Rhapsody of Realities Daily Devotional ; Friday, July 5th, 2019 ;
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome DSc., DD;
GET A “WORD-BATH”
Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you (John 15:3).
Imagine a Christian waking up in the morning and turning on the TV to discover that the program airing happens to be “Pastor Chris Teaching.” He gives it full attention till the end and then the next program comes up, this time, it’s an unwholesome one for a Christian. Even so, he continues to watch.
When he’s done watching this, and several others after it (all with unwholesome contents), he’s too tired to pray or study the Word. He feels condemned and even begins to feel too “dirty” to go to church, thinking he’d need to “clean up” first. He could start praying, “Oh God, please revive me.”
For this Christian, it’s now very necessary to go to Church! His unedifying action could slow down his progress spiritually if it continues, but he needs an urgent Word-bath! No one is ever “too dirty” for God. In our opening verse, Jesus said, “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you” (John 15:3).
It’s the ministry of the Word to cleanse you of sin, guilt, and all unrighteousness. So, don’t stay at home when you ought to be in Church because you thought you did something wrong that made you “too dirty” for God. Go to Church! He’ll clean you up! He does it through the Word.
Jesus didn’t come for perfect men. Rather, He came to make men perfect. He specializes in changing imperfect people and bringing them to perfection. He raised an “unstable” person like Peter and transformed an injurious personality like Paul, who both became mighty apostles of the Gospel. If He’d do that, then He can cleanse and train you to become the best of you for His glory.
Submit yourself to the cleansing power of God’s Word. Study and meditate on the Scriptures. You might say, “But I don’t know where to begin to even read the Bible.” This devotional gives you a head start. Keep studying it, including all the indicated scriptural references.
In addition, meticulously follow either the one-year or two-year daily Bible-reading plan. Before long, you’ll see a remarkable transformation in your life, and those around you will also attest to the grace and glory of God evident in your life. Praise God!
Sin has no dominion over me. I walk in perfection and excellence, producing works and fruits of righteousness. The Word of God has mastery over my mind, and I have the victory over sin and its attendant consequences. I live triumphantly, walking in righteousness and in the wisdom of Christ. Blessed be God!
2 Corinthians 3:18
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
1 John 2:1-2
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Acts 17:16-34 & Job 6-8
2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Luke 6:39-49 & Deuteronomy 33