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Giving: Giving Above the Tithe

calmur | June 02, 2013 09:02

Christians who tithe are blessed people. Ask a Christian who tithes the source of his blessing and he will tell you that the LORD is the reason. He will not boast in any scheme or personal money ability. He will point you to the sciptures that teach tithing. Now tithing is foe the believer. If you do not know the LORD - the first important thing for you is to receive Christ. Tithing is for the believer.

Just as a Christian who tithes knows that the tithe is important, he/she will not stop there. We will be blessed financially and we will want to give to others. This is something that is hard to explain to someone who doesn't know it. The truth is, if you had a huge dinner - a feast and you know it was more than you possibly could eat and you knew it would go to waste - wouldn't you call some people to share in it? Wouldn't you want to bless somebody else? If you are a blessed Christian, you are not trying to get out of giving - you are actually looking for opportunities to give. You may get up every day saying God show me ways to give to be a blessing to somebody today. I know of Christain who are prosperous, wealthy and in abundance. They actually take several hundred dollars cash and ask the LORD to direct them and go about their day being lead by the LORD asking God who they can give to. and they give the money to people and tell them -"The LORD Jesus Christ loves you". This is sowing into people's lives - knowing their is no possible way those people can repay them. They do it as an act of love. People are more likely to want to know your God if you are giving to them and blessing them and doing it in the name of the LORD than if they didn't.

Well all of that preamble was to intruduce other types of giving.

ALMS -  We give to the poor knowing there is no way they could repay us because God is the source of our supply and we know God cares about those who are poor and needy. We don't have to brag about it. We don't have to havea cerimony to thank us for giving - we do it because we actually ask Jesus to use us to give. We feel the compassion of Christ and we give. This is a blessing because God Himself says He will bless those who give to the poor and repay us Himself. God cares about the poor.

Matthew 6

King James Version (KJV)

Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.

Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:

That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

 FREEWILL OFFERINGS - Sometimes we give for no reason except to give thanks and to bless other ministries that are preaching the gospel and winning people to Christ.

 

Exodus 25

King James Version (KJV)

25 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering.

The people gave what they wanted as they felt they could. They gave with pure motive. They gave with a willing heart. No one forced them. No one even told them the amount. In fact they gave so much that Moses told them - we have more than enough - you don't have to give any more.

Acts 4:  33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

34 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,

35 And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.

One of the blessings of the new testament church was the giving. I am talking about extravagant giving. People would sell extra property and possessions and give to the Apostles who distributed it so that there were no hungry Christians. There were no Christians in lack. There were no uncared for Christians.  The apostles were living wholly Holy. They were men of God that obeyed the LORD. They were not greedy money grubbers. They were overseers of the Church. They did not try to gather the wealth for themselves - they were distributors of God's blessing: both spiritual and natural. Free will offerings were not only for the Old Testament. You may be in a service or watching a tv program. |The preacher may ask for an offering and you will feel a prompting to give. sometimes the amount to give comes to you as well. That is the LORD - giving you an opportunity to give freely. We give because we love Him. We obey Him because we love Him. We don't have to have anything for giving - we just want to give. God blesses our freewill offerings. He blesses us with more than we ever could give. We will be blessed when we give to the LORD. The blessings can take many forms - financial, physical, favour etc. God blesses us - but that is not our primary motive for giving. We do it because we are vessels willing to be used. We do it because we know God is putting it on our hearts. We do it because we are God's hands on the earth.

SEED GIVING

There are occasions when we give from what we have as an act and expression of faith for something we have petitioned the LORD about (a specific something we have prayed for). We give as a farmer sows seed into the ground expecting a harvest. The farmer who plants most certainly expects to reap. He in faith cultivates, weeds etyc throughout the season until the harvest is ready. 

 2 Corinthians 9: 10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)

11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.

