RHAPSODY OF REALITIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Thursday, 30 April 2020
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome Phd Dsc DD
BOLDLY DECLARE YOUR FAITH
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18).
Why did Peter, a disciple of Jesus Christ, deny Jesus three times? It was because of fear. He was afraid that he could be arrested and killed if he affirmed openly that he knew Jesus. And guess who confronted him? A maid, not even the soldiers. Yet, Peter, out of fear, denied the Master.
Such still happens today. Many live under the shadow of what others, most of whom they don’t even know, would say about them or do to them for openly identifying with Jesus. But not when you’re full of the Holy Spirit! Don’t worry if you’re ostracised, criticised or mocked because of Jesus Christ. It’s actually a blessing—a great one at that—to be “humiliated” or persecuted for His sake.
God gave you His Spirit to live in you and embolden you, so you’ll never be timid or intimidated to proclaim Jesus Christ openly and affirm your faith at every given opportunity. When the same Peter who was initially full of fear received the Holy Spirit, his life was completely altered; he became fearless! In spite of the large and intimidating crowd present on the day of Pentecost, he proclaimed the Gospel with such boldness and power that resulted in a mighty harvest of souls into the Kingdom. Hallelujah!
It’s an honour to know Jesus and to serve Him. Be bold about your association and union with Him. Don’t care what others would say or do to you because of your love for Him. Serve Him with all your heart and live for Him in truth.
Dear Father, I’m honoured and joyful to be identified with Jesus. I have the most sublime identity and I know it! I’m ever bold and confident, ever ready with utmost enthusiasm to proclaim the news of your saving power, fulfilling my ministry in the Gospel, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Acts 18:9-11 AMPC; 2 Timothy 1:7; Luke 12:8-9
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Luke 23:50-24:1-12 ; 2 Samuel 7-8
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
1 Corinthians 1:22-31 ; Psalm 141-142
EXCERPT FROM: Rhapsody of Realities Daily Devotional