Tuesday, April 4, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Rooted and built up in him and firm in your faith just as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Colosians 2 : 7
LISTEN: What you hear can grow or stagnate you, depending on how you apply it. Believers in Christ grows through right application of God’s word. Where God’s word is neglected, faith rarely survive. God does not want us to be weak in our faith in Christ, instead he wants us to be deeply rooted and built up in him and firm in our faith, to show for what we are taught in Christ. Followers of Christ should exhibit the life of Christ for the world to see. Nothing should keep us from standing firm in him. Not to stand firm in Christ is to stand with the devil.
It is in Christ that we draw our strengths as believers. That is why Jesus Christ said to His disciples and to us by extension, “I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me – and I in him – bears much fruit, because apart from me you can accomplish nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is thrown out like a branch, and dries up; and such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and are burned up.” (John 15 : 5 – 6). Beloved, it is impossible to be a faithful and fruitful Christian if you are detached from Christ, our source of life and strength.
We are to be rooted in Christ; that is, we must determine to walk as Christ walked. The bible says, ” Therefore, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him.”(Colosians 2 : 6). Those who come to Christ must make their lives Christlike, else they will miss the real purpose of faith in Christ. Our success in the faith can only be guaranteed if we continue to live our lives in him. This is why the bible enjoins us to be rooted, built up in Christ and firm in our faith.
Beloved, let us learn to abide and persevere in the faith, by continuing in Christ as branches do in the root ( Joh 15 : 4) , and to rest upon him as a building upon the foundation. Because temptations and afflictions abound, we should build our faith to overcome. We should be firm and settled in the faith, (1Pe 5:10). We should be growing stronger in our internal habits by living to the glory of His name. We do not have any reason not to be strong and live godly because we have been taught about God and godliness by our Master and Teacher Jesus Christ.
Henceforth, nothing should deceive us to lend our ears to any doctrine other than the life-saving teachings of Christ. Most importantly, we should endeavour to be thankful for our faith in him. Beloved, until you feel satisfied and happy with your faith in Christ you cannot stand strong to overcome temptations and trials. We should abound with thanksgiving; satisfied and happy with ourselves, according to the superabounding grace we have in Him (Rom 5:20). Let us be thankful to God for His Son Jesus Christ, the reason for our salvation and eternal life; as we grow and be rooted and built up in Him.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Determine to grow your faith daily and deeper in Christ.
2. Improve on your relationship with Christ and resist every distraction to this decision.
3. Examine every teaching by the mirror of God’s word before accepting it as part of your belief.
4. Be firm in your faith in Christ and do not be shaken by circumstances of life.
Daily Task: Be happy and firm in your faith in Christ, for until you feel satisfied and happy with your faith in him, you cannot stand strong to overcome temptations and trials.
Daily Reflection: Where God’s word is neglected, faith rarely survive; and when faith dies, nothing will please God.
Daily prayer: Blessed Father, I bless your name for your love, cause me to love you faithfully, and to grow deeper and better in you everyday, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today, I prophesy over your life, from today you will receive grace to grow deeper and better in your relationship with Christ, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily quote: Not to stand firm in Christ is to stand with the devil.
Today In History: April 4, 1968 Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.