IT IS FINISHED

Saturday, March 17, 2018

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Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. John 19 : 30

LISTEN : An employer summoned his three staff as he was preparing to travel overseas, and assigned to them their respective tasks with a time frame. After couple of months, he came back and requested for a detailed account of their respective tasks. The first staff said, “Sir, I will be done in couple of weeks. I was distracted by an issue that came up immediately you left the country.” “Similarly, the second staff said,” Sir, I am very sorry. I have not started mine. I thought you would be spending more days on your trip. However, I will start right away and I will be done in couple of weeks.” Angry about their responses, the employer remarked,” You have decided your fate in this company by these reckless acts of yours.” Turning to the remaining staff he asked,” “What do you have to say about your own task?” The staff smiled and said, “Sir, It is finished.” “What do you mean by it is finished?” Asked the employer. The staff replied, “Sir, the task has been completed. Since the day you left the country, I had been on the job.” The employer exclaimed, “Well done! You have secured a permanent place for yourself in this company.

Many of us are like the first two staff in the illustration above. They succumb easily to distractions and make excuses for themselves instead of doing what God expects of them. They fail to understand that no matter how good our excuses are, no excuse is good enough to exonerate us from the consequences of reckless actions. We should invest our time to do the will of God. Jesus said, “My food is to do the will of the one who sent me and to complete his work.” (John 4 : 34 ). At the cross, He completed what He started. He finished the work of redemption and therefore declared, ” It is finished.” Beloved, can you say this of yourself? If you examine your life, can you boldly say, ” It is finished? ” Like Paul, can you say, ” I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith?” (2 Timothy 4 : 7). Henceforth, be serious with God. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Never make excuses for yourself to God, rather serve Him faithfully.
2. Be determined to finish your God-given assignments well.
3. Do not succumb to distractions, instead, be focused on Christ the Saviour.
4. Evaluate your work and dedication to God and be prepared to improve on your love for Him.

Daily Prayer : Almighty God, I thank you because you created me to serve your purpose. Therefore, help me to fulfill the very purpose I am created for, in Jesus ‘ name, amen.

Daily Task : Beloved, no matter what you see or go through, do not be distracted; instead, focus on finishing well and you will not lose your reward.

Daily Reflection : No matter how good our excuses are, before God, no excuse is good enough to exonerate us from the consequences of reckless actions.

Daily Quote : “What Jesus Christ finished on the cross by his death cannot be reversed by Satan in hell.”

Today In History : March 17, 1992 White South Africans approve constitutional reforms giving legal equality to blacks.

Say This : Today, I confess that God is my help. Therefore, I will not end in frustration and disappointment. I will fulfill my destiny no matter what, in Jesus ‘ name, amen.

Daily Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, you will finish well. May you not end your journey of destiny in frustration. May God guide you to the end, in Jesus ‘ name.

Stunning Fact : Did you know Scotland has the most redheads?

ALTAR CALL

(Only For Those who are Yet to Acknowledge Jesus Christ As Lord And Saviour)

Please Say This Prayer:

Almighty God, I thank you for this opportunity. I know I am a sinner, and I cannot help myself. Forgive my sin and accept me as your own. Today, I acknowledge Jesus Christ as my Lord and personal Saviour. The evil I used to do, I will do them no more. Henceforth, I offer myself as instrument of righteousness to you. Thank you because I am born again, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Praise God! You Are Now Born Again

THEN DO THE FOLLOWING THINGS:
> Having been saved, look for a Bible believing church and fellowship with the brethren to sustain your faith.
> Read the Bible and meditate in the word of God on a daily basis.
> Pray daily and dedicate yourself to the LORD’s service.

GOD BLESS YOU

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