Alive in Christ Sunday, Oct 30 2016 

Christ is all, and in all [so believers are equal in Christ, without distinction].

12 So, as God’s own chosen people, who are holy [set apart, sanctified for His purpose] and well-beloved [by God Himself], put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience [which has the power to endure whatever injustice or unpleasantness comes, with good temper]; 13 bearing graciously with one another, and willingly forgiving each other if one has a cause for complaint against another; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so should you forgive. 14 Beyond all these things put on and wrap yourselves in [unselfish] love, which is the perfect bond of unity [for everything is bound together in agreement when each one seeks the best for others]. 15 Let the peace of Christ [the inner calm of one who walks daily with Him] be the controlling factor in your hearts [deciding and settling questions that arise]. To this peace indeed you were called as members in one body [of believers]. And be thankful [to God always]. 16 Let the [spoken] word of Christ have its home within you [dwelling in your heart and mind—permeating every aspect of your being] as you teach [spiritual things] and admonish and train one another with all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 Whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus [and in dependence on Him], giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

“Blessed [with spiritual security] is the man who believes and trusts in and relies on the Lord
And whose hope and confident expectation is the Lord.

“For he will be [nourished] like a tree planted by the waters,
That spreads out its roots by the river;
And will not fear the heat when it comes;
But its leaves will be green and moist.
And it will not be anxious and concerned in a year of drought
Nor stop bearing fruit.



Contentment and Great Gain (Godly Giving) Thursday, Feb 6 2014 

Financial serenity carries with it contentment.  Psalm 37:16-17 “Better is the little of the righteous than the abundance of many wicked.”

Believers are content. Psalm 84:10-12 “for a day in Thy courts is better than a thousand outside.  I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God, than dwell in the tents of wickedness.”

Your desires are satisfied and your strength is renewed when you have financial serenity. Psalm 103:5 “who satisfies your years with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle.”

Satisfaction is only from the Lord. Psalm 107:8-9 “Let them give thanks to the Lord for His loving kindness, and for His wonders to the sons of men!”

And Psalm 103:6 “The Lord performs righteous deeds, and judgments for all who are oppressed.”

So what is Godly giving? What if all we gave to others was waiting for us when we got to heaven?

I have been an accountant now for many years and I know the rules of checks and balances very well. But I also know that God honors our giving. Mal 3:10-12 “bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my House, and test Me now in this, “ says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven, and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows. Then I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it may not destroy the fruits of the ground; nor will your vine in the field cast its grapes,” says the Lord of hosts. And all the nations will call you blessed, for you shall be a delightful land,” says the Lord of hosts.”

Godly giving is giving of your time, your talent, and your money to the purposes of God and His kingdom. This is how His kingdom comes and His will is done on earth as it is in heaven. By your generosity, it is your giving that leads to your abundant living. Eccl 8:15 “So, I commend pleasure, for there is nothing good for a man under the sun except to eat and to drink and to be merry, and this will stand him in his toils throughout the days of his life which God has given him under the sun.”

Jesus said, “Do not take money from anyone by force, or accuse anyone falsely, and be content with your wages.” Luke 3:14

This is about living within your means. Paul said, “I have learned that whatsoever state I am in therewith to be content.”

He also said, “But godliness actually is a means of great gain, when accompanied by contentment. For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either.  And if we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith, and pierced themselves with many a pang,” 1Tim 6:6-10.

It takes discipline.

Living within your means takes practice.

Being on a budget is painful but necessary.