Monday, November 29, 2010

The Blessed Life- Week 4

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Week 1- “The Foundation Of A Blessed Life- Generosity”
"A generous man himself will be blessed." Prov. 22:9
"A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed." Prov. 11:25

Week 2- “The Blessed Test- The Power Of Tithing”
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matt 6:21
"The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives." Deuteronomy 14:23 TLB

Week 3- “Blessed To Be A Blessing- Giving”
“After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.” Job 42:10
“And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” 2 Corinthians 9:8

Week 4- “Self Serve" Are you serving others or serving your self?

THE WIDOW- Turn to Luke 21:1-4
Jesus taught us that real giving is not simply when we have enough left over. Real giving is when we give of our time, talent & treasure even at our own expense.
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly; and whoever sows generously will reap generously." 2 Cor. 9:6

God Thoughts:
-Have a need, plant a seed.
-See a need, plant a seed. You can't harvest without planting seed.
-God's love is unconditional but His promises are conditional upon faith & obedience to His commands.

THE WASHING- Turn to John 13:3-16
Jesus demonstrated that if you want to be like Him, you must become a servant. We become more like Jesus when we choose to serve one another. Serving others is the path to the blessed life!
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” Eccl.9:10
“...just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." Matt 20:28
“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name…” Phil 2:9

God Thoughts:
-Jesus separated the difference between knowing and doing.
-You believe the parts of the Bible that you do
-Serving leads to the path of blessing.