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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

November 12 - Morning

"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.  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. And God
is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things
at all times, having all that you need, you will
abound in every good work.
 As it is written:

They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;
    their righteousness endures forever.”

 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 
 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

- Second Corinthians 9:6-11

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Sowing and Reaping    

In Second Corinthians 9 Paul continues his instructions concerning the financial gift he is collecting
to take to the poor believers in Jerusalem. Paul is not commanding the Corinthians to give money
into this, or any collection, but is instructing them concerning the principles of Christian giving.
Giving is a practice that will develop among mature believers who are empowered by God’s grace
just as any fruit of the Spirit develops as believers mature.

The first principle Paul reminds the Corinthians of is that:

“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” – 2 Corinthians 9:6

A student of scripture should not allow Paul’s instructions to be spiritualized or taken out of context by trying to make these words refer to anything other than money. There should be no confusion
that Paul is talking about giving and collecting money from the Corinthians in chapters 8 and 9.
The money is to be put into an offering that he has already spoken about to the churches in Macedonia, Galatia and Asia, and will also refer to in his letter to the Romans once he gets to
Corinth where he writes the letter.

This first principle of grace giving is that the grace you give matches the grace you will receive. Simplest terms: Give little, get little; give much, get much.

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." – Luke 6:38

This is a principle of the kingdom of God and it is a damnable spiritual crime that the prosperity preachers of our generation have used verses like this to abuse ignorant believers. They exploit
these verses (and, fail to teach anything of substance) in order to twist this principle into personal gain. In spite of this shameful practice of modern ministries, Paul is speaking to the Corinthians
about the grace of their giving that will be matched by God’s grace of giving in reference to money
and provisions. Love it or hate it, but this is what Paul is saying. And, do not abuse it, twist it or exploit it because the same Lord who says he will measure back pressed down and shaken
together to match your giving is also the Lord of whom it is said:

“For we know him who said, ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ and again, ‘The Lord will judge his people.’ It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
– Hebrews 10:30-31

The second principle is that the amount given is determined by the believer/priest who is making
the offering. The mature believer will decide how much to give by using his own volition based on wisdom and faith:

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give.”
– 2 Corinthians 9:7

Third principle:  Do not give reluctantly. This refers to internal pressure from your own soul. Do not give because of internal pressure such as guilt or in an attempt to manipulate God. Do not give
when you know you cannot give or do not want to give. It is grace giving, not legalism, the Law
or a work of the flesh.

Fourth principle: Do not give under compulsion. This refers to external pressure from people or circumstances. Various forms of pastoral manipulation or coercive calls to commit to a building program or the application of guilt because of  the prosperity a person has is to be rejected. These things do not induce grace giving. There is no promise from God to match your giving if it is given reluctantly or under compulsion those attitudes are not part of a mature believers giving in grace.
God does not respond positively to guilt or manipulation, and neither should his believer/priests.

Fifth principle: God is looking for the “cheerful” giver. The “cheerful” giver is the one whose actions match their soul. Once again, it is a person giving in grace because it is what they know and understand in their soul. In their spiritual state of maturity they have a desire to give, and the
fulfilling of this desire makes them happy and cheerful because it is what they want to do. They
want to give and are pleased to get a chance to do so. It is grace flowing through them.

“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

There is much more to say about this, but if a person can mature as a believer and as a believer/priest make an offering based on the principles of grace giving then God will continue to
pour out grace to fill up what that believer has poured out so that the flow of grace in financial
giving may continue and increase in that believer’s life:

“God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” – 2 Corinthians 9:8

  Christian Quote from Church History

"The devil is not fighting religion. He's too smart for that. He is producing a counterfeit Christianity, so much like the real one that good Christians are afraid
to speak out against it."
- Vance Havner








Something to Ponder??
Christians are the most persecuted group of
people in the world. 200,000,000 suffer today
from some form of persecution. Read more here.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information


Hotam (Hb) - Signet Ring (Eng) - the Hebrew word hotam means "affix a seal" or "seal shut."
Hotam is usually translated "seal" or "signet ring." A seal was a small cylinder made of stone
that was rolled in clay to leave a design or symbol of the owner which then sealed a
document shut. A signet ring was pressed into the clay to leave its impression when a
document was shut. (Ancient Seal here and ancient signet rings here.)

  In 605 BC, the city of Carchemish was the site of the one of the key battles in history. According to Jeremiah 46 and 2 Chronicles 35-36 Babylonian General Nebuchadnezzar defeated the remains of the Assyria Empire and their support form Pharoah Neco of Egypt. Archaeology has excavated Carchemish and revealed it was a strategic site for the Hitttes, Assyrians and Babylonians. (See details here and here and here.)
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I give money to help the poor reluctantly?
Do I feel compulsion to put money into a church offering bucket?
I will give money as a means to help people. I will give what I have decided to give
simply because I want to give in grace to causes I consider worthy.
  "No harm befalls the righteous, but the wicked
have their fill of trouble."
Proverbs 12:21
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Prayer for Today
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Ask Holy Spirit to
move through you
World outreach Unions and workers Sweden
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem


Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC

Gate of ancient Bethsaida (OT Geshur) with the altar and image of the pagan god on the right side of the gate entrance. The image of the god was that of a bull and was found smashed in five pieces on the gate altar. Most likely the destruction occured at the hands of the Assyrians when they destroyed northern Israel in 721 BC. according to 2 Kings 15:29. The city was called Geshur in Joshua 13:11-13 and 2 Samuel 13:37-38.
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