April 8

We will enter into His gate with thanksgiving and into His court with praise. Let us give thanks to Him and bless His Holy Name, for Who is like unto Thee God? There is none like Thee. We bow before Your throne of grace. Thank You Father; thank You God.

Beloved, hope you read the verses of the bible given yesterday on wisdom. In kingdom principles, there is always two sides to everything in life for instance life and death; heaven and hell; good and evil; love and hate so also we have wisdom and foolishness. Therefore, it means that if you are not wise then you are foolish. Nobody will like to be called foolish no matter what. Part of wisdom is being available for kingdom work and that bring us again to the topic we treated yesterday, “death bring much fruit”.

When you are dead to sin and flesh, you will truly be available to be use of God. You will have empathy when you see a perishing soul. You will lose your sleep praying and talking to this individual. It does not mean that you will leave your job or business but in that place God has strategically placed you, you find time and touch lives God brings your way.

As promised, from today till Easter celebration, we will be considering the greater love God showed to humanity by giving His only begotten Son to go to the cross; that we might live. What an honour, what a privileged, what a love! That He who had no sin, He made Him to be sin for us. Come, let’s flow together.

He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.—2 Corinthians 5:21

This verse should startle us and cause us to tremble. It is not a verse to be read quickly and passed over. As Christians we are grateful to be forgiven of our sins. We are thankful we have been adopted as God’s children. Yet we will never comprehend the awesome price that Jesus paid to cleanse us of our sin and to give us His righteousness. How abhorrent was it for the sinless Son of God to have every sin of humanity placed upon Him? What love was required for the Father to watch His only Son bear the excruciating pain of our sin upon the cross?

The prophet Isaiah summarized the human condition: “We are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags” (Isa. 64:6). Even the high priest, Joshua, in his exalted position among God’s people, was clothed in filthy rags before God (Zech. 3:3). The apostle Paul, who labored arduously to be righteous before God, realized that his most strenuous efforts to please God were no more valuable than rubbish (Phil. 3:4–10). The plight of humanity is that nothing we could ever do could satisfy God’s desire for righteousness. But the miracle of God’s mercy is that God exchanges our “filthy rags” for “rich robes” of righteousness (Zech. 3:4).

In this awesome exchange, God placed the sin of humanity upon His righteous Son. Jesus became so identified with our sin that Scripture says God made Him to be sin on our behalf. The holy Son of God could not possibly do more for us than this! Experiencing the Father’s wrath upon the sin He carried would have been more painful to endure than any human rejection or physical suffering.

Never take the righteousness God has given you for granted. Never take the forgiveness of your sin lightly. It cost God a terrible price in order to forgive you and make you righteous. Walk in a manner worthy of the righteousness He has given you. More on it my dear:

“For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” 2Corinthians 5:21

Mourning Christian! Why weepest thou? Art thou mourning over thine own corruptions? Look to thy perfect Lord, and remember, thou art complete in Him; thou art in God’s sight as perfect as if thou hadst never sinned; nay, more than that, the Lord our Righteousness hath put a divine garment upon thee, so that thou hast more than the righteousness of man—thou hast the righteousness of God.

O Thou who art mourning by reason of inbred sin and depravity, remember, none of thy sins can condemn thee. Thou hast learned to hate sin; but thou hast learned also to know that sin is not thine—it was laid upon Christ’s head. Thy standing is not in thyself—it is in Christ; thine acceptance is not in thyself, but in thy Lord; thou art as much accepted of God today, with all thy sinfulness, as thou wilt be when thou standest before His throne, free from all corruption.

O, I beseech thee, lay hold on this precious thought, perfection in Christ! For thou art “complete in Him.” With thy Saviour’s garment on, thou art holy as the Holy one. “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” Christian, let thy heart rejoice, for thou art “accepted in the beloved”—what hast thou to fear?

Let thy face ever wear a smile; live near thy Master; live in the suburbs of the Celestial City; for soon, when thy time has come, thou shalt rise up where thy Jesus sits, and reign at His right hand; and all this because the divine Lord “was made to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” Praise the Lord!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Finally beloved, you cannot please God by yourself or effort but you can in Christ. Therefore, go to Him and learn of Him then will you please your Maker.

Remain blessed in the Lord.

Evang. Ifeoma Ohondu

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IFEOMA OHONDU is the founder of the MattersoftheHeart foundation, a platform where issues affecting our everyday life are discussed and where necessary proffer solution. She is part of the end time army, who will not break their rank to fulfill the urgent call of God upon her life by declaring His word to the helpless, the doubting, the comfortless and the dying world. The world will experience great restoration and healing in the Word of God through her ministration. She is a voice to emphasize key spiritual truth about Faith, Healing and Encouragement.