially the leftovers from the abundance. When there is scarcity, we are quick to optimize the little that we have. However, when there is abundance, we tend to waste the leftovers. When Jesus fed the 5000 men and 4000 men (both excluding women and children), He always instructed the disciples to collect the leftovers. We need to develop the culture of avoiding wastages and optimise the use of the resources.

Prayer

I thank you very much for the word You have sent to me today. I am grateful for all the resources You have made available unto me. I pray that You will grant me the grace to utilize the resources You have made available unto me. This and many other blessings I ask in the name of Christ our Lord. AMEN!

If you have not yet received Christ as your Lord and savior, I want to offer you the opportunity to do so. You may not be able to utilize your resources without Jesus, because He sustains all things by the powerful word of His mouth. Do you want to have a fellowship with Him? Say these words after me:

I thank you Father for sending your Son to die for me. I appreciate the free gift salvation that you offer me. I receive Christ Jesus as my Lord and personal savior. Please come and live through and in me as we fellowship together. In Jesus name I have prayed. AMEN!

If you said these words after me, welcome to the family of believers. Do find a Bible believing and Holy Spirit filled church to attend. God bless you and remain a blessing for doing so.

StandOut Ministry International.

Prerequisites for abundance (Part 7)

The social media culture has made us quick tweeters, facebookers, etc. We are very quick to write whatever thing we have been told to do on the social media for our friends to read, comment, like or dislike. Every minute of our 24 hours is written on the tabloids for the world to read and comment on. Don’t get me wrong! I am on facebook, instagram, twitter, whatsApp and I do post and read updates on these handles. But sometimes we need to be quiet for a while on some of the things that are happening around and to us.

This leads us to the seventh prerequisite for abundance. But before we move on, have you had the chance to read the first six parts. If not, these are the links to the six parts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

7. Shut the door with those in your close circles (V 4a)

Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons.

2 Kings 4:4a (NIV)

The widow was instructed by the prophet Elisha to go into her room and shut the door behind her and her sons. Note that it was not everyone she borrowed the vessels from that should have been part of this outpouring of oil experience. They were neighbors that she needed to get the capacity for her abundance, but not necessarily partakers of the abundance spree.

I also love this passage of the Bible from 2 Kings 4:18 -37, and I think you should read it too. When the shunamite woman’s son died, she told everybody it was well until she met the prophet. She even told the apprentice to the prophet that it was well. So many of us would have announced what we are experiencing to the entire world even before God would hear us talk to Him.

A lot of us have missed our miracles because of the people we invited into our closed circles and shared intimate stuff with. They discouraged us, made us feel unworthy and disregarded the instruction that God had given unto us. Paying heed to the voices from them, we have lost focus and faith to receive the abundance God had prepared for us.

Beloved, be quiet for a while. Learn to keep your breakthrough away from the social media and share the testimony in the due time to the glory of God. Don’t be in a rush to spill out your beans. It’s your set time for your miracle, so shut your doors and wait upon the Lord.

Prayer

I thank you Father for Your word I have heard today. I am grateful for the encouragement You bless my day with. I pray that you will grant me the grace to remain silent when I have to. Help me make wise decisions and wait upon you in all circumstances. This and many other blessings I ask in the name of Christ my Lord. AMEN!

If you have not yet received Christ as your Lord and savior, I want to offer you the opportunity to do so. When you shut your doors, you need someone to have fellowship as you await the miracle. Christ is our present help in times of need and a friend who sticks more than a brother. Actually, He is already standing at the door and knocking. Open him so that He can come and dine with you. Do you want to have a fellowship with Him? Say these words after me:

I thank you Father for sending your Son to die for me. I appreciate the free gift salvation that you offer me. I receive Christ Jesus as my Lord and personal savior. Please come and live through and in me as we fellowship together. In Jesus name I have prayed. AMEN!

If you said these words after me, welcome to the family of believers. Do find a Bible believing and Holy Spirit filled church to attend. God bless you and remain a blessing for doing so.

StandOut Ministry International.

Prerequisites of abundance (Part 6)

I remember a story I overhead someone share some time ago. Benjamin was a final year student in a high school. He was always the best in a class of about thirty students. He had maintained his position as the best student for a long time. However, after sitting for their final exams, Abigail topped the whole district as the overall best student to the amazement of the entire school. Abigail was not the kind of person you would book as the cleverest or smartest. She has been slow at learning and understanding the lessons that she had been taught. Her parents had tried various learning disability therapies for her, but to no avail. Then one day, she heard a sermon and the Pastor said, “Have a high expectation, do not give up”. From that moment, she began developing the attitude and mental capacity to get to her dream of becoming a cardiologist. Gradually, she picked up with the help of various online tools. Her parents nor teachers could not see the progress because they had lost hope for to become any better, until the final exams revealed what she had been doing.

