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01/12/2023 - 02/12/2023 All day

“I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds” – (Psalms 9:1).

Being thankful is one of those things we all need to be ever reminded. A case is given of Jesus on his way to Jerusalem when he met ten lepers. “They stood out at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” (Luke 17:12-13). The Lord answered their prayers. “When he saw them, he said, “Go show yourselves to the priests. And as they went they were cleansed” (verse 14).

This story takes on an interesting twist though when after that miraculous event only one leper remembers to return and thank Jesus. “One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back praising God, in a loud voice” (verse 15). And Jesus indeed took note of that. “Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are all the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner? Then he said to him, “Rise and go, your faith has made you well” (verse 17-19).

Everyone has something to be grateful to from God. There is the life we have. All of our lives are filled with multiple blessings. But so often preoccupied with self we focus on God meeting our pressing demands. And if our prayers are not met or once they are, we, like the ten leper’s move on until we return to lodge another hurried request.

May we not be found in that error of the nine lepers and miss out on even greater blessings.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray you bless me with a thankful heart, 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!

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