Tuesday, July 26 2016
The All-Sufficient God is also the Self- Sufficient God, He is because He doesn't need help from anyone....He is self-sustaining! As we have established last month, all we need to amount to anything is in Christ Alone. Welcome to March 2015: IN CHRIST ALONE! For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. (Colossians 2:9-10 NKJV). Like that popular hymn, In Christ Alone, my hope is found; He is my light, my strength, my song. My Cornerstone, my comforter, my ALL IN ALL! As you journey through this month and the rest of your life; may His light envelope you, may His strength be made perfect in your weakness and may you receive help and comfort from Him Alone!
When we look critically at the theme, we will realise that it sums up the totality of our Christian faith. God offers nothing outside of, or besides Christ. Nothing can be added to what Christ offers. He is the way, the truth and life (John 14:6), without Him, we are completely lost, living a lie and in total darkness! This is the reason why we must do everything within our power to stay connected to Him even when situation are going contrary to our expectations, we are to continue abiding in Him (John 15:4). We can do nothing except through HIM ALONE! You can ponder on the fact that even the unsaved are prosperous, yes, it may appear that way but prosperity in the worldly sense differs from that which we find in Christ. He offers prosperity in its totality and let’s not forget that Psalm 37:1-3; 73:3 also gave us the perfect answer, “Do not envy the prosperity of the wicked…..”
In Christ alone is total and absolute freedom. To be freed and delivered from every form of bondage, captivity, and the yoke of slavery, you need Christ. As the saying goes, ‘life without Christ is full of crisis’, the bible says in John 8:36, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” The man by the pool of Bethesda will attest to this, for 38 years, he was rooted on one spot, waiting for ‘a man’ to push him into the pool whenever the water was stirred up until ‘THE MAN’ showed up and his bondage of 38 solid years came to an end. I pray that this month, THE MAN- Jesus will step into your situation and you will receive freedom from all your afflictions. I prophesy into your life that the WAIT IS OVER in Jesus name. You may wonder why the man stayed in that particular place for 38 years. He was convinced that his deliverance was in that place. It is worthy to note that the pool of Bethesda which means ‘pool of mercy’ had 5 porches (entrances), which represents the five letters in the name of Jesus so he was well-positioned! Beloved, let me encourage you with this, your fellowship with God and service to God is not a waste of time, it is a seed! You must propose in your heart, that you will not be discouraged, not matter what and as you continue to remain steadfast, HE WILL SINGLE YOU OUT FOR A DIVINE VISITATION in Jesus name.
In Christ alone is light, John 8:12 says “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” The light of the world gives us life! Through His light, we are no longer to dwell in blindness- spiritually or physically; no need to be in darkness, His light shines through all darkness- darkness of death, hell, sorrow and pain and brings to the open every hidden thing. Whatever secret or lies, the devil may be telling you, I pray that the light of Jesus will expose in Jesus name.
In Him alone, we find peace and rest for our souls. In John 14:27, Jesus said, Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” The peace Jesus was talking is an assuring confidence that He is in control of every situation, it is not the absence of war, trials and storms but that even in those situations, He has made a way of escape. That is why it differs from that which is offered by the world as Jesus said in the scripture above. We have peace that our sins are forgiven, we have peace that Jesus got our back and since He’s got our back, nothing is permitted to disturb us! He gives spiritual, physical and even emotional peace!
In Him alone we find rest from all our struggles, release from issues of life and answers to all questions. He said in Matt. 11:28, “Come to me…………, and I will give you rest” Jesus was literally saying there that , ‘come to me, those of you who are stressed out, weary, tired and have gotten to your human limits, let go and let me take over!’ That is why it is important to spend time studying the word because in the Word which is Jesus, you will find rest. As you hand over your issues to Him alone this month, he will take over and give you rest in all areas in Jesus name. In Him alone is abundant life, his mission is to destroy Satan’s mission as we see in John 10:10; in Christ Alone is the assurance of victory. He said we should be of good cheer because He has overcome! (John 16:33).
The list goes on and on but one last point which will summarise this theme is that IN CHRIST ALONE is salvation…you cannot be saved except through Him alone “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12 KJV). He is the only remedy for our sins. In Him, our sins are forgiven, washed away, and erased! No man was ever recorded in history as laying his life for the atonement of sins. Yet Jesus did it for us, picture it He didn’t do it as a joint venture with anyone, He did it alone for us! Even the two thieves on both sides were there for a different reason and thank God, one of them recognized this fact and seized the moment! May you never miss your God-given opportunity in Jesus name. If you have not yet given your life to Him, why not seize this golden opportunity and do so, tomorrow maybe too late! No matter what you have done as one of the stanzas in the hymn, ‘IN CHRIST ALONE’ depicts no guilt in life… Rom.8:1 says “therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ.” No more shame for you, no guilt as long as you accept Him into your life. All we need in life and for living is in Christ Alone. Shalom