Topic: The Widow Of Zarephath
Fire Scripture: 2 Cor. 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
Matt. 10:42 – “And whosoever shall give to … into 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 loose his reward.”
MFM Daily Devotional 20th July 2021 OUTLINE
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” (Lk. 16:38). 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 (Lk. 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 (Mal.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 this life (Mk. 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.
No one has ever become poor by giving.
As you place your trust in the Lord, you will not lack good things in your life, in the name of Jesus.
HYMN: Now Thank We All Our
1. Now thank we all our God With heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things hath done, In whom His world rejoices;
Who, from our mother’s arms, Hath blest us on our way
With countless gifts of love, And still is ours today.
2. O may this bounteous God Through all our life be near us,
With everjoyful hearts And blessed peace to cheer us;
And keep us in His grace, And guide us when perplexed,
And free us from all ills In this world and the next.
3. All praise and thanks to God The Father now be given,
The Son, and Him who reigns With them in highest heaven,
The one eternal God, Whom earth and heav’n adore,
For thus it was, is now, And shall be evermore.
1. Lord, give me the spirit of obedience to Your word, in the name of Jesus Christ.
2. Lord, prosper me in all good things I lay my hand upon in life, in the name of Jesus Christ.
3. Holy Spirit, teach me the wisdom of giving and receiving, in the name of Jesus Christ
4. I open up my life to the spirit of generosity, in the name of Jesus Christ.
5. O Lord, water my giving and make it fruitful, in the name of Jesus Christ.
6. Powers attacking my staff of bread, die now, in the name of Jesus Christ.
7. O Lord, make me a living and acceptable sacrifice unto You, in the name of Jesus Christ.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalm 119
MFM Daily Devotional 20th July 2021. The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) is a Pentecostal denomination founded in Yaba, Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria in 1989, now with churches in several countries. It was founded by Daniel Kolawole Olukoya