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"The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds” - 2 Corinthians 10:4 (NIV)

Before creation was unfolded, there was a spirit world hovering over the earth. “Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image…” (Genesis 1:26). We gather from here pre- existence of a celestial world of beings with the Almighty God at the helm, before we came to be. Elsewhere, Apostle John writes “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John  1:1).

Now, the fact that there was a spirit world before a physical world, can speak to us about an important aspect critical in our lives. In many instances when we are faced with battles of certain kind, we do make a mistake, which can prove fatal, by forgetting to first seek victory in the spirit world before we take on the physical world. The physical world, which is easily within our grasp and is more convincing, is at the mercy of the spirit world. We need to be aware that victory starts in the spirit world.

There is an instance in the Bible where this was made quite clear. Israel was at war with Aram whose king was eager for a knock out battle.  Once the King of Aram sent out a force to capture Prophet Elisha and the army of Israel, having got wind of their stay in Dothan (2 Kings 6: 13-14).  And then see what happened. “When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked. “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” (2 Kings 6:15-17). Needless to say Israel gave a rout to the Arameans.

That said, we all need to learn to take on any physical battles of ours, by first winning the spiritual battles, for that is where the real power lies. The Apostle Paul makes for us this point by highlighting in his letter to the Ephesian, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12) And later, he urges us more, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” (vv 18).

Fight we must; but let us know and remember that victory starts in the spirit world, which once we have at our knees, then the rest is done!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, where I am faced with any battle, I hasten to first take the war to you, that having won it in the heavens, the rest is as good as done, because of victory that starts with you, 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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