MFM Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional 13 December 2019 By Dr. D.K Olukoya – Jesus, Friend Of Sinners (III)
TOPIC: Jesus, Friend Of Sinners (III) (Mountain Of Fire and Miracle Ministries, MFM Daily Devotional 13 December 2019)
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Hosea 12-14; Revelation 4
FIRE SCRIPTURE: Matthew 8:1-4
MEMORY VERSE: “And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” – Luke 23:43
Jesus exemplified and demonstrated Agape love throughout His earthly ministry. He received outcasts, the unloved, social misfit and so on. He loved not just in words but also in deed. In Matthew 8:1-4 (our Fire Scripture), a leper went to Jesus, worshipped Him and said, “Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will, be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.”
In Israel, a leper is an outcast. Lepers lived outside the city or town and they are usually quarantined, not expected to mingle with others who are clean. Therefore, they are treated with disdain, rejected and considered as social misfits. Worse still, the Mosaic Law disfavours them. That is why Mariam had to stay outside the camp for seven days for her leprosy to be removed when she transgressed for speaking wrongly about Moses, the servant of God. As New Testament believers, we should note that sin does to a Christian what leprosy brings upon anyone who contacts it in the Old Testament. We should therefore avoid sin like a plague. Let us also note, however, that in spite of the scriptural stance on leprosy, Jesus, the most loving and self-sacrificing Saviour touched the leper and the man became clean immediately. He was indeed a friend of the sick and defender of the weak, hope of the hopeless and help of the helpless.
Some Christians drive pass bus stops and even their church highways but they neglect commuters either because those commuters belong to other denominations or they are not of the same faith as theirs. Would Jesus act that way? This is the question we should always ask ourselves. Jesus imitated the Father by always acting in love. Do you?
Besides, Jesus allowed the publicans and the harlots to come to Him and they repented. He commended them in Matthew 21:31 and Luke 7:29. Jesus was also a friend to sinful women in Luke 7:47 and John 8:11. Jesus also received the publicans and sinners. As a result, the Pharisees and Scribes murmured saying, “This man receiveth sinners and eateth with them.” Jesus told His critics that His act was leaving ninety nine sheep and going after one lost sheep. What a wise answer! Do you have a similar passion for lost souls? The Master expects you to.
Jesus, the friend of sinners was the last saving grace for the dying thief who was on His right side on the Cross. The dying thief had rebuked the other for making offensive and unguarded statement against Jesus. He admitted that he and the other thief were being punished for their misdeeds but that Jesus was sinless and guiltless. Then he added, “Lord remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom” (Luke 21:42). To this, the Scriptures says, “And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
Finally, Jesus proved that He was a friend of sinners in the case of the man who was blind from birth. Jesus had healed the man and the Pharisees wanted to deny that Jesus had restored his sight because they believed Jesus was a sinner. The man whose eyes Jesus restored said that Jesus could not have done the miracle of restoring his sight if he was a sinner. This infuriated the Pharisees and they cast the man out. Later, Jesus found the excommunicated man and befriended him because the man believed and received Him. Jesus added, “For judgement I am come into this world, that they which see not might see, and that they which see might be made blind” (John 9:39).
A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.
JESUS, THE FRIEND OF SINNERS WILL HAVE MERCY ON YOU AND YOUR HOUSEHOLD.
1 O Lord, fill my heart with Your love, in the name of Jesus.
2 Father, make me a compassionate Christian, in the name of Jesus.
3 Father, use me to change the hearts of men to love and serve you, in the name of Jesus.
4 Let my life demonstrate the love of Christ to others, in the name of Jesus.
5 As the Father has loved me before I love Him, I receive the grace to love others unconditionally, in the name of Jesus.
6 I declare that I am a beneficiary of Agape love, in the name of Jesus.
7 Father, make my life a living epistle for others to read and be converted, in the name of Jesus.
MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE is a daily devotional by Dr. D.K Olukoya (General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries, Worldwide)
DAY 13 – EAGLE PRAYERS
Confessions: Psalms: 127:5- Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it; except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; for so he giveth his beloved sleep. Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.
Isa 8:16 – Behold I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in lsrael from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.
Aggressive Praise Worship
297 Every foundational, inherited and collective curse/covenant working to destroy the colourful destiny of my children, break by the blood of Jesus, in Jesus name.
298 Yoke of family poverty operating in lives of my children, terminate by fire, in the name of Jesus.
299 Every power at the gate of death killing good things in the lives of my children, summer sault and die, in the name of Jesus.
300 Lord Jesus, frustrate all satanic decision taken at evil witchcraft coven concerning the destiny of my children, in the name of Jesus.
301 O lord my God, renew your covenant of mercy, favour and olessing over the destiny of my children, in the name of Jesus.
302 Every padlock of darkness locking up good things away from my children, Holy Ghost fire, set them ablaze, in the name of Jesus.
303 According to your promises to Father Abraham, 0 Lord, bless those who bless my children and curse those who curse them, in the name of Jesus.
304 Every bewitchment and enchantment programmed into . the destiny of my children, backfire, in the name of Jesus.
305 I speak destruction to the root of every embarrassing situation and circumstances in the lives of my children die now by the blood of Jesus, in the name of Jesus.
306 Any habit in the lives of my children that will destroy there destiny and bring shame and disgrace to the family, Holy Spirit, kill them, in the name of Jesus.
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