In Our Weakness, The Spirit Makes Us Strong

Romans 8:26, “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”

It is said that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.  When using a chain to tow something, this is certainly true.  Sometimes a chain link need to be welded in order to fix it and make it strong again.  It needs help so that the chain can be complete again.  The welder needs to use good material to make the link even stronger than other links.  This is how it is in the spiritual world too.  We are linked to God but sometimes we break that chain.  We don’t always know how to fix it.  In our weakness, the Spirit makes us strong.

The Spirit helps in our weaknesses.  We have so many times in life when we become weak.  If we do not get enough sleep, we tend to make more mistakes.  When we do not eat enough, we tend to get more irritable.  When we get stressed, we tend to say or do things we would not normally do.  Worse, when these things happen, we tend to forget our Supplier.  We need the Holy Spirit to come in these times of weakness.  He is our help.  He is all we need.

We do not know what we should pray.  When we pray, we sometimes get lost in our own thoughts.  We sometimes just ramble on or repeat the same things over and over again.  We think about what we need but we don’t say it.  We need to say it out loud.  We need to make our requests known to God.  When we can’t or don’t know what to say, the Spirit will go ahead of us and tell the Father.  He will speak when we lose the words.

As we ought.  We should know what we want or need.  Sometimes we are nervous about asking God.  Sometimes we do not think we are deserving of it.  Sometimes we are just unsure.  We should be able to talk to our Heavenly Father as we want to.  We can come to Him and be open.  He already knows our thoughts.  He knows our concerns.  Why hide them?  Reveal them to Him as if He doesn’t know them.

The Spirit Himself makes intercession for us.  As I stated, the Spirit will speak for us.  As part of the Triune God, the Spirit is connected to God the Father.  The Spirit can act like a guide, helping us with what we need when we need it.  This is help in many ways including what to do or not do.  This also includes prayer.  Prayer can be difficult for some.  The Spirit is there to help.

With groanings which cannot be uttered.  Sometimes, when praying in the Spirit, the words that come out are not tangible words.  They will only make sense to God.  This is similar to tongues.  Think of this as a special language used between the Spirit and God through you.  These “noises” may not make sense to us, but will make sense to our Father, as the Spirit will be the translator.  We may be weak in prayer, but the Spirit is strong.  The Spirit makes us strong when we are clearly weak.

Heavenly Father,

Thank You that You gave us the Spirit to help us communicate with You.  We are not always confident in our prayers and You know this.  Sometimes we are afraid to talk to You.  You are our Father so we should be able to talk to You.  You are also our friend.  We can talk to You because You already know our ways and thoughts.  You know us because You made us.  We are made in Your image.  We need the Holy Spirit to intercede always for us.

In Your name we pray,

Amen

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To Purposefully Sin?

Romans 6:15, “What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not!”

Man’s mind can be quite complex, and yet simple.  When man puts his mind to something, he will accomplish it.  When he does not want to accomplish something, it will get pushed and pushed further and further down a list of things to do.  One of those things in my house is cleaning.  No one wants to do it, so it seems to always be on the back burner.  It needs to be done and does get done, but not without lots of kickback.  How we live is important, but we are sinners.  So what is the point?  If we are going to sin anyways, why not just do it?  Were we made to purposefully sin?

Where do we go from here?  Sin is all around.  The question is posed “What then?”  What are we supposed to do if we can help but sin?  Do we just give in and do it?  The simple answer is no.  This is easier said than done though.

Under the law.  Prior to the death of Jesus on the cross, people were held accountable to the law.  The law meant that every year, a lamb had to die to take away all the sins of the people.  This was listening to God in what He told them to do.  The laws also included the Ten Commandments.  The law also included what was found in Leviticus and the other Mosaic books.  The law was there to be the guidelines.  Then came Jesus…..

Under grace.  Where law is binding and heavy, grace comes free.  Grace came when Jesus died.  Grace came to forgive us of all the wrong we have done.  Grace came and the law that was once in control was fulfilled.  Jesus became the One True Sheep that died once for all sins for all people.

