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18/07/2023 - 19/07/2023 All day

“The tongue has the power of life and death..”                 (Proverbs 18:21)

The spoken word is one of the most powerful tool the Lord left to his disciples, and clearly of benefit to us even in the present dispensation. It is a gift neither of us should slacken at using.
After he was called to go out and liberate the Israelites, while he hesitated, “God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you” ( Exodus 3:14).

After getting to the tomb of Lazurus,  having prayed, “Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”  The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face” ( John 11: 43-44). Once Peter and John met a beggar at the temple courts who asked for money, but Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk( Acts 3:6).

Almost similar, once Paul and Silas were going up for prayers when they were accosted by a female girl who kept badgering them, “Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her” ( Acts 16:18).

The point of interest for us here is the power of the spoken word. The Almighty God sends out his servant Moses with his word, even rebuking Moses where he hesitates, “And the LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward” ( Exodus 14: 15). When he came across a fig tree that bore no fruit, Jesus, “ said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it” (Mark 11:14).

All here is to point out we should never ignore the power of the spoken word. The spoken word has the power of life and death. Creation, after all, starts with the spoken word: “And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light” (Genesis 1:3).

In our lives we have this gift of using the spoken word to speak to any situation. The spoken word has power of “life and death!” Why not therefore use it when you encounter whatever situation. For the words we speak do not just go out in a void, but with them is the power, even to bring the dead back to life, shrivel any tormenting spirit, curse any demonic power and bless us mightily!

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, you have given us the power of the spoken word, which today I pray I may never hesitate to use to address any situation, in the mighty name of Jesus, I pray!

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    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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