 We too can sow in faith for something special. This is not something done casually or with emotional appeal. This is a deliberate act of giving in expectation that God who has given you the seed to sow will bless you with uncommon favour - more than enough in a particular special area you have asked Him for. Oral Roberts had tremendous revelation in this area years ago and many modern faith preachers have taught the same principles. Some false teachers have used the precious truth of this principle - the law of sowing and reaping with impure motives; others have not taught it with purity. This does not nullify the truth of the giving. Sowing a seed in faith expecting God to bless you in a specific area is a precious truth of giving - a demonstration of faith.

 FIRST FRUITS GIVING

Proverbs 3:  Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:

10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

 Deuteronomy 26

King James Version (KJV)

26 And it shall be, when thou art come in unto the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, and possessest it, and dwellest therein;

That thou shalt take of the first of all the fruit of the earth, which thou shalt bring of thy land that the Lord thy God giveth thee, and shalt put it in a basket, and shalt go unto the place which the Lord thy God shall choose to place his name there.

 The firstfruits are the increase that you have received. This is an awesome type of blessing that again, is done with a heart wanting to obey the LORD and wanting to thank Him for giving to us. Cane and Able were the first ones to give a firstfruits offering. The children of Israel gave a firstfruits offering when they entered into the promised land. This is a special type of giving when God has blessed you in a special way. For instance, maybe you got a raise. You would give from this amount to God as an act of worship and thanksgiving. You don't have to do it often. It is a special type of giving. The secret is this - when you give your firstfruits - give your best with a pure heart wanting to thank God wholly. This type of giving is a blessing to the believer because it is an expression of pure gratitude towards God. You give willingly and with a pure heart and God will most certainly bless you for it. 

Acts 20:  35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

The truth I leave with you is that you can not out give God. You give with a pure heart and pure motive by the leading of the Holy spirit, or as an act of worship - God will only bless you with more. There is no possible way you can out give God. He blesses the gift, the receiver and the giver.

What You Learned From God is to be Passed On

calmur | May 05, 2013 06:44

Psalm 11: 11 Therefore thou shalt love the Lord thy God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, always.

And know ye this day: for I speak not with your children which have not known, and which have not seen the chastisement of the Lord your God, his greatness, his mighty hand, and his stretched out arm,

And his miracles, and his acts, which he did in the midst of Egypt unto Pharaoh the king of Egypt, and unto all his land;

 

They may have excuse why they do not know the Lord. If they haven't had ay Christian influence, if they haven't had any Christian teaching or preaching, if they haven't had a witness fo what Jesus could do. They may have excuse for not knowing God, if they haven't had personal encounter with Jesus Christ, if they haven`t tasted of His goodness, if they haven`t felt the presence of God in their lives. They might have excuse for not knowing God if they haven`t seen the miracles, experienced the delivering power of God, the healing power of God, the saving power of God. Yes they might have excuse.

But we, who have been saved, who have been healed, who have been delivered; we who have known His presence, who have felt His spirit, who have dwelt with His blessing - we have no excuse for not telling others about Jesus. we have seen Him in His Word; we have experienced Him by communing with Him in prayer and worship; we have known Him because He is always faithful. We have no excuse for not telling His awesomeness to those around us. We must share the ways of God and the acts with God to all of those around us or how will they ever know Him?  We are witnesses of His goodness and His glory.

What we have learned from God is part of our living witness. what God has taught us is part of our testimony. We overcome by the `blood of the Lamb, the word of our testimony and loving not our lives unto death`. Truly our testimony is to be shared. Are you writing it? Are you speaking it? Are you passing it along to those your life impacts? The awesomeness of our God is to be passed on to those who do not know Him.

The impact of your life will not be known until you stand before Christ`s throne. Share Christ by being a living witness to His life and power. share with your children and with your spheres of influence the awesomeness of your God. How can they hear without a preacher? O God let us pass along what we have learned about our God to the generation to follow.

Psalm 22:  30 A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.