Certainly not!  Paul was careful to make sure that no one got the wrong idea about sin.  Sin is going against God.  We should never want to go against God.  God will forgive each time, but why would you want to go against God?  Why would you want to do wrong?  Now there are times when we will sin.  We will say a bad word, we will not be kind to someone, or we will not do something right.  These are sins and God will forgive us.  Just because God saved us, we should not want to go away from Him.  We should not try to give our enemy a foothold.  That is what sin can do.  If possible, sin not.

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for saving us from our sins.  We are lost without You.  We need You.  You love us and care for us.  Thank You for the gift of grace.  We are no longer enslaved by sin.  We are free and we owe that all to You.

In Your name we pray,

Amen

Man-made “god”

Romans 1:23, “and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.”

The world is full of idols.  Seemingly innocent items that are made for good but overused, become bad.  One large item is technology.  It is hard to avoid technology in this world.  There are computers, smartphones, smart watches, televisions, and even our vehicles have on board computers to do any number of things.  Technology controls our homes and takes over.  The Internet is another problem.  With so much information available so quickly, it can be used for good, but can be an all-consuming monster.  Technology and the Internet are examples of what can become a man-made “god.”

Changed the glory of the incorruptible God.  People like to change God to what they want Him to be.  God in all of His glory is perfect.  He is incorruptible, meaning He cannot be affected by sin and its effects.  God is all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving, and sinless God.  People, through their finite wisdom, reduce God down to our standards, which are low.  We do this without even thinking about it.  We tell God what we are going to do.  We tell God that we will not follow Him.  We tell God that we are not ready to serve Him.  We limit God’s work and blessing in our lives.

Image like corruptible man.  No one has ever seen God.  People make all kinds of “gods” out of all kinds of things.  Wood, metal, and rock were common items used to make idols long ago.  Now our idols look much different.  Our idols come in the form of social media, spending way too much time sharing and vicariously living through others.  They come in technology, as I previously mentioned.  They even come in the form of loving others more than we should.  Any of these things are not bad in moderation.  The problem comes in over-indulgence..

Birds, four-footed animals, and creeping things.  These examples of idols are still applicable today, even though it seems silly to worship a bird, hippo, or snake.  Satan has modified his tactics to get in tune with the modern times.  Satan comes in through media.  He comes in through technology.  He comes in through entertainment.  He uses these items to break apart marriages, families, and relationships.  Anything that comes between God and man is an idol.  Men who love their wives more than God make their wives an idol.  Wives who love clothing more than God make clothing their idols.  Whatever controls your thoughts becomes an idol.

The man-made “god” has evolved over time.  It is no less scary to think that we place things above God.  Whether it is work, recreation, technology, or anything else, we need to assess where our hearts and minds are.  Are we sold out for God or sold out for the world?  Only God deserves all of us.  Let us not divide ourselves to the point that God is an after-thought.  God should be an “only-thought.”  Follow God more today.

Heavenly Father,

I am ashamed to admit that I divide my time away from You too much.  I long to serve You more.  I pray that others will read this and assess what they give attention and love to.  You are a loving God.  You are a spring of Living Water.  You are all we need.  Everything else is peripheral.  After we die, we will either have You or an eternal separation from You.  We need to make this choice.  Let us choose You.

In Your name we pray,

Amen

Preach the Word

II Timothy 4:2, “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.”

There is a calling on each and every person’s life.  God has a plan for each person just like a chess-master has a plan for each piece on a board.  For some, they know what they are called to do.  They follow in the footsteps of their father or their mother.  For others, they look around as if they are a lost puppy.  They are tossed about like a tiny boat on the large ocean of life.  For all, there is a calling to preach the word.

Preach the word.  This is not asking if it is okay to do this.  It is a directive given by God to all of us.  We are all to preach the word.  Many of us would say, “How?”  “How can we preach the word?”  The Holy Spirit, which is given to all those who call Jesus Lord and Savior, will speak on our behalf.  The Holy Spirit will guide us on what to do and say in the right timing.  One way to preach the word is to know the word.  We need to crack our Bibles open and study.  We need to learn about God in order to share God.

Be ready in season and out of season.  The time is now to go out and speak about God.  We should not be waiting for the right time to speak to someone, because if we do that, we may miss out on the time to share.  We only have so much time on this Earth.  We should want to have God on this Earth as long as we can so that we may have the peace of God.  We should not wait until the last moment to have God.  God is such a blessing and He is too good to be kept to ourselves.  He needs to be let out of the box we try to contain Him in and give Him to the world we know.

