Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Author: Bishop Juliu Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Now those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also behave in accordance with the Spirit. Galatians 5 : 24 , 25
LISTEN: Christians belong to Christ, therefore should pursue His purpose. Jesus Christ was crucified because of our sins and redemption, leaving us an example of suffering for His name. He wants us to live differently from the people of the world who does not know God. He wants us to show the gospel light to the world by living in line with the will of God.
Those who belongs to Christ, that is, all genuine Christians, those who are ingrafted into Christ by faith and united to him, have crucified the flesh. This means that they are so far from obeying the dictates of the flesh and acting under its influence. They have done away with their sensual appetites and have nailed them to the cross of Christ where everything was ended. They are no longer slaves to sin, but has been delivered from the power of sin and Satan.
By virtue of Christ’s death and resurrection, and our faith in Him, our old man, that is, the flesh, with its affections and lusts, are crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. (Romans 6 : 6). This means that God has fully designed to save all who believe in His Son Jesus Christ from all sins, whether outward or inward, with all the affections, inordinate passions and lusts, disorderly wishes and desires, etc.
God want to purge us from all that is contrary to love and purity; and all that we may desire contrary to moderation, self-denial and Christian character. He wants our desires, affections and passion to agree with His will. That is how He wants every believer in Christ to live. If we profess to believe Christ’s spiritual religion, let us walk in the Spirit, that is, Let us show in our lives and conversation that the Spirit of God dwells in us.
Beloved, let us manage all our conversation according to the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit of God. So that as those who only live in the flesh, walk in and after the flesh, and its inclination; so we who live in the Spirit ought to produce, and will produce fruits suitable to whom we believe, what we believe and the Spirit that dwells in us.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Deal with your fleshly passion with the instrument of faith in Christ.
2. Never allow sin to enslave you and cause you to obey it at all times.
3. Resist the power of sin through the word of God and surrender yourselve to God.
4. Do not forget that you belong to Christ, therefore determine to live in line with the will of God.
Daily Task: Always examine your life and make the necessary positive changes until Christ is build in you.
Daily Reflection: Do not only talk about Jesus Christ, live out His life for all to see and appreciate God.
Daily Prayer: Almighty God, help me to deal with every fleshly desire, affection and passion in my life, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today, I Prophesy over your life, may God deliver you from the grip of sin, sorrow and Satan, in Jesus’ name.