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Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11

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Humility Thursday

Proverbs 22.4

Today, we continue our journey on humility. May God us many Selah, pause and ponder moments for our blessing and benefit and His glory!

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When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
    but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2

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Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord,
    and humility comes before honor. Proverbs 15:33

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For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled,
and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Luke 14:11

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Pride brings a person low,
    but the lowly in spirit gain honor. Proverbs 29:23

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Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility,gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12

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Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 1 Peter 5:6

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Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3-4

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Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2

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 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

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He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
    And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8

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In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted,seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above Him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of His glory.”

At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.
“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.” Isaiah 6:1-5

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O Heavenly Father, You are gracious, compassionate, loving and kind. We bow before You realizing that You are God, Holy, Righteous, Pure, and Perfect. We bow to give you praise, honor and glory. We thank You for the humility of Jesus who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death even, death on a cross. We bow to ask Your help. Would you so work in our hearts that we too would live lives of  humility, dying to self and walking in Your Spirit? Please transform our hearts, stripping them of all pride and self-exaltation. Give us Your heart, a heart of sacrificial love that does nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above ourselves, not looking to our own interests but to the interests of the others. May our lives be Your fragrance in this world. We need Your Spirit and Your Word to teach, empower, convict and lead us in Your righteousness for You are God, our Savior and our hope and joy is in you all the day long. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

James 3.13

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Wisdom Wednesday

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Blessings today! It is Wisdom Wednesday! As we have discussed ‘love’ and ‘the kiss’ over the past days, I am mindful of the humility that the Lord calls us to as believers in Christ. The good news is Jesus gave His life and His Spirit lives in every true believer that this would be true for our lives and His glory! SSSSSssssoooo so Scriptures today and tomorrow on humility. Blessings to each of you and with so many options, I thank you for including BHM is your day! To God alone be all glory!

To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Philippians 4:20

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He must become greater; I must become less.” John 3:30

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For the Lord takes delight in his people;
    He crowns the humble with victory. Psalm 149:4

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For this is what the high and exalted One says—
    he who lives forever, whose name is holy:
“I live in a high and holy place,
    but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit,
to revive the spirit of the lowly
    and to revive the heart of the contrite. Isaiah 57:15

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If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

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Lift up your heads, you gates;
    be lifted up, you ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
    The Lord strong and mighty,
    the Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, you gates;
    lift them up, you ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is he, this King of glory?
    The Lord Almighty—
    he is the King of glory. Psalm 24:7-10

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Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21

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Daniel 4.37

The greatest of these is love

1 Corinthians13.13a

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:1-1

There are times that I am amazed at how we Christians cherry pick the Word of God! So much rhetoric in this world, so many loose words by those called by the Name of  Christ, so much hateful venom from the mouths of believers…excuse me, I should have said from the heart of those who say they are believers because as Luke 6:45 speaks, “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heat, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”

For those who have it twisted and believe that their false piety and self-righteousness will win others to Christ, you may want to find a quiet place and your knees and ask God to help you understand verse 13, “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” Agape love, self-sacrificing love, love such as  Jesus demonstrated in John 3:16, For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

There is not a person alive who is not included in Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  In other words, none of us were so pretty when Jesus drew us unto Himself. We were all created for His glory and we all fall short. We all needed the loving grace and mercy of the Holy God.

“This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith.” Romans 3:22-25

So perhaps, we would find ourselves more faithful to God by allowing Him to transform our hearts to be like His and demonstrate love in Word and action rather than venom and pride. Philippians 2;5-8 tells us, In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!”

Perhaps, just perhaps, a little humility, compassion, and love would cause those separated from Jesus to see, hunger, and thirst for His glory. Perhaps just perhaps, meditate upon 1 Peter 3:14:

“But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 1 Peter 3:14-16

This is not a post about changing the message. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, every Word in the Bible is true, but sometimes when I read there seems to be a attitude or spirit that is not gentle nor respectful and certainly lacks the love of Jesus. Let’s remember that John 3:16 says “For God SO LOVED THE WORLD” that includes everyone. Perhaps, just perhaps Peter is encouraging us to SO LOVE the world with gentleness and respect that they will receive our witness of the love, grace, and mercy found in Jesus Christ.

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Did God really say?

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We hear the serpent asking Eve the above question in the garden before the fall of man.

“Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman,Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’? (Genesis 3:1 NIV84).”

And we know how that conversation ended up, don’t we?!?
Now, my life experience has been that whatever proves effective for the enemy, he will keep doing until I cast it down as prescribed in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5.
“For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.”

The “Did God really say” question proved very effective for satan with Eve in the garden. Once she allowed that seed of deception to settle in her mind, the enemy then challenged Eve’s thoughts by implying, “and if He did what kind of God is that?” The next thing we know, Eve is eating the forbidden fruit and giving some to Adam. Yep, that fiery dart landed…bull’s eye!

The world’s message today of “everything is relative” is one of satan’s fiery darts that continues to ask man the question “Did God really say?” We see this teaching proven out in the self-indulgence and self-exaltation of today’s world. It allows me to know that the enemy’s attack of “Did God really say” is still very effective.

On yesterday, we studied Isaiah in the Temple beholding the beauty and holiness of God in Sunday School. Isaiah dated this experience by the year Kind Uzziah died. You can find King Uzziah’s story at this link but the short and quick is a king who started well and finished poorly. Uzziah began as a godly king at the age of 16 and ruled for 52 years. He began his reign by “doing what was right in the eyes of the Lord” and fortifying the city of Jerusalem. The king became very powerful with a well-trained army. As long as Uzziah sought the Lord, God gave him success.

The blessings and gifts of God caused him to become prideful and unfaithful to the Lord. Uzziah knew that the priesthood was given to Aaron and his descendants and that this included the burning of incense at the altar.

When self takes over, pride settles in and we become unfaithful to God. We bow to self  and believe our knowledge and wisdom is greater than God’s. Surely, God didn’t mean the king couldn’t burn incense. In other words, Uzziah’s pride caused him to view the law of God as relative. I mean afterall, he was the king and surely he could do as he pleased at this given time instead of what God had said.

Even after the priests warned him of his unfaithfulness, Uzziah pressed on to burn the incense and while he was raging at the priests in the Lord’s temple, leprosy broke on his forehead. He had leprosy until the day he died which means he was separated from the temple and the people. I’ll let you read it in its completeness but surely we should heed the warning.

“Did God really say?” Yes, He did. When tempted to fall backward into a mindset of relativism Uzziah’s response should have been, “Yes, God did say and His commands are not burdensome or grievous. I am absolutely so blessed that He is my God. All His ways are perfect.

The temptation to sin, the bondage of pride, the desire for self-gratification and self-exaltation, the enemy’s fiery darts are no less for us as believers today than it was for a godly king named Uzziah. May the Lord strength us to stand in faith and preach to ourselves, the enemy, and a world system that stands against the Lord and His righteousness and respond to “Did God really say” with “Yes, He did” in love and with gentleness and kindness.

  • And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. Mark 8:34-35
  • For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
  • All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

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The fear of the Lord

Ecclesiastes 12.13

I recently hear a sermon focused around “the fear of the Lord.” The sermon abounded in Scriptures regarding what God has said about fearing Him. The aim of the sermon was to encourage us to “draw near to God and He will draw near to you [us] (James 4:8)” for it is there that we will find peace, security, and hope.

How sad it is when we choose to run from God instead of drawing near for when we truly fear Him, we find that He is our refuge, fortress, sun, shield, present help, and all that we need. In fact, as the minister stated, running from God shows that we do not fear God enough. I am sharing some of the passages from the Book of Psalms that were used in the sermon and asking the Lord to help us all draw near in reverential fear, awe, honor and respect of Himself, the Holy, Righteous, Pure, Perfect, Almighty, Sovereign God and find our delight in Him.

Psalm 25:14
The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear Him, and He makes known to them His covenant.

Psalm 31:19
Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear You and worked for those who take refuge in You, in the sight of the children of mankind!

 Psalm 34:7
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and delivers them.

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Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints, for those who fear Him have no lack!

Psalm 103:11
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His steadfast love toward those who fear Him;

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As a father shows compassion to His children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear Him.

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The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!

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Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in His commandments!

The Word of God is Truth and He is faithful to His Word! We have no reason to run and every reason to draw near.

