OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. FRIDAY 27 MARCH 2015. THEME : THE MARKS OF THE LORD JESUS.

lamp-light1 MEMORISE : From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the
marks of the Lord Jesus. GALATIANS 6 : 17.

READ : 1TIMOTHY 6 : 11 – 14.
11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness,
godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art
also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before
Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession
14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the
appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : AMOS 7 : 9 AND MATTHEW 9 : 27 – 10 : 15.

A mark can be described as an impression, a distinguishing trait or quality.
Marks indicate characteristics or symbols used for identification or indication
of ownership. All heaven-bound Christians are children of God and by
implication, belong to Christ ( Mark 9 : 41, Romans 8 : 16. ). What are the marks
of the Lord Jesus?
One distinguishing trait or quality that indicates one’s ownership by the Lord
Jesus is faithfulness. Everyone belonging to Christ is expected to be faithful
in prayer, in tithes and offerings, in studying the word of God, in their marital
relationship, general human relations and in service to God. Are you a child of
God? Be faithful to God, yourself and others. Your faithfulness allows God to
reveal greater insights to you. Faithfulness brings opportunities to you that
are not given to the unfaithful. God takes pleasure in answering prayers that
come from a faithful heart. Another mark of the Lord Jesus is obedience to the
will of God. Christ came to fulfil God’s perfect will for His life. Hebrews 10 : 7
says,
“Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do
thy will, O God.”

Are you living according to God’s perfect will for your life? Anything that
brings shame or reproach to the Name of God is not God’s will for you. Are you
involved in a business deal where it is required that you tell lies, engage in
immorality and cut corners? That business venture should be reviewed. It is
probably not God’s perfect will for your life. As a spouse, are you obedient to
the will of God in your marriage through fidelity, submission and love?
Affiliated to obedience is love. Love is another mark of the Lord Jesus. John
13 : 1 says,
“Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that His hour was
come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his
own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.”
God is love. The love of God is what indicates that you belong to Christ. You
should be able to demonstrate true love ot God and man. Love is a benevolent
disposition of the mind towards fellow-Christians, growing out of sincere and
fervent devotion to God. Indicators of love include kindness, selflessness,
humility, self-discipline and purity. Love can endure evil, injury and
provocation without being filled with resentment, indignation or revenge. Love
is benevolent, bountiful, courteous, and obliging. Love suppresses envy: it is
not grieved by the good of others. Finally, love controls and restrains
passions. Do you bear in you the marks of the Lord Jesus?

PRAYER POINT :
Father, I submit myself to the Lordship of Jesus Christ; let His marks be seen
in my life.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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