Tuesday, December 23, 2014

GOD BLESS YOU!

Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 15-16

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It would appear that this man sitting among the ruins of ancient Philippi is in need of encouragement. Let's find someone today who may be discouraged and give him or her a lift.

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Key Verse: Deuteronomy 15:7

If there is among you a poor man of your brethren, within any of the gates in your land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart nor shut your hand from your poor brother…

 

The generosity mentioned in our key verse will be rewarded. We will be blessed when we open our hands wide to anyone who has need. There is ample evidence that God keeps His promise to the giving person. In verse ten of this chapter it states, “for this thing the Lord your God will bless you in all your works and in all to which you put your hand.” This exhortation is repeated in chapter 16:17, “Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God which He has given you.” The Apostle Paul refers to the instruction given by the “Pillars” of the Jerusalem church. “They desired only that we should remember the poor, the very thing which I also was eager to do” (Galatians 2:10). To practice this as Jesus did, we may want to read Matthew 5:38-48.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, by the Holy Spirit and the reading of Your Words, please grow in me a generous spirit. You are the greatest Example, by far, when it comes to giving. You gave Your very life for poor humanity. For starters, I give my life to You by giving my life for others. Please bring across my pathway, every day, someone I may help. In Your generous Name I pray. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I’m meditating just now on God’s promises found in the Words of Jesus: “Give, and it will be given to you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over…” (Luke 6:38). When I read from the Hebrew Scriptures, I recognize that, in His humanity, Jesus is Jewish. No doubt He read the words of today’s reading as a boy. Jesus, as no one else, practiced generous and sacrificial giving. I’m thinking about what Jesus has received as a result. Amazing!!!!! IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THE GREATEST POVERTY IS TO LACK THE KNOWLEDGE OF JESUS AS SAVIOUR AND LORD!!!!! Dr. John Hull, our Crossroads Chief Executive Officer, told me the other day that he wants to see an invitation to viewers and listeners to receive Jesus as Saviour and Lord IN EACH HALF HOUR of the 100 Huntley Street telecasts. There are two half-hour shows back to back every day. When I was hosting 100 Huntley Street, I called for a minimum of one invitation in every hour. I’m thrilled with John’s decision to double the calls for personally receiving Jesus. John was led to Christ by his evangelist father as a boy with his Dad opening God’s Word and praying with him. I happen to know that our brother in Christ, our leader, John, is deeply concerned about the year-end shortfall of funds in our general operating budget. He doesn’t know I’m writing this. I have a burden of prayer for John. Will you help me do something to lift his heavy burden by sending a sacrificial year-end offering to Crossroads? The quickest way to do this is to make a toll-free call to 1-800-265-3100 with a credit card in hand (or give online HERE). Yesterday I received a call from my son Ron who informed me that a cheque just arrived for $5,000 from another man named John that Norma-Jean and I know personally. Bless you John! The need for the year end is many times that amount. I know my blog readers are doing their best.

Yours to help us all to give as God has blessed us,

David

Please forgive me for going way over my goal of 100 words. I just had to share the burden with you for your prayer and support. I’m asking Ron to find a picture of John Hull on the set of 100 Huntley Street and put it below.

8 thoughts on “Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  1. I want to say the same prayer as you David
    we all need to give to those in need.
    Merry Christmas I am going on a visit to see my family
    so I may not be on the blog for a few days as we celebrate
    Jesus’s birth.
    Lianne Hogg

  2. God grant you the light of Christmas, which is faith;
    The warmth of Christmas, which is love;
    The radiance of Christmas, which is purity;
    The righteousness of Christmas, which is justice;
    The belief in Christmas, which is truth;
    The all of Christmas, which is Christ.

    Merry, meaningful Christmas fellow saints.

  3. Marry Christmas to everyone.
    As we celebrate Emmanuel-God with us- our Saviour, and our Redeemer.
    May you be blessed with a wonderful Christmas.

  4. It was all out prayer, publicly, on our knees in front of the auditorium and everywhere in the auditorium, that “saved the day” at The Peoples Church. It was John who called for it then. The sense was it should have been initiated a year earlier. Let him pursue this avenue fervently and earlier with regards to Crossroads. He is a blessed man and we love him dearly. May The Lord continue to make him “a man of the Spirit”.

  5. Calling in a pledge, David! God bless the Crossroads Ministry–it has been a God-send throughout my life, as is this blog. Wishing all saints a blessed day and Merry Christmas–honouring and celebrating the precious birth of Jesus!

  6. I pray the Lord will grant me a financial breakthrough i would like to pay my neighbour’s utility bill, neighbour doesn’t know that I am aware of the problem so thankful for swimming and for the Lord removing smokes/alcohol from me 20 years ago! A REAL MIRACLE! I AM STILL SO AMAZED! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL.

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