Oftentimes when I reflect on giving from the heart, I’m reminded of this “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).
No amount of giving can ever compare to to the heart and mind of Christ. God is not concerned with what we give or how much we give but rather how we give from what we have. It is not the amount of giving that is important when we give from the heart but it is the attitude we will have in our giving. Giving and enabling are two different things. Know the difference.
Giving does not require a public service announcement. Nor does it deserve recognition to validate who you are. Silence is golden. Let the work you do for the Lord speak for itself. As long as God knows your heart it doesn’t matter what the world thinks of you. Give as he gives and it will come back to you. Give cheerfully and not reluctantly or out of obligation. Because that is not a cheerful giver.
The heart is a depository for good and evil. What comes out of the mouth flows from the heart. Choose your words wisely. Speak life and not death. Giving generously and joyfully pleases God. Don’t be concerned with what pleases others.
When you know what you know about God and he knows the condition of your heart, be at peace. God knows your heart. Giving is not an obligation. It’s not a requirement to give. It is a demonstration of the heart. It is not done to affirm what people think of us.
The amount you give or who you give doesn’t impress God. Your heart must be right when you give. Give with an attitude of gratitude. Be willing to give with the right heart. It pleases God.
A right heart before God. That’s what giving is all about.
Be blessed! – JD
2 Corinthians 8:11-12 “So now finish doing it as well, so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have. 12For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have.” (ESV)
It doesn’t matter how well you do in life, especially when it seems all is going as planned. It only takes one thing that will change your life forever. Be ready to fall on your knees in prayer to God when life changes.
We’re not promised tomorrow. Don’t take life for granted. Keep God at the center. Pray, meditate, study the Word. Give thanks to God. It’s because of his grace and mercy you are alive.
Some didn’t make it today. Thank God for brand new mercies. You woke in your right mind, with a portion of health and strength. Without God, you never would have made it.
You may not have what you want. You have what you need. You may not be where you want to be. God has you right where you need to be. Thank God. In everything, give all glory to God.
Be blessed! – JD
Psalm 100:3-4 “Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!” (ESV)
Sometimes we can become overwhelmed when faced with difficult situations we do not have answers to; let alone control of. But it is in our darkest hours we are to look to God. We are to remain steadfast and stand on His Word. He will fix it. Our God is faithful.
When we feel and profess, we don’t want “to do this” anymore, it’s the enemy trying to frustrate our purpose. Don’t look to the right or to the left. The devil is a liar and the truth ain’t in him! God will fulfill his purpose.
Take a look at your life and all the things you’ve been through and know that it was nothing but God who brought you through. Look at God! Won’t he do it!
Make a declaration today. No matter the circumstance, let praise continually be in your mouth. Give thanks to God for what he’s done, what he’s doing, and what he’s going to do. Praise him in advance. With God, you’re winning!
When everything seems out of place, don’t fret. God will put the pieces back in the right place. Let him handle it.
Be blessed! – JD
Philippians 3:12-14 “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (ESV)