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The Turn indicator

James 4.8

“Therefore, submit to God. But resist the Devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners, and purify your hearts, double-minded people! Be miserable and mourn and weep. Your laughter must change to mourning and your joy to sorrow. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you.” James 4:7-8

We just finished Vacation Bible School and we were so blessed in the Lord! Our theme was “Flight School, Aiming High in Jesus”! One song that I particularly liked was “Sin is a Drag.” The children loved it as well for the motion was to lean to the side and go further and further down and come back to level and raise you hands up, up, and up!

Sin is a drag that will pull you down
Sin is a drag that will pull you down
Sin is a drag that will pull you down
But Faith (clap, clap)
Will lift (clap, clap)
You Up-
up, uP, UP!

But Faith (clap, clap)
Will lift (clap, clap)
You Up-
up, uP, UP!

The James passage gives us the same wisdom of God as the song. Draw near to God, resist the devil, humble yourself, repent- God will draw near and exalt us. What a loving, gracious, and merciful God He is!

One lesson was focused on trusting the instrument panel- trusting God and not leaning on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-7).  God has given us many instruments- the Person of the Holy Spirit (who is God), His Holy Word, Prayer- and these instruments give us indicators of our heart health.

To keep this post reasonable, I won’t go through all the indicators on the instrument panel but the one indicator that we as believers may need to pay a little more attention to is the “Turn Coordinator.”  The indicator that God speaks of in the James passage above. God speaks by His Spirit through His Word and prayer to tell us to turn and sometimes we keeping flying head on until we crash. 

Let’s be careful not to get caught on the notion that sin is relative and God’s Word is outdated…lies and deceit from the enemy of man’s soul. The wonderful, beautiful grace of repentance should be embraced by every believer and applied as often as needed in order that our hearts be cleansed. 

On the same night that repentance was part of our discussion, I came home and this article was in my reading. I thought it was a perfect illustration of an indicator saying turn and how obedience to do so resulted in God’s glory and blessed and benefited Derek Carr and others… and will continue to do so. Please do not let the word ‘tithing’ stop you from reading the article, the example speaks to the turn indicator. 🙂

Raiders’ Carr says tithing tops priority list

by Tim Ellsworth, posted Monday, June 26, 2017 (3 days ago)

NASHVILLE (BP) — When Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr signed a contract extension making him the highest paid player in NFL history, he was quick to identify one of his top priorities — tithing.

“The first thing I’ll do is I’ll pay my tithe like I have since I was in college getting $700 on a scholarship check,” Carr said at a June 23 press conference following the signing. “That won’t change.”

Carr and the Raiders agreed to a five-year, $125 million extension that will keep him in silver and black through 2022.

“First and foremost, I’m just blessed and honored to be sitting here today,” Carr said in his opening comments at the press conference. “I dreamed of this day when I was a little kid, and it’s here. I just thank God for this opportunity.”

An outspoken Christian, Carr said he was excited about the contract because he wanted to continue playing for the Raiders, and because of how he and his wife Heather would use the money.

“This money’s going to help a lot of people,” he said. “I’m very thankful to have it, that it’s in our hands, because it’s going to help people not only in this country but in a lot of countries around the world. That’s what’s exciting to me.”

The Raiders drafted Carr out of Fresno State in the second round of the 2014 draft. In three seasons with the team, Carr has established himself as one of the league’s elite passers. In 2016, he led Oakland to a 12-4 record with 3,937 passing yards, 28 touchdowns and only six interceptions.

His older brother David also played quarterback at Fresno State and was the top pick in the 2002 NFL draft by the Houston Texans. David retired from the NFL after the 2012 season.

Though he grew up in a Christian home, it wasn’t until college that Carr began to take his faith seriously, thanks mainly to a letter he received from Heather. They were just friends at the time, but Heather confronted Carr about his profession of faith that didn’t match up with his actions.

“He would say one thing but act the opposite way,” Heather said in a video produced by The Increase, an organization that shares the Christian testimonies of professional athletes. “He was talking about God and how much he loved God, and then I would see him going to the parties, hanging out with the girls.”

That letter from Heather was a wake-up call to Carr. He repented of the way he had been living, told his teammates that he had done a poor job of living the Christian life and pledged to be a better example to them going forward.

