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If so, let me know, I sure need a few, then again, I know we all do but, it’s not possible no matter how some try to do so. But, a few things lately made me think about how some people try to buy blessings of one sort or another.

I live in the country and a couple weeks ago, as I was piddling around the farm I saw a guy hanging around on the creek bridge which is not a normal thing around here so I went to check it out. I found that it was a neighbor that I had never really talked with and he had his 6 year old son with him. This guy is mid 60’s and about 7 years ago, got married for about the third or fourth time. Well, I found out that his wife is not from the US, but I didn’t really know much about her. He and I talked while his boy threw rocks in the creek and while talking, he decided to tell me about his wife. She was from Central America, a mail order bride, about half his age. He told me that his first wife divorced him 25 years or so ago, then since then he had been engaged a few times, and married a couple, but all, within a year of engagement or marriage decided they did not want to be married to him and then he told me he was kind of hard to live with so they decided it wasn’t worth the effort for them to stay around. Then, he explained that he just wanted someone around to help keep house, cook for him and so he wasn’t alone and since no one around here that he had dated or married were willing to stay with him he figured a mail order bride would be worth trying. He said he paid some company that helped arrange it, he went down, met the woman, they decided they could probably tolerate each other so the final arrangements were made and then he had additional payments to the company as well as some sort of payment to her and her family and the marriage took place. I wasn’t sure what my response should be so I just said, “That’s interesting. How is it working out?” He said, “Well, sort of okay. I didn’t want more kids but she wanted a child so we have him. He’s a good kid and I love my son but really didn’t want to be a dad again at my age. She is a pretty good cook and does well keeping house and since she owes me I know she will stick around, at least until I die. Then, it won’t matter to me.” I told him I was glad he was happy with things and he said he wasn’t really happy, but he at least had company and help in the house. But then admitted that neither really loved the other and that it was a business arrangement and not a real marriage. I didn’t have a response to that statement other than to tell him it seemed to be working ok. He said it kind of was. But looked sad.  When I left, I just thought it is kind of sad that someone had to pay to get someone to marry him, pay someone to even stay around. He bought a blessing, but it was not a marriage, and I could tell he felt a little ashamed that he had to pay to get her to even acknowledge him. He couldn’t make relationships work so he had to pay, he bought a wife.

As I thought about paying things that one doesn’t have the ability to obtain otherwise I thought about a coworker and when I went to a get together at a his house some time back and in his living room, over the fireplace was a really nice mounted deer head. I asked him about it, did he get it in the area or someplace else. He said, “Oh, that deer was taken about an  hour north of here.” I asked if it was a place he went to a lot, and a few other questions. He was really vague with his responses, in fact, seemed to try to direct the conversation away from the topic. Then, his wife said, “Just tell them how you really got it.” And, he said he bought it from a taxidermist when the man that actually got it refused to pay for it and heThe thought it would look good over the fireplace. He was right about that, but I thought it was interesting that he had bought something he didn’t really earn.

Thinking about people buying things they didn’t earn made me think about the people that buy military uniforms and award ribbons and medals they didn’t earn and then proceed to wear them out in public. Maybe go to a nice restaurant for a meal. Some of these people do so looking for attention and thinking maybe someone will pay for their meal for them. They buy the uniforms and awards without having served, or did not serve in a way to actually earn the awards. Paying for what he could not or would not earn on his own.

Thinking about these, leads me to thoughts of how some people send money to tele-evangelists or in response to requests they received in the mail for different religious (or supposed) organizations. Often those requests come with promises of a blessing, telling the people if they send a donation they will receive a blessing. The people that send money often need it themselves but send it thinking that God will multiply what they send, because that may have been what the letter or tele-evangelist promised. Maybe they were told they would get a healing or any other type of blessing the person is hoping for at the time. Many of these people are not really Christians, not living a Christian life but think they can bribe God and get a blessing. Guess what…..GOD DOES NOT TAKE VISA! You can’t bribe God to give you a blessing with money. You can send money to this cause or that group, but no matter what, you don’t buy a blessing.

All the people I mentioned take false pride in their purchases and regardless of how the put on shows of that false pride they know that what they expect to be a blessing is an empty promise because their intent was to deceive others and themselves with insincere self serving acts.

I am not saying one should not donate to various organizations. We are supposed to do that, but one must be cautious to whom they donate as not all of these organizations are what they seem. We should tithe, support various ministries, help the needy, but those that promise a blessing from God for doing so are promising something that they personally cannot deliver, blessings from God come at His choice and aren’t based on the amount of money one gives. You cannot buy blessings that He does not plan for you. An semblance of a blessing will be shallow with no substance, like the house built on sand there will be no true foundation and will be swept away. Even more than that is the fact that those supposed blessings that were purchased will have a bitterness that pales in comparison to the true sweetness of genuine blessings.

Those that promise to sell blessings are deceiving themselves if they truly believe they have the power to sell a blessing and the person they promise a blessing to if they know the truth that blessings aren’t a commodity to be bought and sold.

Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Malachi 3:8

Offerings given under false, self serving pretense aren’t good  in the eyes of God. He wants  those given from the heart with genuine intent. Think about the widow and her small offering, it was minimal compared to others but it was a large sacrifice to her because she had so little and it was more pleasing to God due to the sincerity of her heart when she gave her offering.

And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. Matthew 8:4

34 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, 35 And laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need. Acts 4:34-37

 

Yes, He tells us to tithe, we need to support the ministries and send them assistance.

A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment. Proverbs 17:23

 

6 And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment.
7 Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts. 2 Chronicles 19:7

 

Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous. Deuteronomy 16:19

 

But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Acts 8:20

 

While there is need to support various ministries, trying to give gifts falsely motivated, seeking to gain blessings or gain favor is against God’s will. We should only offer gifts from a pure heart and not for self gain. Any gain from false gifts is not blessed of God and will not be long enjoyed.

 

Lord, I praise Your Holy Name. I thank You for the many blessings, the wisdom you are giving me. I ask You to help me discern not only what ministries should receive gifts and donations, but help me keep my heart and intent pure. That I do not give the gifts for self gain. I ask that You continue to work in my heart, give me Your guidance for my life, my words. Help me be a better servant of Christ. I ask You to work in the hearts and minds of loved ones to show them Your way for their lives and draw them nearer to You. I thank You for my many blessings and wait with eager anticipation for those to come.

Amen

 

Thanks for taking time out of your day to visit my blog and read the postings. I appreciate it. I hope it was a blessing to someone else or tells them what they need to hear.

Remember, be a blessing to someone today.

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