Friday, April 14, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself an exclusive people, zealous of good works. Titus 2 : 14
LISTEN: Against the will of God sin enslaved mankind right from the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Life became miserable and heartbreaking after the fall because things were no longer the same again. Satan the deceiver dominated man and subjected him (us) under his own evil influence. Thankfully, God remembered mankind (us). He came in the person of his Son Jesus Christ to redeem us without our personal input. He came when we were yet soaked in sin and unrepentant. The bible says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5 : 8). What a caring, loving and compassionate God! Through Jesus’ death on the cross, our sins were cleansed and we have been transformed into a special people for the Master’s use.
Beloved, Christ paid the full price for sin to redeem us. He redeemed us with his own life, because that is the only thing that could truly atone and propitiation for the sin of man. (1 Corinthians 6 : 20 ; Galatians 3 : 13 ; Hebrews 9 : 12). The cross was the place designed by God for his Son to accomplish his atoning and propitiating assignment on earth. Christ on the cross is the means of our redemption. His suffering becomes our relief; his death birthed our lives, his abandonment and rejections on the cross birthed our acceptance. His pains, sorrow and torment is the reason we are healed. Christ has conquered our enemy the devil, and has made us conquerors with him.
However, you cannot experience this overcoming power until you encounter God. You can encounter God by submitting to him through his Son Jesus Christ whom he has endorsed as the means of human redemption. Beloved, are you for Jesus Christ or for someone else? Have you received him as your Lord and Saviour? Or doubting his mediatory role as the Son of God? I want you to know that there is no redemption without the sacrificial death of Christ. Redemption ( the act, or fact of saving people, or being saved from sin or evil) is not possible where Christ’s death is neglected. Therefore, accept him today and it shall be well with you.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not forget that salvation and true redemption is in Christ alone.
2. Accept what Jesus Christ has accomplished for you through his death.
3. Do not doubt the mediatory office of Jesus Christ as the Son of God.
4. Surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ today and renounce your allegiance to Satan.
Daily Task: Never forget that Jesus Christ redeemed us with his own life, because that is the only thing that can truly atone and propitiate for the sin of man.
Daily Reflection: Christ’s suffering becomes our relief; his death birthed our lives, his abandonment and rejections on the cross is the reason for our acceptance. His pains, sorrow and torment is the reason we are healed.
Daily Prayer: Precious Father, I thank you for giving up your Son Jesus Christ for my sake. May I not neglect this great act of love, but reciprocate it by accepting him as my Lord and Saviour, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today, I prophesy over your life, may God deliver you from the hands of Satan and his agents. Because Jesus Christ suffered and died for our sake, therefore, whatever his death accomplished for us you will receive, in Jesus’ name.
Daily Quote: The crucified Christ is the only means of human redemption.
Today In History: April 14, 1912. The passenger liner Titanic–deemed unsinkable–strikes an iceberg on her maiden voyage and begins to sink. The ship will go under the next day with a loss of 1,500 lives.