31 They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.

What does it Mean to Give Your Life to Christ?

calmur | April 06, 2013 14:47

Giving your life to God - what does this mean? Hopefully, every man, woman and child on this planet will have opportunity to ponder this question. We are to share the good news of Jesus Christ with every person; not only is it a commandment, it is a prime directive. A Christian will by definition want to share the good news of Jesus with all. At some point, a person must make a decision. Will I go my way or will I bow my knee. I don't mean literally - although there is nothing special about it - but it is a surrendering of one's life to God. No non-Christian will or can ever understand this. Only a Christian will comprehend what it means to be born again. To surrender all of one's past, present and potential future to accept Jesus Christ as Saviour and LORD. It means asking forgiveness for one's sins and also for one's sin nature. It means, calling out to the only one who can help because He died on a cross to pay the penalty for our sins. He gave his life willingly. He rose from the dead triumphantly. He sent His Holy spirit to the earth to come and live inside of us - so that we could forever be together. Never again will we die. Never again will we be sepatrated from Him or us love for us. This is giving one's life to Christ - truly in simplest form. But this is not a one time giving. We give all our being to God and we are born again. This is the start of our giving to God.

John 3:Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

To have a born again spirit, means to be able to understand spiritual things. It means that we can know God. His Holy Spirit living inside of us gives us understanding and teaches us the Word of God revealing God's will to us, for us. Part of the the giving goes on every day of our lives. The Apostle Paul said " I die daily" ( 1 Corninthians 15: 31). He did not mean literally of course. He also did not mean that he wasn't sure of his salvation so he kept on repeating his sinner's prayer daily eaither. He died to his flesh nature daily. He died to his own self - to willingly embrace Christ each day. He gave himself fresh to God each day. He gave his life - spirit, soul and body to God each day. He prayed this consecration for those he taught and preached theWord of God to.

I Thessalonians 5:  23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

When you first accept Jesus Christ, it is an act of your human will expressed. It can not be genuine if it is not freely embraced. The same is true of our continual growth in Christ. Each day, we get to make the decision. will I live this day for Jesus Christ or will I live it any old way or just go through the motions? The truth is we make the decision. Doing nothing is also a decision. A conscious act of will must be expressed - LORD, I am here - I am yours. It is a decision no one else can make for us. It is a decision we make becasue we love Him, because we are so in love with Him that His will is our delight. We are priviledged and honoured to be able to give what we have to Him - what we have is our spirit, soul, body. we can give it each day as a fresh offering to Him who is worthy.

Romans 12

King James Version (KJV)

12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

By giving ourselves daily, we will find ourselves praing more, talking to God consciously more, including Him in the decisions we make throughout our day, giving Him all the glory, relying on Him completely and giving out of a pure heart filled with Love - His love living in us and through us. Giving your life to Christ means we are a living 24/7 offering of sacrifice - praise and worship, thanksgiving, prayer etc. Because we let Him live in us and through us.

PRAYER

LORD, I give myself to you today - fresh. Please come into the midst of my life and do something with it. Be glorified, be magnified, be adored. Come be exalted in the midst of me. I give you all the glory. Amen.

Are you ready to Press into Jesus? Do you Want to Be Healed?

