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“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here!” - 2 Cor 5:17 (NIV). 

There is an Academy award winning movie, Gladiator, about a Roman general Maximus, who is betrayed and sold to slavery. Maximus then becomes a gladiator and rises through the ranks to avenge his misfortune. There is an almost similar story of Joseph who was also sold into slavery except he ended up not avenging against the brothers who had even contemplated killing him. Joseph rose to a position of power where he forgave his brothers and helped them resettle in Egypt to survive a long draught (Genesis 37- 48).

There are many people who have been wronged by none other than their own siblings, or those closest to them. They have lived for years longing for that moment to exact sweet revenge. It should be of interest to us how come Joseph did not fall to this ugly prey.

The answer is found that at a certain point in his tribulation Joseph decided he was not going to be a prisoner of his past circumstances. When Joseph was sold into the house of Potiphar where he became the Chief servant he acted not like a man who had just been close to death. Seeing the success that came through his hands, “Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned” (Genesis 38: 4).

Even after he was thrown back in prison on false accusation, and later released, Joseph walked in the grace of forgiveness. Had Joseph held on to his bitter past it is difficult to see how he could have discharged the duties Pharaoh entrusted him whole heartedly. What might have happened is that held down by bitterness he would have worked simmering with hatred, waiting for a moment to strike down all those that caused him misfortune.

And once that moment came, as his brothers shook with fear of the worst, he simply embraced them, “Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt!... But God sent me ahead of you to... save your lives by a great deliverance” (Genesis 45: 4-7).

Joseph knew the power of forgiveness which had enabled him rise above his misfortune. Outside prison he could still have been held back except he chose not to. That freedom can explain why Joseph ended up so successful to save Egypt and his famine stricken family.

Today, if you have been wronged, as any has, perhaps more hurting by those closest to you, choose to rise above all, and not become a victim and prisoner of a bitter past. In doing so you would have shamed the enemy and paved the way for unlimited success.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I chose to rise above any past misdeed against my life and forgive all, to live, bask and triumph in the grace of forgiveness, 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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