Proverbs 11:24 Giving and receiving…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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Verse of the day:

Proverbs 11:24 RSV 24 One man gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.

Question:  What is the secret to increasing wealth?

Giving freely.  What does that look like?  Give what you have away?  Invest in endeavors that will benefit others?  Invest in personal endeavors?

Withholds what he should give… How do we know what we should give?

There are plenty of voices out there telling us where to give…charities, churches, rescue efforts, etc.  Whose voice do we listen to?  Can we find the answer in scripture; in our heart?  Are there stories of those who gave and found an increase?  Is this a mindset of abundancy rather than scarcity? Does it help to look at what we have rather than what we don’t have?

Final question:  What is your take on this?

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Christ foretold.

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Isaiah 53:1-9a

 

Isa 53:1 Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

Isa 53:2 For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.

Isa 53:3 He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Isa 53:4 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.

Isa 53:5 But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.

Isa 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Isa 53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.

Isa 53:8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people?

Isa 53:9 And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death

 

Christ foretold. Do we see he was not one who drew people because of his charisma, or his dream, or his beauty? He drew because he was the living Word of God, love personified and he gave sacrificially for us who did not deserve it. We accept and are blessed because he was willing. Why would we complain about anything?

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giving…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

II Corinthians 9

  Now it is superfluous for me to write to you about the ministry for the saints,  for I know your readiness, of which I boast about you to the people of Macedonia, saying that Achaia has been ready since last year. And your zeal has stirred up most of them.  But I am sending the brothers so that our boasting about you may not prove empty in this matter, so that you may be ready, as I said you would be.  Otherwise, if some Macedonians come with me and find that you are not ready, we would be humiliated—to say nothing of you—for being so confident.  So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to go on ahead to you and arrange in advance for the gift you have promised, so that it may be ready as a willing gift, not as an exaction.

 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.  As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.”

 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 every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.   For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.  By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others,   while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you.   Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!

When we gift to God, and we do so in several ways, we can count on receiving back in kind.  We have the options of supporting a local work such as a church, a global work, such as missions, or now those who fight to protect our righteous way of living  — some before the highest courts in our nation.  We can give; we can put our belief in action.

Give and take…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

II Corinthians 8:1-15

We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia,   for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part.   For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord,   begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints— and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.  Accordingly, we urged Titus that as he had started, so he should complete among you this act of grace. But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also.

  I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine.   For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.  And in this matter I give my judgment: this benefits you, who a year ago started not only to do this work but also to desire to do it.   So now finish doing it as well, so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have.  For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have.   For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of fairness  your abundance at the present time should supply their need, so that their abundance may supply your need, that there may be fairness.   As it is written, “Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack.”

Sharing what we have with those who have not is a sign of genuine love.  Those who have an abundance cannot look on those who have nothing and in love walk away.  True believers will feel a desire to share.  This covers many things as well as finances.  It covers knowledge and faith as well.  We can use wisdom in our sharing, listening to the voice of the Spirit as it guides us in our giving financially as well as sensing who would be a willing listener to the story of faith we carry with us.  As genuine believers, we treat others with respect and love regardless of how we are treated.  That speaks volumes to those around us.  Jesus went about healing and teaching those who would…  He has given us the Spirit of God to know when to speak and when to give.  But loving and caring can be done to all.  We receive in abundance when we give.  We can expect a smile in return for a smile, a hug in return for a hug, encouragement in return for encouragement.  God is our provider and being faithful in our giving is pleasing to him.  We reap benefits from His pleasure.  His principle for abundant living is in place: “Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack.”  We all benefit, both  the giver and the receiver.  Blessed be the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.