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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God’s Power in Your Life: The Power To Do God’s Work

No matter who you are or where you are, God can empower you to do His work!

Written by Hope on 25/10/2016
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Power, Holy Spirit, Guidance
God uses Scripture to prepare and equip His people to do every good work.

II Timothy 3:17
What makes you feel powerful? If you have accepted God’s forgiveness and allowed Him to teach you to walk in His ways, now you can show God’s empowerment in your life.

Here are ways you can show His power through your actions:

1. Don’t Depend On Your Own Strength
God’s power is given in His grace; He can work in your weakness. The Apostle Paul worked in the power of God’s guidance only, and is recorded as doing more to help form the early Church than any other Christian. And it was because he depended on God, not on himself. The Lord told him, “My kindness is all you need. My power is strongest when you are weak.” And St Paul added, “So if Christ keeps giving me His power, I will gladly brag about how weak I am (II Corinthians 12:9-10). Are you willing to let God show his power in your weakness?

2. Let God Lead The Way
If you have accepted God’s power, and are ready to do His work, you might be wondering what to do. First, start by praying to God and consult with other believers about finding God’s will before making any decisions.

Here is an example of listening for God’s leading, found in II Samuel chapter 7. Israel’s ancient King David wanted to build a temple to hold the Ark of the Covenant, and at first, the Prophet Nathan approved this project. However, that night, the Lord instructed Nathan to stop King David, for it was not God’s will to have the building at the time. The Lord later allowed David’s son Solomon to construct the Temple.

We too must be careful to listen for God’s leading, and let Him empower us.

3. Understand The Power Of The Holy Spirit
So how will God empower you? The Bible tells us that “God’s Spirit gives us power, love, and self-control” (II Timothy 1:7). The Lord fills His people “with power and His Spirit” (Micah 3:8) whom Jesus promised to send to all those who have accepted Him.

Are you depending on the Holy Spirit for guidance? If so, you can trust the Lord to empower you and guide you in doing His work.

Pray this week:

Dear Lord, allow me to be weak, so Your power can enable me to do Your will! Amen.

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God’s Faithfulness Each Year

God is Always Faithful

Written by Susan on 03/01/2017
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Everlasting, Promises, Through, Time, New Year
Jesus answered, “I tell you for certain that even before Abraham was, I was, and I am.”

John 8:58
One way God is not like us is that He is outside of time itself. This is not so easy for us to picture, but God explains clearly that He “inhabits eternity” in Isaiah 57:15. We're created beings living in time, so we experience time much differently than our God, who says “I am the first and I am the last.” (Isaiah 48:12). As we look forward to the New Year, how astounding it is to realize that God is already there! How can we relate to someone who says He is "the one who is and was and is coming?" (Revelation 1:8) What we experience in our lifetime has a lot to do with beginnings — and endings; Where is God in all of these times?

He Is.
We like to celebrate New Year’s Eve/Day, anniversaries, new beginnings, memories of friends and family, as well as just being in the presence of a loved one. Does God experience time as we do? Does He also like to look back and remember? Does He encourage us to make a fresh start? He does all of these things and more because He is not limited in time as we are. He lives outside of our time, but He is with us inside of our time also in the form of the Holy Spirit. “Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” (John 8:58) What does that mean? It means that Jesus is in the present with Abraham, just as He is present now with you and me. God’s faithfulness is a miracle. He is.

He Was.
God instructed the Israelites to look back on the way He had worked in their lives, to remember how He had saved them from slavery. Deuteronomy 5:15 says, “You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out of there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to observe the Sabbath day.” We are also to remember that God’s faithfulness means that He has provided a way to save each person in the world through Jesus Christ, His Son. At just the right time (Galatians 4:4), Jesus came to give Himself as the perfect sacrifice for all sins of those who would trust his name. “By his one sacrifice he has forever set free from sin the people he brings to God” (Hebrews 10:14). He was our complete offering of sin. He has endured the suffering that sin causes and He triumphed over the raging power of sin by rising again. He was.

He Will Be.
For fellow believers, God will always be present with us in every step that we take from this point forward. He is accessible, available, listening, caring and completely present. He promised this to the Jews long ago.

In Genesis 28:15, he reminds His people of the promises in His covenant, “Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” He also promises us through Jesus that He will always be with us: “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:39 He will be.

Pray this week:

Jesus, thank You for your promise never to leave or forsake me. You are the same yesterday, today and forever. Remind me always that You are fully present with me right now, and You promise that You always will be present in our lives fully. You are faithful. May I know Your presence in a very real way today. Amen.

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