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03/05/2023 - 04/05/2023 All day

For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow”  (James 1:3, NLT).

All our bodies are made up of muscles which hold up our bones. The one thing about muscles is they differ from person to person. Our muscle size can increase if we engage in regular strength training exercise. In fact, a number of such exercises like weight lifting and press ups are highly recomnended. The more our muscles are challenged the greater the benefit of buiding muscle power. If you want your muscle strength to increase then regularly exercise!

Likewise, also, the same principles hold for our faith in Jesus. When our faith is exercised it grows. Exercising our faith can grow through a number of ways. For example, when we encounter trials of various kinds, our faith is exercised. This is why God lets trials of all kinds our way because of the benefit. James thus writes, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:2-4).

When someons lives a comfortable life without exercising that person’s muscle strength could easily weaken for lack of being challenged. As believers our faith can also weaken because it is sheltered and never tasted. This is what is called living in the comfort zone. However, when we go out of our comfort zone and meet all kinds of challenges, our faith is tasted and it grows.

Today, therefore, if your faith is weak one way you can let it grow is by exercising it though challenges like sharing Jesus with non believers. Perhaps God is also telling you to get away from your comfort zone for the sake of growing your faith. For such could be God’s way to exercise your faith for it to grow!

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, for my faith in you to grow it must be exercised, and today I pray that through the exercise of trials and life challenges, I grow in faith, 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.

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