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07/07/2022 03:00 - 08/07/2022 02:00

"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus" - 1 Thessalonians 5: 17-18 (NIV). 

A pessimist has been described as a "person who sees the worst side of things because they believe the worst will happen"! Instead of seeing the bright side of life pessimists dwell on the dark side of the coin. Their language so often betrays them. Before even trying an easy low jump a pessimist quickly submits, "No, I can't!"

Pessimist have sometimes been influenced by their environment. They could have grown up among people with dour moods. Their conversation is always negative, giving few chance. Someone grows into a career of being an apostle of "see, I told you!" because he grew up with doomsayers.

In the Bible we come across one character who was an optimist. When misfortune occured to Job where he without warning lost all his livestock and children, he simply rose and offered, "Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord" (Job 1:21-22). Can you imagine praising God in the midst of such terrible circumstances!

Job had a companion with an acid toungue. After Satan struck him with a skin disease all over, "His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity Curse God and die!” He replied, “You are talking like a foolishwoman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” (Job 2:9-10).

Eventually as we know Job's optimism would pay off. After enduring through all his trials with his faith intact, "The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys" (Job 42:12).

Today, if you are a career pessimist, you can work on this habit by learning to see the sunny side of things. Instead of dwelling on negative look out for the good in something. Above all never let the enemy take away your faith but give praise in all circumstances, and you would be surprised!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray for faith and looking up to you in all circumstances, for you are good and your love endures all the time, 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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