"But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint" - Isaiah 40:31 (NIV).
Belief was and is an integral part of the Christian life. After Christ had been nailed at the cross there were two convicted criminals besides him. While one cast doubts at his power another believed without much evidence displayed that he was God. "Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise" (Luke 23: 42-43) .
When Abraham was up in years and childless, the Lord "took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness" (Genesis 15: 5-6). When once Moses doubted if he had had enough food in stock to feed six hundred thousand people under his charge, " The Lord answered Moses, “Is the Lord’s arm too short? Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you" (Numbers 11:23).
Incidentally, the opposite of belief is doubt. When God declares His word there is an enemy who will seek to frustrate it by casting doubt. Jesus once described Satan as " a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies" (John 8:44).
Today, if God has given you a promise, believe and do not doubt. For doubt comes from the evil one! But belief comes from God which He rewards to they that believe!
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I believe the promises upon my life, which I hold on to dearly, for you are a faithful God who never lets us down, 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!