Topic: Live A Life Of Sacrifice Daily Devotional by Dr. Mike Okonkwo [Monday January 08, 2018].
Scripture: “And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.” (Genesis 22:2 (KJV).
The scriptures tell us that Abraham was asked of God to sacrifice his son Isaac, and immediately he made arrangements to offer his son. That was a huge demand placed on Abraham and yet he obeyed. The question is why did Abraham go to that length? Abraham saw beyond the gift. He saw the giver of the gift, and he knew the giver could give him much more. Oftentimes we are concerned about our gifts and fail to realise that no man can out give God. God, in response to Abraham’s sacrifice, God said, now I know that you truly love Me and therefore, in blessing I will bless you and in multiplication, I will multiply you; I will so much bless you that your seed will possess the gates of your enemies.
Beloved, if you want to activate that level of blessing in your life, you must be ready to live a life of sacrifice. Yes, it may not be convenient, but when you think of the goodness of God upon your life, your act of sacrifice becomes a natural response. When you think of how much grace He has lavished on you, your response to Him can only be to give back out of the abundance He has given you. I challenge you today to cultivate a heart of sacrifice. Learn to give when the opportunity arises. Don’t grumble or murmur or rule out yourself because things appear tough for you. Sow your seeds cheerfully and you will experience the abundance that comes from the throne of grace. For God loves a cheerful giver.
As you continually live a life of sacrifice, I declare that God will meet you at the very point of your needs and fill your mouth with good things. No more empty meal barrel! No more scratching the surface in your life! Abundance is your portion.
Further Reading: Genesis 22:1-18, Psalm 126:5
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Gen 20, 21, 22 / Evening- Matt: 6:19-34
Written by Dr. Mike Okonkwo; Is the Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM); a versatile man of God with over 30 years of dedicated service unto the Lord.