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28/02/2020 All day

“but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world” - I John 4:3 (NIV).

In a discussion with some people one person wondered if the whole idea of cults is overblown. "After all going back to how Christianity started all mainstream religions were once seen as cults," he mused, "until we all became main stream church."

My friend was trying to make a point that we should be gentle with those who come up differing from mainstream teachings of the church. Many of us are practicing a brand of faith that at one time caused a stir because it no longer followed the religious norms of the day. Yes, also, lest we forget, our Lord Jesus was once disowned by mainstream religious clerics. He was on the outside and considered cultic.

While all this is true, let us not forget the fact that there is indeed also something like authentic truth and we believers are not just grappling about in search of the truth. The word of God is clear: Jesus is the way, the truth and life (John 14:16).

Yes, of course there will always be differing interpretations of scriptures, as back in the days. They will yield all manner of groups and denominations. But still this does not deny there is a standard of truth which is only found in the Lord Jesus!

Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, I pray today that I hold firmly to the truth that is only found in you!

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    “Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked” (Psalm 43:1)

    To be vindicated is to be cleared of blame or suspicion. Someone is vindicated when he is eventually proved right or justified. In his reign as King of Israel, David was not short of enemies. One was his very son Absalom who divided his people and mounted a coup that threw him off the throne. After Absalom had raised enough support, “a messenger came to David, saying, “The hearts of the men of Israel are with Absalom.” So David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, “Arise, and let us flee, or we shall not escape from Absalom..” (1 Samuel 15:13-14).

    Pushed out of power, David longed to be vindicated. His situation is no different from any person who has been mistreated, done poorly and cast out of a position for apparently no fault of his. So often one comes across innocent public servants who have been put on katebe, the local speak for being made redundant. Intrigues being part of life there is never a day that passes without someone somewhere conspiring and scheming against a blameless person. False rumors are spread and before long one is forced out of his job.

    Where do you turn when your enemies are having you for a field day? Quite obvious there are those who give in to bitterness and use the evil ways their enemies exceled in to launch a counter attack. If their enemies bribed their way to power, so they do. If they spread malice, so they embrace. If they sought out occult powers, they arm themselves with these.

    Pushed out of power, David, rather sought the Almighty God. He went “to the top of the mountain, where he worshiped God” ( 2 Samuel 15:32). He prayed that his enemy Absalom would fall pray to his evil devices through foolish counsel, causing him confusion. The Lord answered David’s prayer and his army went to battle with Absalom and defeated him, leading to his death at the hand of David’s General Joab (2 Samuel 18).

    Today, should you be grappling with a situation where you feel done wrong, do not let your enemies have the better part of you, but turn to God, who will vindicate you. “For the LORD will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants” (Psalm 135:14).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray for you to vindicate me in all my affairs, where I have been falsely accused, done poorly, and that glory may go to you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!