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The day of the Lord

About the author: Hardi and Beti founded an organization in Medgidia,  Romania called Open Door Foundation. The Foundation offers assistance and protected shelter in crisis situations to victims of human trafficking. ZPC supports this important ministry that puts a special emphasis on importance of life and human dignity. They share God's love and care and help people with social needs become independent members of our communities.

Today's Scripture: Psalm 118:24

This is the day that The Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Ps.118:24

Our day begins in total darkness, one second after the clock strikes midnight; however, we usually think of the day beginning at sunrise. When l think of day, l relate it to “daylight.” When the first rays of the sun pierce the dark eastern horizon, the day has arrived. Most people are still sleeping and miss this magical moment. The universal clock did not miss a beat, as the Creator declared it to be, so it is. 

In the beginning there was universal darkness and the face of the earth was a soup of rock, water, and the other elements that form our planet today. Genesis tells us “The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep."  When God said, “Let there be light;” light appeared. The creation of light even before the sun and moon were spoken into place, makes the statement that without light, nothing else could happen. Light is one of God's attributes and we read in The Holy Bible that “in him there is no darkness at all.”

On the fourth day God created the light sources we now have, sun for the day and moon for the night. Thus the solar and lunar (galactic) clock was brought into being. What a magnificent, marvelous, and massive timepiece it is. The only one of its kind ever discovered in an ever expanding universe.

Going back to the first reference in Psalms about the day, The Lord has made. We can find numerous days beside the 24 hour day that first comes to mind. A day of a particular light or revelation, called a dispensation, is a period of time in which God gives spiritual light on his will and expected accountability from us mortals.

The Lord Jesus said, “l am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” As the creation of light made life on earth possible, even so Jesus coming in person to bring the divine light, was the dawning of a new day. From that historical time forward anyone who would come to God on his terms, qualifies to receive forgiveness and eternal light and life. The apostle John testified, “That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.” John 1: 9

When l sing the chorus, “This is the day that The Lord has made,” l think about the big picture. The Light has come to illuminate every living soul. We who have received this wonderful light are commissioned to be light bearers to the those who do not know that the day of grace has dawned. “The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.”  Math 4:16

ACTIVITY:

You may question what significant difference one little candle can make in a world of darkness. Perhaps you feel like only one drop of rain when the parched ground needs a deluge to satisfy its thirst. When all the tiny members of the Body of Christ collectively contribute their light, something phenomenal happens. We become the light of the world! “You are the light of the world.” Matt 5:14. The world without an active church would plunge humanity into the pre-creation chaos, spiritually speaking.

Today we are privileged be a light to enlighten those who are walking in darkness. There are many searching souls who do not know how to prepare for participating in the future day spoken of in Revelation 22:5   “There shall be no night there: they need no lamp or light of the sun, for The Lord God gives them light.” Before you start any activities ask the Holy Spirit to give you opportunities today. To shine on someone who is either lost or never knew there is a way into The perpetual LIGHT.

PRAYER:

Almighty Creator and Lord of the universe, 
l come to worship you. I realize that you see right through me, and know my thoughts and intentions long before they even enter my mind. Dear Lord, shine your light on me so that l may reflect it to those around me and the world at large. May the light of your countenance through me give me many opportunities to share your wonderful love and message of hope. Your Kingdom come within me and your will be done in the Earth where l am as it is in heaven.
Amen

This is the DAY that The Lord has made, rejoice and be motivated to participate in this new day. Make the most of it because it is never coming back!
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Witnessing as an activity or living as a witness?

About the author: Before joining SAT-7 in 2003, Dennis Wiens and his wife Cindy served for over 20 years in France, Mali, and Cote d'Ivoire in a variety of ministry roles helping the Church. Dennis grew up in West Africa as a TCK (Third Culture Kid) where his parents were international workers with the Mali, West Africa church. Dennis helped pioneer the FM radio project in Mali, using specially designed, solar-powered FM radio stations for church-based sustainable development. Dennis and Cindy work as a team to apply their international experience and knowledge of cross-cultural ministry to the advancement of SAT-7, speaking and informing as they network with churches throughout the US.

Today's Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 3:1

In 2 Thessalonians 3:1 Paul is asking the Thessalonian church to pray. Asking for prayer was not unusual. What he asked them to pray for might surprise you! In the hostility of the first century and a church facing persecution, Paul’s preaching was not always welcomed in the cities he visited. The apostle Paul requested prayer for a rapid spread of the Gospel message. He asked that the message shared would be honored and that the outcome would resemble what happened the first time the Thessalonians heard the gospel message through Paul’s teaching.

With our mass media, radio, satellite television, internet, and social media we can understand and imagine a rapid transmission and the spread of a viral message. But in Paul’s day there was none of these modern tools. What was Paul thinking? Curious what Paul meant by a rapid spread of the message? I Thessalonians 1:3 gives us the clue.

In I Thessalonians 1:3, the recipients of the gospel applied practically Paul’s teaching; they internalized its meaning and allowed Paul’s teaching to so permeate all aspect of their lives that people saw in them the message of the gospel lived out. The Thessalonian Christians lived as witnesses!  “your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” They were living examples of being a follower of Christ. 

The rapid spread of the gospel Paul asked them to pray for was not modern mass media but living as witnesses! A rapid spread of the message is each of us living our faith so tangibly and intentionally that people notice and wanted to follow Christ as well. This is what the Thessalonian church modeled for us. This is what we want to see across the Middle East and North Africa through your prayer and financial support for the SAT-7 ministry.

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