Tuesday, September 17th, 2019
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
"For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain" (Philippians 1:21 KJV)
In some countries today, the authorities are trying to use the weapons of fear, persecution, and intimidation to suppress and prevent the preaching of the Gospel. But the Gospel can't be stopped. Jesus said in Matthew 24:14, "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come."
Never be intimidated by any government, group, or individuals who set themselves against the Gospel. They'll fail, as they've always failed. When Saul of Tarsus made havoc of the Church, Jesus knocked him out and said, "...It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks" (Acts 9:5 KJV).
There's no legislation, gang-ups, trumped-up charges and pronouncements against the Church that can stand. Christians need to be more conscious of this, and stand for the Gospel everywhere, preaching it boldly with absolute convictions, even unto death.
Consider the Apostle Paul's persuasion about Christ and the Gospel in our opening verse; so inspiring! You can't be threatened with death when you're already dead! We've been crucified with Christ; nevertheless, we live. Therefore, have no fear of death, because to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
As far as the Gospel is concerned, some of us have come to understand that whether it's death or life, we win. Thus, we're unapologetic about the Gospel; we're ready and able to face anything! We've put it all on the line; we've counted the cost and come to one conclusion: the Gospel must be preached; no threats can stop us!
Square your shoulders, chin up, chest out, because you're Christ's ambassador; the bearer of the news of His saving power. This is your purpose; it's the reason you're alive. You're totally consecrated to God; you're His property; therefore, nothing and no one can hurt or hinder you from fulfilling your destiny in the Gospel.
Let the passion to spread the Gospel around the world burn in your heart like never before. Remain resolute and declare like the Apostle Paul: "...necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!" (1 Corinthians 9:16 KJV).
"By words and deed, through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Holy Spirit of God, the Gospel is being fully preached around the world, and many are being hauled into the Kingdom of God! The spirit of dominion is stirred in God's children around the world to preach the Gospel fearlessly, and in faith, in Jesus' Name. Amen."
"And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident in my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear." (Philippians 1:14 KJV).
"Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city." (Acts 18:9-10 KJV).
" And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation. For we would not brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life: But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;" (2 Corinthians 1:7-10 KJV).
1 YEAR BIBLE-READING PLAN:
Galatians 3:1-14; Song of Solomon 3-5
2 YEAR BIBLE-READING PLAN:
Luke 23:13-25; 2 Samuel 7-8
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