“Then Ammon hated her with intense hatred. In fact, he hated her more than he loved her. Amnon said to her, “Get up and get out!” – 2 Sam 13:15 (NIV)
One of King David’s son had a crush on his sister Tamar (2 Sam 13). It was such a sweeping infatuation that he could do nothing else. To lure her to his bedside he claimed to fall sick. The king heard, felt for his son and arranged Amnon to be served food by Tamar, as he insisted. And there alone in a sick bay Amnon raped his sister.
How deceiving the devil can be. There was recently a story of a man, Christopher Watts, who met a co-.worker and had this infatuation. However, being married to a loving wife, Shannon, with two adoring kids and another on the way, had a problem. So one morning he told his wife he was leaving her. When she hesitated to an immediate divorce he strangled her and killed his two kids. Then he disposed of their bodies in an oil trash can.
Initially he reported his family as missing but ultimately he was discovered. He was apprehended and later convicted to multiple life sentences. He had lost everything: a wife, three kids and, a job, and a lover too lest you forget!
The devil is always in the business of luring his victims into traps. He is mostly a seducer. After having his way of course he leads one into another trap till with one intent but to kill. Let us always be and on the watch out!
Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray that I am ever aware of the trapping of the devil and let me never fall into his deceit.
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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.