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20/03/2024 - 21/03/2024 All day

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world”   ( John 16:33).

Speaking of trouble, few have experienced as much as Apostle Paul. Called by God to carry the Gospel to the Gentiles, he faced all manner of hardships and set backs.

Paul narrates in 2 Cor 24- 26, “Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked. I spent a night and a day in the open sea. In my frequent journeys, I have been in danger from rivers and from bandits, in danger from my countrymen and from the Gentiles, in danger in the city and in the country, in danger on the sea and among false brothers..” In spite of all Paul kept moving. He never lost faith and went on to build many churches in areas where his ministry took him.

Paul’s strength was based on the knowledge that, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”         ( Romans 8:28). God enabled Paul accomplish his tasks by providing him resources, protecting him when as needed, and leading him on to his destiny. For instance one time while being pursued, “his followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall” ( Acts 9:25).

So, today, any of us could be in the middle of storms. But take comfort for Christ has overcome! For there is victory ahead: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” ( 2 Tim 4:7).

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise confident that there is no challenge beyond me, which you have not overcome, through faith in you, this I pray in Jesus’ name.

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    "And your life will be brighter than the noonday; it’s darkness will be like the morning. And you will feel secure, because there is hope; you will look around and take your rest in security”  (Job 11:17-19.)

    Philosophers and writers have long pointed out that without hope mankind would long be gone. The philosopher Victor Frankly who survived the Holocaust where he lost his entire family found hope was the most important weapon that enabled him come out alive. He wrote, “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how!”
    
Hope can sustain any of us through the darkest of times. This is what happened to Job when he lost everything he possessed. “Though he slay me, I will hope in him; yet I will argue my ways to his face” (Job 13:15).

    King David when he was being pursued by his enemies never lost hope. “For you have been my hope, sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth” (Psalm 71:5). The Apostle Paul who faced countless perilous times during his missionary journeys including jail and shipwrecks never lost hope. Writing to the Corinthians he reminded them, “He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers” (2 Cor 1:10-11).

    As believers God has given us hope that our lives are not empty and meaningless, like so many others. He has given us the hope to carry us through the lowest of moments. “I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His word I put my hope” (Psalm 130:5).
    Today, may that hope that you have in Christ sustain you through whatever circumstances you may be facing.

    Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray in the wonderful name of Jesus that the hope I have in you lifts me up and sustains me in all situations as a conquer, in whose name I pray.

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