Devotional Guide for the Week of February 12…
Good morning on this 28th day of our 40-days!
It has been an absolutely wonderful morning already as the first call of the day was a praise report concerning another absolute miracle that occurred as a result of our 40-days of prayer and fasting (more on this later). I truly believe we are on to something here. There are seasons in every area of life and right now I believe we are entering an unprecedented season of receiving God’s grace and gifts. Be of good cheer today and believe!
Concerning the devotional guide – I forgot to send Monday’s yesterday (sorry ) so I have sent Monday and Tuesday.
- John 20:30-31 (NKJV) And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.
- What do you think “life” means according to John? After all, you’ve seen people who were thought they were “living the good life” who were in reality heading down a path of destruction. Could the same thing be true for Christians? Is Christianity really true? What exactly can a Christian expect in experiencing the life that comes with believing that Jesus is the Christ and the Son of God?
- To answer these questions let’s first try understand what life is by examining what it is not.
- Read Genesis 2:17; 5:5 and Romans 5:12
- We see from these verses that death (the opposite of life / the cessation of life) came as a result of sin. Yet Adam did not physically die immediately. The bible states that Adam lived a total of 930 years. We don’t know how long Adam lived after he was driven from the Garden, but it had to have been a number of years because there had to be time for him and Eve to have several children and rear them up to the age that they also could marry and have children. (And just in case you are wondering, Cain and Seth married their sisters. J)
- However, without exception, every human being since the Fall has died, yet for most physical death was not immediate. What we can learn from this is that it is possible to be alive physically for a lifetime and yet still be dead to God. (Ephesians 2:1-10 \ especially note vvs. 1 and 5)
- Reflection: I hope that today’s mediation has impressed upon you the dire need of those that are not Christians. They are walking dead men. They are dead to God who is the source of all life. Through they have temporary physical life their end will be eternal death. My dear one, let us devote ourselves zealously to praying for the lost and praying for the wisdom and anointing to be a witness that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God so that people will believe and have life in His name.
Tuesday: What is “life”? (Part 2)
- 1 Corinthians 15:22 (NKJV) For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
- Read: Romans 5:10, 2 Corinthians 5:18, Colossians 1:21-22
- My dear friend, the above verses are wonderful news! You and I have been reconciled to God. Yesterday I asked you to read Ephesians 2:1-10. Recalled that Paul informs us that in Christ we have been made alive. This is the first definition that I want to impress upon you for the word “Life.” When you believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, your eternal spirit was resurrected (made alive) and you were reconciled with God.
- The good news for today is that you are alive to God. You can have a personal relationship with him. Just think of it, you are “aware” of God. Have you ever observed a blind person? They are alive in one sense of the word. But in another sense, there is life going on all around them that they are unaware of.
- So today, do not be discouraged. Don’t be like the blind that cannot see what is going on around them. Look for God in everything. You are not the victim of blind chance or random fate, you have life – the life of God at work in you. Everything that is happening is working together for your good (Romans 8:28). So be of good cheer – hear the words of our Lord as He comes to you in your storm – “It is I, be not afraid.” (John 6:20)