I’m excited you’ve joined our church family in the 2nd week of this exciting adventure as we experience The Power of Everyone coming together to thank and seek God. For 21 days leading up to Sunday, Nov. 23rd, we’ve committed to pray, fast and seek God’s direction personally and for our church. I hope you’ll pause at 10pm each night and pray for about 10 minutes; do this individually, as a couple, or as a family.
During the days leading up to Nov. 23 and our Celebration Offering and the Thanksgiving Family Festival, I’ll list a scripture for you to read and consider. I’ll also share a few thoughts of my own, but my primary desire is that you ask God to reveal to you what this passage means in your life and how you should apply it as you think about what God would have you do. I would also ask that you pray and ask God to speak to the hearts of all the people in our church about this particular passage concerning what they should do. It’s already been a great adventure. Can’t wait to see what this week brings.
Bless you – Pastor BJ
Nov. 12 Psalm 112
1 Praise the LORD. Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who finds great delight in his commands.
2 His children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.
3 Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever.
4 Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man.
5 Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice.
6 Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever.
7 He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.
8 His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes.
9 He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor, his righteousness endures forever;
his horn will be lifted high in honor.
10 The wicked man will see and be vexed, he will gnash his teeth and waste away;
the longings of the wicked will come to nothing.
There are some pretty incredible promises in this passage. In the first three verses alone, the promises are amazing. God often blesses the man who fears the Lord and who delights in His commands with wealth and riches. Did you realize the Bible teaches that God gives the ability to make wealth (Deut. 8:18). Paul wrote Timothy and said that God “richly supplies us with all things to enjoy” (1 Tim. 6:17). Proverbs 10:22 says: “The blessing of the LORD brings wealth.” Many men in the Bible that God used in mighty ways were very wealthy. God promises in His Word that obedience to Him will result in material blessings as well as spiritual blessings. The key is obedience.
One reason so many people are struggling financially today is because they’ve discarded God’s teaching on how to handle their finances; they’ve been disobedient. One example of this is God says you should tithe which means you give 10% of your gross income back to God (Malachi 3:8-10). If you don’t tithe, you’re being disobedient. Throughout the Scripture, God says He will bless those who are generous. The truth is you either trust God or you don’t, and one of the best indicators is how you handle your finances. As we consider what to do with our Celebration Offering on Nov. 23rd and what to pledge for the future, will you trust God and be obedient with what He tells you to do? If so, read Psalm 112 again and claim His promises to you.