“no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent” (Psalm 91:10).
As they settled down in the promised land, God gave the Israelites guidelines how to live a good and happy life. One area involved canceling debts. “At the end of every seven years you must cancel debts. This is how it is to be done: Every creditor shall cancel any loan they have made to a fellow Israelite. They shall not require payment from anyone among their own people, because the Lord’s time for canceling debts has been proclaimed” ( Deutronomy 15:1-2).
Of course here we must observe only the lender can cancel a debt. A debt which is canceled has no more force. The borrower is freed of all obligations. Perhaps before he was tormented with guilt pangs of how to pay but is now scot free.
When Jesus was about to depart the disciples, he too gave them certain powers. “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me…And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Mathew 28: 18-20). Here he was repeating himself. “Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you” (Luke 10:19).
Now, any of us might be under attack from a certain foe. Perhaps you are tortured with dreams of a wild nature. Jesus is saying he has left certain powers in our hands. For just like a lender, with any threat on our lives, he has given us the power to “cancel” the threats of the enemy and render any harmless.
For is it the threat of disease on your or fear of ruin through poverty causing you worry? As a believer in Christ you have been given power to cancel any such evil threats and render them useless.
In granting the Israelites powers to cancel debts, the Lord promised he “will richly bless you, if only you fully obey the Lord your God and are careful to follow all these commands I am giving you today” (Deuteronomy 15: 4-5). A believer in Christ who has been given power to cancel all forces against him, and fails to use such, is not only just being careless, but also denying himself multiple blessings. So, today, if you are feeling any attack on your life, of whatever nature, just rise up and cancel it all in Jesus’s name.
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, where there is any attack on my life, today I use the authority Jesus gave me through the power of his word, to cancel it and render any harmless, 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.