Convince.  This word comes from the same word that we get convict.  We need to, in no uncertain way, convict people of their need for God.  We are all sinners.  We are all in need of a Savior.  We need God.  We need to make the argument for God so convincing, that people can’t wait to accept Him.  God is so wonderful and for some, they are scared.  Scared of the unknown.  We need to come alongside people and reassure them that God keeps His promises.  He will protect us all and save us from the fires of Hell.

Rebuke.  When convincing does not work, we need to rebuke.  Rebuke is to charge more forcefully.  We cannot stress enough that Jesus is the only way to Heaven.  We are not good enough.  We cannot be good enough.  We are fallen and sinful.  Only Jesus can remove our sin and make us whole again.  Only Jesus can be our salvation.  We need to shout this to people (careful not to scare them away).  We need to be kind in our speech, but we also need to show how imperative it is that their souls are saved.

Exhort.  When this does not work, we need to beg and coax people to God.  We need to show how much we care for the souls of each and every person on Earth.  Exhorting is how we can show people that we are serious.  People want to be cared for and we can show them that God cares.  Just because He is unseen does not mean He is not real.  He is real and He really wants a relationship with each and every person.

Longsuffering.  When we are convincing, rebuking and exhorting, we need to do it with longsuffering.  This is an amped up patience.  We should never give up on anyone.  No one is a “lost cause.”  No one is “too far gone.”  We need to try with all the breath we have until there is no more breath in another.  We need to talk about God, live God and breath all things God.  Our lives should be a reflection of God.  We are sinful and God is not, but we need to show that because we have God, we are different.  We have been changed.  If we look and act like a non-Christian, how does this show that God changed us?  It doesn’t.

Teaching.  All of this boils down to teaching.  We are all called to be teachers.  We all have something to give to the kingdom of God.  Even if we only lead one person to God, that is one more person in God’s kingdom.  We need to be “seed-planters.”  Always planting the seed of God in the minds and souls of the world.  Given time, that seed will grow and may change that person.  They will come to a time where they will choose God or not.  Everyone deserves a choice to choose God or not.  Of course, we want everyone to choose God, but sadly, not all do.  We cannot make that decision for people.  We need other people to make that decision.  Preach the word to all so that all can choose God above all else.

Heavenly Father,

Our very beings are saddened to know that not everyone will choose You.  We know that You are an awesome God.  We see Your power in Creation and know what You have done for us.  Help us, through the Holy Spirit, to have the words to say to lead people to You.  We are Yours to use as You see fit.  Mold us into the teachers we need to be.  Let our words not be harsh, but ever loving.  We should care as You care.  Help us to see the world as You see it.

In Your name we pray,

Amen

Departure from Faith

1 Timothy 4:1, “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.”

In the airline industry, there are two terms that are well-known for those that travel: arrival and departure.  The departure can be a two-fold excitement.  When going on vacation, it is great to depart.  When coming back, departing the vacation area is sadness.  There is extreme sadness when it comes to a departure from faith.

The Spirit says in latter times.  Since the time of the writings of the Bible, there have been ups and downs in history concerning people, just as there were in Bible times.  There have been crowning achievements and ultimate defeats.  Times where there is great rejoicing and times when all that can be done is hanging a head in shame.  The Spirit knew what would happen, as God knows all that will happen forever, even beyond the life of this Earth.  This is what grieved and is grieving God today.

Some will depart from the faith.  There are many people who start out in the faith of Jesus with so much energy and get stifled by the world.  This world can be a very cruel place.  It is filled with sin, after all.  There are all kinds of evil for man to find themselves in.  It is hard to stay on course with God with all the temptations that arise.  Faith in God is difficult.  That is the point.  It is difficult so that God will have the people who are willing to work to be with Him.  Salvation is a gift but there needs to be action to show what salvation means to the individual.  Those that depart from the faith were looking for an easy way and when it got hard, they left.  The going got tough and they deserted.  Departure from the promises of Heaven with God forever.

Giving heed to deceiving spirits.  It is easy to get deceived.  Just as God is real, Satan is real.  He wants to get you to stop believing in God.  He wants you to doubt.  He wants You to stop seeking God first.  Deception is the main weapon of Satan.  He tells us it is okay to sin.  It is okay to follow him.  It is not though.  Once in the clutches of Satan, it is hard to escape.  He can truly sink his claws in and not let go unless there is a purposeful attempt to escape.  This happens when there is a calling on God to save.  God will save but only at the calling on His name.

