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25/09/2022 03:00 - 26/09/2022 02:00

"I thank my God every time I remember you.  In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now" - Philippians 1:3-5 (NIV). 

Partnership are very powerful and we see God always using them to achieve His purpose. Abraham and Sarah were a partner- couple and through their sojourn God will birth the nation of Israel. When Moses confessed to God a lack of oratory skills He blessed him with a partner- his half brother Aaron who had better eloquence. Once at war Aaron and Hur had to lift up both Moses hands, enabling him pray for victory. "When Moses' arms grew tired, Aaron and Hur brought a stone for him to sit on, while they stood beside him and held up his arms, holding them steady until the sun went down" (Exodus 17:12).

Joseph and Mary were a partner- couple who together raised Jesus. Throughout his missionary journeys the Apostle Paul was aided greatly with partnership. First he travelled with Barnabas and later Silas. At another point he had a young man Timothy as his travelling partner. There was a partner - couple Aquilla and Priscilla who once hosted him for more than a year as he went about his preaching ministry.

Why does God so often use partnership? Well, first we see they foster companionship, as any married couple is, which can boost the fledgling spirits of any on a mission. Alone one may not have all the gifts to carry through a given task as we we see with Moses and the assistance he received from Aaron. One could be limited in resources and it's a partnership that enables him carry through. The Apostle Paul would not have achieved much without the partners he referred to as co- workers in Christ, whose support was quite indispensable. For as he wrote, "we are co-workers in God’s service" (I Cor 3:9).

All this is to say do not ignore the partners in your life. Of course there are lots of things you can do all by yourself. But there is more too, God can use to achieve through a partner and partnerships. Seek them out and there will be a manifold blessings.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I thank you for the partners in my life, which I don't take for granted; help me profit from their companionship and support, to serve you better, 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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