"I love you Lord; you are my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my public safety"- Psalm 18:1-3
Mounts Kenya and Kilimanjaro rise above all their surroundings, being immovable against winds of all power. There are a majestic tower of strength and natives around always look up to them for inspiration. Our Christian faith should be like of mountains not easily knocked down by winds, be of whatever trials or upheavals.
Interesting around these gigantic mountains sinks the famous savannah belt of the tropics. Because of scarce rainfall the savannah is dominated with grasses and shrubs. All those who have felt winds pushing through the savannah know they easily sweep through those yellow grasses and thorny shrubs, which offer little resistance. Except for the might baobab; trees in the savannah have no strong bark and are easily swept aside by gusts of wind. If there is wildlife taking cover from a predator, it always tremor, because of a thin and easily shaken cover.
Our faith in God can also be like that of the grass and shrubs of the savannah. When the winds come, we bend low and scatter, as is common with dry grass. There is hardly any stand. No one can rely on easily swept vegetation, for any protection. Today we might seem to posses territory but once the winds come then we are history.
There is no life that can't be subjected to winds. The winds we face can be in form of financial crises. There can be winds of disappointment from job losses. There are winds of terror brought on to us when relationship break down. We can face winds of health crisis.
The question is, when these winds come, as they always do with their varied power, where is our faith? Is it like of mountains or like of the grass and shrubs of the savannah. We should remember 2 Sam 22:2, "The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation.."
Prayer for today: Lord Father God, creator of heaven and earth, when faced with winds of trials and upheavals, I pray that my faith is like of mountains and not as of the grass and shrubs, easily knocked down because you are my rock and fortress, 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!