Shalom,let us study the Word.
One thing in life we should never forget is the act of giving to God.Every one who is borne of God,whether a teacher,a prophet,a pastor among others,need to embrace the art of giving to God.Though many regard it with little care.Of course we can never give to God something of our own since everything comes from him.Yet our giving has a crucial part in the heart of the One to whom we offer our gifts.It shows a spirit of obedience,care and trust.No matter how small your gift is,he sees it in a much greater way than we couldn’t think.
Suppose your child arrives home from school and brings you a gift,let’s say a pen.Knowing that it is with the money you had given him before that he’s bought the pen will touch your heart.You will be moved by this act.Instead of gladly receiving the gift,you will take it in a different way.As a parent,you will get to know your child more better,to love and trust him.Moreover, you will want to reward him even tenfold whatsoever he’s done for you.
When we will to give to God,be it money or other gifts,he sees that as an act of love.It shows that we honor, love care about him.Have ever thought of what it is like when God feels that you love him?It sounds good and it’s so rewarding.
We do not need to be reminded about giving to God.When we offer our gifts to God,we should do so willingly and with honest intent.For God does not force us to give.It something that springs forth from within the moment one learns about the importance of doing so.
The appropriate place to offer our gifts to God is where is his Word is taught.God does not keep the gifts with him in heaven.They are committed to his servants who then put it to the proper use by the help of the Holy Spirit.However, we are not the cornerstone to his ministry.Let’s not that if we do not give to him then his work will stop.God has numberless ways to make his purpose stand without our help.
10 Again Esther spake unto Hatach, and gave him commandment unto Mordecai;
11 All the king’s servants, and the people of the king’s provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or women, shall come unto the king into the inner court, who is not called, there is one law of his to put him to death, except such to whom the king shall hold out the golden sceptre, that he may live: but I have not been called to come in unto the king these thirty days.
12 And they told to Mordecai Esther’s words.
13 Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews.
14 For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
Queen Esther thought that if she remained silent,the Jews would be destroyed. But Mordecai answered and told her that even if she did not speak up for her people,God would open a way so that relief and deliverance for the Jews could arise from another place.But she and her father’s family would perish.Yet when she humbled herself,God used her as his instrument for the preservation of her nation.Had Esther remained silent,God would bring salvation unto Israel in another way.
Similarly, when we humble ourselves and be willing to give to God,we become a part of him accomplishing his purpose and are involved in the furtherance of his work.Therefore, God uses us in much greater ways rather using others. Just like Mordecai told Esther,”….And who knows but that you have come to royal position at such a time as this?”On the other hand,if we are unwilling,God will use other people to do his work and bless them.
Our giving should not confine itself to words alone.
May the Lord help us to know this and put it into practice.
Today, there’s a unique power working throughout the world to influence and draw men unto Christ to be saved. It is the power of the Holy Spirit which stirs people and brings them to safety in Christ.This is the same power that drew the Animals to where the Ark was during Noah’s time
Not so long before the floods came over the earth,Noah began to see various animals move closer to where the was being built. One morning he could see a lion and a lioness lying in a thicket just beside the Ark,and they looked quite tame with eagerness to enter a certain place.
Some distance in front of the Ark ,he could also see Elephants suggestively standing in a manner as ones waiting on something.After a day or two,Noah saw many other animals in a pair of two,male and female,anxiously waiting to get into their new house (the Ark).They,like hens and cows gathering at the doorway of the house at dusk,waited eagerly but patiently for the command to enter the Ark.The anxious desire to get inside the Ark overwhelmed them so that they looked gentle and harmless.
Who led and guided the Animals until they came to where the Ark was? Had some people preached to them and warned them to escape from the coming judgment (destructive floods)?No!Certainly not!It was by the power of God’s Spirit that the animals were made to sense the coming of danger and enabled to escape from the judgment. They felt that life would continue thereafter and only way to cross from death to life was to move to where it was safe.
