"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" ( 2 Cor 5:17).
Saul was one self contended man going about his life mission. Born to a family deep in Hebrew traditions and educated by the best teachers of his time, there was not a trace of doubt who he was. In fact, one thing he could not stand was those who came and shared a different way of life. When a one Stephen dared to claim that Jesus was the true Messiah, he presided over his execution. After approving (Acts 8:1); "Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison" ( vv 3).
One day as he returned from one of his murderous missions, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?" (Acts 9:3-4). Saul lost his sight. After fasting for three days and night a man of God, Ananais, laid hands on him and he regained his sight.
That was a turning point. The once persecutor of believers in Christ would from there on be the one seeking those to convert. At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. All those who heard him were astonished and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests" ( vv 20-21).
The difference was that Saul had met Christ and seen his power..
Everyday there is someone on a Damascus road. And God is, just as with Saul turned Paul, revealing himself to such. For some it is a "Turning Point" yet there are those who just stumble along, regardless.
What is your turning point? Are you also just stumbling along save the fact God has revealed Himself to you! What will it take for God of the "road to Damascus" to meet you and turn your life around!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray for that turning point in my life and any who by your grace needs it that once touched by God mine and their life is never be the same, this I pray in Jesus' 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.