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02/12/2021 03:00 - 03/12/2021 02:00

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God" - Phill 4:6 (NIV). 

In Uganda one of the more testing times in parental relations is during back to school season and a child doubts his parents will come through, pay fees and enable him return to school. The child might be influenced by fears where having seen certain kids fail to return because their parents lost the means or interest that too might be his fate. Of course the child might as well have been observing events around home and possibly noticed certain scarcity or conflicts heightening his anxieties.

The fears of the child are not baseless and he needs some assurance. This too can be our experience with God. There could be that trying season where things do not seem to work out as should. Today with inflation on the rise yet the needs are ever growing one in charge of a household may wonder how to ever get through.

A child who is beset with doubt can be given a word of assurance by a concerned parent. 'Don't worry the fees will be paid!" Perhaps not exactly on time. But that word can do a lot to alleviate his fears and what a joy and relief when the parent comes through.

In our relation with God we too can be beset with fears. These might arise from economic anxieties or health concerns. How shall we get through against all the forces rising up against us! God is giving us a word of hope. "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future" (Jeremiah 29:11).

A child who is anxious when given a word of hope will normally calm down because after all he has seen his parents come through countless times before. Likewise, when God gives us a word of assurance that He will come to our rescue, we do believe because we have seen Him come to our deliverance countless times before. For God says,  “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth" (Psalm 46:10).

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, for all the uncertainties around me, I take up and hold on to your word of faith, that you are my stronghold and deliverer, 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!

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