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27/12/2023 - 28/12/2023 All day

“Then the man said, “let me go for it is daybreak” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me” – (Genesis 32:26).

Any can wonder what to say with a close encounter with the Almighty God. Well, think of a situation where you meet the Lord Jesus, but then time is not on your side- as He has to move on. Would you just let Him off, without receiving a special blessing!

This is exactly what happened when Jacob had an earthly encounter with the Almighty God. Somehow it was soon clear that the man he had met and was wrestling with all night was not as any other ordinary mortal. So Jacob held on tight to this stranger and would not let go till he was blessed of him. Finally, “Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome” (Gen 32: 28).

This humbled Jacob. “So Jacob called the place Paniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared” (Gen 32: 30).

What happened here is nothing but a story of chancing upon God and not letting go of him till you receive His blessings. Just as Jacob was not ready to let God go off him without receiving that blessing, you too today have met Jesus and would you let him go without a blessing. Just as Jacob did, cry out to God to end and begin the new coming Year, with his blessings.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, because I have met your son Jesus Christ, I hold on to him and ask of His blessings to lead me to the end of the year and open a floodgates of blessings, this I pray in Jesus’ 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.