Ezra 1:2 Recognize Who Gave It

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This is what Cyrus king of Persia says: ‘The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah.’ Ezra 1:2 

People receive things all the time. Recognizing who gave it does not always occur. Often people think that they got it completely on their own. They are unwilling to recognize who helped them along the way. They become a one-man show in life.

Wealthy people do not get their wealth completely on their own. They come up with some idea, but others work for them to make it possible. If others did not work for them, they would be very seriously limited in how much they could earn.

God had destroyed the nation of Judah and put the people into captivity in Persia. Cyrus was the king at the time. Immediately he recognized that God had given him all the nations that he had possessed. He gave God the credit for what He had and so He was going to have the temple built in Jerusalem to worship God at.

It is easy for people to forget how they got what they have. Most often people think that they got everything that they have on their own, without any help. While help from people in this world can go a long ways, a greater help is from God.

God is the One who oversees everything that occurs upon this earth. There is nothing that He does not have control of. He is the One who moves people to do things to help others in ways not directly seen. He is able to use those who follow Him and those who do not follow Him to fulfill His desires.

Believers are the first to recognize that it is God who is in control. It is God who is the provider of everything.

Everything that you have has been given to you by God or God has allowed you to have it. Without His hand of provision or allowance, you could not have it.

Through Jesus you have been given all power and authority in heaven and on earth. You have been given all the kingdoms of this earth. The purpose of this is to be His witness and to build His kingdom, to build temples to worship God.

You did not get all this on your own, it is only through the work of Jesus. Recognize this and give Him the praise.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will recognize God’s hand at work in your life; that you will recognize God’s provision in your life; and that you will build a temple in your heart to worship God. 

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1 Samuel 1:27-28 Give The Children To God

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“I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD.” And he worshipped the LORD there. 1 Samuel 1:27-28 

Every day thousands of children are born all around the world. While the majority of parent’s are pleased to have the child, there are also many who do not want the child. They see the child as an inconvenience and not a blessing from God.

As there are people who are having children, there are some that want a child and cannot have any. They cry out to God and doctors all the time to have a child without any success or favor.

Hannah was one of those women who wanted a child, but could not have any. After crying out to God and making a vow to Him, God gave her favor and gave her a child. Shortly after the child was born, Hannah fulfilled her vow to God and gave the boy, Samuel, over to God to serve Him his whole life.

Every child that is born is a blessing or a gift from God. Parents are given the child by God to raise to know God and serve Him.

However, many parents raise the child to serve themselves, rather than serve God. They hold on to the child and do not want them to do what God has for them to do. Parents often determine every step the child takes for his whole life–what college to go to, what career to do, where to live, and much more.

Today children are not given over to a temple or church, as Samuel was, but they can be given to God to use in the way He desires.

If you are a parent, you need to see your child as a gift from God to raise. The best way to raise your child is to give Him back to God to allow God to use the child in the best way possible. God has great works for your child to do. Do not hold your child back, by trying to raise the child your way.

Samuel became a mighty prophet known by the whole world, because Hannah gave him back to God. Give your child back to God and see what God can do through your child.

I pray today that you will trust God with your child; that you will allow God to guide your child; that you will allow God to use you and your child for His work in this world; and that God will change this world through you and your child. 

Exodus 36:6-7 Give More Than Enough

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Then Moses gave an order and they sent this word throughout the camp: “No man or woman is to make anything else as an offering for the sanctuary.” And so the people were restrained from bringing more, because what they already had was more than enough to do the work. Exodus 36:6-7

Money and materials is something that is needed no matter who the person is or what organization it is. The different organizations of this world all need money to make things happen, to be able to do what is needed to be done.

Throughout the year a person will receive many requests to help provide for different organizations. The help is often in financial provision, while others may include at times physical things or physical help–workers. Very few groups can say that they have enough to meet all of their needs at the time.

As the Israelites were traveling in the wilderness, God instructed Moses to have the tabernacle built as a place of worship to Him. In order for the place to be built, there had to be supplies. These supplies were to be provided by the people.

The request for supplies was put out. No one was forced to give, it was all by individual choice. The people were excited to give and gave. They gave so much, that the request to stop giving had to be given.

