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“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander along with every form of malice” - Ephesians 4:31 (NIV)

The sin of Cain and Abel which happened millenniums ago unfortunately still lives with us. Cain was bitter that his brothers offering were more acceptable to the Lord. Rather than deal with the problem he took to the easy escape of hating his brother. Consumed with envy he ultimately stabbed his brother to death. What followed is telling. Cain was banished into the wilderness.

Envy and bitterness are cancers we should all be wary of! There are always many trappings that could lead us into that poisonous spirit of bitterness and envy. It could be because someone has a better piece of property or maybe a more grandiose job. Some people the fact one has an apparently more beautiful spouse is enough to get them going.

The fact of the matter is there is never shortage of things to be envious of. Someone out there will always seem to be better off at something. But while what others have we can’t control there is something we can control. Bitterness and envy. And when we do so we are free of that cancer that can come to take away all of our joy and bring ruin to us, just as was for Cain!

Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray that I never allow the cancer of bitterness and envy to take hold of my life.

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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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