Devotional 22.04.2014

Verse of the Day

He lifts the poor from the dust and the needy from the garbage dump. He sets them among princes, placing them in seats of honor. For all the earth is the LORD’s, and he has set the world in order. [NLT] 1 Samuel 2:8

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How far you get to in life is not determined by the friends you have, or whom you have as your parents. You may say it helps :). Only the Lord, God of heaven and earth determines your future, and if He has placed you in a family of influence or friends of influence, He did that not you; and it was not a random occurrence. So don’t look to man as your sustenance. Look to God, the creator of life without whom the world would not be in existence. I’m sure you probably thought you had a hand in that child coming into the world, or all that money in your account is down to all your hard work. Check this, if the Lord had not granted you favour with man, the opportunity for making money or being blessed with the fruit of the womb would not have risen. All the earth is the Lord’s and only He and He only sets the world in order. I’m grateful that He gave me the chance to know Him. And even more grateful that I made the choice not to turn Him down. How about you? The choice is all left to you #SamuelChallenge #verseoftheday

Devotional 21.04.2014

Verse of the Day
Yes, they will sing about the LORD’s ways, for the glory of the LORD is very great. [NLT] Psalm 138:5
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When we can praise God with our whole heart, we need not be unwilling for the whole world to witness our gratitude and joy in him. Those who rely on his loving-kindness and truth through Jesus Christ, will ever find him faithful to his word. If he spared not his own Son, how shall he not with him freely give us all things? If God gives us strength in our souls, to bear the burdens, resist the temptations, and to do the duties of an afflicted state, if he strengthens us to keep hold of himself by faith, and to wait with patience for the event, we are bound to be thankful.[Matthew Henry]

 

Devotional 18.04.2014

Verse of the Day

By this time it was about noon, and darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. The light from the sun was gone. And suddenly, the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn down the middle. Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his last. [NLT] Luke 23:44-46

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Had not Jesus Christ been so rejected by men, we would have been forever rejected of God. Jesus was delivered into the hands of wicked and unreasonable men, was led to a hill of shame, hungry, thirsty, and wounded, beaten, bloodied, exhausted; that we might escape, that I may be free. He was nailed to the cross, as a Sacrifice bound to the altar. The Scripture was fulfilled; he did not die at the altar among the sacrifices, but among criminals sacrificed to public justice. I wonder if it was just for such a man to die so cruel a death. But He did, so that I may be justified.

Let us pause, and with faith look upon Jesus. Was ever sorrow like unto his sorrow? See him bleeding, see him dying, see him and love him! Love him, and live for him! [Matthew Henry]. It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost [John 19:30]. Jesus on the cross, who was made sin for me, for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. It is finished, He was punished so that I will know peace, He was wounded so that I could experience healing, and He died, so that I could live. My Lord and my God, what manner of love is this?

#TookMyPlaceonTheCross #JesusDiedForMe #PassionofChrist #ChristCrucifixion #ChristResurrection  #JesusSaves #JesusLives #Verseoftheday

Devotional 17.04.2014

Verse of the Day

Then Pilate had Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip [NLT] John 19:1. When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!”  As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!” But Pilate answered, “You take him and crucify him. As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him.” [NIV] John 19:5-6

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The kind of whipping Jesus received at the hands of the Roman soldiers and mockery was not enough to appease the people, nor exhaust the curse and the verdict they wanted. Even though He was stripped naked, fastened to a pillar and severely whipped with a lead-tipped whip to the point of death, where all his skin came off, as gruesome as it was; this still was not enough to satisfy the people and agree for Jesus’ release. But instead they wanted Him crucified, a punishment usually inflicted for the worst of crimes; a form of punishment that is of Roman Origin and not Jewish; and remarkable too, that they should call for, and desire the kind of death the Scriptures had pointed that the Messiah would die, and which Jesus predicted also. “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed” Isaiah 53:5. My Lord #Jesus went through such a harrowing ordeal that I may live a life of peace. Oh what manner of love is this?

 

 

Devotional 16.04.2014

Verse of the Day

Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, come down from the cross and save yourself!”  In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself!  Let this Christ, this King of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him. [NIV] Mark 15:29-32

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Two thieves were crucified with Jesus, with Jesus in the midst; which meant they intended Him great dishonour. However, it was foretold that he should be numbered with the transgressors, because he was made sin in exchange for us [Isaiah 53:12]. Even those who passed by attacked him; they told him to come down from the cross, and they would believe; but his “Kingship” was not to be declared by his coming down from the cross, which he could have easily done, but by a much greater instance of power, by his resurrection from death; and no other but that sign gave He to us; but STILL they did not believe.

With what earnestness will the man who firmly believes the truth, as made known by the sufferings of Christ, seek for salvation! With what gratitude will he receive the dawning hope of forgiveness and eternal life, as purchased for him by the sufferings and death of the Son of God! And with what godly sorrow will he mourn over the sins which crucified the Lord of glory! [Matthew Henry]

#InsultedForMe #InsultedSoThatIMayBeFree #PassionofChrist #ChristCrucifixion #ChristResurrection  #JesusSaves #JesusLives #Verseoftheday

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Devotional 15.04.2014

Verse of the Day

They came to a place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull). There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it. When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots.  And sitting down, they kept watch over him there.  Above his head they placed the written charge against him: this is jesus, the king of the jews. [NIV] Matthew 27:33-37

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“Golgotha” was a place as infamous as our Tyburn (a former village in the county of Middlesex UK synonymous with capital punishment), and to be crucified at “Golgotha”, was as ignominious as to be hanged at Tyburn; which shows what shame and disgrace our Lord was brought, and what he condescended to bear on our account [Gill’s Exposition]. Jesus Christ was led as a Lamb to the slaughter, as a Sacrifice to the altar. Even the mercies of the wicked are really cruel. Taking the cross from him, they compelled one Simon to bear it. Make us ready, O Lord, to bear the cross thou hast appointed us, and daily to take it up with cheerfulness, following thee. Was ever sorrow like unto his sorrow? And when we behold what manner of death he died, let us in that behold with what manner of love he loved us. As if death, so painful a death, were not enough, they added to its bitterness and terror in several ways. [Matthew Henry]. Thank you Jesus for this wonderful price that you paid, so that I could Live. #PassionofChrist #ChristCrucifixion #ChristResurrection  #JesusSaves #JesusLives #Verseoftheday

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Devotional 14.04.14

Verse of the Day

The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the king of Israel!”[NIV] John 12:12-13

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It was Palm Sunday Yesterday. A day when Christians all over the world celebrate the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem; the week before his death and resurrection. In the simplest of terms, Palm Sunday is an occasion for reflecting on the final week of Jesus’ life. It’s a time for Christians to prepare their hearts for the agony of His Passion and the joy of His Resurrection. Jesus died so that we could LIVE! #HolyWeek #PassionofChrist #ChristCrucifixion #ChristResurrection