After the ascension, the disciples in obedience to Jesus' command returned to Jerusalem to wait for the promise of the Father (Acts 1: 4). The list of Apostles given in v.13 omitted Judas Iscariot who had committed suicide following his betrayal of his Master. His end shows what can happen when we allow bad habits to take root in our lives. The path that led Judas to suicide began with his greed which led him to steal the ministry money entrusted in his care (John 12: 6).
Be careful! Listen to instruction and obey God's word. Consider your service to God and humanity as a privilege. Don't abuse it because it could be withdrawn. Don't betray trust in your family, place of work, or in any area of engagement. God is keeping accurate records. As a mirror, life will always give you back the exact reflection of who you are. Be courageous enough today to disengage yourself from any habit that is likely to destroy your life and destiny.
PRAYER: God deliver me from any bad habit that can lead me away from the path of Your perfect will for my life. ... See MoreSee Less
It is very clear from the opening verse of Acts 1, that Jesus did what He taught. Can that be said of us today as Christians? In Roman 2: 21, Paul challenged the Jews: "You therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach a man should not steal, do you steal?" It is evil for one to do in secret what one condemns in the public. Up till this point, the disciples had not gotten their priorities right. Still expecting Jesus to establish an earthly kingdom of Israel, they asked whether He would now drive out the Romans, and give them political freedom (v. 6). Jesus re-ordered their priorities by reiterating their assignment which was to preach to the world about Him and make disciples. He gave instruction that they should wait for the gift of the power of the Holy Spirit to help them achieve this task.
Our primary assignment as Christians, whether we are ordained or laity, is to be Jesus' witnesses wherever we find ourselves in our daily pursuits. Everything else is secondary, and eternity will judge the usefulness of our stay here as citizens of God's Kingdom in light of how well we carried out that assignment.
PRAYER: Lord, help me to be a productive citizen of Your Kingdom. ... See MoreSee Less
I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love, for you have seen my troubles, and you care about the anguish of my soul. You have not handed me over to my enemies but have set me in a safe place. Psalms 31:7-8 NLT. Beloved, God knows what you are passing through, be glad and rejoice because He will deliver you and set your feet in a safe place in the name of Jesus Christ Amen. You are blessed for life. ... See MoreSee Less
John 6:35 NKJV ''And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.''
Believe in God is not the recipe for an easy life. In fact, the reverse is the case. We are likely to face all kinds of opposition. However, God is our strength in times of difficulties.
Dear Lord, thank you that through faith in you I have found a lasting purpose in life, forgiveness for my sins and the promise of eternal life. Deliver and rescue me from those who oppose your good plans and purpose in my life in Jesus mighty name Amen. Good morning. Ven Onundu. ... See MoreSee Less