We, as Christians, become saved by God’s Grace.(John 3:16) But what happens after that? We have a responsibility to pay it forward. God’s blessings come to us in what seem like natural events. The truth is that it is all planned out. (Matt 6:8) He then expects us to bless others as He has blessed us. (Matt 28:19)
Consider Leviticus 27:30. This is an order from the Lord to take that with which He has blessed us and give 10% back to those in greater need than ourselves. Then He tasks us to test Him to see that He is just and keeps His promises to us regarding this matter. (Malachi 3: 8-10) I make this point because nowhere else in God’s Word does He tell us to test Him. Testing God outside the boundaries of the tithe may result in disastrous consequences as it questions our faith that God will be faithful to us. The passage states: ““Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it“.“ Nowhere but here does the Lord command us to test Him.
Additionally, the Word says that if we take the first step and help others in need, we will receive more in return. (Matt 7:7-8) (Gal 6:9-10)
Here are just a few more scriptural examples instructing us as to how we should share God’s blessings to us with others:
1. Inspiration – As the Lord has blessed us to read and understand His Word, we should share it with all the world. (Matt 28:19)
2. Kindness – As the Lord has been kind, gentle and generous in blessings to us, so should we be to each other. (Ephesians 4:32)
3. Good deeds – We should not hesitate to do good in God’s sight. (Matt 5:16)
As believers, God allows storms in our lives in order for us to develop a greater dependency on Him and, in unison, a more intimate relationship with him. (James 1:2-4) For non-believers, God may allow storms, and at times strong storms, to turn non-believers toward Him when they feel otherwise helpless (Isaiah 49:13).
Where there is loss, I feel there is no good and healthy way to get through these particularly troubling times without Faith. People sometimes turn to alcohol, drugs and/or other paths which just spiral them farther downward. Our Lord and Saviour would never allow believers to turn to such destructive means to deal with loss without His divine intervention first. (Jeremia 31:13) If we choose not to believe that He is the way to be at peace with our losses, then we know that He will turn away from us. (Matt 10:33)
We should all keep in mind all of God’s Promises which we have notated in our Bibles and in times of troubles, we should re-read them and trust God to keep those promises which will keep us closer to Him. I would suggest that you try it and you will find He will NEVER fail you.
While many teachers focus directly on the Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, in these messages, my objective is to focus more attention primarily on Biblical text and how it instructs us in behavior which will prepare us for the next life, eternally. The behavioral suggestions in our Bibles apply to each and every one of us today, even though it was written centuries ago.
I like to call my blog a “mustard seed” because just like Jesus, I aspire to plant the seeds of God’s Word across the Internet, and with God’s blessing, throughout the world. The passages I cite, for the most part, link to the King James Version of “Bible Gateway,” where you can change the version for easier reading if you wish. My final goal would be that everyone study their Bibles so that they all cross over the threshold from this life to eternity with The Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
With God’s unfailing Grace, we have this user manual with which to learn the experience of a righteous life earning ourselves a jeweled crown in the final judgment. It is my prayer that this blog site will inspire people from all over the world, to a life of following Jesus so that they may all step over the threshold into the light of our Lord and Savior.