calmur | March 02, 2013 12:17

 
Mark 5: 25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,
26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,
27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.
28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.
29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.
34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.
Do you want to be healed? Do you want it more than anything? Have youtried other cures and remedies - maybe even doctors but to no avail. Maybe you have spent all your money trying to find a cure. There is hope for you. Jesus Christ of Nazaeth - He lives - He is the Healer. If you will press in to Him, you can be healed. But maybe you say - how do I know if it is God`s will to heal me? Let me share this with you.
 Isaiah 53:Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Jesus took upon himself all sin, all sickness, all disease, all sorrow - to bring us Salvation, healing and deliverance. He gave His life so that we could live abundant life. He is our Healer. He wouldn`t have died on the cross for it and paid the price for it with His blood - if it wasn`t His will. It is His will to heal you. Will you believe? Do you want to be healed?
Let me share with you the story of the woman in the New Testament with the issue of blood. Jesus was not even trying to heal this woman. Jesus was simply on his way pressing through a crowd of people going to Jairus's house to heal his daughter. This woman, she isn't even named, pred through the crowd of people and touched the bottom of Jesus' garment. He was a good Jew and was most likely wearing His prayer shawl. She touched his garment. This prayer shawl was custom ordered by God to be made a specific way. It was a reminder to His people that all the laws of Moses were made to bless them and that all His promises were true. She touched the promises of God that day because she knew it was God's will to heal her. It says immediately, her blood dried up. Immediately, she was made whole. She was healed because she pressed in to touch the Healer.
The scipture tells us Jesus stopped, recognizing that virtue had gone out of him. That is He knew somebody had touched him in faith believing. It got His attention. Although there were thousands of people all around Him touching Him, He stopped for the touch of faith. He said "Who touched me?" The woman being convicted in her heart said it was me. she identified herself with the healer. she was not ashamed to say it. After all, she had received a miracle. In those days a woman never could touch a man. But she was breaking all barriers touching the Healer. He said "Your faith has made you whole". Do you understand this miracle here? Jesus wasn't saying - it is my will - I heal you. That would be pretty awesome in itself but what He was saying was "If you believe - you will receive" she believed. she pressed in and was healed. Touching Jesus will always change your life.
Do you want to be healed badly enough that you are willing to press in to Jesus? You have tried everything else - Come to Jesus. He can heal you. He will heal you and make you a living witness of His miracle working power and His Healing grace.
PRAYER LORD, I pray right now for anyone who is reading this that needs a healing. Jesus reveal yourself to these people as Saviour, as HEALER, as LORD. Let your presence fill them and the anointing of the Word of God transform their lives. Bless them with the knowledge of you. In Jesus name. Amen.

The Ministry Gifts

calmur | February 10, 2013 15:23

God gave gifts to the Church - You are one of those gifts. Are you feeling a call to full time ministry?

There are ministry gifts. Not many of the masses (but that doesn't mean there are not many - there are millions and millions) are called to full time ministry.

Ephesians 4:  11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Apostles are proven, elders (not a title but an authority that comes with maturity)of the Church who live what they profess and are able to impart to others. They are SENT ONES - sent by Jesus - most often to plant churches and train and disciple groups of peoples. Some have a special anointing or ability to train pastors and other leaders.

Prophets are proven by their lives also. They hear from God for the church. They not only flow in the gift of prophecy in the congregational meetings but they also are "seers". They dream dreams from God. God gives them visions. Often their lives are examples not only of the Word of God spoken to them - but they themselves by their lives are a message to the people around them. They live in the scriptures God reveals to them. God often gives them revelation gifts of Words of wisdom, words of Knowledge, discerning of spirits. They also can activate and release others into their giftings. They will speak with authority and speak as oracles of God when God fills and uses them. They sometimes have special areas of ministry - example Elijah was not only a prophet to his locality but to the nation as a whole. For instance right now, there are prophets in USA and CANADA who pray for our nations and hear from God concerning our nations.

Evangelists - They are those who go to teach and preach Christ to as many as they can. They feel God's heart for souls. They are deeply driven by the compassion of Jesus to save the lost. They want to reach as many people for Jesus as they possibly can. They will use every means available to them to preach to one or a million. They care about the worth of one soul. They would go. When Jesus asks "Who will go?" The Evangelist is on his ffet running saying "Here am I - LORD send me". Often the power gifts flow through them - miracles, healings, salvation etc. They have a passion for Jesus to GO!

Jesus said " Go ye therefore teaching all nations..." The Evangelist takes it literally and personally.

