Devotions

“Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s (2 Chronicles20:15b).”

“Cowards need not apply”. At least that should be the headline for followers of Christ. Christians aren’t called to be in the background, to live in a world of comfort and inactivity. We are called to engage, to get involved, and to fight but not fight as some may be accustomed to. No, we are called to fight the good fight of faith that is founded in the confidence we have in Christ.

Throughout the bible are stories of men and women who stood steadfast in the face of adversity, in battles that were not only physical but spiritual and emotional one’s too. They stood because they trusted and exercised their faith in God.

Whatever battles you’re faced with today confidently face them head on because the battle is not yours it’s the Lords!

“Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord (Romans 12:19).”

Where is God when things hurt, when anxiety riddles, when pain endures, when life is hard, when death looms, when peace is absent, in the midst of sickness, when loved one’s die, when falsely accused, when relief is nowhere in sight? Where is He? He’s right there.

As Christians we have certain expectations about God but are they realistic? If God is present why doesn’t He do something, why doesn’t He make it better? He could have prevented the experienced trauma and yet He remains silent. Let’s not forget, He could have saved His only Son from the cross but He didn’t.

Life isn’t just about the here and now but eternity; this life is not the final destination. And since we know this is not our final destination we know that a day will come when suffering will end and injustice vindicated. That is the hope that we exercise by faith in God.

Sin is not excused, God will vindicate and that is the promise we have in Him.

“And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed (Genesis 12:3).”

AncestryDNA, MyHeritage, DNA test kits, all methods to determine paternity, where you come from and family heritage; people are curious, they want to know. Tracing one’s origin is insightful but not everything found would bring excitement. Christians need not question their heritage because once you accept your new life, your new birth in Christ you are now a part of God’s family and that life comes with many benefits.

You’ve heard the scriptures, “no weapon formed against you shall prosper”, “I will bless those who bless you and I will curse those who curse you”, “and my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus”; it’s clear that those who belong to God are under divine heritage, divine blessings and divine promise. It reminds me of the story of King Balak (his story is found in Numbers 22-24).

Balak feared God’s chosen people the Israelites and enlisted the aid of Balaam (a diviner) to curse them. However every time Balaam went to God on behalf of the King’s request the Lord only confirmed His hand over Israel and moreover uses Balaam the diviner to share of the coming Christ whose kingdom will one day be established throughout earth. No matter what desire Balak had for Israel, God’s plan was what would win.

When you belong to God you need not worry who or what rises up against you seeking to destroy or thwart the will of God. As His heritage there is nothing nor anyone that will prevent God’s plan from being fulfilled for you! No need to wonder “whose your daddy” because we know that He is the Lord Almighty, the Lord Our God, the Savior of the world!!

Relationships are complicated and learned early in life. A child’s relationship with a parent facilitates how one forms relationships with others. Relationships also require work and the giving of oneself to another in trust and belief that the feeling(s) are reciprocated. But it doesn’t stop there. Strong/healthy relationships are nurtured through ongoing communication.

A relationship with God is also to be nurtured. Too often communication with Him is one-sided whereby prayers are rendered to receive something from Him and yet God is more than Someone to give us our desires. Yes God calls us His servants and His children but we should also desire to be called His friend. Friends of God eat together (Revelation 3:20), spend time together (John 14:23), believe in Him (James 2:23), and listen to Him (john 8:47). Patriarch Abraham was called just that, a “friend of God” and God is no respecter of persons.

The best relationship you can ever have is with the One who loves you, watches over you, guides you, comforts you, heals you, protects you, delivers you, who doesn’t give up on you, keeps you, and most of all who died for you. He is the best friend anyone can ever have.

What a friend we have in Jesus
All our sins and griefs to bear
And what a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer

Oh, what peace we often forfeit
Oh, what needless pain we bear
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer

Have we trials and temptationns?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged
Take it to the Lord in prayer

Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness
Take it to the Lord in prayer
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“And all the crowd sought to touch him, for power came out from him and healed them all (Luke 6:19).”

A hug, a soft embrace, a kind word, wiping away a tear, sitting by the bedside of a sick loved one, a phone call, a word of confirmation and acceptance, a listening ear, holding open a door, a smile, a touch, just being present doesn’t cost anything but could mean the world for someone who needs it. It demonstrates selflessness and genuine care for someone who needs it.

All that is required of you is sincere care. It just might be all someone needs to be healed.