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20/10/2021 03:00 - 21/10/2021 02:00

“Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit” - Ephesians 5:18 (NIV). 

The Balokole movement that sprung out of the East African revival in the 1930s is notably remembered for its austere practices, insisting on total denials when it came to certain social norms. For example, believers were strictly forbidden, among others, to imbibe alcohol, smoke, dance, listen to worldly music, grow long hair, and take on debts. There was also the issue of having guard dogs, seen as a sign of lack of faith, which also made it on to the forbidden lists.

After a while there are those who came to view these directives as rather excessive, more so because an argument could be made using scripture to enjoy certain indulgences. For example, there are those who have never found the taking of alcohol as problematic, since it was the first miracle Jesus performed at Cana (John 2: 1-11). What is wrong with dancing when King David danced to the Lord rapturous with joy after the ark of God was returned to Jerusalem, “And David danced before the Lord with all his might. (2 Samuel 6:14).

However, there could also have been a point why it was necessary for believers to embrace a strict code full of “don’ts!” Many parents when there are raising children there are certain things and places they forbid them to touch or go to. One of these is fire. We all know that fire is an essential to life and soon becomes a way of life when one starts preparing dishes. But, letting an infant child start playing with fire may spark off a lot of other problems. The child’s simple imagination may run wild and before long has set the house on fire, to his peril. Nothing wrong with fire but in the wisdom of the parent, the child is better off by being strictly forbidden never to touch fire!

Life can be made complicated just for nothing and one made to suffer needlessly. For example, while some may argue there is nothing wrong with smoking, which is cultural in some places, a firm warning like, “Don’t smoke!” once adhered to has saved many from nicotine addiction. In fact, those who have never smoked, can’t imagine the struggle those who ventured forth had to deal with when they decided against, seeing how their pockets and health were being ruined by smoking.

In conclusion, without going over a list, there are certain things which many believers are known not to indulge in or those places to go to. You could make an argument for either way, even using scriptures, but that might be beside the point. Within that firm “don’t do” maybe a hidden truth, just for your own good, and what harm is there in safeguarding yourself against disaster! Why risk your life needlessly?

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, I thank you for the wisdom of your word and the power that you give us through the Holy Spirit to safeguard against danger, and may it hold me ever closer to you, 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!