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25/08/2022 03:00 - 26/08/2022 02:00

"Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come" - 2 Cor 5:17 (NIV). 

The tomato is a vegetable berry widely used for soups, salads and even cocktails. When mature it beams with a succulent red. Because of its value farmers of tomatoes often engage in spraying chemicals to ward off pests as it ripens. Usually then it bears ugly marks till maturity. It might have looked bad on the outside but once harvested it is full and juicy inside.

In the Christian life something that matters most is what is inside us rather than outside. When a Christian encounters troubling storms his pose might look tried. However, because we have the power of the Holy Spirit holding us within while the outside may pose concern there is a beauty that glows inside.

If you have noticed the world is so focused on the outside while ignoring the inside. Consider how much is spent on cosmetics to improve our physical appearence, a struggle which is actually a race against time. Eventually the outside fades with age and natural contours give way along with grey hair.

However, if one has given attention to the inside, the Holy spirit enables one to flower with age. Anyone of us should be more concerned with what is inside than the outside. For as the Apostle Peter once elaborated, "Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight" (1 Peter 3: 3-4).

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray for beauty that flows from within, of a gentle and quiet spirit, which does not fade as it is in you, 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!