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His Indescribable Gift!

Scripture reading for August 10th:  2nd Corinthians 9

Paul was encouraging the church at Corinth to cultivate the ‘grace of giving’!  He went on to instruct them in planned giving for missions work.  He was coming to receive their promised offering and they should prepare it by making the need known to the brothers and preparing the gift ahead of time.

“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.”  (2nd Corinthians 9:6-7)  Paul encouraged these brothers with an agricultural example.  Sowing seed brought harvests.  If seed was sown sparingly, a small crop would result.  Enough seed must be turned loose and allowed to go into the soil to produce an abundant harvest.  Giving is like sowing seed.  We must not be reluctant to turn loose of our offerings!  We must give cheerfully, knowing that God will bring back our seed with an abundant return.  It takes faith to sow as well as to give!

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. . . .Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.”  (2nd Corinthians 9:8,10)   This is God’s way of supplying the needs of His church and also the needs of His people!  As they learn the grace of giving, God multiplies their harvest!  “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”  (2nd Corinthians 9:15)

 

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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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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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