Biblical Giving

Coming alongside a vision for ministry is a completely Biblical principle. The whole purpose as the Body of Christ is to be Co-laborers in Christ together for the sake of the Gospel. As Co-laborers, the Father personally oversees the blessing because of our giving, (Luke 6:38) as well as the open doors and growth that the ministry receives. The vision comes to fruition!

“The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.” 1 Corinthians 3-8,9

When the opportunity presents itself, giving to the work of the Lord is never a risk, no matter what your economic status is. This is because The Father returns to the giver (Luke 6:36). However, giving is not Biblical when you’ve been promised God will answer your prayer request when you give to a specific gift. It is true that we can take a step of faith when we are believing for a personal miracle, however, it’s how you let God use what you do have, that determines your blessing.

1 Corinthians 3:12-13 (ESV)
Some will use gold, silver or precious stones in building on this foundation; while others will use wood, grass or straw. 13 But each one’s work will be shown for what it is; the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire — the fire will test the quality of each one’s work.

God, who is the giver of all gifts, and all blessings, will see that you are blessed back because his Word does not lie. It is written in Luke 6:38 (ESV) “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” We have all been chosen and called to serve. Serving one another is “giving to one another”, in many different ways.  Giving does not mean that you no longer possess what you gave away. It means that it will be returned to you with a greater blessing.

Proverbs 11:25 (ESV) “Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.”

… and so, the giving goes on and on and on.

The Tale-Bearer’s Trouble

There’s a practice that is being used as a doctrine in the body of Christ, however, it is not scriptural and it brings condemnation on believers. Someone may have approached you to tell you that the reason there is adversity, trials or sickness in your life is due to sin in your life. This notion from people who are “tale-bearers of sin” fail to hear from God. Although a tale-bearer is someone who is a gossiper, some also take another perspective. They may claim to have discernment or a prophetic word from God for you. Tale-bearers are not being used by God and their words are a lie from the enemy. Scripture tells us that under grace, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. [Romans 8:1] They may see that you are being hit from all sides with attacks that are slowly breaking you down til you have nothing left to fight with, but God’s Word is full of promises and tells us what our rightful position is on this. Romans 8:37 sums it up by telling us that “in ALL these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” If the tale-bearer is right, proposing that we suffer because we are in sin, then the work Christ accomplished on the cross would be incomplete and his grace would not be enough. This is absolutely not true. It also goes against the character of God to use believers to lay judgment on other believers. It is the job of the Holy Spirit to lay conviction on each of us. It’s true that our disobedience will reap consequences and we will have natural consequences for our wrongful actions or sin. However, it is important to know that under the law of grace, it is not God who punishes when we face trials. It’s possible that it can be an attack from the enemy, or simply the result of living in a fallen world, or disobedience has opened a door that gives the enemy a right to step in and stir up trouble. In light of this, the Word of God has a remedy for that too. We can claim his promise in Isaiah 54:7. “There is no weapon formed against us (from the enemy) that will prosper.” Examine your heart before the Lord, don’t justify your actions or wrongful doing, then simply respond to your accuser of the brethren, “God does not reveal to man, what he has covered by his grace.”

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Four Keys to Riches in Christ

Prayerfully consider these four keys to wealth and riches in Christ, to apply them in your walk with Christ.

#1 KEYS TO RICHES IN CHRIST (God’s Goodness)– Psalm 72 The goodness of God was displayed in Solomen’s life and he was asking for more because he wanted to look after the widows, orphans and the poor. He was distributing what he had to give to others so that he could influence the world around him. This is what made him wealthy in many ways. It wasn’t how much riches he had, it was what he did with what God provided to him.

#2 – KEYS TO RICHES IN CHRIST (God’s goodness) – Find yourself “in Christ”. Jesus said in John 17, the glory the Father has given to me, I give to you. Ephesians 2:6 says you are seated in heavenly places in Christ. From heaven flows his blessings, through him, flows his blessing and in him exists every blessing. His Spirit dwells in you and you partake of his glory and goodness, by faith.

#3 KEYS TO RICHES IN CHRIST – (God’s goodness) – Unselfish Motive. Good leaders sacrifice in order to help others gain. Our motive should be to give God glory and to benefit others. Jesus marks this as a golden rule “Do to others what you want them to do to you.” (Matthew 7:12)

#4 KEYS TO WEALTH (God’s Goodness) – Increase comes from giving. “God so loved the world that he GAVE…” giving is a part of God’s nature. He gave the fullness of himself when he gave his Son Jesus, and he works his nature in us as we walk in Christ. You can give him praise, your talents, your resources. When you are doing this, you are stepping into the glory of God’s goodness (his wealth and riches) being manifested into your life.

