Nuts and Bolts - Shot Through the Heart
Monday, November 12
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
What do you find yourself thinking about the most? What people, things, or activities take up most of your time? These two simple questions are good indicators of what you as an individual consider ‘treasure’. While most would consider this a scripture concerning money, it’s not the only thing that can qualify as treasure. A treasure is anything that is directly tied to your heart. Your treasure can be anything from a certain type food to things as grand as cars and homes. If having to do without or give up something causes you to become upset in any way then you can consider whatever that is to be a treasure. If your spouse or children need money for something and you immediately begin to stress or get aggravated then money is treasure to you. If someone asks to borrow your vehicle and you cringe then that vehicle is a treasure. If a situation comes up that requires you to sacrifice some of your time and you go into a tailspin, then your time is a treasure to you. While it’s not wrong to place value on things, those things must be kept in their proper place on your priority list. Earthly blessings do not always carry eternal significance. But, if you’ll use those blessings to show others how much the Lord loves them, then you’re treasuring what He treasures…people. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Tuesday, November 13
“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
Most religious circles give you the impression that you have to almost beg and plead with God to get something from Him. You have to act or pray a certain way and if you don’t get what you’re asking for then you must not be doing something right or He is trying to teach you something like patience or humility. So often God is portrayed as stingy and hard to please. But, according to Jesus in today’s text, God takes pleasure in giving you His Kingdom. That means that He wants you to have access to every promise and benefit that comes from being a child of God. He is not withholding or hiding any good thing from you. When He gave you Jesus, He gave you open access to every blessing that comes with being an heir to His throne. He wants you healthy, He wants you prosperous, and He wants you whole. If there is any area of lack or deficiency in your life the problem is not on the giving end, it’s on the receiving end. If you are not seeing His Kingdom manifesting in your life spend some time in His presence and ask Him where the disconnect is taking place. He will, in His gentle and loving way, show you where the problem lies. He loves you and His hand of generosity is open and extended to meet your every need. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Wednesday, November 14
7 “If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, 8 but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be.
For someone who truly claims to be a Christian, greed should not be an issue in their life. As easy as that is to say, walking it out is a different issue entirely. Greed is the opposite of generosity and is an inherent quality of the human nature. You don’t have to teach someone how to be greedy or selfish, it comes naturally. If you’ve ever observed small children then you know the word ‘Mine!’ is one of the first words they learn. Greed can disguise itself as logic saying, “If I give to, or help this person, they won’t learn anything or they’ll just take my time or resources and waste them like they did with their’s.” Or, “They’re in that position for a reason.” Greed will not present itself as such. You however, being born again, have been given a new heart, a heart that is teachable and compassionate. If you’ll allow the Holy Spirit, He will teach you what true generosity and selflessness looks like. You will find that He can expand your capacity to show His love to others through being generous with your time, resources and talents. You’ll learn that He doesn’t always equate generosity with money. Sometimes money is last thing that people need. He may need you to be generous with your time as you teach someone how to budget. Generosity is in you, you just have to give it room to operate. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Thursday, November 15
9 Take care lest there be an unworthy thought in your heart and you say, ‘The seventh year, the year of release is near,’ and your eye look grudgingly on your poor brother, and you give him nothing, and he cry to the Lord against you, and you be guilty of sin. 10 You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake.
Many people fail to see the rewarding side of giving because they try to use what they give to control the person or situation they give to. If they give money, they watch closely to see how it’s spent. If they give of their time or talents they try to take charge with their ‘helping’ and attempt to run the show. True giving has no strings attached. It doesn’t judge the recipient for their use of the gift that was given. When you give grudgingly you don’t really give to be a blessing or help. Rather, you give with the intent of changing or controlling someone or something. The purpose behind your giving should be to bless…period. This allows the Holy Spirit to come in and use your gift the way He sees fit and that probably won’t look a lot like what you had in mind. You will soon find out that the reward is in the release. There’s no unneeded pressure or stress because the outcome is not your problem to deal with. You simply release the gift and open yourself up to receive the blessing that the Lord is trying to place in your life through your obedience. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Friday, November 16
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
Giving is the greatest way to express love. The desire to see someone’s life improved by what you have the ability to add to it by giving from what God has blessed you with. Giving has never been about money. The fact that America is a free market economy put’s a filter on the way most people view generosity. If money was the fix all, then Jesus would not have had to go to the cross. God could have just created enough gold to pay for everyone’s sins. Giving can and will involve money but it will just as often involve your time and effort. It’s easy for many people to throw money at a situation rather than having to inconvenience themselves and sacrifice their schedules. The Father didn’t give out of the vastness of Heaven’s storehouses, He gave the only thing He had just one of…His Son. He gave sacrificially and willingly because He saw the value in the people He created. He wasn’t willing for you to not have the opportunity to choose eternity with Him, whether you chose Him or not. This same love has been placed in you when you were born again. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you how your generosity can let those around you see His love for them. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Saturday, November 17
Matthew 10:8 (TPT)
8 You must continually bring healing to lepers and to those who are sick, and make it your habit to break off the demonic presence from people, and raise the dead back to life. Freely you have received the power of the kingdom, so freely release it to others.
There is a common misconception that it is wrong to expect to be blessed in return when you give. Many well known ministries through the years have been accused of scandals and greed because they preached a so-called ‘prosperity’ doctrine. The breakdown occurs when people give with the purpose of getting back rather than giving simply to bless. There’s nothing wrong with giving and expecting blessings in return because of the Biblical principle of sowing and reaping. But, when you give wanting, or with the motive of getting something in return the you’ve fallen into greed. God gave His Son because He loves you with all of His heart. But He still doesn’t force you to accept that Gift. He gave Him freely, not requiring anything in return. But, by faith He expected a harvest of people to spend eternity with Him because His sacrifice opened the door to all who would receive Him. God gives not to get, but to give more. He gave so you could receive Him. Because of that gift, He could give you His Spirit, Who in return, gives you His gifts. So, to be like Jesus, when you give you should do so with the motivation of being able give more. Giving freely opens you up to receive more which in turn allows you to give more. Only God could create such an amazing avenue through which He could bless the Earth. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
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