"The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way" - Psalm 37:23 (NIV).
Once upon a time for anyone identified as a Born Again Christian it was a taboo to be seen lingering in or around a bar, the kind with all tribes of drinks, busy playing discotheques music. In fact, certain types of music, particularly dance Congolese rumba beats, were a no go area. More importantly, a touch of an alcoholic beverage was an admission of backsliding. It was unheard of for a believer to lift a bottle of beer or touch a glass of wine.
Today, one might find though a more relaxed approach among believers in Christ, leading one to wonder why previous generations were so puritan. Well, there is a story. Many of the early generation of believers had been saved from some of these indulgences. After they accepted Christ they were completely liberated from what for some had become destructive addictions. So, to associate with any of those was to defeat their liberation.
And, besides, some also knew that while they were now liberated by the power of Christ they needed to keep far from old habits since a close and renewed encounter may rewaken that suppressed urge. Just a touch of that old bottle could suddenly render one hopelessly dependent again!
Among the Alcoholic Ananymous groups once one is liberated from alcoholism it is recommended they change living environment. This is because they know the old environment might trigger back the old bad habits. This was also the point of these believers- why start playing with fire again!
Doesn't it make sense! Everyone has certain strength but a worthy point here is unless you know your strength, it is better to keep far away from some of these seductions, just in case. For you never know how far down you may slide the moment you dare!
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, you who knows my strength, help me avoid such indulgences that may lead me astray and that I do not fall prey to their ravages, this I pray in Jesus's name.
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“The LORD will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them” – (Deuteronomy 28:2).
Every now and then one chances upon someone despising the importance of being enterprising. To some being enterprising can be equated to the love of money and it’s pitfalls (1 Tim 6:10). Others see it as being overtly worldly. Yet, far from it, being enterprising is clearly an avenue God has given believers to raise resources for their well-being and promotion of the rich Gospel.
The Bible is full of enterprising characters who were used mightily of God. Abraham was apparently a good rancher that he “become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold” (Gen 13:2). Job was hated by Satan who sought to destroy him because “He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. He also had many servants. He was, in fact, the richest person in that entire area” (Job 1:3).
The Lord Jesus Christ was born and raised in the house of Joseph, the carpenter (Mathew 13:55). Carpenters do not create works of beauty to donate for free. To prosper they must run sustainable enterprises which pay taxes and make profit. The Apostle Paul would often rely on enterprising people to support him in his ministry. One of his worthy converts “was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God (Acts 16:14).
Though Paul was a law don once he went to the mission field, other than cling to his titles by burdening his hosts he often dabbled in tent making to support himself. In Corinth he teamed up with an amazing couple, Priscilla and Aquila, and “because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them” (Acts 18:3). This couple run a successful tent making business that enabled them support mission work.
And then of course, there is the noble woman of character, as told in Proverbs 31, who “selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings.. She sees that her trading is profitable…She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes (vv 13-25).
When the body of believers is filled with such enterprising people it generates resources important to sustain God’s work. Further, the work of God is then supported without being dependent on sources that might compromise the mission, as sometimes we see! Be enterprising!
Prayer for today: Lord father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, you who has given us the gift of enterprise, today I pray to use this gift to take care of my needs and support the expansion of your kingdom on earth, this I pray in Jesus’ Name.