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  • Writer's pictureOlufunmilayo Adekusibe

BELIEVERS FINAL VICTORY IN CHRIST JESUS

 

Today’s Reading:

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

Genesis 1:20-2:4a

1 Corinthians 15:50-58

we will not all sleep [in death], but we will all be [completely] changed [wondrously transformed]. Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord [doing your best and doing more than is needed], being continually aware that your labour [even to the point of exhaustion] in the Lord is not futile nor wasted [it is never without purpose]. (1Corin. 15:51b, 58 AMPV)

 


In the third passage of today, Apostle Paul affirms a mystery, which is the secret truth decreed by God that, some Christians would not face death (v.51b) when Christ appears in the clouds to take His own, that is, those who believed in Him. He will resurrect the dead in Christ first (v. 52), and together carry off those believers who are still alive (vv. 51-52; 1Thess. 4:17). At rapture, death for the believer will be swallowed up. The demise of a loved one can be very painful. Are you reading this and at this period grieving the demise of a loved one? I pray that God Almighty will comfort you with His presence and the assurance that in Christ Jesus, the sting of death is swallowed up by His victory on the Cross (vv.50-57). Physical death is not the end of it all, because, in Christ believers live forever. This is the more reason believers should continue to pray for the salvation of perishing souls, especially those close to us who still do not know Christ so that they too will believe and joyously continue eternal life with Him.


As believers, there are times when we feel our work for Christ is not making any difference. If you are thinking this way, let verse 58 be an encouragement to you – “ … be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord [always doing your best and doing more than is needed], being continually aware that your labour [even to the point of exhaustion] in the Lord is not futile nor wasted [it is never without purpose].” Therefore, ask God to keep you steadfast and to strengthen you daily for the work that He has called you to do. God sees your labour for Him, and He will reward you.


Knowing now that my labour in Christ is not in vain, what do I do?

  • Are you born again? Have you surrendered your life to the Lordship of our Lord Jesus Christ? Without this, you cannot see the kingdom of God (John 3:3; 1:13)

  • By the power of the Holy Spirit, through prayer enlist in the army of our Lord Jesus Christ. Boldly and fearlessly daily put on the spiritual whole armour of God, and rely only on the strength He supplies (Eph. 6:10-18). Be strong, be immovable, and continue to work conscientiously, and enthusiastically for Jesus Christ. He sees you and he will reward you.

  • Ask the Holy Spirit to break every unbroken habit of your life, and remould you to suit God’s purpose.

  • Stand firmly by the power of the Holy Spirit, and be ready to exercise a holy stubbornness’ in your conviction, belief and faith in Christ (v. 58). Ask the Holy Spirit to teach, empower and encourage you to fight the good fight of faith. (spiritual warfare)

  • Always stand in the victory won by Christ on the Cross, stand upon the infallible word of God, and in His promises that cannot fail.

  • Daily read, meditate upon the word of God and memorise his promises (Jos 1:8).

  • Regularly take the holy Communion/Eucharistic as a reminder of the New covenant sealed with the blood of Jesus Christ, to spiritually unit with Christ, to strengthen, to keep healthy in body, soul and spirit in your daily walk with God (1Corin 11:24-25).

  • Be a prayer addict, intercede always for the Church, and others – perishing souls, the sick, those in captivity, in bondage, in the prison, pray all manner of prayer.

  • Daily ask for the infilling of the Holy Ghost – with fire and power, skilful and godly wisdom, enablement/ability to focus your gaze on the risen Christ, anointing and authority – to walk with God, serve Jesus, to overcome temptation and sin, and so on.

  • And always use the blood of Jesus for all things, in all occasions (Rev. 12:11).


It is a pity that anyone who has not surrendered his/her life to Jesus Christ, cannot take part in

this warfare. So, if you have not done so, do so before it is too late.

OLUFUNMILAYO TITILOLA ADEKUSIBE


 

To surrender your life to Christ, say this prayer aloud:

Father, I acknowledge my sin against You. I repent and ask for forgiveness, in the name of Jesus. I believe and surrender to the Lordship of Jesus. By the power of Your Holy Spirit, take control of my heart, keep me from all evil, and lead me in Your path of righteousness. Thank You, Lord! If you said the above short prayer, Congratulations! Prayerfully look for a living church and report to the resident reverend, pastor or priest, as the case may be.


Prayer:

  1. Father, thank you that I am what I am by Your grace and that Your grace was not without effect, in Jesus' name.

  2. Father, make me steadfast in You, strengthen and daily renew my strength in my walk with God and service to Christ, in Jesus' name.

  3. Father, help me to focus my gaze on the risen Christ and be able to shun all distractions of the enemy, in Jesus' name.

  4. Father, let me always experience You as the King of glory, a ‘great and mighty God, mighty in battle, in Jesus' name

  5. Lord reveal the deep and secret of my life to help me pray targeted prayers and help me to always frame my words in prayer, in Jesus' name.

  6. In deep, great and mighty deliverance, let me experience You as the Mighty One of Israel, my Saviour, my Redeemer, in Jesus' name.

  7. Father, mend fence in Christian homes, unite the husband and wife to build a godfearing family to the glory of Your name, in Jesus' name.

  8. O Lord, rescue the perishing, care for the dying, release those in prison unjustly, save those in captivity, deliver those in bondage, and transform their lives, in Jesus' name.

  9. We commit the leaders of Your Church to Your care, Lord, grant them the fear of You in all their decisions, in Jesus' name.

  10. King of glory, the Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle, intervene in the affairs of nations of the world, especially our nation Nigeria, in Jesus' name.

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