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19/03/2021 03:00 - 20/03/2021 02:00

"In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one" - Ephesians 6:16 (NIV)

In the olden days warriors were much prized for their relentless fighting spirit especially during dark battles of conquest for land and everything. Through the Old Testament we see the Israelis in constant warfare with their neighbors, which is how most societies lived back then.

But warriors did not end with the passing of the hunter days. After the passing of the great American boxer, Marvin Marvellous Hagler, commentators refereed to him as a boxing warrior, along with legends: Sugar Ray Leonard, John Mugabi, Tim Hearns, Roberto Duran and others. These were champions who once they entered the ring would leave nothing in the locker room. They would take blow after blow but still fight on to victory.

There are many warriors in the Christian faith too. All the 12 Apostles were warriors because of what they would endure as they took the Gospel to the "utter most ends of earth". The Apostle Paul was a warrior as he was thrown at almost anything there was- shipwrecks, flogging, false accusations, desertions, and loneliness. And still he would fight on.

The early church was full of faith warriors. When the Apostle Peter was arrested it prayed till the angel of the Lord came and released him from prison (Acts 12:1-19). Likewise, God is calling us to be warriors of faith even today. If a warrior is faced with a huge mountain, as the early church was, he does not just give in and leisurely walk away, fearing to do battle. His attitude is of Ephesians 6:13: "Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand"!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise as a warrior of faith, ready to take on any battle of the enemy, for you give me strength; and I know with you fighting on my side, there is only victory awaiting, this I pray in Jesus's name.

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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!

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