VIDEO Why Give? – Hidden Motives of Christian Giving

Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. Matthew 23:23, NIV

Sometimes people give gifts out of obligation at Christmas, for anniversaries and birthdays, or on other special occasions. At the same time, many people enjoy giving gifts because it demonstrates their love. This is the preferred way to give gifts—out of love.

In the Old Testament, Israelites were required to stand before the Lord and confess that they had faithfully given their tithe to the Levites and the poor, and that they had not kept any of it back for themselves (Deuteronomy 26:13-15). They were obligatedto give. Even during Jesus’ ministry, the obligation to give was still practiced by the scribes and Pharisees who tithed their herbs and spices, but failed to show mercy and justice (Matthew 23:23). But Jesus demonstrated that we are to give out of love and sacrifice—not obligation. As we learn more about the unconditional love of God, the more our motivation for giving will become like His.

How can we give grudgingly to a God who gave it all?

The question is not how much of my money I give to God, but rather how much of God’s money I keep for myself.  R. G. LeTourneau


David Jeremiah | Jan 9, 2018. The Hidden Motives of Christian Giving, Part 1 – Turning Point Radio

Think about why you give to God. Do you give out of habit? Out of guilt? Out of pressure or compulsion? Dr. David Jeremiah begins a series on giving with a look at some of the best reasons we have for giving to God, straight from His inspired Word.


 

Joy

I sing for joy at what your hands have done. Psalm 92:4

I’m fast approaching a new season—the “winter” of old age—but I’m not there yet. Even though the years are galloping by and sometimes I’d like to slow them down, I have joy that sustains me. Each day is a new day given me by the Lord. With the psalmist, I can say, “It is good to praise the Lord . . . proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night”! (Psalm 92:1–2).

Even though my life has its struggles and the pain and difficulties of others sometimes overwhelm me, God enables me to join the psalmist in “[singing] for joy at what [His] hands have done” (v. 4). Joy for blessings given: family, friends, and satisfying work. Joy because of God’s wondrous creation and His inspired Word. Joy because Jesus loved us so much He died for our sins. And joy because He gave us the Spirit, the source of true joy (Romans 15:13). Because of the Lord, believers in Him can “flourish like a palm tree . . . [and] still bear fruit in old age” (Psalm 92:12–14).

No matter our circumstances or season of life, we can be examples of His love.

What fruit is that? No matter our circumstances or season of life, we can be examples of His love through the life we lead and the words we say. There is joy in knowing and living for the Lord and telling others about Him.

Dear Lord, thank You for the joy that is ours through the Spirit.

God is the giver of joy.

By Alyson Kieda 

INSIGHT

The psalmist proclaims that the righteous—the faithful—will flourish like a palm tree and grow like the cedars of Lebanon (Psalm 92:12). The palm tree was associated with value—both ornamental and economic—and palm fronds were already being used in worship (Leviticus 23:40). The cedars of Lebanon are almost always used in Scripture to illustrate strength, stability, and majesty. When this psalm was written, magnificent evergreen (cedar) forests graced the mountains of Lebanon. With low branches and expansive canopies, these trees can reach up to 100 feet. The psalmist prays for the righteous to increase like the cedar and blossom like the palm tree; this fruitfulness can then spill over into the lives of others.

Dennis Moles

Landmine of Compromise

1 Kings 11:1-7

Compromise is so insidious that people often do not even realize when they have stepped on this landmine. There are many instances of good compromise, like two opposing sides coming together through mutual conciliation. But if concessions mean that we believe or act unwisely, then we are in danger. Unfortunately, such unhealthy compromise leads to disappointment and ultimately to destruction.

