Sunday, October 23, 2011

Showers of Blessing!

“And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content” 1 Timothy 6:8.

Apostle Paul wrote this verse to Timothy while mentioning about greed of money. Paul explains to Timothy in 6:6 – 10, how the love of money have strayed many from the faith.

I was talking to a relative the other day when that person made a quote from the Holy Bible which is written above while describing that person’s present situation. This individual worked in a good position for about thirty years and because of mismanagement of finances, all was lost and now “is at the mercy of others” in that person’s own words. God does not want us to be in that kind of life. As His word says He always wants us to be blessed abundantly (John 10:10).

In this aspect, I would like all of us to be like Ruth who “ate and was satisfied and kept some back.” Ruth 2:14. Ruth came to glean the fields and eventually became the owner of the fields. Although she was a Moabite these words made a change in her life, “And your God, my God.” Ruth 1:16. As soon as God heard these words He started to bless her. In fact, we should all have bank balances. We had believers in our congregation who never had a bank account. We requested them to open one by faith. God gave them jobs and they eventually started having savings. Use your money wisely and remember He has given you the wisdom to manage it.

If I believe that I should be content with food and clothing how can I help others in need? 1 Peter 3:8 says, “but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.” How am I going to bless others with my portion of blessing which the Lord has blessed me with?

As we watch television we hear almost all preachers requesting a gift to run their ministry. Everybody needs money to run the ministry. How will we give if we are just content with food and clothing? Proverbs 13:22 says, “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children.” We read in Job 42:15,”and their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers.” Job trusted in the Lord and he prospered. Proverbs 28:25 says, “But he who trusts in the Lord will be prospered.”

Proverbs 10:22 says, “The blessing of the LORD makes one rich and He adds no sorrow with it.”

Be Blessed!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Showers of Blessing!

“But when he came to himself”… Luke 15:17.

Jesus tells us of a young man who left his father with his share of the wealth. He came to his senses when nothing was left in his hands and was all by himself. At this point he came to his senses and repented of his life. He returns to his father’s house who was ready to forgive the past. The young man’s father did not even want to listen to what he had to say.

Isaiah 1:18 says, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” The precious blood of Jesus Christ cleans us of all our sins.

We have a heavenly Father who is ready to forgive all our sins if we repent. He simply loves you and His love is unconditional. Matthew 3:2 tell us, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Again we read in Luke 15:7, “I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.” I have always felt sad over the people who leave this world without accepting Jesus Christ as their personal savior. We read about the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19. The rich man while in hell requests Abraham to sent one from the dead so that his five brothers can repent. He never thought of repentance until he ended up in hell. Let not that happen to us.

If anyone of you who is heavily laden or burdened with your sins, come to Jesus Christ who is waiting for you. He is ready to forgive you and from today onwards you are His precious child.

1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Be Blessed!