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12/03/2023 All day

"Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD"   (Psalm 27:14).

Khulumas ( name changed) were a young couple desperate for a child. In African culture the proof of a typical valid marriage is when it birthes an offspring. But after several years the Khulumas were short on the bill.

Relatives from both sides of the family started showing up. "What's wrong!" Quick fix ideas came pouring fast from all corners. "It was such a stressful time for both of us as we were being tossed here and there, " Mr Khuluma shared with me. "The stress on our marriage was unbearable!"

One day the Khulumas heard of a famous doctor offering IVF treatment. "We approached him and he convinced us he could solve our problem," Khuluma shared. "But he was quite expensive!" Not to miss out they decided to sell a property and then paid for treatment.

"My wife got pregnant and we were all excited," he shared. "But mid way came a miscarriage! When that happened the devastation was even worse than anything before!"

Having tried all means the Khulumas now surrendered all to God. "My wife is a prayer warrior and we now just prayed, " he went on. "We left it all to God!"

Time passed. After the wife feeling unwell for sometime, the couple decided to visit a doctor. "What a shock when the report came that my wife was four months pregnant! Until then we had no idea.."

Today, the Khulumas are proud parents of a two year old son. Having passed through a valley God led them to a point of complete surrender to Him. And you know what, many can relate to that; once you surrender all, God starts to move!

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I surrender to you any matter stressing me, knowing that once I surrender all, you take over, 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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