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23/05/2021 03:00 - 24/05/2021 02:00

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”- John 16:33 (NIV)

Those who happen to live in temperate climate lands will long have noted how moods tend to differ depending on seasons. With the beginning of fall and through winter there is a tendency for many people there to experience gloom. And why? Fall comes with trees dropping leaves as a cold wind takes over gradually forcing many indoors as winter finally locks on. Once the cold is all over all one can do is bundle up, and bid time.

But once springs breaks and flowers in their myriad of fresh colors burst out of the soils, the mood suddenly changes. Spring comes with joy. It’s a joy to see all the children who had been held up indoors sprint out to feel life, the soils breathing a new life with plants, the air smelling fresh, swirling with creatures. Spring rolls on to summer and with the sun out all who care experienc life to the full.

When Jesus reminds us to be of “ good cheer” he is not unmindful of the world we live in. He points out that the world we live in is full of “tribulations” but we should still be cheerful, in spite of all.

Yes, it is difficult to be cheerful through fall and winter, with ugly winds blasting through with a freezing cold, the ground bare of anything, and everyone held up indoors. But because of faith in Jesus, one remains steadfast, assured that the wintry season, with all its cold will surely pass.

We remain of good cheer because in spite of the harshness of the season, we know all will pass and spring will eventually break out, the sun will burst through the dark clouds. For every life will certainly experience harsh seasons every now and then. Faced with such there are those who let the gloom of the seasons force them down with despondency.  But those who believe in Christ Jesus remain of “good cheer” in spite of the season, because they know whatever they may be experiencing, all will pass, and it will be the spring of life back again.

Prayer for today: Lord Farther God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, through the seasons of life, help me to remain of good cheer, however harsh, because of the faith I have in your son, Lord Jesus Christ!

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    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).

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    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.

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