August 31, 2007
Mal 3:10 says “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in my house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it”.
In this particular text God commands Israel to tithe; and this command applies to us today. The truth is…real believers pay tithes and give offerings. God encourages us to tithe by telling us if we will tithe faithfully, He would open the windows (plural) of heaven and pour us out a blessing (singular) that we would not have enough room to receive it. I want you to understand this…God is saying to those believers who will tithe, I will open a multitude of windows in heaven and pour you out “a” blessing, and you won’t have enough room to receive even that singular blessing. That is the kind of God we serve. He can give us so much in one blessing that we can hardly contain that. Now if He would do that for those who tithe (because the tithe is our obligation to Him, we owe that) what do you think He will do for those who would tithe and give? You see giving is the next level of offering to God. When you owe somebody you are obligated to pay that, however, giving something meaningful to someone says “I love you, I’m thinking of you”. Therefore, when we give an offering to God in addition to the tithe, it shows God we love Him. That’s why instead of Jesus talking about tithing in the New Testament, He says “Give and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down and shaken together, and running over shall men give into your bosom” (St.Luke 6:38) thus, giving takes you to the next level of blessing in the Kingdom of God.
God Bless You!
August 30, 2007
In the Gospel of (St.Mark 12:41-44) we see the tale of two types of givers. The first type of giver we see are those who have to give (St.Luke 21:1-4) even tells us that they were rich men) thus, they were able to give out of their abundance; they wouldn’t miss the money at all. The second type of giver we see (and we want to pay attention too) is a poor widow who gave all she had. In other words, she gave even though she really didn’t have it to give. Thus, she gave out of lack, poverty and need by faith; and saints there will be times, when you will have to give your way out of a situation if you want God to move on your behalf. You see this woman gave all she had, even though it wasn’t much, believing what she did give, God would honor it, bless it, and sow abundantly into her life. Now the scripture doesn’t say that God actually sowed into her life right away, but Jesus did take time out to share her life and giving with the disciples. Therefore, I have to believe that all her needs were met by God, because of her living and her giving. You see you can’t separate the two, not only must you give faithfully, but you must live faithfully as well if you want the full blessings of God. Thus, if you are in a financial mess talk to your bill collectors, make sure you are in a right standing with God through your living and your giving; in other words, find a way to tithe and give and watch God bring you out. It may not happen over night, but if you remain faithful it will come; I am a witness.
God Bless You!
August 29, 2007
For the believer, as it pertains to giving, what you put out is what you will receive. If you give a little to God you will receive little from God. Conversely, if you give much to God you will receive much from God. Also the attitude with which you give is as important as what you give, because as the title of this message says, God loves a cheerful giver. If you intend to give God something such as money, time, energies…etc, and you are complaining about it the whole time or you give it grudgingly, then it is best that you don’t give it at all because God won’t honor it. God is bound by His word, thus He want do anything outside of what His word says, so if you sow sparingly you will reap sparingly and if you sow bountifully you will reap bountifully (2 Cor. 9:6); thus, however you sow at least you will reap. I don’t know about you but I need to sow much because there is so much that I have need of. Child of God in the world in which we live today, the only one or thing we can depend on is God. You can’t possibly believe your job will always be there, and even if it is always there, you can’t possibly believe you will always make enough to provide, because when you get sick, there isn’t enough money in the world to heal your body. We have to sow into the God account, so when we have a need we have some fruit stored up for God to work with.
God Bless You!
August 28, 2007
(Phil 4:19) says “But my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus”. Christians for the most part love this particular scripture, because all of us want our needs to be met by God. However, this scripture doesn’t necessarily apply to everyone in the body Christ. It only applies to those who sow and give into the things of God. When the Apostle Paul made this statement, he was speaking to a church that was known for their generosity in giving to support the work which he was doing on behalf of the Kingdom of God. The Phillipian Church was known for their giving, they were known to communicate with the man of God during times of affliction, and they were known to sow into the things of God when other churches wouldn’t. Thus, they understood that one of the ways to be blessed by God, one of the ways to be sure that all your needs are met was to sow into kingdom work. Therefore, if you are a giver this scripture applies to you, but if you are one who attempt’s to hold on to every dollar you get, and you don’t tithe or sow offerings in your local ministry, this scripture is not for you. Yes I know that we believe that this scripture applies to all Christians, but all who say they are Christians are not faithful in their giving. As Christians we must understand that every-time we give what God has required, we open ourselves up to be blessed, we open ourselves up to having our needs met, and even some of the desires of our heart are given to us by God. As you examine (Phil 4:19) go back and read (Phil 4:10-20) and you will understand why Paul was able to speak this into their lives; and we want God to be able to say the same thing about us today.
