Suppy and Increase…What do you have? Part 1

What has God given you to invest?

 

Many may say, ‘’I don’t have anything to give…”

You are in a great place…however…be careful how you view what you DO have, lest it be taken from you!

The reading from Matthew 25 helped me a lot the other day however today, let’s go a little further.

 

Do you have a smile? Then give that away…

Do you have clean water? Clothes? Family? Friends? Food? Shelter?

 

How you view what you do have will totally depend on whether that will be multiplied or not…

I know that sounds weird even a bit crazy, so let’s take a look at a story…

 

While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the rich people dropping their gifts in the collection box.

2 Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two small coins.

“I tell you the truth,” Jesus said, “this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them.

4 For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has.”   Luke 21:1-4

 

The amount you have is not of any consequence to God at all…if it were He would be praising up the Pharisees for giving large amounts – which they had the capacity to do.  Yet they still missed the point entirely…they missed Him and didn’t even know it.

 

The blessing of increase is not upon those who give from their abundant earthly supplies in exchange for the praise and occolades of man – but upon those who see abundance in what is supplied (size doesn’t count) and shed it abroad for multiplication…for the assistance of those in need. Therein lies a blessing – a flow of increase!

 

Malachi 3:9-11, Act 2:33, Acts 4:31-33

 

Just to take a side track for the moment, I would like to mention this: First…to those of the household of God first…then after…all others.

If those within the household of God where to live this way, all things in common, none of the people of faith would be in a position to need to go to social security or other community services for the provision of food and other goods for daily living.  We do not get it…that we as a family of God, are supplied with all the needs for the family of God….and the ever increasing family of God..Hallelujah!

 

We rely on the systems of the world to do this job for us…for them, that find themselves in such a predicament. Yes, God does provide…however, this may not be His perfect will and way to do so, through the governmental system – do you think?  The requirements of the law for people on social security benefits are quite stringent…they need all kinds of information about your current situation and circumstances, they control what you get and what you don’t get.

 

The requirements of the House of God…Love one another! Give and it will be given unto you…pressed down shaken together and running over… How would it be if the Church, the Bride of Christ, was to take over the responsibility of looking after the poor and needy? Would we do it? Would we press in to God for all the provision needed to supply the needs for all those needy people?   The disciples were dubious too….just like we are…

 

Challenging hey?!  

Part 2 is coming…What we have is more than enough…remember the loaves and fish?

~ Shelley Weeks

Gospel Truth written by REINHARD BONNKE

Gospel truth is in harmony and accord with the truth of creation. It is the God of Creation who saves us because we are part of His Creation. He makes no distinctions between nature and spirit. He saves us where we are and what we are, covering the whole scene. The Word of the Gospel is physical-spiritual power. Unbelief shuts the door on God. Jesus saves PEOPLE, people with feelings, physical and psychological. Jesus saves human beings of flesh and blood, not ghosts. Turning to Luke 5:17 it says that where this miracle took place, ‘the power of the Lord was present for him to heal the sick.” It is tragic that the only person healed had to be let in from the roof, nobody else, yet the house was full and surrounded by people, no doubt most of them sick. The religionists were there but Jesus did nothing for them, neither cleansing nor healing. Very many churches are in that state. People come to worship God as if He listened to the prayers and songs and just sat on the throne. Nothing is expected to happen except in some spiritual sense that singing and praying they suppose will do them good. It does of course, but where is the response from God? The routine goes on week by week, nothing happens, and nothing is preached for things to happen. Jesus is distant, invited, but belongs only to a spiritual dimension not the real world. A manifestation of His presence would be too disturbing of dignity and order. To such a gathering of listeners the four men came and took the roof off. That is typical. New Testament Christian faith is dynamic – it takes the roof off! Have a blessed day.

The Holy Trinity and the Holy Bible

The Holy Trinity, as told to us in the Bible is Father, Son, Holy Spirit.
Inseparable, indivisible, in complete harmony!

Is there another in the three? I ask because in some religious places I have been, I see the Bible, I hear the Word of God,
I consent to the Truth being spoken and yet there is something…in fact Someone absent…
Could it be, that somehow we have taken up the Holy Bible and set aside the Holy Trinity?

The written word of God points us to God as our Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit constantly and yet with our human abilities, gifts and will, perhaps we have been so busy interpreting the word, that we miss the greatest…Person of the Word?
In the beginning, the Word was with God…Jesus is the Living Word!

The Bible is a tool, our most precious resource for gaining knowledge of the Holy Trinity. We are to meditate on the words day and night, to hide them in our hearts…to sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs to each, encourage each other in the word. The written word is something I cherish and love very dearly – every day I read it. The written word, however, is not my Saviour…my Living abiding-in-me everyday Christ Immanuel, God with me!

Who do we call upon?

Who do I talk with – commune with? The Living Word – Jesus, who is my Saviour.
The paper and ink which we hold in our hands daily… is not our Saviour…our Redeemer, our Friend – Jesus is!
We read the written word and commune with the Living Word!
Commune – meaning do life with, communicate, listen to and speak with, share – live and move and have our being in.

The early church did not have the New Testament in the form we have now, it was in fact, in the process of being written – oby God, through the hands of men, scribes if you like, to pass on the realities, encounters, experiences, truths of God and of how they lived from the Presence of God.

They had the fire of God within their bellies, to live and move and have their being in Him. They were led by the Spirit of God, to speak, teach, share all things in common, to care and Love each other with His Love. They spoke to each other of the things the Lord did in their midst and amongst those who were being saved also. They saw His Power in signs, wonders and miracles – people saved, delivered and set free! Now that is the life for me…today…

We need the word of God, in ink and paper – Yes we do!
We need the Presence of God in Power more…
We need relationship with the Trinity in Person, here present…YES we do!

The Holy Scripture is of greatest value when enlivened by the Presence of His Holy Spirit.
The Bible is the word of God and is made alive to us by the Holy Spirit…otherwise, it is just another book!
The way the Word is made living and active is by Holy Spirit Presence and we experience God – we know and are also made truly alive in that encounter!