Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Giving Is The Way

Great devotional that I read today from Joel Osteen Ministries.

Giving is the Way
Today's Scripture


“Be easy on people; you'll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you'll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity" (Luke 6:38 Message).

Today's Word from Joel and Victoria

God has set up a system to bless you abundantly. He loves you and longs to pour out His favor upon you and increase your resources. In the natural, it’s easy to think that the way to increase is to keep what you have, but in God’s system, it isn’t about what you keep, it’s about what you give. We read about the example that God set for us in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave…” He gave His Son and received many sons and daughters as a result!

When we love others and give out of the overflow of our hearts, God promises that He will repay us; and Luke 6:38 in the Message Bible tells us that He’ll repay us with bonus and blessing! You may not think you have that much to give, but ask the Lord to show you how you can be a blessing to the people around you. As you give of yourself, your time and resources, you’ll see God giving back to you. You’ll see His hand of blessing and provision, and you will live the abundant life He has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today

Father in heaven, thank You for loving me and sending Your Son, Jesus, so that I can be in relationship with You. Help me to love others and find creative ways to be a blessing to the people around me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.