God Bless You!
August 27, 2007
I was watching a piece on 20/20 about those who volunteered their time and/or gave their money and one of the interesting things they shared was about those who gave, (especially older men/women) were living longer, and their health was improving in their latter years. They even spoke with a gentleman that believed it was through his giving and volunteer efforts that he was able to begin to walk without a cane after many years of being dependent upon a cane to help him get around. Thus, we see that giving has made a difference in their lives, and as Christians we know that giving will change our lives, because (Acts 20:35) tells us “It is more blessed to give than to receive”. You see in Gods mind receiving is good but giving is better; giving is so good to God that He called it a blessing, and if giving is a blessing in the eyes God, then those who give cheerfully, willingly, and with the heart of God are blessed; and as Christians we need to learn to give more, it’s not just about the money, although that is critical to running a ministry, because bills have to be paid in a ministry just like any other business. However, the giving of our time, effort and energies without expecting anything in return is important to our spiritual growth. It is important that when you give, to never expect anything in return from man, but if there is to be any return expect it to come from God. Seek God to find other ways to bless your church or community through giving; we can all do a better job in that department.
God Bless You!
August 24, 2007
As Christians we must learn to be content (or satisfied) with the situation we find ourselves in. It’s not always easy to be content with your situation, but we must learn to be. The Apostle Paul teaches us this when he tells us “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am therewith to be content” (Phil 4:4). Thus, if you are living in a state of abundance be content; however, if you are living in a state of need be content as well, because God is able to deliver you. In fact, He wants you to have a need in your life so that He can show you that He is your provider. Learning to be content keeps us out of trouble; for example, when I am content with the car that I have (that’s paid for and still runs well) I don’t go out and buy a new car with new payments, understanding that freedom from debt brings about freedom in Christ; I don’t go out and buy that new thing(whatever it is) and charge it to my credit card, when I can’t afford the credit card payments I have now; I don’t go out and buy a bigger house when I couldn’t afford the smaller home I lived in. There used to be a saying “the rich just wanted to be richer, and those who had much wanted even more”, and child of God as long as God provides it for you, I don’t have a problem with that. However, if you are becoming enslaved to the lender unnecessarily, you need to learn to be content with where you are and wait on God.
God Bless You!
August 23, 2007
Rejoicing always is not easy to do. With the uncertain times we live in, with the world and the media presenting us with the fear of losing everything; when you look around and there seems to be trouble on every side, not only in the world, but in the life of the believer as well, to be in a constant state of rejoicing seems to be impossible. In fact, it is impossible without the Lord being resident and evident in your life. However, as a believer, as long as God is still on the throne, and I believe He is, it is possible to live in a state of rejoicing. As Christians do we experience pain? Of course we do, but we don’t allow the pain to dominate us such that we can’t rejoice in the Lord in the midst of pain. The Apostle Paul said “Rejoice in the Lord always again I say rejoice” (Phil 4:4). Thus, those who are in the Lord have the capability to rejoice continually, in fact when you look at the prefix “re” in rejoice it means to do again or go back to the original state. Whenever we “re” something we back up; therefore everyday you have to re-joy, you have to re-new your joy again. The joy you had on Sunday won’t be good enough for Monday. Thus, (Psalms 118:24) says “This is the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it”. Everyday child of God we have to arise with a new joy, a joy for today’s date, and because Gods mercies are new every morning, He is ready to release your new joy for today. Therefore as you arise from your sleep, don’t forget to ask the Lord for your dose of joy for today because the only reason you don’t have it is because you didn’t ask, and the bible says “you have not because you ask not” (James 4:2).
God Bless You!