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02/05/2021 All day

“And this is the testimony God has given us eternal life, and his life is his son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life” - 1 John 5:11 (NIV)

Doubting our faith even for believers is the one of the weapons the enemy uses to rob us of joy. The Bible is clear that once we accept Christ as Lord and Savior we are assured of eternity- just as it was for the thief on a cross besides Jesus! When Christ assured a condemned man that tonight he would be with him in eternity, because of his belief and faith in him, it was not based on this man’s works, for apparently there was none to speak of. Still, the enemy in his strange way of twisting the will of God continually troubles believers in Christ by placing undeserved burdens on them to work for their salvation, as though Christ death on the cross was not sufficient.

Doubts will come in every believer’s life, including feelings of inadequacy. But let us never allow the enemy to push off the rail by confusing us that accepting and placing our faith in him is not enough. This is the point which the Apostle Paul spent a great deal on and it would do us all believers well to take heart to his message in Romans.

Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven as I have placed my faith in you I know it’s because of the faith in you that I am saved and not by my works.

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    “Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked” (Psalm 43:1)

    To be vindicated is to be cleared of blame or suspicion. Someone is vindicated when he is eventually proved right or justified. In his reign as King of Israel, David was not short of enemies. One was his very son Absalom who divided his people and mounted a coup that threw him off the throne. After Absalom had raised enough support, “a messenger came to David, saying, “The hearts of the men of Israel are with Absalom.” So David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, “Arise, and let us flee, or we shall not escape from Absalom..” (1 Samuel 15:13-14).

    Pushed out of power, David longed to be vindicated. His situation is no different from any person who has been mistreated, done poorly and cast out of a position for apparently no fault of his. So often one comes across innocent public servants who have been put on katebe, the local speak for being made redundant. Intrigues being part of life there is never a day that passes without someone somewhere conspiring and scheming against a blameless person. False rumors are spread and before long one is forced out of his job.

    Where do you turn when your enemies are having you for a field day? Quite obvious there are those who give in to bitterness and use the evil ways their enemies exceled in to launch a counter attack. If their enemies bribed their way to power, so they do. If they spread malice, so they embrace. If they sought out occult powers, they arm themselves with these.

    Pushed out of power, David, rather sought the Almighty God. He went “to the top of the mountain, where he worshiped God” ( 2 Samuel 15:32). He prayed that his enemy Absalom would fall pray to his evil devices through foolish counsel, causing him confusion. The Lord answered David’s prayer and his army went to battle with Absalom and defeated him, leading to his death at the hand of David’s General Joab (2 Samuel 18).

    Today, should you be grappling with a situation where you feel done wrong, do not let your enemies have the better part of you, but turn to God, who will vindicate you. “For the LORD will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants” (Psalm 135:14).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray for you to vindicate me in all my affairs, where I have been falsely accused, done poorly, and that glory may go to you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!