Daily Devotional for Tuesday March 20, 2012
(1 Kings 8:1-24)
There is a Biblical principle that I learned many years ago that I want to share with you today. Biblical principles are like scientific laws. They work. The law of gravity works, there are no exceptions. Biblical principles work, there are no exceptions. One of those Biblical principles is sowing into your need. Now trust me, many of God?s principles don?t make much of sense. But then again, when God gave the army generals the battle plan for taking the city of Jericho, I doubt that walking around the walls of the city and blowing trumpets was something that made much sense either.
I am convinced that many things God does, don't make sense to us because we have to realize that only God could make something like that work. This principle is very easy to understand. You give when you yourself have a need. Common sense says if I have a need, I hold on to what I have or my need becomes worse. I am sure that is what the Widow of Zarephath was thinking when the prophet Elijah asked her for her last bit of food. This woman literally gave the man of God the last thing she had. Talk about faith.
Faith is not a word, but a belief system. Faith is easy to talk about, hard to practice. The problem with exercising our faith is our brain gets in the way. The enemy puts doubt in our mind. Living our faith becomes the test of our Christian experience. From the thousands of prayer requests we get here daily, I realize that so many of you are struggling with your finances. There are many great Christian financial ministries that can help people apply biblical principles to their financial life. I would encourage you to invest a few dollars and study their teaching and follow those biblical principles that can help you keep your finances healthy.
I would encourage those of you today that are in the midst of a financial crisis to sow into your need. I have done this continually throughout my ministry. Even now, as we work each month to raise the finances to keep Liveprayer going, I sow a seed into other ministries knowing that God will honor my faith and bless us in return. My friend, it works. Look at the widow. She gives the man of God her last bit of food, and soon afterwards her son dies.God blesses her faith by using the man of God to bring that son back to life! Sowing into your need works!!! God?s principles work!!!
I love you and care about you so much. I will be praying for you today. I care about you very much and will do everything I can each day to share the things God places in my heart to try and help you along this great journey we are on. You are never too young to begin applying God?s principles into your life. What happens is, when we obey and God?s blessings flow from our obedience, our faith is strengthened. The next time we have to exercise our faith, we do it more readily since we already have seen God move before. We gain confidence that our faith is real, God is real, and His way does work.
I pray that you who are struggling financially today will give into your need. I don't care where you give, just give and show God you believe His Word and trust Him. God cannot lie and His Word is the absolute truth that you can stake your very life and eternal existence on. Trust Him today and watch Him work miracles in your life!
***As we head into the last 11 days of March, we have finally covered our February shortfall and now we can begin working on the $40,000 we need for our basic March operations. It is amazing what God does through Liveprayer in impacting millions on just a little over $1,000 a day. Please be praying about what He is calling you to do to help me today.
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Thank you for your love, prayers, and sacrifce, together we will help lead this nation back to God and His Truth while leading the lost and hurting to faith in Jesus Christ!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ,