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HAGAR
devotion by Sis. Bala Samson
Tuesday, Jan 12, 2021

WRONG GIFTS

Genesis 16:1”Now Sarai, Abram's wife had borne him no children, and she had an Egyptian maid whose name was Hagar.”

 

HAGAR:  This chapter is an eye opener to all who think they are too strong to fall or err, devil can creep into the tiniest of hole and cause drastic damages.  Watch this!  Abraham and Sarah, were such wonderful,  God fearing couple, picked and chosen by God to do His will; however, can something as insignificant and petty like a servant cause such great damage? Yes, it can if you are not alert and vigilant! Did not the Bible say, Proverbs 16: 16 How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver!  Hagar was probably one of those maid-servants whom the king of Egypt, among other gifts, gave to Abraham. (Genesis  14:16).

 

GIFTS FROM THE WRONG PLACE:  You don’t have to accept all the gifts and freebies that come to you, think before you accept.  Look for hidden agendas and ulterior motives hidden behind the gift! Hey friend, nobody gives you nothing without a return expectation, stop being naïve and get alert.  We were conducing monthly meeting in a particular city, people were getting convicted and many backslidden Christians were coming back to the Lord, one particular educated young man working in a reputed organization was not only touched immensely but he was also volunteering to help us with the meetings.  Well, the devil plotted a plan, the young man came to me one evening and told me, ‘ sister, I was gifted an expensive keyboard by a vendor who is connected with our office business and he also said, every year I give such gifts to important managers.’   The man seemed to look at the gift as something from heaven, because he was planning to use it in the prayer meeting,  I looked at him and said, ‘this is polished bribe give it back to him.’  Don’t allow curse into your house, just watch what damage ‘Hagar’ had done to the family of Abraham. 

 

I have watched my students of the free school (Abide School) run by us in Hyderabad, subtly give sweets and other gifts to the teachers; however, there was return expectation: “don’t shout at me, give me good marks, adjust with me…..”  I sent an announcement, ‘no more gifts to be circulated and teachers are not to receive gifts from students or parents.’  Be Cautious! 


 

ANBE AZHAGE-SHALINA.SAMSON
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