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28/04/2021 03:00 - 29/04/2021 02:00

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, Because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners’- Isaiah 61:1 (NIV) 

Once I came across a gentleman who had become a Christian in the course of a long and successful career as an investor on the Chicago stock Exchange. Prior though a multimillionaire he was not happy and fulfilled until the day he received Jesus as Lord and personal savior (John 3:16). Excited with his new found life in Christ, he loved nothing like sharing his faith. He regularly gave out Gospel tracts to his staff. Then one day he got a rude shock.

His firm did a lot of business with the government which came out with a ruling forbidding mixing faith and state. The businessman was therefore stopped from sharing the Gospel at his workplace, which he loved more than anything. He was not amused. Subsequently, he decided to sell out his interests in a successful firm he had founded, and retire.

Today, there are places around the world where sharing of faith in Christ is becoming harder and troublesome. Interestingly, some of these are places where Christianity has its roots, before spreading out to the rest of the globe, as like in many parts of Western Europe. However, through the cunningness of Satan, he has taken over some of these places, imposed laws that make it difficult to preach the Word of God. Like carrying out work with government, where believers must first sign up to embracing practices the Bible forbids, or else lose federal aid.

Elsewhere, in most of Africa, this is not the case, yet, for most nations. Believers have a choice to share their faith in the market place and work with state governments without being coerced into practices their conscience forbids. We should therefore not loose sight of these freedoms or take them lightly. We have a two fold task. First, to pray for those places where it is increasingly becoming a taboo to preach the Gospel; and, secondly, thank God for the freedoms we enjoy, to practice and share the Gospel of Christ, which we should not take for granted!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I thank you for being in a nation where I am free to share my faith in you, even at my work place, and may I not take this freedom for granted, but fully use it for your glory, 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.