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31/10/2023 - 01/11/2023 All day

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” (Ephesians 4:29).

Almost everyone would like to avoid toxic fumes. The reason is simple- once one inhales them they irritate the respiratory system which fights back through nervous coughing. Normally the easiest way out is to withdraw to a safe distance.

Just as there are toxic fumes, in life there is also toxic company. The case here being when one finds himself immersed in company that specializes in sharing nothing but negative vibes. Toxic company thrives in pulling down doomsday prophecies, almost about anybody or events. What motivates this relationship is to level anyone down and has rare anything uplifting to offer, be it news or personal comments on one’s efforts.

The Apostle Paul was very much aware of the dangers of toxic company and encouraged Believers in Christ to keep safe distance. For example, writing to his disciple Timothy, he cautioned him, “Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, who have departed from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some” ( 2 Timothy 2:16). Earlier he had cautioned him, “Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly” ( I Timothy 4:7).

We will always run into this kind of company which we must be cautious around. For once you let yourself be sucked into it, then it catches on you and soon you are also passing around its dangerous fumes. Toxic company does not build anyone other than leveling and sizing others to ground.

The opposite is rather to seek positive relationships that build up our spirit. For we are all well advised, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing” ( I Thessalonians 5:11).

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, may you guide me into positive company where we stir up each other in good works, and deter me from negative company that shrivels the spirit and leaves one down and deflated, 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!