Did you know that even those who forecast weather and occurrence of earthquakes consider the behavior of animals to predict calamity?Whenever they notice unusual behavior among animals,for example, migration of birds from town areas into the mountains or over distant places,it is a sign that a disaster could occur in a certain place.Therefore, they alert the inhabitants of that place to take precautionary measures by moving to where it is safe for them.And surely,after a given period of time,the predicted calamity hits in
If God let this saving power unto animals(Romans 8:19-22),how much more he will give the Holy Spirit to us!Even today,the power is still at work in us.The Spirit testifies to us that we live in the last days, and that soon the end of all things shall come.It also testifies to us that there will be life after the judgment.Do not ignore this voice!
The Lord Jesus Christ is the ‘Noah’ of our times.His Word is the Ark.All that Noah was given came to him.Likewise, all that the Father gave to the Lord Jesus did come and are still coming today:
John 6:37-38;”All that the Father giveth me shall come to me;and him that cometh to me I shall in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven,not to do mine own will,but the will of him that sent me.”
John 6:43;”Jesus therefore answered and said unto them,Murmur not among yourselves, No man can come to me ,except the Father which hath sent me draw him and I will raise him up at the last day.
The days are fleeing so quickly and the end of all things will come someday when the word will be judged. Have you quenched this power or is it still kindled within you?If so,how close are you to the Ark?The answer is with you.Today,take a stand for Christ and enter into safety that is only found in him.For the days are coming when many will long to enter but shall not be able.
23 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them,
24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:
26 Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.
27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.
28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.”
The bible says that as it was in the days of Noah,so will it be with the coming of the Son of Man.This is not a reassuring word but a warning to us.We therefore need to look back and learn from what happened in the days of Noah.We ought to bear in mind that not all animals did enter the Ark but a few.Even today,only but a few listen and obey God’s voice calling within them.Let’s strive to be among they which hear and obey that still small voice speaking to us in the depths of our hearts.
Please pass along to others too.
God bless you
Blessed be the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.Let’s learn and share in the Word of life.
In Romans 12:3,the Bible says; “For I say,through the grace given unto me,to every man that is among you,not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think;but to think soberly,according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”
What does it mean to think of oneself more highly than you ought to think?To get a clear answer,let’s read the next verses:
4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;
8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
To think of oneself more highly means being proud to the extent they you feel you can have more of or all the spiritual gifts. For instance, one would to be an evangelist,an apostle, a great prophet, a teacher among others. In other words,it’s like all the gifts belong to them.They feel it’s not possible to have just one gift.He or she should either be a pastor and a teacher or a prophet and an evangelist as well,and so on.However, the Bible warns us against such things. We are to think soberly,according to the measure of faith Christ has dealt each person.
When comes pride,God’s presence in a person ceases.For the Lord resists the proud,but delights in those who are lowly.Humility does not flourish in the garden of pride. 1 Peter 5:5;”…..
for God resisteth the proud,and giveth grace to the humble. “
The gifts that are given unto us are not meant for a show-off or comparing ourselves to see those that are better than others.Any gift being used for vain or selfish reasons is a sign that it has been invaded by the devil so that it is working under Satan’s influence. Remember, we are differently but equally gifted for a reason.These gifts have been given to us to equip us for the works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.We have no right to boast or exalt ourselves above others
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Have you invited Christ into your life as your Saviour and Lord?Remember, the days are gone,and we have a very short period of time,and the end will come.The trumpet could at any time and Jesus will come to take with him his church into the eternal glory.The day of the Lord’s coming will be such a doomsday.He will come in vengeance to those living on the face of the earth.Let’s dread it so that we won’t fall in God’s judgment onthat day.Turn from your evil ways and give your life to Jesus today
Heaven is real and hell is also real.it’s upon us to choose between LIFE and DEATH during our stay on earth .When we die,there’s no more chance to make choices.Eternal life or eternal doom(death) will be the consequences of the choices we made while we living in the world.The choices we make will determine where we will spend eternity;whether away from God or with God.Life is short.Make things right with God before your days come to an end.Be wise.Choose life and enter into safety.There’s no place any safer than in Christ.
God bless you!