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20th FEBRUARY 2021

Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place”. – 2 Corinthians 2:14

There is this old song that touches me so much. It is titled, “I have decided to follow Jesus”. The very third stanza of the song goes thus:  “The world behind me, the cross before me. No turning back, no turning back.” This simple song tells us that come what may, a Christian ought to advance non-stop to our heavenly home. Notwithstanding, earthly challenges posed to make us fall by the wayside. This same attitude should apply to all our earthly endeavours. For example, see how Moses led the Israelites from Egypt to the promised land; I cannot help but salute his courage and determination to succeed despite prevailing obstacles. Apostle Paul also fought several spiritual and physical battles to focus on the Christian faith, which we all enjoy today. In the end, Paul says in 2 Timothy 4:7: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” Also, when Jesus Christ finished his mission, he says, “It is finished”. He completed the race, and today, we have His grace which is sufficient for us. So many of us today are experiencing a constant fight, challenges of the world, the flesh and the devil against our believing in the promises of God held out for us in the scriptures, and, if we’re honest, some days, we don’t feel like we’re winning at all. In fact, some days, defeat feels certain. The word of God is telling us today to stand firm in the Lord, notwithstanding obstacles posed by our dwindling faith, failures, mistakes and other works of the devil. Jesus Christ is always there for us when unbelief sets in, and the problems of life suffocate us. We are called to put on the full armour of God, get up by His grace and be ready to endure every situation. Remember, God in Christ always leads us in a triumphal procession so we don’t grow weary or fainthearted. Beloved, what promises of God can you cling to right now as you face particular challenges in your life?  Hold onto God’s promise, and pray it out. Do not be deterred by the tricks of the devil. Remember, no turning back


Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, I declare your plan and purpose for me is established, and your word concerning me is written and established. Therefore, I decree everything concerning me is made perfect by thy word. AMEN

FURTHER READING:  Ephesians 6:10-20

Mary Lawrence-Dokpesi
Mary Lawrence-Dokpesi
Mary Lawrence-Dokpesi was born in Nigeria to Patrick Abuda Obeakemhe and Juliana Fatimatu Obeakemhe, both from Ogbona Town. With a master’s degree in law, she was called to the bar at the age of twenty-two, and she is currently the principle partner of the law firm Mary Lawrence-Dokpesi & Associates. She is also the founder of two philanthropic organizations: the Living Waters Mission and the Rose Croix Foundation. In addition to law, Lawrence-Dokpesi was drawn to spiritual pursuits at an early age, having begun studying philosophy, theology, chaplaincy, and spirit therapy by the age of eighteen. Inspired by her spiritual calling, she has produced ten intensively researched manuscripts on spiritual matters. Although Understanding the Spiritual was the last to be written, it is the first to be published. Lawrence-Dokpesi is a mother and a wife living in the city of Abuja, Nigeria.

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