Saturday, September 5, 2020

A WILLING HEART

Today’s Reading: Exodus 36

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The Tabernacle of Moses surrounded by Timna Cliffs. This full-sized replica is situated at Timna National Park in Israel.

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Key Verse: Exodus 36:6-7

So Moses gave a commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, “Let neither man nor woman do any more work for the offering of the sanctuary.” And the people were restrained from bringing, for the material they had was sufficient for all the work to be done–indeed too much.

 

What a wonderful problem! Every Pastor, every ministry leader should have such a problem. How do we get to this place, the place at which one must say, “enough”? What might cause such abundance? To answer that question, we need only to look again at the story we’ve read over the last few days. Yesterday we learned that those who brought offerings did so because they had willing hearts (Exodus 35:2,5,21,29). Because they were grateful for all the Lord had done on their behalf, they showed their gratitude by giving lavishly. We, too, need not wring our hands in despair that we do not have enough. What the Lord wants are willing hearts. A willing heart will make all the difference.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I pray once again for a willing heart. Money is not my master. You, Lord, are my Master. My possessions are not the master. I rejoice in the fact that I can give to Your Tabernacle, Your Church, Your Ministry and to those who need my help. You said, Lord Jesus, “Inasmuch as you have done it unto the least of one of these, you’ve done it unto Me” (Matthew 25:40). Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

Throughout the years, it has been a blessing for Norma-Jean and me to qualify as “willing-heart” givers. We pay our tithes, 10% of gross income, and we give offerings over and above the tithe. I’m not bragging, just reporting. I hope to be a good example. Norma-Jean keeps our books, so she knows what the tithe is. I love to write the cheque for our offerings. I was asked by a Ukrainian Army Colonel to help convince their military brass that they should have Chaplains or Padres in their Army. My first speech in the Ukraine to their senior officers was to propose a toast to Cornelius who, as a Roman officer, gave alms (offerings) to the needs of the Jewish people. These alms came up before God as a memorial and God sent an angel and Peter to this Roman soldier (see Acts 10). God saved Cornelius and his family, and God established a chaplaincy in the Ukranian Army after 70 years of official atheism.

Yours for the joy of paying God’s tithe and giving our offerings,

David

22 thoughts on “Saturday, September 5, 2020

  1. Thank You Lord for being our One and only Master. Was praying for Mike in Fargo, early this morning. We lift this man, Your Child of God, up to You for continued breakthrough and healing. May his eyes open, dear Lord. Be with his family and give them hope. May their faith rest in You. Wishing all saints a blessed day.

    Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven. James 5:15 NLT
    To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27 NIV

    Tim Hughes – Hope & Glory: Music Video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Peve0MDCXw

  2. The following is today’s post from Charles Spurgeon’s, My Utmost for His Highest, September 5th:

    “Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar.”
    Psalm 120:5

    “As a Christian you have to live in the midst of an ungodly world, and it is of little use for you to cry “Woe is me.” Jesus did not pray that you should be taken out of the world, and what he did not pray for, you need not desire. Better far in the Lord’s strength to meet the difficulty, and glorify him in it. The enemy is ever on the watch to detect inconsistency in your conduct; be therefore very holy. Remember that the eyes of all are upon you, and that more is expected from you than from other men. Strive to give no occasion for blame. Let your goodness be the only fault they can discover in you. Like Daniel, compel them to say of you, “We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.” Seek to be useful as well as consistent. Perhaps you think, “If I were in a more favourable position I might serve the Lord’s cause, but I cannot do any good where I am”; but the worse the people are among whom you live, the more need have they of your exertions; if they be crooked, the more necessity that you should set them straight; and if they be perverse, the more need have you to turn their proud hearts to the truth. Where should the physician be but where there are many sick? Where is honour to be won by the soldier but in the hottest fire of the battle? And when weary of the strife and sin that meets you on every hand, consider that all the saints have endured the same trial. They were not carried on beds of down to heaven, and you must not expect to travel more easily than they. They had to hazard their lives unto the death in the high places of the field, and you will not be crowned till you also have endured hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. Therefore, ‘stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.’ “

  3. Thank you Beverlee, Irene, Teresa, Luisa and Doreen for your prayers. Please keep praying for me as I developed another bump overnight and my head feels woosey at present. I am taking Vitamin C and Echinacea for infection and studied it on fb as swollen lymph nodes. God is faithful and i am trusting Him. God bless you saints.

  4. Dear Lord God, thank You again for Your Word and for the teachers, pastors, and evangelists You send. Bless each and every one of them hugely, we ask in Jesus’s great name. We pray that Your Word goes out freely, clearly and mightily to all people everywhere. Dear Lord, we pray also for Your healing touch on all Your people, in Jesus’s name, amen

  5. Continuing to pray for Ger . May His mighty hand be upon you. It is frightening when we feel woozy. Lord, heal the infection – speak the Word Lord & reduce the swelling, in Jesus Name. Amen

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