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11/05/2023 - 12/05/2023 All day

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart I have overcome the world” – (John 16:33).

There is a well known plant technology where two plants are joined together to grow as one stock, particularly where a weaker plant was finding it hard to take root and flower. It is called grafting. The advantages of grafting is that once enjoined the new plant acquires some of the resilient characteristics of the other stock. Where it could have been easily withered it is grafted on to the hardened features of its new parent stem. In time you may not even notice the difference.

As believers we too have been grafted on to the root stock of Jesus. “But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought to him through the blood of Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 2:13). Like taking on a new citizenship; grafting comes with full blessings of its root parent stock. The Apostle Paul pointed to the Gentile believers who worried that they were going to be assigned as second class citizens. “And this is God’s plan: Both Gentile and Jews who believe the Good News share equally the riches inherited by God’s children. Both are part of the same body, and both enjoy the promise and blessing because they belong to Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 3:6). As believers we have been fully joined with Christ to enjoy all the full blessings of the children of God.

When the grafted plant experiences hard winds it is always held up by its parent root stock. Likewise aside from enjoying those blessing as part of one stem in Christ when we also experience troubles of any kind we are at peace. This is because of our new life in Christ. We are held up firmly and can withstand all tremors to bask in the full sun of His glory because we are firmly rooted in Him.

Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, because I am rooted in Jesus Christ, I pray in his loving grace to enjoy all His full blessings and have peace that He will uphold me to withstand any challenges that come my way, 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!