The after Christmas returns.

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Christmas is over and all the retailers are preparing for the rush of people returning gifts they received. Maybe the gifts were the wrong size or color; perhaps someone received gifts from different people that are the same or they started using the gift and found out that it was defective somehow; maybe the recipient just did not like the gift, there are many reasons a person may want to return something to the store to exchange it. The good thing about this time of year is that most retailers are more willing to accept exchanges with less fuss, without the receipts and work with people to make the process less of a hassle.

God lets us exchange without hesitation, but not only after Christmas. He allows us to exchange anytime. We can exchange our anger and sorrow for joy, our hate for love, our confusion for clarity and understanding. As it says in the song I have been hearing on the radio and He  “take all that is wrong and make it right.” All we need to do is listen to Him and let Him have His will in our lives. Just follow where we know He is leading us.

If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.  Job 22:23

Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD.  Lamentations 3:40

Yeah, the Lord takes returns and He does so gladly. He takes us with all our faults and sins, no matter how we have used and abused our souls. He takes the damaged and defective creatures and makes us new and perfect, that is a better exchange program than any store.

For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.  1 Peter 2:25

Just as in the parable of the prodigal son, the son is not only allowed to return but is welcomed back by his father with rejoicing, open arms and without judgement or criticism, without saying “I told you so.” That is how God does when we return to the life He wants for us and turn away from sin. He accepts us; He’s glad that we are back; and He doesn’t try to tell us He told us so. He rejoices that we did return. That’s how I aspire to be, I hope I prove myself worthy.

And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.  Luke 15:20

 

22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:
24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

Luke 15:22-24

It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.  Luke 15:32

Yes, I hope to be as the father here, as God our Father, and rejoice when a lost one returns. No other thoughts than how important it is to rejoice.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9

And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. Jeremiah 31:34

 

Lord, I praise You for welcoming me back when I had strayed from You. Thank You for accepting me and not dwelling on my mistakes. Thank You for the mercy and grace You showed. I pray in the name of Jesus that I learn from You and from Christ’s words about the prodigal son whose return was met with only rejoicing and no other thoughts or concerns. That when I see other’s return to You, and Your will for them, that I not say or think about anything but rejoicing on their return. That all I think, say or do, be a reflection of the joy You feel and the way You respond when one returns to You. I ask that You draw us all to You so we may all know the perfect love and forgiveness You give and that we all know that it was paid for through the sacrifice of Your son, Jesus, when He died on the cross.

Amen

 

I hope all are enjoying the last of this current year and are blessed throughout the rest of this year and all of next year. Remember to try to be a blessing to someone as you go through your days.

 

 

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The Christmas Gift!

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As I am thinking about Christmas gifts, those I have bought, those I have received. Some I received, I really loved, some, not so much. Some were fun to unwrap (aren’t they always fun to unwrap?) but once you saw the gift, it wasn’t as good as you expected. Others were fun to unwrap, and even better than you expected. I have watched as others opened gifts, with the expressions on their face telling exactly their thoughts about the gift, whether happy about it or disappointed. I watch a little closer on gifts that I bought, hoping that the recipient enjoys it and is pleased.

But, as I think about Christmas gifts that I have both given and received, some will forever be burned in my memory, some the unwrapping seems a blur but the gift is remembered in marked detail, others I remember unwrapping but don’t remember the gift, and, even others I can describe in detail the wrapping, how I unwrapped it, either tearing the wrapping off quickly or taking my time and unwrapping slowly to somehow prolong the joy. I can also describe in extreme detail some of the gifts, who gave it to me, the year, exactly where I was when I received the gift. I can remember similar details about others opening gifts I gave them.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.         James 1:17

For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Ephesians 2:8-9

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  John 3:16

Yet, as important of a human interaction as gift exchanging is for people, I think about the greatest gift I have ever received, my salvation. What a priceless gift that is and it was paid for in a currency that I can not even begin to put a true value on, the blood and suffering of Jesus. But, He bought me the greatest gift of all time. Yet, in the gift exchange, I cheated Him. I gave Him my sins, my failings, my hardships and He took them gladly. WHAT AN AMAZING GOD WE SERVE!

