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20/10/2022 03:00 - 21/10/2022 02:00

"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 1:5 (NIV). 

Everyday there is someone going to undertake a job interview. Usually any person can find themselves in a situation where they are competing against prime candidates. Compare that to a small school without any record of achievement being lined up against a giant of academics. There are places in the world where if you came from Ivy League university college someone from a less known country university hardly stands a chance.

After God had rejected Saul there happened to be a sort of job interview for the next King (1 Samuel 16). So, as it were, Prophet Samuel approached Jesse, a father of some potential candidates. Jesse's first inclination was to point to his elder sons. And why! They had apparently far vaster experience to meet the bill.

"Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The Lord has not chosen these.”  So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?” "There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.” Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.” (I Samuel 16:10-11). Once David belatedly showed up, in his herdsboy ragged attire, "Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one" (vv 12).

Here is the deal. You could find yourself faced with a formidable interview of sorts. Ahead of you are giants of renown. Maybe it is a business tender and you are competing against global brands with deep pockets. But then, if God has chosen you, fret not. For just as David did not need much of an interview because he was picked by God, so will it be for you too, as you place all your trust in Him!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, faced with an uphill task, ahead of me, I look up to you, placing all my faith in you, to make a way where there is no 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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