6. Have high expectations

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,

Ephesians 3:20 (NIV)

This story brings us to the sixth prerequisite for abundance: we need to have high expectations for what God can do for us. God overdoes what we can think or imagine. That is to mean that if we have the ability to think or perceive something, God can do exceedingly abundantly more than what we have been able to think or imagine. So what should stop of from having high expectations?

The prophet told the woman to go and collect empty vessels, but not a few. Your ability to collect thousands of them determines how much you would get from selling the oil. The amount of “abundance” was dependent on how much empty vessels she could get.

Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few.

2 Kings 4:3 (NIV)

We need to trust God to help us get through the process. In our moment of need, God is there to help us us. Keep that mental agility that God is there to help you through. Have high expectations, for our God is willing and able to do exceedingly and abundantly more than we can think or imagine. He will do it for you!

Prayer

Thank you Lord for Your word that I have heard today. Thank you that you are with me and helping me through life’s challenges. I am eternally grateful unto you. I pray that you will grant me the grace to keep the bigger picture in mind and not lose faith in what you are doing in my life. This and many other blessings I ask in the name of Christ our Lord. AMEN!

To be able to enjoy this exceeding and abundant provision, you must have a relationship with Christ. He is the source of all of the provisions, and remember that God does the exceedingly and abundantly according to the power that is at work within you. What power is in you? Today I suggest the Holy Spirit for you, but you cannot have Him without receiving Christ as your Lord and savior. If you want to do so, say these words after me:

I thank you Father for sending Your Son Christ Jesus to die for me. I believe that Christ died for my sins, was buried and resurrected that I may have eternal life and a relationship with You. I receive Christ as my Lord and personal Savior. Please come into my heart and make me new. I long to have fellowship with you. AMEN!

If you have said these words after me, congratulations for joining the fold of believers. Find a Bible believing and Holy Spirit filled church and fellowship with. God bless you and remain a blessing for doing so.

StandOut Ministry International.

Prerequisites of Abundance (Part 5)

Tony set off for a job interview at a prestigious bank. Running late for the meeting, he picked a taxi so he could reach early. In the taxi, he met an old man who recalled him from a previous encounter they had, but the old man kept quiet. Getting off in front of the bank, he hurriedly paid off the driver with a little tip and sped off into the hall. Upon reaching the front desk, he was informed by the secretary that his time slot was past. Heartbroken by such a dispiriting experience, he was met by the security man at the entrance with a gasping smile. Tony, intrigued by such encounter, sheepishly greeted the security man. He then held Tony’s hand tightly and kept thanking him for his help during his days in the shelter. After some few minutes of conversation, the security man led him to the CEO and made recommendations about the guy and why he should be given the chance for the appointment. Fast forward, Tony got the job.

5. Build relationships

Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few.

2 Kings 4:3 (NIV)

This story in our introduction highlights the importance of neighbors and relationships. We do not live in an island, independent of everyone else. Therefore it is expedient that we build relationships and networks that can help us achieve the purpose that God has given to us.

When the widow went to see Elisha, he asked her to go to her neighbors and borrow vessels. Think for a minute, what would have happened if the women had a straining relationship with her neighbors? What if she had always picked quarrels with her friends, ignored them in their times of need and even refused to have fellowship with them by attending their parties and funerals? It may seem trivial, you may say, but it is in times of need that you will appreciate the gift of relationships.

Moreover, you do not have the entire knowledge in the world. You would have to pick some wisdom nuggets from a few people. You could read about them, but establishing relationships with them will serve as a critical tool to drawing deeper in depth knowledge that you could receive from afar. Let’s learn to build relationships. How do you start, you may ask? Start by reading this book, “How to win friends and influence people” by Dale Carnegie.

Prayer

I thank you Father for your word that I have heard today. I thank you for your grace that is more than sufficient unto me. I pray that you will grant me the grace to excel at building friendships and connections. I thank you for the grace to do better at keeping friendships to fulfil your purpose and pleasure. This and many other blessings we ask in the name of Christ our Lord. AMEN.

If you do not have a relationship with Christ, I would like to give you the chance to accept Christ as your Lord and savior. He is our present help in times of need and he sticks closer than a brother. He is the first person you need if you have to build relationships. If you are willing to take Christ as your friend, say these words after me:

I thank you Father for sending Your son Christ Jesus to die for me. I believe that Christ died, was buried and He arose for me, so that we can have a relationship. I receive Christ as my Lord and personal savior. Come live in me and have fellowship together. AMEN!

If you have this prayer after me, find a Bible believing and Holy Spirit filled church to fellowship with. God bless you and remain a blessing for doing this.

