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19/10/2022 03:00 - 20/10/2022 02:00

"Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus" - 2 Timothy 2:3 (NIV). 

The Apostle Paul often drew illustrations of certain areas of life to emphasize a point. For example in 2 Timothy 2:5 he notes, "Also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules". Paul used this metaphor of athletes in several other places (I Cor 9:25-27; I Cor 9:24).

One other area he normally referred to was of soldiers. In 2 Timothy 2:3 he notes, "Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus". You and I may ask that aside from athletes why was Paul also drawn to use the imagery of soldiers, who specialise in war. For example in Ephesians 6: 10-11, he notes, "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes." He then goes further to urge to " Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (vv 17).

The use of this warriors imagery was not far fetched. Almost from inception God's people have been involved in battle against the forces of the enemy. The Israelites have from time to time to fight for every inch of their territory on this day. In preparation for his ministry Jesus went up to the mountain and fasted for 40 days to draw power to fight off the enemy.

As a believer you have no other but are part of God's army involved in a mighty battle "against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms" (vv 11-12). You are already conscripted in God's mighty army. Paul urges each one of us not to relax, but like good soldiers to be always on guard, and ever ready to "extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one" (vv 16).

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, as a soldier in your good army I pray to be always on guard and ready to fight off the enemy against all his dirty schemes and feeble attacks, this I pray in Jesus's name.

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    "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands” (Acts 17:24)

    When in his missionary journey the Apostle Paul ventured into the city of Athens he was struck by two things. First, the Athenians spent most of the day doing nothing but talking about the latest ideas (Acts 17:21). In spite of that they could not figure out who the great God is and his plan for their salvation.

    Secondly, Paul noticed Athens was filled with temples and statutes all over. In fact he came across one altar marked with an inscription to an “unknown god” (verse 23). The Athenians were a very religious people, searching God but with no idea of his plans for salvation through Jesus.
    The experience of Paul travelling through Athens could be the same with any of us visiting our modern cities. It is easy to find folks arguing about where truth can be found on social media almost all day. And then also one can find temples of all nature rising across the city. This is usually where they have assigned and restricted God as folks go about their lives.

    One thing Paul reminded the Athenians is that in spite of all their great arguments and temples the truth was actually not far from them. “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundary of their lands. God did this so that they should seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any of us” (Acts 17:27-28).

    Today, you may find yourself in a situation similar to that of the Athenians, where you are searching for the truth, yet it is so close to you. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the blessed name of Jesus, to know and share the truth of your salvation like Paul did for you are not far from any who truly desires to know you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!