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TODAY’S VERSE

God loves a person who gives cheerfully.
II Corinthians 9:8 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
We don’t talk much about giving, yet we serve a God who has given us everything. The Apostle John quotes Jesus, in that famous verse, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son.” Our God is a generous loving God and He wants us to be the same. In today’s passage Paul is encouraging the church to give. He writes, “You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves a person who gives cheerfully. And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” Look around you, see the various needs and ask God what He would have you do. Whether it is your time, talent or treasure decide how you can get involved. Enjoy it, get enthused, and be cheerful. Remember God promises to take care of all your needs, so help others with theirs.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for Your generous love and kindness toward me. Thank You for providing for all my needs. Help me to partner with You in helping others. I want to give with an enlarged heart and an open hand. Guide and direct me I pray.
AMEN

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TODAY’S VERSE
“Some nations boast of their chariots and horses, but we boast in the name of the LORD our God.”
Psalms 20:7

“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Matthew 6:20-21

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It is easy to get our priorities mixed up. It seems that people are judged by the money they earn and the things they acquire. Even criminals are honored if they have the “rich and famous” lifestyle. Fame and fortune are the goals that we aspire to. The issue isn’t whether “riches” are good or bad. The issue is that there is something more important than our materialism. There is a spiritual reality that we need to be concerned about. Jesus told us to store “spiritual” treasures in heaven. David said not to boast in our earthy positions and pleasures but to “boast in the Lord.” Why is this important? Because what we treasure is a reflection of what we are inside. If we treasure God, it is because He has the affection of our heart. If we boast in the Lord, it is because we are pleased with our relationship with Him. Do we want to have a deeper, more satisfying relationship with God? Seek Him like we would gold. Go after Him like a lost treasure. Make Him the most valuable part of our life and our heart with follow.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I want to treasure you more than gold. I want to love you more than my possessions. Help me to know you. Help me to experience your love. Help me love you more and more until I understand the valuable treasure your love really is.
AMEN

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TODAY’S VERSE
“What sorrow awaits you Pharisees! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herb gardens, but you ignore justice and the love of God. You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things.”
Luke 11:42 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Protestant Work Ethic. Remember it? It was a social concept that helped build capitalism. It is the idea that we should work hard for the money we receive and use it wisely. It was credited to Christianity because so many Christians had a strong moral ethic when it came to money and work. This same spirit has advocated tithing, the giving a ten percent portion of your income to church. But the Protestant Work Ethic could not hold a candle to the Pharisees! Jesus pointed out that the Pharisees were so obsessive that they even tithed their tiniest income from their herb gardens! But here was the point. The Pharisees were zealous about giving their money to God, but neglected what God really wanted. He wanted us to tithe our interests and focus. He wants us to love Him and those all around us that are in need. In fact, when we love those in need we are really loving God. God cares about people. Broken, hurting and poor people. And if we want to tithe anything then we should give of our time, talent and treasures to helping those in need. Jesus said it best. He said, “You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things.” Today, give of yourself to help those in need. This is what God desires.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help me to have your priorities. Help me to have a heart that beats like Yours. One full of grace and mercy for those in need. Help me love You by loving justice and those in need around me.
AMEN

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TODAY’S VERSE
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”’
Hebrews 13:5 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Some things are better than gold! Who of us hasn’t dreamed of being rich beyond our imagination? It is the dream that is portrayed over and over again on television, in the movies and the pages of books throughout the world. Money, fame, power; these seem to be the things that so many strive for. And yet today’s passage proclaims loud and clear just the opposite. It tells us to live our lives “free from the love of money and be content with what we have.” Why would the author suggest that? Why would anyone write something so contrary to human reasoning unless it is true or he has something better to offer? In this case the author of Hebrews has both. He was telling the truth. When all is said and done, contentment, peace, joy and love are the true treasures of life. Money can help with this, but the “love of money” is something else. It is an addiction, an unreasonable, irrational obsession with something that gives false hope. Drugs never satisfy long-term, neither will the love of money. When will you ever have enough? When will you ever be able to say “no” to the irrational obsession that the love of money creates? So what does the author suggest we really seek after? Jesus Himself. It is Jesus who promises to never leave us, to never forsake us. He is the one who can really fill our heart with love, give us the purpose, peace and satisfaction that we were created for. It is Jesus that your soul is looking for. Today, turn to Him. Bring your longings to Jesus and let Him begin to satisfy.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Jesus, thank You for loving me. Thank You that You will never leave me or forsake me. Thank You for giving me everything I need to be content in this world. I accept You as the Lord of my life and dedicate myself to following You.
AMEN

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TODAY’S VERSE
“Honor God with everything you own; give him the first and the best.”
Proverb 3:9 (MSG)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
We often think of giving to God through an offering on Sunday morning. Many churches advocate giving God ten percent of what we earn. This is called the tithe. However, when it comes to giving to God, there is a deeper principle of stewardship involved. If we really consider it, we know that everything we have comes from God. We are not owner; rather we are stewards and have been given charge to use what He has given us in the best way possible. We are to use everything we have for His glory. Solomon had more than any other person before him and yet he saw the wisdom in honoring God with what he had. He is the one that concluded that all is vanity, that we work all our life only to leave what we have earned to someone else. Doesn’t it make more sense to use what God has given us for His glory now, before we die? Today’s verse says to honor God with everything we own. Our car, house, furniture, recreational equipment, tools, savings, all of this and more can be used for ministry in His kingdom. If you don’t believe it, ask God to show you an opportunity to use your belongings for ministering to others. God has blessed us in order to bless others. Today, give the ownership of what you have to God and ask Him to show you what to do with it. In return you will get the real riches of life.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for all You have given to me. I give it back to You. I want to be a faithful steward and use everything for Your glory. Guide and direct me to that end.
AMEN

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