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11/01/2024 - 12/01/2024 All day

“Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God..” ( 2 Cor 3:5).

There is a Baganda saying, “Yesu amala!” which loosely translates : “Christ is sufficient!” It’s a very important point which perhaps one may wish to expand on. When we receive Christ as our personal Lord and Savior he forgives all our sins. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” ( I John 1:9). Jesus does not firgive some sins and still hold to others but forgives us freely. Upon accepting Christ we become children of God truly forgiven through his blood which purchased our freedom.

Now in the time of Apostle Paul- and even as of now; it remains common to find those who think that their salvation in Christ was never sufficient, and must labour some more to receive or experience salvation. Beyond the cross; they add on other qualifications, of their choice. Paul did respond to these: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast” ( Ephesians 2:8-9).

For the unconviced the list of “works” can range from a selection of donations to self denials of choice items. One may exert himself mercilessly in a certain task to merit grace. Because of this some people live their Christian lives, fearfully, never assured of their salvation. The cross was perhaps not enough! Yet the Lord is saying, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” ( Romans 8:1).

When Jesus died on the cross he took all our sins away. Friend, today, if you are troubled rest assured and be comforted by his word that once you received Christ your salvation was a done deal no one can take away. And more importantly, there is nothing more you can do to equal what happaned on the cross. “After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit” ( John 19:28-30).

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, it is by grace that we have been saved and not by works, and may I live and rejoice in the comfort of that knowledge to fully experience salvation, this I pray in Jesus’ 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!