THEME: THE APPOINTED TIME
“Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the Father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”
-We are children of God through faith in Christ, for we were baptized into Christ having clothed ourselves into Him. At the appointed time Christ died for us and set us free from slavery of sin causing death. We are therefore no longer under guardians as slaves but children of God and can now call Him Abba Father. If we belong to Christ, we are Abrahams seed and heirs according to the promise. There is therefore neither Jew nor Gentile, slave nor free, male nor female but we are one in Christ.
The appointed time in Greek is referred to as Kairos and it depicts the moment to act. This moment or time reveals to us God’s purpose in our lives and increases our faith in Christ. God uses the appointed time to accomplish every purpose under heaven. He has made everything beautiful in its time and has put eternity in our hearts, but no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. Whatever God does, shall be forever and nothing can be added to it or taken from it (Ecclesiastes 3:14). These deep things of God are revealed to us through the Holy Spirit, and His eternal purpose shall prevail. Among this, God communicates our purposes in many different ways and they come to pass at the appointed time. God spoke to Moses and instructed him to ensure all the feasts were celebrated at the appointed time. God also revealed a vision to Habakkuk about king Nebuchadnezzar’s invasion in Israel and their deliverance. He was instructed to make it plain on a tablet so that the one who reads it may find hope and revelation. True to fact, the vision came to pass as the Lord instructed. Many other patriarchs in the Bible received dreams, visions, prophecies and instructions that came to pass. For example; Joseph and Daniel were experts of interpreting dreams, Isaiah had already received the prophecy about Nebuchadnezzar’s invasion before Habakkuk, various others prophets received prophecies that came to pass, Sarah, Hannah, the Shunamite woman, Elizabeth and Mary received instructions about child birth which happened at the appointed time. Although Sarah doubted and laughed because she was old and advanced in age, the Lord accomplished it. God spoke the message of faith through this experience saying, “Is there anything too hard for the LORD?” If the Lord has done it before, He will do it again. We need to believe and have hope in Him and he will make it happen in our lives also. Despite the situations that we might be faced with that appear impossible to us, we should realize that nothing is too hard for the LORD. You could be going through joblessness, slow business, barrenness, delay, sickness, financial instability, marital issues, lack of marriage partner, family issues, addictions, political instability, poor leadership, corruption, COVID-19 and related issues, slow or no economic growth etc. We should focus our eyes on Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our faith, and learn from Him. The life of Jesus was governed by an appointed time. He was born at the appointed time, started ministry, performed miracles, died, was buried, resurrected from the dead and accomplished everything at the set time. Let us then put our trust in the Lord in all things, and He will make everything beautiful at His perfect time.
Thank You Abba Father for this day that You have made, we rejoice and are glad in it. Thank You for protecting us, providing for our every need, healing our wounds, healing our economy, reviving our churches, giving us peace in our nation, blessing our families and giving us the gift of eternal life, all glory and praise belongs to You Jesus. You declare the end from the beginning and from ancient times things which have not been done. All glory honor and power belongs to You Lord. Your purpose will be established and You will accomplish all Your good pleasure, all our hope and trust is in You Jesus. By You Lord, all things were created in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities, all things were created through You and for You, for You were before all things and in You all things hold together. You reign Lord in all the heavens and the earth. You are seated at the right hand of the throne of God in glory, all glory, honor and salvation belongs to You. You chose us Lord before the foundations of this world, that we should be holy and blameless before You, direct us in Your way, truth and life. Deliver us from all evil and may Your light shine in us, that many may see and glorify You Jesus. All things work together for good to those who love You Lord and are called according to Your purpose, do it for us Lord according to Your will. Answer our prayers, petitions, supplications and hearts desires according to Your divine will dear master. Nothing is impossible with You LORD, bless us and enlarge our territories. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forever more. Amen
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