Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 05-08-24

After his resurrection and just prior to the Lord’s ascension into heaven, he gave his disciples the commission to preach the good news [he’s alive] to all creation (Mark 16:16). Jesus knew some people would believe and receive salvation in his divine love, but not all (Mark 16:17). Some people would reject the Truth, and prefer to live in the darkness of evil and hatred. Believers would be living in a world with unbelievers.

The Lord prepared his disciples, because he knew what they would be facing. He would no longer be with them physically; he would soon be dwelling with the Father in heaven as King. However, by the work of the Holy Spirit, Jesus promises he will always be with his disciples spiritually which, in time, they learn makes them multiply in power as they witness. Christ performs powerful miracles through them to bring revelation of his life.

The first disciples—like us—received salvation by grace [G.R.A.C.E.= God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense] accepted through active faith in the love of Jesus. Now, every disciple is to continue to live by those same gifts as we go about witnessing to others the message of God’s love found in the Christ. Believers are given Christ’s righteous and loving power, so our lives testify to his presence within.

Let’s remember, Jesus was born as the holy and eternal living Word made human flesh; now, believers are human flesh being made holy by the living Word…one obedient step at a time! As a believer, you are a loving, faithful, and miracle carrying disciple being made in the image of Christ the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Take that knowledge with you, today, and share it with someone who needs to know their potential!

Mark 16:19-20 NLT
19 When the Lord Jesus had finished talking with them, he was taken up into heaven and sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 20 And the disciples went everywhere and preached, and the Lord worked through them, confirming what they said by many miraculous signs.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for your miraculous love and the revelation of Truth we carry within. Please continue to shape us as we walk in obedience to your holy Word. We know as our character grows more Christlike, you will do even more miraculous works through us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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