“For God so gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life”
We are often reminded of the attributes of our Almighty God. He is the Great “I AM”. He is all-knowing, all-powerful, all-loving, always present and all-giving. He created, sustains and controls everything we see, everything we don’t see is all within His control.
2 Corinthians 9: 6-15 Paul speaking “Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed; as it is written, “HE SCATTERED ABROAD, HE GAVE TO THE POOR, HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS ENDURES FOREVER.” Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness; you will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God. For the ministry of this service is not only fully supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing through many thanksgivings to God. Because of the proof given by this ministry, they will glorify God for your obedience to your confession of the gospel of Christ and for the liberality of your contribution to them and to all, while they also, by prayer on your behalf, yearn for you because of the surpassing grace of God in you. Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
Are you a follower of Jesus Christ and adopted into the Heavenly family by a Father who gives without condition? We are instructed to do so in the Word. Giving is a heart condition! A heart that has received the “gift of God” should desire to serve by giving always. First, giving ourselves to Him in full surrender living according to His will as presented to us in the Holy Word. Secondly, giving to others with “cheerful hearts” brings joy; so much joy.
Give of your heart
Give of your time
Give of your substance
Give of your love
Give freely to all
Give like our Savior
Give nothing at all.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
There is much ado these days about reports of the government taking control of our minds. Let’s face it, we all know something is very wrong in our country and the entire world! That’s unless you live in a world of your own making, or another person’s philosophies or possibly you turn a blind eye because “life here on earth” is suppose to be happy, happy-joy, joy cotton candy sweet. With all the information running on “Bill and Steve’s Super Highway”, better known as the internet (ya know WWW=World Wide Web) that in itself sounds frightening because spiders make webs to catch their “prey”. I will admit that the internet has allowed the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to be heard and shared in areas of the world not accessible before. The internet, like all things created by men, serves the enemy of our souls very well.
Anyway, don’t believe everything you read or see EXCEPT the Words of our Almighty LORD God– The Holy Bible! I might get some flack here and I don’t care! I’m not meaning some supposed “new translation” that isn’t a translation at all, but a “thought for thought” idea of what someone thinks that verse says.
We also have books telling us how to pray or how to read the Bible, how to pray and just about anything in the “wide open realm of today’s post-modern Christianity”. I don’t purchase or read Christian self-help books. (I think the term ‘Christian self-help’ is an oxymoron.) Why??
As the Apostle Paul told Timothy : “But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:14-17
Every questionable situation we face, even in today’s culture is answered in the pages of Holy Scriptures!
I believe everything we need to know about living the Christian life is found in the Holy Scriptures! The breathed out word of God, given to select ones that the LORD God used as the instruments! ♥ Streim