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WISDOM LIKE GOLD – “In Difficult Times”

You aren’t troubled with adversity, sickness or trials so that you can be subdued by them. They have a purpose because God never wastes any opportunity to draw you closer to him. They are meant to teach you to pull your strength from God because his strength is perfect. He makes up the difference in your weakness. Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” I understand all too well how very hard it is to pull yourself up when the pain is overwhelming but take courage because Jesus said he overcame the world. (John 16:33) The cross is your victory and everything you need was accomplished then. It’s yours for the taking! The woman with the issue of blood never asked Jesus for healing, (Matthew 9:20–22, Mark 5:25–34, Luke 8:43–48). She believed and pressed in through the crowd for her prize. Her faith is what caused the virtue of healing from Jesus to flow through her. Jesus never said he would move the mountain for you. He said you believe and do not doubt and SPEAK to the mountain and it has to move. (Mark 11:23) First, you must exercise your faith, like it is a muscle, by using the Word of God to strengthen your spirit. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. (Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. Romans 10:17 NIV) Sometimes you have to spoon feed yourself the Word of God like it’s your medicine for whatever troubles you. Speak the Word of God out loud to yourself so that your spirit takes it in as you hear it. If you need healing, use scriptures about healing to strengthen your faith. Whatever your need, speak Scripture because it is a weapon to fight off the enemy and gird your faith. Ephesians 6:10-14 tells us “Finally, be strengthened in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Clothe yourselves with the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. For this reason, take up the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand your ground on the evil day, and having done everything, to stand. Stand firm therefore, by fastening the belt of truth around your waist, by putting on the breastplate of righteousness…” Use the Word of God because it is your sword, (“Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:17) Your trouble and adversity is certainly a battle. It is a mountain you need to move or he gives you the power to climb over it. Either way, you have been given the weapons and authority to overcome through Christ. It’s yours for the taking when you press in by faith, strengthened by his Word. James 1:2-4 says, “My brothers and sisters, consider it nothing but joy when you fall into all sorts of trials because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect effect, so that you will be perfect and complete, NOT DEFICIENT In anything.”

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WISDOM LIKE GOLD “Conditional Relationships”

(Relationships in Leadership)

“Conditional relationships” are based on one or both person’s need. These relationships are not based on pure acceptance or mutual partnership because when one party of the relationship forms an opinion about the other, a judgemental perspective forms and then they distance themselves from the relationship. Communication to discuss these discrepancies is often weak in these types of relationships. In some relationships, a sense of competition causes one party to look down on the other. This is a form of compensating when they may feel they have lesser value than the other party in the relationship.

Jesus never responded or reacted in relationships like this. He never did any of these things. He never separated himself from people but loved them and always let them know they were accepted. He was always inclusive, not exclusive. He never placed boundaries in relationships to get away from people but instead, he redirected their misaligned thoughts and only secluded himself for a brief time to rest and recharge.  He determined to set people free and send them on a path of victory, healing, deliverance, and success. He truly demonstrated the Kingdom of God.

Even as Believers in Christ, the fullness of his love can never totally be experienced because he is so great. We will never realize the fullness of his unconditional love until we reach our eternal home. As leaders, we define his love, with the very expressed love of Christ working in us and through us, by example in words or through our actions.  They have to experience his love before they can live it and share it, as they grow to be a leader with a servant’s heart too. I encourage you today to take the positive in people, especially the one who is left out or seen as the outsider. Build them up. Help them to realize that they can step to a higher level in their gifts, abilities, and in their walk with God. Then be practical and provide them with resources to send them on their way. Don’t harbor jealousy of other’s success but join with them to celebrate. Be genuine and active in other’s successes. This is the reflection of a leader who has a servant”s heart.

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Faith Forward

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Best Seat in the House

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Devotional – The Best Seat In The House

“For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.”  Ephesians 2:6

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bestseatWhen I think of this scripture, I see how big our possibilities are. Jesus’ work on the cross, his shedding of blood, his entire abandonment to the Father’s will, and his powerful resurrection, have culminated a heavenly inheritance for you and me.  He has given us his righteousness, opened the way to the Father’s heart, by uniting us with Christ Jesus.  He has raised us from the dead with Christ. Wow!  We weren’t even on the earth when Jesus went to the cross for our sins, but look what he did!.  Christ now sits next to the Father, and we are seated with him in the heavenly realms. The heavenly realm is a whole new country.  It’s a place where we now have access to the throne of God, through Christ Jesus.  Every work that he did on the cross for our healing, provision, salvation and victory is complete and redeemed on the cross, and made available through him.  Our access is a lifetime pass.  I encourage you to take the time to be with him, in the quiet, enter into his throne room, have fellowship with his heart, pause and listen, and make your petition before him. Keep knocking and asking, because you and I have access. We are blessed beyond our wildest dreams with the best seat in the house, because we are seated in heavenly realms, with Jesus.

Amen!

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DEVOTIONAL – As Grains of Sand-Part 2

As the Grains of Sand – Part 2

The vast and powerful waters overwhelm me as my eyes scan the breadth of the ocean. The water’s movement is not random. The waves press forward, swelling with a rhythm that is noticeable as the tide washes the shore each time, shifting the sand below. Can you picture it? Can you imagine the power that the water holds?

FURYLike each grain of sand, we are uniquely shaped and designed by the Creator of the universe. Like the pebbles and shells in the water, also our edges are softened as His Word continually washes over us.

“That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,”  Eph 5:26

This washing over us is a continual work in our lives. He will carry it to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. [Philippians 1:6] His cleansing through the blood is like water that washes the sand on the shores. While we look to the sand as an example of how uniquely each of us is created, like the powerful waters that wash onto the shore, the source of that power is overwhelming. There is a grace that flows from the cross that is so overwhelming and so powerful that we cannot contain it. Let’s be caught in the current of this powerful grace. Let is wash over us, sanctifying and cleansing us. Look to the cross, where his grace flows and get caught in the current of his grace.

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, Wash me today with the grace that flows from the cross today. Cleanse me from sin and soften my edges that continues to show the good work that you are doing in me.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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