 

Lord, I cannot find the words to thank You enough for the gift of salvation that is the most wonderful gift I could ever receive. I praise Your Holy Name. I pray in the name of Jesus that You help me always remember that costly gift that I was given in exchange for giving You something of no value. I ask that You work in the hearts and minds of loved ones that they remember the gifts of true value and forget all the meaningless gifts that are temporary and of this world. Draw us all closer to You that we all enjoy the fullness of Your gifts.

Amen

 

Well, it is Christmas eve, I pray all have a blessed day and share their blessings with others.

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

The Chicken and the Pig.

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A pig and a chicken were walking down the road. As they passed a church, they notice that a potluck charity breakfast was under way. Caught up in the spirit, the pig suggested to the chicken that they each make a contribution.
“Great Idea!” the chicken cried. “Let’s offer them ham and eggs!”
“Not so fast.” said the pig. “For you, that’s just a little sacrifice, but for me, it’s a total commitment.”

I was thinking about times when someone has brought up possible sacrifices. One person wants to make a donation, and they give whatever, then they try to convince someone else to contribute as well, but the one making a small sacrifice suggests the contribution by the other, which is far more than a little donation, but instead requires total commitment of everything. Now, it is not wrong to donate to various causes, churches for example and in fact, that is a good thing indeed. But, when one person is only willing to give a little, but not only suggests that another not only give a little, but to give all they have to the cause while they are only willing to give up a little, it is a completely different matter.

In this little story, the chicken wants to give a little and then can walk away feeling good that they added a bit to the feast. I wonder why, if the chicken thought it was such a marvelous idea, that the chicken didn’t instead say maybe we should contribute and then say, “you give the ham for breakfast and I will give so they can have fried chicken for lunch.” The idea that one is willing to sacrifice just a small amount without making a total commitment, all the while expecting the other to give up everything seems more than a little shallow, selfish, inconsiderate and, well, for lack of a better way to say it, pretty much double standards.

13 Thou shalt not have in thy bag divers weights, a great and a small.
14 Thou shalt not have in thine house divers measures, a great and a small.
15 But thou shalt have a perfect and just weight, a perfect and just measure shalt thou have: that thy days may be lengthened in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Deuteronomy 25:13-15

He doesn’t want us to hold others to different standards than to which we hold ourselves. Nor does He want us to hold different people to different standards. We should not expect more of others than we do of ourselves. I am not saying that all should, or even can, give equally. There are a lot of factors that can enter into that: how much one makes, living expenses, other financial obligations. But, this goes beyond that, how many times has someone said they wanted to get together and then consistently go on to specify exactly when and where they want to go somewhere with you? And, if you make other suggestions they quickly complain, say that is something they don’t want to do, not a restaurant they like, etc. Once again, expecting one person to give completely while not being willing to compromise themselves. I have seen it a lot, had it happen a lot and probably been guilty to an extent of the same. Not all can give equally, but the amount given is not what God is concerned about. He is concerned with the attitude we give and with the extent we give within our means.

1 And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury.
2 And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites.
3 And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all:
4 For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.

Luke 21:1-4

We all know someone that seems that person is not as loving or compassionate towards others as Christ has told us to be to one another. They are the one person encouraging others to give and keep giving constantly and while only making token sacrifices all the while pushing the other to totally commit. I have to say, the way I understand it is that what we give, how much, to which church or charity is all between the individual and Christ. For this reason or that one feels more compelled by the Spirit to give more to one cause over another. Whether the gift/donation be cash, donations of food, or donations of time and labor. It should be a personal choice based on the guidance of the Holy Spirit and not someone pushing another to donate.

Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, [so let him give]; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7

And, one should donate in a way that doesn’t bring attention to themselves. It should be between the person and God, if they do it for attention, then it is not about God, but self.

1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
2 Therefore when thou doest [thine] alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

Matthew 6:1-4

As far as donating a little or making a full and total commitment, well, we should all make a total commitment to Jesus. Not always easy for humans, because well, lets face it: it is hard, as a human, to truly and completely let go and let God have complete control. I try, and I think I do well in that aspect of my spiritual life: better then some, not as good as others. But, I am trying to get better with that part (okay, okay and pretty much all aspects of my spiritual walk with Christ as I have a long way to go in a lot of areas.) But, as much as financial and other gifts to churches are important; far more important is our gift to God of our love, worship and service as well as our love and kindness to others.

