11/02/2023 - 12/02/2023 All day
"But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD" ( Joshua 24:15).
Solomon, the son of King David would certainly have made his father proud for fulfilling his dream of building a Temple for the Lord, which had long been his father's dream. While both had a deep reverence of God there is though an aspect where father and son deferred, a matter worth our today's reflection.
Once after the ark of God had been brought back to Jerusalem, King David could not contain his joy. An expressive man right at the spur of the moment he tore loose to join the festivities. Far off his Queen, Micah, the daughter of King Saul, glanced at him with contempt. Concerned more about how the world perceived the King than God, once she met David in the hallway she scoffed at him: "How distinguished the king of Israel looked today, shamelessly exposing himself to the servant girls like any vulgar person might do!” ( 2 Samuel 6:20). 
David, at the receiving end, did not lose a moment. "I will celebrate before the Lord. I will become even more undignified than this'' ( vv 20-21). In other words, David was not about to be swayed from God even by someone so close to him!
Yet on the other hand consider this: As ''Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been" (1 Kings 11:4). Where the father held steadfast to the things of God, the son let himself be swept away because of his many other dubious relations.
King David is known as a "man with a heart after God!" If it came to make a choice and the case was clearly not of God, his position was already clear. That is the spirit we all need to take us far with God.
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, where I am faced with a choice to serve you or seek the adoration of man, I pray that my heart is always absolutely devoted to you, this I pray in Jesus' name.

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    “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful”( 2 Timothy 4:7).

    Fighting may be looked at as a non-desirable way of life, especially by those who are pacifists. In fact, throughout Christian history there are many who have literally taken Jesus’s admonition of “turn the other cheek” in Mathew 5:39, to mean nonresistance in the face of attack. The fact that Jesus rebuked the Apostle Peter for drawing a sword against his captors  ( Mathew 26:52), means giving in to those who attack them, as a sign of humility.

    Yes, of course there are moments where Christians must practice that humility and give in to those who attack them well remembering His word, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord” ( Romans 12:19). However, that said, Believers in Christ would be mistaken to imagine that they must not fight for their faith, whenever under attack. For in reality, the faith of believers is under constant attack from Satan, who comes to “kill and destroy” ( John 10:1).

    Faced with this, Paul went at great length to advise Christians to “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” ( Ephesians 6:11). To ward of constant attacks by the enemy Paul challenged us to “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,  and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” ( vv 14-17).

    Paul is telling us that if you think that ours is a walk over faith where you are not going to fight back against the attacks of the enemy you are very mistaken. Fight we must, and hold our ground. The devil respects that! And when all is done, we can then gladly say, “we have fought the good fight, finished the race” and thank God Almighty we are free at last!

    Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise ready to resist the attacks of the enemy, by wearing the full of armor of God, and with the sword of the Spirit, fight back to victory, this I pray in Jesus’ name!