Sunday, July 2, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. 1 Corinthians 15 : 22
LISTEN: Though we all have the mark of death in our body, we shall be finally delivered from the hand of death at the second coming of Jesus Christ. (John 10 : 27 , 28). No doubt, many of us have lost count of the funeral ceremonies we have attended. Death happens to us just the same way it happens to others. Countless times we stood helpless as death take away a family member, a loved one, a friend, a colleague, a nice boss, a loyal and humble subordinate. a spouse, a church member, a father, a mother, a child, etc. It hurts to watch a loved one being taken away by death and be gone forever. However, there is a wonderful promise. A promise and hope of eternal life when Christ returns. In His return, death will be finally defeated. The sentence of death brought by Adam will forever be replaced by eternal life by Jesus Christ. Our verse of the day says, ” For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.” (1Corinthians 15 : 22) Beloved, are you a child of God? Have you made Jesus Christ the Lord of your life? If yes, then you have made the right decision. You will certainly be eternally compensated for your losses.
Beloved, we have a wonderful promise from God. A promise of eternal life. No genuine follower of Jesus Christ will perish when He returns. (John 3 : 16). What we lost as a result of Adam’s sin, we shall recover by reason of Jesus Christ’s righteousness. The pains we are suffering presently as a result of Adam’s disobedience shall be replaced by uncommon gain from our obedience to Christ Jesus. Our earthly frustration and confusion shall be replaced by eternal bliss. What a wonderful promise! Assuredly He said, ” And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” (Revelations 21 : 4). My dear, let us rejoice because our days of sorrow and mourning will soon be over. Our season of comfort will soon be here. Therefore, no matter what happens, do not live like those who do not know God, instead, purify yourself and live wisely. (1John 3 : 1 – 3). Cheer up! And wait for the return of Jesus Christ because your labour in Him is not in vain.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Purify yourself and wait eagerly for the return of Jesus Christ.
2. No matter what, do not live unwisely like those who do not know God.
3. Pretend not your allegiance to God, instead be honest with your service.
4. No matter what you are going through, just fix your eyes on Christ and His assignments for you.
Daily Task: Let us press on in our faith in Christ. For the pains we are suffering today as a result of Adam’s disobedience shall be replaced by eternal gain through our obedience to Christ Jesus.
Daily Reflection: At the return of Jesus Christ, Our earthly frustration and confusion shall be replaced by eternal bliss and comfort.
Daily Prayer: Blessed Father, I thank you for your love for me. I know that the gain of serving you outweighs its pain. Therefore, help me to stand strong and not lose my faith, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God keep you from falling. May He strengthen you for the fight of faith, in Jesus’ name.
Daily Quote: Those who suffer and endure just to keep their faith in Christ Jesus have made a rare and wise decision with an eternal value.
Today In History: July 2, 1976. North and South Vietnam are officially reunified.