Psalm 16:5

The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.

God's Warth is Coming... Are You Ready?

You had better listen to the words of Jesus, “Not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord, shall enter, but he that does the will of my father in heaven.” If ye by the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the flesh, ye shall live. If you live after the flesh, you’ll die! The cross does not give us a minor shift or two with regard to a few of our ethical and religious values. The cross radically disrupts the very center and citadel of your life from self to Christ. And if the cross has not done that, YOU’RE NOT A CHRISTIAN! My Friend face it, young rogue, you’re not a Christian until the cross has radically disrupted the very center and citadel of your life! And brought you from a life of commitment to serve self…What are the focal points of the reign of your self? If you’ve gone to the cross in union with Christ, it’s been shattered!"
- Al Martin

Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Purpose of Giving

But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall also reap bountifully. Every man as he purposeth in his heart so let him give; not grudgingly, nor of necessity: for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work...Being enriched in everything to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.

From this text we see that the purpose behind giving is thankfulness on the part of recipients to God. God is praised when men give to others. God here also says that He will cause those who give bountifully to reap bountifully. Why is this? That we having sufficiency will have the means to abound to every good work.

There is then in this two blessings for the giver. The first is that his needs are met. The second is that he has the means to do more and more good works. For those good works which a man does for the glory of God, he receives rewards; thus with continued blessings for continued giving comes continually increasing rewards. As in the parable of the talents, to those who have done much for the kingdom, more will be given, but to those who have not, even that which they hath shall be taken away.

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