Monday, November 8, 2021

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Take your share of suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 2:3

Thought of The Day : He that must reign with Christ Jesus must be prepared to suffer with Him.

LISTEN : No one shares in the pain of Christ and not share in his gains. Jesus Christ suffered to ease our pains and sufferings. He died to give us life. He was disgraced to give us grace. He was bruised to bring us bliss. He came to earth to bring us to heaven. As a matter of fact, he died to make us one with God. Therefore, to share in his gains, we must first share in his pains. We should be willing to live for what He lived for, and die for what He died for. The Bible says,

“For to this you were called, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving an example for you to follow in his steps.”

1 Peter 2:21

Believers in Christ Jesus are called to suffer for His sake. We are elected to follow in His steps to fulfill the will of God for humanity. Therefore, no matter what it will cost us to spread the message of His kingdom to others, we should do and ignore the pressure, shame and the suffering. We should be prepared to make sacrifices in our service to Him. We may face hardship, persecution, molestation, denial, rejection, betrayal, attacks, etc, in course of our service to God, yet, we should be strong and courageous as good soldiers of Jesus Christ. Friend, God is faithful, He will reward us for all the pains, troubles and headaches we have suffered to do His will. But if we deny Him for any reason, He will deny us too. The Bible says,

“This saying is trustworthy: If we died with him, we will also live with him. If we endure, we will also reign with him. If we deny him, he will also deny us.”

2 Timothy 2:11-12

Beloved, be strong and courageous for Jesus Christ, for no one can reign with Him who doesn’t suffer with Him; and no one will suffer with Him and not reign with Him eventually. Be wise!

What Should We Do With This Message?
1. Be strong and courageous for the LORD Jesus Christ no matter what.
2. In any situations, endure hardship as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
3. Spread the gospel of the kingdom of God to others and encourage them to come to God.
4. Determine to endure suffering for the sake of Christ as long as you live.

Prayer : Everlasting God! You’re good and faithful. Help me to be faithful to You and courageous in the face of troubles, amen.

A Word Of Blessing : Receive grace to progress in your journey of faith, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection : A follower of Jesus Christ must be willing to live for what Jesus lived for, and die for what He died for.

Quote : “To share in the gains of Jesus Christ, we must first share in his pains, shame and sorrow.”

Biblical Fact : Did you know Joseph, the supposed father of Jesus Christ was the son of Heli? (Luke 3:23).

Stunning Fact : Did you know Bats can find their food in total darkness?

Bible Quiz : How many days did Moses stay with God on the mountain to get the Ten commandment?

God bless you!

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