MONDAY 19TH FEBRUARY, 2018
THEME: HIS PRESENCE ASSURED
TEXT: MATTHEW 28:1-20
MEMORY VERSE: MATTHEW 28:20 “Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you and lo, I AM with you always, to the close of the age.”
The presence of God is very important in the lives of Christians. Without the presence of God, Christians cannot succeed in anything they do. The presence of God in our lives, assures manifestation of signs and wonders such as repentance, healing, speaking in tongues and breakthroughs. In addition, signs and testimonies will become the order of the day. God said to Moses “My presence will go with you and I will give you rest.”(Exodus 33:14).
Our text today explains the resurrection of Christ and how He appeared to Mary Magdalene, the other Mary. He also appeared to His Disciples, assuring them that all authority in heaven and on earth had been given to Him. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you and lo I AM with you always to the close of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20).
Brethren, God promised that He would be with us always. But before we experience His presence, we need firstly to be born again, we need to live a holy life. We cannot experience both the presence of Satan and of God at the same time. Remember when King Saul sinned against God, the presence of God departed from him and an evil spirit entered him. (1 Samuel 16:14).
If we must experience the presence of God, we must be born again, be prayerful, study the Bible, have faith in God, and resist the devil. We must be ready to preach Christ and His gospel, too. Are you a true child of God? Avoid sin. Avoid speaking foul language, the language of area boys stealing, lies, fornication, fraud, etc. Are you still rebellious against God and Church leaders? If so, God’s presence is NOT IN YOU. You need to CHANGE AND SEEK GOD.
HYMN: EMHB 516 – When we walk with the Lord…
PRAYER: O Lord, let Your presence which makes the difference abide with us this day and forever. Amen.