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28/09/2023 - 29/09/2023 All day

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” ( Isaiah 40:31).

The Bible has a rich cast of characters, some tragic. Like Saul a once heroic figure who fell to disgrace ultimately taking his own life. His story begins with the Israelites yearning to have a king. “But you have now rejected your God, who saves you out of all your disasters and calamities. And you have said, ‘No, appoint a king over us.” ( I Samuel 10:19). Tasked prophet Samuel searched out and finally landed on him, spotting certain physical qualities. “They ran and brought him out, and as he stood among the people he was a head taller than any of the others. Samuel said to all the people, “Do you see the man the Lord has chosen? ( vv 23-24).

For his 42 year reign Saul started out well, but at a certain point he lost way and lost the favor of the Lord. “You have done a foolish thing,” Samuel said. “You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time” ( I Samuel 13:13). Saul gradually left the Lord eventually going as far as seeking mediums for protection. “He inquired of the Lord, but the Lord did not answer him by dreams or Urim or prophets. Saul then said to his attendants, “Find me a woman who is a medium, so I may go and inquire of her” ( I Samuel 28:6-7).

All this was to his folly. Ultimately Saul would perish on his own sword after loosing a battle that took also his sons. “So Saul took his own sword and …fell on his own sword…Saul and his three sons died together that same day. The man who carried his armor also died with them that day. So did all of Saul’s men” ( 1 Samuel 31:4-6).

The tragic fall of Saul is a lesson of one who starts out favored by God then looses way. Equally, any one of us may start out shining on a big stage but perhaps pride takes the better part of us and instead of seeking the Lord’s hand we turn elsewhere. Saul’s fate can be a good warning not to take the Lord’s favour upon our lives for granted.

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray to stay ever focused and faithful to you who has gotten me here, all 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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