DAILY BREAD OF LIFE…
THURSDAY 11TH JAN., 2018
TOPIC: GOD WANTS YOU TO GLORY ON THE CROSS
TEXT: 1 CORINTHIANS 2:2 “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified….”
The apostle Paul, in his letter to the Corinthian church said that, he determined to know nothing among them except “Jesus Christ and Him crucified”. In other words, Paul, who wrote two-thirds of the New Testament, had his mind full of Jesus and His finished work. Beloved, God wants your mind full of the cross of Jesus. Exactly, what does it mean to be cross-conscious? It implies Jesus Christ being perfect died for our law breaking since the penalty for disobedience to the law was death. He offered prefect forgiveness of our sins. He took away our sins because in Him there is no sin. It gives liberty from self, the flesh and the world for there is freedom through faith in Christ. Again, is to see the person of the cross Jesus, Who loves you so much that He willingly died for you and offered His own body to be punished, so that your body can be free from all punishment- wounds. These wounds means liberty to those who will believe and trust Him and glory in the cross- A Crucified and Risen Savoir. The death and resurrection of Christ releases the power of God thereby providing deliverance and victory.
When the Israelites tasted bitterness in the waters of Marah, God showed Moses a tree, which he cast into the waters, making them sweet. (Exo. 15:23–26) The tree represents the cross, which turned the bitter waters sweet. Today, Calvary’s tree has turned your bitter situations sweet. On account of the cross, you can expect to see the bitter situations in your life made sweet! When the Israelites were bitten by serpents in the wilderness, God told Moses to put a bronze serpent on a pole. The pole represents the cross and bronze speaks of judgment. Those who beheld the serpent on the pole lived because they saw their problem — the deadly serpent — nailed and put to death on the cross. (Num. 21:6–9) Today, you too will not die but live because all your sins have been judged at the cross, and its effects such as sicknesses, diseases, pains, poverty, failures, defeats and death; the last enemy was destroyed at the resurrection. The purpose of the cross is important to note beloved; it is to bring in a New Creation (Rom. 5:17) which knows nothing of the defects and limitations of the old creation (2 Cor. 5:17) and to create a New Nation- the spiritual Israel of God; all nations who are spiritual descendants of Abraham (You and I) The power of the cross marked the end of Satan’s dominion in your life. It is finished. (Jn. 19:30) There is no closed case in the power of God. Meditate and think through this Scripture (I Jn. 3:8)
MEDITATION: Gal. 2:20-21
GEN. 12/MATT. 11, NEHEMIAH 1/ACTS 11