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10/02/2021 03:00 - 11/02/2021 02:00

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!” - Philippians 4:13 (NIV)

For a long time it was believed human beings could not dash 100 meter in less than 10 seconds. But come 1968 during the Mexico Olympics and Jim Hines completed the100-meters sprint in less than 10 seconds. Since that time dozen more have broken the 100 meter dash in less than ten seconds. In 2008 the Jamaican Sprinter Usain Bolt set a world record of completing the dash in 9.72 seconds.

You may wonder what had held back human beings until 1968 to beat the 100 meter dash in less than 10 seconds. There are those who had long argued that the human body could not achieve that feat. However, once Jim Jones, broke that feat, more and more athletes believed and right now the question is, if humans can do the 100 dash in less than 9 seconds! We are back again to where we started- again there are those who hold human beings cant; but maybe someday someone will come along and prove all wrong, because he believed.

In our verse today Paul exhorts us with a stirring motivation. At the heart of this simple message is belief and reliance on Christ. There are indeed those mountains that come our away and seem insurmountable. Everyone says it is impossible. But here is a good word of hope. Believe you can do all things in Christ Jesus!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, I commit to you all my tasks and desires, knowing that whatever stands in my way, I can do all things because of Christ who lives in me!

 

 

 

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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!

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