12 August 2013 by Rev. Dr. Jai-
"For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, …………" (1Timothy 6:10)
Undoubtedly, money is a means to sustain our survival in this modern economy. It's a fuel that we need, in order to supply our everyday needs but unfortunately the very thing that was given to serve us has sadly turned around and become our masters. When money becomes the ultimate goal in our lives! when money becomes the master of our lives! it will permeate our christian priorities and erode our allegiance and commitment to our God.You know what? When the love of money dominates and overrules our life integrity, principles and righteousness are compromised.
In the New Testament, Jesus honored a little widow for giving her last two cents. Jesus simply put it this way:
"He said others who had plenty gave what they will never miss….but this little widow gave all she had."(Mark 12: 44)
On the other hand businessman Barnabas sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles feet.(Acts 4:37)
"Great gifts means great responsibility".
You know what? The more God blesses your life, the more He increases your prosperity, the more He holds you accountable as to how you handle that blessing.Giving to God puts you in partnership with Him. While you may have less to give than the next guy beside you, always remember the little widow in the Bible. Its not how much you give, it's how you give that matters. God loves a person who gives cheerfully, not grudgingly not giving Him because you want to cut a deal with Him! Listen! You will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share because the essence of giving is self-sacrifice with a attitude of love.
When you walk uprightly in your relationship with your God!
When you are balanced in your commitment with Him!! When you are not controlled by the love of money, you bet your life God will surely increase your financial prosperity. Money will chase after you instead of you chasing after money.
Mal.3:10, "Bring…the tithes into the storehouse…and …..I will…open….the windows of Heaven and pour out a blessing ….there shall not be room enough to receive."David said: "You bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor."
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