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26/01/2021 03:00 - 27/01/2021 02:00

“The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death, a light has dawned” - Matthew 4:16 (NIV)

Back in school I recall times when all of a sudden there would be power cuts. This would come with such excitement. For one thing it meant the prep night was done. And then any could engage in some forbidden behavior undetected, like slipping out of bounds for a forbidden sip of alcohol, under the cover of darkness.

It is a fact almost everywhere in any part of the world mobsters prefer moving at night to carry through with their mission. The midnight hour is their best time. There are most comfortable to attack homes not during broad day light when it is so easy to spot who and trace the suspect. Darkness is their shield.

So, no wonder, believers in Christ are not welcome in many places. As children of the light they can outshine darkness. Darkness hates light!

Jesus told his followers, “You are the light of the world - like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden” (Mat 5:14, NLT). Where we see a lot of darkness in our workplace or nation could be because the children of light are no more. The people of the world who engage in evil practices prefer darkness for cover. If they then have become comfortable with children of the light, surely something has gone wrong! It might be because believers have lost their light and darkness is now comfortable with them.

Few people like power cuts, except the one with a hideous motive. Yet light is a good thing. Light lifts up most of everyone except that one with a dark mission. Light makes everyone secure by pointing to a clear way. Let the children of God carry that pleasant light in them without fear because it shines to the right way.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray that the children of light carry that light that penetrates darkness wherever they go!

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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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