THE PRINCIPLE OF GIVING – Part 2 – ONE DAY AT A TIME
Father, how do we say thank You for the way You love us? We love You Lord and we therefore give our hearts to You!
This article is Part 2 on the Principle of Giving. In Part 1 we discussed how in Christ, we can overcome anything, no matter how great the challenge. We talked about how God sometimes does not remove the “mountain” in our life and that we then must climb it all the way to the top. Although full of bruises and muscle pain, the view at the top is spectacular. Once the top is reached, we can’t keep the experience to ourselves. We must exercise the principle of giving, by sharing our good and bad experiences whilst climbing the “mountain”, as there are many people who need help and therefore need Christ. When we understand, and exercise the principle of giving from a place where we have been and overcame, there are no more limitations to what God can do in and through our lives in helping those in need. If you missed Part 1, click here to read the article.
Often when we are climbing “mountains” we find that we keep slipping. When we keep slipping, we many times get despondent because of no or slow progress. This in turn tends to make us feel that we are ready to give up and therefore in no position to give advice to others. With that said, perhaps you are in a career and are trying your best to be appointed in a higher/different position, or perhaps you have been praying for your marriage, even more than 5 years, and it seems like nothing is ever going to change. It might be that the relationship with your children was damaged many years ago, and no matter how hard you try, complete restoration is not taking place. Perhaps you are the one in the company whose promotion always seems to be overlooked, yet you are the one working late into the evening, ensuring administrative processes run smoothly. It might be that you are facing the greatest financial challenge of your life and no matter how hard you try, every project fails. Maybe your health is under attack of the enemy and even though you are praying and trusting God, there seems to be no hope. You might be tired, stuck in difficult situations and it feels like no matter what you do, you keep slipping, going nowhere.
You might be reading this right now, thinking that you simply have no more strength left to go on and that you are ready to give up. Today, I want to share the following experience with you. As I was writing this article and came to the end of the previous paragraph, my attention was drawn away from the screen and ultimately outside to the railing on our doorstep. Right there, in front of me was a big eagle. I was so amazed, for we live in a residential area and I have never seen an eagle here. It must have seen me, because it then made the call of an eagle and flew away. I was so excited and I knew that God sent that eagle to me, for the scripture He gave me thereafter, is from Isaiah 40:31: “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Dear reader, more clearly God could not speak to us today. He wants us to keep our faith and hope in Him, no matter how tough the challenges. If we take a minute and think about it, God already prepared us for the difficulties that we must face. He said:
- Matthew 10:16 – “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore, be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.”
- John 16:3 – “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
- Joshua 1:5 – “No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you.”
- Joshua 1:9 – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
- Romans 8:37 – “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”
- Philippians 4:13 – “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”
God knows it is not easy and that is why He sent Jesus, His only Son (John 3:16) so that we don’t have to face any of these challenges alone. Once we accepted Jesus as our Personal Saviour, the Holy Spirit comes to live inside of us. Speak to Him, ask Him to help you and He will:
- Jeremiah 29:11 – 14 – “For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. ‘Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. ‘You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I will restore your fortunes and will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile.”
- Exodus 14:14 – “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
- 1 Pet 5:10 – “And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”
Dear reader, I know it is difficult and hard, but don’t give up. If you give up, it is one person less that can stand up for Christ. Remember, you can bring others into a relationship with Jesus, saving them from eternal loss. I want to encourage you today, continue to give yourself to the work God has intended for you, by taking it one day at a time. Yesterday has gone, tomorrow must still come but you have today to make and be a difference. You are not alone and Jesus Christ will help you, for no word spoken by God in all the scriptures will return to Him empty (Isa 55:11).
The night is at its darkest just before sunrise. Trust Jesus! Don’t give up when things look like it is not going to change, for it is then when the breakthrough is near. You can do it! Take it one day at a time.
Love in Christ, Princess K