We do not fall into a life of compromise; rather, we slide into it. King Solomon is a perfect example of how a small compromise can lead to destruction. God clearly tells Solomon not to associate with other nations or make alliances with them. So although getting horses from Egypt seems innocent, it is actually a compromise. What’s more, Solomon also makes an alliance and marries Pharaoh’s daughter. Then he compromises further until he has hundreds of wives. Next, he allows others to worship idols, but soon he himself is involved in the practice too. He finally stoops so low as to build a high place for “Molech the detestable idol of the sons of Ammon” (1 Kings 11:7), whose worship was associated with child sacrifice. This is a horrible picture of the way compromise works.

The principle is the same in our life: A little compromise can lead to complete ruin. People give in to pressure in many different areas—morals, godly principles, clothing style, or participation in gossip or flirtatious conversations. Tomorrow we will look at the nature of compromise as well as some reasons that people yield. We will also see the characteristics of a non-compromiser.

Incorruptible Things

“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers.” (1 Peter 1:18)

Not all the wealth of the world can redeem a single soul, for gold and silver are merely corruptible elements in a world under “the bondage of corruption” (Romans 8:21). Everything in the physical creation is decaying and dying. In fact, one day all these “elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up” (2 Peter 3:10). Even the very seeds that transmit life are “corruptible seed” (1 Peter 1:23), and all mankind is “corruptible man” (Romans 1:23). Modern science recognizes this universal principle of decay as one of its most basic laws—the law of increasing entropy.

Even in this corruptible world, however, some things are incorruptible. There is the “incorruptible . . . word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever” (1 Peter 1:23). Even though “heaven and earth shall pass away,” the words of Christ “shall not pass away” (Matthew 24:35).

We are redeemed, not by silver and gold, but “with the precious blood of Christ” (1 Peter 1:19). God Himself is the “uncorruptible God” (Romans 1:23), and He has “begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away” (1 Peter 1:3-4). We work, not as others “to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible” (1 Corinthians 9:25).

Finally, these dying bodies will themselves be redeemed, “for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality” (1 Corinthians 15:52-53). HMM

My heart standeth in awe of Thy Word

2 Kings 22:8-20

2 Kings 22:8

Perhaps this was the authentic original of the word of God, which some godly priest had hidden away in persecuting times. Copies had always been scarce, and in the bad times they had been hunted out and destroyed. Highly privileged are we who have Bibles in all our houses, and none to take them from us. With what eagerness did these holy men search this precious volume, though among its contents they found a terrible prophecy of coming judgment.

2 Kings 22:9-10

They were not like those Popish shavelings’ who would keep the Bible from the people; they anxiously desired that God’s message should be known, and its power felt.

2 Kings 22:11

He was of a tender spirit, and trembled at the word of the Lord, when he saw the evils sin had brought upon the nation.

2 Kings 22:12, 13

This was practical wisdom. He would know whether the Lord would, in answer to prayer, withdraw the curses which were threatened in the law. After this manner ought we to seek unto the Lord whenever in reading the Scriptures we perceive that we have transgressed.

2 Kings 22:14

Huldah was both housewife and prophetess, but the great ones were not too proud to consult her. Perhaps Jeremiah was absent upon the Lord’s errands, and in his great alarm the king applied to that servant of God who was near at hand.

2 Kings 22:15-17

Josiah was king among the people, but he was only a man before God, and so the prophetess called him; she knew not how to flatter, but spoke out as it was her duty to do. Grace makes the feeblest bold.

2 Kings 22:18-20

Severity to Judah was tempered by mercy to Josiah. He was humble while others were proud. He bowed like a reed before the storm, and the tempest of wrath left him unharmed. See the benefit of submission to God. May the like tenderness of heart be found in each of us, and may the Lord deal graciously with his servants.

 

Joy to the world; the Lord is come!

Let earth receive her King:

Let every heart prepare him room,

And heaven” and nature sing.

 

Joy to the earth; the Saviour reigns!

Let men their songs employ:

While fields, and floods, rocks, hills, and plains,

Repeat the sounding joy.

