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14/06/2021 03:00 - 15/06/2021 02:00

“Where there is no vision, the people perish” - Proverbs 29:18 (NIV)

Somewhere in the winter of 1989 while attending Oral Roberts University for an MBA degree, the whole campus of thousand students was called for assembly in the university chapel. The founder, Oral Roberts, had a message he wished to deliver.

After bursting  through America and beyond as a tent evangelist winning souls for Christ, Oral Roberts, who had come to Christ after being miraculously restored to health while a terminal  patient of tuberculosis, had decided to start this university. “Long ago this land used to be farmland,” he shared. “But I used to come here and stretch my hand and pray that God would give it to me and I build a university.”

This vision came to fruition in 1963 when the university was opened. Today it stands on a 300 acre beautiful campus filled with the most grandiose architecture as one of the most influential Christian universities in the world. It has over 5000 students attending from all over the world.

Later in 1996  I moved to Wheaton, Illinois where I met a Christian leader called Dr Glenn Heck. Once Dr. Gleck, as Chair of the Elders Board of Wheaton Bible Church, he told me a story how he noticed that his church was situated in a rather inconvenient downtown area which would hinder its growth. He decided to scout for land. “I came across this bushy forest far from Wheaton which I desired the church to relocate,” he shared.  “I would come here regularly and pray that the Lord gives us this land!”

In 2008, after buying and setting up a new building, the church eventually moved to West Chicago providing her ample land for expansion.

Acts 2:17 says, "'In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams” There are visions that God gives his people to hold on to certain things long before anyone knows.

These two people had visions from God about certain pieces of land that were bushy which they constantly cried out to God to give to them. While all situations may not be exactly the same, even today, God is giving His people visions. All you need is to have faith and constantly plea to God to make it pass. The Lord never fails.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I thank you for the visions you have given me and I stretch out my hand claiming that promise that in your time you make it pass, too, this I pray in Jesus’s name.

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    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!