Monday, August 18, 2008

Working To Give Or Just Working To Live

Do you like most people work to just get by just to live. This means do you work to pay a mortgage, buy gasoline, groceries, pay utilities, and for those with children still at home, pay the day care, or for schooling. Unfortunately, that is the way most of us work. But if we would change our thinking and work to give, the living would come.

God promises us a good living, He promises us blessings pressed down, shaken together, and overflowing if we put our trust in Him. You see, when we work to live, then we are putting our trust in our jobs and our own abilities instead of trusting that God will do what His word says. If we would change our attitudes about why we work, and work to give unto the kingdom first we would have all we need and more.

Immediately, some of you were probably thinking, she is always trying to get us to give our money away, always preaching on giving. It is not that I am trying to get you to give away all your money, I am just trying to show you the blessings that will come your way, I am trying to show you where you may be missing out on something better. We get so pre-occupied with our routine of going to work, get your check, pay your bills, that we forget to stop and pray over that check and seek first the Lord and what He says to do with our money. We must first have the wisdom of God over our finances as well as over our lives. Where do we get this wisdom?

James 1 v 5....If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault.....

We get our wisdom from God, when we ask and believe that He will give it to us.

Isa. 30 v 21....Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "this is the way; walk in it."........

Don't be afraid to step out in faith and trust the LORD to give you what you need.

Matt. 6 v 25-26...."Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?"....

Read the story of blind Bartimaeus, (Mark 10 v 46-52) how when Jesus came through his town, he knew without doubt that he would receive his sight. With the streets full of people, he could have went on begging and really brought in a big haul that day, but he knew the LORD had something better for him. He knew that he would no longer have to settle for what he begged for, but that he could have so much more by trusting the LORD. He threw down his beggars robe and ran to the LORD. He knew he would no longer need those beggar clothes, because he had made up his mind to follow the LORD and to trust in Him. AMEN!

So, like Bartimaues, throw off your beggar clothes, quit speaking that you live pay check to pay check and start declaring what the word says, that you have more than enough, that the LORD will multiply your giving, so that you can work to give instead of just working to live. AMEN!

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