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29/09/2020 03:00 - 30/10/2020 02:00

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” - 2 Cor 5:17 (NIV).

Who is a believer these days has become a matter of huge debate! Once a time calling oneself a believer made some people hesitate because of the sacrifices it came with. Believers would publicly reject their old sinful life to embrace a new more austere way of life. It was a challenge calling oneself a believer and it made many people think twice before announcing so.

In one nation a certain President says he is a believer. Proof! He has done many good things for believers. Further, he insists believers owe him much.

So, is there a standard for being a believer in Christ? Of course there is. “For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved “(Romans 10:10). A believer has to make a profession of faith for Christ. But it does not stop there. What of his new life in Christ?

There was once a gentleman who used to curse like a sailor. At the very slight provocation and, sometimes even without, he would get going with four letter adjectives. How he would then enjoy the effect of his colorful language. But once he came to Christ his language changed. Or at least gradually. There were other areas he struggled with but everyone could see the process of change taking in his life.

The question of who is a believer should not be an issue of much debate as it has become. Believers live changed lives and people around recognize the difference. If a country says it is being led by believers, one has only to see the behaviors of its leaders. Anyone can claim to be a believer, yes, but the Lord said it all “You will know them by their fruits” (Mathew 7:16).

Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, during these last days when almost everyone is calling them yours I pray to know what it means to take up the cross and pass on that truth to those who seek to worship you in truth!

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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!