02, October 2011

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You Are Blessed for a Reason

‘…in all things at all times, having all that you need…’ 2 Corinthians 9:8 NIV

If your desire is to promote God’s Kingdom, He will teach you to profit (Isaiah 48:17 NKJV). Paul writes, ‘Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having allthat you need, you will abound in every good work.’ (2 Corinthians 9:6-8 NIV) Beware of those who manipulate your giving for their own end. But also beware of those who cripple your faith and leave you wondering if it’s all right to give, expecting God’s blessing. The Bible says, ‘Honour the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.’ (Proverbs 3:9-10 NIV) Just replace the words ‘barns’ and ‘vats’ with ‘savings’ and ‘investments’. Here’s the question: do you want to be a burden, or a burden-bearer? God wants you to have enough to fulfil His plan for your life, and enough left over to help others. Do you want just enough to take your family out to dinner, or enough to feed hungry children, print Bibles, and help your church fulfil its vision? Paul emphasises the purpose behind our increase: ‘He has dispersed abroad [missions]; He has given to the poor [charity]…’ (2 Corinthians 9:9 NKJV) Your prayer should be, ‘Lord, bless me so that I can be a blessing in Your kingdom!’

SoulFood: Ezek 37:1-14, Matt 27:50-53, 1 Thess 4:13-18

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2011

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