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15/07/2021 03:00 - 16/07/2021 02:00

“Then God said to Solomon: “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life—but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom I have made you kin, wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings have had who were before you, nor shall any after you have the like.” - 2 Chronicles 1:11-2 (NIV)

It is an interesting question for any of us, if given an opportunity before the Almighty, what we may ask. The natural man would ideally pick on the immediate objects of pleasure, power and glory. As the scripture shows when such an opportunity was given to one Solomon, he pleaded first for wisdom and knowledge, and thereafter was rewarded mightily.

Wisdom and knowledge is quite important because even where one has acquired anything of significance, without it, all is but fleeting. There is wisdom we need in handling our personal affairs. We need wisdom to run affairs in the market place. We need wisdom in handling community relations. In the absence of wisdom whatever decisions we make may not hold.

There is an interesting case where Absolom having rebelled from his father David was about to attack him, he sought advice from two eminent priests, Ahithophel and Hushai. After listening to both, “Then Absalom and all the men of Israel said, “The advice of Hushai the Archite is better than that of Ahithophel. For the LORD had purposed to thwart the good counsel of Ahithophel in order to bring disaster on Absalom.” (2 Sam 17:14). What is key here is that where we base our decisions without first seeking the Lord, we are courting a dangerous path of futility.

This is why the scriptures point out, To find wisdom starts with knowing God. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10).

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, as I start a new day, I ask for nothing but wisdom to guide me in all the decisions I am about to make, that glory goes to you, 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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