Doctrines of demons.  Just as there is the Word of God to follow to be more like God, there is a doctrine of demons.  It flies in the face of God and is everything that the Bible is not.  It tells us that sin is fine.  It tells us that we are “good enough.”  It tells us that “Jesus is not the only way.”  These are all lies from the enemy.  Jesus is the only Way.  We are not good enough.  Sin is not fine.

We need to shut up the demons and get rid of the evil spirits.  We only need one Spirit: the Holy Spirit.  God is all we need.  He gives us salvation.  He gives us grace.  He sanctified us.  He justified us.  We need to never depart from Him and if we do, we need to quickly come back to Him.  Do not give the enemy opportunity to take you away.  Do not depart from faith.  Hang on to your faith with all that You have within you.

Heavenly Father,

We ask that You protect us from the enemy.  We know that at Your name, all evil must go away.  We ask that You surround us with You love and protection.  Send our enemies away.  Love us with Your almighty love.  Save us from our sin.  Forgive us whenever we go away from You.  We do not want to depart from You.  We want to abide in You forever.

In Your name we pray,

Amen

Great is the Mystery

1 Timothy 3:16, “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.”

For everything that we know about God, there is so much that we do not know.  We do not always know why He does what He does.  We must simply trust.  We do not always know what He is doing in our lives.  We need to pray and wait on Him.  Then there is Jesus, of whom also great is the mystery.

Without controversy.  There is little controversy when it comes to who Jesus is.  Many see Him as a great teacher, which He was.  Many see Him as a prophet, which He was.  Many see Him as their Lord and Savior, which He is.  Jesus is all of these things and so much more.

Great is the mystery of godliness.  The vastness of God is immense.  To think about all God has done for us is mind-blowing.  To think of all God knows is immeasurable.  God is so powerful, amazing and wonderful.  He is good and perfect and magnificent.  He is beyond words.  He is also three parts in one: God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Let us focus on Jesus for a moment.

As stated in this verse, Jesus is also these six things:

God is manifested in the flesh

God had a physical birth in the form of Jesus, the Son of God and the Son of man.  Jesus came to Earth and was born of a virgin.  Jesus had earthly parents: Joseph and Mary.  He came to Earth in fleshly form to be an example for us.  He was like us, except without sin.  He slept like us, walked like us, talked like us, and even cried like we do.  He had all the emotions of man.

Justified in the Spirit

Just as Jesus was all man, He was also all God.  He continued to maintain His righteous as God.  When He was baptized by John, the Spirit of God descended on Him.  This was an outward showing that all parts of God were coming together as a sign to the world.  Jesus is righteous as He is perfect and without sin.

Seen by angels

As Jesus was and is in Heaven, He has been seen by angels.  The angels know who Jesus is.  Angels are, after all, messengers for God.  They know the sound of God’s voice.  They were created for the sole purpose to take what God wanted done and accomplishing it, whether it was a birth announcement or some other proclamation.

Preached among the Gentiles

Jesus was preached throughout the known world by Paul and many other apostles.  Jesus is not just the God of the Jews but also the Gentiles.  Jesus is known in the whole world.  He is the God of this world.  The Bible, God’s word, has been translated into so many different languages.  The name of Jesus is being spoken and He will not be silenced.

Believed on in the world

Christianity, despite persecution of its followers, has never been in danger of extinction.  Jesus continues to be preached and believed by people.  Churches continue to preach the word of God.  Praise and worship teams continue to sing about God.  Music groups continue to push Christian music into mainstream.  Jesus is believed by so many in so many countries around the world.

Received up in glory

Finally, Jesus ascended into Heaven after His time on Earth was done.  When He completed what the Father wanted, he went back to Heaven to await the time to come back for all who believe.  As quickly as Jesus came to Earth, He left.  He did not fully leave, leaving the Spirit to be with us.

Yes, the mystery of God is still there, despite all we know about God.  Thankfully, we do not need to know all about God in order to have a relationship with Him.  Read the Word, pray, and follow Him.  That is what is required of you.  Do this with all your heart, mind and soul.

