“When you arrive in the land where I am taking you… you must set some aside as a sacred offering to the Lord. Present a cake from the first of the flour you grind… as you do with the first grain from the threshing floor. (Numbers 15:18-20 NLT)
Not just entering the promise land requires obedience to God so He would fight for us, staying in the promise land requires a continual obedience so His power will keep us!
It is essential that a mutual trust is established between God and ourselves right from the beginning that we would be His people and He would be our God. This means we obey God and He will protect us and provide us.
First step to show God that He can trust us is by showing our first love is for Him. This means keeping Him first in all we earn, spend and do!
If we really trust God we trust His command to tithe (first portion) of all we earn!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways,and He will guide you on the right paths.
Honor the Lord with your possessions and with the first produce of your entire harvest; then your barns will be completely filled,and your vats will overflow with new wine. Proverbs 3:5-6, 9-10
They were completely amazed and said again and again, “Everything he does is wonderful. He even makes the deaf to hear and gives speech to those who cannot speak.” (Mark 7:37 NLT)
Every minute somewhere, someone is touched by Christ Jesus and receives their miracle!
If we take a moment to look back at our own lives (or others who has Jesus Christ as their Lord), we will testify that He is so wonderful!
When Jesus walked among people 2000 years ago, they were in peak of joy as they had the very Creator in midst of them and testified that ‘nothing is impossible for God!’
Today, if we come out of our own small circle and start working with other needy people by introducing Christ Jesus their Savior to them – the stage has been set to see for ourselves the most wonderful things He will do for them!
This is exciting, is there anything impossible for Him!
…and the people begged Jesus to lay his hands on the man to heal him. Mark 7:32
Wherever he went—in villages, cities, or the countryside—they brought the sick out to the marketplaces. They begged him to let the sick touch at least the fringe of his robe, and all who touched him were healed. Mark 6:56
“And the King (Jesus) will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ (Matthew 25:40 NLT)
When God by His mercy kept us well, He do expect that we be mindful of people around us who are hurting, hungry and in need of supplies that are well in our power to bless them.
Even the greedy in one point of time will learn his lesson and set his records straight, but it is the stingy that will get punished and would lose the eternal life!
Are we ignoring or overlooking people that God has kept around us? These are the ones God has placed in our life, so we can become a blessing by releasing the mercy, compassion, acceptance, forgiveness along with food, water and money where needed.
Then he (Jesus) turned to his host. “When you put on a luncheon or a banquet,” he said, “don’t invite your friends, brothers, relatives, and rich neighbors. For they will invite you back, and that will be your only reward. Instead, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. Then at the resurrection of the righteous, God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you.” Luke 14:12-14
To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. (Matthew 25:29 NLT)
Where your heart is, there your treasure is!
Unless we are willing to risk losing we can never invest. Unless we are willing to spend time without any reservation we never learn to get best return.
If our heart is sold out to God, then we will give Him all we have. Whether it’s money, time, energy or thoughts – we’ll give Him out of obedience .
As far God is concern, He is the most generous, He not only rewards us for our generosity but enable us with what all we need to get much more generous – so we can become just like Him – really generous!
It is God Who gives seed to the man to plant. He also gives the bread to eat. Then we know He will give you more seed to plant and make it grow so you will have more to give away. God will give you enough so you can always give to others. 2 Corinthians 9:10-11
“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field. (Matthew 13:44 NLT)
The eye opening moment to see that the Kingdom of Heaven is real, is not usually a glorious prayer time or trance but would be thru’ a traumatic/shocking painful time we go thru’ in this world realizing that all we see in this kingdom of the world will come an end!
When this realization of the real awaiting glorious eternity comes in us, there is an overwhelming willingness to lay down anything we’ve in order to get into the Kingdom of Heaven – the real place awaiting for all who accept the forgiveness of God in Christ Jesus.
The longingness is not to get to that Place but to get to the Person – Christ Jesus!
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us. Romans 8:18
The whole countryside is open to you. Take your choice of any section of the land you want, and we will separate. If you want the land to the left, then I’ll take the land on the right. If you prefer the land on the right, then I’ll go to the left.” (Genesis 13:9 NLT)
As soon as Lot has accumulated the wealth his need to depend on God’s leading (Abraham’s journey) had become pointless. He wants to settle down and have ‘life’.
As for as Abram is concerned, his life is his God and his eyes are on the Blesser not the blessings. Unless his God settles him, he don’t want to stop the exciting journey of God-dependence.
As soon as Abram proved his attitude, God spoke –
Go and walk through the land in every direction, for I am giving it to you.” (Genesis 13:17 NLT)
Lot has gone, time to go and walk thru’ the land; let’s go!
Offer sacrifices in the right spirit, and trust the Lord . (Psalms 4:5 NLT)
Religious sacrifices are a self-deceptive idea to please God and to fool ourselves that we are now in right standing with God.
It is also a religious idea to offer God something because of a guilt from past or for a present need.
God pay no attention to our great sacrificial offerings and cries when we refuse to change our ways and surrender to His will. In other words, God is not for sale.
“What is more pleasing to the Lord : your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams. (1 Samuel 15:22 NLT)