03/07/2022 03:00 - 04/07/2022 02:00

“For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you” - Romans 12:3 (NIV). 

The fall of Lucifer is attributed to pride. As it is written, “How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! …You said in your heart, “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the North. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” (Isaiah 14:12-14). Lucifer’s beauty, wisdom and might – all the good things created in him by God – led him to pride. As the scripture says, “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:8).

Just as it were, a gift can be turned into an object of pride, where the one who has been blessed with it thinks of himself more highly than the giver. This we often observe in the lives of countless artists, who lifted up on a stage by their throng of admirers, all that eventually gets into their head, and before long they are off the rails. Of Lucifer, Ezekiel writes, “You were in Eden, the garden of God.…  I ordained and anointed you as the mighty angelic guardian. ..Your heart was filled with pride because of all your beauty. Your wisdom was corrupted by your love of splendor. So I threw you to the ground. (Ezekiel 28:13-17).

The gifts God has endowed us with can bring great fortune to us especially where we invest them well. The one gifted with entrepreneurial talent can become a roaring successful businessperson; the one with knowledge, a giant expert in his trade. But with success one can easily draw away from the one who blessed him with that gift, God, and start thumping his chest as “I am the greatest!” Don’t  we  know of some famous person who dared  to claim so only to  end  up frail, his body  ravaged with  disease. May our gifts not be turned into objects of worship, that sets our hearts against God, as we often find.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God, creator of heaven and earth, I thank you for the gifts you have blessed me with, to prosper in this life, and today I pray that I may use all to magnify you and give you glory, 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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