Thank You for choosing to have a relationship with us.  You are not a distant God.  You love us.  You care for us.  You chose us.  We need You and long to know You more.  Thank You for the gift of grace given freely.  Let us show You the love that You deserve.  Let us sing of Your praises forever and ever.

Amen

 

The World of Sinners

1 Timothy 1:15, “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.”

The world is filled with people.  It is filled with people who are trying to live their lives in the best way that they can.  They go to work, sleep, interact with others, and go to entertainment venues.  Most of all though, we live in a world of sinners.

This is a faithful saying.  All of the Bible is truth.  That means that this saying should and is also true.  It goes without saying and yet, it is said.  The following phrase is one of those phrases that should be memorized.  It should be also kept in the forefront of the mind.

It is worthy of all acceptance.  It is not something to hide.  It is not something to be ashamed of.  In this case, every single person needs to accept that the following happens to them.  There is no one that is exempt.

Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.  Every single person who has lived has sinned, except Jesus.  Jesus, who did not sin, came to take on sin.  Why would He do this?  He did this to save us.  See, because of our sinfulness, we must pay for this.  We cannot be with God in our current sinful ways.  It must be removed but we cannot remove it on our own.  Without the removal, we died in our sin.  If we die in our sin, we are eternally apart from God, who cannot have sin in the same domain as Him.  Jesus came to remove sin so that we can be with the Father.  Jesus came for you and He came for me.

Paul considered himself to be the “chief sinner.”  Paul, before his conversion, was a pretty bad guy.  He had people killed, persecuted the people of God, and lived a life completely contrary to God, even though he thought He was doing God’s work.  Then the conversion happened, but he still felt that he did not compare to the other disciples and apostle of Jesus.  He felt that his sins were worse than other people’s sins.

I think from time to time, we all feel this way.  Like our sins are worse than others.  Like we are not worthy of the love or salvation of God.  We need to not heed these thoughts.  We are worthy because Jesus tells us we are.  Not because of ourselves though, but because of Him.  He tells us that we are loved.  He tells us that we matter.  We need Jesus.  We need Him because we are a world of sinners.

Heavenly Father,

Thank You that You sent Your Son to die on the cross for our sins.  We are all sinners.  We admit this and ask for Your forgiveness.  You love us even though we are sinful.  Help us to love You more.  Help us to love others like You love us.

In Your name we pray,

Amen

I was only Joking

Proverbs 26:18-19, “Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death, Is the man who deceives his neighbor, And says, “I was only joking!””

Joking is a lot of fun.  Jokes are good for the soul so that there can be laughter.  It can change a bad day into a day that is fun.  Jokes are great when every person is laughing and having a good time.  What happens when not everyone is laughing or worse, someone is being laughed at?  You then cannot rely on “I was only joking.”

Like a madman.  Madmen are known for being extremely reckless and foolish.  No one should aspire to be a madman.  This is not someone is known for well-thought out thinking or reasoning.

Throws firebrands, arrows, and death.  Firebrands are pieces of wood that are lit on fire.  They would be used to burn down villages and kingdoms.  Arrows are commonly used with a bow and used for long distance warfare.  Death is delivered in many different forms.  Death is typically something that is avoided at many costs.  These are all weapons of the madman or a man of war.

Man who deceives his neighbor.  Deception is such an ugly sin.  It is all about passing off a lie as the truth.  For those who are trusting, deception can be their downfall.  Deception is one of the main weapons of our enemy, Satan.  He likes to take shreds of truth and mix them with lies.  This taints the truth and then affects the relationship between man and God or man and man.  Deceiving also goes directly opposite to love.  Jesus tells us to love our neighbor.  Satan tells us to deceive our neighbor.  Which will we choose?

I was only joking.  Jokes are great if they are not hurting other people.  Jokes are great if everyone is laughing.  Jokes are not great when someone is getting hurt.  This is not showing love as we ought to.  This is not being a follower of Jesus when we are making others look bad.  “I was only joking” is an excuse from the devil himself.  It is a defense mechanism for the person that is caught.  Let us never use this excuse or be put in a situation where this excuse is possible.  God wants us to have fun but improper jokes go against God.

