Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me.
I always wonder why there is so much controversy on the pulpit when we are using same book. God reveals necessary information for us to keep going but because people want to be better than others, they manufacture new information for their benefit. 1 Corinthians 13:12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
Mark 2:3-4 Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.
Wherever there is no revelation, there will never be true obedience. Know why you do things. Micah 6:6-7 What can we bring to the LORD? Should we bring him burnt offerings? Should we bow before God Most High with offerings of yearling calves? Should we offer him thousands of rams and ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Should we sacrifice our firstborn children to pay for our sins? When God put a word in you, its you and Him. It’s during actualization that the devil comes in. He will give you reasons why you should not obey God. God put an idea for you to do something, once you put money to it, the value suffers. If you value created things more than God, you cannot rise to the level he want you. Genesis 22:2 “Take your son, your only son-yes, Isaac, whom you love so much-and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.” There is always a wrestle in our mind that the devil brings when it’s time to commit ourselves to God. Like the snake in the garden, what fruit is Satan showing you, what earthly thing has he shown you for you not to obey God. When you have to go to church and it’s holiday, a thought of resting might come and you valuate between resting and attending church. God has taught us how to give and how to put value to what He want. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Giving to God should be revealed to us otherwise we see the pastor and we decide to reduce the offering. See God and remove people. Though you are giving in church, always remember that you are doing it for God not the pastor. God cannot receive the physical gifts, he has no hand but has put people around us as his proxies. Proverbs 3:9 Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Those that God has put in charge, are trusted to use the things responsibly if not God deals with them. Sometimes it’s not even material things, your time spent with God is very important. Holy Spirit can invite you into prayer time and you have reasons not to wake up. Numbers 18:13 All the first crops of their land that the people present to the LORD belong to you. Any member of your family who is ceremonially clean may eat this food.
There is a formula for giving. A hand that is holding something cannot receive. As you release what is in you more comes in. Always remember that there is nothing man can do to mKe God relevant. Giving is not a bribe. You don’t give expecting a return. Give from your heart. Dedicate yourself to God because you understand why not because you want to please your partner or your family. Luke 6:38 Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full-pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”
Don’t be one who goes with the wind because of ignorance. Acts 17:30 “God overlooked people’s ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him.