“No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, declares the Lord” – Isaiah 54: 17 (ESV).
In Uganda in the period leading to General elections very often one of the busiest offices visited are shrines that litter the landscape by a number of candidates. Contestants approach them with hopes of appealing to the powers that will enable them win.
The use of witchcraft to acquire power is actually an old practice so common throughout history of mankind. In ancient Egypt when Moses walked up to the Pharaohs court to ask him to free the Israelis he met such practices. “Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts” (Exodus 7:11).
The Lord was very much aware that once challenged Pharaoh would turn to his sorcerers. He had put in Moses’ companion, Aaron, a staff which was now used to humble him. “The sorcerers came out with their staffs. Each one threw down their staff and it became a snake. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs” (vv 12).
The significance here is that the enemy has his dark forces in low and high places. Yet the power of our God is far much greater. Indeed this was the message which the Apostle John gave to the church. “You dear children are from God, and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (I John 4:4).
Today, as you go about know that whatever force that stands up to you, God’s power is far much greater and able to swallow up anything from the enemy thrown at you!
Prayer for today: Lord father in heaven, God of creation, today I pray in the blessed name of Jesus, to draw upon and rest in that power you have left with us which is far greater than that of any force deployed against believers, this I pray in Jesus’s 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!