Are You Spent?
Happy Valentine’s Day! It is a good reminder of the greatest commandment – to LOVE! We are called not only to love the “joys” in our life (those easy to love), but also our “testys” (those that are irritating to us), “foes” (those we do not like), and “fars” (those we do not know – like the Haitiens). Phillip Yancy in his terrific book “What’s so Amazing About Grace” states, “You only love God as much as you love the person you like the least.”…
I hope and pray you all have stayed safe and warm and healthy with all our snow and cold weather!
*** Please remember to take your vitamins (most important daily fish oil 1 gram and daily vitamin D), get at least 7 hours sleep, eat healthy (5-10 servings veggies and fruits/day), and drink plenty of water (1/2-1 gallon/day).
Family and Faith
Sermon Series on the theme “Spent” from my church, TPCC with minister Aaron Brockett and based on 1 Kings 17:12-14
The Bible talks most about money because where our treasure goes there our heart goes also. Aaron reminded us that we come into the world with nothing and go out with nothing. What we fill our hands with can rob us of life. Our money is a temporary gift from God that just passes through our hands and needs to be spent wisely. Actually, everything we have is on rent from God.
In Proverbs chapter 3, God states we need to give our FIRST fruits (first 10 percent to tithe to God for His kingdom and heaven work) and then the Lord will bless us. Aaron says that one of the most frequent questions he gets asked is “do I tithe on gross or net?” – his answer is which do you want God to bless – your gross or net?
Matthew 6:19, “Store your treasures in heaven, where they will not be destroyed.”
God does not need our money (He is all powerful!), but He wants our heart and love and knows that where our treasure goes so our heart goes also. Tithing is our training and proof that we are trusting and believing God. Aaron talked about the trust needed in the trapeze artists – the flier needs to keep his arms outstretched to be caught by the catcher and trust that the strong arms of the catcher will catch him. If the flier tries to grab the catcher, really bad things happen. We are the fliers with our arms outstretched to God, and with our faith we trust Him to always catch us as He promises in the Bible. “Fear not” is the most common command from God to us in the Bible.
Last Sunday Aaron talked about when we are “spent up”. When we are stressed and feeling spent up at so many different times and in so many different ways, there is almost always too much of ME (and trying to do things on our own power) and not enough of God. The only remedy for being “spent” is to trust and allow God to fill you up in the face of difficult circumstances. Contentment and happiness is something that we learn if we are willing and something we can have and choose with God’s Spirit in us regardless of our circumstances and even in our worst trials. To be fulfilled and get full, we need less of me and more of God.
Parenting Tip: We as parents need to first learn and model and practice, and then teach and explain these truths from God about money and possessions to our children!
Hebrews 13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
Thank you for reading and considering – you all are so very special!.. My prayers for you and your family and our country and world, that there is so much more of God and His power and Spirit, and less of me (and my self centered will). May we actively trust and believe, and then all will be so powerfully magnified in His will!