Heavenly Father,

Thank You that You bless us with sense of humor.  Help us to not use these for evil.  Help us to love as You love.  It is okay to have fun and joke around but You do not want us hurting each other.  We need to love as You love.  Thank You for loving us every day in Your perfect way.

In Your name we pray,

Amen

The Lord of our Steps

Proverbs 20:24, “A man’s steps are of the LordHow then can a man understand his own way?”

For many people, they have a device that is attached to their wrists that counts how much they walk.  It will tell how many miles are walked, amount of physical activity and even track your route if wanted.  People want to know where they have been to motivate themselves to continue going forward.  It is good to see where you were and where you are going.  This is why it is important to have God be the Lord of our steps.

A man’s steps.  For me, I average about 6000 steps a day.  I am not a health nut by any means but I am sure to get my activity when I can get it.  I am going all around my house, outside, and even out on errands.  My legs take me where I need to go.  A man’s steps say a lot about the man.  It tells where someone is going or where they have been.  If you have been to a beach, you can see footprints in the sand.  There can be big ones, little ones and medium-sized ones.  People’s steps can be big or small, spread out or close together.

Are of the Lord’s.  What if I were to tell you that God knows where each of our steps take us?  Yes, He knows.  He wants us to take good steps toward Him.  Those steps to helping out others, going to church and steps to go to Bible studies.  There are also steps like that of building a building.  God wants us to organize ourselves to follow the steps required to be with Him in Heaven.  We need to choose to take these steps and follow Him.

How then can a man understand his own way?  We may think that we are in control of the direction we go, but we are not.  God knows what we will do before we do it.  This blows your mind when you think about it.  God knows where we are going.  He knows who we truly serve.  He knows if we will be saved or not.  We have our life planned out by God.  We may think that we are in control but we are simply being shown by God where to go.  He guides our steps for His honor and His glory.  God is over all.  Our steps are not our steps.  They are God’s.

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for guiding our way.  So often, we get confused about where we are going.  We get lost.  You are there to help us through our time of darkness and guiding us to the Light.  You are the Light.  You are there for us.  We need You for all things.  Even when we take steps, they are Yours.  Everything is Yours.  Lead us closer to You in all that we say and do.  We love You and worship You with our words and even our steps.

In Your name we pray,

Amen

Pity for the Poor

Proverbs 19:17, “He who has pity on the poor lends to the LordAnd He will pay back what he has given.”

There are so many in this world that are truly poor.  Not “I do not have the latest gadget” poor.  Not ” I only have 3 or 4 things to wear” poor.  I am talking about “only one set of clothing that is ratty and torn, not sure where next meal will come from, no house over head” poor.  Many people feel that they are poor when they are quite wealthy compared to the rest of the world. Even the poorest of people in the USA are far richer than the world’s average.  We, at least in the US, need to have pity for the poor.

He who has pity on the poor.  No matter how much or little we have, we can make a difference.  We all have things that we do not need to have.  Fancy technology, nice clothes, nice homes, and fancy vehicles.  Many in the world do not have these things.  For many, simply having a roof over their head and food in their stomach is all that they need.  Clean drinking water is another need that many do not have.  If we have food, water and shelter, we need to consider ourselves extremely blessed.  Anything else after this is not necessary and can be used to give to others in need.

Lends to the Lord.  Everyone was made by God and everyone is God’s creation.  That means that anytime something nice is done for someone, it is done for God.  We need to remember that.  We are taking what God lends us and turning around to lend to others, which will end with God giving us more.  It may not be more money or property.  It may be the satisfaction of knowing that someone in the kingdom of God is cared for.

He will pay back what he has given.  God finds a way to give back to those that give.  It can come in the most subtle of ways.  In my own life, I know that I have been blessed.  Bills that I know I have not paid are somehow not due for a month.  A raise from a job when I wasn’t due one.  More people needing help so that I can help them.  Many people cannot be bothering by those who have needs.  I welcome it.  I love to give of what God has blessed me with.  I love to have pity on the poor.  How about you?  Are you willing to give of the many blessings you have?

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for the opportunity to share of the many blessings that we receive from You.  Help us to see the world as You see it so that we may see more opportunities to share what we have.  Amassing a bunch of stuff is pointless if there is someone in need of food or shelter.  We wish to bless others more and most importantly, we are following You.  We love You and love what You create.

In Your name we pray,

Amen