SCRIPTURE UNION DAILY GUIDE DEVOTIONAL FOR APRIL 10, 2023 (UNBELIEF : A VERY GRIEVOUS SIN)
TOPIC: UNBELIEF : A VERY GRIEVOUS SIN
OPENING PRAYER: Dear Lord, make me more like you through the power of your word as I meditate on it.
SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY: Mark 16: 9 – 20
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION
• Q 2: Is there any example for me to follow or not to follow?
• Q 5: Is there any warning for me to heed?
We have recorded here three of Jesus’s post-resurrection appearances before his ascension.
After Jesus’ resurrection, as prophesied by the Scriptures and by Jesus himself, Mary Magdalene became the first to see Him! When she told the disciples, they did not believe! Even when the two disciples who met Jesus on their way to Emmaus (vs.12-13 cf. Luke 24:13-35) told the disciples, they still did not believe. Notice what Jesus did to reassure them of His resurrection (v.14). But He had to rebuke them for their “stubborn unbelief” (NLT). We must beware of the sin of unbelief (see 2 Kings 7:2, Hebrews 3:12).
Then Jesus gave the all-time great commission to all disciples (v.15) and accompanied this with a great promise (see vs.17-18). The prompt obedience of the disciples (v.20) is a challenge to all who are Christ’s disciples today. Are you obeying the same command? Jesus, in v.16, was categorical about ANYONE who believes and ANYONE who does not believe. Notice the end of each group. To which group do you belong? Unfortunately, there is no midway. Just as Jesus was taken up to heaven (v.19), he will return to give each person what he deserves (Act 1:11). Are you prepared for his return?
A challenge: Is the Great Commission still the Great Commission to you or it has become the Great Omission?
• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
HYMN: Will You Come To The Cross
1. O burdened soul, no longer wait,
But give your wanderings o’er;
Now humbly kneel at Jesus’ feet,
And slight His call no more.
Refrain: Will you come to the cross
Where happy you may be?
Will you come to the cross,
His blood your only plea?
In the cross, blessèd cross,
Is pardon full and free;
Will you come?
He will save you there!
2. Behold a fountain filled with blood,
He opened long ago;
And there your sins, tho’ crimson red,
Shall be as white as snow.
3. Behold a straight and narrow path
That leads to endless day;
O seek it now thro’ Christ the Lord:
There is no other way.
4. Then turn to Him in simple faith,
Accept His promise true;
And O! believe with all your heart
That Jesus died for you.
Lord, give me a heart and a burden for the lost, and help me to reach out to them.
Offer a prayer of faith in line with Jeremiah 24:7
ONE YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Deuteronomy 33, 34, Psalms 45.
NATIONAL PRAYER BULLETIN – MON, 10-APR-2023
NATIONAL PRAYER AND GIFTS DAY APRIL 10-16
PRAY FOR LOST SOULS
…Whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
– James 5:20
THANK GOD FOR:
► Another Prayer and Gifts day this year 2023.
► The targets for lost souls, that God will enable us reach out to them.
► SU brethren this year as we reach out to lost souls in our families, neighbourhood, churches and workplace.
► Brethren as we share the steadfast love of God and show kindness and mercy to the lost.
► People to see the light of the gospel and the glory of God and that it will lead them to repentance.
► Moving on with scales that will not let them see the move of God in this end time.
► Refusing to open the door when they hear the voice of God.
Scripture Union Daily Guide (10th April 2023) Monday. Scripture Union is an international, interdenominational, evangelical Christian organization. It was founded in 1867, and works in partnership with individuals and churches across the world. The organization’s stated aim is to use the Bible to inspire children, young people and adults to know God.
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