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24/12/2023 - 25/12/2023 All day

“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living” – (Psalms 27:13).

When David wrote the above Psalm it is clear that things were not well. Even though it might be difficult to determine the exact point in his life, we can be certain this was one of the many low moments he suffered.

From being anointed King when he was a boy and defeating Goliath (I Sam 16: 1-13), David would later on be pursued by King Saul who could not stand him. “David saw that Saul had come out to seek his life. David was in the wilderness of Ziph at Horesh” (I Sam 23:15).

His troubles did not cease on the throne. In power David would lose his son as a consequence of causing the death of an innocent man. The prophet Nathan said, “…For this reason the son who was born to you will die” (2 Sam 12:14). Then as if that was not enough later David would be dethroned by his very son Absalom and forced into exile (2 Sam 15-19).

Sometimes we tend to picture the Christian life as one rosy experience. We even query where a Christian suffers some setbacks. Yet if anything the lives of many believers are characterized with low moments- just as David knew. What kept David’s head above the storm was the knowledge that in the end the Lord would deliver him, as He always does. “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23).

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, when faced with low moments I look up to you to lift me up, for you are my Lord and Savior, this I pray in Jesus’ 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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