Reap What you did not Sow

THE WORD SIROCCO
Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Month Theme: The Jubilee

Topic: Reap What you did not Sow

Scripture Reading: Ruth 1-4; Leviticus 25:8-13

Main Text:
Leviticus 25:11
11 A jubilee shall that fiftieth year be unto you: ye shall not sow, neither reap that which groweth of itself in it, nor gather the grapes in it of thy vine undressed.

Although God had great plans for Naomi, she was still in doubt when she arrived in Israel. Naomi used her bitter experiences in the land of Moab to literally write a script of God’s dealings with her. She renamed herself, “Mara”, to reflect the hardship she had gone through as a widow who had lost her husband and sons.

Naomi was practically inconsolable (Ruth 1:6-7, 19-22). The news that the LORD had visited Israel by giving them bread did not change her confessions – she was unrepentantly negative. The name, “Naomi”, means pleasant, agreeable, delight, suitable, grace, beauty and splendour whereas “Mara”, means bitter and discontented.

It was Naomi’s Jubilee and nothing could stop her from being blessed. Her daughter-in-law Ruth went into the fields of Boaz, a member of her late husband Elimelech’s family, to reap grain that had been left behind by the reapers – Naomi, through Ruth reaped where she had not sown. The LORD graciously blessed them with food to keep them alive – it was their Jubilee. They returned to the land to harvest what they had not sown (Ruth 2:1-3).

Prayer: Pray that by the mercy of God, you’ll harvest what these difficult times prevented you from sowing.

Recommended Reading:
“The Jubilee” by Eastwood Anaba
( Find e-books at http://www.amazon.com)
http://www.eastwoodanaba.com

Obtaining God’s Mercy

THE WORD SIROCCO
Sunday, April 26, 2020

Month Theme: The Jubilee

Topic: Obtaining God’s Mercy

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 4:1-16; Leviticus 25:8-13

Main Text:
Leviticus 25:11
11 A jubilee shall that fiftieth year be unto you: ye shall not sow, neither reap that which groweth of itself in it, nor gather the grapes in it of thy vine undressed.

The Jubilee is a season for obtaining God’s mercies. We receive things we may not deserve. In Israel, prior to the Jubilee some people owed money they could not pay and either gave their properties away or sold themselves into slavery. Their state of bondage or indebtedness was therefore partly their fault.

Nevertheless, during the Jubilee God showed them mercy by returning their possessions to them. The Gospel of Jesus Christ opens the door for sinners and slaves of satan to obtain mercy. We have a great High Priest who can identify with our weaknesses and show us mercy (Hebrews 4:14-16).

Life’s negative experiences can cause us to become used to being denied God’s blessings. These experiences push us to believe that God is indifferent to our sufferings. We also think that God uses harsh circumstances to teach us lessons. It is imperative for us to discount our past experiences and seek fresh encounters with God during the Jubilee. A great welcome awaits us on the other side. The Word of God is our best teacher, not our life experiences. If the Word of God cannot teach and empower us to live right, human suffering may not succeed either.

Prayer: Pray that the negative experiences you’ve had in life will not prevent you from enjoying your jubilee.

Recommended Reading:
“The Jubilee” by Eastwood Anaba
( Find e-books at http://www.amazon.com)
http://www.eastwoodanaba.com

LISTEN! BY BISHOP DAG HEWARD-MILLS

25th April 2020

READ: 2 Timothy 1:7-14

“Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.” – 2 Timothy 1:13

I teach my disciples to listen to messages I have preached for several reasons. Many of these reasons are solidly based on the Scriptures and also on common sense.

I would recommend this to anyone who wants to do well in the ministry.

There is a clever accusation that seeks to ridicule this spiritually beautiful exercise of listening to messages of the leader. Rebellious men who want to leave should just leave without bothering to attack things they don’t understand.

I encourage pastors to listen to my messages in order to learn how to preach. “That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises” (Hebrews 6:12).

Listen to messages as a resource material that you can use to give you stuff to preach. Pastors have to preach many messages all the time and it is always a blessing to have a resource. The preaching and teaching messages of other ministers have been my greatest blessing and a source of inspiration.

Paul asked Timothy to listen to his messages and repeat them. “Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:1-2).

Faith for the Jubilee

THE WORD SIROCCO
Saturday, April 25, 2020

Month Theme: The Jubilee

Topic: Faith for the Jubilee

Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 18:41-46; Leviticus 25:8-13

Main Text:
Leviticus 25:11
11 A jubilee shall that fiftieth year be unto you: ye shall not sow, neither reap that which groweth of itself in it, nor gather the grapes in it of thy vine undressed.

The prophet Elijah heard the sound of an abundance of rain when there were no clouds in the sky. He directed King Ahab to eat and drink though the rain had not yet fallen (1 Kings 18:41-46). The prophet was sure about the rain without any physical evidence.

He was so sure it was going to rain that he made his servant check for clouds several times. Finally, the sight of a little cloud was enough to propel the prophet to tell King Ahab to ride to Jezreel before the rain stopped him. Elijah declared the abundance of rain by faith, his servant obeyed his instructions by faith and the king rode to Jezreel because he believed the prophet’s word.

The sound of Jubilee is a blessing from God. Nevertheless, we are expected to make a move in the right direction when we hear it – faith is the requirement for experiencing the Jubilee. We must not remain stationary when the Jubilee is announced.

Prayer: Pray that your faith will not fail.

Recommended Reading:
“The Jubilee” by Eastwood Anaba
( Find e-books at http://www.amazon.com)
http://www.eastwoodanaba.com

Respond to the Jubilee

THE WORD SIROCCO
Friday, April 24, 2020

Month Theme: The Jubilee

Topic: Respond to the Jubilee

Scripture Reading: Leviticus 25:8-13

Main Text:
Leviticus 25:11
11 A jubilee shall that fiftieth year be unto you: ye shall not sow, neither reap that which groweth of itself in it, nor gather the grapes in it of thy vine undressed.

The first advent of Jesus Christ to the world and the preaching of the Gospel in the Church age give rest to our spirits and souls. God the Father delivered all things to the Son during this age of spiritual Jubilee and the Son has ushered us into His blessings and rest. Jesus Christ invited those who “laboured and were heavy laden” to come to Him for rest to their souls (Matthew 11:25-30). They responded to His invitation by faith.

During the earthly days of Jesus Christ, He ushered His disciples into the Jubilee by inviting them to believe in Him so that the water of the Holy Ghost would flow out of their bellies (John 7:37-39). He issued this invitation by crying out on the last day of the feast of tabernacles. This was probably the eighth day of the feast when special prayers were dedicated to the nation Israel. At a certain point during the ceremony water from the pool of Siloam was poured out at the altar to signify the flow of the Holy Ghost.

It was likely that Jesus Christ cried out when the water was being poured out, to direct the people to the water of the Holy Ghost He had come to give them. Jesus Christ stated categorically that those who believe in Him would receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Faith is the condition for receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. Jesus Christ’s cry was like sounding the Jubilee trumpet. We must not remain stationary when the Jubilee is announced.

Prayer: Pray that your spirit will be sensitive to respond to your Jubilee.

Recommended Reading:
“The Jubilee” by Eastwood Anaba
(Find e-books at http://www.amazon.com)
http://www.eastwoodanaba.com

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