"More than anything you guard, protect your mind, for life flows from it" - Proverbs 4:23 (NIV).
The birds of the air have all a common characteristic. Once it comes to hatch eggs they find a nest where they lay their goods. Then they hatch them to maturity. At the ripe time the eggs bear forth a new off spring.
This method is what the devil also uses against believers. If he wants to distract and ultimately destroy someone the process starts with laying eggs in someone's mind. These eggs come by way of thoughts. And just as with eggs at the stage of birthing they appear innocent and quite insignificant. So, the devil bids time through a crafty process of hatching, where everything appears normal and harmless. But then one day the eggs burst forth a new yield.
If anyone wants to guard himself from the devil one way is to guard his mind from the enemy laying eggs in his thought patterns. Birds are always looking for favourable territories where to lay their eggs, and do not do so anywhere. For instance, they know once out in the open the foxes would have their eggs for dinner.
Likewise, a mind that is open field and not protected in the word of God is good hunting territory for the devil. Our mind can be the greatest shield against the enemy's attack especially when we use God's word to flinch off any thought patterns or easy forage. For as Paul writes, "In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Ephesians 7: 16-17).
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray that with the help of the Holy Spirit I may guard my mind from the enemy's attack, to glorify you in my life, 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.