Daily Devotional

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8th April 2019

Scripture Reading: Mark 16: 1-9

Focus

“And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.” (Mark 16: 1)

After Jesus was crucified, the next day was Sabbath, and by the next day after Sabbath, the women came with spices to anoint His body. The Sabbath day was a day of rest; so between the crucifixion and the resurrection, there was a day of rest. Between the sad news and the testimony, there was rest. Between the pain and the joy, there was rest. Between what looked like a setback and the miracle, there was rest.

Friend, I’m aware that you may still be awaiting your expected miracle, you may still be praying for the desires of your heart to become your reality, but it’s high time you relaxed. Relax from all the pressures of your pending expectations; relax from all the bad news that may have come to you already; relax from the pain and shame you may have suffered in the past; relax from every ‘crucifixion’ that has come your way.

The day of crucifixion may have looked like the worst day there would ever be in the lives of those women; but after the day of rest, everything turned around for good. The worst gave way for the best after the day of rest. Hear me as I hear the Lord: as you rest your mind from the challenges that have besieged you, the worst will give way for the best to come. As you relax, God will take control and make all things good.

You can’t fight your battle and fight God’s own too; you can’t do what a man can do and also do what only God can do. You really can’t change anything by getting needlessly worked up on account of what is not working. Jesus already promised that He would resurrect, and there was no point getting agitated for a promise that was already sure to happen. Don’t lose sleep when God has already committed Himself by His word.

Rely on God’s word; if God has said it, believe it, and relax. Don’t let the devil make you agitated over what God has already guaranteed.

Declaration

I choose to relax; no more needless agitation, in Jesus’ name!

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Memory Verse

“Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.” (Psalm 37: 7)

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