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18/11/2023 - 19/11/2023 All day

"These then are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you”Titus 2:15 (NIV).

When soldiers go out to battle one thing they dare not question are orders. This is of course necessary since in a war situation you can easily lose ground if you opened up orders to debate while under enemy fire. A good officer always expects his orders to be executed at once.

Just as today, so was it with the Roman army which at the turn of the first millennium controlled much of Europe and Northern Africa. Roman soldiers were feared for their might, discipline and ability to conquer any territory at ease.

Now once a Roman soldier met Jesus with a servant who lay sick at home. He had heard about the power of Jesus. “Lord, he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly” (Mat 8:6). When Jesus said “Shall I come and heal him” (verse 7), the trained soldier would have none of that. “Lord, I do not deserve you come under my roof. But just say the word and my servant will be healed” (vv 8). Jesus was startled by this man’s faith. “Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go let it be done just as you believed it would. And his servant was healed” (verse 13).

This passage of faith reminds us of the authority and power believers have to speak to any situation. That authority is not about begging for Jesus has left it in our hands. “Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you” (Luke 10:19).

Prayer for today: Lord Father of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I speak to any situation troubling me that it is now silenced, in Jesus’s name.

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    "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands” (Acts 17:24)

    When in his missionary journey the Apostle Paul ventured into the city of Athens he was struck by two things. First, the Athenians spent most of the day doing nothing but talking about the latest ideas (Acts 17:21). In spite of that they could not figure out who the great God is and his plan for their salvation.

    Secondly, Paul noticed Athens was filled with temples and statutes all over. In fact he came across one altar marked with an inscription to an “unknown god” (verse 23). The Athenians were a very religious people, searching God but with no idea of his plans for salvation through Jesus.
    The experience of Paul travelling through Athens could be the same with any of us visiting our modern cities. It is easy to find folks arguing about where truth can be found on social media almost all day. And then also one can find temples of all nature rising across the city. This is usually where they have assigned and restricted God as folks go about their lives.

    One thing Paul reminded the Athenians is that in spite of all their great arguments and temples the truth was actually not far from them. “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundary of their lands. God did this so that they should seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any of us” (Acts 17:27-28).

    Today, you may find yourself in a situation similar to that of the Athenians, where you are searching for the truth, yet it is so close to you. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the blessed name of Jesus, to know and share the truth of your salvation like Paul did for you are not far from any who truly desires to know you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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