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Stop running and fight back

By Oke Chinye

Read: 2 Corinthians 10:3-6

Meditation verse: 

“Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).

“Apocalypto” is an epic historical adventure film set in the Mayan civilization of Southern Mexico. This fictional movie portrays the hero journey of a young man named Jaguar Paw and his fellow tribesmen who are captured by an invading force. After the devastation of their village, they are brought on a perilous journey to a Mayan city for human sacrifice. Jaguar Paw managed to escape but his captors chased after him. He ran in the forest for days, climbing on trees to hide from his captors who were hot on his trail.

And then suddenly he stopped running and said to himself “my name is Jaguar Paw, son of Flint Sky. I am a hunter, and this forest belongs to me. My father hunted here first before me, and my children will hunt after me. I am not afraid”. And then he began to fight back. He knew the forest well, so he set traps for his chasers. One time he attacked them with a swarm of bees wrapped in leaves. Another time he got venom from frogs and used as weapons against them. Jaguar Paw fought with his last strength using weapons he made from nature and one after the other he killed his chasers. 

You have mighty weapons to defeat every stronghold of the enemy (2 Corinthians 10:4). When jaguar Paw stopped running, he defeated his enemies. Stop running and fight back. James 4:7 says, “resist the devil and he will flee from you”. Face up to the devil or whatever is contending with you in the place of your destiny.  Say “I am …, son of the Most High God. The earth is the Lord’s and all its fullness.  I am not afraid”. Then take up your weapons and fight.

Take up the whole Armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which, you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:13-18). These are your mighty weapons as a child of God. Use them.


IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Pst (Mrs) Oke Chinye, Founder of The Rock Teaching Ministry (TRTM).

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