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26/07/2021 03:00 - 27/07/2021 02:00

“For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord” – Proverbs 8:35 (NIV). 

Whereas infections like malaria and HIV are some of the leading causes of death in poorer African nations, elsewhere in the industrialized nations, like US, heart disease is the leading cause of death. From medicine we find a host of heart disease causes that can range from: a sedentary life style, obesity, drug abuse, alcoholism, smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, to birth defects.

Once a heart stops the risk of fatalities are extremely high and hence health experts are always looking for ways to extend the life of a heart. Through medicine we find various remedies for heart treatment ranging from medications, surgery, inserting pace makers to help revive weakened hearts and even heart transplants.

However, in all, there is a place where conventional medicine cannot go: and that is where a heart suffers a disease, which can lead to eternal death- the disease of sin. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Upon creation God provided a code of behavior for us, which once we fault, we have sinned, which happens to everybody- “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

Human intervention can only temporarily extend life by adding some measure of power to a heart and its ability to supply  blood to the rest of the body. However, it is a fact of life, that even with the best of medical care, every heart that beats, will one day stop. It is here that it becomes more important to look for a cure of all heart diseases. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

Today, while any of us may seek and take to a good doctor’s advice how to extend the life of our hearts: exercise regularly, watch our diet, go for regular check ups, perhaps even have surgery; yet, if we want out heartbeat to roar deep into eternity, it is only by accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and personal savior, where we can have that assurance.  “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son” (1 John 5:11).

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I open up my heart to receive you as Lord and Savior, and gladly receive the gift of eternal life you have promised to all who believe, 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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