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01/03/2020 03:00 - 02/03/2020 02:00

“We love because he first loved us” - 1 John 4:19 (NIV).

There is a false view held out there that our God is a transaction one. The idea of transaction is from economics where whatever you do is bound to yield equal results.

Under this belief the saying goes that God’s favor upon us is based on our measure of what we do. He answers our prayers based on how long we pray. He give us back in return to how much we give back to Him. Our relationship with God is based on a reciprocal arrangement, like a deal.

The truth is God’s favor and blessings upon our lives is based not on our goodness or because there is anything good in us. It is God who first loved us and chose us to be His children. He decides to give because He is God and not a man that we should strike wagers with Him.

May our relationship with God be based on total trust of His mercy and goodness. In our weakness may we look up to Him because He is faithful and merciful in spite of all our failings.

Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, may I know that your favors and blessings upon my life is based not on my goodness but because of who you are!

 

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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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