Sunday, December 20, 2020
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : So Jesus told those Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are really my disciples.” John 8:31
Thought of The Day : A true disciple of Christ Jesus is one who lives by God’s word.
LISTEN : A journey with Christ a journey to life eternal. He’s the way, truth and life. Therefore, if you wouldn’t come to God through Him, you’ll never go in. He’s the word of God, therefore, to see God you must abide in Him. Beloved, we’re not disciples of Jesus Christ by mere declaration of such, but by continuing in His word (Hebrews 3:14). Not to do His word is to deny the faith. My dear, not every disciple is a true disciple of Jesus Christ. Anyone can verbally claim to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, but not everyone is truly serving His purpose (Mat. 7:21). Anyone can sing His praise, but not everyone can stick with Him when the going gets tough. Anyone can hear His words, but not everyone can keep His word. A disciple is one who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrines of another: one who follows the way of another. True disciples of Jesus Christ are known for their consistency in following Him and obeying His words. When God’s word is rejected or taken lightly, our claim to a relationship with Him is negated. No one is a true disciple of Christ who doesn’t continue in His word and exercise faith in Him (Hebrews 3:14). Beloved, there’s no ‘part- time followership’ in the Lord’s service. Total commitment is the standard for a relationship with God. It’s either you are with Him or with the devil; or for Him, or for the devil. What makes the difference between a committed and uncommitted follower of Jesus Christ is what he or she does with the word of God. God’s word is the standard and principle upon which true disciples of Christ base their conducts. They confess both their sins and their faith in Christ (Romans 10:10 ; John 1:9); they’re transformed by the word of God, and they hold onto their faith in Christ Jesus (Hebrews 3:14). My dear, are you truly obeying God’s word? Please remember, God loves those who love and honour His words. So, be a true disciple of Christ Jesus. Be wise!
What Should We Do With This Message?
1. Don’t take the word of God for granted, instead, be committed to it.
2. Be sure that you’re truly following and obeying the word of God.
3. Be committed and consistent in your relationship with God.
4. No matter the circumstance, don’t quit your commitment to God.
Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I confess that true disciples of Jesus Christ are those who abide in the word of God. Therefore, I will abide in his words as long as I live, amen.
Prayer : Dear Lord, you’re true, loving and good. Therefore, help me to be committed and dedicated to you always, in Jesus’ name, amen.
A Word Of Blessing : It’s well with you. Today I speak on your life, may the grace to follow Jesus Christ faithfully be released to you henceforth, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : A true disciple of Jesus Christ goes where He leads.
Quote : “Jesus Christ is the Master and mediator of His people. Hence, he who refuses to go where He leads is none of His.”
Biblical Fact: Did you know Obed the son of Ruth, the wife of Boaz begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David? (Ruth 4:22).
Today In History : December 20, 2007 Queen Elizabeth becomes the longest-living British monarch.
Stunning Fact : Did you know a hippopotamus can run faster than a man?
Bible Quiz : What’s Elizabeth’s relationship with Mary, Joseph’s wife?
God bless you!