'BEFORE THE MOUNTAINS WERE BROUGHT FORTH, OR EVER THOU HADST FORMED THE EARTH AND THE WORLD, FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING THOU ART GOD.' [KJV PSALM 90:2]
5/22/2019 0 Comments
Welcome my Friends to the Second Quarter, 2019.
Whether one calls it 'Self-Denial', 'Soul Friendship', or 'Spiritual Disciplines', now, let's elaborate more on 'Spiritual Disciplines'.
I sincerely hope and pray that this series of posts will be advantageous to you for the purpose of growing in the knowledge and grace of the Lord.
Before we get started. Remember, these are 'tools', so let us not get anxious. Amen. Amen.
Continuing today, May 22, 2019 with some further posts since we began our series for anyone desiring to draw into a more intimate relationship with God through Jesus Christ, with our Introductory Post A, Wednesday, April 3, 2019; Post B, Friday, April 5, 2019 ; Post C. Sunday, April 7, 2019; Post D, Wednesday, April 10, 2019; and Post E, Friday, April 12, 2019.
We now conclude our post series on a bi-monthly basis on Sunday/Wednesday/Friday, on the topic of 'giving'.
Our next topic, [after you have had some time to review all heretofor posted], will deal with the topic of 'stress'. Having studied and hopefully begun to implement the preceding 'habits', you will readily understand why, if we avail ourselves to such, we can be delivered from the worrisome and un-trusting 'habit' of - 'stress'. So, please stay tuned, but, do spend the time before June 2-5-8, 2019, reviewing.
Post 1, April 24, 2019; Post 2, April 26. 2019; Posts 3,4,5,6,7,8,9; May 5,8, 10, 19, 22, 24,2019, and so forth.
ON THE DISCIPLINE OF GIVING -
Although we should do what we can to ensure that the ministries we give to are good stewards of God's money, we can't always know for certain that the money we give will be spent correctly. We should not be overly burdened with this concern, nor should we use this as an excuse not to give.
Therefore, it's important for us to find a good church that wisely manages its financial resources for God's glory and for the growth of God's Kingdom. But once we give to God, we don't need to worry about what happens to the money. This is God's problem to solve, not ours. If a church or ministry misuses its funds, God knows how to deal with the responsible leaders.
We rob God when we fail to give offerings to him. 'Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, 'How do we rob you?' In tithes and offerings.' (Malachi 3:8, NIV) [This verse speaks for itself, don't you think?]
The picture of our financial giving simply reveals a reflection of our lives surrendered to God. 'Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.' (Romans 12:1, NIV) audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
When we truly recognize all that Christ has done for us, we will want to offer ourselves wholly to God as a living sacrifice of worship to him. Our offerings will flow freely from a heart of gratitude.
Now, my friends - A Loving Challenge to Implement this 'discipline'.
In conclusion, I'd like to explain my personal convictions and offer a challenge to my readers. As I've already stated, I believe tithing is no longer the law. As New Testament believers, we are under no legal obligation to give a tenth of our income. However, I believe and practice, strongly that the tithe ought to be the starting point of our giving. We see it as the minimum to give—a demonstration that everything we have belongs to God.
I also believe most of our giving should go to the local church (the storehouse) where we are fed God's Word and nurtured spiritually. Malachi 3:10 says, "'Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,' says the LORD Almighty, 'and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.'"
If you're not currently giving to the Lord, IN SOME MANNER, I challenge you to start by making a commitment. Give something faithfully and regularly. I'm certain God will honor and bless your commitment. If a tenth seems too overwhelming, consider making it a goal. Giving may feel like a huge sacrifice at first, but I'm confident you'll eventually discover its rewards. [Pray to the Lord for personal guidance, then, obey Him.]
God wants believers to be free from the love of money, which the Bible says in 1 Timothy 6:10 is "a root of all kinds of evil." Giving honors the Lord and allows his work to go forward. It also helps build our faith.
We may experience times of financial hardship when we can't give as much, but the Lord still wants us to trust Him in times of lack. Continue to give - 'something', even if you volunteer your time in some 'ministry'. God, not our paycheck, is our provider. He will meet our daily needs.
My friends, this concludes our posts on the topic of 'giving'. Our next series - 'On Stress', shall not begin to post until Sunday/Wednesday/Friday, June 16-19-21, 2019, as the Lord wills.
Do, take the time to review carefully all that has been posted since beginning in April and ending today, May 22, 2019. Spend the time, 'praying' through the posts series, asking the Lord to 'speak to you' for your growth in understanding, and, spiritual growth. He will not disappoint a 'serious seeker'. And, oh, my, our spiritual growth from this type of 'study' and time with Him.
Be continually blessed, in the Most Precious Name - Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Our Savior. Amen. Amen.
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