Saturday, 15 June 2013
GUARD YOUR TREASURE
Every valuable thing is vulnerable. Vulnerable to destruction, injury, theft or compromise. Who are your friends? Who do you share your dreams and ideas with? Who do you seek advice from?
Sometimes, without realising it, we are surrounded by enemies posing as friends, and these are the first ones we go to with our ideas and to seek counsel. These people will do everything they can to discourage you and kill your vision.
Genesis 37: 5-11
Joseph was a man of great vision in the midst of visionless people. He did not realise that his brothers were his enemies, he told them his dreams and they envied him.
His father sent him to check up on his brothers who were tending their flock, but before he reached them they had seen him from far off, and began plotting to kill him.
"But they saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him. 'Here comes that dreamer!' they said to each other. 'Come now, let's kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we'll see what comes of his dreams!' "
Some people are able to see a man's destiny even before he knows it himself and they set about looking for ways to destroy him and his future. That is the hallmark of envy.
Many young people in prison today have had their destinies hijacked because the devil knew they had a bright future ahead of them. This is why parents need to aggressively and continually pray for their children, that everything the Lord has purposed for their lives will come to pass.
You don't know your true friends when you are all on the same level or when they are better off than you, but as soon as you begin to rise to the top, their true nature begins to manifest. True friends encourage you and want the best for you. A true friend is one who is able to tell you the truth even when it hurts. (Proverbs 27: 5,6).
Friends are like buttons on a lift. Whether you go up or down depends on which buttons you press, so choose wisely!