What control can I have over my creditors?
- Thursday, September 12, 2002
Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The Lord God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth (Ezra 1:2)
Cyrus, king of Persia, was the heathen king of the Medo-Persian Empire that conquered the Babylonians. He was not a nice man. He was a false god worshiping heathen who could have anyone killed, tortured or enslaved at his whim. Even so, by virtue of the Godly lifestyle and prayers of men such as David, Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, Ezra and others, God moved upon Cyrus' heart and caused him to proclaim in writing throughout his entire empire:
Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The Lord God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the Lord God of Israel, (he is the God,) which is in Jerusalem. And whosoever remaineth in any place where he sojourneth, let the men of his place help him with silver, and with gold, and with goods, and with beasts, beside the freewill-offering for the house of God that is in Jerusalem (Ezra 1:2-4).
If God moved upon the heart of a false-god-worshiping-heathen-king to set the Israelites free, restore the temple of God and help pay for that restoration, guess what kind of control our Godly walk and prayers can provide to us over our creditors? God can even cause our creditors to serve us just as He caused king Cyrus to serve Ezra. If we will only return to God, He will return to us and move upon our creditors for our benefit in His time.
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