"The word of the Lord came to me, saying,
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations" - Jeremiah 4-5 (NIV).
It remains one of the most powerful verse in the scriptures and there is a reason. As we live in an increasingly self centred world, questions are always being raised, when life begins. This is often to achieve one purpose- make it easier to terminate "unwanted pregnancy"! The message Jeremiah received though makes it clear that God's purpose for us starts well in the womb, necessitating protecting the lives of the unborn!
When one knows that the Almighty God had a purpose for him well before he came to be two things can happen. First of all, every Christian should walk with a spring in his steps, for our lives here are not by accident. The Almighty God willed long before that we have life to be part of his amazing creation, in particular extend the kingdom of Christ. Everyday of our lives we should live with pride happy that we are here fulfilling God's plans for our lives and all His creation.
The purposes of God will always be resisted. And there is an enemy who seeks to thwart God's purpose short of taking life. John 10:10 says, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life,and have it to the full". Of recent I came across a situation where a child raised in a Christian home had started doing drugs and ended up nearly loosing his life due to overdose. This is exactly the work of the enemy to steal God's purpose from his children, by destroying their lives.
Believers must always be on alert, like a good soldier, and not take that purpose lightly. We must know that right from conception forces are arraigned against us realising God's purpose. In life there are always distraction to steer us from that purpose. And those with children, even as they raise them in the things of God, the enemy is never at still but fighting for their spirit.
Today, thank God that you are not here by accident and there is a purpose for your life, which you should ask of God and He will gently reveal. Pray for our children too that they may remain true to God's purpose for their lives, thwarting all the enemy's wicked plans, "to kill and destroy"!
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I thank you for the purpose of my life and I pray to ever realize it and the protection of all our children against the plans of the enemy to snatch your purpose away from them, 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!