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Cyber Daily Devotion
Volume 21 Number 098
Today’s Author: Pastor Bill
Scripture: Isaiah 52:7
“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” NKJV
Hello, my name is Duncan O’Gorman, I am a Farm Manager near Greytown in Kwa Zulu Natal, the breadbasket of South Africa. I grew up in challenging circumstances as my parents divorced when I was quite young. They both remarried and ultimately I was the 2nd youngest of 7 children with 2 half-sisters, 2 stepbrothers and 2 stepsisters.
My mom always made a way for us to be in church. But it wasn’t until I was twenty years old that all the Christianity pieces fell into place. Prayer, the Bible and endearing friends in church were very supportive to my learning the ways of a Christian.
I led a friend to Jesus who was determined to become baptized. I never felt the unction, but I was happy for him and wanted to be there when he was baptized. I dressed for church in the morning and on the way I sensed the Lord saying, “You too!” I thought, “they are not ready for me to do this.” But I left the door open that if they invited anyone in the congregation to join in I’d be all in.
The preacher was speaking of Baptism for those who had been prepared as my friend was. Then he asked, “anyone in the church who wants to join them come up here.” I was the first one out of my seat. It was my time to publicly tell everyone, “I’m a Christ follower, I’m a Christian.”
My life came together at that moment and while the others were prepared with swimsuits on — I used clothing provided by the church and jumped in when my name was called! Hallelujah!
My life changed — patience engulfed me — fruits of the spirit captured me — wisdom overtook me. My identity became one with Christ. The years of suffering through the battles with my parents gave way to love, respect and peace. My name Duncan means warrior and intercession became my communication with the Lord.
I looked up the mountain and saw a spot that overlooked our far reaching valley. I drove up there and found a large rock. This spot became the site of my intercession, right there on top of the mountain overlooking the entire valley. Here I spent my time in prayer to the Lord leaning His things, His ways and His directions. I scratched a white colored Cross into the rock.
Today we planted a Cross at that spot. And at the foot of the Cross “FIRE IN THE HOLE” we placed that rock. Now from wherever I am in the valley I look up and can see the Cross. The Lord be Glorified!
My Favorite Bible Verse is 1 John 5:5 “Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” NKJV
I dreamed of marrying a woman who did not smoke. Interesting — because I did. I was praying at the rock one day and I reached for a cigarette. There was one left. The Lord whispered in my ear, “Let me help you quit. Don’t take that.” Immediately I was flooded with the hypocrisy of wanting a wife who did not smoke while smoking myself. The strength of the Lord helped me and now I’m smoke free.
The Lord has spoken wisdom to me while on Cross Rock Mountain. Very clearly he told me, “What you have and see belongs to Me, not you. You are my appointed steward.
Another time the Lord was teaching me about giving and tithing. He was again very revealing: Buying and Selling is Satan’s Way — Giving and Receiving is My Way.
One day on Cross Rock Mountain the Lord called me a first-generation farmer. It was true. No one in my family was ever in farming before me. Then He whispered my life MOTTO: FAITH first — FAMILY Second — FARMING Third. Then he added FINANCES. Now He helps me make daily decisions.
The Cross means to me that in life we all go through the process of spiritual change. But it’s not until we understand the significance of the Cross in our life that signs, wonders and miracles will follow.
This Cross planted today, on this mountain, overlooking the valley shouts to everyone who is willing to listen: FARMING TO THE GLORY OF GOD!
“Working on a South African farm is the country’s most dangerous occupation, with twice as many farm workers killed as police officers.
According to Telegraph.co.uk working on a South African farm is the country’s most dangerous occupation. Currently there is a struggle in South Africa over the land of the farmers. There have been calls from politicians to remove the farmers from their land, without compensation, and return it to the original African Tribe. The dispute goes all the way back to the original European settlers about the same time as the Mayflower entered the area of Plymouth Rock in North America in the 1600’s.”
The Lord gave me (Pastor Bill) a dream about this situation last year while in South Africa. In my dream I saw the Cross as protection for the land and the farmers. I saw Crosses planted all throughout South Africa on the farms “Giving God Glory for their protection, safety and their land.”
This year we had no Cross to be planted on a farm until we had a postponement for Cross number 0254. This Cross was unexpectedly moved to next year. Which left us with an extra Cross the night before it was to be planted. Our South African Cross planter, Hans, had recently been contacted by Farm Manager Duncan asking for a Cross on his Cross Rock Mountain. 11:00 PM Hans left a message by phone for Duncan saying we have a Cross.
At midnight the Lord woke Duncan up — he sensed the need to switch on his phone. He did and when he heard the message began immediately to prepare for his Cross the next morning. At 10:00 AM 2/22/2020 we planted our first — of what we believe will be many farm Crosses across South Africa — as the farmers turn to the Lord for their protection, safety and preservation of their land.
Please stand in prayer with us for the nation of South Africa that there will be a positive outcome to this struggle that will Give God Glory for such a time as this. pb