“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.”
Only By His Grace
“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”
We must understand this essential truth: that anything good in our lives comes from God. If it were not for Him, you wouldn’t exist, and if it were not for His Divine intervention, you would not have come to Him to be saved, if indeed you are saved (John 6:44). We are not converted by our own power, and once born again it is not of ourselves that we bear fruit unto God, but only by His wonderful grace; for without Him we can do nothing.
The one who ministers in his own strength will fail, for the crashing waves of this life hit hard, knocking us to the ground. But those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength, and will mount up on wings like eagles, soaring above the turbulence of the storm (Isaiah 40:31).
Even Paul the apostle came to a place of utter despair while in Asia, feeling as though he was under the sentence of death. This happened so that his trust would not be in his own feeble ability but in the exceeding power of God, who alone could deliver him (2 Corinthians 1:8- 10). And God did deliver him, and used him mightily to spread the gospel across the globe!
You see, we must not depend on ourselves; we mustn’t! For we are nothing without God and apart from Him we can do NOTHING! It is in Him that we live and move and have our being, so we have to come to a place where we remove all reliance upon our own greatness, and lean on YHWY’s everlasting arm; for His strength is unfailing and His wisdom unsearchable.
Rely on His great power today, and you will find that all things are possible (Matthew 19:26). Trust in the LORD with all your heart and don’t lean on your own understanding. Pour out your lives in His service, and you will do great things; for His grace is sufficient for you!
Love in Jesus Christ, Jonathan Ball http://www.goodfight.org/ http://www.jonnyfivealive.wix.com/pyroounderground