Give

#give
 
all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in My Temple. If you do,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test! (‭Malachi‬ ‭3‬:‭10‬ NLT)‬‬‬
The people of Malachi’s day ignored God’s command to give a tithe of their income to his Temple. They may have feared losing what they had worked so hard to get, but in this they misjudged God. “Give, and you will receive,” he says (Luke 6:38). When we give, we must remember that the blessings God promises are not always material and may not be experienced completely here on earth, but we will certainly receive them in our future life with him.
The “storehouse” was a place in the Temple for storing grain and other food given as tithes. The priests lived off these gifts. We also need to give from the plenty that God has given us in order to support those who serve God by ministering to the spiritual needs of others.
Haven’t I heard this all before “all the Church wants is your money. “That is so far removed from the truth.
I am in Sales, the day I started tithing in a disciplined way, that month I achieved my goals. By the grace of God, I got that result. It works, I promise you. God promises to open the heavens for us. Just tithe.
Your reward won’t only be financial. The peace that overcomes you is amazing.
If you eat the last of your seed or spend it, how are you going to plant seed for later. That why it’s important to tithe and sow.
Now some people say I haven’t got enough money to tithe. Then tithe your time in serving people. You have heard this, “you reap what you sow.” Apart from money, it applies to all things, even the way you speak. Wow! I struggle with that. So concentrate on all the good things and deeds.
You will receive the Blessing of Heaven, just like God promises.
“Lord I pray that You will give me discipline in all things, not only tithing. In Jesus name. Amen”
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“Grace” not law

#gracenotlaw
 
God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (‭Romans‬ ‭5‬:‭20 – 21 NLT)‬‬‬
As a sinner, separated from God, you see His law from below, as a ladder to be climbed to get to God. Perhaps you have repeatedly tried to climb it, only to fall to the ground every time you have advanced one or two rungs. Or perhaps the sheer height of the ladder seems so overwhelming that you have never even started up. In either case, what relief you should feel to see Jesus offering with open arms to lift you above the ladder of the law, to take you directly to God! Once Jesus lifts you into God’s presence, you are free to obey—out of love, not necessity, and through God’s power, not your own. You know that if you stumble, you will not fall back to the ground. Instead, you will be caught and held in Christ’s loving arms.
We are separated from God and his love by sin daily. Our guilt removes us from God. It’s the guilt in us that causes us to give up on God.
Firstly, some people don’t even get that in having a relationship with God. They can’t believe after the things they have done, that God loves them. God forgives all sin! He does not exclude some sin. It’s by God’s Grace and love that we walk in this world. It’s by His grace that Jesus died for our sin. It’s by His grace that we have the Holy Spirit to guide us in this life.
Secondly, we should always be on fire for God. Have you heard the phrase, “the flame in him has died”? Yet again, sin and sinful behavior prevents us speaking boldly about the Lord. Sometimes you may say something towards someone and then feel like you can’t claim and speak about God because of the wrong in you. This happens to me even though I try my hardest to be like Jesus. We, as humans, are weak. The way to be strong is to pray and stay in the Word.
It’s just like me writing these thoughts. I don’t do it on weekends. Why? Because Friday is social time. Is that correct? I am not sure. But if it’s worrying me, then I should be disciplined enough to do it, even on weekends.
Read the scripture and the section that follows again. Don’t think that it’s a ladder. Trust God and Jesus to pick you up when you fail. In my experience, it even works in the workplace.
“Lord, make me trust you completely. I thank you for Grace and your Son Jesus. In Jesus name, I pray this. Amen.”
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Am I worthy

