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16/05/2023 - 17/05/2023 All day

“You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country” (Deuteronomy 28:3).

Blessings are a divine inheritance from God. All God’s children are blessed in multiple ways. We are blessed with the fresh air we breathe- something which became too obvious at the height of the Covid pandemic, when the sick fought for oxygen! The sunny weather we enjoy is a blessing in many parts of the world. God blesses us with rains to plant food for our nourishment. More importantly, children of God experience the blessings of good health and company that enables them live a rich life of joy!

For God’s children to continue to bask in His blessings there are certain conditions though. “If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God” (Deuteronomy 28:1-2). In brief, for the children of God to continually enjoy His blessings, obedience to His will is a command.

Like any child who has a relationship with his father, children of God can receive blessings by crying out to Him. Psalm 142:1 -5 says, “I cry a loud to the Lord. I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy.. I cry to you, Lord; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.” Hannah was for long without a child. But she cried out to the Lord and He blessed her with a son. “So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the Lord for him” ( I Samuel 1:20).

Whenever God blesses us there are certain expectations. First, we should bless others! “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked” (Luke 12:48). Christians are not blessed to haorde their blessings and build for themselves monuments of glory. For “Freely you have received, freely give!” (Luke 10:8).

And finally, where God blesses us we must delight in his blessings. King David danced when the Ark of God was brought back to Jerulasem. Against protestations from his mean wife, Michal, “David danced before the LORD with all his might, wearing a priestly garment” ( 2 Samuel 6:14).

So, today, you may find yourself anywhere on this path of blessings. Whatever might be your condition just know you are a blessed child of God! Start the day by saying, “I am a blessed child of God!”

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, thank you for all the blessings in my life, of which I give you praise that you bless me even more, 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!