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27/11/2021 03:00 - 28/11/2021 02:00

"As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God" - 1 Peter 4:10 (NKJV).

There was once a famous church that rose up on a hill. It was packed with some of the richest men and women in society. However, when it came to its mission budget, compared to others with the less affluent, it paled. The church had all these individuals who had entrepreneurial gifts but lacking generosity.

Another church was famous for the gift of prophecy. However, it was quite obvious by the the way members lived they were far from being guided by the Word of God. Where the church had this gift of prophecy there lacked one of teaching!

Joel 2:28 says the Holy Spirit has been imparted on the church- "And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions." As a result, we have a supernatural gifting of help (John 14:16), strength (Ephesians 3:16), guidance (Romans 8:14), and much more working within us.

Yet these gifts depend on each other to operate successfully. Where there is a gift of miracles there ought to be administration; where there is a gift of healing; there ought to be wisdom and knowledge, and so on. The challenge often starts where we start promoting some gift above others, to a point of worship. "Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ" (I Cor 12:12), Paul writes. "God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it" (vv 24 -26).

Today, other than looking up to another's gift at the risk of ignoring yours or sidelining those that are less pronounced, know every gift us for a purpose, which is to build the body of Christ!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, I thank you for the gift you have blessed the church with and may we use all in harmony for the growth of your church, 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!

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