Because He lives, I can face tomorrow. My Jesus lives, all fear is gone. Because I know He holds my future and life is worthy living just because He lives. What Mighty God we serve x2. Heaven and earth adore Him. Angles bow before Him. What a Mighty God we serve.
Almighty Father, we are before Your throne bowing before You. Thanking You for all the good and blessed things You have done for us. Thank You for giving us life in abundance because You love and care for us, not on merit of our righteousness but because of Who You Are.
You are the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the Alpha and Omega, You are the Beginning and the End. No one is like You. You shower those blessings which man cannot give unto us, the gift of life and health that money cannot buy.
Father, Your Faithfulness is forever. Thank You Lord. Who can battle with the Lord? I say, nobody! Forever You will reign, the lamb upon the throne, I gladly bow my knees to worship You, O Lord!
Beloved, praise the Lord, I cannot stop when it comes to My king of kings. My time can be over spent “only” at His presence (apology). Talking about ‘time’, did I mention to you that I was the ‘time keeper’ when I was in junior high school, that made me a bit up and doing because in every event I must be ready before every other person as a result of the responsibility entrusted in my care. My delay or forgetfulness affects the order of other programs for the rest of the day.
Why am I saying this, God made you and know what His plans for you is even in future before you get to know. Having gone through that process, it well prepared me for the present position. However, in my senior class I was the head girl, another level of responsibility, and many others I have been called to handle (served), so am not surprise at what is happening now, it helped me to be more responsible so to speak.
Considering our topic today, how ready are you in giving freely without a thought about your benefit, reward, profit at the end of any venture? How selfless are you in your service to God; to humanity? Can you make sacrifices in the Name of the Lord even if you don’t like the beneficiary?
If some people were to reign with God, they tell Him how to share even this air that is free for all. That is why for you to enjoy certain privileges in God you must be dead to self. You see things the way God sees it (Mk 8:36-37; Jn 3:16). You must be like Christ (Phil 2:6). You must have heavens agenda or else you will act like the two sons of Zebedee (Lk 9:54-56)
Are you willing to share your earthly wealth freely as commanded us by Christ then read on:
You have received free of charge; give free of charge.—Matthew 10:8b
There is no room for misers in God’s kingdom. When we begin to struggle in giving what we have to others, we have forgotten where we received our possessions. Every good thing we have ever received has come from God (James 1:17). All that we have acquired has been dependent upon His grace (1 Cor. 4:7). Job accurately summarized our condition: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, / And naked shall I return there. / The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; / Blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21).
We easily assume a sense of ownership of our possessions, as if they were things we earned ourselves, thereby giving us a right to them. Jesus reminds us to be prepared to give our possessions as freely and joyfully as we received them. It should be a pleasure for us to give what we have to others (2 Cor. 9:7). We ought to be a conduit through whom the Lord can pour His blessings, knowing we will disperse them to everyone around us. Sometimes we claim we are trying to be good stewards of our resources when actually we are being selfish.
If you struggle to give freely to others, you have become more attached to the gift than to the Giver. The account of the rich young ruler shows the tragedy of becoming too attached to worldly treasures (Luke 8:18–24). Meditate on all that your Lord has given to you (John 3:16). Resolve to express your gratitude to Him through your giving.
God gave you His highest and best gift, why are you being miserly with the ‘materials’ He gave to you? Why must you give the worst of what you have to the needy around you? Why is it that you only give out things that are either expired or will expire soon in the name of blessing someone? You have never giving your choicest clothing line or shoes? Even God detest such gift (Deut 15:21; 17:1; Num 19:2) and I wonder if He will bless the giver in return. Repent of this if you are still in that level in your giving.
Beloved, I had a Rhema recently on Jn 3:16 and I want to share it with you. I had a burden concerning a particular need which I have been asking from God and it seems the answer is not forth coming and on this particular day Rom 8:32 flashed my mind while the thought is still before me. The Holy Spirit spoke to my mind and said “If God did not spare His only begotten son, what can He not freely give me.” I was transfixed as I read it.
I then made up my mind not to believe any lie from the devil that God does want to give answers to some needs that I think is urgent and desperate. The truth also is that God knows my need from all the catalogues of my desires. My dear, do not allow the devil to deceive you, open your bible and discover the truth on the pages of the Goodnews, stop spending your valuable ‘time’ in front of the television or pages of newspapers that will only nerve you down with their information. Stop looking at the facts of the matter, it’s time you start reading the truth from the Holy book – Bible.
Finally do you want to know how to relate with the poor? I believe the script adapted from (FOTM) below will help you greatly:
How Are We To Relate To The Poor?
The other morning as I walked from my guest house out to the street to catch a ride, I passed by a family of five sleeping on a cardboard mat. Throughout the day I was plagued by the memory of that family.
The next morning I again passed this family who were just rising from their night on the street. A short distance away I noticed a street vendor dispensing bowls of food to passersby. Motioning to the family, I asked if they might be interested in eating breakfast. Without hesitation they ran toward me to take up my offer. Moments later, as they were devouring their food, I caught a ride and was off to a hotel for a breakfast appointment. On a whim, while waiting for my guest, I picked up a copy of the British news magazine, The Economist.
It then occurred to me that the cost of purchasing the magazine was about the same as feeding that family of five. For the family, sharing my loose change meant a few hours of relief from hunger; for me it spelled a couple of hours of informed reading.
I don’t know about you, but I am vexed when it comes to the issue of the poor. If I loved them as myself, would I have as many toys? Or live at a level so excessively beyond such economically marginalized people? Just how do I process Jesus’ statement:
“Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Luke 12:33, 34)
Certainly God will reward us if we reach out to the poor, and punish us if we don’t:
“He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses.” (Proverbs 28:27) (See also Deuteronomy 15:10; Proverbs 19:17; Psalm 41:1-4; Isaiah 58:7; James 2:14-26)
Four truths come to mind as I wrestle through this difficult issue:
- Jesus did not attempt to meet everyone’s needs. (John 5:1-8)
- Helping others is to be on a priority basis. (Galatians 6:10)
- Surely I must help others if I possess the capability. (Proverbs 3:27, 28; 1 John 3:16-18)
- Jesus placed high value on sacrificial giving. (Mark 12:41-44)
QUESTION: When we do meet Jesus at the Judgment, will He view our earthly sojourn as one characterized by greed, or generosity? (1 Corinthians 5:9, 10) (See also Romans 14:10; Galatians 6:7; Ephesians 6:8; Colossians 3:24, 25)
Do you notice that the amount we spend on things as little as newspaper can keep someone alive? Not to talk of human hair and many other attachments and unnecessary accessories we indulge in can start a career or business for someone.
Not only that, it is the smartest way to “Go” for the Lord. Get someone engaged, he/she will believe in your God (Prov 3:28; Deut 15:7; 9; 11).
Finally beloved, “if someone says, “1 love God, “ but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, Whom we cannot see? (1 Jn 4:20). At the end your reward will be according to Phil 4:19, having first met all the needs, then and only then will this be not as we usually recite it.
May God guide your heart to please Him always.
Remain blessed in the Lord.