So I was at church and they took a special benevolence offering. I had 15$ in my wallet and reached in to get it out. I felt like I wasn’t supposed to give it all. VERY WEIRD. I actually felt like I was supposed to give the 5 but felt way too cheap doing that so I gave the 10. Later that night at work, a customer was in real need. She needed a cab to get to the hospital to see her god-daughter but had no money. It seemed legit but all I had to give her was the 5. I instantly thought back to that morning and realized the money was supposed to go to her.
Now, I’m obviously not saying to forsake giving at church so that you can give to someone else, but part of being ever mindful is knowing when and what to do. God will help you if you keep your attention on Him.
CHALLENGE THIS WEEK: Keep 5$ in your pocket until you are certain God is telling you to give it to someone (or buy something for them). Practicing this will help us be stewards of our money instead of hoarders.
“And you were dead in sin in which you walked according to the prince of the power of the air among whom we conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh.” (Eph 2:1-3 paraphrased)
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalitieS, powers, and rulers of the darkness.” (Eph 6:12)
Take note that a principality is a state which is ruled by a prince but falls within the boardes of a kingdom that is ruled by the king. So the king is still the superior ruler.
Now here’s where it gets exciting!
“And you, being dead in your sins, He has made alive. And He has nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed the principalities and powers.” (Col 2:13-15 paraphrased)
What does all that mean? THE PRINCE HAS NO POWER!
Ephesians 6:13+18 tell us that all we have to do is PRAY and STAND!
Don’t worry about the people that bring you down, or the situations that hold you back, or the thoughts that seem to paralyze you…these are powers of the air whose prince no longer has authority…THEY ARE NOT OUR BATTLE!
So, now that I live in Calgary and ride the bus a lot, I’ve become very frustrated with the automated phone service that is supposed to tell us when the next bus is coming. Last week, I called and had it tell me the next bus was not coming for twenty minutes. I hung up my phone realizing I would have to walk back home and be late for work. As I turned towards home I heard the familiar screeching of the bus brakes. MY BUS WAS JUST AROUND THE CORNER! This morning, the bus was running late and I started to call but realized I had lost my faith in the service. I knew that no matter what it said, I would not believe it. Has this happened in your relationship with God? If you think He has let you down lately, I strongly urge you to give Him another chance. Remember that His timing is so much more perfect than ours.