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Generosity produces joy!

Scripture reading for September 1st: 2nd Corinthians 8, Psalm 25, Proverbs 20

2nd Corinthians 8:1-5 “We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints–and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.”

Paul encouraged the believers with a testimony about the churches of Macedonia. They were in a severe test of affliction and persecution but begged Paul for the opportunity to give. This was because they had given themselves to the Lord as His children and servants when they believed. God’s grace, working in them, caused them to freely give of themselves and of their finances. Many were in extreme poverty because of the persecution, but they gave beyond their means. This giving for the relief of the saints cause an abundance of joy and rejoicing. Not only among those giving, but also among the saints receiving the needed help! God’s ways and paths are beyond the world’s understanding! The faithful and generous are blessed!

Psalm 25:4-5 “Make me to know Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for Your are the God of my salvation; for You I wait all the day long.”

Prayer: Father God, thank You for demonstrating joyful giving through the giving or Your Son, Jesus Christ for us who were sinners. Thank you for the joy that this free gift of salvation has brought to believers throughout the world and for all time. Use me to overflow with generosity to help refresh the saints and experience the abundant joy of cheerful giving.

Proverbs 20:6 “Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love, but a faithful man who can find?”

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Overflowing generosity!

Scripture reading for September 27th: Zephaniah, Psalm 74, 2nd Corinthians 8

2nd Corinthians 8: 1-5 “We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints–and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.”

Paul commended the overflowing generosity of the Macedonian church in the face of severe persecution. These believers were filled with joy even in the midst of extreme poverty and gave extravagantly out of the little they had. They could only give out of their means but some gave beyond their means because of their faith in God and they demonstrated their faith through giving and even counting it a great favor to give for the relief of other believers who were also in need. Paul noted that they could do this only because they had truly given themselves to the Lord first and then they discerned God’s will to give to these needs.

Psalm 74:12-13 “Yet God my King is from of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth. You divided the sea by Your might; You broke the heads of the sea monsters on the waters.”

Prayer: Father God, thank You for the joy and willingness to give reflected in these Macedonian churches that were under severe affliction and poverty. I see Christ Jesus in their generosity and compassion for others who were also suffering. Help me to overflow with generosity and joyful response to the needs of your people. I give myself and my possessions to You to bring You glory and work salvation on earth.

Zephaniah 2:3 “Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, who do His just commands; seek righteousness; seek humility; perhaps you may be hidden on the day of the anger of the Lord.”

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Delighting God!

Scripture reading for September 25th: Zephaniah, Psalm 74, 2nd Corinthians 8

Key Scriptures: 2nd Corinthians 8:1-5 “We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints–and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.”

Paul commended the Macedonian churches for their gracious giving. These churches were in severe persecution and were suffering physically and economically. But Paul was impressed with their joyful hearts and gracious giving, even beyond their means. They did not need to be persuaded, but begged to be part of the relief of other brothers and sisters. Their giving was marked by giving of themselves to the Lord first and then their offerings.

Psalm 74:12 “Yet God my King is from of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, You are my King, working salvation. Keep my heart in step with Yours, full of mercy and generosity. I give myself to You to dwell in my midst and open my hands to give as You direct.

Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord your God is in your midst, a Mighty One Who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing.”

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Rich generosity!

Scripture reading for August 7th: 2nd Corinthians 8, Psalm 7, Proverbs 3

Key Scriptures:  2nd Corinthians 8:1-5 “We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part.  For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints–and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.”  

Paul shared with the Corinthians how he had encouraged the Macedonians to prepare an offering to be ready when he came again.  He noted that they responded with great generosity in spite of severe trials and afflictions.  Their giving was according to and beyond their means to give.  They even begged Paul for the favor of giving this offering.  They gave themselves as they gave their money and blessed God and His people.

Faith Confession:  What a privilege it is to give to God and to His work and to praise Him with generosity!  Lord help me to grow in the grace of joyful and generous giving, knowing how it blesses You and God’s people.

Psalm 7:17  “I will give to the Lord the thanks due to His righteousness, and I will sing praise to the Name of the Lord, the Most High.”

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The grace of giving!

Scripture reading for August 8th:  2nd Corinthians 8

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  2nd Corinthians 8:1-5  “And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches.  Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.  For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability.  Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.  And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God’s will.”  

God is a generous giver!  His love compels Him to bless His creation and especially His people.  Paul cited the Macedonians as an example of what a committed relationship to God the Father produced in their lives.  Although the Macedonians went through severe testing and extreme poverty, they had overflowing joy and a desire to give towards God’s work and His people.  They gave willingly and generously and the result was super-natural!  God’s grace works extreme generosity in those who are cleansed and forgiven!

Observations for over-comers:  The grace of giving, even beyond natural ability, marks over-comers.  A relationship with Jesus Christ, faith in God’s provision and vision for His work produces the grace of giving.  “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this?  Everything comes from You, and we have given You only what comes from your hand.”  (1st Chronicles 29:14)

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