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Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional 21 January 2023 By Dr. D.K Olukoya – Lessons From The Life Of Joseph Of Arimathea (II)
TOPIC: Lessons From The Life Of Joseph Of Arimathea (II) (Mountain Of Fire and Miracle Ministries, MFM Devotional 21 January 2023)
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Exodus 11, Exodus 12, Exodus 13, Luke 17, Luke 18, Luke 19
FIRE SCRIPTURE: Mark 15:43-45 (KJV)
43 Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus.
44 And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead: and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead.
45 And when he knew it of the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph.
MEMORY VERSE: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:” – Matthew 7:7
If you are bold enough to ask for it, you can be rest assured of having it.
PRAISE AND WORSHIP:
Take praise and worship songs as led by the Holy Spirit
PROPHETIC WORD FOR TODAY:
ALL YOUR HEART DESIRES SHALL RECEIVE SPEEDY ANSWERS NOW, IN THE NAME OF JESUS.
MFM Devotional For Today 2023 MESSAGE:
Yesterday, we started to look at the life of Joseph of Arimathea. We established the fact that you can be rich and righteous at the same time. You don’t have to live beggarly like Lazarus to make heaven. Today, we want to glean yet more wisdom from this great disciple.
Boldness was a hallmark of this Bible hero. The word of God records this: “Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus.” There was a time in his life when he was fearful of the Jews and could not boldly identify with Jesus publicly. John 19:38 confirms this “And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews…”. But a time came that he could not hide his Christian faith anymore. He made his allegiance to Jesus known to all because God has not given us the spirit of fear. This, he displayed when he refused to consent to the wicked deeds of the Sanhedrin and also when he boldly asked for Jesus’ body for burial.
We need to let the world know that we are Christians and we must be bold about it. The more you keep your Christian faith secret, the more sin and worldliness will bring its manipulative wiles to your doorstep.
Another lesson to learn is his bold attitude. He made his request known boldly and Pilate obliged him. He asked and he received. Have you taken time to pray about that heart desire of yours or do you just sit still complaining about it? Come boldly today to the throne of grace because the Scriptures assure us saying, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:” (1 John 5:14). Stop murmuring: pray to God about it; hold Him by His word; open your mouth wide and ask for help. Remember that when we pray, God answers us.
- Power to pray and receive answers speedily, come upon me today, in the name of Jesus.
- O God, arise and let people cooperate with You to bring speedy answers to my petitions, in the name of Jesus.
- By the power that divided Jordan, let my way be opened today, in the name of Jesus.
- Arrows of fearfulness and bewitchment, I am not your candidate, backfire, in the name of Jesus.
- Spirit of discouragement in the place of prayer, die, in the name of Jesus.
- My prayer altar, receive fire, in the name of Jesus.
- Bring your personal petition to God in prayer.
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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