Posts Tagged ‘Faith’

We have just celebrated Christmas, but here is just a thought, when Gabriel appeared to Zacharias he asked how, and was struck dumb until John was born. Mary asked Gabrielle how, and was answered. My question then is:

When is ok to ask ,”how” and when is it not?

Gabriel appeared to Zacharias and tells him that Elizabeth was going to have a baby, even though they were both old and unable to have children despite years of trying.

And Zacharias said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.” Luke 1:18

The result he was struck dumb.

Gabriel then appears to Mary and tells her she is going to have a baby.

Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” Luke 1:34

Gabriel then tells her what is going to happen, the Holy Spirit will over shadow her and she’ll conceive.

Why the difference?

Zacharias questioned the very word of the angel, “How shall I know this? How can I know what God is saying is true.

Mary, on the other-hand asks, “How can this be? She didn’t doubt the word, she sought information as to how the promise would be fulfilled. What’s the point?

It is ok to ask God how He is  going to fulfill His promise, what is not ok is to question the promise. Mary is saying I believe your promise, how are you going to fulfill it. Zacharias heard the angel and asked how can I know this is God,s word, it seems to wonderful.

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There has always been so much debate over tithing, the problem is talking about money solicits so much emotion.

Paul says the love of money is the root of all evil (see 1 Tim 6:10), notice it is not money but the love of it.

When people speak of tithing they often quote Malachi 3, that if you tithe, God will open the floodgates of blessing, while that is true it should never be the motivation to tithe.

Other who don’t like the idea of tithing say that is Old testament, that is simply not true. Jesus in a debate with religious leaders said,

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.

Without neglecting the former, justice, mercy and faithfulness are more important and should be characteristics of the believer’s life and done without neglecting the principle of tithing.

So why tithe, what is its purpose?

God, Himself, answers that:

Bring this tithe to eat before the Lord your God at the place he shall choose as his sanctuary; this applies to your tithes of grain, new wine, olive oil, and the firstborn of your flocks and herds. The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives. (Deuteronomy 14:23 TLB)

The purpose of the tithe is to learn to put God first in life always. Other translations says we tithe to learn to “fear the Lord”, to hold Him in reverence and awe.

Abraham was the first to tithe, it was not commanded, it was not a law, it was a sign of honor and worship to God for the victory he secured over 5 kings (see Genesis 14:20).

Show me a believer that honors and worships God, putting Him first in their lives, and I’ll show you a tither!

Just a Thought!

God Bless, have a great day.

I was reading through Proverbs and I read again one I’ve read many times and often quoted:

Proverbs 4:23, “Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.”

But I asked the question, “How do I keep my heart with all diligence?” The answer was simply get in the Word of God and allow the Word to penetrate deep in the heart and build faith. Here’s the point, I need to build a reservoir of faith in the wet season so when the drought comes I have great reserves of faith for breakthrough and deliverance. If on the other hand I wait for the hard times, the droughts of life to try to build a reservoir of breakthrough then the reservoir will never fill.

Pharaoh had a dream, in that dream seven years of a severe famine was destined to come, knowing that, by itself serves no purpose. It was the wisdom of Joseph that saw Egypt rise to prominence in a time of severe famine and what did Joseph suggest? In the years of plenty, in the season of abundance and blessing, in the wet season, build a reservoir od food that will sustain in the famine. What an amazingly profound and equally amazingly simple answer. Collect in the good times so there’ll be plenty to draw on in the bad.

Simple and profound but how often when things are going well we feel we don’t need God, we don’t need prayer and we don’t need the Holy Spirit’s power, God warns against complacency in Deuteronomy.

Deuteronomy 8:11-14 “Beware that you do not forget the LORD your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today, lest—when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them; and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied; when your heart is lifted up, and you forget the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage;

It is when things are pumping that we need to build that reservoir that will carry us through the hard times.

David was bemoaning the prosperity of the wicked and says he came close to falling away, but it says he went into the Lord’s house and things turned around, or David had built a reservoir of faith around the tabernacle of God and was able to draw from it.

Build faith in the good times so you have something to draw on in the bad.

Just a Thought.

God Bless