April 1, 2021 Mountain Of Fire Devotional : Topic – The Significance Of The Cross (I)
TOPIC: The Significance Of The Cross (I)
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Judges 6-7
FIRE SCRIPTURE: Numbers 21:4-9 (KJV)
4 And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way.
5 And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.
6 And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.
7 Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.
8 And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.
9 And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.
MEMORY VERSE: “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” – 1 Peter 2:24
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus; the Author and Perfecter of our faith.
PRAISE WORSHIP: Take a worship song as led by the Holy Spirit
PROPHETIC WORD FOR TODAY:
HENCEFORTH, THE VICTORY OF THE CROSS WILL MANIFEST IN ALL AREAS OF YOUR LIFE, IN THE NAME OF JESUS.
One of the terrible consequences of sin is that it brings the wrath of God upon the sinner and opens the doorway for the enemy to attack him or her. In Numbers 21:4-9, the Bible reveals that the children of Israel again complained and murmured against God and Moses, His servant. Their complaint and ill-speaking were tantamount to ingratitude and unbelief. God became angry with them and sent fiery serpents to their midst. The serpents killed many of them. Therefore, the people went to Moses to apologise and they told him to beg God on their behalf. When Moses interceded for them, God told him to make a brass serpent and hang it on a tree. He added that whosoever was bitten by the fiery serpent and would look at the brass serpent on the pole would be healed. Moses did as God commanded him. From that time, as many as were bitten by the fiery serpent, who looked at the brass serpent on the pole, lived. This Old Testament story can be summarised as sin, its consequence, which is death, and the way out, which is salvation.
In the story above, the pole and the brass serpent were the solution that God offered. In John 3:14-16, Jesus said, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Beloved, Jesus is the answer and solution to the problem of sin and its terrible consequences that the devil has brought up on mankind. Sin opened the doorway of sickness, poverty, pain, sorrow, the wrath of God and separation from Him, and so on. Besides, the wages of sin is death. That is why God in His matchless love for sinful and helpless man, gave His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ as substitute to die on the cross at Calvary, and that whosoever believes in Him and His atoning sacrifice should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).
Truly, the cross, to us who are saved, is the power of God. Jesus’ life was laid down for yours and mine on the cross. There, the Son paid all our debts, and earned us forgiveness and life!
- Father, thank You for the priceless gift of Your Son, Jesus Christ, in the name of Jesus.
- Father, I thank You for the salvation of my soul, in the name of Jesus.
- Thank You Jesus because You died for my sin and rose for my justification.
- The finished work of Jesus has given me victory over sickness and poverty, in the name of Jesus.
- The finished work of Jesus has given me victory over death and hell, in the name of Jesus.
- I look at Jesus and I live today, in the name of Jesus.
- Thank You Jesus, for purchasing my all-round victory and fulfilment with Your precious blood.
MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE is a daily devotional by Dr. D.K Olukoya (General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries, Worldwide)