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12/01/2022 03:00 - 13/01/2022 02:00

"Remember this: The one who plants few seeds will have a small harvest. But the one who plants a lot will have a big harvest. Each one of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give. You should not give if it makes you unhappy or if you feel forced to give. God loves those who are happy to give. And God can give you more blessings than you need, and you will always have plenty of everything. You will have enough to give to every good work" - 2 Cor 9:6-8 (NIV).

It is the great Christian author, Charles Spurgeon, (1834- 1892) who wrote, "The Christian church cannot sustain, maintain, and expand the Kingdom of Jesus Christ without the donations of its members and supporters." Spurgeon went on to observe that "Unlike families, whose parents earn its sustenance; unlike businesses, which sell for a profit; and unlike nations, which tax its citizens; the church is dependent upon the good will of its members and supporters."

Although one often hears of instances of manipulation and some bit of stretching by enterprising pastors to support God's work, it is solely a voluntary effort. It is a fact that a number of churches had to close their doors during the lockdown, simply because members were inaccessible. Fortunately, without much cajoling, there are many believers elsewhere who continued to support God's work using the available electronic tools.

By supporting God's work, He has promised us "more blessings than you need, and you will always have plenty of everything"! Rare, if ever, will you find one who suffered impoverishment from giving towards God's work- and here even towards tricksters, who appear every once in a while.

The Prophet Malachi quotes God as saying that "Good things will come to you like rain falling from the sky" when we give (Malachi 3:10). Furthermore, God promises us that there is proportionality at work in our giving. Like the farmer, if you plant a lot, you will have a big harvest. But more importantly we give happily, knowing and assured by His word, that He will bless us even more!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, as the New Year starts I pledge to support your work through the church and other ministries that extend the kingdom of Jesus Christ, happily and assured of more of your blessings, this I pray in Jesus name!

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    “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”- (Philippians 4:6).

    Perhaps you have heard of a certain old magical trade known as mind reading. According to this trade which has been around for millenniums and has its share of tricksters, mind readers are able to discern thought patterns of individuals before they even utter a word. There are places in the world where this, as expected, is a lucrative occupation, with practitioners, often crafty magicians, demanding hefty fees, just to tell thoughts of others.

    As Christians, of course, we have an all knowing God, who has said, “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him”  ( Mathew 6:8). Further, our Lord has pointed out, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words” ( Mathew 6:7). As Christians when we come to God, we do so with full confidence, that He already knows our needs and will meet them according to his glorious riches in heaven.

    Of particular interest for us here is that while God perfectly knows our needs before we even dare utter a single word, still it is incumbent upon us to make our requests known to Him. A parent may have long noticed a child has a need for a new pair of shoes; but it is another dimension, when the child does come out and share aloud that his pair is worn out, hurting and is quite in need of a new one. The parent takes notice, especially when the matter is presented with such conviction and urgency. This is why Hannah cried out to God for a child ( 1 Samuel 1:9-18).

    In our relationship with God, as the Apostle Paul advises us, it is not just enough to assume and let matters be, that after all God knows all our needs, but we too bear a responsibility to make our requests known to Him. Once we are done with that, we let God do  His part, allowing “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” ( Philippians 4:7) to flood us.
    So, today, do not hold back your needs from the Almighty God. He has paved the way to walk to Him through His son Jesus Christ, to present your case, bear out your heart’s desire, and let Him do His part!

    Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise to make my requests known to you, knowing you have heard me even before I utter a single word, assured that you will meet each and every one of my needs, according to your glorious riches in heaven!

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