1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Romans 12:1-2

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. Matthew 22:37

 

Lord, I praise Your Holy Name and thank You for teaching me so much. I pray that I learn better how to give as You would have me to give but more importantly that I remember to not only give of what I have, but give myself to You. Totally and completely and without anything or part held back. I ask You to help me and others to know Your blessings and Your love. I ask in Jesus name that I and all my loved ones know how to, and strive to, give You are all and serve You totally and completely. Show us all how to give ourselves for Your glory and that we learn to not try to glorify ourselves. Teach us how to be humble for You and before You.

Amen

 

Thanks so very much for your time. I hope all have a blessed day and weekend and that you have a chance to be a blessing to others in the process.

X Ray vision

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I saw a posting on social media that showed pictures about the gimmick and novelty items one could buy from ads in magazines and such in the past. One item was X ray glasses. Well, thinking on that, how they supposedly would allow the user to see through things and how if they actually believed the ad they were being deceived but people will buy a lot of things. X ray glasses got me to thinking about X rays. I look at quite a few X rays at work and unlike the glasses, they do allow me to see through things and inside a person. I am able to see bones and organs. Depending on the type of X ray or imaging study such as ultrasound or MRI used, I can see some pretty amazing detail inside the body. I can see fractures in bones, a lot of diseases of the lungs, heart, kidneys, intestines, brain, blood vessels and the list goes on. It truly amazes me how man has developed all the different technology we have in order to see inside the body.

One technology we do not have is something that allows us to see inside the minds, hearts and souls of others. I have had people tell me they can get to know someone and know their nature, whether they have a good or bad heart, if they are honest, if they are lying, and many other things about the person’s character. Well, I have tried, I thought I could understand people but nope, not so much. I have been misled often and as I reflect on such experiences I realize that I bear a lot of the blame for convincing myself that someone was what I wanted them to be and I didn’t keep my mind open to other possibilities about the character of an individual.

God can see into the heart, mind, soul and see the intention of others. He gives the gift of discernment to some. My mother had that gift. I think I have that gift, but other times I am not so sure; maybe I do, but maybe I fail to use it allowing my human thoughts and emotions to interfere with what God is wanting me to see or know about a situation or a person. There have been times that I felt that God was showing me something about a situation and I have tried to help others and I did help them see things that they needed to see. With very rare exceptions it has been when a person was talking to me about something and asked for my thoughts and after a little time to try to process the information and say a little prayer asking for God’s help in the matter I have been able to give them some things to consider. At times the things I thought were, well soft thoughts, vague impressions but not in my mind certainties, but well, I don’t know sort of impressions, sort of like some art that if one looks from a distance they can see something but if you look too closely it all becomes a little blurry. Other times I have seen things that were very clear. I find myself at times wondering if it is just me and my thoughts or if it is from God. When that occurs, is it me trying to impose my personal thoughts? Is it God truly showing me something? When I doubt what I feel about something is it because it isn’t from God or is it from God and Satan is trying to cause me the doubt so I won’t use what God is showing me? Well, THAT is what I am going to need to pray about. If it is a spiritual gift from God then I want to use it to help others so will need to ask to be better able to know it is from Him and to not have the doubt present. If it is not from God, then I hope He will show me that He has another gift for me.

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

1 John 4:1

But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, [even] those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.  Hebrews 5:14

 

For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.  Hebrews 4:12

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. James 1:5

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned.  1 Corinthians 2:14

 

There are a lot more scriptures that speak to discernment but I think these pretty much cover what He is trying to help me know. That I need to look harder at situations, people, myself, and ask for His help in knowing the truth of the matter.

 

Lord, I praise Your Holy Name and am so grateful for the gift of salvation that I was given. You are truly a great and awesome God. I pray in the name of Jesus that I am quicker to seek You for the wisdom and knowledge about things and that I do not allow myself to interfere with what You would have me see. If You are showing me things to help others, then I pray that You also give me the knowledge on how to share what You want them to know so that they receive the message they need. I ask that You help me know Your will and Your desire for me that I not push my way into things that are not from You. I also pray for loved ones that You draw them to You and show them the love, mercy and forgiveness that is waiting for them which You paid for by sending Your Son Jesus to die for our sins. Thank You for bringing me to You.

Amen

 

Thank you all for your time. I hope something I said blesses someone and that all are able to be a blessing to someone else today.

Who Loves ya baby?

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No, I don’t think he does, but with the catch line that was used on that show, I thought maybe it would be a “clever” start. Although, what I think is clever often leaves others (my daughters for some) shaking their heads or rolling their eyes at my dad jokes and attempts at humor. BUT, as at many other times, I digress.

