“The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life” - Job 33:4, ESV).
The air we breathe is something we often take so lightly. But look at this. When a person is struck down by COVID–19, for many who become acutely ill, it often appears, the most critical need is oxygen. Oxygen plays a critical role in respiration, as it releases energy. We need oxygen in the air we breathe to stay alive.
Oxygen is produced through photosynthesis, which is the process used by plants, algae and certain bacteria to harness energy from sunlight and then release it. We have it all in abundance and enjoy it at no cost. But these days, if you go to a typical hospital around Uganda, you might be surprised to find how scarce the supply of oxygen has become. You are tasked to pay a stiff price for oxygen.
The things we take for granted! How often have you and I paused to thank God for this most precious element of life? God through nature everyday provides us oxygen, abundantly, one of the most important elements for life, and, for free. Let us be thankful for these simple things around us, which are a gift and daily reminder of the love of God for us! “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!” (Psalm 150:6).
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, creator of heaven and earth, today I thank you for all the small things of life, so easy to take for granted, like oxygen, which reveals your abundant love ever for me!
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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!