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21/11/2023 - 22/11/2023 All day

“The tongue has the power of life and death..” – (Proverbs 18:21).

As the Apostle Paul and Barnabas went about on their first missionary journey they met a slave girl with the spirit of a fortune teller. She kept following Paul “and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved” (Acts 16: 17). This girl whose owners were making money out of her fortune-telling kept following around Paul and his team to a point of irritation. “Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “in the name of Jesus I command you to get out of her!” At that point the spirit left her” (vv 18).

One of the significance of this event is that Paul had to speak loudly to the evil spirit which on hearing his voice fled. Had Paul merely kept looking on or just thinking let the evil spirit go away it might have remained unbothered. We see the same pattern when the Lord Jesus was called up to the tomb of Lazarus. After praying to his Father in heaven, “Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave cloth and let him go” (John 11:43-44).

There is power in the words we speak as we see here. Our words have a certain energy around them. A person may think of someone as dumb and stupid and it will have little effect until it is said to him. One may think of one as beautiful but it has little effect until it is told to the person. Let us not despise our words as neutral. The words we speak can yield positive or negative energy.

Today let us not neglect that power of the spoken word to speak blessings in our lives or those around us. And let us use the same power to speak down that which is arresting, for as Isaiah 54:7 says: No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the LORD!"

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise to speak bessings to all my affairs, and that you deliver me from any evil attack and bring victory to all my undertakings, for I am your child, whom you have promised a good future, 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!