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Your Finances and God’s Promises

Many passages in the Bible talk about giving our money and other possessions given to us by God back to God

Written by Luis Palau
Tags: Finances, Generosity, God, Money, Tithe
In many passages of the Bible where it talks about giving our money (and other possessions given to us by God) back to God, He always adds a promise to it. He doesn’t have to do that! Because He is God He could just say, “Do this because I say so – that’s why.” But He doesn’t. He is loving and good, and He chooses to bless us when we obey Him.

While we do not respond to God’s command in order to gain a personal benefit, let’s examine the promises He makes to us when we are faithful in our giving.

Look up Proverbs 3:9-10.

The first lesson in these verses is that we honor the Lord with our wealth. Why? To express gratitude for all He has given us. This honors Him, and we do it because we love Him. We also see that God requires our “firstfruits.” That means we set aside our giving for Him right when we first receive, not out of our leftovers.

What is His promise? Just look at verse 10. The promise is His mighty blessings to us in return.

Now look up 2 Corinthians 9:6-12.

Notice the promise: When you give generously, you will receive abundantly. He will supply and increase your “store of seed.” You will be made rich in every way so that you may be generous every chance you get. It’s your generosity that will spark others to thank God, and that brings glory to God.

Also look up Philippians 4:11-13.

Paul says that he learned to be content, whether he was living in need or in abundance. We also must learn to be content with Jesus Christ, no matter what our circumstances. But the Lord loves to provide in abundance. As we learn to give joyfully and generously, we learn great contentment.

God’s promise, as Paul experienced it firsthand, is that we can do all things through Him, because He Himself is our strength.

Please dig further into God’s Word on the subject of financial giving. He has much to say about the subject! Make notes. Write things down. Talk to the Lord. When you obey Him with your finances, He notices. God sees your heart and is blessed.

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5 Benefits of Memorizing Scripture

You may not always have a Bible on hand – memorizing Scripture is another weapon in spiritual warfare.

Written by Joy on 02/11/2014
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Personal Transformation
“…Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God” Ephesians 6:17

In spiritual battle, you must use God’s Truth to fight the lies of the enemy (Satan). Jesus used scripture to fight Satan’s temptations in Matthew 4. Here are five ways that memorizing scripture will help prepare you for Spiritual Battle.

1. Your Desires Change
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)

Focusing your mind on God’s Word will cause your desires to line up with God’s desires. You will start becoming more like Christ, which will produce Godly characteristics in your life such as love, peace, and purity. (Philippians 4:8)

2. You Gain Strength to Fight Temptation
“I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” (Psalm 119:11).

When you memorize scriptures about the sins you struggle with, they help warn you and guide you in the right direction when you face those temptations.

3. You’ll Have Clear Direction
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” (Psalm 119:105).

Thinking about scripture throughout your day will help you understand God’s ways and enable you to apply His principles in your life decisions.

4. You’ll Be Ready to Share the Gospel
“For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believer in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” (Romans 10:13-14)

Jesus gave us eternal life, and He wants us to tell others so they can be free. How can they believe if no one tells them? (Romans 10:13-15) When you memorize verses, you are ready to share the Good News with others.

5. Your Prayers Become More Powerful
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God; That if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if he hears us, we know that we have what we asked of him.” (1 John 5:14-15).

Jesus taught us to pray, “God’s Will be done.” How can you pray for God’s Will if you don’t know it? Using God’s own words from scripture gives power and confidence to your prayers.

There is no better ally in battle than God Himself, so call on Him and repeat His promises to strengthen your faith. (Ephesians 6:18)

Pray this week:

for time and commitment to memorize verses.

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