I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
2 Kings 6:16
“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
MOSES ANSWERED THE PEOPLE, “DO NOT BE AFRAID, STAND FIRM AND YOU WILL SEE THE DELIVERANCE THE LORD WILL BRING YOU TODAY. THE EGYPTIONS The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.
I adopted tithing. I figured it can’t hurt. I made good money, I made minuscule money, but I never offered more than a 20.00 bill to God on Sundays. There, I said it.
So this year after losing my job (for 2 days – mind you, the most stressful 2 days of my life) I vowed to tithe. Well the job I was blessed with was quite a bit less in salary than I was accustomed to. (this is where it starts hurting by the way). I’ve come to the realization that those preachers preaching about tithing on Sundays aren’t just out for a bigger deck or new church carpets – they are telling you what is required of you.
I can’t live without Gods blessings. I can’t get where I need to be without him putting a hand in (or a hand out) for me. Let me tell you friends, I’m now giving ’til it hurts. I’m not doing it scowling, or hastily writing a check with a poor attitude, I am giving God his portion. The word portion is mentioned in the bible 100 times. I think it was important to enough to God and to many others. Laz 3:24 the lord is my portion saith my soul… And
Luke 12:42 (KJV)
42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?
Luke 12:43 (KJV)
43 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
This Sunday will be the 2nd check I have written for the kingdom, and I am praying that I will start receiving those blessings in my life for diligence and obedience.
Here is to giving til’ it hurts and making Gods kingdom more important than mine. Afterall, you can’t serve two masters.
Joshua 22:5 (KJV)
5 But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.
I will keep you posted.
When you have the power to make things happen – and often times do – it’s hard to step back and let God handle things. I would not consider myself 100% type A, however, I have had my moments. A little incident happened with me recently and I knew it was God trying to tell me something. (But I had already mapped it out, made plans, and there was nothing for God to do because I had it all accomplished!) OR SO I THOUGHT……
So my sister called me and said that they were planning a great anniversary party for my parents back home. They were inviting tons of friends and family to share in the celebration of 30 years together. (Gosh that seems like a long time.) So I was super excited and couldn’t wait to book my plane tickets out. I didn’t ask any questions, I just started researching flights and all but had my bags packed. I started squirrel-holing money away for the trip, got approval from work and that was that.. AND THEN……
Ever notice how you can’t get away with anything that God doesn’t approve of? I didn’t ask him about the trip. I was going. So what happened to me? Well, I got into a little fender-bender accident that took all that squirrel-holed money to fix my car. (Granted, I am not blaming God for the car accident only noting how circumstances bring you back to God.) So the next day I was fretting again. Thinking to myself, how am I going to fix my car AND take that trip back home? The answer simply put, was I wasn’t going to. I stopped and prayed about the trip home, and God sent down some incredible warning sirens. I was astonished. I wasn’t supposed to go. EVEN THOUGH I WANTED TO WITH ALL MY HEART! God was protecting me from something. I could speculate all day long the rhyme and reason, but I don’t need to justify God. I just need to listen to him. So once again, God strapped me for cash and resources to protect me from myself… I guess I can hang up ever winning that lottery jackpot..
I listened to a song this morning that a friend of mine sings. It’s called the battle is the lords by Shelly Wilson. (You should go check out her site, she is doing some amazing things in her ministry right now!) Anyhoo….It’s a great song especially if you feel like you have been put in the middle of a battle without the proper armor. It reminds us simply that “the battle is the Lords and justice is mine” to quote her verbatim. If you cling to Gods promises in your life the battle is won. No matter how much you try to work it out logically in that human brain of yours – God makes things happen. When God wants things to go your way, he will make sure you hit the mark. Sit back, arm yourself with the word of God, and start living the promise. He won the battle for you already, go get your prize.
Short and simple today 🙂
Ahhh.. Refreshed already.
A must read if you need a little pep-talk, or you need God to answer you.
Mothers and Fathers always seem to love you anyway. I was pondering this fact – just go with me here for a second.
Parents…They have this maternal love formed into them. They love their children unconditionally. It’s a differerent kind of love. You cant find it in friendships, lovers, or strangers. How many times have we made mistakes and they (parents) say:
it will be alright” or “it’s ok just don’t do it again”
It is that hand of correction and love that mothers and fathers have in your life. Even when mom’s and Dad’s have to scold you for something, isn’t it funny how they say:
“I’m only doing this because i love you”
I heard that so many times as a kid and never got it. I often thought to myself (If you love me so much why are you beating me?)lol. As I’m older now I get it a little better. They wanted me to grow up with instruction and correction. They wanted me to know right from wrong. That is part of parenting. You want to guide and direct your children to be good citizens, people, husbands, mothers, fathers, wives. You alone are preparing a life for the world ahead of them.
God is that hand of correction, instruction and unconditonal love. God loves us anyway. There are times when I’ve been beat down by the hand of God. I can just hear him in the background saying “I’m doing this because I love you”. I can hear him saying “I gave you this trial because I love you. I want you to grow and learn.” God’s lessons are deeper lessons. His lessons are not as simple as putting your hand to close to the oven and momma slapping your hand away. These are the hard lessons. God does want us to succeed. From someone that doesn’t have children, I never really thought about it before. However, as experiences happen and you open your mind up and think – hey, maybe… You start to see things at a different angle.
You cant ever prepare for motherhood or fatherhood. There is no real manuals. Sure there are books, but for the most part – what you need to know, is what is already in you. How you were raised, the values you own already, the childhood you were given spills into your childs life. Good, bad, or indifferent. I guess I’m trying to say don’t fear the hand of correction from God. You know, when things are not going your way, maybe its because you are going the wrong way and God is about to redirect you. maybe he is sending a test your way because he loves you. Just ponder it.
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. – John 15:12-13