December 10, 2009

There is blessing in generosity: Proverbs 22

There is so much in the proverbs, and each chapter is packed to the brim with wise words. Chapter 22 is no exception. These are the verses that jumped out to me as I read through.

1.Rich and Poor have this in common: The Lord is the maker of them all - Prov. 22:2 (NIV)

Now how about that for a ground leveler, huh? Your material things will not exalt or debase you in the eyes of God. So don't sweat it if you don't get that designer something this Holiday.

2. A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.- Prov. 22:9 (NIV)

This is good to remember when you think twice about giving when you had the initial heart and mind to do so. Remember if it is according to the word of God, it is the voice of the Lord speaking to you to give. Do not hesitate. Hesitation gives room for the flesh to analyze, and reason away what God has spoken to you to do, and gives room for the enemy's blinding deceit as well.Go ahead, give a little, or give a lot.

3.Do not be a man who strikes hands in a pledge or puts up security for debts; if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you. - Prov.22:26-27

Well this here is wise indeed. It may be tempting, it may seem "christlike", but again, the enemy has a way of twisting the Word of God into a lie. Do not be deceived. David said he has never seen the righteous forsaken, and if our ways are committed to the Lord HE WILL, not might, but WILL give us the desires of our heart. Sooooo.... don't in this hub-bub of holiday shopping, sign for what you do not have the money for- for yourself or someone else. Sounds smart to me.

So on an Ending note , my prayer for the children of God

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. (3 John 1:2, New King James Version)

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