The Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Ministries Devotional Guide.Day 10 (Monday 10th August, 2020)Text: Matthew 13:11-12.
Theme: MANAGING YOUR RESOURCES (1)
Memory Verse: “And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
14. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.” (Luke 15:13-14)One of the biggest problems of many professed believers of today is not lack, but instead their inability to manage their resources.
Many do not manage their available resources very well. Part of the reason is that they do not always envisage that there can be occasional famine when they would need to fall back upon their reserves. This is not something that God will do for you.
He has given you the human IQ to work this out and if you fail to do it, you will only have yourself to blame. Some people copy others by trying to live ‘big’ without comparing their earnings with those they are copying. In that process, they end up wasting their scarce resources.
Some choose to live in big and expensive accommodation paying outrageous sums of money even though their incomes do not match such spending. Some buy expensive cars they cannot maintain because they want to prove their doubters wrong.
Others choose to enroll their children in expensive private schools when there are nearby government schools where the tuition is free. There are many others who refuse to start businesses because they need so much money as startup capital.
Some refuse to take up certain jobs because in their opinion, their personality is bigger than such jobs. Meanwhile, they do not have the required academic qualifications that can match their dream jobs. That way, they remain unemployed. Our memory verse uses the case of the prodigal son to explain the inability of many believers to manage the resources God has given to them.
The prodigal son collected his own part of his father’s wealth, travelled abroad and engaged in riotous and wayward living squandered everything in a few days instead of working hard to grow it.
At the end, he began to live the life of a destitute. How about that? Have you considered all the resources that have passed through your hands and figure out if you managed them as you ought to? Well, that might have been a mistake. But this is a time to learn from your previous mistakes.So, this is the time to fashion out ways to manage your resources and grow it into abundance.
The big factory, transport company, etc. did not spring up as big establishments from the onset. Many of them started small and became big after prudent management.
The big supermarket you admire started as a petty trade. You can also manage that little thing in your hand judiciously and grow it into abundance. You do not necessarily need to start big. You must prove you have the capability to manage little things before God can enlarge your coasts.
WORSHIP/PRAISE GOD AND THEN TAKE THE FOLLOWING PRAYER POINTS:
1. O God, give me the wisdom to manage the resources you have put in my hand, in Jesus name.
2. Release abundant grace upon our G. O and Mummy in the Lord to manage the ministry you have entrusted into their care to your own glory, in Jesus name.
AUTHORED BY PASTOR LAZARUS MUOKA.
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