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14/03/2024 - 15/03/2024 All day

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”- (1 John 9).

One thing that tends to characterize the people God has used is they tend to have a past. Abraham the father of nations slept with his maid in an act of desperateness (Genesis 16). Moses the liberator of Israeli was once a run away murderer ( Exodus 2:14). The Apostle Peter denied the Lord three times ( Luke 22:54-62).  Before he converted, the Apostle Paul relished in the persecution of the church.

Although all these, and countless other saints had a past, quite not so fairy, yet the Lord used them mightily to further His work. This is an important point to grasp. Quite often we find those who looking back at their past may feel not up to the task of serving the Lord because of that dark past. Guilt has overtaken them and they feel chained down.

Sometimes there are also those who pause and compare themselves to some holy figure in their surroundings. Standing in their shadows they feel hum strung, for they cannot match up to the saintly figure before them. Worse, still, there are situations where those who know of one’s past are quick and eager to bring it up, as a stumbling block.

Looking at the past of those God has used it should be an encouragement to all, that any can play a meaningful role in the Lord’s kingdom. The scripture are quite emphatic, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus…” ( Romans 8:1). Guilt over some past and feeling inadequate is one of the tricks of Satan to paralyze Believers in their individual callings. Every believer, who has confessed his past to the Lord is forgiven and ready to be of much use, regardless. For “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” ( 1 John 1:9)

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, I thank you that you have forgiven me of my past to gladly use me as you will to further your kingdom, this I pray in Jesus’ name.

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    Philosophers and writers have long pointed out that without hope mankind would long be gone. The philosopher Victor Frankly who survived the Holocaust where he lost his entire family found hope was the most important weapon that enabled him come out alive. He wrote, “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how!”
    
Hope can sustain any of us through the darkest of times. This is what happened to Job when he lost everything he possessed. “Though he slay me, I will hope in him; yet I will argue my ways to his face” (Job 13:15).

    King David when he was being pursued by his enemies never lost hope. “For you have been my hope, sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth” (Psalm 71:5). The Apostle Paul who faced countless perilous times during his missionary journeys including jail and shipwrecks never lost hope. Writing to the Corinthians he reminded them, “He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers” (2 Cor 1:10-11).

    As believers God has given us hope that our lives are not empty and meaningless, like so many others. He has given us the hope to carry us through the lowest of moments. “I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His word I put my hope” (Psalm 130:5).
    Today, may that hope that you have in Christ sustain you through whatever circumstances you may be facing.

    Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray in the wonderful name of Jesus that the hope I have in you lifts me up and sustains me in all situations as a conquer, in whose name I pray.

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