Friday, October 8, 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 : Our readiness for the return of Christ to the earth would put caution in our actions. We would cease to live recklessly when heaven becomes our goal. The Bible says,
“Therefore, if you have been raised with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Keep thinking about things above, not things on the earth, for you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
Colossians 3 : 1-3 (NET).
Beloved, Christ Jesus 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. 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. (1 Peter 4:1-2); it is to not be conformed to this world’s evil trends, fads or systems. And this can only be possible when our minds are renewed and bends 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 a wicked and carefree world like ours. 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. Christ’s return is closer than you think. Therefore, be prepared and wait for Him. 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 do not 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 : 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).
Stunning Fact : Did you know Our oceans cover more than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface?
Bible Quiz : Who amongst the sons of Jacob killed the people of Shechem?
God bless you!