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28/09/2022 03:00 - 29/09/2022 02:00

"The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way" - Psalm 37:23 (NIV). 

Once upon a time for anyone identified as a Born Again Christian it was a taboo to be seen lingering in or around a bar, the kind with all tribes of drinks, busy playing discotheques music. In fact, certain types of music, particularly dance Congolese rumba beats, were a no go area. More importantly, a touch of an alcoholic beverage was an admission of backsliding. It was unheard of for a believer to lift a bottle of beer or touch a glass of wine.

Today, one might find though a more relaxed approach among believers in Christ, leading one to wonder why previous generations were so puritan. Well, there is a story. Many of the early generation of believers had been saved from some of these indulgences. After they accepted Christ they were completely liberated from what for some had become destructive addictions. So, to associate with any of those was to defeat their liberation.

And, besides, some also knew that while they were now liberated by the power of Christ they needed to keep far from old habits since a close and renewed encounter may rewaken that suppressed urge. Just a touch of that old bottle could suddenly render one hopelessly dependent again!

Among the Alcoholic Ananymous groups once one is liberated from alcoholism it is recommended they change living environment. This is because they know the old environment might trigger back the old bad habits. This was also the point of these believers- why start playing with fire again!

Doesn't it make sense! Everyone has certain strength but a worthy point here is unless you know your strength, it is better to keep far away from some of these seductions, just in case. For you never know how far down you may slide the moment you dare!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, you who knows my strength, help me avoid such indulgences that may lead me astray and that I do not fall prey to their ravages, this I pray 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!