"I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved" - Psalm 16:8 (NIV).
There was once a wealthy gentleman who having amassed great wealth sought the best way to be secure. After hiring a security company with asault rifles, he decided on putting up iron doors for his mansion along with window burglar proofs to prevent any attempted break in.
But still he felt insecure and restless. So he erected a tall wall which he topped with electric barbed wire. He moved out always in a Hammer four wheel SUV with a dozen armed escort. Now one day while in bed his heart failed and he passed on before emergency help could arrive!
Where is your security! This gentleman used his wealth to secure for himself the best security his money could buy only for his life to be snatched without notice. It is a familiar scene every day- how certain members of society are armed to teeth in order to ensure maximum security for themselves and families. But the truth is, "Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain" (Psalm 127:1).
The best security can only be found by sheltering in the Lord. "For the LORD is your security. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap" (Proverbs 3:26). While it is good and proper to take good precautions for one's safety, none should lose sight of that. "Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil" (James 4: 14-17).
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray ever to take refuge in you, for you are my protector through all circumstances, 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!