Saturday, February 7, 2009

God's Promises: Saturday

Charity; Hospitality; Brotherly Love; Poverty; Self Denial; Humility; Work; Help in Troubles; Righteousness; and Repentance. Taken from the NIV.
Charity: Luke 12:33: "Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys."
We always recycle clothes outgrown, not wore, in good shape, along with household items that never get used. Why throw them out when they are in good shape. Why sit all day for a garage sale, when you can give your things to those in need?
Hospitality: Acts 20:35: "In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive."
I think we must all admit, it is a good feeling when we give. I would much rather give than receive. I love to give to others, whether it be money, time, a helping hand, to go the extra mile, give household and clothing items, etc. Having a giving heart is so uplifting, especially when we can do it without expecting anything in return.
Brotherly Love: 1 John 2:10: "Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble."
Love your brothers and sisters as you would want them to love you.
Poverty: Jeremiah 20:13: "Sing to the Lord! Give Praise to the Lord! He rescues the life of the needy from the hands of the wicked."
How wonderful is that! He WILL rescue us. Believe, believe, believe!
Self Denial: Titus 2:11-12: "For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. 12 It teaches us to say 'No' to ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age."
Deny oursleves of the worldly and ways and ways of the flesh to live a good life. It can be hard at times in the beginning, but the closer we come to Him, the easier it is to follow Him. Lean in closer, focus on Jesus, move forward towards Him. Don't look back, don't doubt. Denying onself of something we should not have or do is a small sacrifice compared to what God and Jesus' sacricfices were, wouldn't you say?
Humility: Isaiah 57:15: "For this is what the high and lofty One says--he who lives forever, whose name is holy: 'I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite."
He is always there no matter the situation to guide us, lead us, or what ever the case may be when we humble ourselves and listen to His guidance.
Work: 2 Chronicles 31:21: "In everything that he undertook in the service of God's temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly, and so he prospered."
What greatness we receive when we are obedient, humbled, and serve by His name!Help in Troubles: Psalm 37:24: "Though he stumbles, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand."
Through trials and tribulations, He is always there to catch us. He is always there to pick us back up. All we have to do is believe and trust in Him.
Righteousness: Proverbs 13:21: "Misfortune pursues the sinner, but prosperity is the reward of the righteous."
Repentance: Psalm 147:3: "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds."

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