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"Jesus replied, “The Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him" - Luke 4:8 (NIV).

It is the US President Abraham Lincoln who once said that a house divided against itself can't stand. He was referring to the American civil war (1861-4) where the southern states fought to separate from Northern states divided over the issue of slavery. Eventually the North won and the union was preserved.

Just as it is with nation states or kingdoms, the same holds in the spiritual realm. If our loyalty to God is divided between his kingdom and that of Satan then how can we prosper! But sometimes this is exactly the case with a war of divided loyalties raging within us and denying us of deserved prosperity.

We clearly see this when we find those professing Christ also practicing a worship of other gods. Some call it syncretism, which is a combination of different religious beliefs into one. It's quite common in some places to find a church lay reader with an ancestral shrine at the back of his house!

One thing we know is that ours is a jealous God. "You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods" (Exodus 20:5). When our loyalties are divided between Christ and Satan we do not only hinder blessings to flow in our lives but invite the wrath of God upon us. As they entered the promised land, the Israelites were warned, "But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them,  I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed" (Deuteronomy 30:17-18).

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, today I pray that you are my only God whom I worship in spirt and truth for there is no other God but you alone, this I pray in Jesus's name.

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    “Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).

    The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).

    Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).

    That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.

    Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.

    Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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