Generosity Pleases God

<strong>Generosity Pleases God</strong>

Generosity teaches us to trust in God.  When we are generous to others, we demonstrate the fact that we trust in God as our source and our Provider.  We also follow the example of Jesus, who was generous with everything that He had.

You shall supply him liberally out of your flock, out of your floor, and out of your winepress. From that with which the Lord your God has blessed you, you shall give to him.  (Deu 15:14 MEV)

From the good gifts with which the Lord has blessed us, giving to others is one of the numerous ways that we can give back to the Lord. 

Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.  (Pro 22:9 ESV)

When we give an offering to the poor, or when we give a donation to a ministry that helps the poor, then we are promised by God that we will be blessed. 

In everything I showed you [by example] that by working hard in this way you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed [and brings greater joy] to give than to receive.’”  (Ac 20:35          AMP)

The Lord says in His Word that ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.”  This is another fine testimony in favor of generosity.

 If we can encourage others, we should encourage them. If we can give, we should be generous. If we are leaders, we should do our best. If we are good to others, we should do it cheerfully.  (Rom 12:8 CEV)

Here again, the Bible teaches us that ‘if we can give,’ our giving should be generous (substantial, lavish, plentiful, big-hearted).

Let each man do according as he hath purposed in his heart: not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.  (2 Cor 9:7 ASV)

The above Bible verse reminds us that God loves a cheerful giver!  What more do we need to know? 

When we release our tight hold upon the things of this world, we instantly free ourselves from every kind of bondage and trap.  As we look to the Lord—our Savior and Redeemer—as our Provider, He will prove Himself to be more than generous to us.  For has the Bible not said: And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.  (Phil 4:19 ESV) Praise the Lord!

Watch for the Master!

Watch for the Master!

This is a message for EVERYONE!  We are taught by the Scriptures to keep a watch for the coming of the Master.  Jesus is the “Master of the house” of each person who has accepted Him as their Savior and Lord. 

Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming—in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning— 36 lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. 37 And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!”  (Mark 13:35-37, emphasis added)

Your watchmen shall lift up their voices, with their voices they shall sing together; for they shall see eye to eye when the Lord brings back Zion.  (Isa 52:8)

I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day or night.  You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent . . . (Isa 62:6)

In the Christian community, our watchmen are the prophets and pastors who teach us and lead us in our daily walk.  The prophets give us timely insights from the Lord and we should pay attention to them.  The pastors are under-shepherds who are supposed to follow the example of Jesus, the Shepherd of all believers, by living exemplary lives of faith and love.  Pastors also lead their flocks in right paths and teach us about God’s nature and the Bible to enable us to live righteous, upright lives.

We are also told to “watch and pray” lest we enter into temptation.  (Mt 26:41)  This is a spiritual watching coupled with prayer that gives each one of us the strength to survive temptations and the difficult situations of life.

When the New Testament instructs us to “watch,” it means to stay alert, awake, and attentive.  This is a spiritual instruction to be spiritually perceptive, on guard, and to examine every teaching closely so that we do not allow ourselves to be lead into error or false doctrine.

As we study our Bibles daily and meditate upon them faithfully, the Holy Spirit will bring to our minds the Scriptures that we have learned.  (Joh 14:25-26)  He will lead each of His children wherever He wants each person to go.  Praise the Lord!