“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no heart has imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him” ( I Cor 2:9)
Patrick was driving home when he got an alarming call. A friend had just seen his house in the papers with a notice for auction. “Are you aware you are about to loose your house!” He was not aware. Of course, Patrick knew he had mortgaged his house and was behind on payments. But as far as the Agreement he had with the Bank the 90 day default due process period had not expired. Immediately he called up the Bank. Yes, they were ready and up to sell his house within 30 days, “unless you pay up all sums owed!”
Now it was a stalement. However much Patrick pleaded that this is not what the Agreement had down the Bank was adamant. Patrick started looking for the money but all his sources were dry. That’s when he remembered his most important weapon- prayer! He called up his church Pastor.
“I am about to loose my house,” he said with desperateness, “and no matter what I say the Bank is determined to go ahead with the sell!”
“Don’t you worry,” said the Pastor calmly. “Have you forgotten “nothing is impossible with God!” Just come over and we light the torch of prayer!”
By the time Patrick got to church the Pastor had gathered all his staff in the prayer altar room. Immediately all went on attack. They repented. They pleaded. They cried out to the God of mercy. They recited His word. “Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory” ( Psalm 50:15). They sung praises. “I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds” ( Psalm 9:1).They asked God to intervene in an impossible situation just he had done through the ages for those who worship him in “spirit and truth!”
Still, the Bank remained unmoved. But gradually, as Fred together with his Pastor and church, cried out to God, a miracle unfolded. On the final day of intended sell the Bank removed the house from the Auction list, giving Patrick the breathing space he needed. Miraculously he got all the money he needed and his house was saved!
There are countless people who can testify of the same experience as Patrick.Through the concerted prayer of believers, an army of angels is released from the heavens, to fight battles beyond human power. Where you find yourself in a fix such as this, just know there is a key in your hand, waiting for you to turn and release the mighty power of a God whom no storm can stand!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, there is no situation beyond your power to prevail, this is why I surrender to you all my needs, for you are good and able to deliver beyond what any can imagine, 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.