Tag: Proverbs 11:24-25

The pure pathway to blessing

Scripture reading for April 12th: Matthew 5, Psalm 73, Proverbs 11

Matthew 5:2-9 “And He opened His mouth and taught them saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. . .”

Great crowds gathered in Galilee to hear Jesus teach and preach and demonstrate the Father’s heart of love to the hurting and sinners. The ‘sermon on the mount’ is where this series of ‘blessing’ is taken from. Here Jesus gives simple truths after the manner of the wisdom of Solomon in Proverbs. The blessed life comes to those poor in spirit, knowing and admitting to need of God’s mercy. It comes to those who show mercy because they have found mercy. It comes to the humble and peacemakers in the form of a new identity and eternal inheritance. Purity of heart catches God’s attention and brings blessings and guidance and an outflow of giving that models our Father’s heart!

Psalm 73:1, 23-24 “Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.” . . .”Nevertheless, I am continually with You; You hold my right hand. You guide me with Your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory.”

Prayer: Father God, You have revealed Your amazing love and heart to bless to me and my family! Your desire is that all families of the earth enjoy this blessedness that comes from faith in Your Son, Jesus Christ. Through Him, the Way to heaven, eternal life and inheritance is revealed. Open doors for me to share this great treasure and see others blessed and cleansed by the Water of Life in Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 11:24-25 “One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.”

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Giving should be willing and cheerful

Scripture reading for September 28th: 2nd Corinthians 9

Key Scriptures: 2nd Corinthians 9:5-8 “So I though it necessary to urge the brothers to go on ahead to you and arrange in advance for the gift you have promised, so that it may be ready as a willing gift, not as an exaction. The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.”

Paul explained to the Corinthians that he had been boasting about their willingness and readiness to give. To be sure that this was the case, he was sending brothers in advance to arrange for the gift and give time to have it ready when Paul arrived. He did not want to pressure them in person and these men were also not part of pressure. Paul carefully explained to all giving was to be an act of faith from a willing heart. No one was twisting arms. Giving also should be done cheerfully, not grudgingly or with reluctance. God is watching the offerings and those giving and He loves to reward those doing so cheerfully by faith. Paul used the example of planting seed. To harvest a big crop, seed must be sowed abundantly. God brings the increase in the crops planted and He also brings back a harvest from giving into His work. How much do you want to harvest?

2nd Corinthians 10:10 “He Who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.”

Faith confession and prayer: Father God, supplier of every good and perfect gift, and seed for those sowing, thank You for first giving to us that we might be able to give at all. Help me to keep an open hand to give to Your work and to keep a cheerful and faith-filled heart when giving to ministry and those in need. I want to reap a harvest of righteousness and have plenty of seed to sow again!

Proverbs 11:24-25 “One gives freely yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.”

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The Holy Spirit Reveals!

Scripture reading for July 8th:  1st Corinthians 2, Psalm 135, Proverbs 11

Key Scriptures:  1st Corinthians 2:9-12 “But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him”–these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit.  For the Spirit of God searches everything, even the depths of God.  For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him?  So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.  Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.”

Paul explained that as the spirit of a person knows the inner thoughts of that person, so God’s Holy Spirit knows all about God and His thoughts that are hidden from the natural man.  But God gives His people the gift of the Holy Spirit that they might know and receive the hidden things freely given to those who repent and believe on His Son.

Faith Confession:  Thank You Lord for the precious gift of the Holy Spirit living in me and revealing Whose I am and what You have freely given me by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  Help me to freely share this amazing treasure!

Proverbs 11:24-25 “One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withhold what he should give, and only suffers want.  Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.”  

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Listen to the Master!

Scripture reading for January 20th:  Matthew 14

Key Scriptures:  Matthew 14:14-16  “When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, He had compassion on them and healed their sick.  As evening approached, the disciples came to Him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late.  Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”  Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away, you give them something to eat.”  

Would you rather give orders or take them?  Of course we like to give orders!  We have been conditioned by our world, culture, and sin-nature to want to be in control.  The original disciples were no different.  They came to Jesus with a plan to take care of a huge crowd of people as darkness was fast approaching.  They had figured it all out–just sent them away before dark to find bread in the villages!

But Jesus had orders of His own!  He turned the tables on His disciples and told them to take care of them by feeding them right on the site!  He did this immediately following His own bout with grief over the execution of His cousin, John the Baptist.  He had compassion on the multitude!  Love moved Him to motivate His disciples and send them out to feed this multitude of over 5000 men plus women and children!  Taking the meager resources available, these two loaves of bread and five fish were blessed and broken and given to the disciples.  As they gave them away, they multiplied in their hands to feed the multitude with much left over!

Observations for over-comers:  Jesus set the example of serving and calls His disciples to listen to the Master and do what He says.  This will result in an overflowing abundance!  “One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withhold unduly, but comes to poverty.  The generous man will prosper and he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”  (Proverbs 11:24-25)

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