TOPIC: Christ First (Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries Thursday, 23 August 2018)

FIRE SCRIPTURE: Luke 14:26-33

MEMORY VERSE: “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”Matthew 16:26

The MESSAGE:

The average person is concerned with love for self, family and possessions. Anyone who places these before the Lord Jesus cannot be His disciple. Love for self is innate and is the primary concern of an unbeliever, but true disciples are devoted to Christ. You cannot claim to be a true disciple if it has not cost you something substantial. Every other thing becomes secondary while Christ becomes top priority. Jesus did not hide from those who wanted to follow Him, what it will cost them and what the grace of God would accomplish in a believer. He did not promise eternal life, which resides dormant in the human heart. He offered God’s grace, which brings a complete change by putting Christ’s new life in man. The old nature, which puts self, family and possessions first, is put off by a new nature. Christ comes to dwell within us so that our old Adam’s nature will no longer have uncontested control, even though it is not eliminated completely. Paul had this struggle between the victorious nature of Christ within him and the sin that still dwelt in him. This is why he said, “It is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me” (Romans 7:17).

When an unbeliever understands what will automatically take place in his or her life as a result of salvation, he or she may be honest enough to reject it as the rich young ruler who came to Jesus did (Matthew 19:16-22; Mark 10:17-22; Luke 18:18-23). Jesus told him what must happen in his life for him to receive Christ’s grace or eternal life: he must be willing to give up his possessions. Jesus knew that was not what the man wanted to hear, but that did not change His declaration of truth. Therefore, the man remained rich materially, but spiritually poor. He failed to put Jesus first.

When Jesus saves a person, He is expected to be first in that person’s life. Family and possessions can come later, and the person must be available for the use of God. The Lord Jesus Christ commands us to put Him first after which He will take care of us when He said, “But seek he first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things will be added unto you” ( Matthew 6:33). If we put Him first in our hearts and lives, we will always be winners. When Jesus Christ is first, you will be fully enjoy your family, your possessions and yourself. Put Jesus first today and let Him take care of you.

MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE:
THE LORD NEVER TAUGHT RECKLESS ABANDONMENT OF SELF, RELATIVES OR POSSESSIONS.

PROPHETIC WORD:
You will enjoy a life of physical and spiritual prosperity.

PRAYER POINTS:

MORNING
1. Power to set my priorities right, fall upon me now, in the name of Jesus.
2. Lord, I will love You with great deal and dedication, all the days of my life, in the name of Jesus.
3. Lord Jesus, give me the grace to carry my cross and follow You daily, in the name of Jesus.

EVENING
4. I’ve made up my mind, I shall never turn my back against Jesus, in the name of Jesus.
5. Distractions of this world, loose your hold upon my life now, in the name of Jesus.
6. Powers calling me to come down from the mountain to the valley, shut up and die, in the name of Jesus.
7. Holy Spirit, be my guide every moment of my life, in the name of Jesus.

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MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE is a daily devotional by Dr. D.K Olukoya (General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries, Worldwide)

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