Tithing- the Final Frontier

Tithing- The Final Frontier

“It has been said that the wallet is the ‘final frontier.’ It is often the final area to be conquered- the last thing that we surrender to God. Jesus spoke much about money. He said that we cannot serve God and mammon (Matthew 6:24). ‘Mammon’ was the common Aramaic word for riches, which is related to a Hebrew word signifying ‘that which is to be trusted.’ In other words, we cannot trust both God and money. Either money is our source of joy, our great love, our sense of security, the supplier of our needs- or God is.

When you open your purse or wallet, give generously and regularly to your local Church. A guide to how much you should give can be found in the ‘tithe’ of the Old Testament: 10 percent of your income. Whatever amount you give, make sure you give something to the work of God (see Mal. 3:8- 11). Give because you want to, not because you have to. God loves a cheerful giver (2 Cor. 9:6, 7), so learn to hold your money with a loose hand.”

Ray Comfort

Evidence Bible, page 1413

Rejoice!!

Rejoice!

1 Thessalonians 5:16

“Rejoice always”

Paul suffered very much for the Lord Jesus and for the gospel. He was imprisoned frequently, beaten with rods, flogged, stoned, went hungry and thirsty, went naked and cold, was in danger from false believers, and on top of that he suffered daily from his deep concern for all the Churches; yet with all that suffering, he instructs others to “rejoice always!”. How can this be? How could Paul possibly rejoice while sitting in a cold prison, chained to Roman guards?

His secret was that his source of joy was not governed by the circumstances of life, which always fluctuate, but was Jesus Christ Himself, who will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). True joy comes from knowing God and being right with Him, something that no trial can ever take from us, but on the contrary, only draws the true believer closer to Him. So rejoice on, beloved brethren, and let the joy of the Lord be your strength (Nehemiah 8:10). No matter what terrible hardships this life presents to you, rejoice because your name is written in heaven (Luke 10:20), and your life is hidden with Christ in God! Hallelujah!

In Jesus, Jonathan Ball

Web: www.jonnyfivealive.wix.com/pyroounderground

Home Church: www.goodfight.org

Abounding More and More

Abounding More and More

1 Thessalonians 4:1

“Finally then, brethren we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God;”

The Church of Thessalonica was commended by Paul over and over, as they were known for their love and good works. Yet, although their testimony was known by the surrounding regions, Paul exhorted them twice in chapter 4 to still abound “more and more”. That should be the goal of every believer, to continually advance the kingdom of God.

No matter how well we are doing in Christ, we should always strive to do more. John Wesley said, “Do all the good you can; by all the means you can; In all the ways you can; in all the places you can; at all the times you can; to all the people you can; as long as ever you can.” We should live each day as though it is our last, for one day we will be right. Our life is but a vapor, so we should redeem the time and be filled with good works. Let our lives overflow with fruit.

You have a promise from God, that if you abide in Christ and He abides in you, you will bear much fruit (John 15:5)! Imagine that if the Lord of all creation lives in you, there is no way you won’t produce godly fruit; His life will ooze out of you. The question is, are you full of Christ, or still full of you? John stated that if all the works of Jesus where written down, there would not be enough room on earth for all the books that would be written (John 21:25)! And His ministry was only 3 years long!

Therefore, let Christ and His word dwell in you richly, and live with eternity in mind. Let your branches spread far and wide, distributing nourishing fruit to all who are around you; that they might reach out and be blessed by your love, your hope, your joy, your patience and kindness that flows from your life. Spend and be spent doing God’s work, reaching the lost and loving the brethren, and when you enter eternity you will not regret it.

Love in Christ, Jonathan Ball

Web: www.jonnyfivealive.wix.com/pyroounderground

Home Church: www.goodfight.org

 

Delight Yourself in the LORD!

Delight yourself in the Lord
Psalms 1:2, 3
“But his delight is in the law of the LORD and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper”
Honesty, what is it that brings you joy in life? What is your delight? Can you say truly that you love meditating on God’s word, or are the Scriptures just a dusty book that you sometimes bring to Church? When someone starts speaking about the truth do your spiritual taste buds start to salivate or do you get board and wish they would change the subject? These are all good questions to ask yourself in honesty if you are truly seeking God.
I simply cannot put enough emphasis on the importance of delighting yourself in God’s word, both written and spoken. For YHWY created the worlds with a word (Hebrews 11:3; 2 Peter 3:5- 7), and with a word they are sustained. Heaven and earth will pass away, but His words will never pass away (Luke 21:33). His word is the rock of ages that stands firm for eternity, so build your life upon it alone, and you will never be moved; build on anything else and you will surly fall (Matthew 7:24- 27).
Because of this great treasury at our finger tips, let us seek to delight ourselves in it day and night. Write His word on your door posts, and engrave it on your heart. Listen to no one or no thing that would try to deter you from being filled richly with the truths of God; they will guide you, they will speak to you and give you wisdom from heaven, they will fill your inner man with eternal riches and form in you the characteristics of Christ. They will expel darkness when it surrounds you, they will slice through deception and lies, casting down arguments and causing the devil to flee. God’s living word will make your leaves green, and cause fruit to multiply upon your branches. Love it, memorize it, and meditate upon it day and night, pondering on how to apply it to your life. Like food, digest God’s truths and let them become part of your spirit, and you will prosper in all that you do!
With love, Jonathan Ball
http://www.goodfight.org/
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