Jesus replied, "What is impossible with man is possible with God" (Luke 18:27).
There are countless scenes in the course of Jesus's life on earth where he encountered situations that appeared impossible and quite hopeless yet he turned them around. For example, when the centurion came up to Jesus and reported a man under his command who was sick and pleaded for healing in a moment, it would seem impossible given the distance. "Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would." And his servant was healed at the moment" (Mathew 8: 13).
And then there was a woman who had been "subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped" (Luke 8:44).
When it was reported to Jesus that his friend Lazurus lay sick, his answer was, "This sickness will not end in death. No, it was for God's glory that God's son maybe be glorified through it" (John 11:4). Later when Jesus got to Bethany and found Lazurus dead and had been in tomb for four days, he said to Lazurus's disappointed sister Martha, "I am the resurrection and life. The one who believes in me will live.." (vv 25). He then approached the tomb and called in a loud voice, "Lazurus come out! The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face" (vv 44).
There are many other seemingly impossible situations Jesus encountered, including calming a terrible storm at sea (Luke 8:22). So, what situation is troubling you now? Does it appear impossible! There is an old saying, take it to Jesus, and what seemed impossible with man, is possible with God!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I bring to you this matter which like the case of the bleeding woman appears impossible but I know you can turn any situation around, and so I pray for your power to make a way out of nowhere, 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.