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14/09/2023 - 15/09/2023 All day

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us..” – (Ephesians 3:20).

We return to Apostle Paul’s last missionary voyage (Acts 27) where he suffered a shipwreck. In the midst of all, something striking ocurred.

After the ship with its 276 sailors on board had been battered by the storms and gloom had taken over with little hope of survival, Paul rose and decided to encourage the men around who were all downcast. “But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed” (vv 22).

What gave Paul so much hope and confidence in spite of the fact that theirs was a sinking ship certainly we must ask. Paul’s confidence was first, because God had told him all would be well ( vv 23) but also because he had seen the hand of God rescue him innumerable times when pressed against the wall. Once he and his travelling companion Silas were arrested and flogged for preaching the Gospel, only to be miraculously let loose while in jail. “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose” (Acts 16: 25-26).

Now, just like Paul anyone may experience seemingly impossible situations. Paul relied on God’s word to him and also past experience to remain confident God will deliver him. All which begs the question- in your life haven’t you seen God rescue you from impossible situations! So, if God did it in the past, why not this time!!!

Today may your faith rise above circumstances just as was Paul. Like him look back on the times God was there for you and just remember- He never fails!

Prayer for today: Lord father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, I look back and see how you have carried me through impossible situations before, so, I have the faith that whatever situation I am facing, you will save me and bring victory, 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.

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