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Philippian 4:14-23

14 Nevertheless you have done well that you shared in my distress. 15 Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only. 16 For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account. 18 Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. 19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 20 Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Giving is not about the giver or the receiver, it is all about God and the glory of Jesus Christ. It maybe be the needy that we give our time and money to, but it should be in joy that we give and in the name of Jesus, because the things we are able to give was a gift itself from God. Giving to help the children of God and to further His kingdom is pleasing to God and it will be blessed. We will also be bless more to be able to give more, but more importantly, He will bless us abundantly in eternity where we will be in His presence.

21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me greet you. 22 All the saints greet you, but especially those who are of Caesar’s household.

23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

God is Gracious

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. — Jeremiah 29:11

God only has good thoughts toward me, even though it may seems bad now, like going through financial or health problems, God only has thoughts of good and hope for me.

Reach out to Him, believe in and rely on Him and He will bless you with abundant life.

Read the entire chapter here.

Philippians 1:1-11

1 Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ,To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul opens his letters like all his others, with a prayer of grace and peace from Jesus.  It’s important to note that grace always comes before peace because there is no real peace until you receive the grace and forgiveness of God.

3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, 5 for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; 7 just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace. 8 For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.

God will not leave us to ourselves, once we have received Him, He will continue the work in our lives, teaching and guiding us to do that which is pleasing to Him.  It is not us that have to do the work of spreading the Good News, Jesus, who is in us, does it and through His grace, allows us to partake in the blessings.

9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

This is a great example of a prayer that we can offer for our brothers and sisters in Christ.  What a wonderful thing that we can do for one another, to be able to ask for more of the Spirit in our lives and for more of Him.

God is awesome.

The Gift of Giving

There are many reasons why people donate to churches and charities: tax deduction, tradition, habit, or out of quilt, but the greatest way to give is cheerfully. (2 Corinthians 9:7) Happily giving without thought of getting something in return, which is a hard thing to do, that is why it is a gift of giving. God gives us the will to give of our money and our time.

If you think about it though, it really isn’t that hard to give. First, He blesses us with riches, especially here in this country, where even the poorest have a couple bucks to get something to eat or find a soup kitchen. Compared with others parts of the world, we have a lot. Out of these riches we are asked to give just a little bit, He even tells us that, “Try Me now in this, if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessings that there will not be room enough to receive it.” (Malachi 3:10)

Lastly, the Bible tells us that we should store up treasures in Heaven. (Matthew 6:20)  Nothing here will last forever and even if you have it buried with you like the Chinese Emperors or Egyptian Pharaohs, it will just be buried or more likely, stolen.

Giving in the Name of Jesus will allow you to take it with you, or more exactly, it will be there for you. This actually presents a kind of dilemma for me, I feel like I am thinking about getting something when I give, I will be getting much more back when I get to Heaven. I think it’s okay though since we are told to store up treasures in Heaven.

Whatever it is, I know it will be more than enough just to be with my God forever.