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07/10/2023 - 08/10/2023 All day

So if the son sets you free, you will be free indeed” – (John 8:36).

Encountering knots is part of life. There are knots of gift parcels we find to be loosened once such is received. There are knots tied around poles while building to prevent them from collapsing. Knots can be used to contain and hold things, including treasures like money parcels. When certain domestic animals are taken to the field, like goats, there are tied up with knots.

Sometimes there can be a knot around a life too. Once while Jesus was up and about he came across a woman who had been bound with one knot. “On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the Synagogues and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all” (Luke 13: 10-12). Once Jesus looked at her, there he knew there was a knot binding this woman down.

“When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman you are set free from your infirmity.” Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God” ( vv 13). The story here is that probably no one had been noticing this woman though it looks as though she had been a regular to the Synagogue. More so, neither she nor the leaders were aware of the spirit of Satan that was holding her in captivity. In fact the synagogue leaders were more concerned with their decorum of keeping the Sabbath holy than healing this woman of her pressing condition. They were quite mad with Jesus for healing her on a Sabbath.

But the woman had met Jesus, and her condition didn’t allow her to care for such niceties. Neither did Jesus. He rebuked the synagogue leader, “You hypocrites  … should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound long for eighteen years, be set free on a Sabbath day from what bound her?” (vv 16).

In life we too could be held by a knot, just as that woman. It could be a knot around our finances. It might be a knot around our health. There could be a knot around our job situation. Or we could be faced with a knot of a hardened relationship. Whatever is the case let us like these women take this knot to Jesus.

The power that came out of Jesus and delivered this woman from such an ugly knot pressing her down is the same power that will deliver any knot tying us down!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I bring to you that knot in my life holding me down, that with your power I am freed, to experience a victorious life in you, 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!