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27/11/2023 - 28/11/2023 All day

“and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always to the very end of the age”( Mathew 28:20)

If journey is not going to plan the feeling of abandonment can arise. And as we wind up 2033 such a feeling might strike one. Perhaps one might think God left him out in the cold.

Where you think so, there are numerous comforting statements where God promises us He will be with us through whatever upheavals. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave nor forsake you” (Deut 31:6). These words were spoken to Joshua as he took on the leadership mantle from Moses whom the Lord had seen to the end.
Joshua would go on to win as many battles, keeping true to the words of the Lord over his life. “Now then, just as the Lord promised, he has kept me alive for forty -five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the wilderness. So, here am I today, eighty five years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I am just as vigorous to go to battle as then” (Joshua 14:10-11).

Today, as you pass through whatever upheavals, know that just the Lord Almighty walked with Joshua, He will never leave you but walk with you!

Prayer for today: Lord God Father God of Abraham, maker of heave and earth, today I pray to hold on to your words that you will be with me to the very end, 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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