“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 4:19 (NKJV)
I pray that your Christmas and New Year holidays were better than you hoped! I’ve heard some really great stories, and I pray that each of you have similar ones. I also pray that those who may have suffered loss or are still grieving any type of loss this season will be surrounded by love and comfort for the pain you are suffering. May the peace of God that passes ALL understanding fill and enfold and mold and restore your hearts. I love you dearly.
Well, today we begin a year-long topical study on giving. Just as things changed a bit last year, the 2018 blog series will once again be a little different to accommodate many changes taking place in my life and family. My oldest daughter is getting married in just a few weeks, my youngest son will be graduating from high school in May, I am: finishing a degree program, working, and raising a 13-year-old. We also have some other family transitions coming up that will need more of my time and attention. Therefore, our 2018 blogs will only be once a month, unless we have guest writers. So, let’s get started!
About giving: God has dealt with me a great deal in the area of giving over the last two years or so. He’s also placed a huge, burning, desire in my heart to be a giver in the true sense of the word. But what does that mean or look like? I have some answers; and, the rest I seek to discover as I pray, study, and share over the next year. What are your thoughts? Feel free to chime in and share at any time! To begin though, I want to confess that I commandeered this month’s focus verse from my pastor as he was praying over the congregational offering one Sunday. The Spirit of The Lord took me in a direction I had never looked at this verse before, so let me share.
Philippians 4:19 is a promise…to givers. Let me make that very clear. In the verses that come before this one, Paul is giving thanks to God for the Philippian church’s generosity in helping his missionary pursuits. So, to those who give, God WILL supply all they need. But this truth creates a loop that is impossible to escape from. Why? Because those who trust God, His character, His love, His faithfulness, the truth of His word, and yes…His riches, will give. Period. Giving is first and foremost an act of trust. I know MANY people will say giving is an act of obedience first, but you can’t obey what you don’t trust. So here is my point: When you trust God, you give; when you give you receive. It’s a simple cycle that no one but you and God can break, and, pardon my grammar, HE ain’t into breakin’ promises.
So how about we start with resolving the trust issues? Over the next month until I share again, let’s dig through scripture, bring to recollection, listen to testimony and teaching, all about how loving and true God truly is. Let’s leave no stone unturned, and no doubt un-challenged. When you hear from me again, let’s make certain that we know that God sees and cares about every need we have, from least to greatest, and He takes care of His own. Before we go any further, we MUST first believe that we can give with the confidence that He will take care of us. You can do this! Let’s go!
I’m praying for you…
With Great Expectation,