THEME: WEAPONS OF WAR
“Thus says the LORD God of Israel: “Behold, I will turn back the weapons of war that are in your hands, with which you fight against the king of Babylon and the Chaldeans who besiege you outside the walls; and I will assemble them in the midst of this city.”
-Zedekiah king of Judah was defeated in a conquest by the Babylonian troops and some Israelites were taken into captivity. The Israelites suffered and labored with no pay. They toiled during the day and lay down at night in chains. They were fed like prisoners and their hope was lost. The Babylon and Egyptian captivities are prototypes of how the devil oppresses people today. In Jeremiah chapter 29 the Lord delivers a message of hope through prophet Jeremiah, revealing the good plans He has for His people. Plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future. There are so many people who have lost hope in life. Some go through difficult times and cry daily. Many have lost their jobs and loved ones. Some are suffering from deadly illnesses, painful heartbreaks, rejection, hurt, depression and many other forms of disillusionment. It is through such experiences that people loose hope and view life as meaningless. These are the temptations that confront us as we journey through life. Temptations will come but we are called to look to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. The devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking the one to devour, and we are called to be alert and sober minded. We see that when the devil had finished tempting Jesus, he left him until an opportune time (Luke 4:13). He sorts for an opportune time to kill, steal and destroy, but he defeated through the finished work of Christ on the cross. Even if temptations come, God is always faithful to us. He will never let us to be tempted beyond what we can bear. He always provides a way out so that we can endure. He will never leave us nor forsake us. We are called to have strong and unwavering faith in Jesus Christ, which is very powerful weapon of war that can never fail. If we believe in Jesus Christ, we have the gift of eternal life.
We love You Lord for Your mercies has never failed us. We give You all the glory, honor and praise for You have always protected us, provided for us, sustained us, healed our wounds, directed us. We shall not be moved. We find rest in You alone loving Father. Only You are our Shelter and Shield, all our hope and trust is in You. We trust in You Lord our God and learn not on our own understanding. We surrender our burdens and anxieties to You Jesus for You care for us. We shall not be shaken or moved for You are always with us. You will never leave us nor forsake us. We praise Your holy name. All our faith and hope is in You Jesus. Vindicate us Lord and save us. Plead our cause against unfaithful nations. Rescue us from those who are deceitful and wicked. Vindicate us Lord for we have integrity and trust in You without wavering. Examine us Lord, and test us. Evaluate our inner thoughts and motives. For we are ever aware of Your faithfulness and Your loyalty continually motivates us. You are our Righteousness Lord, we rely on You alone. Deliver us dear Jesus from all our trials and temptations. Save us from the snares of the wicked one and cover us with Your precious blood. All our hope and trust is in You Jesus. Lord You are close to the broken hearted and save those who are crushed in spirit. Vindicate us dear Jesus and save us. Save all those who are sick and suffering. Save those who are in prison and in chains. Save those who have experienced divorce, separation and heart breaks. Save those who have lost their loved ones. Save all the orphans and widows. Save all the street families and deliver them. Save all those who have lost their jobs and experience losses in their businesses. Save all those who have lost hope in life and are contemplating suicide. Save our economy and bless our land. Save our nation from corruption and injustice. Save all those who do not believe in You Jesus. Save us from the proud, who threaten us with power, wealth, status and witchcraft. Save us from the oppressor dear Jesus. Break every chain that hinders our progress with Your precious blood Jesus. Open every closed door in our lives, families, destinies, ministries, businesses, careers and nation, in Your name Jesus. Fight for us dear Jesus, for the battle belongs to You. Bless us Abba Father and accelerate us in Your purposes and divine breakthroughs. Save us dear Jesus and cover us with Your precious blood. Save us dear Jesus our only hope of salvation. All our hope and trust is in You, now and forever. Amen
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Further reading: 2 Kings 25:1-26, Matthew 11:28-30, Psalms 26:1-12, Psalms 43:1-5,