StandOut Ministry International

Prerequisite for abundance (Part 4)

The series is getting interesting by the day. I do hope you have read the first three parts: Part One, part two and part three. We have been discussing some essential elements to take note if you want to see abundance amidst the scarcity you have. Many a times we want our situations to change in a minute or second. We quickly want to look out for help from man. To our utmost surprise, the people who promised us are amongst the first to disappoint us. Sincerely, some of them do have genuine reasons why they cannot help you, and it’s no fault of them. After you have identified your needs and not your wants, identified your resources and willing to obey the instructions, you then need to build capacity to sustain the abundance.

4. Borrow more vessels

Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few.

2 Kings 4:3 (NIV)

As I was writing this booster, I kept wondering why Elisha asked the woman to borrow empty vessels and not jars of oil. I think it was because the women needed capacity to sustain the abundance that is about to come to her.

Before God releases his blessings, He prepares you to develop the capacity to sustain the blessing that is about to come. Moreover, the amount of vessels you can borrow determines how much abundance of oil you can get. Many of us are quick to borrow jars of oil and this leads us to much poverty. We are quick to borrow money and other material resources to get what we need, instead of developing the capacity to sustain the abundance that is about to get to you. Don’t get me wrong, there are some instances that you may be directed to borrow some of these resources, it is God that works in His own ways. However, God always develops our capacity to sustain the abundance He is about to send out way.

You have been seeking to start a company with the little money you have. You may be struggling to sustain the company that you just started. It may even be that you are currently struggling with your academics and your grades seem to be poorer than expected. You eagerly yearn to see growth in your life. Then it’s time for you to build capacity to host that increase. Start by investing your time into studying and reading about what can help you host that abundance. Get in touch with other people who can help you achieve the vision you need. God has provided us with these helps to prepare us to host the abundance He is sending our way.

Prayer

I thank you very much for your word that I have heard today. Thank you for the abundance you are sending my way. I pray that You will help me build the capacity to host the abundance you are sending my way. I subject my will and way to Yours. Come and have Your own way in my life. This and many other blessings I ask in the name of Christ my Lord. Amen!!

If you have not yet received Christ, you have the opportunity to do so. Just pray with me by saying these words aloud:

I thank you Jesus for dying to save a sinner like me. I receive you as my Lord and personal savior. Please come and stay in my heart as we fellowship together. I surrender my will and everything unto you. AMEN!

If you have said these prayers after me, please do find a Bible believing and Holy Spirit filled church to fellowship with. God bless you for taking that step of faith to walk with Christ.

StandOut Ministry International

Prerequisite for Abundance (Part 3)

God richly bless you for joining us in our series. We do hope that you are being blessed. We all face some inadequacies one moment in our lives. In such moments, hope seems to be lost and depression and despair sets in. I must admit that you are not the only in a sort of rollacosta in your life. We all have our share of turmoils, but in different degrees and times. What we go through as believers is in proportion to the grace that God has made available unto us (1 Corinthians 10:13).

We have looked at two prerequisites for abundance. You must identify your needs and not wants and also identify the resources that you have. Today we will move forward to the third prerequisite of abundance.

3. Obey the directions

Every multiplication requires directions to follow. These directions can be from the scripture, the Holy Spirit or through any vessel sent by God. The directions come to align you in the right knowledge and wisdom that can get you to the already prepared state God has for you. The directions would never ask you to do anything contrary to the instructions of God and what He says in His word.

Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.”

2 Kings 4:3-4 (NIV)

The instructions you may receive will not make sense to the human. Logically, it will defy all the human reasonings and calculations. In such times, God still releases such instructions for us to walk in faith and see His hand. Although you have your last flour and oil, he may instruct you to bake bread for His servant and you will never experience shortage. Really? I’m going to gather sticks and prepare the last mean for my son and I to have our last supper, and here you are asking me to give that last meal (Ref: 1 Kings 17:8-16). It seems harsh to tell a people who are working hard to build their houses after they have been in exile to bring the their tithe (a tenth of what they earn) and offerings to your house so that they shall be abundance of food there (Malachi 1 -3).

However, the promise attached becomes a reality when the instruction is followed. No matter how difficult it is, the Lord shall still fulfil His word that He has sent to you if you can only obey the instruction. Start by being faithful in your tithe and offerings, and pa heed to his instructions to help the poor and the needy. Being selfless to do God’s will sets you up for abundance.

Prayer

I thank you Lord for your word that I have heard today. I pray that you will grant me the grace to obey your commands that you give me. This and many other blessings I ask in the name of Christ my Lord. AMEN!

If you have not yet received Christ, you have the opportunity to do so. Just pray with me by saying these words aloud:

I thank you Jesus for dying to save a sinner like me. I receive you as my Lord and personal savior. Please come and stay in my heart as we fellowship together. I surrender my will and everything unto you. AMEN!

If you have said these prayers after me, please do find a Bible believing and Holy Spirit filled church to fellowship with. God bless you for taking that step of faith to walk with Christ.

StandOut Ministry International