Often we think of being generous, as giving hand outs. Or you watch other people being generous just so they themselves can RECIEVE the glory for their public good works.
Generosity is bigger than that, a state of mind. Now before you go to the extreme... I am not saying become a martyr. I am speaking to generously planting seeds. Spreading cheer, encouragement, love - that is a gift. Planting seeds of thought, convictions, passion, upright and steadfastness in your daily life - that is a gift. Being a mentor, a teacher, a motivator - that is a gift. Being focused, strong, committed at work - that is a gift. Listening to your children, planting seeds that are fully of conviction, accountability and of active faith - that truely is a gift. I can go on and on of course. Look at your life today, your personal decision matrix, what takes your time, what do you really care about - it is a good thing to be quiet and think, be quiet in Prayer - everyday.
Try it - Every step of your life do it with a glad heart and a smile - all the whiles thanking God. It might even be a terrible day - show active faith and continue giving. Remember don't give in a way that others will notice, or give you credit; give quietly and sincerely.
Bottom line are you Contributing or Taking?!?!
TYL PTL TGBTG
“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.” Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”
2 Corinthians 9:6-15 NIV
""If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”” Luke 11:13 NIV
Today is an interesting day for many believers, do we celebrate or not? Well ultimately that is your decision, either way if fueled by the right intent both choices can be correct. The arguments are always the roots of any given celebration, however if the roots are no longer the roots of that tree (the intent). Then it isn't the same tree. That said if you feel compelled - don't celebrate. However, consider this, what is it that you are doing, are you planning on indulging the flesh... Then okay dressed up or not, that would not be a good idea. Nor, would it honor God.
Are you going to have some family fun time, enjoy the children, being peace-loving and nurturing parents. Well make sure you point out that some people like to make this an evil event, but we recognize the power of God, and evil has NO power over us. Therefore, we are choosing to celebrate life, love and family fun. Just remember on days like this, it is even more important to guard your testimony for Him. Don't do anything that would diminish that!! Additionally, remember if and or when you do, repent and move on.
If you are feeling confused, choose to NOT be. Think on this... There are two functions of the Holy Spirit. One is for the indwelling of the believer (that chooses Him), and the other is for the outpouring to help others (this is your testimony). Indwelling of the Holy Spirit is for our benefit as individuals. The Holy Spirit dwells in us to do something for us: to make us become what God intended us to be. Once we are established in the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, our fullness causes an overflow, the outpouring, this is what reaches out to others. Creates curiosity, creates opportunity.
It's to witness, share, uplift and build up others! The outpouring of the Holy Spirit is for the benefit of others, to bring them into the fullness of action of the Holy Spirit. I say these words for specific purpose of tapping into what you have available to you... Not just on these interesting days on the calendar, but for every day. Oh and remember, limit your intake of that luscious refined white sugar. Very interesting fact a friend shared w me, I looked it up, and it is true OMG, "there is only one molecule difference between white refined sugar and cochane". So maybe start tomorrow getting that out of your system. Smiles. Thank You Lord for your guidance, and supernatural wisdom. Thank you Lord for giving me the opportunity to enfluencers enfluencers!! Thank You for giving all of us opportunities to enfluance the world and share His Word!!!
“Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” John 20:21-23 NIV
“Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.” Psalm 148:13 NIV
Today is the day the Lord has made, stand up and Rejoice, Stand and Praise Him!!! All you have has been given to you by Him, all you want and all you need has been provided by Him!! Thank You Lord, Hallelujah!!!!
All to often we get stuck in our own sorrows, our own pain, even our own errors and missed steps. It is time, time to rejoice that WE ARE RESCUED. HE HAS SAVED US, died for all of our sins past, present and future. There are no limits here, so it's okay to let go and forgive yourselves. Why are we carrying them around with us?? I am forgiving myself today, yes I have many things that just yesterday I weeped over, weeping to the Lord please forgive me, please give me a do over. I realized this morning in prayer we ALL have those do overs, we just need to take them. Like perfectly ripe grapes on a vine, waiting to be taken. Do you look at the grape and say, I'm not sure if it is real, I'm not sure if it will taste good... No way you know it's awesome, plop it in your mouth and smile with its sweetness. WOW it is just that simple, TYL PTL
Each of those grapes are your victories, sweet and perfect just waiting for you to Stand And Rejoice in HIS Perfect Plan, His Perfectly Planned Victories for YOU!!!
Let me say it like this, have faith, believe, KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE ASKED FOR IS ON ITS WAY!!! It's ALREADY DONE!!! Thank You Lord, Thank You Jehovah Jireh!!!
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:4-9 NIV
Embrace True Prosperity. Never Trivialize Prosperity. Your future depends on it. Prosperity Is Simply Having Enough Of God's Provisions To Complete His Instructions In Your Life. Prosperity Increases Your Ability To Bless Others. Prosperity is not a miracle. It is The Divine Reward for Honoring a Divine Law.
"Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.
3 John 1:2
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