6 [Remember] this: he who sows sparingly and grudgingly will also reap sparingly and grudgingly, and he who sows generously [[a]that blessings may come to someone] will also reap generously and with blessings.
8 And God is able to make all grace (every favor and [c]earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need [d]be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].
9 As it is written, He [the benevolent person] scatters abroad; He gives to the poor; His deeds of justice and goodness and kindness and benevolence will go on and endure forever!
10 And [God] Who provides seed for the sower and bread for eating will also provide and multiply your [resources for] sowing and increase the fruits of your righteousness [[e]which manifests itself in active goodness, kindness, and charity].
11 Thus you will be enriched in all things and in every way, so that you can be generous, and [your generosity as it is] administered by us will bring forth thanksgiving to God.
12 For the service that the ministering of this fund renders does not only fully supply what is lacking to the saints (God’s people), but it also overflows in many [cries of] thanksgiving to God.
This picture was taken in Vermont by my father when he and my mother retired over ten years ago. If you look closely, in the midst of all the produce of this garden is a man. It is hard to see, but the man appears to be older. It amazes me, that an older man can still “bring in a garden” of such huge dimensions! Gardening is hard work! Where I live in Texas many have gardens such as this one and even larger. Those who live in the city have them this size and somewhat smaller. When they harvest their crop, there is always more than enough and they either take it to “Farmer’s Market” where people can go and buy the excess, or they simply give it away to whomever would like it. The latter is what usually takes place!
This is what our verse is talking about today. There is a law that is set in motion when you are a giver! It is the “Law of Reciprocity” which comes from the word ”reciprocate”. To reciprocate is to simply “give back.” The amount you give is what you receive, and when you give with a willing heart, God multiplies what you gave and brings back to you an even larger amount. I learned about the “Law of Reciprocity” years ago from a pastor we had at the time. He began to remind us of other scriptures such as to have friends you must show yourself friendly, if you want to be shown mercy when you have been wrong, you must show mercy to others when they have wronged you, etc.. I had never heard of this, but my pastor had a hard and fast rule and I have found it has been right throughout the years. If you want to know if something is solid and sound doctrine you must be able to find it in at least three places in the Bible! This proved to me, though I had never heard of this spiritual law, it was one and it would work for me! It had to, it was a LAW! Let me give you an example. For a plane to fly, the law of “ lift and thrust” must be enforced. When it is enforced by pilots, we all know, we fly! The law of gravity is another example. You get on top of your house (please, don’t really do this!) and jump and you are going down! It doesn’t just happen to you! It happens to all who apply it! That is why the Bible says, “Whosoever will….” You are a “whosoever” so it works for you just like it does for everyone else. You put into effect the spiritual laws and they will work for you, just as physics laws that are put into effect are going to work for you! No matter who we are, what our childhoods may have been, what we have been through, what socio-economic background we may have come from, if a law is enforced it works for us just like everyone else!
I am a giver! I LOVE to give! I would give my house away if my husband didn’t stop me! My husband is a generous giver as well, he just isn’t extreme and he keeps me balanced! As I thought of this, I thought of all the blessings God has so generously poured out on us through the years! I have not always been such a joyful giver. I literally had to DEVELOP being a JOYFUL giver! When I learned about the “Law of Reciprocity” I began to start in small things and worked up to larger and larger because a harvest began to come in to where I could. I started tipping very generously at restaurants. I began to sow time into people who had needs, so when I had a need people were there for me. I showed myself friendly and sowed love into them so that in turn I would have friends and not be lonely. I sowed mercy because I KNEW I would also need mercy! We began to support missionaries and upped our giving to our church so the gospel could be supported and go forth in greater measure! Now this not only comes naturally to me, but it is something that thrills me to be able to do!
Sow generously, my dear reader and watch your harvest come in generously! Sow what you need to reap! Great joy will come just from the sowing because it is truly so much better to GIVE than to RECEIVE! Blessings to you today and all day, my dear reader! See you next time!
Isaiah 55:1-13 Amplified Bible ”Wait and listen, everyone who is thirsty! Come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Yes, come, buy [priceless, spiritual] wine and milk without money and without price [simply for the self-surrender that accepts the blessing].
2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your earnings for what does not satisfy? Hearken diligently to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness [the profuseness of spiritual joy].
3 Incline your ear [submit and consent to the divine will] and come to Me; hear, and your soul will revive; and I will make an everlasting covenant or league with you, even the sure mercy (kindness, goodwill, and compassion) promised to David.
4 Behold, I have appointed him (Him) [David, as a representative of the Messiah, or the Messiah Himself] to be a witness [one (One) who shall testify of salvation] to the nations, a prince (Prince) and commander (Commander) to the peoples.
5 Behold, you [a][Israel] shall call nations that you know not, and nations that do not know you shall run to you because of the Lord your God, and of the Holy One of Israel, for He has glorified you.
6 Seek, inquire for, and require the Lord while He may be found [claiming Him by necessity and by right]; call upon Him while He is near.
7 Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the Lord, and He will have love, pity, and mercy for him, and to our God, for He will multiply to him His abundant pardon.
8 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.
