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12/06/2023 - 13/06/2023 All day

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”                      (Jeremiah 29:11).

As a child of God one of the assurances God has given every believer is being successful. In giving life, God has also blessed with each one of us gifts, which then can be developed into excellence and with that we receive the blessings of success. Proverbs 22:9 says, “Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.”

One example we see here is Daniel. He was one of “four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.” (Daniel 1:17). After he helped Nebuchadnezzar interpret one of his dreams, “Then the king placed Daniel in a high position and lavished many gifts on him. He made him ruler over the entire province of Babylon and placed him in charge of all its wise men” (Daniel 2: 48).

One of the things we learn from Daniel’s life is that he did not let success get into his head. Knowing from whom it was; he remained faithful to God.  Sometime later in his life Daniel was asked by King Nebuchadnezzar  to bow and worship an image of his. To object would mean suffering death by being thrown in a blazing furnace. Look at what he told the king. “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up” (Daniel 3:16-18).
God, indeed, rescued Daniel. Humbled after being rescued, “Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the province of Babylon” (Daniel 3:30).

God desires that we should all be successful. He has blessed us with gifts which can lead us to “serve before kings.” However, wherever this success takes us, we should honor him and not let success get into our heads. Daniel would meet other challenges in his life, such as an order to obey a decree to worship false gods which he refused to give to. He was then thrown into a den of lion. God delivered him, and “Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian” (Daniel 6:28).

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, creator of heaven and earth, I thank you for the gifts that you have given, which lead me to “serve before kings”; and today I pray that I may always use them to honor you, just like Daniel did.

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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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