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“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here!” - 2 Cor 5:17 (NIV). 

There is an Academy award winning movie, Gladiator, about a Roman general Maximus, who is betrayed and sold to slavery. Maximus then becomes a gladiator and rises through the ranks to avenge his misfortune. There is an almost similar story of Joseph who was also sold into slavery except he ended up not avenging against the brothers who had even contemplated killing him. Joseph rose to a position of power where he forgave his brothers and helped them resettle in Egypt to survive a long draught (Genesis 37- 48).

There are many people who have been wronged by none other than their own siblings, or those closest to them. They have lived for years longing for that moment to exact sweet revenge. It should be of interest to us how come Joseph did not fall to this ugly prey.

The answer is found that at a certain point in his tribulation Joseph decided he was not going to be a prisoner of his past circumstances. When Joseph was sold into the house of Potiphar where he became the Chief servant he acted not like a man who had just been close to death. Seeing the success that came through his hands, “Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned” (Genesis 38: 4).

Even after he was thrown back in prison on false accusation, and later released, Joseph walked in the grace of forgiveness. Had Joseph held on to his bitter past it is difficult to see how he could have discharged the duties Pharaoh entrusted him whole heartedly. What might have happened is that held down by bitterness he would have worked simmering with hatred, waiting for a moment to strike down all those that caused him misfortune.

And once that moment came, as his brothers shook with fear of the worst, he simply embraced them, “Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt!... But God sent me ahead of you to... save your lives by a great deliverance” (Genesis 45: 4-7).

Joseph knew the power of forgiveness which had enabled him rise above his misfortune. Outside prison he could still have been held back except he chose not to. That freedom can explain why Joseph ended up so successful to save Egypt and his famine stricken family.

Today, if you have been wronged, as any has, perhaps more hurting by those closest to you, choose to rise above all, and not become a victim and prisoner of a bitter past. In doing so you would have shamed the enemy and paved the way for unlimited success.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I chose to rise above any past misdeed against my life and forgive all, to live, bask and triumph in the grace of forgiveness, 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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