“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10).
One may not need exact military training to know that one of the rules of engagement is to first clearly identify the enemy. Just imagine a situation where on attacking a foe you are not clear of the target. The likelihood of being hit from the one with a vantage position who knows exactly how you look is quite high. In fact, not only must soldiers first identify their enemies positions clearly, they need to be very well versed in all his manner of dressing, communication style and anything that can clearly mark him out!
Christians too have an enemy: “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (I Peter 5:8). He is wily and cagey. While this deadly enemy has done all the ground work to identify his targets, unfortunately many of them have not been as diligent. A strategy of his is to penetrate the ranks of believers in Christ and start fighting from within. Little wonder that on occasion the war starts from within the church. Only those who know his ways can quickly spot him out.
You can fight a loosing battle by hitting the wrong target. For believers we need a mastery of the word of God to quickly discern the spirit behind what might be a scheme. As well, we must also be conscious that once it comes to fighting the devil ours is not a carnal battle. For “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds” ( 2 Cor 10:4). And by this is meant the power of prayer, which enables us to “demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God..” (2 Cor 10:5).
Today, take time to dig into the Word of God to understand clearly your enemy and pray as much, which is your blue print to level him off.
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray for discernment to identify the enemy and through the power of your Word and might of prayer, to fight him off, in whatever way he sets himself up, for victory, in Jesus’s name I pray!
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“Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).
The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).
Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).
That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.
Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.
Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!