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10/06/2021 03:00 - 11/06/2021 02:00

“The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time”- Psalm 34:19

There can be a mistaken perception that Christians are immune to troubles.  On the contrary, troubles are much common to God’s children, except that they have a deliverer. King David was a man after God’s heart (1 Samuel 13:14), but he faced many troubles, from being persecuted by King Saul, losing a child, to being overthrown by his son in a palace coup.

As Psalm 18:2 says, “The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer. My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” God delivers us from the troubles we face. It is God who delivered Abraham and Sarah to have a child in their old age (Genesis 21:1-7). When the Israelites where stuck in the Red Sea and pinned down by an invading army, God parted the sea and let them cross to dry land (Exodus 14). After the prayers of the saints, the Lord sent an angel to free the Apostle Peter who had been held in prison (Acts 12:1-19).

Sometimes God uses the troubles which Christians faces to bring them closer to Him. The Apostle Paul says, “ And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them” (Romans 8:28). Often so, God uses the troubles brought on to us by Satan to make us more like Him (Romans 8:29. In fact, for believers, the fact is, “our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs all” (11 Corinthians 4:17).

If we are not delivered here, believers know that God delivers us from all our troubles in the next life. Sometimes we see the sick die even after much prayer. Believers are persecuted in godless nations and lose jobs for standing up for Christ in secular societies. But if believers do not see breakthrough in this life, they will see deliverance in the next life (Revelation 21:4).

Today, if you are facing any trouble, take heart, that the Lord the deliverer, will not fail, but deliver you from all trouble!

Prayer for today; Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, you are my rock and deliverer, so today I pray that you deliver me from any trouble I face, because of the faith in Christ Jesus!

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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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