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Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, we are thankful for the just completed month of February. It's only for you that we are here, and this we are grateful. Through the past month we experienced your goodness: a protective hand on the highways, success of children at school, rains that ripened the land, opening doors for new opportunities and more. You say in your word, "Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart" (Psalm 37:3-4). And as we now start a new month we look up to you that you pave the way. For as the Psalmist says for if we look up to you, the Lord will "save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers,and under his wings you will find refuge" (Psalm 91:3-4). And whatever might be causing fear in our hearts, it is you who says, "Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me".    ( John 14:1). For all our hopes and dreams we are reminded, "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight"                ( Proverbs 5-6). For where there are seemingly formidable obstacles you say, "I will  go before you and will level the mountain" ( Isiah 45:2). And whatever forces that may rise against us, you say, "Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you"  (Luke 10:19). Blessed with this assurance we gladly welcome this new month pregnant with anticipation, for "something good is going to happen" as Jesus of Nazareth is passing by our way, and all this we 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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