Victory Over Sin And Death

24th November

But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.

1 Corinthians 15:57-58

Today’s devotion is a simple reminder that Jesus has overcome sin and death. We do not need to be a people and body who live in the darkness. We are children of light. We are children who have the resurrected Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. It is in Him that victory is found. Moreover, it is because of Jesus’ victory that our lives are transformed.

It is no wonder that Paul encourages us to ‘be strong and immovable’! We live the power of Jesus’ victory. May God, this morning, grant us all an understanding of what it means to live in that power. May we understand how we can live strong and immovable lives for Christ and in Christ. May we fully understand that we don’t need to give into sin, but we can stand firm in Jesus!

Lord, may You fill our lives with a deeper understanding of Your power and victory over sin and death. Lord, guard our hearts and minds to be strong and immovable in You. Amen

Live Wisely

23rd November

Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.

Colossians 4:3-4

As believers and followers of Jesus, we have a great opportunity to show God’s goodness to all we meet. Some people we meet may have never even heard of Jesus or experienced what His character is like. Some may have been hurt by the ‘church’ or had a big disappointments in their lives when things have not gone their way and blamed God for the result of bad circumstances. Yet if we as individuals, don’t take every moment of meeting these kinds of people, to share who Jesus really is, how will they ever know?

Our responsibility on this earth is to imitate Jesus in both word and deed. Yet how can we do that if we haven’t met Him ourselves? Our first assignment is to spend time with Jesus and get to know His character through talking to Him, listening to Him and reading about Him (through His Word). The next step is to, in His power, live like Him in all we do; Show the world that God is good, Jesus is love, and in Him there is fullness of joy.

Once we understand these things, we then begin to realise that every encounter with people or ‘non-believers’ is an opportunity to introduce Jesus to them. It is in those moments, that our gracious and attractive conversations and our gentle,wise and Christ-like lifestyles, will show people who and what Jesus is really like. You might be the only believer that that person will meet in their life. Let us remember what a privilege it is to bring glory to Jesus and live lives empowered and guided by the Holy Spirit.