Some people today often complain that churches and missionaries are always asking for money. Although the needs for finances cannot always be seen as something for building God’s kingdom, many are. Believers are to give generously with a willing and joyful heart.

If every person gave generously to the needs of the church, missionaries, and other believers, most needs could be easily met. The needs could be met well enough, that the need for more would lessen.

No matter how much you give, you cannot out give God. God has poured out many blessings on you and every believer. These blessings are to passed on to others, and not hoarded to one’s own self.

Take a look at your church, missionaries and other God-led organizations and see what they are in need of. Give what you can to help meet their needs as they work to build God’s kingdom.

If you, along with every other believer would give generously, the needs could be met in abundance. How is your giving today?

I pray today that you will see how God is providing for you; that you will give as God has given to you; that you will give generously to help build God’s kingdom; and that you will see God’s work through your giving.

Exodus 25:1 Give Because You Want To

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The LORD said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give.” Exodus 25:1

Giving is something that brings much controversy. People wonder if they should give or not give. And then the question how much should they give, and when should they give.

Different organizations, that are not directly Christian, are always asking for donations and gifts to be given. People wonder if they should give. The world will often put pressure upon people to give. They set up advertisements to get people to give that lay a guilt upon the person who chooses not to give.

Some people give to look good to others or to get a tax write off. They are not giving so much as to help, but in order to get something for themselves.

While the Israelites were being led around in the desert by God, He had Moses ask the people for an offering. This asking was not a demand, but just a simple request. The only people who were to give were those whose hearts had prompted them to give. There was to be no guilt trip laid upon those who did not give or could not give. There was also no pressure put on the people, it was just a simple request.

In many churches, there is pressure to give. Speakers often preface the request with getting God’s blessings or the absolute need for each person to give. While it may be needed and God will bless the giver, it must also come from a willing and joyful heart, not to look good or because of peer pressure.

A gift that does not come with joy, is a worthless gift.

There will come days when you will be asked to give. You have to seek God and choose for yourself if you should give and how much you should give. If you are feeling in your heart that you should give, then give. Never give because you have to give. Never give under peer pressure. Never give just to look good. Never give just because you are told to give.

Give with a joyful heart. Give because you get a chance to take part in building God’s kingdom. Give because God has given you eternal life. Give because Jesus has forgiven your sins. Give because your heart tells you to give.

How are you giving today?

I pray today that you will know what God has given you; that you will hear God’s guidance to you in giving; that you will give to God with a joyful heart; and that you will give for the right reasons.

 

2 Corinthians 8:7 Excel In Giving

 

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But since you excel in everything–in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in love we have kindled in you–see that you also excel in this grace of giving. 2 Corinthians 8:7

Paul starts out this section talking about the Macedonian church, that even though they were extremely poor and suffering, they were extremely generous in giving. He now commends the Corinthian church in that they excelled at many different areas in life–faith, speech, knowledge, and love. They are now encouraged to excel in giving.

Some of the extremely wealthy people give out of the generosity of their heart, while many are giving just to get a break on their taxes. There are several who are atheists, but are still willing to give to help the poor around the world. The reasons for giving are very different for different people.

People look at those who are extremely wealthy and see how some of them are very generous in giving. They state that if they had the millions of dollars, they would also give generously. There are some believers who are known to think this way.

It has been shown that in a restaurant, believers are among the cheapest tippers. They are stingy with their money. Many do it because they do not have a lot of money. However, a person is to give generously according to what he has, not according to what He does not have.

The purpose of giving this way, is because Jesus gave all. He owned everything and gave it all up to come down to this earth, suffer, and die on a cross so that someone who did not love Him, could be forgiven of all sins. There was nothing more that He could give. He trusted the Father to provide for all of His needs as He poured out all He had for all mankind.

Take a look at your own life and see how you are at giving. If you do give, do you give generously with a joyful heart, or grudgingly just to look good to others?

Trust in God’s provision for all of your needs as you pour out what He has given you to meet the needs of others. Be willing to give with a joyful heart. Excel so much at giving that people will know you as a generous giver. This will be the representation of how Jesus gives.

I pray today that you will know what Jesus has given you; that you will have the same heart as that of Jesus; that you will trust God to meet your needs; and that you will allow God to meet the needs of others through you.