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08/03/2022 03:00 - 09/03/2022 02:00

"When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom" - Proverbs 11:12 (NIV).

There are all manner of sins forbidden in the Bible, like the sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit: "Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven" (Mathew 12:31). Equally of significance is the sin of pride. This easily becomes clear when one looks at the fall of the once all powerful Lucifer.

The fall of Lucifer was precipitated because he became so impressed with his own beauty, intelligence, power, and position that he began to desire for himself the honor and glory that belonged to God alone. "You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you.. Your heart became proud on account of your beauty ,and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor.

So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings" (Ezekiel 28:12-17).

Achievement in life is a most desirable realization, but what if it gets on one's head as happened here. And, unfortunately, the case of Lucifer's pride on account of his rise to a position of prominence still plagues us today. Who has not felt that moment of invincibility when at the top! The top might be any situation of comparison where one starts looking down on others because of his accomplishments.

To overcome this we are reminded to clothe ourselves with humility. "Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience" (Col 3:12). One does not have to have everything to swell and start gloating with his power. Because of our human fragility we need always God's Holy spirit to humble us and keep us in the right lane. For His promise is, "Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up" (James 4:10).

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray for your Holy Spirit to ever convict me where and taken up by pride that you are exalted in my life, this I pray in Jesus's name.

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    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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