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Grace overflowing!

Scripture reading for November 28th: 2nd Corinthians 6-9

“Remember this:  Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.  Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2nd Corinthians 9:6-8

As a farmer who has sowed many fields with seed, I understand the principles of sowing and reaping. If you are stingy with the seed, weeds will come up and choke out the small amount of seed that you placed in the ground.  If you sow plenty of seed, it can produce an abundant crop.  A farmer must be willing to let go of the seed.  We can’t hold onto it and expect a crop!  Sowing must be done in faith that a harvest will come.  Our hope is in the seed and the Lord’s grace to provide water and weather.

Money is like the seed.  It represents our life energy that we have received working or investing.  As we give to God the tithe and offerings, it is like seed sown into the kingdom of God.  We turn loose of it and let it do it’s work of multiplication.  We give cheerfully in faith believing that God through grace will multiply the seed.

I like the emphasis on the word “all” in this passage.  All Grace” abounds to the cheerful giver.  The giver has “all he needs” in “all things” at “all times”.   Our giving brings thanksgiving to God from those that are helped.  God gets tickled and gives you more seed to sow again.  This meets the needs of others who again thank God.  God gets tickled again and pours out even more blessing and multiplies your seed so you can give even more!  More people are helped and thank God and the cycle goes on!  All grace abounds and you have all you need in all things at all times!  That’s a cycle of overflowing grace that all believers can experience as they give cheerfully!

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Abounding grace!

Scripture reading for November 28th: 2nd Corinthians 6-9

“Remember this:  Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.  Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2nd Corinthians 9:6-8

I love this passage of Scripture.  As a farmer who has sown many fields with seed, I understand the principles of sowing and reaping.  When you sow seed sparingly, you will have a problem.  Weeds will come up and choke out the small amount of seed that you placed in the ground.  If you sow plenty of seed, it will produce an abundant crop.  The seed must be turned loose and let go of into the earth in order to produce.  We can’t hold onto it and expect a crop!  Sowing must be done in faith that a harvest will come.  Our hope is in the seed and the Lord’s grace to provide water and weather.

As we give to God the tithe that belongs to Him and offerings, money is like seed sown into the kingdom of God.  We must turn loose of it and let it do it’s work of multiplication.  We give cheerfully and in faith believing that God will faithfully multiply the seed.  God promises  to make all grace abound to us!

I like the emphasis on the word “all”.  All Grace” abounds to the cheerful giver.  The giver has “all he needs” in “all things” at “all times”. God wants us to know abundance in our lives.  When we sow, we can expect blessing and sufficiency.  We actually set up a cycle of blessing that is described later in this chapter.  Our giving brings thanksgiving to God from those that are helped.  God gets tickled and gives you more seed to sow again.  This meets the needs of others who again thank God.  God gets tickled again and pours out even more blessing and multiplied seed so you can give even more!  More people are helped and thank God and the cycle goes on!  All grace abounds and you have all you need in all things at all times!

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Come Out and Be Separate!

Scripture reading for November 29th: 2nd Corinthians 6-9

“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.  For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common?  Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?  What harmony is there between Christ and Belial?  What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?  What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols?  For we are the temple of the living God.  As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people.”  “Therefore, come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord.  Touch no unclean thing and I will receive you.” (2nd Corinthians 6:14-17)

This passage has been used for a variety of  applications over the years.  It is used to tell those getting married not to join themselves to an unbeliever.  All of these questions are designed to help a person think through their relationship and make sure that they are marrying a believer who is spiritually compatible with them.  That is a good and proper use of this passage and may be a proper interpretation.

Another application that I have heard of is using this to tell Christians not to have anything to do with non-Christians. The idea is taught that non-believers are full of the devil and may contaminate believers who go near them.  God won’t bless us if we get too close to unbelievers and we will live a miserable life.  The problem with this argument is that it is not exactly what this passage is talking about.  Being yoked with someone has to do with making a covenant or business agreement.  It does not mean having just casual contact with someone.  How can we reach unbelievers if we separate ourselves from them completely?  Jesus prayed in John 17 that we would be kept safe in the world, not that we would be taken out of the world.  Jesus sent us into the world as the Father sent Him into the world, to reach lost people.

We must not love the world or become entangled in close relationships with unbelievers.  There will be inevitable conflict between the kingdom of darkness and the kingdom of light.  They will not mix!  We must be wise and heed the advice of Scripture rather than trying to defy it.  God is your loving Father and His will is best!

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Abounding Grace!

Scripture reading for November 28th: 2nd Corinthians 6-9

“Remember this:  Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.  Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2nd Corinthians 9:6-8

I love this passage of Scripture.  As a farmer who has sowed many fields with seed, I understand the principles of sowing and reaping.  When you sow seed, if you are stingy and sow less than needed, you will have a problem with weeds.  Weeds will come up and choke out the small amount of seed that you placed in the ground.  If you sow plenty of seed, it will produce an abundant crop.  A farmer must be willing to let go of the seed.  Sowing with a bad attitude doesn’t bring blessing.  The seed must be turned loose and let go of into the earth in order to produce.  We can’t hold onto it and expect a crop!  Sowing must be done in faith that a harvest will come.  Our hope is in the seed and the Lord’s grace to provide water and weather.

Our giving to God’s work is the same way.  The money is like seed.  It represents our life energy that we have spent working or investing.  As we give to God the tithe that belongs to Him and offerings, it is like seed sown into the kingdom of God.  We must turn loose of it and let it do it’s work of multiplication.  We give cheerfully and in faith believing that God will faithfully multiply the seed.  He is willing and able to make all grace abound to us!

I like the emphasis on the word “all” in this simple passage.  All Grace” abounds to the cheerful giver.  The giver has “all he needs” in “all things” at “all times”. God wants us to know abundance in our lives.  When we sow, we can expect blessing and sufficiency.  We actually set up a cycle of blessing that is described later in this chapter.  Our giving brings thanksgiving to God from those that are helped.  God gets tickled and gives you more seed to sow again.  This meets the needs of others who again thank God.  God gets tickled again and pours out even more blessing and multiplied seed so you can give even more!  More people are helped and thank God and the cycle goes on!  All grace abounds and you have all you need in all things at all times!  That’s a cycle of abounding grace that all believers should tap into!

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