Isaiah 6:8 "Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? ' And I said 'Here am I, Send me!' "

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  • God’s Provision/The Heart Of God

    Yesterday God gave me an awesome opportunity and in that opportunity He provided as well. Every time I get my paycheck I always pull aside a tithe. The amount of the tithe depending on what God shows me to give. This last week I had some things I needed to get so I had to pull extra money out of my check to do so. Which by the end left me with $20 for myself which needed to last me two weeks. For this weeks tithe I felt like God was showing me to give $40, but because I was so short I was very much tempted to only give $30 because it would have been considered 10%. I thought the extra $10 would help me get by better. But after a quick run through in my mind I stopped and told myself “no! There is a lot you can do but cheating God is not one of them. I will not take from God for myself.” So I gave the full $40. Not too much after that the money I had set aside for myself for the two weeks had dwindled to $5 and I still have a lot of days to go.
    But yesterday it snowed and as much as I hate snow God used it to bless me. In my town there is an ordinance that the snow must be shoveled off the sidewalk within 24 hrs. So whenever it snows my neighbors and I all help each other shovel snow to get it done faster.
    My next door neighbor is unable to shovel his driveway and sidewalk so my brother and I always go next door and shovel for him. We never ask for anything we just do it knowing he really needs our help. Yesterday he insisted on paying us (which we never ask for and refuse if he ever offers but he was very adamant about us taking the money). I was surprised at this not because he isn’t a generous man but because we’ve always had this understanding that helping each other is what neighbors do. He insisted we take the money and so we did and he gave me $20. I thought back to the beginning of the week when I had thought to take $10 from my tithe and I realized that God had provided for me because I had chosen to give to Him what He had asked instead of holding onto it selfishly. I trusted that God would do what needed to be done with this tithe and that He had laid the amount on my heart for a reason. Because I was faithful, God provided for me just like He promises. You see, we don’t give to God to get and we don’t give to God because God needs our money. God doesn’t need our money but what He wants is our obedience. Tithing is for others but also for us. When we give we are trusting God to use it for His purposes, we are trusting Him to take care of our needs, we are helping others in their need, we are learning to be selfless, to give of ourselves, and we are getting a glimpse of God’s heart. God loves to give to His children and by giving to others we get to see that, we get to be a part of it. We learn selflessness and compassion. God gave us Jesus, a Promise, Salvation, He didn’t hold back. God provides all His children’s needs. From the Spiritual to the physical there is no need that God can not fill.

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  • Salvation/Our Identity In Jesus/Who We Are In Jesus (Accompanying Song: Born Again By Third Day)

    Genesis 1:26-27
    “26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

    27 So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.”

    Isaiah 49:15-16

    “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
    and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
    Though she may forget,
    I will not forget you!
    16 See, I have engraved you on the palms of My hands;
    your walls are ever before me.

    Jeremiah 29:11(NIV)
    “11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

    2 Corinthians 5:17(NKJV)
    “17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

    Knowing that God created man and breathed the life giving breath into him, knowing the life of each one before the foundation of the earth, also knowing that He loves man so much that He sent His Only Son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. That He will never forget us, leave us, or forsake us. And that He has a plan for each and every one of our lives. Why would we ever seek our identity in anything else ? Why would we ever want to try and find it anywhere else when God knows everything about a man’s life, a man’s yesterday, today, and every tomorrow until that man’s last breath. Trust that God has a plan for you today and read His Word and what He says about who you are in Jesus. Our identity in Jesus is better than anything we can ever imagine. Jesus died on the cross to pay the debt that we owed for our sins. The penalty of sin is death and that is why Jesus died on the cross for our sins and rose again on the third day. Jesus was the only one who could be the sacrifice for our sins because He was perfect and without sin, by dying on the cross Jesus took our place and because Jesus was without sin His sacrifice was acceptable to God. By rising again on the Third Day Jesus conquered death and the grave giving us the victory. In Jesus we have the victory to overcome just as He did. When we make Jesus our everything, we become empowered by the Holy Spirit to live the life God has for us. The life that is better than anything man could ever live or be on his own. Life is hard, why just exist when God can give you life in Christ Jesus ? To live a life for God in Christ Jesus is to truely live today and for all of eternity. To just go through each day living for oneself is to just exist. If you have not given your life to Jesus, it is not to late. God is calling out to you because He loves you and wants you to be with Him for eternity, because he has great plans for your life. God’s hand is stretched out to you in this moment, take it you won’t regret it. All you have to do is to speak this prayer and believe with all of your heart that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

    Prayer
    Dear God,
    I come before you asking for Your forgiveness. I know that I am a sinner in need of a Saviour and with all of my heart I believe that Jesus is the Saviour I need and that He is the only One who can save me. I ask that Jesus would come into my heart and be My Lord and Saviour. I surrender everything I am, my life, my heart, and my love to You today. Please help me to live the life you have for me and to grow each day at a time.
    In Jesus Name I Pray Amen.

    If you just said that prayer you are saved by the Precious Blood of Jesus. A good thing to do would be to purchase a Bible and to find a local church in your area. God has a great life for you, but it’s up to you to persue a relationship with Him so He can guide you in the way you should go. I pray that God gives you strength and that He would reveal Himself to you as you continue to seek Him going into your new future. Jeremiah 29:11-14 says:

    “11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity.”

    This is a promise from God and He will be faithful to fullfil it.

    “The only way to find who we are is to look to Jesus, because in Him is where our identity is found.”
    – Christine Sawyer

    Accompanying Song: Born Again By Third Day

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