Debts Canceled 15 1“At the end of every seven years you must cancel debts. 2This is how to cancel debt: Every creditor[Z] is to cancel what he has lent his neighbor. He is not to collect anything from his neighbor or brother, because the Lord’s release of debts has been proclaimed. 3You may collect something from a foreigner, but you must forgive whatever your brother owes you. 4“There will be no poor among you, however, because the Lord is certain to bless you in the land the Lord your God is giving you to possess as an inheritance— 5if only you obey the Lord your God and are careful to follow every one of these commands I am giving you today. 6When the Lord your God blesses you as He has promised you, you will lend to many nations but not borrow; you will rule over many nations, but they will not rule over you.   Lending to the Poor   7“If there is a poor person among you, one of your brothers within any of your gates in the land the Lord your God is giving you, you must not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother. 8Instead, you are to open your hand to him and freely loan him enough for whatever need he has. 9Be careful that there isn’t this wicked thought in your heart, ‘The seventh year, the year of canceling debts, is near,’ and you are stingy toward your poor brother and give him nothing. He will cry out to the Lord against you, and you will be guilty. 10Give to him, and don’t have a stingy heart[A] when you give, and because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you do.[B] 11For there will never cease to be poor people in the land; that is why I am commanding you, ‘You must willingly open your hand to your afflicted and poor brother in your land.’   Release of Slaves   12“If your fellow Hebrew, a man or woman, is sold to you and serves you six years, you must set him free in the seventh year. 13When you set him free, do not send him away empty-handed. 14Give generously to him from your flock, your threshing floor, and your winepress. You are to give him whatever the Lord your God has blessed you with. 15Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you; that is why I am giving you this command today. 16But if your slave says to you, ‘I don’t want to leave you,’ because he loves you and your family, and is well off with you, 17take an awl and pierce through his ear into the door, and he will become your slave for life. Also treat your female slave the same way. 18Do not regard it as a hardship[C] when you set him free, because he worked for you six years—worth twice the wages of a hired hand. Then the Lord your God will bless you in everything you do.   Consecration of Firstborn Animals   19“You must consecrate to the Lord your God every firstborn male produced by your herd and flock. You are not to put the firstborn of your oxen to work or shear the firstborn of your flock. 20Each year you and your family are to eat it before the Lord your God in the place the Lord chooses. 21But if there is a defect in the animal, if it is lame or blind or has any serious defect, you must not sacrifice it to the Lord your God. 22Eat it within your gates; both the unclean person and the clean may eat it, as though it were a gazelle or deer. 23But you must not eat its blood; pour it on the ground like water.
I. Intro What do we get when we practice generosity? When we give of our time or means to someone in need, do we gain anything? II. Bea... Read More
I. Intro What do we get when we practice generosity? When we give of our time or means to someone in need, do we gain anything? II. Beauty & Value of Generosity 1. Act of worship and service A. Israelites The Lord told Moses to tell the people to bring what was needed to build the Tabernacle (Exo 25:1-8). The Israelites were response for contributing the building of this mobile house of worship. The Israelites actually gave too much (Exo 36:1-7)! What a beautiful "problem" to have! They showed their love for their God in their generosity. B. New Testament Christians In the New Testament, there was a famine in Jerusalem. The Christians there were struggling with having enough to eat. In Paul's letter to the Corinthians he praises the Philippians (to whom which he also wrote a letter) with their willingness to give of their means to help those in Jerusalem (2 Cor 8:1-5). Paul explains why they did this. They had devoted themselves to God and because so they felt obligated to give to their brothers and sisters in need. Paul also mentioned this same event in his other letter. He wanted the Christians in Corinth to begin a collection so he could pick it up when he came (1 Cor 16:1-4). 2. Shows kindness to less fortunate Prov 22:9, 31:20; Deut 15:7-8 III. Motives Matter 1. Remember the widow (Mark 12:41-44) Jesus teaches his apostles a lesson with the widow giving the only two coins she had. Did the others do wrong? No, but no one gave as much as she did. The motive behind he generosity determines the real value of the action. She gave all she had. 2. Give from the heart (2 Cor 9:7) III. Motives that Diminish Value 1. To be praised publicity (Acts 7:1-11) If you do this, that is all the reward you're going to get is the public affection. Your generosity is no supposed to be about you. It is about God! Remember Ananias and Sapphira? 2. To gain influence (Matt 6:1-4) This happens in politics all the time. The sad thing is sometimes this game gets played in the church as well. 3. To exploit situations (Matt 6:1-4) If you don't get your way then you "take your money elsewhere" is not generosity. Give for God's glory. 4. To buy friends If you do this, you're putting to much faith in your riches. Secondly, you're not buying the best type of friends. Remember the parable of the prodigal son? When his money ran out, so did his friends. IV. Conclusion Remember give out of the abundance of your heart. Let your generosity be for God's glory, not your own. sermon by Cory Waddell Highland Heights church of Christ Lebanon, TN
Step up your faith Brother Bill Winston said The supernatural is no longer an option. It is going to be a requirement. If you can beli... Read More
Step up your faith Brother Bill Winston said The supernatural is no longer an option. It is going to be a requirement. If you can believe him for it , God can produce it. New decision starts today, we don't borrow money. My faith is growing abundantly. Total Immersion part 1- For the word to produce results in your life, you must give it your attention by spreading time studying it and meditating on it. The more attention you give the word the more results you will get. Total Immersion part 2 - Become single minded on the word. The more focused you are on the word, the more your capacity to receive will enlarge. New house / debt freedom immersion plan.( see notes) -Act on the word- be bold and take a stand. -Apply the word to the things that you need. A NEW REALM OF SUPERPROSPERTY -The glory realm of super prosperity . -Provision at the speed of the glory. -Super natural acceleration of abundance and harvest. -Financial miracles and part of the glory. -Take off the limits -Supernatural debt cancellation. -Provisional miracles -Wealth transfer -right now- immediately - The sower is overtaking the reaper. -
Remember you were a slave in Egypt and I (God) redeemed you.
Remember you were a slave in Egypt and I (God) redeemed you.
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