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Monday, September 13, 2010

Giving and Trusting

Let's pick back up on last Thursday's post.  I wanted to dive into the giving and trusting thing on Friday but time did not permit so instead I shared with you a great book I just finished.

So now that my company is gone and the house is clean (well, was clean) I want to continue our thoughts on this matter.

I shared Thursday that our giving really comes down to our trusting.  Trusting God.  

Trusting that when I give, God will give back.

This is one thing I have never had a hard time doing in my life.  I have always found it easy to trust God and take Him at His Word.

I contribute a lot of this to the fact that I have an earthly father I trusted completely growing up.  And how you view your earthly father is usually the way you view your heavenly father.  And my earthly father is someone that I never doubted, always trusted, never worried that I would go without or felt I would be left unprotected.

But I do know not everyone had the same experience I did.  If your father left your family, was not the provider he should have been or worse took advantage of you in the most detestable way, then I am sure you have a hard time with trust.

But your heavenly Father, the one who created you and gave life to you, will never leave you nor take advantage of you. 

Because of that I trust... Trust that when I give it will come back to me (Luke 6:38).

And I know... That if I trust in the Lord with all my heart, He will show me which path to take (Proverbs 3:5 & 6).

And I have seen... When I am concerned with God's kingdom and righteousness first, then everything else is added to my life (Matthew 6:33).

CCA is not in the middle of a fund raising campaign, but a faith raising campaign.  Hebrews says that without faith it is impossible to please God. 

I want to please my God.  And I please Him when I trust Him. When I trust Him I am having complete faith in His ability to meet my needs when I first give away that which I have.

If you want to trust God with all your heart as Proverbs instructs but find it very challenging, let me give you this mental picture.

The complete verse says to trust in the Lord with all your heart and to lean not on your own understanding.  Our own understanding is like a broken reed, that when leaned upon will fail (Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary).  

God is the only one, who when leaned upon, will never fail.  But it will require us to trust Him.

Mark and I could write a book on our giving.  Since the day we rededicated our lives back to Christ we have always put God first when it came to our finances.  We pay our tithe as well as give offerings, and sometimes they have been very sacrificial offerings because one thing we strongly believe in is sowing and reaping. 

Ten years ago we gave a financial seed to a Christian school's building program.  We had been looking for two years for the right house to purchase for our family and could find nothing.  We designated that seed to the school for the harvest of a home and today we live in the fruit that seed produced.

If you have read my blogs for long you know we are back in the same place needing to build on 5 acres we purchased to get closer to our church.  And again, we have planted some seeds toward CCA's first building.  And I trust God that even in this economy our current home will sell and we will be able to move closer to our new family.

But first we are giving to God's building. 

We are giving and trusting.  And when we put God's kingdom first, He will add all these other things to our life.

I dare you to give, for when you do you will see that God will give back to you, good measure, shaken together and running over (Luke 6:38).

Test me in this and see if I don't open up heaven itself to you and pour out blessings beyond your wildest dreams (Malachi 3:10 MSG).

He is the Lord of the Harvest!!

Happy Monday,

1 comment:

Unknown said...

That was great to read again. TFP-thanks for posting-