#amiworthy
Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭4‬:‭1- 3 NLT)‬‬‬
“There is one body,” says Paul. Unity does not just happen; we have to work at it. Often differences among people can lead to division, but this should not be true in the church. Instead of concentrating on what divides us, we should remember what unites us: one body, one Spirit, one future, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God! Have you learned to appreciate people who are different from you? Can you see how their differing gifts and viewpoints can help the church as it does God’s work? Learn to enjoy the way we members of Christ’s body complement one another.
No one is ever going to be perfect here on earth, so we must accept and love other Christians in spite of their faults. When we see flaws in fellow believers, we should be patient and gentle. Is there someone whose actions or personality annoys you? Rather than dwelling on that person’s weaknesses or looking for faults, pray for him or her. Then do even more—spend time together and see if you can learn to like him or her.
Come and tell if you haven’t felt this way before?
You know that on guy or girl who gets up your nose. When they enter the room, when they speak or just when they are around. Sometimes even as grown-ups, certain children we meet have the same effect on us. Yes, you know what I am talking about.
As a Christian, I fail horribly in some of these areas. I do try to rectify it. I have told this story before; I led a group in Bible study, ex-addicts and street people. When I first got there, I disliked many of them and their ways. I remember the one guy in particular, always cocky, disrespectful and the blue-eyed boy of the house. What I learnt and experienced, only when I opened my heart and loved him did my words from God mean anything. Only then did I manage to overcome the barriers.
“Making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.” What a statement. Can you imagine what the world would be like when we apply this?
We all, everybody on earth, form the Body of Christ, the Church. People that don’t believe cause dysfunction in this world. It’s our job as believers to help, firstly fellow believers and then to reach out for others.
I have to say this ” an important place to start is at work. People there see the best and worst of you. There’s the challenge.” That includes me.
Unity, remember I said there is strength in numbers and more so in working together. We are all called, to do so.
” Lord I pray for unity. Unified we can change the world. There is so much to do. In Jesus name. Amen.
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Who is it

#whoisit
“And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away.” James 1:13-14 NLT
People who live for God often wonder why they still have temptations. Does God tempt them? God tests people, but he does not tempt them by trying to seduce them to sin. God allows Satan to lure people, however, to refine their faith and to help them grow in their dependence on Christ. We can resist the temptation to sin by turning to God for strength and choosing to obey his Word.
It is easy to blame others and make excuses for evil thoughts and wrong actions. We use reasons such as: (1) It’s the other person’s fault; (2) I couldn’t help it; (3) everybody’s doing it; (4) it was just a mistake; (5) nobody’s perfect; (6) the devil made me do it; (7) I was pressured into it; (8) I didn’t know it was wrong; (9) God is tempting me. A person who makes excuses is trying to shift the blame from himself or herself to something or someone else. A Christian, on the other hand, accepts responsibility for his or her wrongs, confesses them, and asks God for forgiveness. (Tyndal Study Bible)
Temptation comes from our desires and choices. The world tempts us with those quick thrills and rewards. We must remember that it will be nothing lasting and permanent. Only God’s way is permanent and lasting.
Have you gone through those tough times, where temptation is around all the time? Continuously close to losing your temper, tempted to lose Faith in God. He, God never seems to be around. What we forget He is always around. What we forget is to turn to him for strength. Our human default is to switch to our understanding. We Quickly forget about God and rely on the world.
Take time to think of this; God’s not out there to spite us. We spite ourselves by making wrong choices. Read the second chapter of the Tyndal commentary. Many excuses all we try to do is shift the blame, instead of taking it on the chin. The words Pity Party comes to mind. Haven’t we all had those? This is only happening to me!
The words refine my faith rings in my head. Yes, let us focus on relying on God strength and not our own. I think of those times when we are sort of money, who do we turn too? Our understanding or do we trust in God?
“Lord I pray for correct choices and faith in You. In Jesus name. Amen.”
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Why be normal

#whybenormal
 
Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭18‬ NLT)
There is a price for being identified with Jesus. Along with being “heirs of God’s glory,” Paul also mentions the suffering that Christians must face. What kinds of suffering are we to endure? For first-century believers, there was economic and social persecution, and some even faced death. We, too, must pay a price for following Jesus. In many parts of today’s world, Christians face pressures just as severe as those faced by Christ’s first followers. Even in countries where Christianity is tolerated or encouraged, Christians must not become complacent. To live as Jesus did—serving others, giving up one’s rights, resisting pressures to conform to the world—always exacts a price. Nothing we suffer, however, can compare to the great price that Jesus paid to save us. (Tyndale Study Bible)
Salvation is priceless. Just like Paul is saying anything worthwhile, there is a price to pay. Think of your daily tasks; it takes hard work and determination to achieve.
Just like Christians stand out from the rest, if you want to achieve these days,  you have to stand out from the rest. You have to go that extra mile, make that extra call, whatever is necessary. The Bible teaches us the principle of seedtime and harvest. So the world agrees what you put in you get out. So why not go that extra mile? Glory and reward will be there. I have an unfair advantage I have God on my side as well.
“Lord I pray you will make me go that extra mile today. In Jesus name. Amen.”
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Darkness to light

