Excited About Giving
For as touching the ministering to the saints [Paul is talking about giving to the saints], it is superfluous for me to write to you; For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many
2 Corinthians 9:1-2
Paul, through the Holy Ghost, was speaking to the Corinthian church. The Corinthians had been preparing for a long time to give to the saints. The Apostle Paul was boasting about their great enthusiasm, zeal and desire to give to the saints..
Paul walked into other places and says, “You don’t know about the church in Corinth. They were ready to give a year ago. They are so excited about giving!” Paul and those with him used this church as an example, to help other churches become more excited about giving. Obviously, this church was doing something right!
May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!
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You shall not steal.
Like many of the commandments, theft is one of those commandments Christians are likely to read right past. After all, few of us are likely to go rob a bank, steal from the till at work or shoplift.
Yet how many of us might bring office supplies home from work that don’t belong to us? How many of us fudge on our time clocks or spend paid time at work doing personal matters? These are all forms of theft.
We should be thankful to God for everything we have and trust Him to provide what we don’t have and need. God reiterates this commandment throughout the Bible.
Jesus said, “You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother'” (Mark 10:19).
Rather than stealing-no matter if it is money from the register at work or a trinket from a friend’s house-give. God will bless those who give, whether it is money, possessions, help, time or encouragement.
As Christians we are called to pour out the message of God’s love to the world, without detracting a single thing from it.
- Greatest Commandments (majestyinthemess.wordpress.com)
- Exodus 20 – The Ten Commandments (graceofourlord.com)
- Honor Your Father and Your Mother (communionwithjesus.wordpress.com)
- Sermon for March 11, 2012 (builtonjesus.org)
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Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel (Proverbs 20:17)
Any gain made from deceit, fraud and lies will be short lived. Initially, it will appear as an increase but later it will leave you plundered. Some believers exploit fellow believers. This is a great evil because any wrong you do to your brother or sister in Christ is done to The LORD! Today, many people find it difficult to tell the truth. For, instance, when asked to go and buy something for the church, they will not rest until they make profit for themselves. Some of those who maintain church equipments will present certain equipment as write off, receive money for another one only to refurbish that which was condemned. They then go on to use it either for themselves or put it out for sale. Who owns the equipment? Who owns the church? Who do you think you are deceiving – The pastor, administrator or Christ? Bread of deceit loads your system with gravel! Each time you deceive the church authority to make money for yourself, you give yourself wounds that may never heal.
A particular brother received a contract for electrical works in the building of a church. While bidding for it, he presented certain standard cables and materials but after he was awarded the contract, he bought sub-standard materials in order to make more profit. Nobody knew. About two years after, the building was on fire as a result of the poor materials used. Meanwhile, the contractor had died when his secret deal came to light. A number of people believed that his deception killed him. Don’t kill yourself! Don’t die before your time! God cannot bless you if you deceive Him or His servants. Some people deliberately supply inferior goods to the church so that when they get spoilt, they will be recalled to re-supply such items. This is fraud! Remember Ananaias and Sapphira lied about the offering they gave but ever survived it! Neither will any who follow their evil path.
Prayer: ask God to sanitise His church; that all those defrauding His house and fail to repent and restitute be exposed and disgraced!
May Our God The Almighty prosper Nigeria and Israel and defend us from all our enemies in Jesus Christ Name, Amen!