Sunday, April 1, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : He is not here, for he has risen, just like he said. Come, see the place where he was lying. Matthew 28 : 6
LISTEN : To those who are spiritually blind and perishing, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ sounds like a tale. An event they find difficult to believe. But what is difficult to understand about His death and resurrection? No one has ever doubted the existence of Jesus Christ, but His claims as the Son of God. But is He not the Son of God? Of course He is! The gospel we (Christians) preach around the world, not minding the persecution and dangers we encounter from those who hate God is a clear proof of His resurrection. He orders that the gospel be preach to all nations of the world. (Matthew 28 : 19 , 20). As a result, His early disciples were determined to die for the gospel because they saw and experienced His glory as the Son of the living God. Similarly, Christians are persecuted and martyred today in many countries of the world for the gospel of Christ.
No doubt, Jesus is both man and God. As man, He died for sin; and as God, He overcomes death. Today, He is in His perfect state as a Son who shares the same glory with His Father. Beloved, indeed He is risen. The power of death and hell could not stop Him in the grave. When He was crucified, His enemies meant to silence Him for ever. But they failed to understand that it is practically impossible to stop God. It is the height of foolishness to think that the begotten Son of God will perish in the hands of mortals. His resurrection was confirmed by an angel of God who announced to the women that came to anoint His tomb that He is risen. (Mat 28 : 5 , 6). Beloved, Jesus is from above and He is above all. (John 3 : 31). He is my Saviour and Lord, and I believe He is yours too. So let us spread around the world the message of salvation through His resurrection.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Be wise and acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour of your life today.
2. Believe the gospel of the kingdom of God and spread the message to others.
3. Have faith in God and determine to stand up for Jesus no matter what.
4. Celebrate your salvation and be determined to follow Jesus to the end.
Daily Prayer : Almighty God, all powers in heaven, earth and beneath the earth belongs to you. You have power over death and hell. That is why your Son Jesus Christ came back to life. Therefore, help me to follow Him no matter what, in Jesus ‘ name, amen.
Daily Task : Beloved, Christ is risen to glory. Therefore, let us spread around the world the message of salvation through His death and resurrection.
Daily Reflection : It is the height of foolishness to think that the begotten Son of God will perish in the hands of mortals. Jesus is from above, and He is above all.
Daily Quote : “To those who are spiritually blind and perishing, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ sounds like a tale” .
Today In History : April 1, 1905 Berlin and Paris are linked by telephone.
Say This : Today, I confess that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God. He died to save me a sinner from eternal death. Therefore, I will forever follow and serve Him, in Jesus ‘ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration : It is well with you. Today I prophesy to you, may the power of resurrection terminates your frustration and confusion. May the Lord open your eyes to His will henceforth, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Stunning Fact : Did you know if you could drive to the sun at a speed of 88.5 km/h (55 mp/h) it would take around 193 years?
(Only For Those who are Yet to Acknowledge Jesus Christ As Lord And Saviour)
Please Say This Prayer:
Precious Father, 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