Streams of Joy Devotional 31st January 2024, Wednesday
Read Streams of Joy 30 January 2024 Devotional – Daily Devotional Message by Pastor Jerry Eze
TOPIC: Sin No More
Memory Verse: “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (Galatians 5: 1)
Scripture Reading: John 5:1-15
5 After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
2 Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.
3 In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.
4 For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.
5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.
6 When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?
7 The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.
8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.
9 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.
10 The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.
11 He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk.
12 Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk?
13 And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place.
14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.
15 The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole.
Focus: “Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.” (John 5: 14)
MESSAGE: In our Focal Scripture, when Jesus found the man He had healed at the pool of Bethesda, He said to him, “You are made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto you”. Jesus alluded to the fact that a worse thing could come to that man if he returned to a life of sin. Sin was going to be a gateway that would usher in greater afflictions than the one Jesus had removed. Sin was going to reverse the progress the man already made.
Friend, in 2024, don’t re-invite old negativities through a lifestyle of sin. Don’t welcome back the afflictions that God has rolled away by indulging in sin. Don’t open the doors of your life to the enemy through sin. Don’t break the hedge of the Lord around you through sin. Don’t lose the progress you have already made because of the appetite for sin. Don’t cause the works of God in your life to be a waste through sin.
Thankfully, Jesus took responsibility for redemption when He offered up Himself on the cross. If you have signed up to be redeemed by Jesus, make no more room for the works of darkness in your life. Refuse to make room for sin in your life. Be done with sin in full, and refuse to have it take hold of you anymore. Refuse to live under the impulses of the flesh. Break away from old negativities and hold on to the newness you have in Jesus.
If Jesus would personally announce that the man He healed had been made whole, but that sin could cause a worse affliction to come, then you must be wary of any temptation that wants to take you back to old sinful ways. The temptation to embrace sinful living is an invitation for express authorization to the enemy to bring you a worse affliction than you have ever suffered. Sin is your authorization for destiny reduction and extinction.
Stand fast in the finished work of Jesus. Refuse to be entangled in the yoke of sin and negativity. You were not redeemed by El Roi so you could go back to bondage. You were redeemed to stay redeemed.
Declaration: By the redemptive work of Christ, I refuse sin; I refuse the yoke of unrighteousness, in Jesus’ name!
Further Reading: Galatians 5
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