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12/02/2022 03:00 - 13/02/2022 02:00

"At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children" - Mathew 11:25 (NIV). 

When Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the well and revealed to her without her volunteering that she was married to five husbands (John 4: 17-18); it was because of revealed knowledge he possessed. Once Jesus asked the disciples who he was and "Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven" (John 16: 16-17).

There is knowledge that is naked and obvious to our eyes; but there are also secrets which can only be opened to us by God."The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law" (Deuteronomy 28:29). Until God reveals certain truths to any of us, our search can be vain and hopeless. Matthew 13:10 notes, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” He answered and said to them, "Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given".

Very often some of us engage in long winding and frustrating debates with non believers about the Kingdom of God. We so easily forget what Jesus once told Nicodemus, a teacher of law, puzzled when he told him he had to be born again to know of eternity,  "I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?" (John 3:12).

Revelead knowledge is when only God of his power let's us in of certain truths. And of course this starts with accepting Jesus as Lord and savour. Yet because it has not been revealed to the lost to them, " the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God" (1 Cor 1:18).

May we therefore pray for revelation to those we desire to know Christ that God can open their eyes!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray that the truth of salvation may be revealed to those whom you have chosen, especially my loved ones, 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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