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GRACEVINE DEVOTIONAL
Tuesday, January 6th, 2016

Romans 5:8-9 KJV
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were YET sinners, Christ died for us. [9] Much more then, being NOW JUSTIFIED by his BLOOD, we SHALL be SAVED FROM WRATH through HIM.

It’s really very bothersome how Christian believers are today spreading panic. Between the purported religious plan to “Islamize” Nigeria, ISIS terrorism against Christianity & sudden rapture visions credited to men of God, the devil has got Christians running around like scared chickens in a slaughter house.

Please find hereunder OUR MANDATE FROM CHRIST.

Mark 16:15 KJV
“And he said unto them, Go ye into ALL the world, and PREACH THE GOSPEL to every creature”

Jesus has not changed this mandate.

The gospel is THE Good News about Christ Jesus and His finished Work of Salvation. It is NOT news of terrorism, persecution or rapture. Jesus told us about those things under an official “FYI (For your information) only” status.

This present news of sudden rapture and of people missing the rapture does not produce faith in Christ at all.  It produces panic which is an offspring of fear. See the Bible verse below for the destination of the fearful ones.

Revelation 21:8 KJV
“But the FEARFUL, and UNBELIEVING, and the abominable and ........all LIARS, shall have their part (End) in the LAKE which burneth with FIRE and brimstone: which is the second DEATH”

If your aim is to scare men into the Kingdom of Christ, then you are among the people listed in that text above. The message of Christ is a by - product of the love of God.

“For God SO LOVED the world that He gave His only begotten Son that WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH SHALL NOT PERISH but HAVE ETERNAL LIFE”

The Gospel is a product of the perfect love of God. Perfect love expels fear when it is fully understood. You cannot KNOW The Love of God and still be fearful of missing the rapture.

1 John 4:18 KJV
“There is NO fear in LOVE; but perfect love casteth out fear: because FEAR hath TORMENT. He THAT FEARETH IS NOT MADE PERFECT IN LOVE”.

The ONLY source of Faith is the GOOD NEWS about Jesus. (Romans 10:17).  It is this faith that emanates from the Good News that saves men. (Ephesians 2:8).
Part of this Good News is that everyone who BELIEVES IN CHRIST BY THE GOSPEL SHALL BE SAVED FROM WRATH OR JUDGMENT.

Romans 5:8-10 KJV
“But God commendeth (demonstrated) His LOVE toward us, in that, WHILE we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. [9] Much more then, being NOW JUSTIFIED BY HIS BLOOD, WE SHALL BE SAVED FROM WRATH THROUGH HIM. [10] For if, when we were enemies, we were RECONCILED to God by the DEATH of his SON, much more, BEING RECONCILED, we SHALL be SAVED by HIS LIFE”.

HERE’S THE ORDER OF THE RAPTURE

1 Thessalonians 4:14-18 KJV
“For IF WE BELIEVE that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. [15] For this we say unto you BY THE WORD of the LORD, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent (rapture first before) them which are asleep. [16] For the LORD HIMSELF shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: [17] THEN WE WHICH ARE ALIVE and REMAIN SHALL BE CAUGHT UP TOGETHER with them in the CLOUDS, TO MEET THE LORD IN THE AIR: and SO SHALL WE EVER BE WITH THE LORD. [18] Wherefore COMFORT one another with these words”

This should be a message of COMFORT - Not panic!

Any Man of God NO MATTER HOW HIGHLY PLACED who purportedly saw in any vision or dream where Christian people didn’t make the rapture OBVIOUSLY MISSED THE RAPTURE HIMSELF OTHERWISE HOW COULD HE HAVE SEEN IT?

Beloved, let us focus on the preaching of Jesus, neither rapture, Book Haram, ISIS nor the devil died for us - only Jesus did. He is the message that brings Faith for Salvation. In HIM, you cannot miss Rapture because Rapture is the pulling of all who believe IN HIM to Him eternally!

CONFESSION
I am in Christ Jesus. I know I am saved. I have assurance of Eternal Life. My eternal destiny is secured in Christ Jesus. My ONLY assignment here on Earth at this moment is to preach Jesus to all peoples of the earth. Grace is upon me to do and to finish this assignment in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Do have a blessed one today beloved.
Pastor Ken Okotcha

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