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Going through the account of how Jesus healed the centurion servant brings to light the great need for us to allow God to be revealed in our everyday work, even to the smallest details. When we do this, we will find great confidence in the power of the living God “through whom are all things, and through whom we live” (1 Corinthians 8:6). The centurion, by careful observation and great attention to detail had allowed God to be revealed in his role as a commander and thus, he says to Christ in staunch faith, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this [man], ‘Go’, and he goes; and to another, ‘Come’, and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this’, and he does it.” He would go on to receive what he desired from Jesus and also a resounding approval that “I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel”. All these were made possible because of a humble heart who desired to see God revealed in his everyday duty and who took great refuge in the revelations brought before him by heavenly agencies.

 

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While undergoing training as a medical missionary at Elim Lands, Nigeria, I came upon a simple analogy of how God wants to deal with sin in man. I had gotten some wound while working on the farm and as they began to heal, I mistakenly hurt one of them as I walked to the kitchen. The pain was excruciating and I was consoled only by the fact that the accidental stimulation of the wound had ensured increased blood flow to the area. Like Apostle Paul who did the things he did not want to do (Romans 7:18-20), I had indeed against my wish, hurt my wound and like Apostle Paul who was being crushed by the weight of his sins (Romans 7:24), it was indeed had for me to bear the painful outcome. Yet like Apostle Paul who rejoiced in the salvation of Jesus Christ through His blood (Romans 7:25), how happy I was to revel in the knowledge of the aftermath of my painful experience; that there was an increased blood flow to the area of my wound! That believers who rise and fall will understand that where sin abounds, grace abounds much more (Romans 5:20)! That they would take consolation in the blood of the Saviour! That they would revel in the knowledge of the blood that flows on our behalf when they feel the weight and pain of sin! Even more importantly, that they would not for this knowledge, continue to inflict pain upon their wounds and seek for more injuries, but that they would rather let it heal and live in good health! O that they would not become imperceptive to the pain they inflict pain upon their wounds or seek for more injuries, so that they totally forget what great relief it is to be healed and to live in perfect health!

 

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On creation’s week, God saw the beauty of His creation and declared everyday as good, resting on the seventh day (Genesis 1; 2:2-3). The work of redemption is soon to culminate and it is the utmost duty of man to awake and cooperate with heavenly agencies within the short span of his life in getting truly prepared for life forevermore. Can God now declare every day of our lives as good?

 

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On a Sabbath morning, on the third day of this month while at Elim Lands, Nigeria, where I was undergoing a medical missionary training, I had an encounter with a long green snake as I stepped into the toilet. The snake was hanging around the door frame, barely two centimetres from me as I made entrance into the toilet. Sooner had I stepped into the toilet than I realised the narrow escape from potential death I had just experienced since the deadly beast was at the level of my upper body and could have struck me wherever it wanted. Praise God for His angel who protected me. So true are the words of the Psalmist, “yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me” (Psalms 23:4)!

 

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The secret of a Christ-centered life that transcends this life and now is the lasting joy and peace it derives in activities of eternal interest. Our hearts must be truly consecrated to derive this joy, or else, we would become the most miserable Christians. The peace that passes all understanding which Jesus gives makes no sense to the unconsecrated heart and there are few punishments worse than for an unconsecrated heart to take part in consecrated activities.

 

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Let no one be tired of doing some routine service especially if it is one of immense blessings to souls and one that will show God’s great love to the beneficiaries. Were the sun to become weary of its routine work of daily supplying light to the earth and to all the stars in the galaxies, what will be the result? What great darkness will envelop the universe and what great destruction will be wrought on plants and animals and on humans who depend on it for their daily survival! Were the sun to consider its life-preserving work to be too repetitive, what ruin will be accomplished if it withdraws from its purpose? Though, the above are figurative, by God’s wisdom, many things for which human survival depend upon have repetitive assignments and we cannot help but see divine wisdom in routine tasks that are geared towards the good of humanity. Thus, as suns of righteousness in Christ’s stead, we must not become weary, but rather we must make genuine and diligent efforts to improve our knowledge and skills, and ask Christ for wisdom so that our repetitive work may prove a bigger blessing always.

 

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The Bible has made it clear that while it is great to be zealous for good works, it is a futile endeavour to embark upon, without something radical happening to our hearts which is utterly carnal, self-seeking, sold under sin, and under the sway of the evil one; the inevitable results of the single act of disobedience of Adam and Eve (compare Genesis 3:1–7 and Romans 5:12; 6:16). This is why man needs to be purified (Titus 2:14), so that he can be reborn and he could become a new creature through the redemptive sacrifice of the Saviour (Romans 5:12–15; 19; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 6:23). By receiving a new life and a new nature through faith in the redemptive sacrifice of the Saviour, man can then indeed please God in the newness of life; a gift that he could not by any means attain through his good works. This is why Jesus says, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Thus, the message of salvation is really not that of a fallen race saving itself, because for all the good works man can fathom, man cannot achieve the needful of changing his own fallen carnal sinful nature, sold under sin. It is a redemptive act that God only can achieve, and indeed, it is a redemptive act that God only has accomplished by laying down His life in the Person of His Son, Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:21–23; Acts 20:28; John 3:16). (Taken from ‘The Believer’s Dilemma: Questions that beg for answers).

 

***”Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8).***

Friend, what were your Bible reflections this month? Kindly leave them in the comment section below.

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