Saturday, March 13, 2021

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. Hebrews 9:28 KJV

Thought of The Day : He who is not transformed by the death of Christ Jesus cannot benefit from His second coming.

LISTEN : Christ Jesus suffered to give us eternal life. He was sacrificed to sanctified us. He was wounded to heal us. He was bruised to bring us to God. He was maimed and mocked to make us strong in Him; His miseries was the reason for our various miracles. His test brought about our testimony, His pain brought us relief and peace, and His stripes brought our healing. Obviously, the death of Christ is the reason for the salvation of our own souls. The Bible says,

But he was wounded for our transgressions,
he was bruised for our iniquities: the
chastisement of our peace was upon
him; and with his stripes we are healed.”

Isaiah 53:5

Without His death humanity is doomed. His death found us in our miserable state and lifted us up to where God is. Isn’t that interesting? My dear, we should reciprocate Christ’s sacrifice by making necessary sacrifices to keep our faith in Him alive. Beloved, have you been transformed by the death of Christ Jesus? To be transformed by His death is to live the rest of your life for Him. The Bible says,

“Forasmuch then as Christ has suffered for us in the flesh,
arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that
has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin. That
he no longer should live the rest of his time in
the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.

1 Peter 4 : 1-2

We are not to conformed to the world’s evil trends, fads or systems. Our minds should be renewed and bend towards proving and following the perfect and acceptable will of God (Romans 12:2). Brethren, let’s live in expectation of the second coming of Christ Jesus. Let’s live as wise people and not fools (Ephesians 5:14-16). Let’s be conscious of our actions in this wicked and carefree world. Remember, if we live as though, Christ Jesus is not coming back to the earth anymore, then, we have professed our faith in self-deceit. Be wise!

What Should We Do With This Message?
1. Don’t be careless with your life, rather be wise to live in line with the will of God.
2. Acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour of your life.
3. Always remember that, without the death of Christ Jesus, humanity is doomed.
4. Wait for Christ Jesus expectantly and don’t be carried away by pleasures of this life.

Prayer : Everlasting Father, I’m glad that, you’ve purged my sins and sanctified me for yourself. Therefore, help me to live for You as I await Christ’s return, amen!

A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. May you not lose focus of the second coming of Christ. Henceforth, receive grace to be wise and ever ready for the LORD’S return, in Jesus’ name, amen!

Reflection : Without the death of Christ Jesus, humanity is doomed; for no one can save us from God if He makes Himself an enemy to humanity.

Quote : If we live as though, Christ Jesus is not coming back to the earth anymore, then, we have professed our faith in self-deceit.

Biblical Fact : Did you know David the shepherd killed a lion and a bear? (1 Samuel 17:36).

Today In History : March 13, 2013, Pope Francis succeeds Pope Benedict XVI.

Stunning Fact : Did you know in Greek, the word ‘squirrel’ means ‘shadow tail’.

Bible Quiz : How many years was Adam when he died?

God bless you!

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