10 For as the rain and snow come down from the heavens, and return not there again, but water the earth and make it bring forth and sprout, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
11 So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
12 For you shall go out [from the spiritual exile caused by sin and evil into the homeland] with joy and be led forth [by your Leader, the Lord Himself, and His word] with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree; and it shall be to the Lord for a name of renown, for an everlasting sign [of jubilant exaltation] and memorial [to His praise], which shall not be cut off.”
Jesus IS Lord! Jesus IS coming soon! One day, every knee will bow and every tongue confess that JESUS CHRIST IS LORD! Leave behind your hurt, bitterness, critical words! Run from skepticism and unbelief!! It only brings hurt and harm to you! You are forfeiting God’s treasures, for what will one day burn up and no longer exist! You are forfeiting the very call to salvation for things that will not even matter and will no longer even be remembered! God is calling you. You have time, but it is not long. That day IS fast approaching! GET IT RIGHT! GET IT RIGHT! Look, even now the Lord is holding His hand out to you! Stop deceiving yourself!! God is not mocked!! Don’t turn your face away from the cries of a good and righteous God. The God who sent His Son to die for you!! He loves you, but there is only one way to be reconciled to Him and that is through the blood of Jesus!! Put it off no longer! Accept Him while He may still be found….His return is sooner than you think!
God gave this to me in prayer tonight! It is a cry from His heart, I promise you! If you don’t know Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, please pray this prayer with me….
Dear Lord, I confess to you that I have sinned. I ask that you forgive me. I make, Jesus, Your Son Lord of my life! According to Romans 10:9-10 which says, “Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
10 For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation.
I confess this now with my mouth and receive the promise of Your salvation and I will from this day forward live my life to the best of my ability for You! Thank you Jesus for coming into my life and saving me! In the mighty name of Jesus, I pray…Amen!
Find a Bible believing church, one that teaches Jesus is the ONLY way to salvation! Get rooted there and read and meditate on the Bible daily. Pray to God as though He is your best friend, because He is! You can now stand assured you are in the family of God and on your way to heaven, glory to God!! Tell others about Him! Always remember, Jesus loves you and He loves the ones that will be brought into your path to be given the same chance we have been given and that is to proclaim that JESUS IS LORD Of OUR LIVES!! God bless you as you grow in Him!!
Casting the whole of your care (all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all) on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. 1 Peter 5:7
God didn’t miss anything in this verse. He literally covered it all!! I used to think, when I read this verse in the past as a young Christian, that God wanted me to know how much He loved me and felt compassion for me but there wasn’t anything He could necessarily do about what was causing me so much worry! Thank God, as I began to grow in God and the knowledge of the Bible, I saw how wrong I was!
Let us break this verse down. 1. Casting the whole of your care…Cast is a verb! It is something you do and it literally means “to throw something forcefully”. When I think of casting I think of fishing. When you cast your line out you literally fling it in a particular direction with great force. What God is telling us here is FLING YOUR CARE AT HIM WITH GREAT FORCE! 2. “Once and for all” When you fling it as far away from yourself as you can get it, it makes it hard to go back to where you cast it so that you can take care of it yourself again. This is where the phrase in this verse “once and for all” comes in. God wants you to hand it all over to Him. Let Him take control of those worries! Yes, we do our part in praying, standing on the word, believing the word, but we rest in our confidence that once we have committed it to Him, and He will take care of it. We don’t wade back out and take it all back on ourselves and “own” it again so to speak!
Worry and anxiety is the opposite of faith. I remember one day while I was teaching public school, it was lunch time and I was spending this lunch praying. God spoke to me and said worry was putting faith in what satan could do, instead of putting my faith in what God will do. I was dumbfounded! I had ALWAYS been a worrier. I thought it made me productive, but to be honest, it only left me tormented with fear. I had no idea I was literally agreeing with the enemy’s plan for my life (unknowingly, of course!) by letting worry and fear of the “what ifs” dominate my thought life!
I was always planning how to avoid what I was worrying about. I would fret, then make a plan. Funny thing was, it never turned out the way I thought it would. Most of my worries never happened, and those that did happen, happened in a way “my plan” did not cover! Praise God for mercy. When things did pop up that either I had not planned on, or I HAD a plan for but it didn’t work according to my method, the Holy Spirit showed me what to do and God ALWAYS worked EVERYTHING out! I would look back when all was said and done and would realize I had wasted so much time fretting and planning, when I could have just trusted God and enjoyed my life. Don’t go looking for trouble, my friend! Trouble will show up all by itself! But fear not for God has told us what to do with it. It says in Matthew 6:31-32 says “31 Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear?
32 For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all.
34 So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.”
What do you do with it? You trust God with it and continue to seek and focus on Him! God loves you and it is HIM that makes the crooked path straight, not you! It is HIM that CAUSES you to triumph in all that you do, not yourself! It is HIM that perfects EVERYTHING concerning you, not you. Notice, it is HIM every time and NOT YOU! God’s word is POWERFUL, but the word says HE makes it to work and accomplishes all HE set forth for it to do! YOU don’t make it work! You MUST know it, speak it, and believe it, but God ultimately brings it all to pass! It is our responsibility to give Him His word to work with and then rest in faith! There is that word again…REST!
No matter how impossible your circumstance may look, my dear reader, remember NOTHING is impossible for God! Mark 11:23-25. Cast your care and don’t go fishing for it again! God will do all He has promised. Just begin to praise Him and thank Him for your answers and listen for His direction! If you do this, you cannot go wrong!
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