Abounding Grace!!!

Friday 2 cor 5 8

Have a Wonderful and Blessed Day!!! Grace Abound Toward You!!!!

2Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

2Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

2Corinthians 9:9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.

2Corinthians 9:10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)

2Corinthians 9:11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.

Christian giving always rebounds with multiplied blessings for the giver. But not only is the giver blessed, the recipient is also. With so many unselfish blessings flowing around, thankfulness and glory to God abounds from all quarters.

Here again we are reminded that Christian giving is a gift of God’s grace. We give cheerfully because we have received the grace of Christian giving. When we give we can do so with a heart full of joy and thanksgiving because of the gift that we have received when we confessed Jesus Christ as Lord.

One can also give generously because God supplies the means. God gives to the giver so he can give or sow. Although the Bible assures us that God will abundantly provide our needs and many of our proper desires the idea is not that God will make as economically wealthy. God abundantly supplies so that we having been blessed can in turn bless others which results in everyone blessing God. The grace of Christian giving pours the blessings of God on all involved, the giver, the recipient, those concerned, and God.

Keep in mind if the Holy Spirit is urging you to give we better give…

2Corinthians 9:10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)

The gracious end result of grace giving is an increase in the givers harvest of righteousness as verse 10 promises. “But the One who is supplying seed to the one who is sowing and bread for eating He will supply and He will multiply your seed and He will increase the yields (harvests) of your righteousness”

Not only is Christian giving a sign of God’s grace but the supply of seed for sowing and bread for eating is supplied by God’s grace. God supplies the sowing seed and its yield [or return] so that we might share in God’s miracle of multiplication. What God initially gives is called seed because He wants it sown before He multiplies it. Thus those who participate in grace giving find that they always have spiritual and material seed for sowing and spiritual and material bread for eating because of God’s supplies of sowing seed and the seed it yields.

Now I have seen Christians and others who prospered materially that did not give, but their income did not enrich them. Actually it was their down fall. They never grew in the spiritual things which are the true riches of life. It is this spiritual enriching that makes money a blessing and not a down fall. Their things became idols and overtook them. It is not bad to have things but we need to keep Jesus first.

Grace giving means that we truly believe that God is the great giver, and we use our material and spiritual seed accordingly. You simply cannot out give God!

 

Christians no longer bring animals as sacrifices to God, because the work of Christ on the cross has ended the levitical system:

Hebrews 10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.

Hebrews 10:2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.

Hebrews 10:3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.

Hebrews 10:4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

Hebrews 10:5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:

Hebrews 10:6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.

Hebrews 10:7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.

Hebrews 10:8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;

Hebrews 10:9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.

Hebrews 10:10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Hebrews 10:11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:

Hebrews 10:12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;

Hebrews 10:13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.

Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

But the material gifts we bring to the Lord become “spiritual sacrifices,” if they are given in the name of Jesus.

1Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

Hebrews 13:16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

 

Notice that this giving also causes an overflowing that brought about many thanksgivings to God. The needs of the saints were filled and like a vessel they overflowed with thanksgiving. Heart touched responses to God’s leadership produce expressions of thanksgiving to God.

Christian giving does the double work of relieving godly needs and generating thanksgiving. A generous spirit results in more and more people giving thanksgiving to God. Note that it is God that gets the glory. We may not hear thanksgiving for our generous giving until we hear it expressed in heaven when the church is gathered together.

 

God’s “indescribable gift” is His own precious Son:

John 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

John 3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

John 3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

It is an inexpressible gift that God gave to them and to us in bestowing His Son to die for us.

 

Giving is again directed to the cross for its proper motivation. God gave His best. He gave His all. All our giving is to be done as our expression to God for what He has given us when He gave us Christ. All Christian giving should be a humble and joyful response of praise, worship, thanksgiving, and gratitude for God’s wonderful gift, which human words are truly inadequate to describe.

Blessed be God throughout all eternity for Jesus Christ, that inestimable gift of His love, through whom every other good thing pertaining to life and godliness, are freely given unto us, beyond all expectation, measure, or limits.

As we obediently invest what God has given us in His work, He will bless us, not only with even more to give in His service, but with a greater opportunity to become more like the greatest giver, Christ Jesus. Jesus gave His all that we might be transformed out of a life of selfishness into a life of sacrifice.

One of the signs of a maturing grace giver is a life that gives more & more thanksgiving to God. Is your thanksgiving abounding to God? Are we meeting the needs of others so that they may abound in thanksgiving to God? Are others glorifying God for your obedient giving? If not try becoming a cheerful giver and let the grace of God overflow in you life.

Those who receive your gifts will be helped, they will praise God, and will pray for you. As you bless others, you will be blessed far more than financially, you will be eternally blessed as your righteousness or Christ-likeness grows.

GOD’S GRACE

Marvelous grace of our loving Lord,
Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt!
Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured,
There where the blood of the Lamb was spilled.

Grace, grace, God’s grace,

Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;

Grace, grace, God’s grace,

Grace that is greater than all our sin!

Sin and despair, like the sea waves cold,
Threaten the soul with infinite loss;
Grace that is greater, yes, grace untold,
Points to the refuge, the mighty cross.

Dark is the stain that we cannot hide;
What can we do to wash it away?
Look! There is flowing a crimson tide,
Brighter than snow you may be today.

Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,
Freely bestowed on all who believe!
You that are longing to see His face,
Will you this moment His grace receive?

Grace, grace, God’s grace,

Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;

Grace, grace, God’s grace,

Grace that is greater than all our sin!

 

Love and Prayers

Cheryl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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