 

I suspect that many, if not all of us have asked ourselves, Who loves me? When dating, does the boyfriend or girlfriend love me? When engaged, does the fiancé? When married, does our spouse? My children? My pets? My parents and grandparents?

And, the list could go on and on, depending on the amount and type of love to which one refers. But, does anyone ever truly love another unconditionally? How much will someone sacrifice out of love? Some will and have sacrificed everything while others may sacrifice time or money. But, just because one sacrifices money does that mean they love you? Because they buy gifts does that mean they really care? If you do buy gifts for another, do they love you only because of what you have given them and not because they love you? Does having sex with someone mean love? Are any or all of those things done out of devotion and love or are they done because one or both involved wants something and they will show love as long as they are given what they want, be that attention (physical or otherwise,) gifts, money, or any other possible “reward” for showing love, or a semblance of love.

All those questions are difficult to answer and I could come up with many more about how humans show love. But, how many times do humans pretend to show emotions. Sometimes those emotions are genuine, sometimes they are not. How can one tell? Well, I really don’t know the answer to that. I have been in circumstances where I thought someone loved me, but then realized later, no they did not really. Love requires sacrifice and humans, regardless of what they say or do otherwise, are inherently selfish and greedy and have personal motivation for almost everything they do. I am not saying that there are not some genuine people, but that even the most genuine has some sort of personal agenda. I am not criticizing human nature, just recognizing a fact. We do things for those we love, partially out of love, but also because we receive something in return. Whether that be joy in seeing a loved one happy or if it is because they give us something in return. But, the underlying truth is that human love always contains an element of self service. We show love to receive. And, there are many who show love but not true love because they receive something in return that is more beneficial and valuable to them than what they show. Buying gifts does not mean one person loves another. Not buying gifts doesn’t mean one doesn’t love another. I will be honest, trying to understand the human heart, including my own, is a confusing matter. The more one tries to understand, the more confusing it becomes.

As one tries to understand human love, particularly the one writing this, one begins to realize that yes, the scripture is correct about the human heart. But, I do know someone that loved me, loves me, and will always love me. Not because of what I do, but IN SPITE of what I do for I will, we all will, eventually do some sort of wrong. Not intentionally, but we do. We all fall short, we all slip, we all sin in one manner or another. But, despite any sins, failures or shortcomings. Someone loves me. He loves me so much that He sacrificed His only Son for me. God sent His Son to die for me. Christ loved me so much that He suffered pain and torture and was executed so I could be forgiven of my sins and have life eternal with God. I suppose one could argue that God loves us in order that we can worship Him, so He gives love to get love. If that is true, I still receive rewards for worshipping and praising and loving God. The joy and comfort He provides as part of His love is amazing. Regardless of why God loves us, He does and has done more for us out of love than we could even begin to repay.

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

John 3: 16-17

 

And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.  Deuteronomy 6:5

 

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  Matthew 22:37

 

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.  John 15:13

 

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Romans 5:8

 

The last two verses especially say a lot to me. I have seen soldiers die for their friends and brothers in arms. I have seen examples of one person dying while struggling to try to rescue another. Those are noble examples of love. But, the most loving, noble, gracious thing I know of is how Christ suffered and died for me. I am so unworthy of His love and sacrifice and the gift of life eternal with Him. But, He loves me so much that He did so.

 

No, a guy with a lollipop does not represent love to me. Saying the words does not prove anything. Money or gifts don’t either. Only truly giving of oneself proves love.

THIS represents love to me!

 

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Lord, I praise You and thank You for all You have done for me. For Your unconditional love and the unimaginable sacrifice Your Son Jesus gave. I stand in awe of such great love for one as unworthy as I. I pray in Jesus’ Name that You work on me, work in my heart to help me become that which You desire of me, that I follow You as I should, that I be an example of Your love. Help me know the path You plan for me, Show me what You wish me to do and teach my how to see and feel towards others as Christ does. Please draw me and my loved ones, as well as others, to You so that we may enjoy the blessings You give and that we are able to stand in Your presence to worship and praise You.

Amen

 

Well, I hope that all have a blessed day. Thank you for your time and I do hope that all have a chance to be a blessing to others.

 

 

 

Can you buy a blessing?

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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

 

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