Lorne Bell, the area representative for the Fresno County Fellowship of Christian Athletes, was a teammate of Carr’s for two years and was there when Carr made that confession to the team in 2009. Bell said Carr apologized and asked his teammates to help keep him accountable in his relationship with Christ.

“This guy is real,” Bell remembers thinking. “I’ve seen that continue since he graduated. I know that Derek’s faith is genuine. He really loves the Lord. It’s not fake. It’s not for the cameras. God is number one in his life.”

Carr and Heather eventually began dating and then married in 2012.

Carr, whose grandfather was a pastor for more than 40 years, has a tattoo on his left wrist with the Scripture reference Jeremiah 29:11: “‘For I know the plans I have for you’ — this is the LORD’s declaration — ‘plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'”

On his website, Carr says he wants to use football as a means of glorifying God and sharing his faith with others.

“Football is God’s gift to me and I am thankful he chose me to be the steward of this gift,” Carr writes. “Being a quarterback is what I do but it does not define who I am. I am first and foremost a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. Each time I step out on the field I play my heart out for the Lord.”

Tim Ellsworth writes for Baptist Press and is an associate vice president for university communications at Union University in Jackson, Tenn.
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Bring an offering prompted by the heart

Exodus 25.2The Lord said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give. These are the offerings you are to receive from them: gold, silver and bronze; blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen; goat hair; ram skins dyed red and another type of durable leather; acacia wood; olive oil for the light; spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense; and onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and breastpiece.  Exodus 25:1-7

The Lord commands Moses to tell the Israelites to bring Him an offering. An offering? Where would slaves traveling through a desert get an offering to bring? Let’s look back at Exodus 12 and a previous post, “The God of the turn around.”

35 The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and for clothing. 36 The Lord had made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and they gave them what they asked for; so they plundered the Egyptians. Exodus 12:35-36

It is a reminder that our offerings to the Lord are always something that we have already been given. In our church, we pray a simple prayer after the offering and singing of “Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.” The offering is raised unto the Lord and we pray together, “We thank You, Lord, for these gifts.” Such an elementary truth that many struggle with, even what we offer to God has, first, been a gift from Him. Just in case you didn’t get it, that’s a “Shout now – Hallelujah!” “What we offer to God has, first, been a gift from Him.”

I am reminded of the prayer David offered the Lord when preparing for the temple that Solomon was going to build. So much to receive from this prayer in regards to the Lord Himself, His people, our hearts, worship, possessions, and offerings. We see God’s desire that our offerings would come from our hearts.

10 David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying,

“Praise be to you, Lord,
    the God of our father Israel,
    from everlasting to everlasting.
11 Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power
    and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
    for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, Lord, is the kingdom;
    You are exalted as head over all.
12 Wealth and honor come from You;
    You are the ruler of all things.
In Your hands are strength and power
    to exalt and give strength to all.
13 Now, our God, we give You thanks,
    and praise Your glorious name.

14 “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from You, and we have given You only what comes from Your hand. 15 We are foreigners and strangers in Your sight, as were all our ancestors. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope. 16 Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building You a temple for Your Holy Name comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to You. 17 I know, my God, that You test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things I have given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly Your people who are here have given to You. 18 Lord, the God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Israel, keep these desires and thoughts in the hearts of Your people forever, and keep their hearts loyal to You. 19 And give my son Solomon the wholehearted devotion to keep Your commands, statutes and decrees and to do everything to build the palatial structure for which I have provided.” 20 Then David said to the whole assembly, “Praise the Lord Your God.” So they all praised the Lord, the God of their fathers; they bowed down, prostrating themselves before the Lord and the king.

The Lord worked in the hearts of the people so much that Moses had to ask them not to bring any additional offerings.

“So Moses gave command, and word was proclaimed throughout the camp, “Let no man or woman do anything more for the contribution for the sanctuary.” So the people were restrained from bringing, for the material they had was sufficient to do all the work, and more.” Exodus 36:6-7

He tells Moses in today’s passage, You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give (Exodus 25:2).” May we so love God with all our heart and all our soul and our mind and all our strength that our hearts will always prompt us to give to the work of His Kingdom…and do so with great joy!

“But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from You, and we have given You only what comes from Your hand.”

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Hope for today: wisdom from heaven

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13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
James 3:13-18

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Hope for today: I no longer live

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“For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”
Galatians 2:19-21

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