“Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.” (Mark 16: 9)
That is the Focal Scripture of Streams of Joy Devotional today.
Our Focal Scripture speaks of how Jesus rose from the grave on the first day of the week and first appeared to Mary Magdalene. There were other male disciples of Jesus, including Peter, James and John who had very close ties with Jesus, but He elected to appear first to Mary Magdalene. There were others who should be considered, but He gave preference to Mary Magdalene. Mary Magdalene was considered first.
Friend, hear me as I hear the Lord: you will be considered first. You will be considered first for special favours and offers; you will be considered first for high places; you will be considered first for privileged positions; you will be considered first for great achievements; you will receive your portion ahead of others; you will attain great heights ahead of your contemporaries; you will be considered first.
Other disciples eventually got to see the risen Jesus, but Mary Magdalene saw Him first. She got it ahead of others. Others were still waiting, when she received her divine visitation. Hear me as I hear the Lord: while others are still waiting and believing God for visitation, you will be divinely visited; while others are waiting for their open doors and breakthroughs, you will receive yours. You will be satisfied early.
You serve a God who satisfies men early when He so determines. You mustn’t be the last in the queue; you mustn’t be the last to make progress; you mustn’t be the last to get a job or breakthrough; you mustn’t be the last to rise to higher levels. If Mary Magdalene could be considered first, then you too can be considered first. If Mary Magdalene could see Jesus before others, then you too will receive your divine portion before others.
Get set: you will be considered first; you will get it before others.
Psalm 90: 14 says: “O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.”
Declare With Me: I will be considered first; I shall get it before others, in Jesus’ name!
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