Saturday, February 11, 2017
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.- 1 Corinthians 1 : 18
LISTEN: The gospel of Christ Jesus is the message of salvation for mankind. It is the gospel of the Kingdom of God. This is the gospel that brings deliverance from the power of sin and Satan to God’s Kingdom of light. This is the gospel that Christians, the disciples of Christ proclaims all over the world. It is equally a gospel that comes with persecution to the proclaimer, as a result, many for fear find it difficult to truly proclaim it or accept it.
The gospel is a message of life, hope, joy and reconciliation to God. Those who receives Jesus Christ by turning from their wicked ways through faith are save by it. But those who rejects the gospel by considering it as foolishness will receive to themselves condemnation and eternal death. Jesus Christ, in spite of our sins came to reconcile us to God. He came with the good news of God’s forgiveness to mankind and restoration of the paradise that was once lost by Adam.
What a loving and compassionate God! He is willing to forgive and restore us. However, His forgiveness and restoration depend on our faith in Him. Without faith, it will be impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11: 6). Besides, His message will not profit us anything. Beloved, God is calling everyone today to turn from his or her evil ways and embrace His Son Jesus Christ. He is the righteousness of God, because He bore our sins in His own body (2 Cor 5 : 21).
May we not take the preaching of the gospel of Christ as foolishness, for it is a choice to destruction; instead, may we accept it and embrace Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not reject the gospel of Christ for it is your ticket to eternity with God.
2. Accept Jesus Christ today, for there is no life or salvation in any other but Him alone.
3. Amend your ways and determine to reconcile to God.
4. Having accepted Jesus Christ, join other Christians to spread the gospel of Christ to the world.
Daily Task: Do not limit the preaching of the gospel to your church building only, rather determine to preach Christ wherever you go.
Daily Reflection: Everyone has equal opportunities to embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ; so do not reject it, instead, embrace it and Christ the Saviour.
Daily Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank you for the gospel of Christ, help me to accept Jesus Christ and spread His gospel wherever I go, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today, I prophesy over your life, you will not perish. Your life will not end without God. He will bless you with His word and cause you to be a vessel of honour in His hands, in Jesus’ name.