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Give All to God
(Revelation 18; 2 Corinthians 8:5)
As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you give your all to God!
THURSDAY: God Owns It All!
"Indeed heaven and the highest heavens belong to the Lord your God, also the earth with all that is in it” (Deuteronomy 10:14, Emphasis added).
We need to let God’s Truth impact us today. As you read through the verses below you will see that God really does own everything! (Emphasis added to the verses below.)
· “… All that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; … And You are exalted as head over all. Both riches and honor come from You, … In Your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all” (1 Chronicles 29:11-12).
· “… Everything under heaven is Mine” (Job 41:11).
· “The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein …” (Psalm 24:1-2).
· “… ‘… The world is Mine, and all its fullness’ ” (Psalm 50:12).
· “ ‘The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,’ says the Lord of hosts” (Haggai 2:8).
· “If I … said to fine gold, ‘You are my confidence’; If I have rejoiced because my wealth was great …; If I have observed the sun when it shines, Or the moon moving in brightness, So that my heart has been secretly enticed, … This also would be an iniquity deserving of judgment, For I should have denied God who is above” (Job 31:24-28).
Job was saying, “If I am counting on anything or anyone but God to help me to the end of my life, then I have offended God.” That does not mean that you should get rid of all your money, because God's Word clearly says that you are supposed to prepare for the future by wise financial stewardship. In fact, Proverbs says a lot about saving money. The problem is that in our humanness we have trouble knowing when to save, and when to make a new investment in God’s work.
Since money is one of the essentials of the work of the kingdom, it is not surprising that God’s great adversary, Satan, does all in his power to prevent money from finding its way into the Lord’s treasury—and for that Satan has many tricks in his bag to deceive His saints.
Spending: Satan encourages us to over-commit by purchasing more than we can afford on time payments, so that there is little left over to give to God. Is your spending under control?
Upgrading: Satan plays on our competitive instincts and incites us to constantly upgrade our standard of living so that any increases in income are already committed. When John Wesley was earning thirty dollars a year, he lived on twenty-six dollars and gave the rest to God. When his salary was raised to sixty dollars, he lived on twenty-six and gave the rest to God (the dollar amounts equal British pounds). That would be viewed as ridiculous in our society.
Waiting: Satan dries up the fountains of generosity in the heart by suggesting postponement of giving to some future time. The stifling of a generous impulse today makes it easier for us to do the same tomorrow. You hear an appeal, and are touched to help with a mission project or other investment in the
Leveraging: Satan so arranges things that the assets of the generous man become frozen or over-committed so that he cannot give what he genuinely wishes to give. Expanding business too rapidly often demands reinvestment on a scale that leaves little for giving. (Luke 12 and the parable of the rich fool come to mind here.)
Keeping It to the End: Satan takes advantage of our uncertain times by promoting fear in many elderly that their savings will be exhausted before they expire. Others, he motivates to hoard in order to pass the wealth on to their children.
Satan thus encourages people to short-circuit current giving to God’s work through what Dr. A. J. Gordon called “extra corpus benevolence”—that is the postponement of generosity until after death. This is an interesting concept. We should be sure to invest in God’s work before we die.
Why is it that so many Christians make “death” their executor, leaving thousands and millions to be dispensed by his bony fingers? There is no doubt that it is wise to make modest provision for our dependents, as we are able, but surely it cannot be termed Christian generosity when a man waits until death to shake his wealth out of his pockets.
Let us give all we can in our lifetime, and have the joy of seeing our money work for God. He promises a reward for "deeds done in the body," not out of it. To be generous with God from right motives brings its reward here as well as hereafter.
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