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02/05/2022 03:00 - 03/05/2022 02:00

"Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things" - Col 3:2 (NIV). 

There is a type of house construction more common in the US and other places there. Most houses have basement floors, which are lower units. The basement are sort of reserve quarters, not considered the central part of the main house.

Now when you are in a basement you are most likely to stay focused on the main upper floor house because that is where you all belong, and you are only down temporary. Dinner takes place in the upper part of the house. The basement, which has less light, as it is below, can sometimes also serve as a confinement for conviction of certain offense.

So is our earthly lives. We are in the basement floor but the real house where as believers we belong is heaven. In the basement we can all be taken up by our present location and forget there is another part of the house where we can be called up anytime. The Apostle Paul in today's verse is telling us not to be preoccupied with this temporary locale.

If you are so taken up by a temporary location you can find yourself obsessed with it. Wars take place because people are fighting for territorial control while down here. Yet our stay is only temporary and specific for a time. This is why we ought to stay focused on "things above"! For as it is written, "In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?" (John 14:12)

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray that I am not taken up by my present saroundings but ever stay focused on things above, that matter above all, this I pray in Jesus's name.

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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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