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Being Rich Toward God

Luke 12:15-21, And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

It’s important to take inventory of our lives. To examine ourselves.  What does my life consist of?

When we find ourselves in a prosperous season… when the harvest of seeds sown has come to bear, there comes with it  a temptation to “pull down” our barns and build greater.  An upgrade is due us.

Somewhere along the way maybe, we’ve been lead to believe that we will arrive at a certain level of prosperity.  It’s a lottery of sorts…  a sweet spot in life, where we can just rest easy.  “Eat, drink and be merry”, right?

We long for the day when we won’t have to work so hard. When we can just retire and finally “live” a little.

We start to daydream of pulling down our barns.  It might look something like this…

“Oh, God has great things in store for me.  His plans are SO big that I’m gonna need a better ______________, a better _______________, a better _______________.  That’s what I intend to do! As soon as I get MY harvest, I’m gonna leave this ______________ behind.  I’m gonna build the life of MY dreams!”

Perhaps this kind of mindset has truly diminished the things that God has already equipped us with to use for His glory.  We’ve pulled down our barns.  And if these barns already aren’t enough for us, then how could something bigger and better ever be enough?

And here it is… that man was rich already. He was significant. He was provided for. He was equipped.  In essence, he had what was necessary for today.  He was taken care of, yet somehow, He thought he had to take care of himself.  Somehow, he thought the ground he was given belonged to him.

So what it all boils down to is that there is a question left unanswered.

In all of your pulling down and building greater, who have you served?  If you got your harvest and bought your dream _______________, to what purpose was it?  If it all ends at sunset…whose will it be then?

Will our children know what to do with it?  Will our extended friends and families?  How about our neighbors and communities?  And heaven help us, our government?

We must consider the “whose” of our harvest!  We must begin something with what God has given us that will live well beyond our years!

Get ready! The harvest is upon us. It’s time to seek the Lord! The Lord of the harvest is visiting our ground! He is preparing laborers to who will not labor in vain but will produce more of His spirit and yield His glory in this earth!  Unless the Lord builds it, we will labor in vain! Even if we give it ALL away, we will not find ourselves wanting.  The windows of heaven are opening and God has promised that He would pour out a blessing, so much so that there would not be room enough to contain it!  For some, even the most faithful among us, He hasn’t been able to release such a blessing because with even a handful, we pull down our barns!  We must settle it in our hearts that the foundations are good! What is already built is good! Yes, the barn is good! This is the year of the open door! If we will refrain from pulling down our barns, we will discover that He has opened the door of those barns and His bounty shall spill forth!  If we will rejoice in our room, He will give us a realm! Be rich toward God!

 

If Only

Deuteronomy 28:13,  And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be
above only, and thou shalt not be beneath…

This passage came up in conversation with the Lord yesterday and I remember thinking at least inwardly, if not aloud, that I need to be determined not to be put under!

So, this morning, when I woke up, again this came to mind and I went to Deuteronomy 28 to read it and realized that all of the promises of that passage hinged on one little word… if.

I cannot afford to overlook the ifs of the Word of God. They are vital to our well-being.  It’s the narrow way (Matthew 7:14) that the Word speaks of.  It’s the street called Straight. (Acts 9:11)

I thought I would be witty and search how many times the word if is in the bible and of course, it was inconclusive!  What happened next though startled me.

They did what they call a “partial match of the query”. Another words, here is every where we find those letters inside of words in scripture. Here are just a few of the words that surfaced.

life, sanctified, wife…and that’s only in the first 20 of 4516 results.

That got me thinking…what other words might apply and even be found in the Word?

Here are some that came to mind.

qualify, testify, purify, simplify, justify, sacrifice, different, glorify, gift, sift…

Striking, isn’t it?

What’s more is that I can read God’s word and leave the if up to Him. I’ve even prayed that way, “God, if it be Your will…”

But clearly God has stated something different.  For example in Deuteronomy, God stated no less than three times, “if you will…”

And that’s just the beginning.  Exodus completely outnumbers Deuteronomy in the if department.  If you can’t handle Deuteronomy, turn no further.

All this to say that I’m embracing if today.

 
 

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In The Hand of the Moment

all…

Little. Seemingly insignificant. Underestimated. Underappreciated. Overlooked. Underused.

Circumstances disregard it.

Unchecked emotions undermine it.

Fear overrides it.

And still it remains.

all…

I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

No matter who you are…the only time frame you have to work within is 24 hours.

Yesterday is gone and tomorrow remains to be seen.

Yet so often, yesterday diminishes today and plans for tomorrow belittle it.

What would happen if we would just live the 24 hours that are given to us?

Moment by moment embracing all.

All holds an eternal context. It excludes nothing. Factors nothing. It is what it is. Nothing more. Nothing less.

Inclusive.