Pastors - The pastors are the local shepherd of the sheep. They care for the sheep personally. The best way to learn if you are a shepherd is to ask yourself if you love people. A Pastor loves for and cares for the sheep with a Shepherd's heart. He cares if one sheep is missing. He will leave 99 sheep, to go find the one that has strayed. He cares for the whole group as well as the individuals. It matters to him. He watches over them in prayer and in giving his life to serve and bless the sheep. Most often there is more than one shepherd in a congrgation. Some elders (not necesarily the title but the proven ability by maturity)are also shepherds. Often a husband and wife are called together in ministry. They feed the flock of God. That is - they prepare balanced meals for the sheep. They preach and teach Jesus - bit by bit and repeatedly over long periods of time. They most often are faithful to one location - although some move (not only because of denomination movings) and some preside over more than one congragation.

Teachers - The teacher loves to study the Word of God. The teacher loves to compare one scripture with another and look up its Greek and Hebrew meaning. The teacher is often in leadership in some capacity - whether it is as a Sunday school teacher or a Pastor/teacher role. The teacher loves to tell you everything he/she knows about the topic. He not only wants to feed you - he wants to teach you how to feed yourself. He wants to impart to you the ability so that you yourself can do the same. He wants you to love to study the Word of God as much as he does. He likes to study books of the Bible or Themes or Topics about the Word of God. He is very organized concerning Bible study. He prepares scriptures and anacdotes to share with his class.

 PRAYER

LORD, I feel a prompting of the Holy Spirit in this area NAME IT OR THEM. I ask you to help me to learn more about this gift and help me by using me., Lead me to the right people and to the right place so that I can use my gifts and talents for you. Here I am LORD. Fill me. Use me. Amen.

 

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2013: 5373 What is God Speaking to You?

calmur | December 20, 2012 16:37

What are you believing for in 2013?

Do you know that God cares? Do you know that He wants to speak to you and to help you make decisions and choices and empower you to live to your full potential? He wants to communicate with your spirit so that you might know the way to go. He will speak to you to direct your life. He will give you confirmation. He will give you promptings and even encouragement. He will give you words to feed your faith. He wants to increase your capacity to receive from Him.Are you believing God for anything specific or just hoping for something? Do you ask God to help you? Do you ask God to speak to you and give you direction?

Hope is certainly valuable and precious but FAITH is what moves the heart of God. Faith is believing even when you don't see it.

Hebrews 11

King James Version (KJV)

11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Faith is trusting in God's Word above all the seen realm and the 5 senses. Faith does not deny the existence of the facts - but faith can move mountains. Faith can only come with the turbocharge of God's Word. It has within it the power to bring itself to come to pass and to produce fruit after its kind: 30, 60 or 100 fold. That means that once we grab hold of the Word of God for our life, it will ignite a zeal and passion for believing God like nothing else every could. Only God's Word could bring about the supernatural force of faith: one grain of faith can change everything.

 Matthew 17:20

King James Version (KJV)

20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

 1. Seek God directly. Ask Him what He would say to you right now.

2. Read the Bible asking the Holy Spirit to quicken scriptures to you so that they will feed your spirit.

3.  Write the Scriptures and say they and pray them and believe them until they are engrafted into your soul.

 James 1:21
Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

Once you have it, nothing can stop you. You grab on to the scripture or the Word from God and you hold on to it like a life raft or an oxygen mask - it becomes the most valuable thing to your life: God's Word.

Do you have the confidence to say you know which way God is leading you? Do you have the place in your life to hear from God? How important is God's input in your life? I ask you this threshold of a new year - start the year the right way - seek the LORD for what He would say to you.

What He speaks may be a Scripture, a song, a phrase a picture a vision etc. Do NOT limit Him. He will find a way to reach you.In the last days, He will pour out His Spirit upon all flesh. There is an open Heaven. Jesus made the way for us so we can hear from God. God wants to speak to you. Are you open for whatever God has for you?

Acts 2: 

16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;

17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

PRAYER

God give you grace to embrace His presence, His Word, His Voice. May the Holy Spirit lead and guide you. May the LORD quicken to you the Word of God. May God speak to you life - power-packed words of life that have within them the potential to bring themselves to come to pass. Let faith be ignited in your heart. Amen.

