Is There an Abundance of Wisdom, Righteousness, and Generosity in Our Lives?
Is there an Abundance of Wisdom, Righteousness, and Generosity in Our Lives?
“It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35b).
Hello and good morning! Welcome back for the final week of this month. Thank God that finally the snow has melted, and I can go and enjoy my back yard. I know that you are ready to receive His Word of encouragement for this week! Let’s get right to our challenge for this week and share this table together for our daily bread.
Sometimes we feel like we do not need to be encouraged, but deep down inside of us we know we need to be challenged and reminded that God’s Word is what we need in our daily life. With His Holy Spirit in us, we are wired with the power of God in us.
Righteousness bears abundant fruits in our lives. One of these is a spirit of generosity, along with the means and capacity to give generously. Here is what Jesus said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35b), and Paul reminds us that, “God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7b).
Did you know that generosity is a character trait of the righteous - of those who are positioned properly within the government of God? So, if we own nothing and are merely stewards of God’s property, there is no reason why we cannot give freely. And if we are heirs to the Kingdom of God and all its riches, which are infinite, we can give with no fear of running out.
The prosperity of the righteous is an ongoing blessing from God that spans through generations. David wrote in one of his Psalms:
I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be blessed (Psalm 37:25-26). Wow! That is awesome and right to the point of what God has for those who are righteous.
You see my friends, God never forsakes the righteous or their children. He always provides for them. Even the fruits of the righteous extend beyond their lifetime to bless their children. It is so amazing to know that God never forsakes the righteous. This is why it is good to talk about the privilege we have to be an heir of the King!
Another thing to look at is that righteous living will bear fruit in our lives and an inheritance we can leave to our descendants. What does that mean? It means that we should be so blessed that our children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins will inherit a multiplied blessing, all because we lived our life rightly positioned within God’s government. That is the kind of fruit that He wants to give to all of us, the righteous.
You know, right positioning places us under the protection of the King, who will preserve us even when the wicked seek to destroy. Listen to another awesome psalm:
For the Lord loves the just and will not forsake His faithful one. They will be protected forever, but the offspring of the wicked will be cut off; the righteous will inherit the land and dwell in it forever (Psalm 37:28-29).
To put it in another way, ultimately, the real estate of the Kingdom is reserved for the righteous, for those who are lined up with the Kingdom government. For example, the destiny and prosperity of the ancient Israelites were intimately connected to the land. Even today, the only true material wealth of any lasting value, particularly as an inheritance to pass on, is real estate.
A fancy house doesn’t matter. A fancy Mercedes Benz does not matter. Fancy designer label clothes don’t matter. All these things will rust, rot, and fall apart. If you want to leave them with something, give them land and not things. Outside of the material things, however, the most important thing is to leave them also a legacy of your example – a legacy of not storing up treasures on earth, which pass away, but treasures in Heaven, which last forever (Matthew 6:19-20).
Not only do the righteous inherit land to dwell in forever, but that land will be covered by a peace and security that the world knows nothing about.
Listen to what Isaiah says: The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever. My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest. (Isaiah 32:17-18). What an encouragement and an incredible threefold promise!
Let’s now continue to talk about vision, from where we left off last week. Did you know that your vision is as close as your deepest desires? Psalm 37:4 says, Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your…” Desires of your what? “Your heart”.
You may say, “Now wait a minute, Si! Doesn’t God really give us desires from heaven?” Of course He does! Understand that our desires originated there, but remember that God has placed His desires for you within your heart. Remember, He put the plans for your life within you when you were born, and they have never left you.
Your heart, in this case, means your subconscious mind. For God put His plans there because He wants to make sure you find them. And sometimes, His ideas come in multiples. In other words, God may put either six or seven things in your mind that He wants you to do, each one for a different season of your life.
Moreover, whether He gives you one idea or seven ideas, the thoughts of God are consistent, and they will be present throughout your lifetime. No matter how old you grow, the same thoughts will keep coming back to you, and the desires will never leave you. Why is this you might ask? Well, this is because the will of God for you never changes.
I know this because the Bible says that God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable – He does not call them back (Romans 11:29). You see, the specifics of your plans may change as your purpose unfolds, but your purpose is permanent. So no matter what happens in life, you will never get away from what God has put in your heart to do. Your vision possesses you; you do not possess it!
To break it down even more, all the thoughts, ideas, plans, and dreams that remain consistent within you were put there by God. So no matter how many times you may temporarily forget about them, they always come back into your mind. Remember that vision is the idea that never leaves you, it is the dream that will not go away. It is the passion that will not subside, the ‘irritating” desire that’s so deep you can’t enjoy your current job because you are always thinking about what you wish you were doing. Have you ever thought about something that you were supposed to do when you were young? Now you are getting older and that thought keeps coming back to you. That is your vision calling you.
Your vision is what you keep seeing, even when you close your eyes. Here is something that I have found out: people are constantly waiting for God to tell them what to do when it has already been given to them. I know I am going to surprise some people and probably get you upset, but I have to tell you what I feel and have learned through my own life experiences. I had to take a leap of faith! Religious people, especially Christian people, have been looking for God’s will everywhere except within themselves. It is necessary for them to realize that they do not receive their purposes after they are born again; they were already given their purposes when they were physically born. God has saved us because He gave us assignments that He doesn’t want to lose. Listen here: you were not saved for the sole purpose of going to heaven; you are saved to finish your assignment on earth.
Again, let me break it down some more. God redeemed you because of the vision you are carrying. Let us look at what the Bible says: “We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10, emphasis added). I believe this is enough for this week. Next week it is going to be more challenging - do not miss it!
My prayer for you: Father, I thank You for the opportunity to share these words with Your people. Thank You for giving us the time to be in tune with our lives. Thank You for the time to sit back and reflect on what we are supposed to do with the vision You have given to us. There are things that we neglect to even stop and think about in the planning of our lives. We tend to just go with the flow. Our eyes sometimes are dim because we just settle for the thoughts of the moment. But we must realize that there is more to learn in life. There is a reason for every season that You have provided for us. Even in our own walk with You, sometimes we take the easy way out instead of the long way and the correct way, following what You have been telling us in Your Word. Thank You for the Holy Spirit Who keeps getting us back onto the right path of life. If we continue to look at the world and all its riches and all the messes that have derailed us from hearing Your voice, we then can ignore the truth that is being spoken loudly in our inner most being, telling us that we need to return to You. I pray for every man and every woman that has lost their way, that they would return to You while there is time. Today, as I share with Your people the importance of our vision and purpose, may it be known by their hearts and mind that we still have a lot to do in the world for the Kingdom. We must find out what You destined us with and continue the good work of faith. Let us not continue being lazy in doing what is right, rather make us run under the umbrella of faith and love. Bless Your people this week. May Your love be with us always as look to You for the peace that surpasses all understanding. Let us know that You love us. Bless our going and our coming. Bless Your people wherever they may be and give them the desire of their hearts. Forgive us from our sins we pray. We love You, Lord! In Jesus’ wonderful name, amen and amen.
Thought: God has prepared you in advance!
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