Friday, November 4, 2016.
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : While he was still talking, a bright cloud came over them: and a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my dearly loved Son, with whom I am well pleased; give ear to him. Matthew 17 : 5 (BBE).
LISTEN : Truly, Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God. Although many still deny this truth and oppose to it today, yet it does not negate the infallible claim that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. You are still doubting the divinity of Jesus Christ because of lack of faith in God. The presence of faith in your life will dissolve your doubts about Christ. Without faith it is impossible to please God; therefore, to walk with Him you must learn to believe His testimony about His Son. No other person, humans or angels ever received the kind of testimony that God gave of Him. Jesus Christ is from above and above all, He came from God and should be acknowledged as such. In St John gospel the bible says, “He that comes from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaks of the earth: he that comes from heaven is above all. And what he has seen and heard, that he testifies; and no man receives his testimony. He that has received his testimony has set to his seal that God is true. For he whom God has sent speaks the words of God: for God gives not the Spirit by measure unto him. The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into his hand.”(John 3 : 31-35). Christ is from above and we all are from the earth; and anyone from the earth will only speak of things of the earth because that is the only thing his mind can comprehend. Without the help of the Spirit of God, it will be difficult to accept Christ as one sent by God.
Friend, are you still struggling with accepting Christ as one sent from God? Until you dissolve the doubt, you cannot accept His message. From where we read, the bible declares that, “And what he has seen and heard, that he testifies; and no man receives his testimony.” Jesus Christ’s message from the Father is true, but people finds it difficult to accept it. Let us not remain in self-induced ignorance. God has given us convincing testimonies about the person of Christ. In the beginning of His earthly ministry, precisely at His baptism, God gave this intriguing testimony about Him, “And Jesus, having been given baptism, straight away went up from the water; and, the heavens opening, he saw the Spirit of God coming down on him as a dove; And a voice came out of heaven, saying, This is my dearly loved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3 16-17). Here God testified that Christ came from Him and He is the delight of His soul. Ultimately, at the close of His (Christ) earthly ministry, God gave a more powerful testimony of Him at the mount of transfiguration – the mountain where He went to pray with His disciples and separated Peter, James and John from the rest. There at the mount, Jesus Christ was transfigured before their very eyes and declared the Son of God whom men should hear – ” …And a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my dearly loved Son, with whom I am well pleased; give ear to him.” (Matthew 17 : 5). Beloved, are you willing to hear Jesus Christ today? Or continue to doubt Him? May God grant you the grace to accept Him in Jesus’ name, amen.
Having read today’s devotional, what are you expected to do?
1. Prayerfully welcome the Spirit of God to help you make the decision of your eternal destiny.
2. Determine to accept and appreciate God’s testimony about Christ as the Son of God.
3. Encourage people around you to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour
4. Grow your faith in Christ and allow God to dissolve your doubts about the person of Christ.
Daily Task : Let us not remain in self-induced ignorance, for God has given us convincing testimonies about the person of Christ both at His baptism and at the mount of transfiguration as the Son of God.
Daily Reflection : No one can claim to serve God without accepting Jesus Christ, for one’s rejection of Jesus Christ equals one’s rejection of God.
Prayer : Almighty God, I thank you for your word today, I accept your testimonies about Your Son Jesus Christ, help me to overcome my doubts and to henceforth accept Him as my Lord and Saviour in Jesus’ name, amen.
Prophetic Word : Today, I prophesy over your life, May God release upon you uncommon wisdom, revelations and insights that will benefit you both in time and eternity, in Jesus’ name.