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The Contest

Text:
1 Kings 3:18-27
Memory Verse:
“Then the other woman said, ‘No! But the living one is my son, and the dead one is your son’. And the first woman said,’ No! But the dead one is your son, and the living one is my son,’ Thus they spoke before the King” (1 Kings 3:22).

The contest between the two harlots in 1 Kings 3 reminds us of the words of Jesus in Matthew 11:12 where He says, “And from the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.” Obviously, the violence displayed by the harlot who insisted that the child be cut in two is typical of the contest raging in the world today. Non-believers are prepared to waste resources so that Christians can lose out. People who lose their own babies, finances or health through careless lifestyles would fight tooth and nail to deprive others of their blessings.
What can we say about the woman whose baby was exchanged while she was
sleeping? Is it not similar to the case of Sisera, when Jael, the wife of Heber,
used a tent peg and pinned Sisera’s head to the ground when he was sleeping
out of weariness? She killed him in his sleep. (Judges 4:21). Laziness, excuses and excessive sleep do not attract good things to those who indulge in them.
We are living in days when a ceaseless contest is going on between the kingdom of light and the kingdom of darkness. The moment you give your life to Christ, the battle line is drawn. Remember to put on the whole armour of God in the battle against those whose desire is to waste your destiny and that of your children. Be sensitive both spiritually and physically in order to be a victor in the contest of life.

Prayer Points:
1. O Lord, please reverse every evil exchange that has taken place in my
careless moments.
2. I shall not lose out in the battle of life.

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