 

No more let sins and sorrows grow,

Nor thorns infest the ground;

He comes to make his blessings flow

Far as the curse is found.

 

He rules the world with truth and grace,

And makes the nations prove

The glories of his righteousness,

And wonders of his love.

 


When shall thy lovely face be seen?

When shall our eyes behold our God?

What lengths of distance lie between,

And hills of guilt!—a heavy load!

 

Ye heavenly gates, loose all your chains:

Let the eternal pillars bow!

Blest Saviour, cleave the starry plains,

And make the crystal mountains flow!

 

Put thy bright robes of triumph on,

And bless our eyes, and bless our ears,

Thou absent Love, thou dear unknown,

Thou fairest of ten thousands fairs.

 


Jehovah speaks the healing word,

And no disease withstands;

Fevers and plagues obey the Lord,

And fly at his commands.

 

If half the strings of life should break,

He can our frame restore;

He casts our sins behind his back,

And they are found no more.

 


Great God of wonders! all thy ways

Are matchless, God-like, and divine;

But the fair glories of thy grace

More God-like and unrivall’d shine:

 

Who is a pardoning God like thee?

Or who has grace so rich and free?

Crimes of such horror to forgive,

Such guilty, daring worms to spare;

 

This is thy grand prerogative,

And none shall in the honour share:

Who is a pardoning God like thee?

Or who has grace so rich and free?

 


Fall, ye idols, fall before him,

Lo, the living God appears;

All ye gods around adore him,

Tremble and confess your fears;

Prostrate from your places hurl’d,

Own the God that made the world.

 

Hark! a cry among the nations,

“Come, and let us seek the Lord:

Vain our former expectations;

Vain the idols we ador’d:

Zion’s King is God alone:

Let us bow before his throne.”

 


Great God, I love thy sacred word;

What light and joy its leaves afford!

Thy precepts guide my doubtful way,

Thy fear forbids my feet to stray.

 

Thy threatenings wake my slumbering eyes,

And warn me where my danger lies;

They show me all my guilt and shame,

And make me prize the Saviour’s name.

 

May this blest volume ever lie,

Close to my heart and near my eye;

Till life’s last hour my thoughts engage,

And be my chosen heritage.

 

The Ministry of the Church

The house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. (1 Timothy 3:15)

Not all of the pooled efforts of any church can make a Christian out of a lost man!

The Christian life begins with the individual; a soul has a saving encounter with God and the new life is born.

All else being equal, every individual. Christian will find in the communion of a local church the most perfect atmosphere for the fullest development of his spiritual life. There he will also find the best arena for the largest exercise of those gifts and powers with which God may have endowed him.

Unfortunately, the word “church” has taken on meanings which it did not originally have. The meaning of the word for the true Christian was fixed by our Lord and His apostles, and no man and no angel has authority to change it!

The universal Church is the Body of Christ, the Bride of the Lamb, the habitation of God through the Spirit, the pillar, the Called Out, and the ground of the Truth.

Without doubt, the most important body on earth is the Church of God which He purchased with His own blood!

 

Tears Shall Cease

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” Rev. 21:4

Yes, we shall come to this if we are believers. Sorrow shall cease, and tears shall be wiped away. This is the world of weeping, but it passes away. There shall be a new Heaven, and a new earth, so says the first verse of this chapter; and therefore there will be nothing to weep over concerning the fall and its consequent miseries. Read the second verse, and note how it speaks of the bride and her marriage. The Lamb’s wedding is a time for boundless pleasure, and tears would be out of place. The third verse says that God Himself will dwell among men; and surely at His right hand there are pleasures for evermore, and tears can no longer flow.

What will our state be when there will be no more sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain? This will be more glorious than we can as yet imagine. O eyes that are red with weeping, cease your scalding flow, for in a little while ye shall know no more tears! None can wipe tears away like the God of love, but He is coming to do it. “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Come, Lord, and tarry not; for now both men and women must weep!

 

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