Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "His Eye Is On The Sparrow"1 (Lyrics)
When I first started doing street evangelism, I had a real challenge. I noticed that for every ten persons I came across on the street, nine claimed that they already knew Jesus and were born-again Christians. Hence, preaching to them was of no use.
But, thank God, the Holy Spirit spoke to my spirit, "Don't mind what they tell you. The devil doesn't want them to hear the message. Preach all the same." So, I obeyed.
With time, I discovered that those people who claimed that they had the Spirit of adoption were mere churchgoers who leaned on unscriptural ideas as yardsticks for being children of God. Little did they know that they were alienated from God.
Friends, belonging to a church doesn't make us Christians, and singing with a melodious voice every Sunday doesn't either. Some people go to church to fulfill all righteousness, but as soon as they leave church, they go back to their worldly endeavours filled with fornication, adultery, and all forms of lasciviousness. No wonder peace is far from many who claim to know Christ these days.
In the body of Christ, suicide, depression, and frustration have become rampant because many are yet to align with the Prince of Peace, Jesus, who said, "I leave you peace; my peace I give you." (John 14:27a NCV) Yet many who call Him Lord still lack peace, not knowing that they are their own problems.
Job 22:21 – Obey God and be at peace with him; this is the way to happiness. (NCV)
To experience peace, we must settle with God, and Paul describes the only way to do that:
Romans 10:9 – If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and if you believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you will be saved. (NCV)
What we are to do is to confess our sins and ask Jesus to come into our life, and then, we will have peace. As we do that, whatever has stolen our peace will return it.
Romans 8:1 – There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (ESV)
There is no gain in hypocrisy, and there is no repentance in the grave. So, even if we are being hunted by death, let us confess our sins and align with Jesus today, and we will live and experience divine peace. Pray with me:
Prayer: Thank You, Jesus, for giving me peace on the cross by dying for my sins. I therefore confess that I am a sinner, and I accept You as my Saviour and Lord. I receive Your divine peace into my heart, mind, soul, family, job, and every area of my life where peace is absent. I align with You, Jesus, now and forevermore. In Your name, I pray. Amen.