Thursday, December 28, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: You must put away every kind of bitterness, anger, wrath, quarreling, evil, and slanderous talk. Instead, be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you. Ephesians 4 : 31 , 32
LISTEN: The life of Christ is the life of God. It is a lifestyle created after the image of God. It is a kind of life that the unbelieving world have rejected, resented and hated, because it comes with great responsibility. It is a kind of life that is lived to please God by eschewing evil and sin. It is a life of sacrifice, commitment and dedication to the almighty God. Without putting on the life of Christ, which in other words is the new life, we cannot serve God acceptably. The bible says, “I plead to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that all of you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be all of you transformed by the renewing of your mind…”(Romans 12 : 1 , 2). Beloved, living the life of Christ is to live with a renewed mindset dominated by love, forgiveness, compassion, righteousness, holiness and the likes.
Putting on the life of Christ comes with a change of attitude, from the old to the new. The difference between a genuine Christian and a mere churchgoer is in their attitudes to the new life in Christ. A genuine Christian surrenders his or her life to Christ, therefore, is determined to replace the old life of sin with the new life of purity, righteousness and obedience to God. But the churchgoer sticks to the old life of sin and disobedience to God. When you put on the life of Christ, you have equally accepted the responsibility to put off certain attitudes and put on others. The bible says, ” You must put away every kind of bitterness, anger, wrath, quarreling, evil, and slanderous talk.” (Ephesians 4 : 31). This means that, we should deal with those little wrong we do, which we do not consider as great sin like – murder, stealing, adultery, etc.). Henceforth, let us put away evil lifestyles and put on the life of Christ – love, peace, gentleness, purity, mercy, compassion, and to forgive others the same way Christ forgave us.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not be angry for unfair treatment meted to you, instead, surrender all to God.
2. Do not allow evil to rule your heart, rather, submit to the Spirit of God at all times.
3. Get rid of bitterness, anger, slander, quarreling, etc, by surrendering to God for help.
4. Be dedicated to God and put on the life of Christ in this wicked world.
Daily Prayer: Everlasting Father, I thank you for today. I ask for grace to faithfully live the life of Christ Jesus in this wicked world. Help me to overcome the body of sin to the glory of your name, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Task: Beloved, do not be angry because of unfair treatment; learn to control your anger, and do not engage in verbal conflict with someone who opposes you. Always avoid making a false spoken statement that causes people to have a bad opinion of others.
Daily Reflection: The new life in Christ Jesus is the cure for the old life of sin, just as the old life of sin is the problem of the new life.
Daily Quote: When we put on the life of Jesus Christ, the life of sin and Satan will lose their relevance.
Today In History: December 28, 1968. Israel attacks an airport in Beirut, destroying 13 planes.
SAY THIS: Today, I declare that the life of Jesus Christ, created in love, righteousness and holiness is the best life to live. Henceforth, I will walk in newness of life, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy over your life, may God grant you grace to faithfully live the life of Christ Jesus. May He break the yoke of sin over your life to the glory of His name, in Jesus’ name.