Thursday, December 27, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:45
LISTEN : Many thousand years ago, the Son of God (Jesus Christ) was made the Son of Man to be able to deal with Satan and sin, the major problems of humanity. Jesus was born to both serve and save mankind from their sins and judgment of God. His birth was a humble one (born and laid in a manger) , which makes it difficult to discover who He (Jesus Christ) is without faith. The nature and place of His birth were very unlikely for a king like Him. As a result, the Pharisees and Jewish religious leaders always had issues with Him because they lack faith to recognise and believe Him as one sent from God. Beloved, Jesus Christ was born to serve and save (heal our sicknesses, deliver us from satanic oppression, soothe our pains, teach us the ways of God, save us from eternal destruction, etc.). The Bible says, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45). When He was done with His earthly ministries, He accomplished the purpose of His birth on the cross (he sacrificed his life for all). His birth was divine and timely, and by His birth, death and resurrection we received the presence of God by faith. Besides, His life is a clear expression of the nature of God (John 10:30;5:23). Beloved, are you for Jesus Christ or for Satan? If you are for Jesus, what does God wants you to do? (1). He wants you to live like His Son, Jesus (serve and search for the lost. see John 13:16,17;Luke 19:10 ;Matt 28:19,20). (2). He wants you to prepare and wait for His second coming (1 John 3:1-3). How do we do that? We should keep ourselves from the corruption of the world and serve God in holiness. Friend, as you celebrate this season, determine to live your life to the glory of God. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Live to please God and not to please yourself.
2. Reflect on the love of God and reciprocate His love to you.
3. Shun evil and walk with God in holiness and righteousness.
4. Determine to serve humanity and invest your time in searching for the lost.
Prayer: Everlasting Father, I thank you because you sent your Son Jesus Christ to pay the price for our sins. Therefore, help me to honour and serve you for the rest of my life, amen!
Reflection : The life of Jesus Christ is a clear expression of the nature of God.
Quote: “If Jesus was born to serve and save humanity, His followers are chosen to do no less.”
Faith Confession : Today, I confess that God gave up His Son for me to be saved. Therefore, I will never again be lost, amen!
Biblical Fact: Did you know Naomi’s husband Elimelech died in the land of Moab? (Ruth1:1-3).
Today In History : December 27, 1939 A series of vicious earthquakes takes 11,000 lives in Turkey.
Stunning Fact: Did you know your foot and your forearm are the same length?
A Word Of Blessing : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may you live and not die. May the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ keep you from falling, in Jesus name, amen.
TOPIC : ALWAYS GIVE GLORY TO GOD
Thursday, December 27, 2018
Bible Verse : Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable. Psalms 145:3
LISTEN: Those who know God will not fail to give glory to Him. Beloved, we should give glory to God because He is beyond compare. He created the world by His word, wisdom and power. (Proverbs 3:19 ; Jeremiah 10:12). Hence, He is to be praised with all we have, and with utmost capacities. My dear, who else is to be praised if not God? His greatness has no end. His greatness is unsearchable. The greatness of His nature, and the perfections of it; these are past finding out; and so are His ways and works, and the riches of His grace. Our God is great and worthy to be the object of our praise, day and night (Psalms 145:1-3). Those who know God’s greatness should meditate upon it and proclaim it to others. The whole earth is full of God’s greatness and goodness towards humanity. Not only is God great, but He is full of goodness, showing covenant faithfulness to His people and gracious love to people everywhere. Therefore, those who have tasted His love should show their gratitude by praising Him and telling others of His mighty works. In this way, they will help spread His rule to the lives of others. Beloved, let us bring God unending praise for all his goodness and greatness. Remember, when we deny God His praise, He will surely deny us His blessings. Be wise!
1. Pray and bless God for His mercies, care and protection.
2. Confess your sin to God and ask for forgiveness and mercy.
3. Ask God for grace to acknowledge His greatness and praise Him for who He is.
4. Pray and destroy all satanic plans against your life.
A WORD OF BLESSING
May God open your eyes to His greatness. I prophesy to you, may God bless you with greatness and glory as long as you live, in Jesus’ name, amen.