#darknesstolight
All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants. ” (‭John‬ ‭3: 20 – 21NLT)
Many people don’t want their lives exposed to God’s light because they are afraid of what will be revealed. They don’t want to be changed. Don’t be surprised when these same people are threatened by your desire to obey God and do what is right, because they are afraid that the light in you may expose some of the darkness in their lives. Rather than giving in to discouragement, keep praying that they will come to see how much better it is to live in light than in darkness.
Have you heard this before: “I can’t come to church because I have first to sort out my life”? Or: “I can’t come to church because my wife won’t join me”. “I can’t come to church because I have no support of my family.”… “I can’t come to church because all they want is my money.”
All people fear condemnation and judgement. The other thing they fear is being exposed or put on the spot. They might have to tell their worst sins and fears.
As Christians what we tend to do is do all the above boldly and even praying in and for groups. Why, because we are filled with the Holy Spirit. The Spirit makes us do things boldly. Can you imagine the fear of the unbeliever when they see this? They think I don’t want to be put on the spot. Fear of being exposed is enormous, that’s why its difficult for them to take the step.
Following on from yesterday, as believers, we should guide people in the process and show that its not a scary decision or step to take. We have to impart with our wisdom of  God and His Word. God will give us the courage and wisdom to do this. Secondly, we have to shine for God and show people the how to move from darkness to light. Be in such a way that all are in awe off what you have.
“Lord, I thank you for Your light. May I and all believers shine in such a way that we entice them to the light in Your way. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen”
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Wisdom

#wisdom
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. (‭James‬ ‭1‬:‭5 – 6 NLT)
By “wisdom,” James is talking not only about knowledge but about the ability to make wise decisions in difficult circumstances. Whenever we need wisdom, we can pray to God, and he will generously supply what we need. Christians don’t have to grope around in the dark, hoping to stumble upon answers. We can ask for God’s wisdom to guide our choices.
We must believe not only in the existence of God but also in his loving care. This includes relying on God and expecting that he will hear and answer when we pray. We must put away our critical attitude when we come to him. God does not grant every thoughtless or selfish request. We must have confidence that I God will align our desires with his purposes. For more on this concept, read the note on Matthew 21:22.
A person with divided loyalty is not completely convinced that God’s way is best. That person treats God’s Word like any human advice and retains the option to disobey.  To stabilize your wavering or doubtful mind, commit yourself wholeheartedly to God. (Tyndal study Bible)
Wisdom! Every person in this world has a part to play. We all have people that look up to us because we are all senior to someone, so we all have the wisdom to share.
A while ago I accompanied my son while he enrolled at a university. What struck me was how young the people where that were attending to him. Then I realised they could do it because they were there the year before. So not only were they helping administratively, but also giving guidance in other areas and sharing wisdom.
We are not created the same as the next person; we might have more knowledge about certain things than the next person and less in other situations. We all can share wisdom. The ex-drug addict can share how you overcome that addiction.
There are days that I struggle finding a message to write. What do I do? I get quiet before God and pray for inspiration and wisdom. I am never short of words with God’s guidance. I have to give all the glory to God. Prayer is the key here, and I never doubt that God’s word will speak to me. God will guide that wisdom to do His work, and things will become easier.
This principle of asking God for wisdom applies to all things in life. We can take all our problems to God. Then we can’t waiver in any way; we should trust Him wholeheartedly for the wisdom and solution.
“Lord, I thank you for the opportunity to ask you for wisdom. I thank you for all the people you put there to help. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen”
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