There are those whose teeth are swords, whose fangs are knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, the needy from among mankind. The leech has two daughters: Give and Give. Three things are never satisfied; four never say, “Enough” – Proverbs 30:14-15
I recently made a discovery in researching an article on the horror of human trafficking in West Michigan. It is a huge problem that I really knew nothing about. Now that I know it’s there, now what do I do? That’s always the hard part isn’t it … our response.
The term “leech” in the Scripture means a horse leech which was the belief of a vampire-type creature in biblical times. We all know what vampires do … suck the blood out of a person until they die. That’s exactly was human trafficking does … it sucks the life out of a person until they are no more. It is never satisfied and wants more and more.
The victims are men, women and children … what can we do to rescue, care for and prevent this evil from devouring people? It’s time to take the blinders off and put on the armor … if God is for us, who can be against us?
To read more on this, please go to my article at West Michigan Christian News.
Prayer: Lord God, I cannot fathom the depth of hurt victims of human trafficking experience. I pray that I can be a safe place for them to go … your sanctuary. Amen
Faith Tip: Do you know of someone suffering from abuse. How should you care for them? How would you care for a family member? Applying the same principles is a great start.
A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will berefreshed. – Proverbs 11:25
How do you get refreshed? Is refreshment important? I believe God thinks it is as there are many examples of his people being refreshed through the Scriptures. Not only does God do the refreshing himself as we see with the prophet Elijah, but he also refreshes through people such as Onesiphorus who refreshed Paul. People can be refreshed physically, spiritually and emotionally.
That’s the ministry I like to do … refresh people. I lead a ladies retreat to do this called Spiritual Spa Day. I truly look forward to doing this event again and again as I see God work in the lives of women. The next spa day is less than two weeks away, and then I may be doing another one in September and another in February. Women need to be refreshed by God’s Spirit to see how valuable they truly are to him. Do you need refreshment?
Prayer: Lord, I thank you for the opportunities to minister. I pray that you will be seen at the center of it all for you are the great refresher. Amen
Faith Tip: Look to God for your refreshment today. His living water is always flowing … drink deep.
“I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way”—
“a voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’” (Mark 1:2-3)
When family or friends come to visit, we want to make preparations before their arrival. We want to make sure the house is clean and orderly, that special food is prepared, and that other people will know of their coming. The focus is on the guest and their needs.
When the prophet Isaiah wrote the words in the scripture above, he was foretelling of the role John the Baptist would have—preparing the way of the Lord. Jesus is coming again. Who is called to prepare the way? We are. It begins with our own individual cleaning and putting things in order in our heart. We are also called to help others know about the “Guest” that is coming so that they also can be prepared. This will be his last visit to the world we know. The ones prepared will see the new world that will be theirs for eternity.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank you for Jesus and pray that I can prepare my heart for his next visit as well as help others be prepared. I look forward to that wonderful day. Amem
Faith Tip: Are you ready for when Jesus comes again? If not, prepare the way for the Lord in your heart.
“Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions. (Mark 12:32-34)
Many of us have a certain level of control issues. We want things “just so.” When we invite people over, the house needs to be “just so,” and the food we serve needs to be “just so.” We know what we want, but what is more important? Is the house and food more important than the people coming to see us? How can we prepare ourselves to show the love of God to our guests?
We have multiple choices to make each day? Do we ask ourselves what is more important before we make a choice? Do we put God into the equation?
Can you imagine how the man felt when Jesus said, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” The man hit the bulls-eye. The offerings and sacrifices we offer to God are a lot less important to him than loving people. Our energy and time to love people has to be a top priority…this is the type of offering and sacrifice that God loves.
Prayer: Father, you have blessed us beyond what we deserve because of your great love for us. May I be a reflection of you by showering blessings on others. May I show the love that you show me.
Faith tip: Find ways to be a blessing to people…be intentional.