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05/11/2023 - 06/11/2023 All day

..He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies” ( John 8:44)

Once when Jesus happened to prophecy of the future, “Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you” ( Mathew 16:22). Almost immediately, “Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns” ( vv 23).

Peter was certainly floored; or, actually the devil, who had attempted to distract a very serious matter.

What had just happened was true to character of the devil and persists to this day. As “he is a liar and father of lies” almost naturally deceit is his best weapon, and there is never a dull moment. Rev 12:10 says, “For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down,” meaning all along the devil is going around causing mischief against the brethren with a ton of lies. In fact, the quickest way to discern the devil is once you notice deceit. There he is in true form.

For that reason, Believers are warned, “Be alert, be on watch! Your enemy, the Devil, roams around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour” ( 1 Peter 5:8). The devil business of lying is 24/7, for once, the “LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the LORD, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it” ( Job 1:7). All meaning he works round the clock carrying his “pack of lies” to cause confusion and commotion, and all things that go with that nature.

As we saw earlier, when Peter dared cast doubt on his prophecy, Jesus did not hesitate to rebuke the devil. There was no skirting about it. Likewise, once you too see the devil hurling about his devious colors through his favorite weapon of deceit, just go ahead and expose him by quickly rebutting with the truth of the Gospel.

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, just as the devil moves around with deceit may you empower me to discern and rebuke his lies, ashaming him, for the truth of the Gospel, 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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