I will bless the Lord every time. Every time. Every time.

All makes Him bigger.

It’s the magnifying glass held in the hand of the moment.

We look on Him and are lightened…radiant.

Psalm 34:1-5, I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.  My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.  O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.  I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.  They looked unto him, and were lightened:  and their faces were not ashamed.

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2011 in Blessing, Thanksgiving

 

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Seeing Through Bountiful Eyes

 He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.  Proverbs 22:9

The bountiful eye is the eye of faith. 

It’s the eye that sees “there is more than this“. 

Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.   Hebrews 11:3

With the bountiful eye, we see a spiritual framework.   

Every existence is of Divine deposit…backed by the greater unseen. 

The bountiful eye takes in the peripheral.  It sees outside the box and doesn’t fear the box being empty.

The bountiful eye sees beyond human parameter, limitation and circumstance. 

To have this eye is to be blessed

And to be blessed is to deal our bread to the poor.

Our bread is our communion with God.  The substance and the evidence of our interaction with Father God and the presence of His Holy Spirit in our lives. 

Give us this day our daily bread.  (Matthew 6:11)

Every day, there is opportunity for things which are seen to be made of things that do not appear. 

Every day, we can live in the reality of our prosperity.

Every day, we can take the bread of relationship and deal it to those who are poor.

If you study out that word “poor”, you’ll find that it is rooted in the Hebrew word dalal , which means to languish or look weakly of eyes

What a glorious truth!

To better interpret Proverbs 22:9…

 He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to those who languish or look weakly with their eyes.  When you do, you give to those who see weakly. 

A bountiful eye never sees only for itself. 

And a blessed man never eats alone.

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2011 in Blessing, Faith, Seeing

 

For A Price

2 Samuel 24: 18-25,  And Gad came that day to David and said to him, “Go up, erect an altar to the LORD on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.” So David, according to the word of Gad, went up as the LORD commanded. Now Araunah looked, and saw the king and his servants coming toward him. So Araunah went out and bowed before the king with his face to the ground.
Then Araunah said, “Why has my lord the king come to his servant?”
And David said, “To buy the threshing floor from you, to build an altar to the LORD, that the plague may be withdrawn from the people.”

Now Araunah said to David, “Let my lord the king take and offer up whatever seems good to him. Look, here are oxen for burnt sacrifice, and threshing implements and the yokes of the oxen for wood.  All these, O king, Araunah has given to the king.”

And Araunah said to the king, “May the LORD your God accept you.”
Then the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price; nor will I offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God with that which costs me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.  And David built there an altar to the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the LORD heeded the prayers for the land, and the plague was withdrawn from Israel.

There are two very important things to note here and rather than reinvent the wheel, I would like to quote Nelson’s NKJV Study Bible on this. 

1.  David was unwilling to offer unto the Lord that which cost him nothing.

2. If there is no cost, there is no real sacrifice.

He could have stopped there but he didn’t.  Not only did David estimate the value and the worth of that place but he also considered the worth of what would be accomplished as he carried out God’s instructions and built an altar unto the Lord.  

Look carefully…

And David built there an altar to the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings.

First, David gave the burnt offering.  This offering was the principal thing, what would have been required for the sins of the people.  In this David invested.

The peace offerings, however, were the over and above.  According to the Nelson NKJV Study Bible, these were voluntary offerings of thanksgiving and worship. 

It was these things, repentance, thanksgiving and worship that caused the Lord to heed the prayers for the land and released healing. 

It’s the seven or even eight that Ecclesiastes 11:2 speaks of.  Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.

Seven is the number for completion but eight is the number of new beginnings. David could have stopped at seven with the burnt offering.  It would have been complete

But by giving to eight, he went beyond

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2011 in Blessing, Christian Living

 

Key to Blessing

 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,…

 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.  Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.  Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. Matthew 5:1-12

 

In reading the beatitudes, I see a key to blessing. It’s found in verse one. “…his disciples came unto him.”

Lord, I come to you. Teach me Lord how to be blessed. Without your guidance and your instruction, I do not know how to be poor in spirit, to mourn, to be meek, to hunger and thirst for righteousness, to be merciful, pure in heart, a peacemaker, or even how to be persecuted. But you know. You are all of these.  More than the blessing, I seek to know these truths. Many of us would be willing to forgo the attribute, in order to have the blessing.  But if the characteristics spoken here are  the avenue to blessing and in being blessed, we are in turn to be a blessing to others, then I need to learn from you. I must know!

I want to dispense the kingdom of heaven! I want to release your comfort. Let your inheritance be accessed through my life. Fill them here Lord. There is mercy to be obtained in me. Let them see God here. Let them identify with me, because I am called a child of God. Kingdom of heaven, be theirs!

 

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2011 in Blessing, Character, Christian Living