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20/08/2021 03:00 - 21/08/2021 02:00

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” - John 8:36 (NIV).

Once two little children were out at play and found the rope they needed for a tug game had a knot. Much as they tried they just couldn’t figure out how to unloosen this knot. It was one huge puzzle that had them desperately sweating.

Eventually one decided to drop the rope with its knot and look for another game. But just then an idea brightened up with another. He picked up the rope with its knot, and looked for grandpa. See, it did not take seconds for grandpa to unloosen the knot once it was placed in his hands! The children, quite amazed; happily rushed back to play. Grandpa had all along been watching, standing in the shadow, and eager to help out.

Now, it is common to find knots in life. There can be knots found in one’s work or business, hindering any movement ahead. Much as one can try on one own the knot remains firm in place.

Knots can also bind life. Certain people have their lives tied up with knots that hinder them make progress. These could be knots of anger which has locked one down into a fuselage, quick to blow up at the slightest provocation. There can be knots of addiction that have made one’s life hopelessly enslaved. Some people are tied down with knots of jealousy which has blinded them to fail appreciate all the blessings in their lives.

Jesus often came across people whose life had been shriveled by knots. Once, while going about his work, there came a woman who “had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped” (Luke 8: 43-44). This woman pushed herself against a crowd and touched the cloak of Jesus. He stopped and turned to the woman who came down at his feet, “Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace” (vv 48).

Should you have noticed that you are dealing with a knot that seems against all effort not to go away, before you drop the rope, why not take it to Jesus. It can be amazing what seems impossible and has taken years troubling you, how the Lord can unlock it in a moment. All you need like the bleeding woman is have faith.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I bring to you the knots in my life, that you unloosen and free me, to walk in your full blessings, this I pray in Jesus’s name.

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    “Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked” (Psalm 43:1)

    To be vindicated is to be cleared of blame or suspicion. Someone is vindicated when he is eventually proved right or justified. In his reign as King of Israel, David was not short of enemies. One was his very son Absalom who divided his people and mounted a coup that threw him off the throne. After Absalom had raised enough support, “a messenger came to David, saying, “The hearts of the men of Israel are with Absalom.” So David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, “Arise, and let us flee, or we shall not escape from Absalom..” (1 Samuel 15:13-14).

    Pushed out of power, David longed to be vindicated. His situation is no different from any person who has been mistreated, done poorly and cast out of a position for apparently no fault of his. So often one comes across innocent public servants who have been put on katebe, the local speak for being made redundant. Intrigues being part of life there is never a day that passes without someone somewhere conspiring and scheming against a blameless person. False rumors are spread and before long one is forced out of his job.

    Where do you turn when your enemies are having you for a field day? Quite obvious there are those who give in to bitterness and use the evil ways their enemies exceled in to launch a counter attack. If their enemies bribed their way to power, so they do. If they spread malice, so they embrace. If they sought out occult powers, they arm themselves with these.

    Pushed out of power, David, rather sought the Almighty God. He went “to the top of the mountain, where he worshiped God” ( 2 Samuel 15:32). He prayed that his enemy Absalom would fall pray to his evil devices through foolish counsel, causing him confusion. The Lord answered David’s prayer and his army went to battle with Absalom and defeated him, leading to his death at the hand of David’s General Joab (2 Samuel 18).

    Today, should you be grappling with a situation where you feel done wrong, do not let your enemies have the better part of you, but turn to God, who will vindicate you. “For the LORD will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants” (Psalm 135:14).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray for you to vindicate me in all my affairs, where I have been falsely accused, done poorly, and that glory may go to you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!