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09/03/2022 03:00 - 10/03/2022 02:00

"I can do all things through him who gives me strength" - Philippians 4:13 (NIV). 

Self doubt is one of the most dangerous experience any person given a great task can experience. It is a condition where one cowers and instead of rising to the occasion walks away or gives up midway for fear of not being able.

Life can be funny. One may have longed to do a certain job, but when finally given only to tremble with fear, full of doubts. This can be his doing. There are cases of those who have prepared for exams and failed just because on that day doubts set in.

We see self doubt when God finally called up Moses to liberate Israelites and then he wagered. "Moses said to the LORD, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue" (Exodus 4:10). What saved Moses was that he acknowledged to God his fears, and was then given an aide- his brother Aaron to help him with his speech impediment (vv 14).

When Joshua was faced with an equally formidable task, he experienced a moment of doubt, but then the word of the Lord came to him, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go" (Joshua 1:8).

Self doubts is common to life, and rare is the person who has never had moments of doubt when given a task. It doesn't matter how well qualified one might have been. But as with Moses and Joshua when hit with self doubt let us turn to God. Joshua was encouraged by God that He will be with him all the way! The same God will be with you all the way, for He has commanded you!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, for the task that you have given me when faced with doubts I look to you for strength and victory, as you have promised to be with us all the way, 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!

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