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“If a kingdom is divided against itself that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself that house cannot stand” - Mark 3: 23-24 (NIV).

During the American civil war once the union President Abraham Lincoln from the North gave a famous speech drawing from this verse. After 80 years of existence the young nation was dismembering into North and South republics. President Lincoln urged his countrymen to put down their guns and come together to build a united country. Ultimately the North will win over the South and 80 years later the US was the greatest nation on earth.

The reference to a “divided house” is quite meaningful to believers. There are those believers who hold that God on occasion holds back His own people because of some past misdeeds, including those not of their own, in spite of their salvation in Christ. Here to some it may mean the atonement of Christ for their sins was not sufficient.

But then “God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood - to be received by faith” (Romans 3:25) writes the Apostle Paul. “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification” (Romans 4: 25).

As believers we have been reconciled to God through Jesus Christ for all our past, present and future sins. “Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before in love. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will” (Ephesians 1:4-5, ESV).

Satan attacks Christians because he is united to bring them down. For us believers we need to be reminded that God too desires of us to be of one house to bring down Satan’s kingdom. God is not about causing divisions among his people. That is the work of Satan. It is not God holding us down for it is his wish that we should all prosper (Jeremiah 29:11).

Today go out firm in the belief that as a forgiven child of God He wants the best for you. It is the work of the enemy to cause divisions, doubts and confusion. Don’t allow him to do that!

Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven today I pray in the humble name of Jesus that I know because of your blood I am forgiven to go out united in Christ to do good works.

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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!