An Attitude of Gratitude Reprinted from 2009

calmur | July 20, 2012 12:06

An Attitude of Gratitude

calmur | April 16, 2009 16:07

Have you noticed that it is not common to find people (Christians and not yet Christians) truly thankful? It is rare to find someone genuinely appreciative of help or of service and when someone does display thankfulness it stands out. Sometimes it is a kind word or a tip of cash - but it stands out to the person receiving.

I noticed this today as someone I helped much earlier in the year actually came back to thank me today. It was a surprise. Only one of the 10 lepers went back to Jesus to thank him for healing. He is noted as special yet Jesus questioned, where are the other nine?

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.Col.3:15

 Psalm 136:26
O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.

There is something about thanksgiving that releases life on the inside of us. There is a joy that comes from expressing gratitude. When we are thankful to God in all things, we honour God and give Him glory. When we are thankful, it is worship.

Giving thanks is something we should do when we are blessed by someone or something. Even when life is not going as we would like, even if we didn't get what we wanted or it has been a hard day - we must grab onto what good God has given us in that day - we must be thankful.

1 Thessalonians 5:18
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

If I want to know for sure - the will of God for my life - this is a good place to start.

God give me an attitude of gratitude!

Blessed to Be a Blessing.

calmur | June 02, 2012 08:00

Matthew 25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:

32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:

43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

The importance of faith has been emphasized in the past 40 years in our mainstream Christian churches. Truly revelation on faith and the importance of faith has been restored to the Church.  Believing is essential to receiving anything from God. In receiving - some have forgotten or perhaps some have never known the reason that we are a blessed. We have been given eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. But we are not suppose to keep it to ourselves. Jesus told us to go into all the earth preaching and teaching the gospel or good news. The good news is that Salvation is for everyone - not only us - not only who we know. Salvation is for everyone who will receive Jesus as Saviour and Lord. So too also, God wants to prosper us. God wants to bless us so that we have all our needs and more than our needs. The Old Testament is packed with scriptures that reveal the blessings of following God and His Word. How much more should God want to bless us after we have recived Jesus Christ as our personal Lord? Truly God wants to bless us.

As we study God's Word, we will see hundreds of scriptures of God promising to bless us. If we truly live our lives loving God and living for Him - we will experience the blessing of God: spiritual, economic, physical, in our relationships etc. There is no part of our existence where we should lack anything. Jesus is our source. Many of us have embraced these essential truths and see the blessing of God in our lives.

BUT THE REASON that we are blessed is so that we can be a blessing to those around us. We are God's people in the earth for a reason - to bring the Kingdom of God to people - one person at a time for most of us - but for others they may touch hundreds or thousands or millions. Touching lives means we actually care. We actually pray and ask Jesus to give us His heart for the people around us - so we give where He would give, so that we would love, so that we would visit the sick or the lonely or those in prison. God loves all of the people. He will put His love in us if we ask Him and as we spend time in His presence we will be transformed into His image and characteristics of His love will be evident in our lives. 

We have been blessed to be a blessing - this should be a primary directive of our lives - why do we have it? We have it to share, to give to win people to Christ, to disciple them, to love them for no other reason than to show them God's love. We are representatives of the Kingdom of God. How we live our lives is observed by many people. What we do matters for the kingom of God. If we show the love of God to others, we will be living our purpose. The love is evident in our actions. Give what we have to those who do not have or give to show God's love - these are primary motivating factors for giving that give God glory. Notice in the parable of the sheep and goats - the difference is in what they did and didn't do. 

PRAYER

God thank you for blessing me. Thank you for providing all my needs and giving me more than enough so I can give. Holy Spirit lead me and guide me. I want to have your heart. Show what what to do and give me the opportunities to show your love to those in my sphere of influence. Let my life be for your glory and honour. In Jesus name. Amen.

 

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