DATE: TUESDAY 9 DECEMBER 2014
THEME: WHAT TO DO TO GET THE BEST
MEMORISE: But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in
glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
READ: PHILIPPIANS 4:15-17
4:15 Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I
departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning
giving and receiving, but ye only.
4:16 For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.
4:17 Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your
account.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: EZRA 6:13-8:23 and ECCLESIASTES 6
MESSAGE
One of the qualities which earned Elisha greatness is hard work. Even if God
decides to bless you today, there is a level you may never get to if you are lazy.
Those who want extraordinary blessings must be prepared to work extraordinarily
hard. The Bible in Proverbs 22:29 says,
“Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall
not stand before mean men.”
Elisha was busy working hard. He did not lie down lazily to command his
father’s labourers to work their fingers to the bone for him. He was working
alongside his father’s labourers (1 Kings 19:19). Anyone who desires divine
breakthrough must be ready to put up with hard work. All the disciples of Jesus
were hard working. He met each one of them on duty when He called them.
Peter was a regular and skilful fisherman before the Lord called him. Matthew
was at his work of tax collection when the Lord called him. Christianity does not
excuse anyone from hard work. I had a good number of friends when I became a
believer. Some of them were so lazy that they went about talking big without
preparing for hard work. We were all taught the principles of faith and positive
confession, but I knew that achieving greatness in life goes beyond mere
confessions. My friends cultivated the habit of saying: “I am the head and not
the tail: I shall prosper and lend to nations, I will never borrow” etc. They made
such confessions without any corresponding hard work to back them up. Some
of them spent five years making confessions like “I am a millionaire and I
possess a good car by faith”. At the end of the day, they remained as poor as
they were at the beginning of their confessions. If you refuse to work and you go
about confessing that you have claimed the car of your dreams by faith, the only
car you will end up with will be your two legs.
Another quality which earned Elisha greatness is generosity. Immediately he was
called, he prepared a feast and fed his people (1 Kings 19:21). The Bible in
Proverbs 11:24 says,
“There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more
than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.”
You must learn how to work hard and give generously if you really want to be
great in life. What qualified the Philippians for God’s supplies in Philippians 4:19
is found in Philippians 4:15-17. God will bless you beyond your wildest dreams
this season in Jesus’ Name. However, work hard and give generously to God’s
work and the needy in your neighbourhood.
PRAYER POINT:
Father, give me the strength to work hard and the seed to sow into your kingdom
and into the life of the needy. Bless me beyond what I can ever imagine in
Jesus’ Name.

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