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14/11/2023 - 15/11/2023 All day

“He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s” ( 2 Chronicles 20:15)

Having enemies is not something to fancy in life. Yet life as it were such do come by, regardless-particularly for those at the center of God’s work! There are three cases worthy of reflection that could be of help to any caught up in such an unenviable situation.

When Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, having fought off Pharaoh, in a way his troubles were just starting. As the journey to the promised land delayed a furious opposition rose from within, including once Moses’s own family members. “Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite woman. They said, “Is it true that the Lord has spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us also?” And the Lord heard it” ( Numbers 12:1-2). Then there was Korah too. “Korah son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and certain Reubenites—Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth—became insolent and rose up against Moses. With them were 250 Israelite men, well-known community leaders who had been appointed members of the council”              (Numbers 16:1-2)

For David almost immediately once it became clear God’s favour was upon him, he became a target. As David became popular on the battle field, Saul’s jealousy took on gigantic proportions and he once attempted to execute him, “Saul had a spear in his hand and he hurled it, saying to himself, “I’ll pin David to the wall.” But David eluded him twice” (Numbers 18: 12-11). Later on his own son Absalom would mount a coup against his throne ( 2 Samuel 15).

The Apostle Paul was not spared of enemies. As he went about sharing the Gospel, “Some of the Jews, however, spurned God’s message and poisoned the minds of the Gentiles against Paul and Barnabas” ( Acts 14:2). Enemies penetrated his ranks. Writing to Timothy, he noted, “Hymenaeus and Alexander are two examples. I threw them out and handed them over to Satan so they might learn not to blaspheme God” ( I Timothy 1:20).

All these examples, and there are many more, show when it comes to carrying out God’s work enemies come with the territory. Yet God comes and gives victory, “For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory”             ( Deuteronomy 20:4).

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, even as I encounter enemies in doing your work, my comfort is in you, for you have gone ahead of me, to bring me victory, 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!