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28/02/2023 - 01/03/2023 All day

"Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God" (Mark 11:12)

Risk taking is one of those habits which are highly extolled in the business world. Indeed, the most successful businessmen such as Elon Musk or the late Ugandan industrial magnate James Mulwana, took particular risks to start innovative companies and excel. Where there is no risk taking, there is no new creation and development.

In the spiritual world risk taking becomes taking steps of faith. For us as believers God requires of us to take steps of faith if we are to grow closer to Him and for the Lord to take us to another level. As the scriptures say, "And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him".            (Hebrews 11:6).

It was exactly taking a step of faith which led to Jesus's healing of the bleeding woman. "And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed"  (Mathew 5: 25-26).

Of course she had no assurance as she approached Jesus for healing. There was a risk of the crowds pushing her away. But she had faith. Once the power left for her healing, "Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it.Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering". (vv 33-34).

Imagine if she had had no faith! Is there that matter which you want to realise but are afraid? Take a step of faith and you will be amazed.

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, where I am afraid and fearful in place I pray to exercise faith and experience your full blessings, 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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