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21/03/2023 - 22/03/2023 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 romantic, 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 knows 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 of us, 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.

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I thank you that through your son Jesus Christ you have forgiven me and can use me as you will to further your kingdom without alluding to my past, 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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